A reader is jittery and distracted by prophetic fads

She writes: We’re less than two weeks away from September 1st.  People have been freaking out about this month all year.  This is a repeat of the Y2K and 2012 fears.  Society is supposed to go belly-up this month.  People are panicking about the Shemitah (isn’t that a work of fiction?).  Self-proclaimed prophets not sanctioned by the [Read More…]

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A Reader is Miffed at a Reflection I Wrote on the Gospel a While Back

He writes: Forgive me if I am reading into it, but your reflection on the Pharisees, sound and insightful in itself, seems to insinuate a rather harsh criticism of Pope Francis’ Catholic critics, or at any rate of an undefined subset of them. On this interpretation, the Holy Father is charismatically (not just juridically) in [Read More…]

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A reader asks about Beauty

She writes: I am a fellow Catholic and lover of Beauty and the arts! I am writing to you because I was doing some online research for a paper I am writing about the power of beauty, specifically music, to evangelize. While I was online, an article you wrote for the Register came up, and [Read More…]

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St. Paul’s Reliance on Sacred Tradition

A reader writes: I got into a discussion with someone who questioned the Catholic Church’s teaching on (what a surprise!) homosexuality.He, of course immediately brought up the fact that Jesus never spoke about homosexuality. I mentioned that Jesus did not speak about a lot of things that we know are not good but we still [Read More…]

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A Canadian Reader Puzzles about the Death Penalty

She writes: Good day to you and yours! I have been thinking about this topic for some time, and I thought to myself, ‘why not ask the Great Dark Lord?’ *kneels, grovels, licks boots* Now, you may have addressed this already, and if you have, I do apologize for the ignorance (and hassle of a [Read More…]

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A reader feels stymied by the politicization of American Catholics

He writes:  It deeply saddens and shocks me to see so many of my brother and sisters choosing to heed the voices of the political left or the political right instead of heeding the voices of the Pope and the bishops. Why and how is this happening and what can I do to help lead [Read More…]

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A reader struggles with infallibility

He writes: Good afternoon! I have a question about church infallibility that I’m hoping you might be able to answer (or direct me to a great answer already articulated by you or someone else). I’m an almost-new Catholic (finished RCIA, soon to be accepted into the Church).  I was raised Protestant – Lutheran as a [Read More…]

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A reader struggles with hostility to the Faith

He writes: I’m going to ask you some questions for advice and you can answer or not, but really I just want to get this off my chest, and towards someone who might reciprocate in a worthwhile manner. Okey doke. What do you do when everyone around you starts to view the Church as the [Read More…]

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A reader asks about explaining mortal and venial sin to Evangelicals

He writes: I enjoyed reading your blog this morning and have a quick question regarding “sin is sin.”  Today I was shocked by what some of my conservative evangelical friends told me about what was said in church yesterday about the Supreme Court ruling on marriage.  They all expressed sadness, but a naïve lack of concern about [Read More…]

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You meet such interesting people when you blog

A reader writes: Let me start off with the narcissism of small differences, where all truly Modern conversations begin: I like you already. I was a cradle Catholic–a lukewarm one, albeit with perfect-ish attendance. Plenty of seeds. Shallow roots. After that I went to college, where I dressed up as a drunken communist who was [Read More…]

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