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Private reception for Catholic Answers Founders Circle and President’s Club members.
We’re familiar with the apostles and the authors of the New Testament, but how many of us know the apostolic Fathers? They were the Christian leaders who followed immediately the age of the apostles, and many of them knew and interacted with Jesus’ original disciples. Who were they, why are they important to our Faith, and what startling revelations are contained in their writings?
When Catholic and Protestants discuss Scripture, the conversation can degenerate into “my interpretation” versus “your interpretation.” When such debates fail, it might be time for historical apologetics. A common anti-Catholic narrative posits that early in the life of the Church a “great apostasy” took place. Authentic Christianity, the narrative goes, was restored only sixteen or more centuries later. Does this account of an early falling away from New Testament Christianity bear the scrutiny of history, archeology, and sociology?
Some Protestant writers have claimed not only that major Catholic doctrines were unknown in the early Church but that the ultimate authority for the first Christians was Scripture alone. But what does the evidence say? Trent examines the historical record and shows how these claims fail to refute our Catholic faith.
The beauty, dignity, and theological understanding of liturgy—the Mass in particular—were part of the foundation of the very early life of the Church. Knowledge of these realities will help Catholics appreciate the strong historical foundations of what we are doing, what we may have lost in recent decades, and what we need to recover.
If we jumped into a time machine, traveled back to the first centuries of the Church, and asked Christians what they believed about the seven sacraments, would we feel we were among Catholic brethren? Karlo says yes, and he shows, using the writings of the early Fathers, that their belief regarding the sacraments is the same belief the Catholic Church professes today.
As part of our conference, you’ll be invited to join us for a LIVE broadcast of our hit radio program, Catholic Answers Live. We’ll be taking questions from the audience, so come prepared!
Using some of the earliest Christian writings as well as modern Church documents, Tim shows the “organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas” (Catechism 89) and that Mary “unites in her person and re-echoes the most important doctrines of the Faith” (Lumen Gentium 65). He brings to light the axiom “No Mary, No Jesus; Know Mary, Know Jesus” as exemplified by this most ancient Marian dogma.
Taking from Athanasius, Augustine, and the Cappadocian Fathers, as well as the magisterial teaching of the Catechism, Fr. Meconi helps us see how profound a share in the divine life we possess. The great teachers of the Faith have not hesitated to call this mystery of our share in the divine life through Christ “deification” or “becoming God by grace.”
Fr. Hugh Barbour, Tim Staples, Jimmy Akin, Kalo Broussard, and Trent Horn take questions from the audience.
Keynote address by Bishop Frank Caggiano – The Church Fathers: Guides for a Church in Crisis
We remember the Fathers of the Church for their holiness, their wisdom, and their courage to proclaim the truth in an age in which the Church was beset by heresy from within and by persecution from without. Christians today can draw inspiration from the Fathers, whose willingness to suffer exile, imprisonment, and martyrdom for the truth laid the foundations for the Christian Age.