The Splendor of Catholic Doctrine
 


Devotees worship God, not an idol. People from all parts flock together around this statue, kneeling down before it in order to pray. They wave their hands at the statue as if it would also wave at them. For the non-believer, this seems to be fanaticism or even plain idolatry. Bishop Julito Cortes, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu, addresses this issue in his speech at the 1st Sto. Nino exhibit at the Cebu Cathedral Museum (Cebu Daily News, 14 January 2008).


Every Mother's Son: Confessions of a Marian Prodigal. The Church celebrates January 1 as the Solemnity of the Motherhood of Mary. Our veneration to Mary rests on Her being the Mother of God. This veneration is not merely a product of the logic of the mind, but also the logic of the heart, as Scott Hahn would like to drive at in this article. Trained as an Episcopalian minister, Scott had to grapple with the truths of the Catholic faith before he eventually became a Catholic. His wife, Kimberly, later joined him in "crossing the Tiber." They na their conversion in a book entitled "Rome Sweet Home" (reprinted by National Bookstore, with permission from Ignatius Press).

Follow the Money: Stem Cells and Subsidies by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. Acton Institute (July 4, 2007). Dr. Morse, an economist and a columnist of Forbes magazine and the National Catholic Register, analyzes the news about the viability of adult stem cells for regenerating tissues and curing diseases.

Researchers Use Adult Stem Cells to Create Soft Tissue. published in Sciencedaily.com (July 1, 2007). Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have developed a process allowing scientists to use a patient's own stem cells to develop tissues for facial reconstruction following from disfiguring injuries.

The Existence of Purgatory. Aside from the existence of hell, many (especially the Protestants and the Fundamentalists) do not believe in the existence of purgatory. For some confused Christians, they don't want to believe neither in hell nor in purgatory. This is not a surprise because everybody wants to go to heaven (at least for those who believe in the after-life). Who wants to suffer eternally, anyway? If we try to avoid pain and suffering in this life, how much more would we want to avoid eternal pain and suffering after death? This article is a succinct explanation of the doctrine of purgatory.