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Seventy-two Disciples and the Israel of God: A Reflection on Biblical Typology

Jul 10th, 2013 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

When we read the Bible, one of the most important things that we need to do is to read it typologically. A biblical type is any person, place, thing, or event that pre-figures something that comes later and becomes its fulfillment (antitype). Thus, one who reads the Bible typologically “discerns in God’s works of the […]

The Dual Profile of the Church

Jun 28th, 2012 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

Recently, I wrote about the Bible and the Catholic Church. I was motivated in order to address two matters that those considering the Catholic Church as the Church established by Christ might have: 1. that the Church encourages the faithful to read and reflect on the Bible; and 2. that the Church, because of the […]

Bible-Reading Catholics

May 9th, 2012 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

A number of people are understandably concerned that becoming Catholic means neglecting the Bible, with many being taught by their Pastors or teachers that the Catholic Church either forbids the reading of the Bible or, at the very least, does not encourage it. Many former Catholics, due either to poor formation or indifference, often perpetuate […]

When “Less” is NOT “More”

Dec 20th, 2011 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

A priest friend of mine recently remarked to me, “Whenever the Christian faith is allowed to be reduced, the Catholic faith will lose out to Protestantism, for the simple fact that Protestantism began as a reduction.” My friend went on to add, “Now some might still become Catholic, but not for the most important reason: the […]

Episode 15 – The Conversion of Annie Witz (OPC)

Nov 24th, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Podcast

In this episode, Tom Riello, former PCA minister, interviews Annie Witz, a convert from the OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church).  Annie’s father is an elder in the OPC church and serves on the board of Westminster Seminary California.   Annie shares her personal conversion story from being a devout OPC member to a Catholic in the […]

Participatory Christology and the Life of the Church

Jul 3rd, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

The following is an excerpt of an article I wrote for the Italian newspaper, Ilsussidiario. These categories of person flow out of an Incarnational ecclesiology. We see this duality in the life of our Lord. He is both the manifestation of God’s faithfulness to humanity and humanity’s faithfulness to God. Jesus Christ is God’s answer […]

Oh to Be Catholic

Jun 20th, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

Yesterday two Reformed Christians announced that they had decided to convert to the Catholic Church. It reminded me of my own conversion. Becoming Catholic or in my case coming back home to the Church is so hard to explain to those who find such horror when they look in the face of the Church. They […]

Episode 13 – Holy Orders

May 30th, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Podcast

In this episode, Tom Riello interviews Tim Troutman on his recent article “Holy Orders and the Sacrificial Priesthood.” Who are the rightful shepherds of Christ’s flock?  Is Holy Orders truly a sacrament?  These and other questions are addressed in this episode. Download the mp3 by right clicking here.

The Three Kinds of Prayer

May 21st, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

Being Catholic is a lot like being a child with many toys. In fact, he has so many that his parents will often rotate the toys in and out of the house so that when the toy is brought back out the child rediscovers the excitement of the toy all over again. There are so […]

Episode 12 – Jeremy Tate’s Conversion

Apr 27th, 2010 | By Tom Riello | Category: Podcast

In this podcast episode, Tom Riello interviews Called to Communion regular, Jeremy Tate, on his recent conversion to the Catholic Church.  Jeremy is currently finishing his degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. Download the mp3 by right clicking here…