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May 14, 2014

Last week I decided to write about weddings and the trial that they can be for clergy and parish staff. Here at Catholic Answers we have heard some hair-raising tales of the shenanigans that go on when couples are planning weddings, and I wanted to share some tips on how not to drive your priest to drink.

In the more than eighty blog posts I have written since the Catholic Answers Blog was...

May 7, 2014

The wedding bells are beginning to ring, and the scent of orange blossoms is filling the air. It is the start of Wedding Season, the most dreaded time of the year for priests and deacons. Not a few of them will comment, in private, that weddings are the part of their ministry they despise the most. (Nota bene: For the sake of this post, I am distinguishing the wedding ceremony and the travails necessary to plan and celebrate it from the rest of pastoral care for engaged couples.)...

March 19, 2014
Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well

In recent weeks, I have been seeing alarms raised by faithful Catholics over controversy in the Church. Most recently the Catholic news outlets have been reporting that Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a speech on the family in February to the consistory called by Pope Francis. Among other things, the Cardinal speculated on the conditions under which the Church could offer the sacraments of...

September 9, 2013

I have been an apologist for Catholic Answers since 2003. When people find out how long I've been with Catholic Answers, they sometimes ask, "What is the most-asked question you receive?" That's easy: Can I go to this wedding? The question has been asked so often, in fact, that in 2007 I created a checklist for laypeople to use to decide for themselves if they could go to a particular wedding. In the years since, that checklist has become one of the most-viewed apologist Q...

June 24, 2013

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. John is one of the few saints to have more than one feast day on the liturgical calendar (his martyrdom is celebrated on August 29), and perhaps the only saint besides the Blessed Virgin to have his birth celebrated as a feast day. That means that we receive a surprising number of questions about John here in Catholic Answers' apologetics department. 

Why is June 24 celebrated as John the Baptist's birthday?...