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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A Call to Use Equal Weights

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. (Proverbs 11:1) Scripture often speaks about the need to use equal weights and measures in commerce, in order to remain honest. This was a necessary command, as it was a common temptation to alter the scales by which items were weighed in order […]

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Fr. Feelgood Receives Another Letter

Dear Fr. Feelgood, I really enjoyed your homily last Sunday, well-done! The thrust of your message was spot-on, as you demonstrated Jesus was a bridge builder when he reached out to the Samaritan woman. This was such a timely message and I was ecstatic to hear such open-mindedness in this age of intolerance. If I […]

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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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