2008 Conference - The Battle for the FaithDeep in History

The Barren Harvest of Denominationalism – Sr. Rosalind Moss

February 7, 2018 2 Comments

In this talk from The Coming Home Network’s 2008 Deep in History conference, Sr. Rosalind Moss talks about the rise of Christian denominationalism in the United States in the 19th and 20th century, and its effects. Sr. Rosalind, who was raised Jewish and converted to Evangelical Christianity before becoming Catholic, discusses the positive effects of the Protestant emphasis on Scripture and personal belief, but shares how without a common unifying authority, those two impulses have led to a continual fracturing of denominations.

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Study Questions:

-“Protestantism, when it works upon civilization for a long period of time, degenerates that civilization.” After considering Sr. Rosalind’s points, do you agree with this statement?

-Quoting John Rao, Sr. Rosalind says, “The doctrine of total depravity does not only kill the adornment of the body, but the fuel of the body, by which he means the fuel of the mind.” How does total depravity contribute to this degradation?

-“The whole person matters.” What does this mean and why is this something that drew Sr. Rosalind to the Catholic Church?

-Why is “authority” important?


Angelus: A Christian devotion in memory of the Incarnation of Christ, traditionally recited in Roman Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries three times daily: 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. The prayer consists of the following references to the Gospels: “The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.” “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to
your Word.” “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

Cleric: A priest or minister of a Christian church or of any religion.

Habit: A religious habit is a distinctive set of garments worn by members of a religious order.

Total Depravity: According to Calvinism, it is a state of corruption due to original sin that infects every part of man’s nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God.