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April 23, 2014

Catholic Answers' Director of Apologetics Tim Staples and I were bouncing around ideas for blog posts when he told me of two common, related questions he receives while on the road, speaking for Catholic Answers. Catholics he meets often are extremely frustrated with the quality of the liturgy at the parishes they attend. They are constantly on edge at Mass, wondering what novelty their priest is going to dream up next. Why can't priests just "say the black, do the red"?—a cri de coeur...

April 16, 2014

I risk ruining your Holy Week with this, I know, but hear me out. You deserve to know the truth, however shocking: Hollywood has outdone itself with a movie co-written and directed by a non-Catholic with some controversial baggage in his past.

I've seen this cinematic (more like sin-ematic) travesty myself so you don't have to. Actually, it's been out for a while.

It's about the final hours of Jesus' life, and it features a disturbingly high number of scenes that are not—I...

April 15, 2014

810 years ago this week, on April 13, 1204, an unthinkable act occurred: Christian armies sacked Constantinople, in what became known as the Fourth Crusade. The Crusades are among the most misunderstood events in Catholic history, and the Fourth Crusade is frequently cited by critics of the Crusades and the Church in an attempt to discredit both.    

The notoriety of the Fourth Crusade comes from its (originally) unintended conquest of Constantinople, in which...

April 14, 2014

John Hagee is an Evangelical pastor at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of several books. His latest book claims that four blood moons will appear over America as a sign from God that a world-shaking event will soon take place. These blood moons are part of a set of consecutive lunar eclipses beginning on April 15 (tomorrow!) and continuing in six month intervals until October 2015.

This phenomenon is also known as a tetrad, when the moon is covered by the...

April 11, 2014

It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is a "real possibility," but whether there are any souls actually there, or whether there will ever be any souls there, is unknown to us.

It is, of course, true that hell is a "real possibility" for each of us. And that is a sobering thought. But it is also true that souls...