Was the Kennedy Assassination a conspiracy? You don’t have to be crazy to think so . . .

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:55 PM Comments (70)

Was the Kennedy Assassination a conspiracy? Here are 9 reasons you aren't crazy to think so.

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is upon us.

John F. Kennedy was the first—and so far only—American president to be Catholic.

He was not a particularly good Catholic.

His policy on Church-state relations has been widely faulted as contributing to the marginalization of religion in American society.

But nobody deserves to be gunned down in the street the way he was, and the Kennedy assassination has left us with an enduring mystery.

At present, only 29% of the American public accepts the claim that he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting as a lone gunman.

By contrast, 62% of the American public thinks that he was killed as the result of a conspiracy. Another...READ MORE

Filed under assassination, jack ruby, jfk, john f kennedy, kennedy, lee harvey oswald, president kennedy, warren commission

Is the fire of purgatory Jesus Christ himself?

Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:08 PM Comments (9)

Is the fire of purgatory Jesus Christ himself?

The Catholic Church associates the image of fire with the final purification known as purgatory.

Why does it do this?

Is there a scriptural basis for this image?

Also, what kind of fire is this?

In past centuries, many theologians have speculated that it might be a form of material fire.

Although that has been a common opinion historically, there's a difficult question that the idea raises: How could material fire affect the holy souls in purgatory? They don't have their bodies, so how could material fire affect them? And why would it accomplish a spiritual effect on them?

More recently, some theologians have suggested that the fire is something else entirely.

In fact, they...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, jesus christ, joseph ratzinger, pope benedict, purgatory

Did Pope Francis just tip his hand on Medjugorje? (10 things to know and share)

Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:53 PM Comments (176)

Did Pope Francis just tip his hand on Medjugorje in a daily homily?

Many people are wondering what will happen at the end of the current investigation of Medjugorje.

As a result, they’re trying to figure out what attitude Pope Francis takes toward the reported apparitions.

On Thursday, Pope Francis made remarks which some people think tipped his hand and revealed his attitude.

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .


1) What is Medjugorje?

Medjugorje is a location in Herzegovina where, in 1981, a group of young people began reporting visions of the Virgin Mary.

Currently, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican is investigating the reported phenomena.

When their investigation is finished, they are expected to...READ MORE

Filed under medjugorje, pope francis

What is revelation?

Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:54 PM Comments (5)

What is divine revelation? Is it just what God shows the prophets--or is there more to it than that?

“Revelation” is a mysterious-sounding word.

Sometimes it conjures visions in our minds of the end of the world. That happens when we think of the last book of the Bible—the Book of Revelation.

But even when the word isn’t being used that way, it suggests something powerful and mysterious.

This is a bit of a paradox, because of what the word “revelation” actually means.

Revelation is something that is revealed—something that is now known. If I reveal what I’m doing or thinking, that’s a revelation.

Since the term refers to what is known, it’s ironic that it would have such mysterious overtones.


Human vs. Divine Revelation

If we only used the word “revelation” to refer to...READ MORE

Filed under private revelation, prophet, public revelation, revelation, scripture, tradition

14 things to know and share about the new letter on Medjugorje

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3:20 PM Comments (163)

Archbishop Gerhard Muller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has just directed that a letter be sent to all the U.S. bishops about Medjugorje. Here are 14 things to know and share.

The Vatican has just directed a letter to all of the U.S. bishops about Medjugorje.

Some are calling it a “bombshell”!

What does it say, and how much of a change does it represent?

Here are 14 things to know and share


1) What is Medjugorje?

Medjugorje is a town in Herzegovina (part of the former Yugoslavia).

In 1981, several children from Medjugorje began reporting apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Since that time, Medjugorje has become a major pilgrimage site, and some of the children (now adults) conduct extensive speaking around the world, often reporting apparitions during their speaking events.



2) What has...READ MORE

Filed under apparition, apparitions, cdf, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, gerhard ludwig muller, gerhard muller, ivan dragicevic, medjugorje, muller, private revelation

Will there be an earthquake at the Extraordinary Synod? (12 things to know and share)

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 9:04 PM Comments (25)

Should we expect major changes from the synod of bishops? 12 things to know and share

Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

It’s only the third such meeting that’s taken place.

The topic Pope Francis feels urgently needs to be addressed is the family.

Some are have hopes—or fears—that the bishops will overturn traditional Catholic teachings or practices about the family.

Now a new document sheds light on what we should expect.

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) In broad terms, what’s going to happen?

The pope and a select group of bishops from around the world will meet in an extraordinary synod from October 5-19, 2014.

The theme for this meeting is “The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of...READ MORE

Filed under annulment, annulments, evangelization, extraordinary synod, family, homosexual marriage, marriage, pope francis, same-sex unions, synod

Can you date if you don't have an annulment?

Monday, October 28, 2013 10:43 PM Comments (77)

Is it okay to date someone if you don't have an annulment?

Many people who have experienced the heartbreak of divorce wish to remarry.

The Church understands this.

To be faithful to the teachings of Jesus, the Church can't simply assume that everyone who is divorced is free to remarry, and so it has the annulment process to investigate whether a person was validly married in the first place.

Some in our culture don't want to wait for an annulment before they begin dating. They go ahead and date in the expectation that they will receive an annulment.

Is this okay?


A Reader Writes

A reader writes:

Are there any official guidelines for divorced people dating before seeking an annulment? 

I know someone who is doing this and...READ MORE

Filed under annulment, canon law, dating, divorce, moral theology, remarriage

Are Scary Halloween Costumes Okay?

Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:07 PM Comments (43)

Are scary Halloween costumes okay?

Many people of conscience view Halloween with some suspicion, and the way it is often celebrated today, that’s understandable.

Some have chosen not to celebrate Halloween at all, and that’s a respectable choice.

Others have chosen to invert the popular celebration by dressing up–or having their children dress up–as entirely wholesome figures, like doctors, nurses, and firemen or even as historical figures, like saints.

But what about scary Halloween costumes? Are those okay?


“Oh, No! It’s a Clown!”

Drama is a human universal. It’s something that people in all cultures appreciate, and it’s something that we participate in from our earliest days.

As soon as children are able...READ MORE

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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 a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."