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The Birds Will Still Sing: All you have to do is visit a Protestant church an...

Some recent events have served to dramatise the significance of this post by the great Father Andrew Denton,the young Rector of Domus Australia in the Eternal City. It should lead us all to consider how "comfortable"we have become in the living of our Faith. Please go over to Father's Blog - you will enjoy it! 



The Birds Will Still Sing: All you have to do is visit a Protestant church an...:  Posted some weeks back, but very timely :Allowing for the thankfully-changed position of Catholics in the contemporary free world, we can certainly still ask ourselves whether we wo...

SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM EPHESUS

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We continue our re-visiting of the life and works of Saint Paul:


St Paul Writes from Ephesus




In AD 54 St Paul, now in Ephesus, writes to the Galatians. Now 50-51 years old, he has been a Catholic for 20 or 21 years.


He had founded the church in Galatia only two years ago in AD 52, and had made a further visit to the Galatians in AD 53. He has been greatly disturbed by reports reaching him, that these Gentile converts were being led astray by Judaizers. These Jewish converts, most of Pharisaical training, had often been – and would continue to be, the bane of Paul’s missionary life.


Among the Galatians, the Judaizers had advanced three arguments:


Paul was not a “real” Apostle as were those appointed prior to the Crucifixion;


Paul was false to the teaching of Christ and the true Apostles in teaching that converts to Christ, Jew or Gentile, were not bound by the Law;


Gentile converts must be circumcised and submit to the ritual and dietary requirements of the Law.










From the heart of the large and…

SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM CORINTH PART II

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St Paul Writes from Corinth, Part II

The Letter to the Romans
SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED since St Paul wrote his letters to the Thessalonians from Corinth. In these busy, tumultuous years St Paul has covered thousands of miles back and forth from Damascus to Illyricum the Roman province across the Adriatic from Italy which marked the Imperial border with the barbarian regions to the North. He is now the mature Apostolic missionary. His exertions in preaching, teaching, travel on foot, shipwreck, imprisonment, beatings and narrow escapes from death have taken their toll.
Yet he remains keen to bring more and more Gentiles to Christ. In the East he has established many churches, visited and re-visited them, and set over them bishops and priests he knows will do as much as can be done to keep them faithful. Now he has his sights set on Spain. But, on his way to that Western bulwark of the Empire of Rome, he plans to satisfy a long-held desire to visit the well-established church in Rome itself.
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ST.PAUL WRITES FROM CORINTH PART I

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We continue our re-visiting of the life of Saint Paul St Paul Writes from Corinth

ST. PAUL’S VERY FIRST LETTERS WHICH WE HAVE, WERE WRITTEN IN 51-52 AD from Corinth when Paul was 47–49 years old. Six years and thousands of missionary miles later, now aged 53–55 years, he once again wrote from Corinth.


As we have seen, Corinth lies 40 miles west of Athens on the Ionian coast, a few miles across a narrow neck of land from the Aegean port of Cenchrae. Two hundred miles of coastline separated the two ports, including the treacherous Cape Malea
Here Paul, after being effectively driven out of the synagogue, taught from the house of a convert – Titius Justus – next door to the synagogue. Re-assured by a vision of Our Lord, he remained in Corinth preaching and teaching for 18 months.
Busy as he was in his very successful preaching to the Gentiles in Corinth (and also converting Crispus, the leader of the synagogue and his household), Paul still bore in his heart and mind the converts he had made …

THE BRISBANE HERESY DEMOLISHED - WHEN DID CHRIST FIRST KNOW HE IS GOD?

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The Author of this article is a remarkable young American Priest, Father Dylan Schrader. In careful scholarly fashion he totally demolishes what I have come to call the Brisbane Heresy. Many thanks to you Father Schrader!


Father Schrader has very kindly given his permission for the reproduction of his paper here at Vexilla Regis and later in FOUNDATION.






WHEN DID CHRIST KNOW THAT HE IS GOD?




(In May of this year we drew attention to Brisbane Archbishop John A. Bathersby’s Advent Pastoral of 2006, which repeated a favourite theme of His Grace, which is at variance with the Church’s teaching, and we corrected it with one example of Papal Teaching. We discovered the following presentation of the truth written by a brilliant young American Priest, Father Dylan Schrader, and he has kindly agreed to us reproducing it here and in due course in FOUNDATION.)

A Brief Explanation of the Catholic Answer by Rev. Dylan Schrader.
The Background : Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, from the m…