A Reader Struggles to Reconcile Alcoholics Anonymous with Her Catholic Faith

She writes: I am deeply disturbed that I have found more hope and healing through Alcoholics Anonymous than through Catholicism. Is that right? AA helped me become a better Catholic and is continuing to help me be a better tool for God. But I am resentful. I am resentful that I have to find that [Read More…]

A Reader Puzzles about Mary being “Full of Grace”

She writes: Hi Mark, we have your email from when you sent us your book we ordered (Mary Mother of the Son), I got it for my husband as he is in full communion with the faith but still has troubles with Mary at times. Your book has been outstanding (we have been reading it [Read More…]

A Priest Sends Along His Thoughts on the Noble Lie

He writes: I just read your recent post about lying, and I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking and preaching about recently.  You may have already spent time with this possibility, but it seems clear to me that there’s also a terrible spiritual consequence to our lying.  Here’s my logic: When we lie to [Read More…]

A Presbyterian Writes with Some Questions

Sez he: So I am a Presbyterian, but a bad one, and I have been reading the Orthodox Study Bible, and have taken the day to study Judith (I do weird things like this every now and then).  In reading about it, and doing some homework, I stumbled upon one of your articles and thought it [Read More…]

A reader ponders more stuff about the whole lying controversy

He writes: I hope you won’t mind if I continue picking your brain, and please know that I expect no responses from you (especially if you feel the horse, in this case, has long been dead). No sweat. I read your reply to John Zmirak and agree that his critiques of your position are completely [Read More…]

A reader puzzles about Old Testament Kosher and Purity Laws

She writes: I read your column http://www.ncregister.com/blog/mark-shea/saved-by-christ-not-by-rules just after hearing this Sunday’s Gospel from Mark, which brought up a question I’ve had for a while. As I understand it, in this passage and others Jesus basically says that the old rules of the Torah (all the dietary rules, purification, etc.) no longer apply. And of [Read More…]

So Whatever Happened to the Audio/Video of My Debate with Michael Voris?

A reader writes: I followed the news of your debate with Michael Voris at the Argument of the Month Club in St. Paul, Minnesota in October of 2013. Do you have any idea why AOMC has never posted the audio files of this debate? They have posted a number of other presentations; however, your debate [Read More…]

Robert George writes on Polyamory

Sez he: I’m sharing with you a piece I’ve posted at The American Interest on a subject that I’ve addressed in the past only cursorily. I (I think) that there really is no principled way of resisting the argument for the legal recognition of polyamorous partnerships as marriages, if one abandons the idea of marriage [Read More…]

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…]

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…]