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Matthew Olson's take on responding to Protestant questions with Catholic answers.
Matthew Olson's take on responding to Protestant questions with Catholic answers.

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"The ongoing exodus from the church in what is the world's largest Catholic nation shed another 9 million church-goers between October 2014 and December 2016, a survey by local Datafolha polling firm said this week. Two years ago, 60% of the Brazilian population were practicing Catholics. But that dropped to 50% in 2016 as less people go to church."

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Arius, Mohammed, and Luther departing from the Way of God to the Way of Evil

(Source: 1895-1896 Pictorial Catechism by Father Albert Lacombe, O.M.I. -- http://cdm16280.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p128701coll4/id/47/)

See also: http://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/News/spotlight/01-2009.shtml
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"Still ringing in my ears as I write this is the conversation I had several years ago with an old Serbian lady. Upon discovering my identity, she posed me several questions. 'Mr. Coulombe,' she asserted, 'when I was a little girl in Serbia, the priests [pronounced with disdainful relish] told us that the Pope was Antichrist. But in the Liturgy, it said that [Pope] St. Leo the Great was head of Church. If he was,' she asked, 'how could his successor not be?' She continued, 'And another thing! The priests say there is no such place as Purgatory! But they pray for the dead! If there is no Purgatory, who are they praying for? The saints in Heaven? They don't need it! The damned in Hell? Don't do them no good! So who are they praying for?'"

See also: http://www.newoxfordreview.org/reviews.jsp?did=1191-coulombe

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Attached is a historical example of Protestants trying to make Church history conform to their ideologies, this time against the primacy of bishops over priests. Their source "failed all the criteria of historical criticism". (See p. 95-100.)

https://books.google.com/books?id=5j5oAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA95

St. Jerome's letter against arrogant deacons (http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3001146.htm) argued that presbyters and bishops are equal (they are both "men through whose prayers the body and blood of Christ are produced"), but he also mentioned that bishops had the power of ordination, while presbyters did not.

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"[T]he leadership of the cathedral said this is 2016, not 1984. Surely we can have a woman on the cross."

The artist is a granddaughter of Winston Churchill.

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State vs. Church: Bad Gov't Hates Catholicism
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