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Prosecuting the Pope

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Church Authority, God's Will, Pope


Prosecuting the Pope   My husband is a very smart man. Whenever I come up with a new idea (aka hairbrained scheme) he asks me his trademark question: What’s the upside? It makes me think. Applying this question never seems to fail. Sure, with anything we consider we need to think about the pitfalls as well, but if there is no discernible or demonstrable upside, then we probably shouldn’t waste our time considering it to... Read More

Chair of Peter Mercy Seat

February 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mercy


Chair of Peter Mercy Seat To the casual observer, it seems quite silly to honor a chair, although universities, corporations and others have Chairs. But, that perspective changes when one understands why the Church celebrates the Chair of Peter this day. The “Cathedra” is the chair in which the bishop sits. And, by extension, Cathedra refers to the authority of the bishop who occupies it. Thus, today’s feast, which is found... Read More

What are Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat?

January 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Church Authority, Fr. Bartunek


Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat: What are they? Dear Father John, Do the terms Imprimi Potest, Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur guarantee that some document, some prayer, etc, is approved by the Church and that we should follow it? Do they guarantee there are no errors? I’ve seen some of these designations on some questionable looking materials; so, I need to know. It seems that these are not as strictly given as they... Read More

Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy


BUILT TO LAST: A RETREAT GUIDE ON ST PETER AND THE PAPACY The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy, is now available at The various Christian denominations have a lot in common, but unfortunately, we also have our differences. One major difference between Catholic and non-Catholic Christians has to do with our understanding of how Jesus wants... Read More

Reading Non-Canonized Books of the Bible


Dear Father John, I recently came back to the Church and one of the things that has really awakened me, other than the “Catholics Come Home” book, was the works of Dr. Peter Kreeft. I have found that in my ‘older’ age, theology is something that I am really enjoying reading and thinking about. My question is, is it ‘safe’ to read non-canonized books of the Bible? I want to understand more about... Read More

Christ the Good Shepherd – Mysticism & Magisterium Pt 4

April 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium, The Cross


Christ, the Good Shepherd Mysticism and Magisterium Part IV In the Church of the first four centuries, the most common artistic representation of Christ was that of the Good Shepherd. By reflecting on the historical significance of this image we might come to a better understanding of the pastoral authority of the Church. Found especially in the catacombs of Rome, the Good Shepherd was not a portrait of Jesus but a symbol in which... Read More

Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: III/VI)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium


Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI) We might summarize the previous two posts in this series by saying that we are called to think with the Church because Christ and the Church possess same Spirit who is present throughout history in the details. When the Church teaches, Christ teaches, and those who depart from the Church depart from Christ. In this post, we shall examine than manner in which... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: II/VI)


Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series. You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through the mystery of His divine providence.... Read More

Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium (I/VI)


Editor’s Note: Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has agreed to write for us. Please... Read More

By What Authority?

July 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Church Authority, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It As I’ve mentioned before, and will mention again, one of the triggers for my journey to the Catholic faith began with a simple but life-changing question: By what authority does someone interpret Scripture and establish doctrine? What made that question so pivotal for me is that it challenged a few vital assumptions in my Evangelical Protestant theology. It also came up at a time when I faced radical changes... Read More

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