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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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The Church is APOSTOLIC

Titus 1:5: This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders (in other words, priests) in every town as I directed you . . .

Acts 13:2-3: While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

The apostles passed on their responsibility and authority to others. The bishops of the Catholic Church are their lawful successors. Even St. Paul, blinded by the light of Christ and called to bear his Gospel to the Gentiles, had to be ordained by the apostolic men already ministering. Where do modern Protestant ministers get their authority to teach, preach, and govern? The answer is, only from men. The shepherds of the Catholic Church receive their authority from Christ.

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