A reader feels stymied by the politicization of American Catholics

He writes:  It deeply saddens and shocks me to see so many of my brother and sisters choosing to heed the voices of the political left or the political right instead of heeding the voices of the Pope and the bishops. Why and how is this happening and what can I do to help lead [Read More...]

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A reader struggles with infallibility

He writes: Good afternoon! I have a question about church infallibility that I’m hoping you might be able to answer (or direct me to a great answer already articulated by you or someone else). I’m an almost-new Catholic (finished RCIA, soon to be accepted into the Church).  I was raised Protestant – Lutheran as a [Read More...]

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A reader struggles with hostility to the Faith

He writes: I’m going to ask you some questions for advice and you can answer or not, but really I just want to get this off my chest, and towards someone who might reciprocate in a worthwhile manner. Okey doke. What do you do when everyone around you starts to view the Church as the [Read More...]

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A reader asks about explaining mortal and venial sin to Evangelicals

He writes: I enjoyed reading your blog this morning and have a quick question regarding “sin is sin.”  Today I was shocked by what some of my conservative evangelical friends told me about what was said in church yesterday about the Supreme Court ruling on marriage.  They all expressed sadness, but a naïve lack of concern about [Read More...]

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You meet such interesting people when you blog

A reader writes: Let me start off with the narcissism of small differences, where all truly Modern conversations begin: I like you already. I was a cradle Catholic–a lukewarm one, albeit with perfect-ish attendance. Plenty of seeds. Shallow roots. After that I went to college, where I dressed up as a drunken communist who was [Read More...]

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A reader has a Protestant friend who is worried about Mary

She writes: My evangelical friend is struggling with Catholic devotion to Mary. In particular he has a problem with what St. Louis DeMontfort said when he said: Devotion to our Blessed Lady is necessary for salvation,and that (even in the opinion of Oecolampadius and some other heretics) it is an infallible mark of reprobation to [Read More...]

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A reader ponders the morality of life in prison

She writes: I have been reading your thoughts on the Boston Marathon trial (this morning’s article most recently), and there’s a question I’ve been turning over and over in my head since I read this article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/us/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-supermax-prison/ . I wanted to present it to you and, if you are so inclined to respond, [Read More...]

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A reader has a question about encyclicals

He writes: Thanks for your “Questions About Magisterial Failures” article; it was very thought-provoking. A commenter, Steve Lauhoff wrote in part, ” I have gotten into many, many discussions with Protestants and atheists who equate a papal encyclical with infallible teaching.“ An encyclical is *authoritative* teaching and may (though typically does not) contain an exercise [Read More...]

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A Priest Friend Writes from Ireland about Stephen Colbert

Saw your article on Stephen Colbert. Sadly we don’t get him this side of the pond but by the powers of YouTube I’ve discovered he has thing for 70s Catholic Church pop & more importantly a big fan of Tolkien (& Star Wars) – so he can pass! It’s remarkable – to see someone who [Read More...]

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Does God Kill Souls?

A reader writes: My question relates to Scripture where it says we r to not be afraid of the one who can only kill our bodies, but should fear the one who can kill our souls. First off, does this mean that fallen angels can possess or kill us pretty much at will? Secondly, does [Read More...]

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