Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and Other Objections Part 2

The belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a dogma unique to Catholicism.  Catholics believe that by a special act of God’s favor and grace in her role to become the mother of God, Mary was conceived without original sin.  We also believed she remained sinless her entire life.  The Orthodox churches often affirm … Continue reading Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and Other Objections Part 2

Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and Other Objections Part 1

The belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a dogma unique to Catholicism.  Catholics believe that by a special act of God’s favor and grace in her role to become the Mother of God, Mary was conceived without original sin.  We also believed she remained sinless her entire life.  The Orthodox churches often affirm … Continue reading Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and Other Objections Part 1

Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and “All Have Sinned”

The belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a dogma unique to Catholicism.  Catholics believe by a special act of God’s favor and grace in her role to become the mother of God, Mary was conceived without original sin.  We also believed she remained sinless her entire life.  The Orthodox churches often affirm they … Continue reading Mary, The Immaculate Conception, and “All Have Sinned”

Sacred Images – The Veneration of Images Honors the Reality They Represent

In my last post I reviewed the charge made by some that Catholics “leave out” the commandment that forbids creating images, and why that claim is false.  In this post, I will review why we do make sacred images and venerate them, and how we understand that does not violate God’s command to not make … Continue reading Sacred Images – The Veneration of Images Honors the Reality They Represent

Sacred Images – Do Catholics “Leave out” a Commandment?

A common charge against the Catholic Church is we “leave out” one of the commandments – specifically the one to not make idols.  An example of this thinking: The Catholic Church long ago began making allowances for the idolatrous use of images by the way they reference the Ten Commandments.  In the Catholic catechism and … Continue reading Sacred Images – Do Catholics “Leave out” a Commandment?

The Saints – Does God Hear Prayers Based On Who is Praying?

Another very common objection we can find to the Catholic understanding of prayer to the saints is this: God does not answer prayers based on who is praying.  God answers prayers based on whether they are asked according to His will (1 John 5:14-15)…..  No one in heaven has any greater access to God's throne … Continue reading The Saints – Does God Hear Prayers Based On Who is Praying?

The Saints and Their Relics

The catechism tells us “Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful.  The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, … Continue reading The Saints and Their Relics