Thursday, May 25, 2017

Catholics in an Anti-Catholic Land

Melania Trump meets Pope Francis on May 24, 2017
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I want to begin this essay by saying WELCOME to Melania Trump, who just revealed yesterday that she is a practising Catholic, and the first Catholic to live in the Whitehouse since the Kennedy administration. It was a pleasant surprise to learn this, and we welcome her with open arms. There are some who will point out what appears to be a marriage irregularity between her and Donald. Please note, that all good Catholics should give her the benefit of the doubt on this. We must assume that Donald Trump is making arrangements to take care of this problem, out of respect and love for his wife, assuming he hasn't already done so. We look forward to seeing Melania and Baron at mass now, and we thank her so much for coming out publicly, and taking this courageous stand for the Catholic Christian faith.

Now on to this topic of standing up for the Catholic faith. As my readers know, I am a catechist and apologist for the Catholic Christian faith. One of the things I do on this blog, and in my books, is dispel false information about the Catholic Church, while attempting to teach accurate information. This is for the purpose of knocking down walls that might obstruct some people from knowing the truth. When this happens, occasionally some people convert, while others at least have more respect for our faith.

However, it doesn't always work. There are some people who love falsehoods more than truth. There are some people who love anti-Catholic propaganda more than their brothers and sisters in Christ. Because you see, while I am certainly not the best apologist in the world, I know that even the best couldn't stop some people from believing and spreading anti-Catholic propaganda.

This is because the problem is primarily an emotional one and not an intellectual one. Having lived in the Protestant Evangelical/Fundamentalist world for the early years of my adult life, I can tell you that the vast majority of Protestant Fundamentalists have only a very cursory understanding of the Bible. They don't understand it. They've never done any serious study into it. They have no idea of its context, or even where it came from. And you know what? They don't care. For them, their faith is an emotional thing. It has very little to do with intellect, reason or even charity. It's about: "I'm right, truth be damned, and you better agree with me, or you're going to Hell." I lived with this mindset among many of my Fundamentalist brothers and sisters for the first 10 years of my adult Christian life.

Can you reason with such people? No. Can you get such people to see the truth? No. Can you get them to admit that they might be wrong? No. Is there any hope of helping them? No.

I know that last statement may seem shocking. How can I say there is no hope? Well, I can, and here is why. It has to do with free will. These people have actively chosen a path based on emotional needs, that has nothing to do with logic, reason or Scripture. It has everything to do with believing they are right, and emotionally affirming themselves in that belief, even if it means they have to condemn over a billion of their Christian brethren to Hell. In such cases, when I encounter such people, I make my case, back my points, and then graciously say goodbye. They're not worth getting into an argument over, nor are they worth my effort. When I make a case to these people, I do so not necessarily for them, but rather for anyone else who might be listening or reading. This is why it's so important to take the moral and emotional high ground. Casual observers need to see that we Catholics are the calm and rational ones in such confrontations. When we bow out of what is obviously going to become an argument, we must do so gracefully and with charity, so the casual observer can see that we're behaving as Christians, while our Fundamentalist brethren are acting hostilely and hysterically.

There are two things we need to understand about Anti-Catholic Protestant Fundamentalism...

First, it is dying. The whole thing is built on conspiracy theories and tired old prejudices that don't hold water under close examination. It has no solutions to the problems of this world, or even to personal family problems. It is generally escapist in nature, wherein adherents hope for a mystical Rapture to whisk them away while this world they hate burns behind them. They're almost always suffering from significant family problems. (I'm speaking from experience here.) Divorce is rampant among them. Extra-marital affairs are common. Cohabitation and children out-of-wedlock are regular occurrences. They have horrible financial problems, and sometimes legal problems too. All the while, they frequently present a facade that "all is well" and they're more "saved" than the rest of us. Because they've memorised a few Bible passages, they can present themselves as very knowledgeable, and this of course is designed to intimidate others -- especially Catholics. However, the reason why Protestant Fundamentalism is dying is because their children have seen through the facade. They've grown up in Fundamentalist homes and they know the whole thing is a show. Many of their friends are not Fundamentalists, and the last thing they want to do is condemn them to Hell, especially when that's their only support network, since their own families are usually so broken. As a result, the children of Fundamentalists are constantly leaving their Fundamentalist faith behind, so their parents think they are damned. The parents condemn the children to Hell, beg their friends for prayers, and then affirm that "all is well because Jesus approves." I've seen this pattern play out, over and over again, and I've been watching it for 30 years. Anti-Catholic Protestant Fundamentalism is dying.

