Luis Dizon on Recent Controversies Over the Catechism with the Toronto “Catholic” School Board

Luis Dizon discusses some of the problems he encountered when he tried to read a portion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the Toronto “Catholic” School Board.

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Can Dogma Develop?

Michael Lofton answers whether dogma can develop and in what sense a theologian may speak about the development of dogma. References are made to documents from the International Theological Commission and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Examples are also given from Boniface VIII’s Unam Sanctam to Pope Pius IXth and Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council.

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Bishop Barron, Tim Staples, Pope Francis and Eastern Orthodoxy

Bishop Barron, Tim Staples, Pope Francis and Eastern Orthodoxy Michael Lofton addresses Bishop Robert Barron endorsing Fr. James Martin’s new book. He also engages Tim Staples who claims the Vatican’s clarification vindicated Pope Francis and also answers whether Eastern Orthodoxy is a valid alternative to Catholicism in light of its scandals.

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Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Stephen Boyce Discuss Differences in Soteriology

Dr. Leighton Flowers (Southern Baptist Provisionist) and Dr. Stephen Boyce (Reformed Calvinist) discuss soteriology in a round table format with Michael Lofton facilitating. They discuss can grace be resisted and whether Christ atoned for everyone or only the elect. ___________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer: Any view expressed by a host, contributor or guest is not necessarily reflective of […]

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Dr. John Joy – Assent Owed to Non-Infallible Teachings of the Magisterium (R&T Lecture Series)

As part of the R&T Lecture Series, Dr. John Joy delivers a lecture in the scholastic disputatio style on the assent owed to non-infallible teachings of the Magisterium. Is the pope always infallible? How do we determine a teaching is not infallible? How do we determine which magisterial teaching to accept? These questions, and others, are explored by Dr. Joy. __________________________________________________________________

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Stump the Apologist

Stump the Apologist. Did Jesus allow for divorce and remarriage? Why should I become Catholic instead of Orthodox? Is evolution true? What is the Oriental Orthodox view on Catholicism?  

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Dr. Nicholas DiDonato – Science and Metaphysics

Is Theology still the queen of sciences? Does science disprove theology, religion or metaphysics? Has science made Aristotle outdated? What are the presuppositions behind the scientific method? Does science depend on philosophy? These questions, and many more, will be addressed by Dr. Nicholas DiDonato in this episode of Reason & Theology.

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Fr. Christiaan Kappes – The Companion Qu’rans

#islam #apologetics #catholic

Michael Lofton, William Albrecht and Erick Ybarra discuss The Companion Qu’rans in the Islamic tradition and the impact they have on the reliability of the transmission of the Qu’ran today.

Rev. Dr. Christiaan Kappes is the Academic Dean of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He also has taught and teaches graduate and undergraduate theology at other institutions in the USA and internationally. He graduated with a doctorate in Liturgy (liturgiology) from Sant’Anselmo in Rome and recently defended his PhD at Thessalonik, Greece in Orthodoox theology under Archbishop Elpidoforos of American on the Essence-Energies distinction in Palamas, Gennadios Scholarios, and the Latin tradition. His most recent book is The Epiclesis Debate at the Council of Florence (ND Press, 2019) and his forthcoming title will be on Gennadios Scholarios and the Essence-Energies distinction at the Theological School of Chalki belonging to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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Dr. Stephen Boyce Canon and Textual Criticism Discussion

#newtestament #bible #theology #apologetics #textualcriticism Michael Lofton has a discussion with Dr. Stephen Boyce on the New and Old Testament Canon and New Testament Textual Criticism. They discuss the reliability of the New Testament, the deuterocanonicals, comma johanneum, pericope adulterae and the longer ending of Mark. ___________________________________________________________________ Disclaimer: Any view expressed by a host, contributor […]

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Rick Delano – The End of Quantum Reality

Michael Lofton interviews Rick Delano on his upcoming film entitled The End of Quantum Reality. Rick DeLano has worked as an executive producer, and financial consultant in the music and film industries for more than 20 years. A writer and filmmaker, DeLano is best known for producing the controversial movie, THE PRINCIPLE, an endeavor that […]

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Original Sin Round Table Discussion

Original Sin Round Table Discussion with: Michael Lofton (Host), Erick Ybarra (Catholic), Fr. Patrick Ramsey (Eastern Orthodox), Subdeacon Daniel Kakish (Oriental Orthodox), Turretinfan (Reformed Protestant) and Elijah Yasi (Eastern Catholic).  

