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February 3, 2013

I recently got a call at Catholic Answers from a woman who had fallen away from the Church many years ago but had come back home after watching EWTN and listening to Catholic Answers Live. Sadly, though, she had been told by a deacon at her parish that she could not receive the Eucharist or even go to confession because she had gotten remarried outside the Church after her first marriage ended in divorce. Before she could be fully reconciled with God and the Church...

February 3, 2013

One hundred years ago today the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, bringing Americans the joy of the income tax. You see some of them—perhaps your grandparents or great-grandparents among them—in this 1920 photo of people filling out tax forms at an IRS office.

Not many Americans complete their 1040s that way any more. Most use tax preparation software. I've been doing my taxes on the computer for years, and the process, though a bit tedious, is straightforward...

February 2, 2013

On this day in 1904 Pope St. Pius X issued an encyclical on the Immaculate Conception. The issuance was in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the dogma by Bl. Pius IX on December 8, 1854. The new encyclical was called Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum.

A century ago, most Catholics were less educated than they are today. Indeed, a good proportion of them were illiterate, and most of the rest, even in a country such as the U.S., could not hope to go beyond high...

February 2, 2013

According to the Conference Board research group, only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. Only 51 percent claim they are even interested in their work. Both of these numbers are the lowest polled in the 22 years they've been researching the topic.

I would need a different poll question. I am not just "satisfied" with my work, but I can...

February 1, 2013

The other day, while reading Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, I came across this sentence: "We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope."

I actually found myself slapping the edge of my...