Second, it will not go out quietly. You see, Anti-Catholic Protestant Fundamentalists believe they are the last Christians standing. So as they see their numbers gradually diminish, they believe this signals the end of the world. They believe the mythical Rapture is imminent now, and so they shout their poisoned message ever louder. "Repent! For the Rapture is coming! The END is at hand!" I've heard this message all my adult life, and even during my childhood. Nothing has changed. The more that Fundamentalists sense they're losing control, the more hysterical they will become. This means their Anti-Catholicism will intensify as they gradually fade away. With the availability of the Internet and social media, we can expect them to sound a lot bigger than they really are. That is their objective of course. In truth, they are a tiny and sad minority in the Christian world, but the image they'll project will be one of a juggernaut. In truth, only a tiny percent of Catholics will convert to their form of Fundamentalism. The vast majority of Catholics who leave the faith will go to either Evangelicalism (a much softer Protestant alternative) or stop going to any church altogether. So while it is true that Fundamentalism is dying, it is also true that we can expect them to get louder and more obnoxious as they fade away.

Nothing terrifies a Protestant Fundamentalist more than Catholicism in the news. For example; when President and Melania Trump visited the pope in the Vatican yesterday, Facebook and Twitter lit up with post from Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists going hysterical about the "New World Order" and the "Antichrist and False Prophet." I couldn't help but laugh. I heard the exact same thing at age 10 concerning Ronald Reagan and Saint Pope John Paul II. Welcome to the wonderful world of Protestant Fundamentalism; where conspiracy theories are commonplace, hysteria is the norm, and rational thinking is no longer necessary. We need to understand that Protestant Fundamentalism is really nothing more than the death throes of Protestantism in general. It is the last dying gasp of a religious movement, started in the 16th century, that is about to fly apart in every direction.

Protestant Fundamentalism came to these shores in the early 17th century, when the first Protestant colonial power (England) setup and fortified her colonies on the East Coast. It was the Catholic Spanish and French who originally pioneered North America, but with England emerging as the new European superpower, all that would soon change. The Catholic French were driven back into Quebec and Louisiana, as English Anti-Catholicism was firmly established on the North American East Coast. The American War of Independence managed to subdue the overt nature of English Anti-Catholicism within the colonies (now states), but it as still there beneath the surface. It re-emerged in the early 19th century with the rise of the American Party, also called the "Know-Nothing Party." Following the American Civil War it culminated with the rise, and later rebirth, of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). By the late 19th to early 20th century, American Anti-Catholicism (English in origin) managed to accomplish economically what England could never accomplish with the penal laws. They managed to make Catholicism a handicap in a so-called "free country."

Protestantism began to die in the early 20th century with the introduction of Modernist tendencies. That's when Protestant Fundamentalism was born, in an attempt to resuscitate the corpse. Along with Protestant Fundamentalism came a resurgence of Anti-Catholicism. After all, Protestantism defines itself in opposition to Catholicism. So it only makes sense that any attempt to resuscitate the dying corpse of Protestantism would logically carry with it a profound and intense Anti-Catholic message. The 1928 presidential election was a turning point. Democratic candidate Al Smith (a Catholic), ran against Republican candidate Herbert Hoover (a Quaker), in what turned out to be one of the most nasty, mudslinging campaigns in modern history. Hoover won, but not before Smith was smeared with questions about his loyalty and patriotism because he was a Catholic. At that time, the Republican argument against Smith as that Catholics can't be trusted with high office, because of their loyalty to the pope. Simultaneously, the KKK initiated a smear campaign not only against Smith, but also against the Catholic Church in general, circulating fake news about uncovered oaths, allegedly sworn by the Jesuits and the Knights of Columbus, to kill and destroy anyone who stood in the way of a Catholic takeover of the United States. The matter was so serious that Congress was forced to conduct an official investigation. It was determined by Congress that the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by the Klan, and that no such Jesuit or Knights of Columbus oaths exist. These Klan-sponsored fake oaths are still circulated among Anti-Catholics today, especially on the Internet.

