A Question about Charisms

A reader writes: Do you have any information on the status of the gifts that were promised to Christians such as snake handling, poison drinking and speaking in tongues. What does the Church say about it? I know we have healing and exorcism but I’m a little confused on the other gifts and the use [Read More...]

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A reader asks about papal infallibility and the perpetual virginity of Mary

He writes:      Obviously Pope Francis’s trip to America captured much attention but I wonder if Catholics are prepared for the fruit of that visit…..being asked questions about the Catholic Faith. In the last week I found myself in situations that when non Catholics found out I was Catholic started asking questions about the [Read More...]

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A reader asks a question I can’t answer…

…so I hope some of youse guys can in the comboxes.  To wit: Long-time reader of your blog here, and I’m writing with a question/favor to ask of you in your capacity as a fellow Chesterton fan and someone who seems to know his way around both literature and Christianity.    Briefly, I’m wondering if [Read More...]

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Anybody know Greek?

A reader writes: I would like to ask you for your help. I’m writing a new novel and I would need to know how you say “The Suffering Servant” (you know, as in the Isaiah passages) in Greek (preferably the ancient Septuagint Greek). I can’t speak a word of these ancient languages, but that alone [Read More...]

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A reader struggles with his faith

He writes: I am sorry but I simply had to reach out to a fellow Catholic. I may not be too much help, but here goes. I feel that I am losing my religion.  I had once believed that the Holy Spirit guides the College of Cardinals in the selection of the most wisest holiest candidate for the [Read More...]

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A reader puzzles about By What Authority?

A reader writes: I just noticed it has been almost 20 years since you wrote By What Authority? based on the copyright notice near the front of the book.  I just discovered it recently and find it quite an eye opener!  In fact I am getting much more out of it the second time through.  Often [Read More...]

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Do we have an obligation to forget sins done us?

A reader writes: My question regards forgiveness. Modern psychology asserts that it is healthy to forgive but not necessary to forget. Even from the pulpit I hear this. Reflecting and praying on this I cannot agree. I think that forgiveness is a process sometimes very difficult, a rational choice. When with the grace of God,  [Read More...]

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A Protestant Reader is Trying to Understand Papal Infallibility

He writes: I am a Reformed Presbyterian trending towards the Catholic Church, and I am about half way through your book By What Authority. I am enjoying very much. Howdy!  And thank you! I have a question for you. I have been debating a fellow Reformed friend about Infallible Tradition. He objects to the claim of [Read More...]

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Daniel Schwindt writes…

Alright, my fellow papists, here’s the deal: Pope Francis wrote the following in his groundbreaking new encyclical, Laudato Si’: “We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. Christianity, in fidelity to its own identity and the rich deposit of truth which it has received from Jesus Christ, [Read More...]

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