Missa Sicca: A Mass for the Laity at Home

Since many people may not be able to attend Mass, I decided to repost a Missa Sicca that I put together in 2015 for Church Militant. It should be used by the head of the household as a private devotional or a substitute when unable to attend Mass. In case you are not familiar with the […]

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The Charismatic Movement: Is It Historically Christian?

Introduction As we explore the charismatic movement and consider if it is historically Christian, it should be noted I have a background in the movement. For approximately six years, I was a member of a non-denominational charismatic church. I have also been to many kinds of charismatic churches, from African American to Caucasian to a […]

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Medieval Conditions for Papal Infallibility

Contemporary conditions for papal infallibility are occasionally seen as contrived and have been likened to someone who shoots an arrow at the wall and then paints a target around it. A concrete example is the First Vatican Council’s conditions for papal infallibility, which some skeptics see as having created a manufactured system to reconcile papal […]

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Understanding the Magisterium By Michael Lofton, M.A.

  Introduction In an age when documents of the magisterium (the church’s teaching authority) have been widely disseminated, one can read about church teachings and easily become confused about their meaning or value. Much like a young boy who makes his way to the cockpit of an airplane and obliviously strikes random buttons, untrained readers […]

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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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Review of Bishop Hilarion on The Reception of the Ecumenical Councils in the Early Church

I’d like to review Eastern Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev’s article “The Reception of the Ecumenical councils in the Early Church” which was published by St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly in 2003. Purpose of the Paper The purpose of Bishop Hilarion’s paper is to explain how Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox could possibly reunite without either communion […]

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The Burden of Proving the Papal Dogmas

Roman Catholics have the challenge of demonstrating the doctrines of the First Vatican Council on the papacy were “always” taught by both “East and West.”  Suppose you were to ask a Roman Catholic how they would demonstrate this.  You would probably be told how this or that pope taught this or that doctrine, and an […]

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The Greatest Evil in History is Here

On a daily basis, I hear people decry the evils of the holocaust, chattel slavery and maybe even the mass killings by communist governments since the early 20th century. As evil as these things were, and as much as they should be denounced, the fact is, many people who abhor these things are guilty of […]

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A Micromanaging Magisterium?

Someone recently asked me if luck was a concept compatible with Christianity. I explained it goes against the Biblical concept of divine providence. At that point, the person asked me whether this was just my opinion or something the magisterium teaches. I explained it was my opinion and to my knowledge luck is not directly […]

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