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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

A reader has a Protestant friend who is worried about Mary

She writes: My evangelical friend is struggling with Catholic devotion to Mary. In particular he has a problem with what St. Louis DeMontfort said when he said: Devotion to our Blessed Lady is necessary for salvation,and that (even in the opinion of Oecolampadius and some other heretics) it is an infallible mark of reprobation to [Read More…]

A reader ponders the morality of life in prison

She writes: I have been reading your thoughts on the Boston Marathon trial (this morning’s article most recently), and there’s a question I’ve been turning over and over in my head since I read this article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/us/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-supermax-prison/ . I wanted to present it to you and, if you are so inclined to respond, [Read More…]