About those “extra” books in Catholic Bibles

How many times has some well-intentioned but woefully misinformed person said this to you: “The catholic church* added books to the Bible.” (There are links at the end of the post.)

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Updates to the Church Fathers page in the Resource section

Early Church Mosaic

After someone asked me some questions on Twitter, I decided to finally update the Church Fathers page in the Resource section here at the site, which I should have done long ago. Then I could have said, Why, here you go, all conveniently listed for you. But I hadn’t updated the page in a couple of years so… It’s updated now and largely re-written. Still by no means an exhaustive list, but there are more titles now and a link or two also updated/edited. I also added some videos and some Logos/Verbum titles and collections to the list.

Still not exhaustive by any means, but should be useful and helpful to those starting out in the study of the Early Church and Church Fathers. Cheers! And peace be with you.

Catholic History, Dispelling the Myths, a video by Dr. Thomas F. Madden

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If the ignorant rantings of certain people–especially the recent and most ignorant ranting of a certain ignorant politician–have accomplished nothing else, at least they have brought attention to a subject that has suffered from lack of attention; or when it has garnered attention, the motive has most often been that of ill will, and rather than spreading light, has instead increased the darkness, already pervasive enough, even in Catholic circles. Perhaps especially in Catholic circles. That darkness and ignorance is partly our own fault for not taking it upon ourselves to dig and learn, and to demand that our teachers actually teach, and teach the truth; and partly the fault of a culture that has produced an education (I use the term loosely) system that both distrusts and even hates Holy Mother Church.

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The video above is a lecture by Dr. Thomas F. Madden, entitled “Catholic History: Dispelling the Myths.” He talks about the Crusades and much more. As Dr. Madden reveals, we Catholics have much of which we should be proud. This is not revisionist history; this is sweeping away the absurdities of the revisionists who foisted a great hoax upon us instead of teaching us real history. Listen up, Catholics. Seek the truth, find it, embrace it, hold onto it. And share it with everyone you can. Share it with your family, your friends, and share it with other Catholics. We need to know these things. We need to stand up and speak out. We need to be able to defend our Faith and our Church, now more than ever. Or, perhaps, now as ever. The Church is always under attack from her ancient enemy, her adversary and ours, who never sleeps, who goes about seeking whom he may devour.

St Teresa de Jesus

I am going to continue to post information and links and videos here often in order to help spread the good news about our Faith and our Holy Mother Church. This is the least I can do after all the Church has done for me, which is to completely change my life, to transform it, to bring me fully into the Body of Christ, and welcome me Home. One day I want to be able to say, at last, with St. Teresa, “I am a daughter of the Church.” May it be His Will. Amen, amen!

How Do We Know the Early Church?

Priest and Bishop, REBrownMonday I watched a video (see below) of a talk given by Dr. William Marshner at a Deeper in Scripture Conference in 2004, entitled “How Do We Know the Early Church?“. I learned some things I didn’t know, especially about the late Fr. Raymond E. Brown, who I had not realized was a Biblical scholar of the modernist camp (see this article for more about modernism). Dr. Marshner discusses Priest and Bishop in the last part (maybe the last half) of his talk. It’s one of Brown’s books–published in 1999, but widely shared in the 70s onward, according to Msgr. Kelly, apparently in booklet form and, unfortunately, by and among–who else?–priests and bishops. It’s available now from Amazon in print or from Logos/Verbum in their tagged and linked format. (This is the only format I want for serious Catholic study these days.)

Note that I am NOT recommending Brown’s books or ideas. I am recommending that Catholics make themselves aware of what damage his ideas did and still do as people insist on teaching and spreading his ideas. Until I heard this talk and began my own research, I had no idea how decidedly un-Catholic many of his ideas were. No wonder he was so popular with Protestants, who I’m sure were only too thrilled to have a highly respected Catholic priest and Biblical scholar reassure them that the claims of the Church were “unfounded” and “lacking in historical evidence”, or so he claimed. So much for the historical-critical method, which has its positive uses (and its not-so-positive uses as well). (Pope Benedict had plenty to say on that matter but some people still haven’t learned to reason, think critically, be faithful or even just listen.) The articles below will explain further: