Church History

Yad Vashem and “Hitler’s Pope”

January 16, 2013

Yad Vashem Controversy An inscription at Yad Vashem states that Pius XII‘s record during the Holocaust was controversial, and that he negotiated a concordat with the Nazis, maintained Vatican neutrality during the war and, formerly stated that he took no initiatives to save Jews. In 1985, Pietro Palazzini was honored by the museum, where he [...]

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St. Nicholas is Coming to Town: the Real Story

December 6, 2012

Everyone loves jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas. There is something romantic and cozy about telling Santa stories around the crackling fire. He is an icon of the Christmas season. But not everyone agrees about the real Santa Claus. Some like to picture Santa as the early-19th century, pipe-smoking elf with a bucket full of coal for [...]

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Social Importance of the Catholic Church

July 10, 2012

We are members of the oldest Christian religion in the world. The Catholic Church was founded in the year 33 by our Lord Jesus Christ. We have the real body and blood of Christ in our communion and bishops are in constant succession from the apostles through the laying on of hands through 2,000 years.The [...]

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Obama, Contraception and the Early Church Fathers

February 17, 2012

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged. By FATHER MITCH PACWA SJ, 02/16/2012 (copied from National Catholic Register) The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has [...]

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Catholics Come Home – GREAT Two Minute Video to Hit National TV

December 7, 2011

EPIC Full Length from Catholics Come Home on Vimeo.

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Visit St. John Lateran with me today for the Feast of Its Dedication

November 9, 2011

I am in Rome and decided to run to St. John Lateran this morning a make a video — so all of you could enjoy the Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Church on November 9, 313. Yup, that’s right! It was the first Christian church ever built and it was the [...]

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Question about Divisions in the Church: Response from my Journey Home Interview

October 4, 2011

I received a LOT of response from my appearance on EWTN’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. One letter arrived with this comment, which is followed by my response. QUESTION FOR STEVE: 1 Corinthians 1:1:10-17 demonstrates that there was division among the churches and the the four groups were all acceptable. Additionally, the Roman Catholic [...]

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Run thru Tolkien’s & CS Lewis’ Oxford

August 7, 2011

Yesterday Mass in Oxford England and met fellow Ignatius Press author Fr. John Saward at his parish – St. Gregory and St. Augustine. Today I ran through the Oxford England of C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Janet and I visited Oxford over 25 years ago as Protestants. Wonderful to visit again as Catholics. CS [...]

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Archaeologist Discovers Tomb of Apostle Philip Where Tradition Says He Was Martyred

July 27, 2011

Everyone who knows me even a little knows how much I love Scripture and the history of the Early Church. That is why I get excited about news about biblical people and places. I have a goal (almost completed) to visit the tombs of all the biblical characters. Today a new discovery was announced … [...]

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Sunday Morning in Ancient Times, Part II

July 10, 2011

Tuesday morning I will be discussing Part II of The Mass of the Early Church at 7:00 EST on Relevant Radio. Were the first Christians Baptists in their worship, or were they Catholics? Did they consider the Eucharist a simple meal or a sacrifice? You can listen on-line at www.RelevantRadio.com. For my article and story [...]

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Are Mormons Right on Total Apostasy of the Church?

July 9, 2011

The basis for Mormon theology is the concept of the Great Apostasy. This theory states that the Church fell off the tracks and rolled down the hill as soon as it shot out of the first century. It was not restored until Joseph Smith came along in the 1800′s. This is also held in some [...]

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Relevant Radio on Wednesday

July 6, 2011

I’ll be on Relevant Radio at 7 AM EST Wednesday to discuss “Sunday Mornings in Ancient Times.” UPDATE: Since we only had time to set the stage by explaining what happens on Sunday morning in modern times, we will have a Part II to go back and look at the Sunday worship in the first [...]

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The Face of God

June 4, 2011

Looking into the Face of God in Manoppello Italy. “He [Jesus] is the image (true icon) of the invisible God.” (Col. 1:15) See my short video HERE The Face of God by Paul Badde (also in electronic format) Just posted a Running trip, “2011-06-05 Manoppello italy”, to @EveryTrail. Check it out here: HERE.

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Running through the Deaths and Bones of Sts. Peter and Paul

May 9, 2011

Two days ago, right before leaving Rome for home, I took off on a 16-mile run through Rome to follow the martyrdom’s and burials of the two Princes of the Apostles: Peter and Paul. Both of them shed their blood in Rome for Jesus and the Church. Peter was crucified upside down in Nero’s Circus [...]

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More Devout – Protestant Europe vs. Catholic Europe?

April 25, 2011

Here is a video I made today in the rain. I am ever impressed with Rome and her 910 churches. Europe has serious problems, but there is a bright light still shining. Enjoy this 3 minute video and be proud! UPDATE TUESDAY: Maybe the full chapel was an anomaly yesterday. We went back for Mass [...]

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New York Times Editorial: Truth About the Catholic Church

April 15, 2011

A great read: http://www.catholicleague.org/nytstraighttalk.php

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