Is the Church in Better Shape Than We Thought?

A reader writes: I stumbled across a book that caused me to re-consider whether western Christianity was coming to an end, or was it in better shape (if not size) than ever. The common view is, we are losing the culture war and the decline of western Christianity as evidenced by the falling church attendance rates [Read More...]

A Question about Damnation, Sabbath-Keeping, Rules, and Relationship

A reader writes: I was wondering if you could help me.  I’ve seen a number of testimonials by those who have had near death experiences as well as some of the visions of the Saints as well as writings of the fathers that describe the torture at the hands of the demons in hell. None of which, of course, are binding on the [Read More...]

A reader struggles with “making revelation happen”

He writes: I hope this email finds you.  I truly enjoy reading your article in Northwest Catholic each month.  However, your recent writing leaves me with an un-answered question…”How do I truly receive revelation?”  This is in reference to your description of John being the recipient of revelation and you go on to write…And when [Read More...]

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...]


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