Open Forum

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 - 7pm ET

Mark Brumley answers:

Revelation says that the dead shall rise when a trumpet is blown -- how does this fit in with purgatory? 

What is the Church’s teaching on organ donation?

Is there any incorrect historical information in the Bible outside the deuterocanonical books?

Did the Catholic Church add books to the Bible, or did the King James Bible take books out?

How do I deal with a catechumen who sees the whole world through gender politics and is holding back from the Church because a female will never be pope and women cannot be priests?

Do the Harry Potter books pose any spiritual threat to their readers?

Is it true that Pope John XXIII wanted to make priestly celibacy optional?

My wife and I recently lost a child in miscarriage -- are we being truthful in telling our children that the baby is in heaven?

Which Bible should I buy?

Didn’t Babylon defeat the Assyrians (meaning Nebuchadnezzar would have been the king of Assyria)?

How NOT To Share Your Faith: The Seven Deadly Sins Of Apologetics And Evangelization
"Catholic apologetics is back. It's everywhere. As a professional apologist, Mark Brumley sees this renaissance as an immensely good thing -- an essential part of the Church's evangelical mission. Even so, grave dangers attend this apologetics renaissance. Some of these dangers are so serious, they threaten to undermine the 'good' that apologetics can accomplish. Brumley calls these dangers the Seven Deadly Sins Of Catholic Apologetics And Evangelization. Like the seven deadly sins of the moral life, they are ""deadly"" not merely as isolated, individual acts but as vices or evil habits -- habitual tendencies to act in a certain way. In How NOT To Share Your Faith: The Seven Deadly Sins Of Catholic Apologetics And Evangelization, Brumley exposes them for you."