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Terms of Service

Catholic Answers can be reached at:

Catholic Answers, Inc.
PO Box 199000
San Diego, CA 92159

Phone: 619-387-7200

Our goal is to be the most trusted and accessible source for sharing, explaining, and defending the Catholic faith through as many media outlets as possible: from personal contact to the most innovative means of mass communication.

We want these services to be an encouragement to you in your Catholic faith. All our sites are designed to provide information and materials in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of Catholic teaching – we ask that you use it only as intended. Any other use is prohibited. The following covers a number of legal and proprietary issues. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

By using our sites and media outlets, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including our Privacy Policy.

These Terms of Service (ToS), together with our Privacy Policyand any subsequent privacy notices or click-through agreements, contain the entire understanding and agreement between you (“user”) and Catholic Answers with respect to this site, our social media presence, or any of our online services and it supersedes all previous communications, negotiations, and agreements, whether oral, written, or electronic, related to any understanding or agreement.

Parties

Throughout this Agreement “we”, “us”, “our” and “ourselves” along with “Catholic Answers” refers to Catholic Answers its subsidiaries, owners, shareholders, directors, officers, partners, employees, agents, heirs, and authorized representatives – unless otherwise noted. “You”, “your”, “yourself”, and “user” refers to anyone accessing the site, social media outlet, or online services and includes the company, association, entity or agency that the user represents.

Conditions of Use

By using our sites or services you agree that you are at least 18 years of age.

Every time you use our sites or services you agree to:

  • All the conditions contained in this Agreement;
  • Not to use our material for any purpose not intended by us; and
  • Only use this in accordance with all laws that may apply.

Our passion is to provide you with answers and resources to help you understand and defend the Catholic Faith. Producing these excellent resources requires enormous time and effort and we appreciate your help in making sure the material is used the right way. All the material on our sites or social media outlets is copyright or trademark protected; including all web content, social media content, and blog content, as well as all published material for sale through our sites. Any speaker content is also copyright protected. Our material may only be used according to our express conditions.

Intended Purposes

By using our sites, social media outlets, or online services, you agree not to use them in order to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, creed, religion, or any other legally protected class. In addition, you agree not to use the information contained in our online material to misrepresent or harm Catholic Answers or the Catholic Church.

To the extent that our sites or media outlets offer comments, responses, forums or other similar user participation, please be aware that you cannot advertise, solicit, bargain, or exchange money, goods or services on our site. Abuse, harassment, bullying, intimidation, threats, and other negative content will also not be tolerated. We reserve the absolute right to remove anyone for behavior we deem is offensive or illegal.

We can’t monitor all participation and content related to our sites and media outlets, and so there should be no expectation that these types of behaviors won’t happen from time to time. By using our services you assume all risk, including any interactions with other users (online or offline). We strongly suggest you take every precaution you can to protect yourself and your information. Please do not include private information (e.g. phones numbers, addresses, last names, email addresses, instant messaging info, etc.) If you believe anyone is violating or asking you to violate these rules please don’t hesitate to contact usright away.

Third Parties

Our sites, social media outlets, or online services may provide links to third parties not under the control of Catholic Answers. Accordingly, we can’t be responsible, directly or indirectly, for the content, management, handling of your personal data, or availability of those websites.

We also don’t necessarily endorse or agree with all content, business practices, advertising, services, or products from third parties – including advertisers. Once you leave our site or online service, you are subject to that location’s agreement(s) and we can’t be responsible for the management of your information.

The scope of the information and services provided by us are limited. We make no other promises outside of those explicitly stated here or within the website.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. The information you share with us, especially when making donations or purchasing our materials, can be extremely sensitive.

Please read our “Privacy Policy” carefully in order to understand why and how we use the data we collect from you in the use of our site and services.

Communications

By using our sites, you are “opting in” to receive communications from us. Though we would be sad to see you go, we do offer you the option to opt out of sales or newsletter communications.Simply click the “unsubscribe” handle – typically at the bottom of the communications – and we will remove you from our list. Please be patient, though, it may take up to 10 days to remove you from our list. Third party communications are not under our control and additional steps may be required to discontinue communications from those sources.

By using our sites or online services you also agree, to the extent permissible by law, that any communications that the law requires (such as notifications, invoices, collection efforts, disclosures, or agreements) may be electronically sent and meet any legal requirements for “written” communications or notifications.

Applicable Law

The laws of California will govern these Terms of Service or any dispute or claims. All disputes and claims will be arbitrated or litigated in San Diego, California and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the State and Federal courts in San Diego, California.

User Content

By communicating with us you grant permission and rights to any content received by you, subject to our Privacy Policy. This gives us the right to use, reproduce, publish, or modify the content in any market or location and by any means we deem appropriate.

You also agree that you will not use any copyrighted, patented, or trademarked material from any other sources without prior written permission from the owner of the material. Also, we make every effort to be a God-honoring organization, and so we reserve the right – but we are not obligated – to filter, edit, or remove anything that Catholic Answers perceives as offensive, obscene, illegal, defamatory, threatening, distasteful or irrelevant.

All content provided by the user is the user’s own opinion and doesn’t necessarily represent us or any other affiliated party.

If you believe someone has infringed another’s copyright protections, please notify us immediately. We take allegations seriously and will investigate the matter, and terminate (according to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act) any account we deem to be a risk of further violations.

We reserve the right to remove access and/or content of any user at our sole discretion.

Financial Agreement

When you sign up to use our services you should be aware that we use third-party vendors for the transactions. Along with your credit card service provider, we use a third party for processing payment. Please see our Privacy Policyfor additional information regarding how your data is handled. Be certain to read all the disclaimers carefully during any transaction.

Disclaimers

Our sites, social media outlets, or online services do not create any representations, warranties, duties or obligations. It is all provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we disclaim any representation or warranty (express or implied) of title, non-infringement, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, security or accuracy, that may arise by statute, custom, course of dealing, course of performance, or in any other way.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, we disclaim any liability for any losses or expenses arising out of the use of our sites, media outlets, services, and materials. This disclaimer includes, but is not limited to: punitive, incidental, consequential, direct, indirect, loss of use, loss of data, resulting from a virus, loss of income or profit, damages to property, third-party claims including attorney’s fees, or of any other type, and based on any legal basis.

Severability

If a portion(s) or part(s) of the disclaimers contained in this agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable it does not affect any other portion of the agreement. Any remaining aggregate liability shall not exceed ten dollars ($10.00 US).

If any other provision of these Terms of Service is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall be changed and interpreted so as to best accomplish the objectives of the original provision to the fullest extent allowed by law and the remaining provisions of these Terms of Service will remain in full force and effect.

For Your Protection

Use of our sites, social media outlet, services, and materials may grant you specific legal rights that will vary by location. Some jurisdictions do not allow certain kinds of limitations or exclusions of liability and so some contained in this Agreement may not pertain to you. We reserve all available limitations and exclusions allowable under applicable law. Whatever statutory rights you may have as a consumer that conflict with the provisions above are not affected by these provisions, and we do not seek to exclude or limit liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

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