A reader asks: You may be aware of a recent lawsuit filed in a European court by an Italian atheist against the Catholic Church accusing them of perpetuating a myth in claiming that Jesus actually lived. The accuser claims that Jesus is actually based on a character named John of Galama, who is in fact a fictional character taken from a book called "For The Temple" written by … [Read more...]
The Catholic Church, with over 1 billion members globally, is the world's largest Christian church. The phrase 'Catholic Church' was first used in a letter from Ignatius in 110 CE, and throughout the first few centuries, the teachings of the Church began to take shape. The church faced its first major schism in 1054 when the Eastern Orthodox branch split, and later in the 16th century during the Reformation when Protestant movements left. Read articles about the Catholic Church below.
The Vatican has made the news again with their university level course on Satanism, black magic and exorcism. Taught by exorcists and psychiatrists, the course ran last February and apparently was popular enough that they'll be running it again this year. The course runs four months and is open to clergy and seminarians as well as doctors, psychiatrists, lawyers and youth … [Read more...]
Early in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III commissioned the Lateran Council to put in place new reforms. At the time, the Church was becoming increasingly wealthy. Priests lived in lavish monasteries and dressed in expensive clothing. Yet there was a backlash against such luxury. In particular, Jesus had mentioned that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a … [Read more...]
Another popular mystic of the 12th century, Bernard was born in 1090 and entered the monastery of Citeaux to escape the corruption of the world. He became very influential, preaching in the 2nd Crusade and even forcing Louis VII to divorce Eleanor of Aquitaine. … [Read more...]
Born in 1098, Hildegard of Bingen became one of the most famous mystics of the age. At a time when very few woman were literate and held status, Hildegard wrote over 300 letters and was widely respected for her mystical visions, medical knowledge, and musical compositions. The 10th child of a noble family, Hildegard was placed in the care of Jutta, sister of Count Meinhard … [Read more...]