Law and Freedom—“Do I Have to Go to Church Today, Mom!?”

I don’t do apologetics. I can do apologetics, I have a background in theology, from seminary formation, as well as Catholic graduate education. I do catechesis, I teach and do theology, my understanding of the New Evangelization is what the … [Read more...]

How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian

The Problem of Divine Violence as Considered in Recent Curial Documents

Introduction If God exists, he is not the God of the Christian Bible. At least this is the conclusion drawn by many prominent authors and cultural commentators in our society today. The rise of agnosticism and atheism in contemporary … [Read more...]

Catechetical and Pastoral Emphasis in the Apologetics of Frank Sheed

Vatican II calls the laity to take a more active role in not just the worshipping life of the Church, but the teaching life, too. While Sheed agrees  ... we evangelize best principally through a pastorally oriented and properly formed … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

Late Summer Reading For August 2013   Reviews for the following books: A MYSTICISM OF KINDNESS: The Biography of “Marie Christine.”  By Astrid M. O’Brien. (Scranton: Scranton University Press, 2010). (Reviewed by Rev. John J. Conley, … [Read more...]

The Pastor as Apologist

If Christians truly believe that Jesus is Lord, then they will make the attempt to win converts for him in every way that is humanly possible, not just in ways that exclude verbal persuasion. Arguments can, and must, be given for … [Read more...]

Should homilies offer systematic instruction?

June 2013 Editorial

...there has been, in my view, a serious neglect of instruction of the faithful in the fundamentals of the Catholic faith in a systematic way in most of our parishes. Recently a priest friend asked me, “How can we teach the faith during … [Read more...]

Apologetics for highschoolers

A PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC IN KING JAMES'S COURT. By Martin de Porres Kennedy (Littlefield Press, W. 5180 Jefferson St., Necedah, Wis. 54646, 1999), 316 pp. PB $12.95.

I have always been Catholic; born and raised in the heavily Catholic community in San Francisco, I attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through undergraduate. I never needed apologetics because everyone I knew was Catholic. My … [Read more...]

Frontier Convert and Apologist for the Church

THE TRUE CHURCH: THE PATH WHICH LED A PROTESTANT LAWYER TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. By Peter H. Burnett (Solas Press, P.O. Box 4066, Antioch, CA 94531, [2004]), xxx + 298 + viii + 420 pp. HB $39.95. (Available online through www.solaspress.com).

This weighty tome (two volumes in one), originally published in 1860, is a frontier Apologia pro vita sua written by a lawyer who converted from a protestant movement, known as the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, to Catholicism while … [Read more...]

Catholic Apologetics

The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants. By Dave Armstrong (Sophia Institute Press, Box 5284, Manchester, NH 03108, 1-800-888-9344, www.sophiainstitute.com, 2004), xviii + 233 pp. PB $19.95.

Sixty or seventy years ago the casual stroller through Hyde Park in London might find a crowd gathered around a man standing on a soapbox and defending the Catholic faith. Frank Sheed, the greatest lay apologist of the twentieth century, … [Read more...]