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May 30, 2014

Mark Twain considered his biography of Saint Joan of Arc, whose feast we celebrate today, to be his best work. He called the Maid of Orleans “easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” The story of St. Joan is well known by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but we may be surprised to learn just how well it is known: There may be no medieval figure whose life is better documented than that of Saint Joan of Arc.

The story of her...

May 28, 2014

Over the past couple of years, since Catholic Answers' Director of Development Christopher Check joined the staff, the staff has had the pleasure of several visits from Chris's brother, Fr. Paul Check. Fr. Check is a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport (...

May 22, 2014

Last week senator Marco Rubio said on the Sean Hannity show that “Science is settled . . . human life begins at conception.” While some people who support legal abortion might scoff at the senator’s remarks, the fact is that all the evidence stands firmly behind what he said.

Now, science can’t prove a valuable human being, or a person, or someone with an immortal soul begins to exist at conception because concepts like “the soul” “value” or “person” are...

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...

May 20, 2014

Church historians generally recognize two popes with the title “the Great”: St. Leo I (r. 440–461) and St. Gregory I (590–604). Some Catholic historians add St. Nicholas I (858–867). Pope St. John Paul II’s recent canonization was cause for discussion over whether he, too, should be afforded this honorary title.

Some Catholics granted the designation even before his canonization, as the names of a high school in Dumfries, Virginia...