Friday, August 3, 2007

Papal Infallibility: "It is God's infallibility at work in the Church, not man's"

Posted by Wallly Arida
Emailed to subscribers on August 2, 2007

Dear Friends,
This week we are happy to welcome Fr. Mike Manning, SVD and his new weekly column called "Catholic Q&A by Fr. Mike." Fr. Manning is a reknowned TV evangelist who is the host of Wordnet TV's "The Power of Love." His show airs every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on TBN. His debut article this week is titled "Is there any value in suffering?"

Also making her debut this week is Catholic blogger, Aimee Milburn, a former Protestant who takes on one of the two biggest topics non-Catholics ask about our faith: Papal Infallibility. In this article, she makes the strong point that "It is God's infallibility at work in the Church, not man's." And ParishWorld Theology editor Paul Dion, STL handles the second top question asked of Catholics: "Why do we baptize infants?"

And we have stories about salvation and the role of the Church. When asked why the Church doesn't discpline Catholics who openly disagree with its teachings, writer Mark Shea described the Church as the "Great Net" and not a reducing valve. The fish don't get sorted till the end. And this is the related point Fr. Steve T. explains in "WE HAVE UNTIL THE DAY OF HARVEST."

Here's an insightful look on the reasons behind the decline over the last 40 years in the number of priests in religious orders. Check out "The Life and Death of Religious Life." And we ask you to read "REVERENDI DOMINI - An Open Letter to Priests (Mostly in English)." It's an interesting look at the way our liturgical celebration has changed over the years.

From the war in Iraq comes "One Day in the Life of a Priest in Iraq," a gripping first-person account of faith in the combat zones. And another one about a Catholic U.S. Army Chaplain who was recently awarded the Purple Heart.

Pope Benedict called for the protection of the environment saying the creation-evolution debate is an "absurdity." He added that Evolution does not exclude a Creator.

"We Are All Called To Be Evangelizers" is the chance encounter and candid conversation on a 9-hour trans-Atlantic flight between a devout Catholic man, a young Protestant woman and a young man struggling with his Catholicism. And "Life is short, but eternity is forever" tells of the story of CNN news commentator Robert Novak's conversion to Catholicism at age 67.

And we have LIFESTYLE STORIES starting with bottled water. Did you know most water bottle brands are made from plain tap water? We show you how to sort them out by reading the labels. Plus five surgical operations you don't want to get -- and what to do instead. And "Fat or fiction? Five common diet & exercise myths."

And how was your week? Have a great and blessed coming week.

Keep the faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher & Editor in chief

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