Those who hate the Catholic Church endlessly harp on the so-called “riches” of the Vatican whilst she is unable to solve world poverty. The porn industry earns US $ 97B annually and no one takes it to task for its “failure ” to solve the world’s poverty. Here’s a few reminders to all who may not be schooled enough to believe fake news. Continue reading →
Anyone who reads the Catechism or has studied the Catholic faith knows that the term “Catholic” is one of the marks of the true church, Catholic means universal. We have been accustomed to using the label “Catholic” to Christians who are the historical followers of Jesus Christ. But do we know how we got the label and why the early Church Fathers do not simply call Christians as Christians but Catholics? Before we proceed in answering this question a clarification is needed for the term Catholic and Christian. There is no distinction between Catholicism and Christianity, Catholicism and Christianity are interchangeable. Catholics are the original Christians, prior to the revolt of Protestantism against God there is only one type of Christians and that is Catholicism. The Church that Jesus Christ historically and personally founded in Matthew chapter 16:17-19 is the Catholic Church. Continue reading →
In 2004 Mel Gibson released the movie entitled “The Passion of Christ”, the story was based on the Gospels themselves and nothing was added to the details of the story. Mel Gibson with Jim Caviezel will release the sequel of the movie entitled “Paul, Apostle of Christ”.
This sequel is based on the life of St. Paul, before his conversion to the Catholic faith he spearheaded the persecution of Christians.
One of the reasons why Protestants do not want to meddle in historical grounds of the Christian faith is because they can quickly discover that they have no part in the 2000 years history of Christianity until the 16th century when Martin Luther revolted against God. Protestants frequently accuse Catholics of violating the Bible whenever we have images of saints in the Church. According to them this is unbiblical and in direct violation of Exodus chapter 20 verse three to five. Protestantism’s ignorance of scripture is apparent whenever they oppose having sacred images, they are not only biblically ignorant but also unschooled in the arts of history. The following images are what as left of sacred images across the entire history of Christendom.
1st century A.D, Altar in St. Peter’s Church in Antioch, southern Turkey
As early as 1st century A.D or 100 A.D Churches have altars and images, contrary to contemporary Protestant/born again churches. St. Peter’s Church in antioch was founded by St. Peter himself. St. Ignatius of Antioch was St. Peter’s disciple and was the one who ordained St. Ignatius as bishop of Antioch. If Sacred images was prohibited in the Bible St. Peter himself would have not allowed to have an image in the altar. Since, St. Peter did not object to have images in the Church then clearly Catholicism was right about it.Continue reading →
There are over a thousand books that a Catholic faithful can read in order to learn more about the Catholic faith. Out of those books there are few which I can recommend for people who are just starting to learn the Catholic faith. These books are neither too complex or simple for a beginner. These books serves as a transition or foundation before reading theological and dogmatic books.
The quest in learning more about the faith should start in knowing the historical origin of the Catholic Church. Before knowing its doctrinal and moral teachings one should know first how the Catholic Church came about. Knowing church history comes handy when you are discussing with Protestants because they have some sort of aversion in Christian history. James Hitchcock is a professional historian from St. Louie University, in his 580 pages book “History of the Catholic Church”he traces the origin of the Catholic Church from the time of Jesus Christ to the modern age. Though this book is not voluminous compared to other books about the history of the Catholic Church written by other Church historians yet it is enough learning for beginners of apologetics. You will be able to finish reading this book in 3 to 4 days if you will dedicate an hour or two per day in reading this. Continue reading →