July 29, 2016
Pope Pius XII

After a good number of years as a Catholic apologist, having found myself in the same kinds of situations over and over again, I had a “first time” experience. I was asked to speak to a Jewish group about Pope Pius XII and his actions (and supposed inactions) before and during World War II.

We sat in a large circle, the two dozen or so of us who met in the community room at a mall. I presumed nothing on the part of my listeners except that they probably were not familiar with my...

July 27, 2016
Fr. Jacques Hamel

The recent horrific murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel by two ISIS-linked killers has caused worldwide shock and outrage. Not only was Fr. Hamel killed in a gruesome way (having his throat slit), he was killed while saying Mass.

This has led many to discuss his death in terms of martyrdom. Some have spoken as if his martyrdom was certain. For example, writing for the Catholic Herald, Ed Condon...

July 25, 2016
Tim Kaine

Hillary Clinton’s selection of Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running mate has reignited the debate about whether Catholic politicians can support pro-choice policies but remain “personally opposed” to abortion. In June, Kaine explained his position on Meet the Press:

I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed...

July 20, 2016
The Incredulity of St. Thomas by Caravaggio

There are many charges atheists level at Christians, but one of the most common is that their faith is blind—that is to say, faith is belief without evidence. Leading atheist voice Richard Dawkins writes, “Faith, being belief that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion” (“Is Science a Religion?”, The Humanist...

July 19, 2016
Construction on the Ark Encounter nears completion earlier this year.

A new Christian tourist attraction, Ark Encounter, opened its doors this month in Williamstown, Kentucky, and thousands have already flocked to see the $100 million, life-size recreation of Noah’s Ark. According to CNN.com:

The massive exhibit, claimed to be the largest timber frame structure in the world, sits on the grounds of a Christian theme park, Ark Encounter, a for-...