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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Catholic Approach to Scripture Fosters Unity in Christ

In comparison to the fragmentation evident in Protestantism, the uniformity in doctrine as derived from an ultimate teaching authority over Scripture and Tradition has done much to sustain the Catholic faith. There is only one Christian faith— a single flock of Christ— and one shepherd over all. Legend has it that Martin Luther lamented on his deathbed, “My God, what have I done, there are now as many churches as there are heads!” It is sometimes joked that if you get two Protestants together to read the Bible, you will get three different opinions. So much for private interpretation of the Scriptures; it does not work and to suggest that it does might blaspheme the Holy Spirit by denying the facts. The abiding unity in faith is proof enough of Catholic claims and would not be possible without divine intervention.

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