Author Archive: Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson is a college student in the Diocese of Little Rock. He was raised in multiple Protestant denominations before eventually converting to Catholicism on 7 April 2012. His primary interests are theology, Church history, and ecumenism. He is privately discerning the possibility of God calling him to the priesthood.
He has a blog, Answering Protestants. He also has a Twitter account, @crucifixwearer.

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Charismatics in Context

Charismatics in Context

[ 21 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

“Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy…is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church’s faith, and a means […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Minding the Monarchical Church

Minding the Monarchical Church

[ 6 ] November 12, AD 2013 |

The Church functions within a monarchical structure – this is important to remember. In addition to this, though, Her system applies to operations in the political realm. There is indeed a necessary temporal aspect to the Church. The Pope, essentially, operates as a monarch. He may choose to convoke councils and synods, which act as […]

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Why I Hate “Faith Alone”

Why I Hate “Faith Alone”

[ 18 ] October 13, AD 2013 |

Expounding on the importance of our actions for salvation is, I suppose, my primary “thing.” I have been in so many informal debates over the issue that I have started to lose count of them. I have written about the topic many times. And often, I become angry (like God in 1 Kings 11:9-10) at […]

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It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

[ 25 ] September 15, AD 2013 |

(This was originally shared here on AnsweringProtestants.com, as part of a longer post.) There is nothing wrong with asking the heavenly saints to pray for us. Many Protestants argue that asking the saints to pray for us is “unbiblical,” while throwing around verses like 1 Timothy 2:5. But they are incorrect. 1 Timothy 2:5 — […]

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8 Great Christian Songs

8 Great Christian Songs

[ 4 ] August 18, AD 2013 |

Here are 8 great Christian songs. (The links lead to the corresponding audio via YouTube.) 1. Hail, Holy Queen. This is, by far, my favorite hymn. Hearing it during the closing procession at the evening Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption this past week was one of the highlights of that day. And I’m […]

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Valuing All of the Facets of Life

Valuing All of the Facets of Life

[ 2 ] July 21, AD 2013 |

Earlier today, I watched “Hello Herman,” a movie that explores the subject of school shootings in an interesting format. The film taught me nothing that I did not already know, but its methods of display shook me to my core. While it is not distinctly religious (the main character takes a swipe at religion early […]

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The Church Should Rule the World

The Church Should Rule the World

[ 14 ] June 22, AD 2013 |

Never mind “the Galileo controversy” (a good response to that is here, by the way). The Church should rule the world. One of the things that I have noticed that Catholics seem to be very wary of discussing is the history of the temporal power of the Church. Most of us have heard or read […]

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Let’s Talk Discipline

Let’s Talk Discipline

[ 1 ] May 26, AD 2013 |

Disciplines, hair shirts, cilices – all things of the past? Perhaps not. Most people are afraid to talk about the subject of corporal mortification. Some Catholics even denounce it. Thus, the few that practice it risk being ostracized. But why are our modern sensibilities so offended? Perhaps it is because we have been raised in […]

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Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

[ 0 ] April 21, AD 2013 |

Pope Francis, on the first full day of his papacy, prayed at the tomb of Pope St. Pius V. I do not think that was coincidental. In fact, I believe that His Holiness intends to be remembered as most similar to Pius V. There are five ways in which I see this is already evident: […]

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Why I Love Incense

Why I Love Incense

[ 0 ] March 24, AD 2013 |

I love incense. In fact, I love it a lot, and I think it should be used in far more parishes far more frequently. The use of incense has a long and interesting history, especially within Judaism. In the Old Testament, it is recorded that incense was included in thanksgiving offerings (Numbers 7:13-17). Also, Moses […]

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