The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard
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Join internationally-known Catholic author and speaker Matthew Leonard for joyful, passionate (and often humorous) explanations of the deep truths of the faith, as well as interesting interviews with Catholic luminaries. This is the art of living. This is the Art of Catholic. MatthewSLeonard.com.
Most Recent Episode
069: Answering Luther: Finding (Catholic) Faith in Sacred Scripture
Twenty years ago, I lost my faith.
I didn’t lose my belief in or about faith, but I officially gave up the certainty that I had enough of it to be saved. It was Easter Vigil, 1998.
That’s when I became Catholic.
2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Rebell…I mean, Reformation. It’s been a catastrophe. There are now more than 40,000 Protestant denominations…and counting.
As a result, Christianity has become the poster child for hypocrisy. The religion that professes one faith in Jesus Christ, can’t even agree what faith is.
Not since Martin Luther, anyway.
He had some strange ideas about it, ideas most of our Protestant brethren don’t even really understand. And to be honest, a lot of Catholics don’t really have a firm grasp of the topic either.
So we’re going to set the record straight.
I brought in my biblical bazooka named Curtis Mitch. You remember him. He’s the guy who wrote the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.
He was also my guest on the extremely popular episode 54, explaining the extreme violence in Sacred Scripture.
This time we’ll explore:
* What the Catholic Church actually teaches about faith
* The pivotal doctrine of Luther most Protestants don’t understand (and don’t even really know)
* When ecumenism is actually destructive
* How Luther’s doctrine destroyed the family motif of faith
* Why primacy of faith (in its true sense) is a Catholic, not Protestant doctrine
* A proper understanding of the obedience of faith
As you’re going to see, Curtis Mitch is a theological and scriptural blitzkrieg.
And this is a conversation and topic that every Catholic needs to hear and understand. Not just because it helps us to dialogue with our Separated Brethren.
But because a correct understanding of the virtue of faith is at the heart of the Catholic faith itself.
God bless and enjoy!
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