A question about Scriptural Inerrancy

05/11/2012 Comments (30)

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So I had googled the heck out the Pope Pius XII "polygenism" thing a while back, and today at my local Frassati chapter meeting some old guy showed up and wanted to argue against the Church on every point that his Jesuit education had taught him to argue.  He brought up polygenism and immediately everybody jumped on him saying "Pius XII condemned that in a papal encyclical."  I really didn't want to stand against the Church nor stand with an "anti-catholic" Catholic, but I didn't know enough about the weightiness of encyclicals to make a judgment call.  It seemed monogenism was becoming a lot like creationism from what I had read, i.e. bordering on blind/irrational/betting...READ MORE

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A reader grapples with tragedy

05/09/2012 Comments (69)

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My faith has been on the line for the past couple of years. Nearly every time I feel drawn back to confession and an active life within the Church, I read something like this and have great doubts.

I understand the consequences of sin causing tragedy in our world, but why would God allow a church roof to fall in and kill tens of people during the Easter Vigil? People were running from the outside Mass to seek shelter IN A CHURCH, and then this? I realize that it would have necessitated a miracle due to the sheer number of people in the church, but that's nothing if the Eucharistic miracle is taking place at every Mass, right? How can we consider ourselves blessed to...READ MORE

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A Friend of Mine Who is a Protestant Finding Himself Strongly Drawn to the Catholic Church…

05/07/2012 Comments (751)


I have been a protestant all my life long. For years I have been totally dissatisfied with the Protestant (specifically Evangelical) view of the Lord's Supper, or lack thereof. I began a search to try to examine the importance of the Eucharist in the life of the believer. As you may know, in most protestant/evangelical Churches, it is normally practiced once a month to every quarter. I began my search in the early church fathers, and was blown away at the Catholic spirit (with a captial "C") that I found in their writings. I moved on to study the CC in more depth by reading books, listening to lectures and attending a Mass or two. I am becoming more and more convinced of the...READ MORE

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A Reader Asks About An Atheist Friend's Increasing Hostility

05/04/2012 Comments (64)

He writes:

I'm a Catholic.  The purpose of this e-mail to you is to ask for your guidance in approaching a problem that I am confronted with from time to time.  The problem is this:  My good friend, perhaps my best friend, is an atheist, and we have argued with each other on occasion over the last 28 years, the various points regarding religion and atheism without any real difficulty in maintaining our friendship.  However, our discussions these days mostly center around the sexual abuse scandals that seem to be in the press more often now than ever before.  Of all the religious subjects that I have argued about over the years with my friend (e.g., the Existence of God, the Crusades,...READ MORE

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Question about Prayer

05/02/2012 Comments (10)

A reader writes:

Why would God listen to the prayers of a sinner like myself if I can't get my own house in order? 

God hears your prayers because he loves you and has given you the Holy Spirit to pray in and through you.  Prayer is God’s gift to you, not your gift to God.  Do you refuse to listen to a child who has not learned his “please” and “thank you” yet?  Is not “Please” and “thank you” your gift to the child, making him a polite grownup and not a selfish savage?  Same with you and me.  God answers our prayers, not because of our earning it, but because he is changing us from selfish savage who care only about ourselves into people who love others.  Sure you are a sinner. ...READ MORE

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What's the Fun of Having a Blog…

04/27/2012 Comments (5)

...if you can't post a curious tale of love and industrial espionage?


And while we're on the subject of fun short films:

Have a great weekend!  You... are great!

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Conversation with a Good-Natured and Confused Person

04/25/2012 Comments (28)

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I take the story of Jesus metaphorically too, like many biblical stories in the old testament. I take it as a story that wants to give us a theological message, which in the end is the important thing, wheter or not it happened.

The people who report the story, and who died for it in gruesome ways, neglected to make this clear to the people who crucified them, stabbed them, and stoned them to death. The key to understanding a text is not to ask, “What does it mean to me?” but “What did it mean to the people who wrote it?” Those people very obviously meant to say that they had seen Jesus Christ alive bodily after his death and had eaten fish with him and poked their...READ MORE

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Question about the HHS Mandate Snow Job

04/23/2012 Comments (54)

A reader writes:

I'd love to see you discuss the following on your blog: in the rhetoric of those pushing for forced contraception provision in health-insurance plans, there seems to be an implicit "fatalistic adversarialism" (to coin a phrase). When you listen to the contraception party's statements, they seem to claim "Women are being restricted from obtaining contraception by this or that employer." What's inherent in such statements is (a) an assumption that a woman employee has no where else to go for employment, that some how she is stuck with the offending employer (this is the "fatalistic" portion); and (b) an assumption that the employer, simply by not providing something...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.