The rest of the 20th century chronicles the slow-motion train wreck that is Protestantism, both in Europe and North America. Make no mistake about it, the apostasy in the West, we have witnessed in our lifetime, is in fact the collapse of Protestantism. While we have seen Catholicism suffer to, careful analysis shows that Catholicism only flounders insofar as it is united to Protestantism. On other words, the more Protestant-looking a Catholic parish is, the more it suffers and implodes as Protestantism collapses. The reason why Catholicism has suffered so much in recent decades is because in recent decades, Catholic leaders have tried to make the Catholic Church appear more Protestant. This is what happened when you tie your moorings to a sinking ship. It pulls your ship down with it! The Catholic Church will be liberated from this Western apostasy only when she cuts the ropes tying her to Protestantism.

As mainstream Protestantism collapsed during the 20th century, we saw most Europeans embrace Secularism, while in North America, there were two reactions. Some mainstream Protestants left Protestantism for Secularism, while a good number left for Evangelicalism, the softer and milder sister of Fundamentalism. Today, 90% of Evangelical churches are made up of former mainline Protestants and former Catholics. What we have witnessed here in the latter part of the 20th century was not the emergence of a new form of Christianity through evangelism. Rather, Evangelicalism is nothing more than the refugee camp that emerged after the collapse of mainline Protestant denominations. As mainline Protestants in America bolted, a great number of them filed into the Evangelical Protestant churches and megachurches.

The difference between Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism is really nothing more than their attitude toward Catholics. Evangelicals are only mildly suspicious of Catholicism and are genuinely disinterested in the affairs of the Catholic Church. Sometimes they might even express some curiosity and cooperation with Catholics. Occasionally they'll acknowledge Catholics as their Christian brethren. Fundamentalists, on the other hand, are characterised by their classical Protestant approach to Catholicism. Like the German and English "reformers" they view the Catholic Church as a great threat to the spiritual and physical well-being of Christians. Having a strong Americanist component as well, they see the Catholic Church as a threat to the United States and a danger to all Americans. Logically speaking, if you're going to revive Protestantism, this is how to do it. Protestantism is defined by its opposition to Catholicism. So at least in this one area, Fundamentalists are making sense. If you're going to bring Protestantism back from the dead, whatever you do needs to have a very strong Anti-Catholic message. It is failing though, as more Americans prefer Evangelicalism to Catholicism. The softer and milder sister is much easier to adopt in this modern world. But Evangelicalism cannot save Protestantism. It's a dead end, because it acknowledges the possibility to Christianity outside of the Protestant belief system. A recent object lesson in this is the conversion of Hank Hanegraaff (The Bible Answer Man) from Evangelicalism to Eastern Orthodoxy. Hank, who's radio talk-show I've listened to for decades, had been an Evangelical all his life. His show was (and is) a staple of orthodox doctrine within the Evangelical world. However, in recent years he had been attending an Eastern Orthodox church, and just recently announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy. This sent shock waves through the Evangelical world, and created a clear line of demarcation between Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism. Evangelicals, somewhat confused but accepting, continue to listen to his show and call in for questions. While Fundamentalists rejected his decision as outright apostasy from the Christian faith and blogged accordingly. (On a personal note, I've always respected Hanegraaff, and applaud his decision to join our Eastern Orthodox brethren.) Hanegraaff's conversion, however, demonstrates what I'm talking about. Evangelicalism's days are numbered, simply because they do acknowledge Christianity outside their fold, and when confronted with Christian expressions (like Catholicism and Orthodoxy), which are more deep and rich than their own, the likelihood of conversion is rather high. I say this as former Evangelical myself.

Today, in the early 21st century, two forms of Anti-Catholicism now exist in North America. The first is the tried and true Protestant Anti-Catholicism, kept alive by the diminishing number of Protestant Fundamentalists. The second is a newer, and more insidious, Secular Anti-Catholicism, which teaches that the only good Catholic is a bad Catholic, meaning one who doesn't practise the faith. We see in politics and media how the Secular Anti-Catholics operate, praising and rewarding bad Catholics for their "courage," and characterising good Catholics as "dangerous zealots worse than Islamic terrorists." (Yours truly is proud to wear that as a badge of honour, considering who it comes from.) I suspect with Melania Trump's recent decision to embrace her Catholic heritage, we can expect the Trump Whitehouse to now be attack by both types of Anti-Catholics -- Secular and Protestant. Please keep in mind though, that Protestant Anti-Catholicism is dying, so we can expect them to get even louder in the days ahead.

