Open Forum

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 - 7pm ET

Mark Brumley answers:

Are Baptists and Anabaptists the same?

When I die will I still have a mother in heaven?

At the end of confession is it okay to say, “I ask forgiveness for these sins and any of those sins I am forgetting at this time?”

If there is a priest that confesses a very grave sin over and over, could part of the penance be for him to go and talk to the bishop?

My friend keeps talking about the number 10100 (this is new age), what is the Church's stance on this?

Is there any contemporary evidence (other than the Bible) that Jesus actually existed? Why would Christian morality be superior to secular/atheist morality? There is no evidence of the first cause argument, so how can we know?

I’m a non-Catholic, and I am going through an annulment because I was baptized Episcopalian, since I want to become Catholic, can I go to confession?

Why do we no longer capitalize pronouns that refer to God?

Who will say the Easter Mass at the Vatican if there is not a pope?

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."