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February 5, 2014

On a summer day 150 years ago, General Robert E. Lee ordered his men to storm Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg. To this day, no one quite knows why one of the most brilliant military commanders in American history threw his men across open fields at an enemy entrenched in an easily-defended...

January 29, 2014
Relic of Bl. John Paul II

Two very different news items came to my attention this week, one right after the other.

Earlier this week it was reported that thieves had broken into a tiny church in the Italian mountains and stolen a reliquary containing drops of blood from Bl. John Paul II. Other valuables were left behind, including the collection box, leading some to believe...

January 22, 2014

Readers always ask writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" And it is not an easy question to answer. Sometimes a thought association sparks an idea. Other times I might read an opinion piece that gets me thinking about a subject. Common questions apologists are asked might provide a springboard. When I can think of nothing else, I rummage through old Q&As I have published on other cyber platforms and re-work them into a new blog post.

Then there are the times I glance at my...

January 20, 2014
St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica

High on the list of most-asked questions that apologists receive is "How do I convert" the child who has left the Church, the friend who has come out as a homosexual, the local anti-Catholic who is smearing the Church in the media, the goodhearted non-Christian who is just not interested in the claims of Christ? Inquirers want books, CDs, or DVDs to hand to these people, evidently convinced that a few well-crafted arguments will win over others either to the Catholic Faith or to a more...

January 15, 2014

Some religious objections are universal, it seems. Apologists for religion, whether they are Catholic, non-Catholic, or non-Christian, face similar challenges in their work to explain and defend the faith they profess. I was struck by this problem the other day when an Orthodox Jewish rabbi whose page I follow on Facebook publicly issued a cri de coeur to his readers. He had more than one concern he wanted to air, but one of his gripes especially resonated...