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Fr. David Sherry on the Society of Saint Pius X

#catholic #sspx #lefebvre SSPX priest Fr. David Sherry speaks with R&T about the SSPX. Discussion topics will include the following: 1. What is the SSPX 2. Who was Lefebvre 3. Was he guilty of a schismatic act when he ordained 4 bishops or was it necessary due to a state of emergency? 4. Does the Vatican […]

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Critiquing Catholic and Orthodox Reactionism

Michael Lofton, Fr. Patrick and Erick Ybarra critique Catholic and Orthodox “reactionism” by addressing the following issues. Catholic Reactionism: Communion while kneeling. The Epistle and Gospel readings in Latin. Communion under one form. Separating baptism and confirmation The form of baptism. Communion for those who reached the age of reason alone. Praying the rosary during […]

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Discussion on the Filioque in the East and West

Michael Lofton, Erick Ybara (Catholic) and Fr. John Ramsey (Orthodox) have a discussion on the Filioque in the East and West. Topics include: What is the filioque? What is the eternal manifestation of the Holy Spirit? What did St. Augustine teach about the filioque? What did St. Gregory Palamas teach about the filioque? Is the […]

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Atonement Theories Round Table

Michael hosts a discussion with a Roman Catholic (Erick Ybarra), Eastern Catholic (Elijah Yasi), Eastern Orthodox (Fr. Patrick Ramsey), Oriental Orthodox (Daniel Kakish) and a Reformed Protestant (Turretinfan) on theories of the atonement of Christ (Ransom Theory, Christus Victor Theory, Penal Substitution Theory, etc).  

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Elijah Yasi on Ecumenical Councils

Michael, William and Erick discuss Ecumenical Councils with Elijah Yasi. Topics include: 1. Can a Pope act without the consent of the bishops? 2. What is an Ecumenical Council? 3. What is the role of reception with Ecumenical Councils? 4. Can a Pope force his view on a council? 5. Did Constance teach Conciliarism? And […]

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Michael Lofton’s Response to Dr. James White on the Canon of Scripture

Michael responds to Dr. James White’s (Alpha & Omega Ministries) interaction with his blog article on the canon of Scripture and presents questions for Dr. White’s consideration. Michael’s original blog post critiquing Dr. White on the canon: https://michaelloftonsite.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/214/ Dr. White’s video response to Michael (start around the 54:20 mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TvvVARoVDg    

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Fatima Round Table

Michael Lofton, Craig Truglia, William Albrecht, Thomas Druschke, Elijah Yasi and Deacon Joseph Suaiden discuss the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima from a Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Atheist perspective.  

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John Salza on Sedevacantism

Michael Lofton interviews John Salza on Sedevacantism. They discuss formal vs. material heresy, manifest vs. occult heresy, who can depose a pope, how it is evident if a cleric has lost office, if Pope Francis is a heretic, the problems with Sedevacantism, the third secred of Fatima and much more.      

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Paper Catholicism

Michael goes over what he calls “Paper Catholicism” which is the concept that there is a major divide between Catholicism in theory and Catholicism in reality. Differences in liturgy, doctrine and canon law are discussed specifically.  

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On Heretical Popes

Michael and Timothy Flanders discuss the possibility of an heretical pope and what can be done in response to one. Timothy’s website: https://meaningofcatholic.com/ “Indeed the Church has the right to separate herself from an heretical pope according to divine law. Consequently it has the right, by the same divine law, to use all means of […]

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