Open Forum

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 - 7pm ET

Mark Brumley answers:

My wife (who is not fond of religion) was divorced before we married, and a priest told me that I am committing adultery -- what do I do now?

Is it a mortal sin to vote for a candidate who is outwardly for abortion, same-sex marriage, or euthanasia?

My son says that the best way to have discussions with non-Catholics is to ask them the right questions -- do you recommend a book that will help me ask better questions?

There seems to be a mystery in 2 Samuel 12:22-23 -- can you explain this story? Why was the child conceived if he was just going to die?

Can parishes use unleavened bread?

How does the Church view Kabbalah?

Why is it not good to speak in tongues?

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."