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February 12, 2014

Reports are in from the Catholic mommy blogs: There is a cold war settling in at parishes throughout the land.

On one side of the aisle are parents with small children, struggling mightily to fulfill their Sunday obligation while caring for their wee ones. Reports are imprecise as to how many children; this is one area of Catholic life where the numbers of offspring each family has to heroically manage routinely swell to...

February 10, 2014

I’ve been playing in rock bands since about 1987, when my father bought me my first guitar. At the time, I was heavily influenced by heavy metal musicians.

Running in these circles for many years, it was not unusual to encounter stories of an oppressive medieval Catholic Church. In fact, many a heavy-metal band wrote songs about this, and the leather-clad faithful were only too happy to assume the stories were true.

Recently, I watched a documentary on the Canadian heavy metal...

February 7, 2014

Catholics and members of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” the Mormons, can agree on at least one very important principle. Both Catholics and the LDS believe in an authoritative, hierarchical Church that speaks with the authority of Christ. The problem with the Mormon attempt to claim apostolic authority is the obvious fact that there was no such Mormon "church” until less than 200 years ago. The informed Catholic need only ask...

February 7, 2014

“Who among you remembers the date of your Baptism?” This was the question that Pope Francis repeated last November, during one of his weekly general audiences. He was addressing the thousands of pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square and asked for a show of hands of those who knew the date. As he clearly suspected, few were...

February 6, 2014

On Tuesday night the Kentucky-based Creation Museum hosted a debate on origins that over 500,000 people watched on the Internet. CNN”s Tom Foreman served as the debate moderator. Although there have been lots of creation/evolution debates in the past, this one generated extra excitement because of the high-profile status of the debaters.

Defending the young-earth creation (or YEC) perspective was Ken Ham, the...