Is Lent Biblical?

Introduction While researching online the other day, I ran across a popular Protestant website called Got Questions? (which I used to write for) that gave some doctrinally confused responses to some reader’s questions on Lent. These mistakes are revealing and, when properly understood, can actually be beneficial to Catholics as well as to our separated brethren. By…

Revisiting a Baptist Service

Introduction I don’t go to Easter Sunday mass. I tried that once: the Easter I was confirmed. Never again. Nope. After the intensse beauty of the Easter Vigil mass, there’s simply no need to fight the crowds of “Holiday Catholics” making their bi-annual pilgrimages. So this past Easter I went to a Baptist service (naturally) with my wife…

Visitor Guide: Protestant Churches

Series Introduction It is my opinion that having some familiarity with various religious movements and worship services that differ significantly from one’s own is helpful in promoting inter-religious dialogue and understanding. To that end, I have visited several services of Christian and non-Christian sects, and have found the experiences very interesting. In this series, I offer a preview…

Ecumenism and Abortion

Anti-abortionists protesting the world’s oldest anti-abortion organization. Introduction Roman Catholics and Protestants disagree on many doctrinal matters. While these are often important, I am not considering either side’s view’s dogma here. What matters for this article is not whether these disagreements are justified, or who is on the correct side – but whether or not it is OK…

Explaining Purgatory to Protestants

What’s the Issue? Although it only takes up a couple sentences in the Catholic Catechism, the doctrine of Purgatory seems to pose big problems for many Protestants. Sometimes the reasons for this angst are ill-conceived, however, so it’s a good idea to get a few things straight before criticizing. Purgatory is said to be “a place or…