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Michael Goodwin: Former Evangelical

January 25, 2016

Michael Goodwin grew up on the east end of Long Island in a home of devout Christian parents. From a young age, he was taught by his parents to love and follow Jesus while being encouraged to deepen his faith by worshipping and serving at the local, Evangelical, Bible church near his hometown. In college, Michael began noticing “gaps” in the Church history he was provided by fellow church members and his college. Thus began a long journey that would eventually lead him to the fullness of the Catholic faith. ... more
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Hard Verses: Violent Retribution & Anachronistic Customs in Scripture, Genesis 34 and 1 Corinthians 11

October 15, 2015

How does the violence of the Old Testament “mesh” with the peaceful teachings of Jesus? Is it a sin for Christian women to attend church without a head covering? ... more

Taking God out of My Pocket: A Journey from Methodism to Orthodoxy to Rome

July 20, 2015

St. Paul — perhaps the greatest convert of all — was nonetheless suspicious of converts. In his First Letter to Timothy 3:6, concerning one who aspires to the office of bishop, St. Paul says: “He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit.” So it may be a good thing that I am not a recent convert. I have had time to cool down, to reflect, and to mitigate, if not eliminate, the “puffiness” and “conceit” to which St. Paul refers. The main part of my conversion ... more

From “A Church” to “The Church”: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 4)

June 30, 2015

Conversion to Catholicism often involves tough choices and a transformation in a person’s thinking. This is nowhere more evident than in one’s thinking about the Church. Even many lifelong Catholics have difficulty thinking about the Church properly, much less thinking with the Church. One reason is that they have adopted many secular ideas from the culture around them. ... more
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Members of the Church — Romans 15 & 16

May 6, 2015

Women clergy? Responsibility to other Christians? Greet each other with a holy kiss? ... more

From “Private Judgment” to “Universal Consent”: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 2)

April 2, 2015

Remaining Catholic is as important as becoming Catholic. That’s why it’s so important to understand that conversion is not a one-time event in the life of a Catholic. In fact, every year the Church sets aside a six-week period where conversion is front and center. Lent is a time when every member of the Church is asked to acknowledge his or her need for deeper conversion. ... more

From Here to Eternity: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part One)

March 24, 2015

Becoming a Catholic can be a difficult row to hoe. The process of conversion is a complex one that involves almost every aspect of a person’s life. When people experience internal struggles of faith, marital discord because of possible conversion, the alienation of family members, or the loss of employment, the inherent obstacles of conversion hit them right in the face. ... more

A Culture Divided, a Church United?

October 14, 2014

The call for Christian unity resounds more loudly than ever. In what appears to be a disintegrating culture, unity among Christians may be the one source of real hope. ... more

History and the Necessity of Continuity

October 9, 2014

Fr. Ray Ryland, a convert from the Anglican Church, talks about the importance of continuity within Christianity and Christian history. He explores the concept of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ. ... more

At One with the Eucharistic Lord

November 18, 2013

In June 1950, I rang the bell of the Catholic chaplain’s residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. I had just graduated from Rutgers’ New Jersey College for Women, was preparing for a future as a Methodist missionary, and, having been reared in a very anti-Catholic home, was determined to take the opportunity to talk to a priest and “set him straight,” as it were. The housekeeper answered the door and introduced me to the chaplain (I don’t recall his name). ... more
Kenneth Howell

Can We Ever Have True Christian Unity?

September 5, 2013

Can we ever have true Christian unity? It seems that there are five unities of Christianity: mystical, ecclesial, sacramental, doctrinal, and governmental. The trinitarian God (one in three and three in one) has all five unities. The mystical union of persons dwells in one divine essence (body – ecclesial). They have this unity because they dwell in one another (sacramental). They are united in truth (doctrine).  And they are rightly ordered: Father-Son-Holy Spirit.  Can we ever have true Christian unity without being united in these five unities of God? ... more
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Confessions of a Protestant Pew Potato

April 9, 2012

Oh, no, I thought to myself, here we go again. Some latecomers had forced us to move into the middle of the pew. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of the pew in a Catholic church if you’re a Protestant “pew potato.” ... more