Sticky Faith – Part I

Sticky Faith - Part I by Steve Wood The Educational Emergency Declared by Pope Benedict XVI “The crisis of a society begins when it no longer knows how to hand down its cultural patrimony and its fundamental values to the new generations. There is, as we know, an...

Sticky Faith – Part II

Sticky Faith - Part II by Steve Wood In our last issue I mentioned that two professors from Fuller Seminary have written an insightful book entitled Sticky Faith. These researchers tried to discover precisely which type of youth ministry strategies are actually...

Luther’s Own Statements

Luther's Own Statements by Steve Wood What was Martin Luther really like? What were his thoughts about the Catholic Church once his so-called Reformation got underway? Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good...

Should a Statue of Martin Luther Be Given a Place of Honor in the Vatican?

Should a Statue of Martin Luther Be Given a Place of Honor in the Vatican? by Steve Wood What was Martin Luther really like? What were his thoughts about the Catholic Church once his so-called Reformation got underway? Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart...

100th Anniversary of Fatima – October 13, 2017

100th Anniversary of Fatima - October 13, 2017 by Stephen Wood Here are three suggestions for the most accurate statements regarding the contemporary relevance of the apparitions at Fatima in 1917. “As for the Secret, well I happen to be one of those individuals who...

Two Words that Unlock the Catholic Understanding of Justification

Two Words that Unlock the Catholic Understanding of Justification by Stephen Wood The Protestant understanding of justification is a legal one. God is viewed as a merciful judge before whom the sinner stands guilty. The judge declares the sinner, “Not guilty.”...

Bible Study: Playground or Minefield?

Bible Study: Playground or Minefield? by Steve Ray Imagine children running and tussling unsupervised in a playground. Now imagine the playground surrounded by deadly dangers: a sharp cliff dropping down a thousand feet to one side, a field of land mines, poisonous...

The Stumbling Block in My Journey Toward Catholicism

The Stumbling Block in My Journey Toward Catholicism by Stephen Wood Editor's note: In light of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on October 31st of this year, I'll be devoting newsletters between now and November 1st to the central doctrine that...

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by Stephen Wood Editor's note: In light of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on October 31st, I'll be devoting newsletters and Faith & Family broadcasts between now and November 1st to the central doctrine...

Amoris Laetitia is a ticking ‘atomic bomb’ set to obliterate all Catholic morality

Amoris Laetitia is a ticking ‘atomic bomb’ set to obliterate all Catholic morality By Peter Baklinski August 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — One of the world’s top Catholic philosophers has called Pope’ Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia a ticking “theological atomic...

An Exceptional Blessing for Catholic Children to Request in Your Diocese

An Exceptional Blessing for Catholic Children to Request in Your Diocese The age for Confirmation will be lowered to third grade, and it will be received right before First Holy Communion at the same Mass. By Peter Jesserer Smith On Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Samuel...

Strong Words from a Noted Catholic Journalist

Strong Words from a Noted Catholic Journalist Article by Phil Lawler, Director, Catholic Culture/Editor, Catholic World News Something snapped last Friday, when Pope Francis used the day’s Gospel reading as one more opportunity to promote his own view on divorce and...

The Four Cardinals and the Encyclical in the Room

The Four Cardinals and the Encyclical in the Room The essential questions remain what they have always been: "what is freedom and what is its relationship to the truth contained in God's law? what is the role of conscience in man's moral development?" By Carl E. Olson...

How the Search for Truth Led Me from Atheism to Catholicism

How the Search for Truth Led Me from Atheism to Catholicism by Jennifer Fulwiler "Best Conversion Story that I've read in 25 years."  Steve Wood ***** Jennifer Fulwiler is a former atheist who was born and raised with the natural materialist worldview that says, “If...

Humanae Vitae, Germany, And Amoris Laetitia

Humanae Vitae, Germany, And Amoris Laetitia by John F. Kippley (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality [Ignatius]. He is involved in the NFP movement and is available for presentations related to Humanae...

Why 2017 is Such a Critical Moment

Why 2017 is Such a Critical Moment Will you join me in special prayer this year, the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions? by Msgr. Charles Pope   I have written elsewhere about why I think that 2017 will be a critical year. I believe it will be a year of...

Q&A: Attending a Same-Sex Wedding?

Q&A: Attending a Same-Sex Wedding? by Father Jeff Kirby Q. My husband has a sibling who is getting married to a same-sex partner. They have been together for years. Given our religious beliefs, are we able to attend the ceremony? (Greenville, SC) A. This is one of...

Some Catholics are ‘Unnerved’ by Current Events in the Church, says Cardinal Pell

Some Catholics are 'Unnerved' by Current Events in the Church, says Cardinal Pell by Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald The cardinal said that conscience must refer to revealed truth and the moral law Cardinal George Pell has said that “a number of regularly worshipping...

Evolution Just Got Harder to Defend

Photo: Stromatolites – Shark Bay World Heritage Area By Eric Metaxas There’s an old story about a chemist, a physicist, and an economist stranded on a desert island with nothing to eat but a can of soup. Puzzling over how to open the can, the chemist says, “Let’s heat...

Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution By Msgr. Charles Pope We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There...

The Existence of God

The Existence of God by Robert Herman BS, AM, MD Scientists have postulated that life on this planet began in a “primordal soup”, a pond or sheltered bay that was teaming with thousands of chemicals.  Over millions or billions of years, as these chemicals interacted,...

What the Church Teaches about the Papal Office

What the Church Teaches about the Papal Office by Father Christopher Smith, STD/PhD As Catholics, we have a great love for the Pope. But it is important to know what the Church actually teaches about the papal office. Occasionally I come across people who think that...

Timeless Catholic Truth from St. Pope John Paul II

Timeless Catholic Truth from St. John Paul II: Communion for Divorced Persons Who Have Civilly Remarried? Familiaris Consortio – Section 84 “…Finally, there are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes...

Scary Story about the Power of the Rosary

This is a powerful but disturbing story regarding the power of the Rosary.  It regards notorious Florida serial killer Ted Bundy.  Some people are so far lost in sin they become dominated by evil, but Our Lord, through Our Lady, has power over them: At 3: 00 am on...

A Tale of Two Churches

A Tale of Two Churches by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not...