Theology

It is well known that the Church regards the bishops as the successors of the apostles. For example, the Second Vatican Council taught: This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth […]

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There are passages in the Bible that speak of the dead as if they are asleep. As a result, some Christians have adopted a view known as “soul sleep,” which holds that we are not conscious between our death and resurrection. This would mean that the intercession of the saints would go out the window. […]

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The Catholic Church associates the image of fire with the final purification known as purgatory. Why does it do this? Is there a scriptural basis for this image? Also, what kind of fire is this? In past centuries, many theologians have speculated that it might be a form of material fire. Although that has been […]

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Many people are wondering what will happen at the end of the current investigation of Medjugorje. As a result, they’re trying to figure out what attitude Pope Francis takes toward the reported apparitions. On Thursday, Pope Francis made remarks which some people think tipped his hand and revealed his attitude. Here are 10 things to […]

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What is revelation?

by Jimmy Akin

in Theology

“Revelation” is a mysterious-sounding word. Sometimes it conjures visions in our minds of the end of the world. That happens when we think of the last book of the Bible—the Book of Revelation. But even when the word isn’t being used that way, it suggests something powerful and mysterious. This is a bit of a […]

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The mainstream media is all atwitter made by Pope Francis’s incoming secretary of state about the possibility of eliminating clerical celibacy. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this yet another indication of Pope Francis “breaking with tradition”? Is this an indication the mind of Pope Francis himself? Is it a major new […]

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Pope Francis has just released his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, or “the light of faith.” The first encyclical of a pope is always closely watched, because it frequently signals the way in which he intends to govern the Church. This new encyclical is even more intriguing because much of it was actually written by former Pope Benedict. […]

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When you look around society today, it doesn’t look good. Even in the Church, people are committing abortion and contraception. They are sleeping together outside of marriage, using porn, and doing a host of other things that can endanger their souls. It can be tempting to conclude that most Catholics in America today are going […]

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On the Cross, Jesus offered his life as a sacrifice to make it possible for us to be saved. But what about the people who lived before he made that sacrifice? How can they be saved? How did his death relate to them? Let’s take a look at that . . .   An Outstanding […]

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  It’s great to have strong faith, to feel confident in what you believe. That way you can “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). But not everybody is at that point. Some people are still coming […]

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