Shane Schaetzel is an author of Catholic books, and columnist for Christian print magazines and online publications. He is a freelance writer and the creator of ' -- Apologetics and random musings from a Catholic in the Bible Belt.'

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Why Are Evangelicals Beating Us?

Evangelicals at Hillsong Church in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia
Photo Credit: Ben Rushton

Before I was Catholic, I was Anglican. But before I was Anglican, I was Evangelical, and I have a secret. My secret is that Catholics were the easiest targets to pull out of the Church, and convert to Evangelicalism. Sadly, a good number of the Catholics I pulled out (when I was an Evangelical) went on to have a strong anti-Catholic streak, much worse than anything I ever experienced as a cradle Protestant. I don't believe I put this anti-Catholic streak into them. I think it developed on its own, organically, from having left the Church and a natural human tendency to want to justify that.

So the question is why? Why are so many young Catholics converting to Evangelicalism? And why do Evangelicals so easily pull our young people away from the Church?

The Modernity answer is clueless. This assumes that it must be the praise music, guitars, drums, and emotional worship that does it, along with a happy, non-judgemental, "I'm okay, you're okay" pop-psychology preaching. This retro-1970s solution is not only tired and worn out, it's also inaccurate. It isn't the music, worship style, and pop-psychology message that pulls young Catholics out of the Church. Nor is it these things that make Evangelicalism so successful. For four decades now, we Catholics have been redesigning our parishes, and renovating the mass, to appeal to this mindset. It's not working. It never worked, and it never will work. Because it misses the mark entirely. It seeks the solution to the problem in aesthetics and sentimentality. Neither aesthetics nor sentimentality were ever the problem to begin with. Not only does it misdiagnose the problem, but the proscribed cure is worse than the disease.

The Traditional answer is a bit closer, but still misses the mark. Traditionals assert that the problem is poor catechises and bad liturgy. They would have us believe that if we would just go back to the pre-Vatican II Church, things would be better. There is, of course, an element of truth to this, and we certainly would be better off with more traditional liturgy and catechises, but that alone isn't enough. My Lutheran forefathers, from long before Vatican II, easily converted Catholics as well, and some of them even bragged about it, as late as the 1950s. Not all was well within the Catholic Church prior to Vatican II, and I assert the Church needed some of the reforms of Vatican II desperately. Yes, I assert that Vatican II was necessary -- but incomplete and far too vague. As a result, this lack of clarity and closure from the council opened a door to something far worse. Like Pope Benedict XVI, I assert that the public message of the council was hijacked by the media, and as far as the public mind was concerned, it was made into something it was never intended to be.

When it comes to the question of why young Catholics are leaving the Church, Traditionals overshoot the answer, and the Moderns shoot in the wrong direction entirely. Both are missing it. That's because the answer is so simple that both could easily hit it, if only they knew exactly where it was. Where is it? It's right at their feet actually. It's literally under their noses.

What is it?

It's simple really. Evangelicals are kicking our tails because they teach their people how to have a personal relationship with God the Father. That's what we're missing in the Catholic Church.

You see, there is nothing in that message that is anti-Catholic. In fact, it's probably the most Catholic message there ever was. Jesus came to atone for our sins, so that we may all have a relationship with God the Father as he does. With the Holy Spirit indwelling us, and receiving the physical body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, we are brought into the Trinity, literally elevated right to the Father's throne, and given the opportunity to know him and love him -- personally.

