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January 22, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made news last week when during a radio interview he said “extreme conservatives” have “no place” in the Empire State. Who are these people? Among others, he said, those who are “right to life” or “anti-gay.”

Later he tried to walk back this naked and nasty bit of intolerance, reassuring us that those who are “anti-choice...

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 21, 2014

I have encountered many “non-denominational” Christians who believe that going to church on Sunday is a good thing, but not absolutely necessary. What’s really important according to them is that you develop a “personal relationship” with Jesus.

In my experience, most people who say this are generally well-meaning, but they inadvertently discourage other Christians from going to church by taking this position.

Often they are surprised when they hear for the first time that...

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 17, 2014

This may well be the most common single question I receive concerning our Catholic Faith whether it be at conferences, via email, snail mail, or any other venue. In fact, I've answered it twice today already, so I thought I might just blog about it.

We'll begin by making clear just what we mean by "Purgatory." The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

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