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Friday, September 11, 2009

Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine

by Patrick Madrid

Every Sunday millions of Christians recite the Apostles’ Creed, professing their belief in the "communion of saints," but few realize the importance of this phrase. Indeed, the Catholic understanding is denounced by many Protestants as "unbiblical." It is a bitter irony that the very doctrine of Christian unity has itself become a barrier to unity. The controversy revolves around the question, "Is it biblical to ask the saints in heaven to pray (intercede) for us?" Catholics say yes. Because Christians are united with each other through Christ, and are commanded to love and pray for one another, Christians on earth can ask Christians in heaven for their prayers.

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Fr. Phillips is the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, the first Anglican Use parish, established on August 15, 1983. Not that there is any confusion, but he is on the left, shown in his younger, less gray-headed days.