Thursday, April 16, 2009

Jim Burnham on Evangelizing the Real Presence

Jim Burnham appears regularly on the Catholic radio show, Catholic Answers. Click here for a brief clip of his April 6th appearance on that show. I found this clip courtesy of James Swan at Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Protestant website. Swan is trying to use the clip to argue that the Catholic Magisterium is not more effective at preventing confusion than the Protestant doctrine sola scriptura or "scripture alone."

The argument is itself a confusion. While there may be confusion among the Catholic laity for a variety of reasons (poor catechesis, difficulty accepting such a mysterious teaching, outright rejection of the doctrine of the Real Presence, etc.), there is not confusion in the Church's teaching on this point. Nor does the unwillingness or inability of some Catholics to believe this central teaching have any bearing on the truth of the teaching.

Burnham's audio clip is a moving invitation to learn more about the Eucharist and to take that teaching to others.


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