The Scripture, the Magisterium, and the Foundation for Both

There has been a thought floating through my mind that I want to throw out there. Unfortunately, like so many of these topics, there needs to be a “setting of the stage” so please be patient. —Setting the Stage: Scripture and Magisterium— So far as I understand the issues, the Roman Catholics hold to a … Continue reading The Scripture, the Magisterium, and the Foundation for Both

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Short thoughts from Cardinal Ratzinger on modern Christian thought

I’m currently reading, and am almost done with, The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. On August 15, 1984, journalist Vittorio Messori interviewed Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI). This book is a compilation of that interview and discusses a lot of interesting things. Many of the … Continue reading Short thoughts from Cardinal Ratzinger on modern Christian thought

Catholicism and “slavery of the mind” from Catholics

These quotes remind of something an older Catholic told me. He had flitted around several denominations searching.  We were eating donuts after Mass and I was asking him about his conversion.  Among other things, he told me he was finally in the realm of absolutes and not opinion.  There was a definite Church with definite teaching. … Continue reading Catholicism and “slavery of the mind” from Catholics