To the surprise of no one, on June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—the section that defines marriage as being "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife"—proclaiming it to be unconstitutional. California State...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
In my 2011 debate with Dr. Peter Barnes, a Presbyterian minister and apologist in Australia, the topic was the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and it centered on Jesus’ famous words in John 6:53: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” After about three hours of debate, I could sum up...
In my last blog post I examined the first of the four notes or marks of the Church—namely, unity. Today I would like to briefly examine the second defining mark or quality of the Church: holiness.
For many, the Catholic Church’s claim of holiness is quite provocative. After all, how can the Catholic Church possibly claim to be holy when her membership is made up of sinners? How can she claim to be...
A phrase I often use to measure whether something is worth the fight is, "What hill do you want to die on?" Will a victory here be worth the possibility of losing the fight?
In the sixteen years that I have been fielding apologetic calls at Catholic Answers, a year doesn’t go by that I don't receive calls or emails from frustrated parents of children preparing for their First Communion who want their children to receive the host on the tongue but are told by the teacher that it's not...
One fact that concerns some Christians and elates some atheists is that 93 percent of the members of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the most elite scientific organizations in the United States, do not believe in God. Atheist Sam Harris says that, “This suggests that there are few modes of thinking less congenial to religious faith than science is.”
Should Christians be...