ANSWER: You have read garbled accounts. No one denies the existence of cruelty and persecution in the history of the ages.
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, you will find these words, “For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (Hebr. 5:1) Continue reading “Why do priests say Mass in Latin?”
The fish symbol was a secret symbol used by Christians in the first centuries when they were persecuted. Since it was difficult for travelers to figure out where fellow-Christians lived, the Christians marked their houses with this symbol, since using the cross would have been too obvious to the Romans.
The word ‘Ichtus’ ((Gr. IΧΘΥΣ of ἰχθύς, “fish”) is an acronym. An acronym is an abbreviation, but is pronounced as a real word. The abbreviation INRI (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) is a famous example of an acronym.
In the word IΧΘΥΣ (Ichtus), each letter is the first letter of another word. The acronym IΧΘΥΣ stands for ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Savior’
I Ἰησοῦς Jesus
Χ (CH) Χριστός Christ
Θ (TH) Θεοῦ God
Υ (Y) Υἱός Son
Σ (S) Σωτήρ Savior
Moreover, fish also has a special meaning for Christians. On the one hand, the apostles were fishermen; on the other hand, it also makes us think of the multiplication of five loaves and two fish in Jn. 6:1-15.
The fish symbol thus became the secret sign of the First Christians. Until today, one can still admire the secret sign in many places in the Roman catacombs.
(Source: Wikipedia, Ichthus)
Although many portray Martin Luther King Jr. as an exemplary religious leader, the reality is quite the opposite. Continue reading “Why Martin Luther King is not an example for Catholics”
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In the course of past centuries the ceremonies of the Holy Mass organically grew to what have now in the 1962 Solemn High Mass, i.e. the High Mass with deacon and subdeacon. Continue reading “Why the priest in the 1962 Low Mass says certain parts up loud and others silently”
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St. Pius X one day called a bunch of bad priests into his office. He offered them each a cigar. They refused saying they so not partake in such vices. He replied that since these priests partook of every vice there was, smoking must not be one!
Ever noticed that the Psalms repeat the same thought the next line? That is because the Psalms follow the Hebrew poetry rules… Continue reading “Why the Psalms repeat the same thought in the next verse”
The reason why the hand of a priest is kissed (for example during the liturgy), is because the hands of bishops and priests are consecrated… Continue reading “Why we kiss the hand of a priest”
The traditional way whereby one greets a bishop, is by kneeling in front of him and kissing his ecclesiastical ring… Continue reading “Why we kiss the ring of a Bishop”
This expression comes back from a letter of St. Ambrose in 387 A.D. addressed to St. Augustine. Continue reading “Where the saying “In Rome do as the Romans do” comes from”
Hyssop is mentioned in the ‘Asperges Me’ in the liturgy of the Tridentine High Mass… Continue reading “Why the ‘Asperges Me’ mentions hyssop”
ANSWER: It is important to make a distinction between the first crusades and the ones that followed after. Continue reading “OJBECTION: “Are the crusades not full of abuses?””
During the rite of ordination to the priesthood there is remarkable moment where the bishop places his hands upon the head of the priest to be ordained or ‘ordinandi’… Continue reading “Why the clergy places their hands upon newly ordained priests”
Ever wondered why we make a genuflection during the Credo, Last Gospel and Angelus when the words “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14) are being said? Continue reading “Why we genuflect during the Last Gospel”
ANSWER: The crusades were produced by the religious and military spirit which prevailed in Europe during the middle ages. Continue reading “OBJECTION: “What possessed Catholics in the middle ages to start a crusade?””
Benedict XIV was a snuff-taker… Continue reading “Humor: Pope Benedict XIV and Snuff”