For some strange reason, however, most of our priests and catechists stop there. They explain the mechanics of how it works, this theosis or divinisation of the Christian, but then leave the implication of that message almost completely untouched. Most Catholics today couldn't tell you the first thing about what it means to have a personal relationship with God the Father. The Holy Spirit indwells us, the Holy Eucharist feeds us, and we are brought into the Holy Trinity literally body and soul, only to be left standing at the foot of the Father's throne not knowing what to do next. We speak with him in one voice during the "Our Father" prayer, and then we are silent. Please tell me, what kind of relationship grows in silence? What kind of a marriage exists when a husband and wife never speak to each other? That's what we are lacking, and that is why Evangelicals are kicking our tails with young people. It has nothing to do with the loud music, laser beams, fog machines, or non-judgemental message. It has everything to do with the fact that Evangelicals have unwittingly stumbled onto a Biblical truth that Catholics have for too long ignored, or just taken for granted. These Evangelicals are teaching our youth how to have a personal relationship with God the Father. We Catholic parents have prepared our children for this through the sacraments, only to have them stolen away from us at the last moment, because somebody else taught them the meaning of it all before we did. Here's the irony folks, Evangelicals are so successful because they're using our own message against us. They've taken the core message of Catholicism, a message that many of us forgot, claimed it as their own, and are now using it to clobber us.

We are to have a relationship with Our Father in Heaven. That's what it's all about. That's what the Church is all about, the Sacraments, the Eucharist, the Saints, the liturgy, the hierarchy, all of it! It's all about having and growing in a personal relationship with God the Father. It's about knowing him as "Our Father," as our Abba (meaning our "Daddy"), and learning to love him as Our Daddy. Jesus said if you've seen me, you've seen the Father. So we learn to know the Father by learning to know the Son. Yes, it really is that simple. And yes, it just doesn't get any more Catholic than that!

Yet for some reason, this core of our Catholic Christian faith, this essential kernel of what makes us Catholic, is so neglected in our parishes, that when young Catholics today are asked about their personal relationship with God the Father, they just look at you with a blank stare. They have no idea what you're talking about.

How could this have happened? How could we have so carefully prepared them for a relationship with the Father, in both sacrament and catechises, and then forgot to tell them what it's all in preparation for?

Personal is not Private

Now I should stop here and clarify something. Personal does not mean private. Evangelicals often fail to differentiate on that. So much so, that many Evangelicals believe having a personal relationship with God is the same as a private relationship with God. In other words, they see no need for being part of a community. This is why a growing number of Evangelicals have stopped going to church entirely, and are now "worshipping God in their own way" outside of a traditional church setting. The apostles specifically commanded the early Christians to meet together, and not forsake their weekly gatherings to break bread (celebrate the Eucharist). Some of our misguided Evangelical brethren have taken their ideology too far here, and have become popes and bishops unto themselves, having created a "religion" of their own making, far more ritualistic than anything in Catholicism. It is, in their case, a religion of one.

You see, the New Covenant in Jesus Christ is not made with individuals. Rather, it is made with a group, or a community, specifically the Church. So our relationship with God the Father comes about because of, and through, our relationship with the Church. We must be active members within the Church, in order to realise and receive the full relationship that God intends to have with us. Those who have cut themselves off from the Church have put themselves in an impaired state. They cannot fully realise, nor fully receive, the entire relationship God wants to have with them.

Still also, a number of Evangelicals equate the word "relationship" with anti-religion. Under this false and ridiculous pretence, they assert that you can't have a relationship with God if you're involved in any kind of religion. Case in point; many of these Evangelicals would claim that Catholicism is too ritualistic, and therefore too religious. Thus, they would pontificate, that it's impossible to have a relationship with God when you're a Catholic, because Catholicism has too much religion. This of course is preposterous. God is the inventor of the most complex religion in the world -- Judaism -- with 613 commandments to follow. By making the assertion that God opposes religion, they are effectively claiming that God opposes himself. Jesus never opposed religion in the gospels, nor did he oppose ritual. Rather, he commanded his apostles to follow the rules of the scribes and pharisees. He just instructed them not to follow their hypocrisy. That, you see, was Jesus' biggest problem with the religion of his day. It wasn't the religion of Judaism itself. He was, after all, a good Jew. Rather it was the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his time, who made an outward appearance of religion, but obviously didn't believe or practise it. All throughout the New Testament, we are instructed to follow the "traditions" of the apostles, and yes, that means religious traditions. You see, religion (true religion that is) and relationship, are not opposed to one another, as some misguided Evangelicals assert. Both religion and relationship are actually complementary to each other.

Because of these abuses, within Evangelicalism, Catholics have a tendency to react in the opposite direction, rejecting the Evangelical message outright. They say it's about a relationship not religion, and then we react without thinking, saying "No! It's about religion stupid!" as we ignore the relationship part.

