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Latin-Rite Catholic layman with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts focused on Aristotelian Thomism. Particularly interested in classical philosophy as assimilated into Christian traditions, and traditional liturgy.


Dec
20
awarded  Yearling
Aug
28
comment If one's entry into the church is solemnized by baptism, then how does one leave the church?
"It is possible for a person to leave a local church and transfer membership to another church for any legitimate reason" -- and even this is an informal procedure (even though most parishes will have paperwork for both ends of it). My understanding is that parish registration has no canonical significance. It just determines who sends you donation envelopes!
Aug
26
comment What has been said about happy unbelievers?
Can you expand on the distinction between "soul" and "spirit"?
Aug
23
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
@fredsbend Interesting. Maybe this needs to go to chat -- but just to go back briefly to the concrete context here: When I hear "the land" in an Old Testament verse I find it nearly impossible to limit my thinking to the physical land of Israel. Obviously the physical Promised Land is the starting point, and any other sense has to be grounded in that literal sense, but stopping at the literal sense just doesn't fit in any way with my thinking about the Old Testament. I guess maybe I am wondering why one would want to stop there, or perhaps what more fundamental principles govern that choice?
Aug
22
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
@fredsbend Is your claim about Proverbs fairly standard? It doesn't sit right with me as a Catholic, and even a casual perusal of patristic commentary indicates that there is a long Christian tradition of reading Proverbs spiritually. I am just wondering if/when the opposite approach became standard.
Aug
22
comment Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?
Are you saying that "the land" is just not a type, or that it's not being used as a type in this verse?
Aug
22
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
simple grammar fix
Aug
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
20
comment Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
@DanAndrews An old Catholic tradition does hold that Mary Magdalen and Mary of Bethany (the sister of Lazarus and Martha) are the same woman.
Aug
20
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
"public" => "well-known"
Aug
20
revised Infant Baptism and Heaven
add link to Pope Pius XII's allocution to midwives
Aug
20
comment Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
@IndigoGirl Yes absolutely. St. Mary Magdalen is a great model and patron for anyone who thinks himself/herself "too big of a sinner" for God -- for Christ can wipe all that away in a moment just as He did for her. Along the same lines, the Magdalen teaches us that sanctity is not reserved for those who have never fallen.
Aug
20
answered Infant Baptism and Heaven
Aug
20
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
"St." Mary Magdalen
Aug
20
comment Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
@DanAndrews Good point I will add a little more to my answer to address that objection.
Aug
20
revised Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
restore inadvertently-dropped quotation mark to Gospel excerpt
Aug
20
answered Why has Mary Magdalene been portrayed as a prostitute?
Aug
16
comment How is the Catholic interpretation of the Woman of the Apocalypse as being Mary reconciled with the dogma of perpetual virginity?
I don't think that a pseudonymous post from a CAF discussion forum is suitable source material for this site. Perhaps a staff response on one of the ask-an-expert forums would be OK, though. In any case I think your answer is quite sufficient without the CAF quote.
Aug
14
comment Is there any evidence for the claim that the Catholic church suppressed translation of Scripture?
This answer would be much better if it reconciled the existence of many vernacular editions of Scripture produced by Catholics before Vatican II (Douay Rheims, Confraternity, Knox, and Jerusalem come immediately to mind) with this confusing sentence: "Translation into other languages by Roman Catholics was forbidden by Papal decree until Vatican II."
Aug
13
comment What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory?
@JamesT gosh I wonder what passages Calvin had in mind? It takes only a moment with Google to find enthusiastic references to prayer for the dead in Augustine, and of course it is presented by Augustine as a practice "handed down by the Fathers". (I realize this comment thread is not an ideal forum for this discussion and would be happy to take it to chat, although I'm not entirely sure how to do that...)