Why Do We Die After the Resurrection?

A reader writes: Hi Mark! I have a silly question but it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while now and I was hoping maybe you could shed some light on it for me. So I know that we believe that death came into the world through Adam’s sin, and that Christ, as the New [Read More…]

A conversation about marriage. Join in!

A reader writes from Canada: I have an idea, and I am half-tempted to send it to our conference of Bishops in the light of the coming Synod on the family. But I don’t know if it makes any sense, so I thought I would “clear” it with you first (and if you decide so, [Read More…]

Questions about the Betrayal by Judas

A reader writes: I’ve been reading the gospel narratives of the Last Supper tonight, and an ongoing confusion with a part of the story has resurfaced. I thought maybe you, and your scriptural book smarts, might be able to rescue me from this quandary. In all the gospels, Jesus tells his disciples that one of [Read More…]

Some recommendations for basic apologetics materials

A reader writes: I wanted to drop you a note to tell you that, while you and I disagree vigorously about capital punishment, I appreciate very much your apologetic writings. For instance, I’m sending this one to a friend that I’m particularly frustrated by, since I seem unable to articulate a “meta” argument, instead getting caught [Read More…]

Dangerous Liaisons: On Costly Friendship

A reader sends along this fine reflection he wrote: When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account [Read More…]

What Do I Say to Matt Walsh’s Declaration that Obama is Not a Christian?

A reader writes: So recently I got into an argument with some conservative Christians (Catholic and Protestant) about Matt Walsh’s claim (you can probably see where this is going) that Obama is not a Christian. I basically tried to argue two things: 1) As long as Obama professes belief in Jesus as God and Savior [Read More…]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Pewsitter’s Contempt for the Poor

Good to see this stuff get called out.  Well done, padre! [Read more…]

On Disordered Appetites, “Hoosier Hysteria” and Original Sin

A reader writes: I liked your thoughtful post and its many excellent points about both the left and the right. However, when I got to this part, I had to stop and reread it several times: “But no real justice will have been done. The people who do not and never will be able to [Read More…]

On the Development of Doctrine–for a Perplexed Reader

A reader writes:  I converted to the Catholic faith in 2000. I accepted the fact that revelation, from the Church’s viewpoint, includes both Scripture and Sacred Tradition. At that time, however, I understood that Tradition came from the Apostles. It does.  But it often comes in seed form and is most assuredly not fleshed out [Read More…]

Humanum Video Series on Marriage and Family

A reader writes: I thought you might find this useful and interesting. The three-day Vatican-sponsored international, interfaith colloquium titled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” drew together 14 different religious traditions from 23 countries from Nov. 17 to 19 in 2014. They’ve done an excellent job sharing much of the collequium online. A really beautiful [Read More…]