The Catholic message is simple. It's not an either/or thing. Catholic Christianity is about having a personal relationship with God the Father, made possible by the Son, through the Holy Spirit. Our Catholic religion is complementary to this, and in fact, it strengthens this relationship and facilitates it. In turn, our personal relationship with God strengthens our religious practise, and gives it more meaning and purpose. Relationship and religion are not an "either/or" thing. Rather, they are a "both/and" thing. Our Catholic religion complements our personal relationship with God, and likewise our personal relationship with God complements our Catholic religion.

Intentional Discipleship

Having a personal relationship with God the Father means becoming an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ. Now exactly what does that mean? - "intentional disciple?" It means making a conscious choice, daily, by your own free will, to learn everything you can about Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings, for the purpose of applying these things in your life, all for LOVE of him.

A disciple is more than just a student. A student is merely a learner, meaning somebody who goes to school, learns something, and then goes home to carry on with his life. A disciple, on the other hand, is much more than that. A disciple is somebody who lives with his teacher, talks to him daily. Shares meals with him regularly. Sleeps in the same house as him, and spends every waking hour with him. A disciple is one who is totally dedicated, 100%, to learning and living everything he can about his teacher, to the point of becoming just like his teacher, in the very spitting image! That's a disciple! Far too many Catholics are students and not disciples.

This is what we must do as Catholics. This is how we beat the Evangelical juggernaut at it's own game, because you see, it was never really their game to begin with. It was our game all along. We just forgot how to play it. The Catholic Church is the Church of monasteries and convents. It's the Church of clerical celibacy and religious vocations. It's the ultimate in having a personal relationship with God through intentional discipleship.

What does this mean for the average lay Catholic today? It's simple really. We don't need to join a monastery or convent. We don't even need to join the priesthood, and we don't need to take a vow of celibacy, unless of course these things are one's individual calling! Rather, what we need to do is simply CHOOSE to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We need to CHOOSE daily, on a daily basis, to learn everything we can about Jesus and try to become like him in every way we can, within our own limited means, and station of life of course.

Obviously, if we're married, we need to stay married and love our spouse. Obviously, if we're employed and holding down a job, we need to do that to support our families. Gallivanting off into the wilderness to pray is not what I'm talking about here. Rather, I'm talking about making a conscious choice to spend the rest of our days learning about our Master, and trying to emulate the virtues he taught us. All the while, like anyone in a relationship, we need to talk to our Master regularly and personally. This is where Catholics have a hard time. We're very comfortable reciting the "Our Father" prayer and saying the prayers of the Holy Rosary, but we seem to have a hard time just talking to God one-on-one in a very honest and personable way. Yet it is necessary.

Here's a suggestion. Open your daily prayer time with God by reciting one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be. Then just start talking to God. Tell him about your day. Tell him about your trials, worries and frustrations. Then tell him about all the good things that happened too and what you're thankful for. Granted, he knows all this stuff already, but the truth is, he likes hearing it from you. He wants to know your perspective. He likes hearing your voice! After all, he made your voice. Right?

Uniting the Catholic Factions

Today, the Catholic Church is more divided than its been in centuries, and as I've said many times, it is in real danger of schism. The Moderns would like to take the Church in one direction, while the Traditionals would like to go back to the way it was. While I personally tend to lean toward the Traditional mindset, I am forced to admit that some Modern innovations aren't necessarily bad, and might even be helpful.

However, bickering between the two main factions isn't going to solve anything. What will solve a whole lot of things is if we all get back to what Catholic Christianity is really all about. It's about having a personal relationship with God the Father, because Jesus Christ made that possible, and allowing the hierarchy and sacraments of the Church (the Church Jesus created) to lead us deeper into that relationship with the Father. That's what it's all about! I believe if we all started focusing on that, we could unite the Catholic factions, fulfil the lost intentions of Vatican II, and show the Evangelicals what it REALLY MEANS to have a relationship with God.

Shane Schaetzel is an author of Catholic books, and columnist for Christian print magazines and online publications. He is a freelance writer and the creator of ' -- Apologetics and random musings from a Catholic in the Bible Belt.'

A Catholic Guide
to the Last Days
for Protestants