April 15, 2015

There are usually a few Masses per year at which there can be expected to be a large number of non-Catholics present. Christmas and Easter Masses are popular with non-Catholics, mainly because they are visiting Catholic family and friends. Nuptial Masses, especially when one of the parties to be married is a non-Catholic Christian, will have large turnouts of non-Catholics (sometimes up to half the congregation). Non-Catholics can also be expected at Masses offered for other sacramental firsts and life-cycle events, such as confirmations and funerals.

This reality raises a common question for the apologists here at Catholic Answers: What should happen at Communion time? Here's a recent question I received on the issue.

At my granddaughter's First Communion,...

April 13, 2015

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a poem more known about than known. To the extent most Americans know about it at all, it’s in terms of Gustave Doré’s illustrations for the Inferno. Some will recognize snippets from the text, such as the inscription over the gate to hell: “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

Beyond that, the Divine Comedy is pretty much terra incognita for Americans. It’s a pity, because it’s one of the greatest works of literature ever fashioned, and, in my eyes, it’s the greatest epic poem ever written.

As impressive as the Iliad...

April 11, 2015

The toughest texts to deal with concerning the natural immortality of the soul are found in the Old Testament. These are the go-to verses for Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others who deny it. One way you can go about explaining things to them is to go to the manifold and obvious texts in the New Testament that clearly teach the human soul to be immortal. These would include Jesus' teaching about the afterlife in his parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31 (there Jesus indicates there is an immediate or "particular" judgment and either reward or punishment at the point of death), the various texts that teach of the eternity of Hell (Matt. 25:41; 46; Rev. 14:9-11; Rev. 20:10-15, etc...

April 6, 2015

Try answering this Gallup Poll question from 2011: “Just your best guess, what percentage of Americans would you say are gay or lesbian?” The possible answers range from “less than 5%,” to “more than 25%.” Where does your estimate fall?

If you choose “more than 25%,” you concur with 35% of those polled. If you say “20% to 25%,” you concur with 17%. Half of all Americans (52%) think that homosexuals comprise at least a fifth and perhaps more than a fourth of the...

April 2, 2015

Some atheists say the Bible is unscientific because it encourages “faith-healing,” or praying for the sick instead of treating them with medicine developed through human ingenuity. These critics then cite tragic stories of “Bible-believing” parents who chose to pray for their very sick children instead of taking them to a hospital. This is then used as evidence in support of the idea that religion is inherently dangerous.

But as tragic as these and other stories are, they only tell us about the danger of specific individuals’ beliefs. They don’t tell us anything about religion itself, because the vast majority of religious believers see faith and medicine as compatible. This viewpoint is even supported in the Bible itself.

Ezekiel 47:12, describes leaves that can be used...

April 1, 2015

Effective today for the unforeseen future, Catholic Answers Live will no longer be directly answering questions about the Catholic Faith. Having answered every possible objection to the Faith over 16 years of daily shows, we have decided as an apostolate to go in a different direction: celebrity news.

This will upset some of our supporters and we understand that. But we want to go out to the peripheries, as Pope Francis has recommended, and engage the celebrity culture. Not to proselytize nor to indulge in idle gossip, but to get the real story behind the headlines. Who is the real Kim Kardashian? What is the relationship like now between Miley Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray? Is Lady Gaga sinning by wearing a meat garment during concerts that fall on...

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