A moment of grace: A universal affirmation of faith.

Responding to a rather complicated, multi-point,
on-line question about my Catholic faith,
a rather simple, all encompassing answer came to mind.
I share it with you, here:

God answers my prayers. God provides for all my needs.
God speaks to me when I need to hear from him.
God blesses me beyond measure.
God gives me hope.
For my part, I do my best to know, love and serve God,
every way I can, and to give him the thanks,
praise and worship that he is due.

The answers to three key Catholic questions speak volumes

questionOnce again let me stress that I developed this set of questions in the mid-1980s as a journalistic tool. The goal, when asking these questions, is to listen carefully to the answers.

It is especially interesting, of course, to note when people remain silence or try to find a way to maneuver around the questions without answering.

Different types of believers, of course, have different answers. The goal is to listen carefully and then respond with follow-up questions that yield nuggets of on-the-record doctrinal, as opposed to political, information. The goal is to transcend mere labels.

Here are those questions, once again:

(1) Are the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus accurate? Did this event really happen?

(2) Is salvation found through Jesus Christ, alone? Was Jesus being literal when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)?

(3) Is sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage a sin?

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What Journalists Should Ask Liberals and “Enlightened” Conservatives About Marriage

In case no one has noticed, journalists never ask Democrats the hard questions regarding homosexuality—and I mean never.  Perhaps our news show hosts should ask their guests and panelists these questions:

1.  Many compare same-sex marriage to interracial marriage. In what specific ways is homosexuality like race?

2. If the institution of marriage has nothing inherently to do with sexual complementarity and procreative potential, then why should it be limited to two people or to people who are not close blood relatives?

3. If marriage is—as the Left claims it is–solely the institutional recognition of deeply felt, intense loving feelings between people, why should the government prohibit two brothers who are in love from marrying? If people should be allowed to marry whomever they love—as the Left claims they should be–then why shouldn’t two brothers and their mutual boyfriend be permitted to marry?

4. Does marriage have an inherent nature that government merely recognizes, or does society create it out of whole cloth?

5. Are rights granted to couples or to individuals?

6. Are rights accorded to people based on their objective characteristics or on their subjective feelings and volitional acts?

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A few basic catechism questions for post-Vatican II Catholics

 Who is buried in Jesus’ tomb?

If you didn’t know the answer to that one, try this:

Who is buried in Mary’s tomb?

And finally…

Who is buried in St. Peter’s tomb – and where is that tomb located?

Ten questions every Catholic (even children) should be able to answer

  1. What are the two kinds of sin (original and actual)
  2. What are the two kinds of actual sin (mortal and venial)? What’s the difference?
  3. Name the three Persons of the Holy Trinity
  4. Is there one God or three Gods?
  5. Name the 7 Sacraments

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Crass, insensitive, but necessary questions for President Obama.


President Obama: Do Sasha and Malia have any aborted brothers or sisters? If so, how many? Is that the reason for your unqualified support for abortion rights? Did the First Lady consult with you about that? Are you in denial? Do you have any regrets? Does Mrs. Obama?