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June 26, 2013

Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) is a mixed bag for me. By which I mean, it’s as if you took a whole bunch of things from music and religion that I don’t like and mixed them together in a bag.

One prominent exception, however, is Rich Mullins. I remember the exact time and place I first heard one of his songs—“The Other Side of the World,”...

June 24, 2013

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. John is one of the few saints to have more than one feast day on the liturgical calendar (his martyrdom is celebrated on August 29), and perhaps the only saint besides the Blessed Virgin to have his birth celebrated as a feast day. That means that we receive a surprising number of questions about John here in Catholic Answers' apologetics department. 

Why is June 24 celebrated as John the Baptist's birthday?...

June 24, 2013

I came to Catholicism (very slowly) from an atheist worldview. From my previous perspective, the Church was old, rigid, and dogmatic—a relic from times past in drastic need of an update. The Church's insistence on clinging to outdated teachings was something of a deterrent for me, but through my journey to the Church I began to appreciate the necessity of dogma.

After several years of deliberation I had come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ did in fact exist; he had performed...

June 21, 2013

During a recent speaking tour in Australia, my good friend and fellow apologist, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and I delivered a presentation on The Four Marks of the Church. Our tag-team talk was well received. Afterward, I was encouraged by a few of the participants to share some of my notes and citations with them. In light of their request and in light of my last blog post, I thought...

June 21, 2013

A considerable number of Catholic youths who would never countenance the murder of an unborn child cannot see why two men (or two women) “who love each other,” as they say, should not have the right to marry. If you don’t believe me, then I’m guessing you haven’t spoken recently with a student at one of America’s diocesan high schools about something other than soccer or where he plans to go to college.

It is little wonder that so many teenagers are confused. The whole concept of a...