Featured Book: The Protestant’s Dilemma

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Catechism, Featured Book

The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism

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What if Protestantism were true? What if the Reformers really were heroes, the Bible the sole rule of faith, and Christ s Church just an invisible collection of loosely united believers? As an Evangelical, Devin Rose used to believe all of it. Then one day the nagging questions began. He noticed things about Protestant belief and practice that didn t add up. He began following the logic of Protestant claims to places he never expected it to go -leading to conclusions no Christians would ever admit to holding. In The Protestant s Dilemma, Rose examines over thirty of those conclusions, showing with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism – if honestly pursued to their furthest extent – wind up in dead ends. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant s dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church. The Protestant s Dilemma is the perfect book for non-Catholics trying to work through their own nagging doubts, or for Catholics looking for a fresh way to deepen their understanding of the Faith.

Reviews

The Protestant s Dilemma is different from other books written by Catholic converts. Devin Rose takes his reader on a dialectical journey, showing that the beliefs we share with our Protestant friends are only authoritative on ecclesiastical grounds that our Protestant friends reject. Working within the tradition of Socratic reasoning, Rose provides a compelling case for the Catholic Faith. –Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, and Co-Director of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion, Baylor University

When as a Protestant I began to explore Catholicism, I Googled, Why become Catholic? What I was really searching for was a book like The Protestant s Dilemma. This book pokes, prods, and wrestles with Protestant beliefs, showing how they come up short and how the Catholic alternatives are true. If you struggle with the claims of Protestantism or even if you feel satisfied with them! The Protestant s Dilemma will open your eyes to the rich, logical, biblical claims of the Catholic Church. –Brandon Vogt, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

As a former Protestant pastor, I wish that I had read a book like this! Devin Rose serves as a theological tour guide, leading the Protestant from the parlor of Martin Luther to the high altar of St. Peter s Basilica. Along the way, he demonstrates that each and every step toward the Catholic Church conforms to Sacred Scripture and Church history. This is the guidebook to get you from the Reformation to Rome. –Taylor Marshall, author of The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism & the Origins of Catholicism

About the Author

Devin Rose is a Catholic husband and father. By day he’s a software developer, and by night, after tucking the children into bed, he’s a lay apologist. He has appeared on EWTN radio and written articles for numerous Catholic websites.

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Preparing for All Souls Day

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Catechism

All Souls DayNovember 2 is All Souls Day, the day on which the Roman Catholic Church commemorates all of those who have died and are now in Purgatory, being cleansed of their venial sins and atoning before entering fully into Heaven.A Memento Mori marks a tomb in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. (Photo © Scott P. Richert) At one time, Catholics flocked to their churches on All Souls Day, to offer prayers in memory of their friends and loved ones. These days, however, most All Souls Day Masses are poorly attended.

Since praying for the dead is our Christian duty, it’s sad to see how little attention is paid to All Souls Day. That’s especially true since there is a special plenary indulgence that can be gained for the souls in Purgatory on All Souls Day. A plenary indulgence removes all temporal punishment for sin–and so, in effect, releases a soul from Purgatory.

All you have to do is visit a church, recite one Our Father and the Creed, receive Communion, and pray one additional Our Father and one Hail Mary for the intentions of the Holy Father.

The final requirement is that you take part in the Sacrament of Confession, but you can do that up to seven days before or afterward. Since most Catholic parishes offer Confession on Saturday, you can go to Confession this Saturday or next, and then fulfill the rest of the requirements on All Souls Day itself.

The All Souls Day indulgence is a wonderful way to show your love for a friend or family member who has died. In less than an hour on All Souls Day, you can release a soul from Purgatory. Why not gain the indulgence for your loved one?

Source: http://catholicism.about.com

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