Focus on the Family Misleading Kids

My child’s October 2017 Clubhouse magazine contained an article titled “A Faith Like Martin’s” by Janice Miller which was apparently written in honor of the Reformation’s so-called 500th anniversary (commemorating an event which itself is considered historical fiction). Besides this popular inaccuracy, the article contained several other misleading statements. I sent them the following letter in…

What are the Four Marks of the Church?

Introduction October is the month of the Rosary and a time when Catholics continue their 2,000 year old tradition of fighting to protect the life of the unborn through 40 Days for Life. October 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the final Marian apparitions at Fatima.—an event witnessed by more people than Jesus’ resurrection! For…

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…