How to Respond to Dan Savage on Homosexuality and the Bible?

04/30/2012 Comments (176)

Homosexual activist Dan Savage recently was invited to give a keynote address to a group of high school students at a high school journalism conference.

You may make your own inferences regarding what this shows about the national associations in question, given the controversial, foul-mouthed history of Savage.

During the course of the event, Savage began a vulgarity-laced rant against the Bible and its teachings on homosexuality.

A significant portion of his audience, which included students from Christian schools, then walked out on him in protest (or disgust, or outrage, etc.).

In response, he suggested they were “pansy *ssed” for being unable to handle his pushback.


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VIDEO: Is the Rosary Just "Vain Repetitions"?

04/28/2012 Comments (120)

We’re coming up on May–a month associated with the Virgin Mary–so here’s a new video on one of the most common objections to the rosary: the charge that it amounts to “vain repetitions,” in violation of Jesus’ command in the Sermon on the Mount:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matt. 6:7, King James Version).

"Surely, the rosary must violate that," an opponent of the rosary thinks. "I mean, 153 Hail Marys? That's gotta violate Jesus' command against repetitive prayer."

But is that what Jesus really meant? Is it even what he really *said*? Or has there been a translation problem here?


Filed under anti-catholic, anti-catholicism, fundamentalism, jesus, mary, prayer, rosary, sermon on the mount

Sister in Crisis Interview: The Transcript

04/26/2012 Comments (8)

Because of the time sensitivity of last week's dramatic news of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith demanding a reform of the major U.S. group of leaders of women religious, I wasn't able to have a transcript available when I released my exclusive interview with Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis. The transcript is now available, and you can read it below. 

You can also listen to it in audio format by clicking here.

And now, the transcript . . .

I'm going to bump the podcast that I originally expected to release today by a week in order to be able to cover and important news story that broke this week in the Catholic world.

Basically, what happened is the...READ MORE

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Sisters in Crisis Special

04/21/2012 Comments (44)


This week the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome mandated a thoroughgoing reform of the largest leadership conference for women religious in the United States.

In an exclusive interview, Ann Carey joins Jimmy Akin to go in-depth on this dramatic announcement, why it happened, what it means, and what may happen next.

Ann Carey is a journalist who has been covering the subject of women religious for many years. She is the author of the book Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities.

According to the Vatican report, there are serious doctrinal problems associated with the activities and publications of the Leadership Conference of...READ MORE

Filed under canon law, carol keehan, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, lcwr, leadership conference of women religious, nuns, peter sartain, resource center for religious institutes, sandra schneiders, sisters

Christianity = Communism ?

04/16/2012 Comments (43)

Last Sunday one of the readings was from Acts 4:32-35:

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.

With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

This passages recalls one a couple of chapters earlier in Acts (2:44-47), which reads as follows:

All who believed were together and...READ MORE

Filed under acts, acts of the apostles, benedict xvi, communism, economics, luke, pope benedict, socialism

40 Days for DEATH!

04/11/2012 Comments (66)

Members of the Clergy for Choice group

Lifesite News is reporting that a Planned Parenthood located in Humboldt County, California has begun a prayer campaign mocking the well-known 40 Days for Life campaign, which seeks to save children's lives from abortion.

The Planned Parenthood effort--named "40 Days of Prayer: Supporting Women Everywhere"--involves the efforts of local clergy who belong to "Clergy for Choice," which is "an official subcommittee of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood."

One element in the campaign is a flyer offering prayer intentions for the 40 day campaign. These intentions were authored by another organization named FaithAloud, whose website ( bills it as "The Religious and Ethical Voice...READ MORE

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The Passion of the Christ: Do You Need to Watch It?

04/06/2012 Comments (42)

Some Christians watch The Passion of the Christ as a Good Friday spiritual exercise. Others wonder if they should but are hesitant to do so because of the intense nature of the film's depiction of Christ's sufferings. Some have even been told that they have an obligation to watch the film.

A recent caller to Catholic Answers Live fell into the latter category. She said that she had been told that she needed to watch this every Lent in order to be a good Catholic.

To some that claim would come as a bit of a surprise. How on earth did people manage to be good Catholics before Mel Gibson released the film--just a few years ago? Or perhaps the pope has added a new precept of the Church so...READ MORE

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Is Easter Pagan?

04/04/2012 Comments (25)

You often hear that Easter is "a pagan holiday." This claim is made, variously, by some Christian Fundamentalists (who want to do away with or re-brand Easter), by some atheists (who want to undermine Christianity), and by some neo-pagans (who want to undermine Christianity and claim Easter for their own).

People advancing this argument will argue that rabbits, eggs, and other symbols associated with Easter are fertility symbols--and we all know that fertility symbols are a dead giveaway for paganism, right?

They'll also say that the very name "Easter" is itself a giveaway--that it's derived from the Mesopotamian goddess "Ishtar." (Hear how her name even sounds like "Easter"?)


Filed under atheists, easter, fundamentalism, goddess, holidays, neo-pagans, pagan, paganism, pagans

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About Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin
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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."