Catholic Answers Blog

April 30, 2014

SAN DIEGO — From the moment of Pope Francis’s election, the media have been misrepresenting his words and actions. It’s gotten to the point that even faithful Catholics have begun to wonder what is true and what is false.

Some hope that Pope Francis will reverse the Church’s teaching on abortion, contraception, divorce, homosexuality, and women in the priesthood. He has been portrayed as the progressive antidote to his hard-line predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Jimmy Akin, a...

April 30, 2014

In the year since Pope Francis's election, I have watched with mounting concern as conservative Catholics have become increasingly agitated over the Pope's simpler papal style, his seeming lack of concern for precision in speaking and writing, the contrast between him and the Pope Emeritus, and his critique of ideologies that they hold dear. In response, I have written a number of blog posts that were intended, in part, to ...

April 29, 2014

In the pantheon of great women in Church history, pride of place should be accorded the young mystic from Siena, St. Catherine, whose feast we celebrate today.

Born in 1347 to a humble wool-dyer, Catherine became one the most influential persons of fourteenth-century Christendom. After she became a Dominican tertiary at the age of nineteen she embarked on a life of intense spiritual practices. Her reputation for great holiness spread quickly, and she found herself answering letters...

April 28, 2014

As the Church rejoices at the canonization of Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II, we're pleased to offer this sample from Devin Rose's best-selling book, The Protestant's Dilemma.

If Protestantism is true,

Most of Christianity’s saints believed in a corrupted gospel.

When I was a Protestant, I once referred to the saints as members of “the Catholic Hall...

April 25, 2014

Most Christians say the apostles came to believe Jesus was God after seeing how Christ’s resurrection vindicated his claims to divinity. But Bart Ehrman’s newest book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, offers another theory.

Ehrman is popular New Testament textual critic who was once a Fundamentalist Christian and is now an agnostic. Ehrman’s big claim to fame came with his 2005 book Misquoting Jesus, where he argued that the...