A question above my pay grade

A reader writes: I read the following passage in an article from 14 year ago. It was linked to in a recent article about the 2025 meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew. If, however, Rome were to downgrade that council—and the Council of Lyons, which in A.D. 1274 issued a similar decree including the [Read More...]

A Reader Mulls Over a Scenario

She writes: …in case you ever get bored with ticking bomb scenarios, Harry Potter, and women’s pants: the hostage scenario! So I’m watching TV. Bad guy is trying to get information from heroine. Bad guy will use this information to do Very Bad (but as yet unspecified) Things. Heroine so far has steadfastly resisted. But [Read More...]

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...]