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July 8, 2013

When John Paul II died in 2005, it was an event of such magnitude that Internet commentators took to asking Where Were You? when he died. (Global changes to my colleague Jimmy Akin's blog in the years since this post was first published have incorrectly attributed that post to me; it was really the work of Jimmy's friend and co-blogger Tim Jones.) In my case, I learned of his death...

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?...

April 11, 2013

One fairly regular question the apologists receive at Catholic Answers is "Who is the patron saint of [insert need or desire]?" While the answer to many such questions can be found at sites like the Patron Saints Index, more than a few are not readily answerable. I remember one person who wanted to know the patron saint of skateboarders. Not exactly a patronage that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is going to...

April 5, 2013

If I were to compile a list titled "Common Catholic Misconceptions of the Catholic Faith," near the top would have to be this Catholic misconception about the nature of sanctity:

The saints are to be considered perfect in their earthly lives, to such an extent that all that they did while in this life is considered right, just, and necessary for Catholics to imitate in their own lives.

We see this misconception play out in the multitude of ecclesial...

March 19, 2013

Protestants need not worry about Catholics worshipping Christ's mother and the saints. It's taken us some 2,000 years to figure out four dogmatic truths about the Blessed Virgin Mary—that she is the Mother of God, a perpetual Virgin, immaculately conceived...