Mary “remained a virgin by conceiving her Son, virgin in giving birth, virgin in carrying him, virgin in nourishing him with her breast, always virgin” (CCC 510) Once upon a time, almost no Christian denied that Mary the mother of Jesus was a perpetually virgin: Protestants included. Among the early leaders of this movement, virtually …

Catholics believe in Jesus Christ and his all-sufficient saving work on the cross (ours to be received by grace alone), just as Protestants do. We only deny an extreme position of Faith Alone. Saint Paul contrasts grace and / or faith with the works of Scripture, only in one particular sense: the “works” of Jewish …

God became man (Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior). The incarnation was the event in salvation history that raised matter to heights never before unknown. All created matter was “good” from the start (Gn 1,25), but was “glorified” by the incarnation. Ritual and “physicality” were not abolished by the coming of Christ. Quite the contrary: …

By analogy, the biblical accounts of “apparitions” or of visions or dreams of deceased persons are of the same essential nature as a Marian apparition. Angels (i.e. also creatures like men) could also be included in such a survey, but the stories of angels are relatively well known, and for the sake of analogy and …

Confirmation (1712), by Giuseppe Crespi (1665-1747) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-6-08) *** [all passages: RSV] *** THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON PEOPLE Wisdom 9:17 Who has learned your counsel, unless you have given wisdom and sent your holy Spirit from on high? Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, he immediately …

The Ebla clay tablets provided researchers with a wealth of information on cultural practices and myths, court affairs, ancient languages, foreign and domestic affairs and policies of the ancient city of Ebla between 2500 BC and the destruction of the site in 2250 BC. In addition, these clay tablets provide key evidence of controversial Bible …

Russian icon of Saint Paul / Apostle Paul (1550) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** [slightly modified excerpt from my book, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] *** [For a brief historical explanation of this vexed issue of the Protestant Revolt (aka “Reformation”): see: Catholic Indulgences: History & Myths.] *** Biblical evidence of indulgences Matthew 16:19 [RSV] …

From my notes for The Catholic Answer Bible [later expanded as The New Catholic Answer Bible] (Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 2002): The Catholic Church teaches that a valid sacramental marriage between two baptized Christians is permanent or indissoluble. No power on earth can dissolve it. This is based on the explicit teaching of Jesus. …

1 Samuel 28: 12-15 When the woman saw Samuelshe cried in a loud voice; and the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul. [13] The king said to him: “Do not be afraid; What do you see? “And the woman said to Saul,” I see a god coming up out …

. . . by reference to texts on the omniscient attributes of God the Father Christ Pantocrator mosaic (13th century) in Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]** [all Bible passages: RSV] * * * God knows what is in the hearts of men * God the Father * 1 Samuel 16: 7 …