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The Lord’s Providential Call by Fire – Carmen DaMota

Providential Call by Fire During the Brazilian depression in 1934 my father abandoned our home and my mother found herself with the total responsibility of caring for her family. We were quite poor, my parents had struggled to overcome difficulties and hard times, but our family had togetherness. That is, until my father’s frequent visits to a “Spiritist Read More

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Liberation Theology Infused in Western Thinking

Latin American liberation theology has for the most part been a movement identified with the Roman Catholic Church.  It is in fact just the tip of the iceberg; the principles that it proclaims have affected western society.  Much of the present welfare societies in the USA and in Europe are just different expressions of the Read More

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Fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Spiritual communion with God is our essential life as Christians.  It is the prerequisite to all revival.  This fellowship is the work of the Holy Spirit as He is the Spirit of all grace and sanctification.  The beauty and the glory of our communion with God show the emptiness all the attractiveness of the world.  The glory and excellence Read More

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Baptism in the New Testament

The glorious history of the Reformation has been entangled in the whole question of the efficacy of the waters of baptism.  It appears that impressive Gospel message of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone has been ensnared by a Reformed tradition.  In the Reformed and Presbyterian world, a huge conflict has Read More

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The Practice of Idolatry Within the Church

By Richard Bennett and Randall Paquette Praise for Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” resounded from pulpit to pew.  It is evident that there are many Christians who, without reservation, are prepared to accept movies about “Christ,” even one in the Catholic tradition.  The question, therefore, that must be asked is this: In the Read More

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The Root Cause of the Catholic Sex Scandals

While the USA is entangled in a Catholic sex abuse scandal similar events are being revealed in other nations.  “Of all the countries where sexual-abuse revelations have scandalized the Roman Catholic Church, Ireland has been among the hardest hit.  In the past decade, this predominantly Roman Catholic nation of 3.8 million people—which has exported priests Read More

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Once a Jesuit, Now a Child of God – Bob Bush

I began my Catholic journey in a little country town in northern California in the U.S.A. The town was so small that we did not have Mass every Sunday, but a priest used to come once a month if he possibly could to hold Mass in a big public hall. I have both an older Read More

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Sex, Shame, and the Catholic Church

“Sex, shame and the Catholic Church was Newsweek’s cover story for March 4th, 2002, subtitled “and new soul-searching across America.”[1]  One would have hoped that exposure of the Catholic teaching on virginity and celibacy would have been discussed.  Instead, the article focused on quoting some facts and figures, and who says what, with no reference Read More

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Disturbing Encounters in the Catholic Confession Box

In my first year of ministry as a priest in Park Street Catholic Church, Port of Spain, Trinidad, I remember in vivid detail what a difficult time I had with the Saturday confessions.  Each Saturday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., many Catholics queued up outside the confession box waiting their turn to enter to tell us Read More