Category Archives: ecclesiology

Praying to the Saints IS Praying to Christ

Objections to the practice of praying to the saints come in a few different forms, from the extreme of calling it idolatry to a mild discomfort that one is not “going directly to Christ.” But what all of them seem … Continue reading

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Do Protestants Believe in the Infallibility of the Church?

Here is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Do Protestants view a “great apostasy” a la Mormonism as a possibility for Christ’s Church? If not, then it seems that there is at least some sense in which Protestants believe Christ’s … Continue reading

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Quodvultdeus of Carthage on the Woman of the Apocalypse

It is sometimes claimed by Protestants that the identification of the Woman of the Apocalypse as Mary is a Medieval invention (I’ve heard the 12th century mentioned). But this just isn’t true. In the Apocalypse of the apostle John it … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Infallibility & Inspiration

As I’ve been thinking more about the issue of Church infallibility, I realized that a lot of apparent disagreements probably come down to confusion over the meaning of the term infallibility as opposed to inspiration. But in Catholic theology these … Continue reading

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Sola Scriptura: Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series. Part 1 is located here. Advocates of sola scriptura often speak as if the Apostles* wrote the New Testament and, having achieved their purpose, promptly keeled over so that the Church could get … Continue reading

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Who Speaks for God?

In the recent discussion of sola scriptura, Preston objected to the idea of Church infallibility as follows: Jesus says the Comforter will come and reveal to all. Therefore, the weight of interpretation can not be given alone to a small … Continue reading

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Sola Scriptura: Part 1

Sometimes I think that it is the doctrine of sola scriptura that made me Catholic. Of course other times I think it was Lewis and Tolkien that made me Catholic, but that’s not what this post is about. 🙂 At … Continue reading

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