Question about Limbo

A reader writes: I have a question about what happens to babies who die without baptism. I was always taught that limbo was a theological speculation, but never an official doctrine, and that God could give them the grace of baptism if he wanted. Basically, since God hasn’t revealed what happens, we should just trust [Read More...]

Msgr. Charles Mangan writes…

I thought that you and your readers may like to know about an article that I recently wrote that has now been published into a pamphlet. It is “Our Lady, Catholics and Contraception” and has the imprimatur of my Bishop, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, D.D. Check thou it out! [Read more...]

Answering Episcopalian Delusions

An Anglican reader writes: Greetings from the hinterlands of Anglicanism. I was directed to a couple of your responses to the looney toon wing of the Roman church. I have enjoyed them, but I think I should let you know that as an Episcopalian who is 100% behind female ordination, all the way to the [Read More...]

Jody Bottum writes….

Now that Advent is here, I thought I’d write you and some other of our Catholic blogging friends to see if there were any chance you might link to the promotional videos for my two new Christmas songs? I’ve been exploring lyrics as a species of poetry for a couple years now (including in my [Read More...]

A reader has a question about ecumenism

She writes: I have a question (or more exactly a request for comments) Time to take commitment to ecumenism seriously Quotes: (The author of the article pointed out that) “In the case of the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), there’s little doubt council fathers intended to shake things up. Just 36 years before it was [Read More...]

Question about the Genesis Flood

A reader writes: A protestant friend of mine has been reading Genesis with his protestant glasses, and we have started to discuss some of his thoughts.  Neither of us know anything about science except what we have forgotten from grade school. I know the Church does not have an official teaching on what, if any, [Read More...]

Question about Holy Days

A reader writes: I had a question about Holy days of obligation, and how they can be reconciled with what St. Paul says in Romans 14:5 and Galatians 4:10. I had a Protestant ask me this and I didn’t know what to say to him. He claims that since the observance of days is explicitly [Read More...]

Question About Baruch

A reader writes: A Protestant coworker is asking me questions about the seven “extra” books in the Catholic Bible. He recently asked me why in the book of Baruch it says that the Babylonian captivity would last seven generations when in Jeremiah it says it would last 70 years. I could not find an answer [Read More...]

Reader for a Fellow Reader Help Appreciated

A reader writes: I am composing a list of trivia questions to use for a “game night” theme for our middle school youth group tomorrow. There are a million questions to ask, of course, but as I consider the contestants, I would love to “skew” the game so that it is thought-provoking rather than trying [Read More...]

Fusion Breakthrough?

A reader sends this along: The news cycle lately does nothing but make me mad or sad. But this … this could be civilization changing, for the better. I have yet to see this confirmed elsewhere. And it is so potentially civilization changing, that I am VERY skeptical. But if it is true, then was [Read More...]