Happy Canada Day: Patriotism and Catholicism

Happy Canada Day!  To my non-Canadian readers, let me inform you that today is Canada Day; the anniversary of the birth of our nation, similar to what July 4 is to Americans.  Today, Canada turns 150 years old.  This may seem impressive but in the end does it really matter?  Although I am a tax paying citizen of Canada, my earthly citizenship is far less relevant compared to my eternal citizenship.  I’m also a member of the Catholic Church, an organization that has existed since the New Testament and will continue to exist until the end of time.  Canada can’t beat that.

Building a Bridge by Fr. James Martin, SJ

A Review

On June 13, 2017, the book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity was released.  It was written by the well known American Jesuit Fr. James Martin.  A few things should be pointed out about this book.  The first is that it is not published by a Catholic publishing company; it is published by HarperOne like most of his books.  Second, while it doesn’t contain the Imprimatur from the local Bishop, it does contain an Imprimi Potest from Fr. John Cicero, the Jesuit Provincial Superior of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.  I think that says quite a big about the current state of the Jesuits.  Lastly, Fr. Martin is known to be a rank modernist.  I didn’t expect the apostolic faith to be upheld in this book.  In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t.

Effective Debating Techniques

I debate with many groups of people.  Debating takes a lot of practice and a lot of logic.  It is especially important that one knows how to disarm arguments against your position.  This is often done by shifting the burden of proof.  I will provide two examples.  One with respect to abortion and the other with respect to Islam.

The Catholic Soul of England

Glastonbury Abbey – A Monastery that stood for over 800 years before Cromwell executed the Abbot and looted the treasury

England is a very interesting country.  It is a nation who’s Empire once spanned the globe and spread English values to the farthest reaches of the Earth.  I live in Canada which was founded as an English colony.  The country also has a very rich Catholic history.  If you were to visit England 500 years ago, you would have seen about 900 religious houses throughout the country.  These included monasteries, abbeys, priories, convents, friaries, and other religious houses.  The religious life was by no means restricted to the clergy.  They played a large role in the life, culture, and economy of England.  What happened to this rich Catholic monastic life?

Refuting Matt Slick on Mary as the Queen of Heaven

The Queen of Heaven – The Blessed Virgin Mary

I have responded to Matt Slick in the past.  Not long ago, I wrote a piece against his views on the Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament. Since Slick has criticized many other doctrines of the Catholic Church, I thought that I would respond to some of them. Today I will tackle his argument that Mary cannot be the Queen of Heaven in Revelation 12:1-2.  His article on this issue can be found here:

https://carm.org/revelation12mary

Ken Temple, Pope Honorius, St. Francis de Sales & Papal Infallibility

On a post from a while back, Protestant apologist Ken Temple brought up the issue of the heretic Pope Honorius and how he supposedly disproved the Catholic doctrine of Papal infallibility.  I referred him to the 2000 debate between Robert Sungenis and James White.  He then responded via comment:

Peter Kreeft Dabbles in Modernism

Catholic Philosopher Peter Kreeft

I recently listened to a podcast from Catholic Answers where Peter Kreeft was a guest.  For those who don’t know, Peter Kreeft is a Catholic convert from Calvinism and one of the greatest Philosophers of our day.  Both Catholics and Protestants read his works and make good use of them.  He is also heavily involved in the pro-life movement and has written books like The Unaborted Socrates.  In other words, we have a lot to thank him for.

Altering Your Mind to Think Like a Christian

The sunset in my hometown with the Bow River and mountain range in the background.

In Western society, we are brainwashed.  We are taught that good is evil and evil is good.  Over the last three years, I have spent long hours studying and realizing that the post-enlightenment Western world is demonic.  I now oppose modern Western values with all my soul.