Friday, May 23, 2008

Most Protestants believe in the Communion of Saints

Sort of...

I have been listening to and watching non-Catholics a lot lately, and I have noticed something interesting.

Protestants will often criticize the Catholic belief of the Communion of Saints, the idea that those in heaven are not only aware of, but hear, see and pray for those of us on earth.

But yet I cannot count how many times I have heard a non-catholic say:
">so-and-so< is up in heaven looking down on us and smiling" or something similar.

I have heard this at protestant funerals, services and in everyday conversation.

But, what is this but and affirmation that when we die, we go straight to heaven (no "soul sleep"), and that those in heaven are aware of, and can even see and hear those of us on earth. This is practically identical to the Catholic and Orthodox notion of the Afterlife. And it flies in direct contradiction to the criticisms thrown at us that the "dead" can neither see nor hear us.

Just an observation.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A response to: The Hypocrisy of Catholic Answers

Over at Beggars All: Reformation And Apologetics Carrie has written a post titled Over The Hypocrisy of Catholic Answers

But what she sees as hypocrysy is actually only in her mind.

She writes:
Note the hypocrisy of Catholic Answers when comparing the two “P.S.”s of the two campaigns. In the first campaign Protestants are brethren whose opinion is consulted, in the second they are “anti-Catholics” with “slick propaganda” that must be thwarted. I have seen this conflicting attitude many times so it is worth pointing out.

Now, did they say that? Here are the two "ps's":
The first:
"P.S. The Mormon religion is not what is styles itself to be. Even our Protestant brethren agree that Mormonism is non-Christian. And yet, Mormonism is flourishing in America."

"P.S. With your help, we can thwart the anti-Catholics and the homosexual activists at World Youth Day—and help make this event a glorious one for the Church and for the salvation of souls.”"

Now, Carrie plays the victim card by equating "Protestant" with "Anti-Catholic".

Notice that nowhere do these paragraphs make any assertion that Protestant=Anti-Catholic.

True most Anti-Catholics are Protestants, but relatively few Protestants are Anti-Catholics. There is nothing in these paragraphs that link the two.

This is a great example of a strawman argument. And of playing the victim. And it is interesting to note, that she takes a lesson from Robert Sungenis and disables comments so as to not be challenged on this.

Carrie, this post was not one of your better efforts. You are better than this.