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October 4, 2016

Yesterday I outlined the controversy over Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Now let’s break down what I have found to be the three key and most common objections to AL. The first two are closely related, so we’ll consider them together:

The objections

  1. Pope Francis is claimed to give tacit approval to adultery when he posits “extraordinary” cases where a Catholic is divorced from a presumably valid nuptial union,...
October 3, 2016
Cardinals Schönborn (right) and Baldisseri hold a copy of Amoris Laetitia. (CNS)

The apostolic exhortation of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “The Joy of Love”), promulgated March 19, 2016, has caused quite a stir. Because my colleague Jimmy Akin has already written an...

September 30, 2016

In the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s Sorting Hat places new students into one of four houses, each house having been founded by a wizard or a witch who wanted to form students according to his or her favorite character trait. Gryffindor’s students were known for bravery, Ravenclaw’s for intelligence, Hufflepuff’s for steadfastness. Only the house of Slytherin...

September 29, 2016

On this feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, it's worth revisiting this question: Is it true Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Michael the archangel and Jesus are the same person?

In a word, yes. The Jehovah's Witnesses maintain that Jesus was Michael the archangel prior to his coming to Earth: "Scriptural evidence indicates that the name Michael applied to God's Son before he left heaven to become Jesus Christ and also after his return" (Aid to Bible...

September 28, 2016

Editor’s note: Jimmy Akin’s book A Daily Defense, forthcoming in October from Catholic Answers Press, comprises 365 one-page defenses (plus one for leap year) of typical challenges to the Catholic Faith. These daily doses of apologetics are designed to arm the reader with short-form answers and tips for delving deeper into any particular subject. For the next several months, the Catholic Answers blog will run occasional excerpts.

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