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October 31, 2014

Stumpers for the Jehovah's Witnesses

The sect known as Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) began with Charles Taze Russell in the 1870’s. Russell was raised a Presbyterian, then joined the Congregational church, and was finally influenced by…
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Q&A
October 31, 2014

Why use the word "apologetic" if you aren't apologizing for anything?

Full Question Is there some reason why you have to use the word "apologetics" to describe defending the faith, when our English language has thousands of other words that don't…
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October 31, 2014

Why have past pontiffs referred to themselves with a plural "we" in many papal documents?

Full Question Why have past pontiffs referred to themselves with a plural "we" in many papal documents? Answer The "royal we" is a custom borrowed from the monarchy. Traditionally, the…
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Q&A
October 31, 2014

What is the real story about the order of the synoptic gospels?

Full Question I hear contradictory things about the order of the synoptic Gospels? What gives? Answer The traditional order, sometimes called the Augustinian order, is Matthew, Mark, Luke. The sequence…
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October 31, 2014

Is sterility an argument for same-sex marriage?

Full Question On a Facebook message board about the legalization of homosexual marriage, this question was asked: “What about sterile people and those who are too old to conceive children?…
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Q&A
October 31, 2014

Should we applaud after the closing hymn?

Full Question One of my friends suggests that we should not applaud the choir after the closing hymn. He says that the song should direct souls to the Lord. I…
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October 31, 2014

Prayer, Science, and the Existence of God

Can science find God? If God is defined as a being (or perhaps “the ground of being”) that is neither composed of matter nor confined to a spatial location, then…
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Articles
October 30, 2014

Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth

WHETHER or not you are Catholic, you may have questions about the Catholic faith. You may have heard challenges to the Catholic Church’s claim to be the interpreter and safeguard…
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October 30, 2014

How Pope Pius XII Protected Jews

The twentieth century was marked by genocides on an monstrous scale. One of the most terrible was the Holocaust wrought by Nazi Germany, which killed an estimated six million European…
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October 30, 2014

There and Back Again: A Catholic Homesteader's Tale

"Imagine evenings sitting on the back porch, watching the sunset," I told my wife, gesturing grandly. "The cows are grazing; the grass is lush; the air is fresh and clean.…
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