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July 30, 2013

It all started with a clickbait headline in my Facebook news feed. Sandro Magister, a Vatican expert writing in Rome, declared, For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict. Magister reported, in the tabloid fashion typical of Italian journalism:

[The] Franciscans of the Immaculate are...

July 22, 2013
Socotra is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth.

Off the coast of Africa near the country of Yemen there is an island called Socotra. According to tradition, St. Thomas the apostle was shipwrecked there and used the remnants of his boat to build a church. The evidence that Thomas may have traveled there appears to be strong, but regardless of who founded the first Christian community on the island, by the tenth century virtually all of the inhabitants had been converted.
 
Through an unfortunate series of events in the sixteenth...

June 21, 2013

During a recent speaking tour in Australia, my good friend and fellow apologist, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and I delivered a presentation on The Four Marks of the Church. Our tag-team talk was well received. Afterward, I was encouraged by a few of the participants to share some of my notes and citations with them. In light of their request and in light of my last blog post, I thought...

June 13, 2013

While looking through some news feeds recently, I found this lede:

Modern Catholic churches resemble museums and are built more with the aim of winning design awards than worshiping God, the Vatican has said.

Well, that certainly grabbed my attention. "The Vatican"...

June 7, 2013

Over the past few months I have been struck by the number of times Pope Francis has reminded us of the indivisible relationship and union between Christ and his Church. On several of these instances he has quoted a passage that I have become familiar with over the years. It is taken from Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation, On Evangelization in the Modern World:

There is thus a profound link between Christ, the Church and evangelization. During the period of the...