But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 08 March 2019 19:26

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 3/9/19

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There’s no news story connected to the photo above of CNN host, Chris Cuomo, with ashes prominently displayed on his forehead. I had flipped on the TV this past Wednesday, which was Ash Wednesday for Catholics, and there was Cuomo, promoting his Catholic affiliation with ashes on his...

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A few days ago, I was thinking about our one-year (May 2014-June 2015), increasingly troubling stay at a small Southern Baptist church in town and I thought I’d write a short post about the experience.

I’ve referred many times to my very long prodigal “season” away from the...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 21:22

150 years of spiritually deadly error

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY: 150 Years of Faith, Hope and Charity The (Rochester) Catholic Courier, 2017, 324 pages

I was raised a Roman Catholic and remained a part of that religion until I was twenty-seven-years-old, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior by faith alone. I live in a...

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Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the 40-day Lenten season for Roman Catholics. It’s become our first-day-of-Lent tradition here at excatholic4christ to roll out this old post, originally written in 2016, which examines some of the labyrinthine complexities of Catholicism’s...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 21:03

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – #91.

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

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Friday, 01 March 2019 19:19

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 3/2/19

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Last week’s sex abuse summit at the Vatican was essentially a PR event meant to appease some of the membership’s and general public’s indignation. Many of the cardinals and bishops who attended the...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:46

Polar Opposite Popes?

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The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World By Anthony McCarten Flatiron Books, 2019, 233 pages

It’s safe to say the average, church-going Catholic layperson fulfills their mass obligation every Sunday, but is unaware of much of the labyrinthine complexities of their...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:21

Another strange Catholic paradox

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The Roman Catholic church has an enormous catalog full of rites, rituals, ceremonies, observances, and laws. But of all of Romes’ many practices, it says the most important is the celebration of the eucharist aka the mass.

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian...

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I took the above enlarged photo with my iPhone through the windshield of my car as I was driving home from work last week. I was driving around 60 mph at the time and took the photo with one hand. Definitely don’t try this at home! Forgive the poor quality.  Yes, I even photoshopped it...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 18:56

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – # 86.

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

This week, we will...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 19:24

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 2/16/19

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In response to the escalating revelations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up, which reach up to the highest levels of Catholicism’s hierarchy, pope Francis called for the upcoming “abuse...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:51

Cutthroat politics in the push to make the pope infallible

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Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church By John W. O’Malley Belknap Press, 2018, 320 pages

Some of my recent readings about the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility prompted me to download the ebook version of this very interesting book.

In the 19th-century, as...

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Most everyone is familiar with the bogus “Shroud of Turin,” the alleged burial shroud of Jesus displayed at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. But few are aware of the extremely large number of other purported “relics” throughout Roman...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

This week, we will...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 20:45

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 2/9/19

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Nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Protestant literature included many convent escape narratives written by ex-nuns that testified of rampant abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) within Catholic convents. Catholic...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 20:08

Mother Teresa?

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…she believed in works salvation and universal redemption, both taught by her Catholic church.

“When I asked (Mother Teresa) whether she converted (anyone), she answered, ‘Yes, I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu, or a better Muslim, or a better Protestant, or a better...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:41

Shining a light on the dark secrets of the Catholic priesthood

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“Gay Priests and the Self-Loathing of the Catholic Church” By Andrew Sullivan New York Magazine, January 21-February 3, 2019, pp. 18-25, 82-83

I was an altar boy from 5th through 8th grade and served at masses at our parish church on Sundays, Saturdays, and weekdays. In my capacity as an...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:24

Is the Pope the Antichrist?

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Antichrist Revealed: Described in Scripture…Fulfilled in the Papacy By Carol White Amazon Digital Services, 2017, 45 pages

Last week, I posted about a valuable little quarterly, the Ulster Bulwark, published by the Evangelical Protestant Society of Northern Ireland (see here). One of the...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 19:42

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – # 80.

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

This week, we will...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:33

A small publication that’s well worth reading

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Back several decades ago, when I was a young Christian, I used to enjoy getting a few Christian periodicals in the mail, including “Moody Monthly” and “The Sword of the Lord.” These days, there’s so much information available via the internet (good and bad) that...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:48

Another betrayal of the Gospel in the push for “unity”

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Justified in Christ: The Doctrines of Peter Martyr Vermigli and John Henry Newman and Their Ecumenical Implications By Chris Castaldo Pickwick Publications, 2017, 234 pages

I’m already acquainted with the author of this book, evangelical pastor Chris Castaldo. I’ve reviewed two books he...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:39

Was Mary really sinless?

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Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary was conceived without original sin and lived a totally sinless life. Why do they teach such a thing? Because Mary holds such an exalted place in Catholicism and is claimed to share many of the offices of Jesus Christ (e.g., Advocate, Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix,...

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Breaking News: I’m very pleased to report that, today, New York State passed the Child Victims Act. Story below:

They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y.

For thirteen long years, the Roman Catholic church determinedly fought the passage of the Child Victims Act,...

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