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Same-sex attractions: Part IV – Fidelity to both love and truth

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Homosexuality

FATHER PAUL SCALIA At the heart of all these issues is the unity of truth and love. The Courage apostolate, a support group for those with same-sex attractions, has a corresponding support group called Encourage — for the parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions. People with relatives …

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Same-sex attractions: Part III – The Courage apostolate

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Homosexuality

FATHER PAUL SCALIA For the past two weeks this column has set forth the Church’s teaching (which is simply the natural law) on homosexuality. We must know the doctrine and first principles in order to address this issue accurately, always keeping in mind that doctrinal and moral truth is necessary for love. We must know …

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Same-sex attractions: Part II – The Church’s pastoral response

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Homosexuality

FATHER PAUL SCALIA Many myths surround the issue of homosexuality. Some of them arise from ignorance, some from misguided compassion, and some from the misinformation and propaganda of the radical homosexual community. Last week we addressed one of the greatest myths – namely, that the Catholic Church condemns people with homosexual attractions. This is a …

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Same-sex attractions: Part I – Sexuality and Homosexuality

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Homosexuality

FATHER PAUL SCALIA One of the greatest issues before us now is that of homosexuality. The phenomenon of homosexuality is nothing new. But now we face something completely new in the history of the world: the demand that homosexual relationships be approved as normative and recognized as “marriages.” Such approval would radically change the understanding …

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Whose Bible Is It, Anyway?

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible and The Church

KARL KEATING Most Protestants are at a loss when asked how they know that the 66 books in their Bibles belong in it. The most overlooked part of the Bible, apologetically speaking, is the table of contents. It does more than just tell us the pages on which the constituent books begin. It tells us …

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Are Catholics Born Again?

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Born again

MARK BRUMLEY “Have you been born again?” the Fundamentalist at the door asks the unsuspecting Catholic. Yes, they believe in Jesus. And yes, they try to live Christian lives. They probably have some vague awareness that Fundamentalists think being “born again” involves a religious experience or “accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.” Many …

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Myths about 7 Books

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Apocripha - Deuterocanonical

MARK SHEA Here are the answers to five common arguments Protestants give for rejecting the Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament. People don’t talk much about the deuterocanon these days. The folks who do are mostly Christians, and they usually fall into two general groupings: Catholics—who usually don’t know their Bibles very well and, therefore, …

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“People’s memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true…and that the Christian view of Heaven and Hell is not.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Reincarnation

  As society becomes increasingly fascinated with the paranormal, we can expect to see claims of “past life memories” increase. Indeed, there are now organizations who will help take you through your previous lives using hypnosis. While this may be convincing to some, it certainly isn’t to anyone familiar with the mechanics of hypnosis. Almost …

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“Someone can be pro-choice and Catholic at the same time.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Abortion

  While this may be one of the most common myths Catholics hold regarding their faith, it’s also one of the most easily dispelled. The Catechism minces no words when talking about abortion: It’s listed with homicide under crimes against the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” The following passages make this clear: “Human life …

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“Natural Family Planning is just the Catholic version of birth control.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Birth Control

  Natural Family Planning (NFP) has enemies on all sides. Some believe that it’s an unrealistic alternative to birth control (which they don’t think is sinful anyway) while others think that it’s just as bad as birth control. NFP has had to walk a fine line between both extremes. First of all, the main problem …

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