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Former Anglican (in the Anglo-Catholic tradition from age 9), now a Roman Catholic in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK.


May
4
comment What are the essential components of a Protestant evangelical church?
Hmm. Your edit seems to have invalidated my answer. Oh well...
May
2
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
@PeterTurner Feeding so many and having so much left over is the miracle. I don't see why that's so difficult to grasp, I'm afraid.
May
2
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
@davidbrainerd Quite. I don't know why people insist on twisting Francis' words to suit their own agenda. If what he said is read in context, he does not go against tradition: the small amount of food does not run out but keeps being divided and feeds them all.
May
1
comment Who did Abraham worship?
I think there are too many questions here, I'm afraid. It should be possible to distill this to get the information you're really interested in (and probably mention the supplementary stuff as well), but it's not obvious enough what the main question is. If it's simply "Who did Abraham worship," then the answer is "God, as he had revealed himself to Abraham and his people."
May
1
comment Why do we have to go to organized institutions to practice our beliefs?
@GabriëlWolmarans Some do. That is the ideal; it's not always possible.
May
1
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
I think you're reading too much into it. The Pope is quite capable of teaching on the poor -- I know he saw quite a lot of poverty in Buenos Aires -- but on this occasion, on the Sunday after Corpus Christi, he's teaching about the Eucharist.
May
1
comment Miracle of the loaves and fishes, multiplication or sharing?
I don't believe I'm wrong. I believe @davidbrainerd's answer (if I remember it correctly) had it right: the miracle is that five loaves and two fish did stretch that far. Nothing else can be inferred from the Pope's quoted sentence read in context -- the sentence before "This is the miracle" is important.
Apr
30
comment Freemasons and Christains
Hugely related and may be duplicates: Evangelicals and Freemasonry | Catholics and Freemasonry
Apr
30
comment The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
@bruisedreed It is for the Magesterium to make the judgement. There are various interpretations of co-redemptrix: I can see why you object to the term, and I can see why Iranaeus' epithet supports it.
Apr
30
comment The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
@bruisedreed I have answered it. The Church has not expressed an opinion on whether it is in error or not; and neither will I. You could choose to say that if the Church has not accepted it, it must be an erroneous doctrine; but not having declared it as erroneous means it might accept it in the future.
Apr
30
comment The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
@H "O happy fault! O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!" @b It has not been held either to be in error or not in error. And my opinion is neither here nor there.
Apr
29
comment The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
Maria co-redemptrix is not a formally-defined dogma, although Irenaeus (before 200AD) referred to Mary as "cause of our salvation" because she bore Christ. It is in that way that without Mary there would be no salvation.
Apr
28
comment Why doesn't Catholic Church support female priesthood?
Oh, and Inter Insigniores, Christifideles laici, and Presbyterorum ordinis.
Apr
28
comment Why doesn't Catholic Church support female priesthood?
I think this is probably too big a question to get a full answer ("If you can imagine a book written on the subject..."). Answers will need to consider Gaudum et Spes, Lumen Gentium, Redemptoris Mater, Mulieris Dignitatem and Apostolicam Actuositatem. Not to mention Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
Um. The Bishop of Rome is a Roman Catholic bishop. First in Wikipedia's list. As the principal bishop in the catholic Church of Christ, he's pope.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
You miss the point. The conclave does not elect the pope: it elects the Bishop of Rome, and it always has done. The Bishop of Rome is the pope.
Apr
27
comment Can a married person be elected as the Pope?
@Dundee Actually the conclave elects the bishop of Rome, who is pope because Rome is the primary see. I'll attempt to find a reference, but as the custom is buried in antiquity, there may not be much online to link to.
Apr
25
comment Why does a beheaded saint have the halo above the stump?
St Chrysolius had the top of his head sliced off, and was a student of St Denys.
Apr
24
comment Catholic Marriage to an Infertile spouse
I've found a full treatment of this question in a blog by a real canon lawyer.
Apr
24
comment Why are there no longer large-scale miracles from God?
Whatever. I didn't realise you were a neurosurgeon. Sorry about that.