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June 20, 2014

My article for the July-August issue Catholic Answers Magazine, “Defending the Trinity,” contains a serious error. In a passage about the “generative” and “spirative” processions in the Trinity, I wrote, “The Father and the Son actively spirate the Holy Spirit.” To clarify the word spirate, our editor added, Aquinas's word; it means roughly to beget.”

Unfortunately, I did not get to see it until it was in print. But in fact, St....

June 19, 2014

I received several recent e-mails from people asking for help answering the claim that Moses never existed but was simply copied from Babylonian mythology. Let’s take a look at the story of Moses’ birth so that we can better compare it to the ancient tale that critics say is the story’s true origin.

Moses vs. Sargon

According to the first chapter of Exodus, after Jacob and his family settled in Egypt they “grew and became prosperous.” Many years later a new...

June 18, 2014

Whenever I go to eucharistic adoration, I have a little ritual that I follow, something I consider to be a good deed before settling into adoration. I sift through the free devotional literature set out for adorers to use in the adoration chapel while praying, looking for any problematic materials that need to be removed. If I find them, I stuff them in my purse for disposal later.

(Nota bene: I limit this practice to tracts, pamphlets, and other cheap leaflets that the...

June 12, 2014

Today is the feast of my patron and namesake, Saint Anthony of Padua. (My middle name is Antonio.) He is arguably one of the most beloved and admired Saints in the Church. Unfortunately, for many, he is merely known as the Saint you pray to when you lose your eyeglasses or car keys. This is unfortunate, especially given his extraordinary life and Christian witness. I thought I would share 13 interesting and perhaps...

June 11, 2014

A few days ago, a friend who is the busy pastor of a parish asked if I would take a look at a question that had come in from an inquirer through his parish's website. He hoped that I could take the time he did not have to research the answer and provide some resources for his inquirer. In a nutshell, this person wanted to know why Catholics affirm that believers could both be a part of the communion of saints and yet sin, since the apostle John said of believers:

He who...