A Question About the Election of the Apostle Mathias

A reader writes: In Acts 1, the selection of Mathias as the replacement Apostle is discussed. It talks about casting lots, and it falling on him. Do we know more about what that means and is there evidence of The Church using a similar process to make decisions through the centuries? This is, as far [Read More...]

A Reader Wonders if We are at the End of the Counter-Reformation

He writes: I have a thought I’d like to share with you. It seems to me that Pope Francis represents a break – a change – in the direction of the church. Not in doctrine or dogma (that’s guaranteed by the Holy Spirit), but rather in focus. Is it possible that in Francis we have [Read More...]

Why read Catholic and Enjoying it?

I’ll tell you why!  Check out this unsolicited testimonial: “OMGOSH I am laughing so hard!!!!!!! i have officially gone off anti-depressants since friending Mark Shea!!!! Mark Shea: Human Prozac, but much cheaper. [Read more...]

Interesting Question About the Sacrament of Marriage

A reader writes: I have enthusiastically read your blog for some time now. I greatly enjoy it. Anyway, I hope you can answer a question I’ve been struggling with. As I was pondering the sacrament of confirmation, and how the Eastern Church delivers it to infants, it led me to a particular point about sacraments. [Read More...]

A reader struggles with a failure

He writes: I really feel bad and ashamed of myself tonight. What happened is when I got home tonight from work the first thing I did was to get a load of clothes going in the wash after that I started to prepare dinner thinking to myself that I have some important mail coming. As [Read More...]

Templeton Prize Winner Msgr. Tomas Malik

A reader writes: The very worthy Msgr. Tomas Halik won the Templeton prize. Just a note: He’s a wonderful man, and the priest that married me and my wife over 18 years ago at the Church of Saint Francis in Prague. It’s worth going to the website below, and watching a video of him addressing [Read More...]

A reader struggles with the whole “lying in a desperate situation” problem

…writing: You were a big force in my conversion a few years ago, so I’m hoping you can help me. You’ve said the Church teaches lying is always a sin. I’m having some trouble with that. Let’s say I’m sheltering a woman from her abusive husband. He enters in a drunken rage demanding to know [Read More...]

A reader struggles to understand Sacred Tradition

He writes: I just finished reading your book “By What Authority” and let me tell you, it was one of the best books I have ever read in regard of Tradition and the Catholic Faith. It has definitely given me stronger faith. I’m glad!  Thanks be to God! I am an 18 year old Catholic [Read More...]

A reader has a question for somebody knowledgable in history

He writes: In my high school theology classes I like to show films that portray Catholic priests in a positive light (for my Vocations class in particular). I recently showed the films “The Mission” and “Molokai: the story of Father Damien”. The students picked up the positives of being a dedicated and heroic priest, but [Read More...]

A reader struggles with Polygenism and Genesis

So, I’m sure you’ve heard this/discussed this/etc before, but I’m trying to reconcile my viewpoint on Adam and Eve, and I’m hoping you can help me. Modern science contradicts a literal understanding of the creation of man. (Being Catholic, I’m not one for a fundamentalist view of the Bible, obvs) Now, I don’t doubt the [Read More...]