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January 17, 2014

This may well be the most common single question I receive concerning our Catholic Faith whether it be at conferences, via email, snail mail, or any other venue. In fact, I've answered it twice today already, so I thought I might just blog about it.

We'll begin by making clear just what we mean by "Purgatory." The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

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January 16, 2014

Have you ever heard something like this before?

If pro-lifers really cared about ending abortion, they’d give out contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies. But they don't really want to do anything practical to help end abortion—they just want to punish women who have sex!

Of course, even if pro-lifers were hypocrites, their argument that abortion kills an innocent human being would still be correct. But are pro-life advocates hypocrites if they don’t promote...

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...

January 8, 2014

Questions about the Catholic Faith are an apologist's stock in trade. But there have been times I answered a question that I wasn't sure should have been asked in the first place. I find myself wondering whether or not there are apologetics questions that ought not be asked.

The last time this happened, I Googled "sin of curiosity" and was surprised to find myself directed to St. Thomas Aquinas...

January 6, 2014

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany when Western Christians celebrate the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. The account of the visit of the Magi can be found in Matthew 2:1-18. According to Scripture, “wise men from the East” followed a star to Jesus’ location and then “fell down and worshipped him” (...