A reader puzzles about By What Authority?

A reader writes: I just noticed it has been almost 20 years since you wrote By What Authority? based on the copyright notice near the front of the book.  I just discovered it recently and find it quite an eye opener!  In fact I am getting much more out of it the second time through.  Often [Read More…]

Do we have an obligation to forget sins done us?

A reader writes: My question regards forgiveness. Modern psychology asserts that it is healthy to forgive but not necessary to forget. Even from the pulpit I hear this. Reflecting and praying on this I cannot agree. I think that forgiveness is a process sometimes very difficult, a rational choice. When with the grace of God,  [Read More…]

A Protestant Reader is Trying to Understand Papal Infallibility

He writes: I am a Reformed Presbyterian trending towards the Catholic Church, and I am about half way through your book By What Authority. I am enjoying very much. Howdy!  And thank you! I have a question for you. I have been debating a fellow Reformed friend about Infallible Tradition. He objects to the claim of [Read More…]

Daniel Schwindt writes…

Alright, my fellow papists, here’s the deal: Pope Francis wrote the following in his groundbreaking new encyclical, Laudato Si’: “We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. Christianity, in fidelity to its own identity and the rich deposit of truth which it has received from Jesus Christ, [Read More…]

In addition I *highly* recommend…

…Fr. (now Bishop) Robert Barron’s intelligent and beautiful “Catholicism” series. [Read more…]

Where Can I Find a Decent History of the Church for Beginners?

…asks a reader. My reply: [Read more…]

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…]