A lot of people have misconceptions about the Catholic Church. Catholic Answers is a media ministry that answers questions about what the Church really teaches. We are the largest organization of our kind. Learn more about Catholic Answers, our beginnings 40 years ago and where we’re headed.
Catholic Answers is a media ministry that serves Christ by explaining and defending the Catholic faith. We help Catholics grow in their faith, we bring former Catholics home, and we lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the truth.
Our goal is to be the most trusted and accessible source for sharing, explaining, and defending the Catholic faith through as many media as possible: from personal contact to the most innovative means of mass communication.
A Resource You Can Trust
Catholic Answers works each day to ensure our content is faithful to the Magisterium. Our staff apologists have decades of practice in apologetics, and several hold advanced degrees in theology and philosophy. We maintain a broad list of associates (clergy and laymen) who are experts in the fields of liturgy, history, bioethics, theology, philosophy, canon law, and more. We have close friendships with members of the Church hierarchy across the United States and in Rome. Catholic Answers is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and is recognized as an apostolate in good standing by the Diocese of San Diego, where our main office is located.
Catholic Answers started in 1979 when our founder, Karl Keating came out of Mass and found a flyer on his windshield that attacked the Eucharist. A local Fundamentalist church put them there and the information was completely wrong. Karl was so annoyed that he drove home with a humble goal: to draft a letter that would introduce basic Catholic beliefs and refute anti-Catholic charges. He signed the rebuttal “Catholic Answers,” opened a post office box in that name, and then placed his response on the windshields of cars in the same Fundamentalist church’s lot.
That modest effort was Catholic Answers’ first publication (tract). Surprisingly, Keating soon found the post office box bulging with letters—some unquotable, others cheering him on and asking for other tracts. He obliged, writing 24 more tracts that comprised Catholic Answers’ total line of publications for several years.
He also wrote articles for the Catholic press about the clash between Fundamentalists and Catholics, drawing responses that convinced him there was a real need for information on Catholic apologetics—the study of how to explain and defend the faith. In 1986 he launched a monthly newsletter to help people keep abreast of what Catholic Answers was doing and learn more about the exciting field of apologetics.
In 1988 growing demand and his own burgeoning desire to commit himself to serving the faith led Keating to close his law practice and turn Catholic Answers into a full-time apostolate, with its first office and staff members.
The apostolate grew quickly, and in 1990 its original newsletter was replaced with This Rock, a 10-issue-a-year magazine that has become the nation’s premier journal of Catholic apologetics and evangelization.
Our Core Values
These principles inform all that we do. They are the foundation of our organization.
- Shared liturgical life
- Personal commitment to interior prayer
- Daily prayer for and with each other
- Treat others how you like to be treated
- Listen with empathy
- Reverence the other as a fellow child of God
- Desire the good of the other in thoughts, words, and deeds
- Help one another with a generous spirit
- Seek opportunities for dialogue
- Share your knowledge
- Practice open and frequent communication with other departments
- Accept feedback with docility
- Look for ways to cooperate with other apostolates
Our history begins in 1979, with a flyer placed on car windshields that becomes our first tract. In it, Karl Keating responds to false Fundamentalist claims about Catholicism. He signs the flyer “Catholic Answers” and opens a PO box under the same name. Visit the Catholic Answers Timeline for all the highlights and photos of our apostolate’s history.
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