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May 27, 2015

As the author of a book about demons and exorcism, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when, over Memorial Day weekend, I received a number of emails asking me to comment on the “Charlie Charlie Challenge.” During the last week or so, this alleged means of contacting a “Mexican spirit” has spread through social media and surged in popularity among teens.

The “challenge” goes like this: Two intersecting lines are...

May 25, 2015

The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation is a creationist organization for Catholics. It holds to the idea that our world was created in six literal days and that the Earth is very young—at most about 10,000 years old.

This stance poses difficulties, such as how to account for the fossil record. When did all those extinct animals live—particularly the interesting ones, such as dinosaurs? The Kolbe Center’s position is that dinosaurs and man lived contemporaneously, with dinosaurs...

May 20, 2015

There’s a particular question that our Protestant friends often use when they are evangelizing—the question, “Have you been saved?”

How should we respond to this?

The basic thing they are asking is whether you have a relationship with God and have received his saving grace.

If you’re a Catholic, you have, and so if you don’t have time to discuss the matter, you could simply say yes, and leave it at that.

But there’s more to the question, and that presents you with an...

May 18, 2015

Saturday’s edition of the Toronto Star ran an opinion column by Michael Coren: “How a Change of Heart Led to a Backlash from the ‘Church of Nasty.’”

In it Coren explains why he made a change of religion and complains about the vociferousness and even nastiness of people who responsed to what he did.

Not surprisingly, his column sidesteps the real reason so many people have been upset with him.

As I wrote in this blog a week ago, Coren—a Canadian broadcaster,...

May 15, 2015

In John 5:43, Jesus declared:

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

With the advent of Protestantism and the confusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church, have, at best, an incomplete understanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, “I come in my father’s name,” he...