Tag Archives: Catholicism

Albert Mohler: Notre Dame Burns

It happened right before our eyes, the destruction of one of the most important architectural achievements of western civilization: The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, that historic church right in the center of Paris.

What burned was not just a tremendous loss to architecture, it was a tremendous loss to western civilization, and it points to an even greater loss: A spiritual loss that came before the architectural loss.

The fact that the national symbol was also a cathedral was itself a reminder that you can’t tell the story of western civilization, you can’t even tell the story of the Reformation or the modern age without talking about the age of the cathedrals.

The architecture of Notre Dame cries out: Christianity is at the center of our civilization.

Perhaps the saddest moment for Parisians came with the fall of the iconic spire at the center of the cathedral—a spire pointing to the heavens, with a cross at the very top pointing to God and the reigning Jesus Christ.

Notre Dame Cathedral, before and after the fire, remains now a symbol of Europe’s loss of faith.

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Jerry Bowyer: A Sad Day for the Episcopal Church

The old saying that the Episcopal Church is “Catholicism without the Pope” might be obsolete. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has chosen to subvert the church at its core by penalizing the Bishop of Albany for refusing to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese.

Last year the Episcopal General Convention passed a resolution that allows congregations to have same-sex marriages despite the objections of their bishop. I attend and serve in the Episcopal Church myself—and this goes to the very heart of Episcopal government. This church is built around the authority of bishops in their diocese.  It’s in the name: Rule by the episkopos. Bishops are to rule in their diocese and not rule in other diocese. For the sake of theological progressivism, Bishop Curry and the church leadership have undermined both biblical orthodoxy and the defining feature of the church’s authority.

It’s a sad moment for the Church.

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Jerry Bowyer: Poland on the Verge of a Big Mistake


I’m a huge admirer of Poland. I love the way they have embraced their national identity, including their Christian heritage.

As an investor in Poland, I have admired their embrace of human productivity which helped to make Poland the best performing market in the world last year.

But this wonderful nation may be on the verge of a big mistake. It has passed a law which would illegalize speech about the small role which Polish collaborators played in the holocaust. Israeli leaders have reached out and officials from both nations are meeting in Jerusalem to discuss it, while Poland reconsiders this law.

Pope John Paul II, perhaps Poland’s greatest gift to the world, probably did more than any Pope in history to heal the relationship between Catholicism and Judaism. His compatriots should follow his great example.

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