The Catholic Luther? Wait… What?

I was web surfing recently when I ran across a discussion of the "Catholic Luther."  I remember reading that Martin Luther had a deep devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, and that he had a statue of Mary near his burial site in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  But wasn't he really an opponent of Catholicism?My friend Dave Armstrong has written a book on the topic, and today I've invited Dave to share his insights into Luther's Catholic beliefs, drawn from the reformer's own wr … [Read more...]

Godspeed, Karl Keating! Catholic Answers Has a New President

I'm not sure when I first heard Karl Keating on the radio--maybe the late 1980s?  the early 1990s?  I know that in the mid-'90s, I was in the audience when Keating, the host of America's noted Catholic apologetics show, Catholic Answers, appeared in the Detroit area in debate with anti-Catholic preacher Dave Hunt.  Al Kresta was the moderator; and Keating won hands-down, in my estimation.I remember Karl telling one story from the early days of his ministry:  how he'd come out of Mass one day … [Read more...]

Why Be Catholic? Patrick Madrid Has All the Answers

Have you ever read a book by Patrick Madrid?  If you have, I'll bet you haven't stopped at just one--that his easy style, clarity and humor captivated you, and you've picked up another of his titles along the way.I'm a fan, and here's why:  Patrick is a master of Plainspeak--not lofty theological prose which only a doctoral candidate could wade through, but clear, direct explanations for Catholic teachings and traditions.  He writes apologetics for the masses, and I think he's just what the d … [Read more...]