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January 30, 2013

FRANK SHEED is an undisputed hero of English-speaking Catholic apologetics. In the years following WWI he was a star player for the fledgling Catholic Evidence Guild, which took the truths of the Faith to the streets (and most famously, to Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park) at a time when Catholics in England, the U.S., and elsewhere were not just part of a minority religion—they were...

January 30, 2013

When I first read it, years ago, I thought that Louis Chaigne's biography of Paul Claudel was the best-written biography I had ever come across. The book appeared in 1961, six years after Claudel's death at the age of 86.

Paul Claudel: The Man and the Mystic covers the three men who were Claudel: the diplomat, the poet and playwright, and the Catholic. Chaigne writes lovingly and insightfully of the man who was his friend for thirty years. By the end of the book, I felt...

January 30, 2013

Just before Christmas, a Catholic friend invited me to Los Angeles to speak with some dear friends of his who had left the Catholic Faith. Their Evangelical pastor joined us for what became a lively and lengthy discussion. I thought the dialogue went very well, but one exchange seems to stick out among the many we had over about four hours. When the topic moved to the assurance of salvation, the pastor declared with confidence, "St. Paul could not be clearer that we can have absolute...

January 29, 2013

I've worked at Catholic Answers as a staff apologist since 2003. This will mark my tenth year in apologetics. Most questions I receive through letters, phone calls, email, and questions submitted to the Catholic Answers Forums and EWTN are interesting and challenging; I enjoy researching them and discovering the answers to share with people. But there is one category of questions I dread but feel compelled to answer as swiftly as possible: abuses of the Eucharist.

The most visible...

January 29, 2013

I was recently asked to name the most common argument made by atheists today. I have to say, the atheists I’m in dialog with tend not to make arguments for atheism. Rather, they appear preoccupied with redefining their terms, maintaining that atheism is not a claim to knowledge but merely a suspension of belief. 

This is incorrect. The way the term atheist is normally used, it refers to a person who...