A reader has a long letter that I empathize with

She writes: As a regular Patheos Catholic channel peruser, it is a pleasure to read your work. I appreciate your wit, your perceptive thinking, and most of all, your soft heart, open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. I haven’t been able to stop feeling troubled about Francis press since he arrived and before [Read More...]

A reader seeks your thoughts on Catholic High Schools

I don’t have any kids in Catholic school and never have, so I can’t offer anything intelligent here. Maybe you can. A reader writes: Hi Mark, I just found an article you wrote on NFP. Saw you a men’s conference in Worchester a couple of years ago. Was searching the internet because something was/is bothering [Read More...]

A reader puzzles about how to be a good witness

He writes: I am one of the readers of your blog and enjoy reading your apologetics. I am writing to you concerning the call to every Christian to love and serve God and submit to his will, which in today’s world of “me, myself and I” is a very ludicrous idea. The question is how [Read More...]

A reader from Mpls/St. Paul writes:

Please keep Archbishop Nienstedt and the Catholic Church in Minnesota in your prayers. Today Archbishop Nienstedt was accused of inappropriately touching a teenaged boy during a confirmation group photo in 2009. I have met and spoken with Archbishop Nienstedt on several occasions and I think the accusation is bogus and am increasingly wondering if there [Read More...]

If you get to kill people in war, why don’t you get to torture them too?

Over at the Register, a reader asks a common question: I’m confused about something. Assuming we have a just war (and I know there are doubts about whether Iraq/Afghanistan fall into this category but that is a discussion for another day), the Church says it is OK to use force i.e. to kill soldiers on [Read More...]

Question re: Generational Healing

A reader writes: This week, my parish hosted Fr. Gregory Bramlage, who conducted a healing mission. Several of the attendees have approached me, knowing that I teach apologetics, to get my opinion on what happened at the mission, and I’m at a loss on how to answer them. Here is my summary of the questions [Read More...]

A few weeks ago I got a letter from a new convert to the Faith

Now her husband writes me and has some interesting remarks as somebody who has background as a worship leader in an Evangelical Church: This is P, K’s husband. Thank you for your encouraging reply to her email.  It has been a fantastic journey and we are so excited to be home!  I would like to [Read More...]

The Santa Issue…

A reader writes: One of your long-time readers here. I know that the Santa Controversy has cropped up on the blog every so often, but so far I haven’t paid it much attention. Now that I’m approaching my first Christmas season with an almost-three-year-old, however, it’s a much less academic issue! It’s also complicated by [Read More...]

Attention, Fans of the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago!

A reader writes: Recently, we’ve conducted an interview with the Canons from the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, IL in regards to the monthly Infant King novena. We have it posted on the Institute’s website and I was wondering if you would be willing to share the following link of it on your [Read More...]

A reader who *claims* to be human writes…

I think you will enjoy this…My family in Cali released in the night sky lit up balloons yesterday symbolizing what they were thankful for & it gets reported in the news as possible UFO invasion! I searched for “lights in sky LA” via 24hr google search, this link came up with the comment “glowing orbs [Read More...]