Theology

The last couple of days have brought some good news from the current synod of bishops on the family. Where things are going is still far from certain and there is still reason for concern, but there have been a number of welcoming signs. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . […]

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Most Catholics have never even heard of the “law of gradualness,” but it became big news this week at the Synod on the Family. What is the law of gradualness, and what role does it play in Catholic thought? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is the […]

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October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .   1) What is a guardian angel? A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned to guard a particular person, […]

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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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