Celiac Disease and a Gluten-Free Eucharist

Recently, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments reiterated the Church’s teachings regarding the matter of the Eucharist – notably that Communion hosts must be wheat bread, and therefore contain some amount of gluten. This has led some people to think that celiacs (or simply those allergic to wheat / gluten)…

Graven Images and Statue Worship

Introduction It is not unusual for Catholics to include images (icons, statues, pictures, etc.) in their religious practices. Many, if not most, Protestants think Catholics are worshiping images when they do such things – and because of this, they will charge Catholics with practicing idolatry. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Church has been accused of manipulating…

Faithful Catholicism

Introduction St. Paul commands people to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5). As a Protestant, I always thought that the test for faithfulness was how much I agreed with whatever doctrines I was taught – that faithfulness came in degrees, so to speak. I figured if I was…

Why Hanegraaff’s Conversion is Not Really a Big Deal (But It Should Be)

Introduction As I mentioned earlier, on April 9th, 2017, Hank Hanegraaff, long time host of the Bible Answer Man radio program and president of the Christian Research Institute, became a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Naturally, many Christians freaked out. Evangelicals were saddened, fundamentalists said he was going to hell, Catholics were just happy he wasn’t…

On Everest and Evil

Introduction This life is one of suffering to some degree. Now, no one enjoys suffering, and we often spend the majority of our lives avoiding it. God promises us a complete end to suffering if we die in His grace – so why does God allow so much of it in this life? Suffering helps keep…