Category Archives: Evangelization

Liturgies of self-affirmation? No, thanks

At the parish today, there was a rite of sending the catechumens (and candidates too!) for the Election rite to be held at the cathedral: and, man, was it overdone! Since the books on-line describe it as an “optional” rite, that probably means that some liturgist invented it out of whole cloth.
Here’s an excerpt from some old LTP book:

Reverend Father, these catechumens, whom I now present to you, are beginning their final period of preparation and purification leading to their initiation. They have

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Denis Boyles on “The Pope, Faith, and Reason”

Denis Boyles of NRO agrees that the problem with journalists is that they have no idea what Christianity or Islam teaches, much less have a grasp on philosophy:

Part of the problem journalists face when they have to report on complicated, somewhat obscure topics, such as Roman Catholic dogmatic theology, is that graduate journalism courses like JOM926 may stress spelling & grammar, but completely at the expense of “faith & reason.” So maybe it’s not fair to blame journalists for the inanities in the week’s reporting of what

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Welcome aboard, new Catholics!

Who’s going to be a new Catholic this Easter?
Well, among bloggers there’s Dawn Eden for starters; but then she was really one all along in potentia, I guess!
But there are other dear people on the way in, and I’m rejoicing with all of you. (This will be my 26th anniversary as a Catholic.)
Know that the saints, that great “cloud of witnesses”, cheer you on as you come into full communion with our Lord’s mystical Body. And one Heart desires it even

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Know of any good one-volume apologetics books?

A regular Catholic Light reader e-mailed me for some help picking a catechism:

…I am basically looking for a catechism that explains ‘What do Catholics believe, and why do they believe that?,’ and it has to be orthodox. I have already purchased and read Surprised by Canon Law.”

He seems to be looking for a good apologetics book, not just a good catechism. The difference is that a catechism will tell you what Catholics believe, but apologetics will tell you why.
I could name

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You may have thought of this already, but this is a teaching opportunity

The next month, as a new pope is selected, Catholics will have a great opportunity to explain why our faith is not incompatible with high culture, sex, education, personal hygiene, or any other good thing, small or large. There will be a lot of regular people who are curious about this whole Catholic thing — now is a good time to think of an explanation, if you haven’t already.

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What? Who?

On life and living in communion with the Catholic Church.

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