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...]

Frustrated by our politics, a reader writes…

I have something I want to run past you if you don’t mind. If you don’t have time for this just hit the old delete button, I won’t mind. Since the 2012 elections I have felt like a man without a country and very disappointed, disappointed at my fellow countrymen for pretty much telling me, [Read More...]

Question about Legalizing Marijuana

A reader asks: Can Catholics support legalizing marijuana based on the Principle of the Toleration of Evil? I read a blog post arguing that Catholics can support the legalization of marijuana based on the Principle of the Toleration of Evil which the author supports with this quote from Pope Leo XIII: …as the authority of man is powerless [Read More...]

Question About Suicide

A reader writes: Please help me understand more about suicide.  I do understand that those who don’t know any better will be judged differently, but what about Catholics?  If committed with clear mind, would it be one sin for which there’s no forgiveness? Hope that makes sense. Thank you. Mortal sin requires three things: grave [Read More...]