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September 14, 2016
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine

Dear Tim:

How are you? National campaigns are such a strain on one’s health. Hope you’re getting lots of sleep and taking vitamin C.

I’ll presume you were of sound mind the other day when you predicted, to an audience of gay-rights activists who are giving you money, that the Catholic Church will someday change its teaching that marriage is...

September 13, 2016
St. John the Evangelist (from a Byzantine illuminated manuscript, 12th century)

St. John’s letters are numbered among the New Testament epistles commonly referred to as the Catholic epistles. But it would seem that his first letter, in particular, is far from Catholic.

For example, he seems to teach the Protestant doctrine of the inner testimony of the Spirit and deny the need for a magisterium (a living, teaching authority): “You have no need that any one should teach you; as his anointing teaches you about everything” (1 John 2:27).

Further, he...

September 12, 2016
Jan Sobieski depicted in "The Relief of Vienna" by Marcello Bacciarelli

Today (September 12) is the memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, a liturgical celebration that probably gives many Catholics pause. Honoring the Blessed Mother in the liturgy is nothing new or unique in the Church, but many may ask, why this feast on this day?

The answer lies in a pivotal battle fought in the late seventeenth century between the Cross and the Crescent at the “Gateway to Europe.” A little more than a hundred years after ...

September 9, 2016

Every so often, when I appear on Catholic Answers Live, a caller asks whether a non-Catholic may receive Communion at a Catholic parish or a Catholic take the “Lord’s Supper” at a non-Catholic church. My answer always begins with canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law.

That canon has five sections. The first says that “Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithfully only and, likewise, the latter may licitly...

September 8, 2016

Critics of the New Testament often claim that the names of the authors of the Gospels were added after they had already been in circulation in the early Church. Instead of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, they say, the real authors were anonymous Christians who relied on hearsay and legend rather than eyewitness testimony.

Is there evidence for this claim?

First, it should be noted that even if the earliest copies of the Gospels did not contain the names of their authors, that...