Monday, January 24, 2011

St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University to host screening of “The Catholicism Project” on January 27

Here's the press release:
On January 27, 2011, St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University will be hosting a special screening of episode one of Fr. Robert Barron’s documentary, the Catholicism Project. This episode focuses on the beginnings of the Christian faith in first century Israel.

In this episode, Fr. Barron takes on a journey as he visits the mysterious sites and sacred places of the land of Israel. From the lush region of ancient Caesarea Phillipi, to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to the holy city of Jerusalem and finally to the Eternal City of Rome, Fr. Barron will uses his pilgrimage to illuminate and explain the Catholic Faith’s conviction (shared by other Christians as well) that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man.

Dinner will be served at 6:15 pm, followed by the screening at 7:00 pm. After the 50 minute film, two Baylor philosophy professors, Francis J. Beckwith and Trent Dougherty, will facilitate a brief discussion of the episode. Dr. Dougherty, assistant professor of philosophy, is in his second year at Baylor and is an expert in the philosophy of religion. Dr. Beckwith, a professor of philosophy and church-state studies, has been at Baylor since 2003 and is the author of the 2009 book, Return to Rome: Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press)

All members of the Baylor and Waco communities are welcome to attend this evening of Christian fellowship and theological reflection.

St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center is located at 1415 S. 9th Street in Waco, adjacent to the southwest corner of the Baylor campus.  The phone number for St. Peter’s is (254) 757-0636.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:
The Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist is a real stumbling block to some Protestants who are seriously considering Catholicism. It was for me too, until I explored the subject, historically and scripturally. What follows is a summary of my deliberations.

Catholicism holds that bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ when they are consecrated by the priest celebrating the Mass. Oftentimes non-Catholics get hung up on the term transubstantiation, the name for the philosophical theory that the Church maintains best accounts for the change at consecration. The Church’s explanation of transubstantiation was influenced by Aristotle’s distinction between substance and accident.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

January 20, 2011 - the 50th and 30th anniversaries of two great inaugural addresses

John Fitzgerald Kennedy - January 20, 1961

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmiOEk59n8&feature=channel[/youtube]

Ronald Wilson Reagan - January 20, 1981

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpPt7xGx4Xo&feature=channel[/youtube]

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If Colorado wants a body part, give it the finger

This is truly ghoulish:
The bill changes the organ donation program so that a person is presumed to have consented to organ and tissue donation at the time the person applies for or renews a driver's license or identification card unless the person initials a statement that states that the person does not want to be considered as a possible organ and tissue donor.

Lends a whole new meaning to "trafficking in human organs." The bill is being proposed in Colorado, and the above paragraph is from its introductory comments. You can read the whole thing here.

He not busy being born, is busy dying

My apologies to readers of Return to Rome. I have been immersed in two writing projects as well as the start of the semester. So, I've spent virtually no time blogging or checking this blog.

As for the two projects, one is a very large chapter for the book, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, forthcoming in 2011), edited by Robert L. Plummer (professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). I am writing the chapter on Catholicism. The second is not for pubic consumption, for the time being. But it's going to be big, real big.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Doritos and Pepsi mock sacrament of the Lord's Supper

From the company that would never dream of advertising for the Ramadan-a-ding-dong, we get this:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpniiSFmOeI[/youtube]

I'm surprised that they didn't have a pontiff at the end with the name of Pope Sicola.