August 30, 2013

In one of my earlier blog posts entitled The Kerygma Enigma, I wrote of the essential importance of the initial preaching or proclamation of the basic Gospel message in the process of evangelization. After more than twenty years in professional pastoral ministry, I have become quite convinced that one of the reasons why we Catholics tend to be so weak and ineffectual at evangelization is the fact that we...

August 29, 2013

Yesterday was a balmy 103 degrees outside the Catholic Answers office, and today didn’t promise to be much cooler. If I wanted to exercise outdoors, it would have to be early, and so it was.

Before work I headed up nearby Kwaay Paay Peak. At 1,194 feet, it’s denominated a hill here, though east of the Mississippi it would be called a mountain. In Florida it might be named Mt. Gargantua because it’s more than three times as tall as that state’s high point, Britton Hill (345 feet)....

August 28, 2013

Who is the patron saint of apologetics?

Some people say Justin Martyr. Others Thomas Aquinas. Still others Francis de Sales or one of the Counter-Reformers.

All sound choices. St. Justin’s Apology, penned in the second century, is the archetype of written works defending Catholic doctrine. Aquinas settled the Manichees, and, if my memory serves, wrote some good stuff about the Faith himself. In addition to...

August 28, 2013

Army private Bradley Manning, convicted of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, has changed his mind again.

Last week he said he considered himself to be a woman, wanted to be referred to as Chelsea, and asked news organizations to refer to him using the new name and the feminine pronoun.

After further reflection over the last few days, Manning has decided that he is neither a man nor a woman. The convicted soldier now claims to be an androgynous deer named Bambi and...

August 27, 2013

The Gospel of Matthew records that, shortly after Jesus was born, Herod the Great had all the baby boys in Bethlehem killed.

It was the Slaughter of the Innocents.

Some have been skeptical of this event and questioned whether it really happened.

For those who have studied history, though, it is very much in keeping with the character of King Herod.

Here's the story . . . 

Herod the Paranoid Tyrant...