After reading the work of bioethicist Wesley Smith, I came across a group of people that suffers from a condition called body integrity identity disorder (or BIID). The disorder occurs when a person thinks his limbs are not his own and wants the healthy limbs to be amputated. This clip from Anderson Cooper’s talk show highlights one woman who is able to walk but chooses to use a wheelchair and has asked doctors...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
Many years ago, when I was in the process of becoming Catholic, I read Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Catholic Answers president and founder, Karl Keating. It was in that book that I first came across a popular quote by Bishop Fulton Sheen that is often repeated today by Catholics discussing the phenomenon of anti-Catholic bigotry:...
Pope Francis has received an enormous amount of good will in his early days as pontiff.
Some of that is natural. There is normally a honeymoon period fpr a new pope.
Some of it is also due to his personal style. He comes off to many as simple, humble, energetic, and engaged with his flock.
Because of his personal...
I have always found the historical argument for the Catholic Church utterly compelling:
1. Jesus Christ established a Church (not several, or several thousand).
2. The only Church which can trace its lineage unbroken to the time of Christ and the apostles is the Catholic Church.
3. And therefore, Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church.
Why am I a Catholic? Because I wish to belong to the Church which Christ...
It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
— Bob Dylan
Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you four news items and you tell me what they have in common. Please answer in complete sentences, fill in ovals completely with a No. 2 pencil, and show your work.
1. Belgian archbishop Andre Leonard...