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July 30, 2014

It's become something of a genre for advice columnists: What not to say to: a pregnant woman, a grieving parent, ...

June 4, 2014
St. Jerome, visited by angels

A donnybrook recently broke out in Catholic cyberspace (otherwise known as St. Blog's Parish) when a prominent Catholic blogger made an off-the-cuff criticism on her personal Facebook page of a "news story" on Pope Francis. I put the words news story in quotation marks because although the host site presents itself as a news organization, in my opinion it is really a blog written and...

May 21, 2014
Gollum and the Ring

The other day I went to the staff mailboxes to see if I had any mail. Standing there looking through some papers was Catholic Answers' Director of Apologetics Tim Staples. I made a joke about Tim's statue-like stance; he laughed and said he had received something weird. Then, glancing at the mailboxes, he said, "Hey, you got one, too! We all did."

What each of the apologists had received was an article titled...

March 12, 2014

Many people dislike platitudes. Just the other day, I was part of a conversation on Facebook in which the original poster was complaining about the silliness of saying, "Count rainbows, not thunderstorms, and walk on." The thread participants all riffed on this platitude, and my contribution was that paying attention to the rainbows instead of the storm while walking is a great way to ...

January 15, 2014

Some religious objections are universal, it seems. Apologists for religion, whether they are Catholic, non-Catholic, or non-Christian, face similar challenges in their work to explain and defend the faith they profess. I was struck by this problem the other day when an Orthodox Jewish rabbi whose page I follow on Facebook publicly issued a cri de coeur to his readers. He had more than one concern he wanted to air, but one of his gripes especially resonated...