Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Synod and the Sky is Falling

I am becoming fatigued by the number of Catholics who are fearing that the Church will collapse over the recent synod on the family. Conspiracy theories abound regarding "agendas" and "take-overs." The Church has been through a lot worse times than this. Chicken Little had nothing over these arm-chair blogger/theologians.
    I wonder if there were observers at the time of the Council of Nicea (where the entire Church almost split on a not so small matter of whether Jesus was truly God) proclaiming doom and predicting the death knell for the Church? Were folks second-guessing the pope, the bishops and the work of the Holy Spirit? Were they ready to pack it in and join the Montanists who felt they knew what God was saying by manner of prophecy and personal interpretation of scripture?
     During WWII, Heinrich Himmler, the chief of Adolph Hitler's security services threatened the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Konrad Graf, with plans to crush the Catholic Church. Cardinal Graf listened politely and then responded:  "Well, good luck. We've been trying to do that for 2,000 years, and [the Church is] still here."
    My conclusion is we should stop the nay-saying and back-seat driving, divisive gossip, criticism of the pope and the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and allow the Holy Spirit to do what he does best. Like we used to say when I was a protestant " Just trust and obey for there is no other way..."

Sunday, October 04, 2015

"So Disappointed With This Pope"

A calvinist pastor/blogger recently made the above statement because he believes Pope Francis wasted an opportunity to preach the gospel at the U.N. and  US Congress during his mission trip here.
     First one would have to discern which gospel the blogger is talking about? The full gospel as taught by Holy Scripture and the Magisterium of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic faith or the truncated version of the gospel that developed in the past 500 years based on a tortured personal interpretation of scripture.
    Secondly, if one couldn't see the gospel preached in every moment, every word, every gesture, every prayer, and every blessing given by this successor of Saint Peter, I believe that individual refuses to see or hear.