April 23, 2014

Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics Tim Staples and I were bouncing around ideas for blog posts when he told me of two common, related questions he receives while on the road speaking for Catholic Answers. Often, Catholics he meets are extremely frustrated with the quality of the liturgy at the parishes they attend. They are on edge at Mass, wondering what novelty their priest is going to dream up next. Why can't priests just "say the black, do the red"?—a cri de coeur promulgated by the popular priest blogger, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, referring to the priestly mandate to precisely follow the sacramentary as it is written. Catholics ask Tim these two questions:

  • How do I know when I...
April 16, 2014

I risk ruining your Holy Week with this, I know, but hear me out. You deserve to know the truth, however shocking: Hollywood has outdone itself with a movie co-written and directed by a non-Catholic with some controversial baggage in his past.

I've seen this cinematic (more like sin-ematic) travesty myself so you don't have to. Actually, it's been out for a while.

It's about the final hours of Jesus' life, and it features a disturbingly high number of scenes that are not—I repeat not—found in the holy Bible, which is God's inspired word that must not be added to or improved on. Right?

If you're sitting down, I can give you a few examples. Deep breath. First, this mess of a movie features a scene with Jesus and his Mother, Mary, joking about table...

April 15, 2014

810 years ago this week, on April 13, 1204, an unthinkable act occurred: Christian armies sacked Constantinople, in what became known as the Fourth Crusade. The Crusades are among the most misunderstood events in Catholic history, and the Fourth Crusade is frequently cited by critics of the Crusades and the Church in an attempt to discredit both.    

The notoriety of the Fourth Crusade comes from its (originally) unintended conquest of Constantinople, in which Christians fought Christians—to the horror of Pope Innocent III and to the scandal of modern-day Catholics. The story of how the Fourth Crusade came to Constantinople, beginning with great promise but ending in abject disaster, is one of the most intriguing in the entire history of the Crusades. 

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April 14, 2014

John Hagee is an Evangelical pastor at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of several books. His latest book claims that four blood moons will appear over America as a sign from God that a world-shaking event will soon take place. These blood moons are part of a set of consecutive lunar eclipses beginning on April 15 (tomorrow!) and continuing in six month intervals until October 2015.

This phenomenon is also known as a tetrad, when the moon is covered by the earth’s shadow for four eclipses in a row. They are called “blood moons” because the moon appears red in the sky from refracted light.

What is the significance of these blood moons?

Hagee appeals to Acts 2:20 which says, “the sun shall be turned into darkness and the...

April 11, 2014

It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is a "real possibility," but whether there are any souls actually there, or whether there will ever be any souls there, is unknown to us.

It is, of course, true that hell is a "real possibility" for each of us. And that is a sobering thought. But it is also true that souls are actually in hell now, and will be for all eternity. This is a teaching of our Catholic Faith.

Au Contraire!

No less of a luminary than Fr. Robert Barron, following the great Hans Urs von Balthasar,...

April 10, 2014

My new book, The Protestant's Dilemma, shows in a myriad of ways why Protestantism is implausible. We sifted through many arguments to boil the book down to the most essential. A few chapters didn't make the cut but are still good enough to share. Here's one of them.

If Protestantism is true,

There's no way to know whether you're assenting to divine revelation or to mere human opinion about divine revelation.

Protestants and Catholics both believe that God has revealed himself to man over the course of human history, culminating in his ultimate self-revelation in Jesus Christ. But whereas Catholics believe that Christ founded a visible...

Learn how powerful the case is for the historical Christ - and what the Church believes about him.
Blessed Duns Scotus: Defender Of The Immaculate Conception
Blessed Duns Scotus: Defender Of The Immaculate Conception is the inspiring true story of the holy Franciscan priest and theologian who won ...