7 Quick Takes Friday (set #8)

7 Quick Takes Friday

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Without further ado:

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Gary Zimak put together Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know (But Should!). I was surprised to see that I already covered more than half of them at least partially (the links below point to my essays).

  1. Women Will Never Be Priests
  2. Fridays Are Still Days Of Penance
  3. The Bible Is A Catholic Book
  4. The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As Calvary
  5. Annulments Are Not Catholic Divorces
  6. In Vitro Fertilization Is Morally Unacceptable
  7. There Is No Salvation Outside Of The Catholic Church
    (please see clarification in Ute’s excellent comment below!)
  8. In An Emergency, Anyone Can Baptize
  9. Hell And Purgatory Still Exist
  10. Catholics Don’t Worship Mary And The Saints

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Not long ago in Argentina, a consecrated host fell to the floor. The priest put it into water so it would dissolve then be returned to the earth. Instead of dissolving, red stains formed. Watch this video (in Spanish, but with passable subtitles) which presents the scientific investigation that followed.

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The powers that be (Marcel) over at the Aggie Catholics blog are the salt of the earth assembling the top 50 popular biblical phrases. My cup runneth over reading this list of forbidden fruit produced by the sweat of (his) brow. Read it all Out of the mouths of babes.

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Father John Corapi is a popular Catholic speaker. This is his conversion story:

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I have been giving a lot of thought to the phrase “good Catholic.” Who exactly qualifies? How do you recognize them? Are you one?

My conclusion is that a good Catholic is anyone who recognizes they are not one, but struggles to be.

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OK, don’t watch this if you are easily offended. I found Ignatius the Ultimate Youth Pastor to be hilarious. To me it is funny because it exaggerated the kind of stuff some think are necessary to engage youth. They are much, much smarter than that! Thanks to Mark Shea for finding this oddity. This one won’t be making the cut for my new favorite videos tab!

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I have added a new feature to this blog, a compilation of my original essays – 44 in total (so far). The entries are listed in chronological order including their title and a key paragraph from the piece. They may be reached by clicking the Essays button at the top (or clicking here).


  1. On Take 1, Item 1. If you run across a so-called 'liberal' that doesn't understand Women's ordination, point them to this article, which states it clearly from a 'liberal' catholic view that at least still respects the church: http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/cant-or-wont

  2. Dear George,
    I just had to comment on your list in Take #1, in particular no. 7. It's not phrased correctly, and might lead to ugly misunderstandings. The Cathechism says "There is no salvation outside the church", but one also needs to read the explanation:

    838 "The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter."322 Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church."323 With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound "that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord's Eucharist."


    847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

    Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.337

    God bless!

  3. Thank you Ute for catching that. It should have said "There is no salvation outside of the Church." As written, it incorrectly implies that only individuals in full communion with the Catholic Church can be saved.

    Catholic Answers has a good piece on this topic in this article.

  4. Thanks Anonymous. The National Catholic Reporter article is interesting and I think generally understands the issue. While I am not comfortable with all of it, I feel it is mostly correct. It may be a useful resource in convincing "liberal" Catholics.

    A note is in order, other dear readers…

    We Catholics happily acknowledge our obligation to accept the teaching of the Church Magisterium. Jesus did not structure His Church as a democracy! It is always wrong for Catholics to scandalize the Church through open dissent with Her teaching. Information sources that do not meet that fundamental requirement should be avoided! I do not recommend the National Catholic Reporter as it is often less than 100% loyal to Church teaching. Commonweal and US Catholic are similarly infamous and best avoided.

    (However, please don't confuse that NCR with the National Catholic Register which is very good!)

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