058: Why the Catholic Priesthood is Totally Biblical

with Fr. Tommy Lane

catholic_FINAL_150I’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. I used to even say it!

“The Catholic priesthood isn’t biblical.”…Wrong!

If you were to boil the (so-called) Protestant  Reformation down to its essence, it basically did away with the priesthood. Most Protestants have no sacramental life because there are no priests to give them the sacraments. (Most don’t believe in the sacraments at all.)

They believe (and I realize I’m painting with a broad brush here) in something called “the priesthood of all believers.”

After all, 1 Peter 2:5 says, “and like living stones be last-supper-vicente-juan-macipyourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Our Separated Brethren take this to mean that every Christian has equal potential to minister for God, thus there is no need for a separate ministerial priesthood.

But that’s not what the Bible says.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic I interview Fr. Tommy Lane, a Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, who wrote a tremendous book called “The Catholic Priesthood: Biblical Foundations“. And in this episode we discuss:

  • The two kinds of priesthood in the New Covenant of Christ51fqpuwzufl-_sx331_bo1204203200_
  • Old Testament history of priesthood (including the original priesthood of fathers and sons and that mysterious guy Melchizedek)
  • How we know Christ established a new priesthood even though he never used the word “priest” (a common Protestant argument)
  • Why we view the Last Supper as the moment of the Apostles’ ordination
  • Why the author of Hebrews emphasizes the humanity of Christ as the new high priest (while asserting his divinity, of course)

We couldn’t hope to cover every aspect of the scriptural foundations of the Catholic priesthood in one episode, but we covered a lot. Enjoy!

God bless!

Matthew

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Priests are required to pray every day…and so are we! If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

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056: The Scariest Verse in Scripture…and How To Survive It

with Marcus Grodi

catholic_FINAL_150A lot of passages in Scripture make me uncomfortable. But this one scares the dickens out of me.

In Matthew 12:36, Jesus declares “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.”

Uhhh…”every careless word”? (Insert teeth chattering.)

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve said some pretty ridiculous things in my life…things for which I would love to take the eternal Etch A Sketch, turn it upside down, and shake. (By the way, did I ever tell you I was in a 1970s Etch A Sketch commercial with my brothers and sisters? Story for another time…)

And I’m betting there are plenty of people reading this that are just as terrified of that verse as I am.

Well, fear not! In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, I’m actually the one being interviewed by none other than Marcus Grodi about this very difficult verse. Perhaps you’ve seen Marcus on his EWTN show The Journey Home. (I was on that show once, too…a long time after the Etch A Sketch commercial.) Marcus is a wonderful man and in this show we’ll discuss things like:

  • How words are more powerful than we realizehard-verses-screen-shot
  • The vital role of silence
  • Why what’s in your heart is the key to your speech
  • How St. Paul provides help in gaining control over your thoughts
  • The secret to maintaining “silence” even when speaking (this one rule is worth listening to the whole show…not that the rest isn’t great, too:)

So unless you don’t have a tongue (or you’re a professional mime), this very special episode is for you!

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It’s got a whole chapter on silence and controlling your tongue! If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.”—His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

We all need help to grow spiritually…Matt Leonard shows us the way.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, author, speaker, and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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054: Understanding Extreme Violence in the Bible

with Curtis Mitch

catholic_FINAL_150It’s not a pretty topic. But it has to be addressed.

The extreme violence in Sacred Scripture (particularly the Old Testament) understandably causes a lot of people problems. After all, how are we supposed to reconcile this kind of bloodshed with a loving, merciful God?

Why did He command it? How could He command it? Didn’t Jesus say to love your neighbor and pray for your enemies?

Sometimes what we read just doesn’t seem to square with who we know Him to be.

And you can’t, as some do, simply gloss over or ignore this material. We’re not. In fact, we’re going to tackle it head on with my guest, Curtis Mitch. Among his other illustrious achievements, Curtis is the main guy behind the commentary in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. He’s been living, eating, and breathing Scripture for the last 18 years on that project. It’s his full-time job.

In other words, he knows the Bible like few others.joshua-255x300

So in this episode of the Art of Catholic, Curtis and I will discuss:

  • The historical context of perhaps the darkest passage of Scripture
  • Why God commanded the killing of the Canaanites…all the Canaanites in the land
  • The insidious role of idolatry (both then and now)
  • Why you can’t call the Conquest of Canaan genocide (it’s anything but)
  • The beauty and logic of what scholars call “divine accommodation”
  • The hidden mercy of God in all of this (it’s there…trust me!)

This episode will transform the way you understand God’s dealing with people in ancient times, and how He deals with us today.

God bless!

Matthew

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Want to tour Catholic Europe’s most beautiful holy sites? Join Matthew on a  St. Paul Center pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes, and other amazing holy sites this October 23rd to November 1st. Click here for details.