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February 1, 2013

The other day, while reading Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, I came across this sentence: "We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope."

I actually found myself slapping the edge of my...

February 1, 2013

The same year I became Catholic, 1996, I took a trip to visit a friend in Philadelphia. We spent a week visiting the sites in Washington, D.C. One of the places I most wanted to visit was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which had opened a few years previously to national acclaim.

It was a harrowing experience. We were given "passports" at the door with the life story of a victim told in succeeding pages...

February 1, 2013

In the aftermath of the horrific Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil that claimed 235 young lives, people are asking what they always ask after a disaster: “Where was God?”

On Sunday, January 27, the nightclub erupted into an inferno after the club’s band set off fireworks that ignited flammable material. The club’s design and the fact that it was overcrowded were the main factors in the high death toll. Video...

January 31, 2013

Human nature is a pesky thing. Because it's fallen, it can sometimes undermine or sabotage our work as apologists in ways that we easily miss.  One of the ways this can happen is through triumphalism, defined as the spirit of arrogance or pride with respect to belonging to the Church. Not the proper sense of pride, a la "I'm proud to be Catholic," but the self-puffery sense, a la "I belong to the One True Church, and you don't." Whether subtle or overt, it’s lethal to the work of...

January 30, 2013

There is a newly published resource that every apologist will want in his library: Heinrich Denzinger's Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals. This reference book is a sorely needed English update to one of the richest compendiums of Catholic doctrine ever compiled.

Commonly referred to simply as Denzinger (after the German theologian who published it in 1854) this doctrinal compendium...