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August 18, 2015

Today marks the 862nd anniversary of the death of one of the most important and influential saints in the history of the Church, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153). This great saint was the third son of seven children (six boys and one girl) born to a noble family near Dijon in the Burgundy region of France. Bernard was brilliant and handsome, although his severe ascetic...

August 17, 2015

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a new pope a year from now. I’m not making a prediction—my prognosticational abilities are not sufficiently developed. I’m just bringing up a possibility, one that I think isn’t farfetched.

Let me begin by turning back the calendar a few pages, to 1292. Pope Nicholas IV, who had been reigning since 1288, died that April. He had been elected only after a long impasse among the papal electors. As it turned out, his successor was elected after an...

August 14, 2015

As we approach the great Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and having written a post on the biblical evidence for the Assumption of Mary this time last year, I thought I would change gears and consider the historical evidence for the Assumption in honor of this year's Feast Day.

In summary, the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary began with an historical event that is alluded to in Scripture...

August 11, 2015

After my July 27th Catholic Answers Live appearance, I was directed to an open letter written to me by a Mormon English teacher. Most of his objections are addressed in my new booklet...

August 10, 2015

You may have heard about—and may have attended—the national apologetics conferences that Catholic Answers has hosted the past few years in San Diego.

Most people don’t know that they weren’t the first such conferences for us. Our first was held a quarter-century ago in Long Beach.

The theme of that three-day 1990 conference was “Go Forth and Teach.” It proved to be a great success in all ways except financial. We didn’t make much of a profit, and we learned that putting on a...