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March 22, 2013

Recently it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court would be hearing two cases on same-sex "marriage"—one involving California's pro-marriage initiative Prop 8 and the other involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

When we learned of this, Catholic Answers began preparations for filing what's known as an amicus curiae (Latin, "friend of the court") brief with the Supreme Court to help bolster the case for marriage.

Catholic Answers was one of a number of...

March 22, 2013

In this post I’d like to look at the logical case for purgatory. But before we do, let’s take a look at what purgatory is. The Catechism teaches:

All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. . . . The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely...

March 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Christian from Ohio, recently submitted an editorial announcing, “I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage for same-sex couples.” He now supports it. This is shocking news from a Republican in the Senate “who could be one of the most conservative members of that chamber,”...

March 21, 2013

I recently came across an interesting YouTube video of the final minutes of a presentation given by the widely recognized Argentinian Evangelical Salvador Dellutri. (The video is in Spanish. See my translated transcript below.) He is addressing a group of fellow Evangelicals on the "power of influence" and concludes by sharing a story about his memorable meeting with then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.

The first four and a...

March 21, 2013

St. John Chrysostom, I am told, said that the floor of hell is carpeted with the skulls of priests. I have never located the source. Nonetheless, when we hear our Lord’s words about millstones and those who deserve them, and we hear his words about “to whom much is given” et cetera, it seems that some—no, a great deal—of trembling is in order. Priests, especially, should be terrified by these admonitions. The opportunities for either spectacular glory (not the world’s kind) or...