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December 15, 2014

I recently received a couple of apologetics inquiries that may not seem related on the surface, but that I believe are suggestive of a common problematic approach to the Mass. The first was about the propriety of Christmas pageants in church. The inquirer was very obviously put off by the common custom of small children acting out the Christmas story for the benefit of parishioners, and wanted to know if this kind of spectacle was appropriate in a church dedicated to the worship of God:...

December 1, 2014

It is not known how the town carpenter found out that his betrothed was pregnant. Perhaps she told him herself after returning from a months-long journey to visit relatives (Luke 1:38, 56). Written accounts would later report though that she was "found" to be with child, as if the news was not shared by the pregnant woman but...

November 23, 2014

Every year as we cycle through the calendar, the apologists at Catholic Answers can count on having to answer certain questions. From May through October, we get the wedding questions, at Lent we get the fasting and abstinence questions, at Christmas we get questions about non-practicing Catholics who show up to Mass once or twice a year.

Even secular holidays, such as the North American harvest festival of ...

November 12, 2014
Jeremy Irons, as Alexander VI, "The Borgias"

Not long after John Paul II died, I received an apologetics question from someone who was corresponding with a hard-core Traditionalist—"probably SSPX" was how the Traditionalist was described to me. My inquirer reported that his correspondent believed John Paul II was "the worst pope ever," but let's allow the Traditionalist to put into his own words his position on the man who has since been canonized, and is now known to the world as St. John Paul II:

John Paul II didn'...

November 5, 2014

Answering apologetics questions for a living can sometimes feel a bit like riding a unicycle on a high wire, fifty feet up, no safety net, with only a tiny umbrella for counterbalance—in a hailstorm. When done well, it can draw oohs and ahs from onlookers. When you falter, the results can also be spectacular but not in a good way.

I started thinking about this when my Facebook newsfeed exploded with reactions to a...