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Apologetics is a Greek word compounded from apo and logos, meaning “to give a reason for.”  St. Peter uses it in his first epistle: “But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason (apologian) of that hope which is in you” (3:15). Some of the Fathers of the Church called the treatises that they wrote in defense of the Catholic Faith “apologia.”

Brother Francis explains in his course on the subject that there is more to apologetics than having enough knowledge to defend the Faith.  There is an art or science to the presentation one is making, which comes from logical thinking. Apologetics is not polemics — the latter art being the employment of authority, such as the Bible, in winning an argument.

As you will see in the articles filed in this section the authors have a certain art and logic in the way they present their sound arguments in defense of the Faith. They demonstrate the reasonableness of our holy religion and the goodness of God in revealing Himself to man through the patriarchs and prophets and, finally, through His Son.  The writers, each with their own style, confront the major obstacles, lies, and fallacies that deceive people in our times into thinking that Christianity is unreasonable, or that it is an “opiate” for simple folk who put their hope in a better life to come. Such obstacles as arise from modern science (which attempts to discredit the veracity of the scriptures), from the errors of modern subjectivism, from psychological, social and political trends, as well as from the claims of the false religions in the world today, are handled with deft and intelligence by authors who all qualify as good Catholic polemicists.

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The Globe’s Kevin Cullen Defines Once Catholic Ireland as “Backward”

In a metro column of The Boston Sunday Globe of August 24th, serial Catholic basher Kevin Cullen wrote about the controversy in Ireland over the discovery of unmarked graves of children at the site of a maternity home in Tuam administered bythe Bon Secours Sisters. Though disturbing questions remain, the affair has been characterized by hysterical press coverage and extravagant claims, almost all of which … More →

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Protestant Convert Writes Excellent Letter Telling Family Why She Became a Catholic

Defenders of the Catholic Faith website Dear Family,  So that you know I have been vigilant in reading and studying about the Catholic Church.  Below are the many, many reasons why it is apparent to me that the Catholic Church is Christ’s Church that he built, and why there is no doubt in mind this is where I belong.  Sorry it’s so long, but there … More →

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Very Good Article on Christ and the OT Figure of the Lamb of God

Quartermaster of the Barque: For those of us who lack multiple degrees in theology, ancient history, and sacred scripture, diving into exegesis isn’t much different than Aristotle recognizing a Nike “swoop” or President George Washington thinking the Apple Computer logo is just a cute drawing of the favorite fruit of the original owner of his teeth. While idioms and hidden meanings abound in any culture, it’s difficult — … More →

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The Folly of Materialism

Here is interesting admission of one materialist, quoted by Joe Heschmeyer in his brilliant article “Nothing’s the Matter with Atheistic Materialism” posted on Shameless Popery website: I’m reminded of the biologist Richard Lewontin, who candidly admitted that he and other scientists accepted materialism in spite of the evidence, rather than because of it, simply to avoid any reference or need for God: Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are … More →

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Ten Great Passages Supporting Papal Primacy and Authority

This a powerful “top ten” list from Tim Staples of Catholic Answers, wherein he proves from the New Testament that Saint Peter and his successors are the Vicars of Christ. The only thing I would have added, along with the commission given thrice to Peter alone by the Resurrected Christ to feed His sheep, is that, as we have it in Greek (and the Vulgate, too) … More →

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Faith and Miracles

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012, and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, is the feast of the Divine Maternity. What is Faith? The Baltimore Catechism gives a very simple definition of Faith as the first of the three theological virtues: “Faith is a supernatural … More →

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Boy Scouts and Homosexuality: What’s the Big Deal?

By now, readers are no doubt aware of the enormous moral capitulation by the Boy Scouts of America on the subject of homosexuality. Shortly after being informed of the bad news, I wrote a column that began with the words, “It is a crime against boyhood, manhood, and the honor of a once noble institution.” I will not reiterate here what I said there. Disregarding … More →

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‘Born This Way’

The Supreme Court has recently begun to hear arguments in two cases related to “gay marriage” — a doubly-deceptive oxymoron which ought always to be put in quotes, if used at all. It is no surprise that, early in the oral arguments of the case, the champions of these unnatural unions claimed justification for their cause in the pseudo-scientific supposition that homosexuality is biologically determined. … More →

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Saint James the Just (the Less)

The Brother of the Lord

Just imagine this. The religious Jews were in expectation of the prophesied coming of the Messiah. The scepter had passed from Juda and the seventy weeks of Daniel were at an end, when “the Saint of saints” was to appear. Imagine discovering, as a middle-aged man, that your cousin, Jesus, son of your uncle Joseph, was He. That was the experience of James and his … More →

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Saint Irenaeus: The Peacemaker Who Hated Heresy

Saint Irenaeus’ name comes from the Greek word for “peace”: εἰρήνη (eirēnē). Catholic authors often mention that he fulfilled his beautiful name when he made peace between the Christian East and Rome: “In 190 or 191 he interceded with Pope Victor to lift the sentence of excommunication laid by that pontiff upon the Christian communities of Asia Minor which persevered in the practice of the … More →

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Burden of Being a Good Reformer: Protestants and Birth Control

In the matter of the much-discussed HHS “contraception mandate,” the violation of our God-given, constitutionally protected rights is the principal matter at hand. These rights, of course, are based on our duty to follow the moral law. All individuals of whatever religious conviction should speak out against this coercion by the state that violates our free exercise of religion. Among those individuals, our separated Protestant … More →

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How to Fight Grace

Today’s lesson in how to fight grace comes from the Reformation tradition: Every year I tell my Reformation history class that Roman Catholicism is, at least in the West, the default position. Rome has a better claim to historical continuity and institutional unity than any Protestant denomination, let alone the strange hybrid that is evangelicalism; in the light of these facts, therefore, we need good, … More →

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Moslems Do Still Convert, but Salvation Comes with a Heavy Price

How sad it is that so many of us Catholics take our gift of Faith for granted! After reading the astonishing story of Joseph Fadelle and his wife, I am sure, like myself, your soul will feel shaken over its lack of gratitude and complacency. We could have been born Iraqi Moslems and, from fear alone, never bothered to look into the Catholic Faith. Share, … More →

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The Law of Causality and Sola Scriptura

I do not expect that the following argument is going to win a Protestant to the Catholic Faith. I have learned from St. Thomas Aquinas that reason has its limits in persuasion, and when reason reaches the wall, Grace is what pulls it over. My reasoning here is akin to the reasoning to God’s existence, namely, that it offers a proof that will not necessarily … More →

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The Great Preparation

The Mystery of the Immaculate Conception is not something on the borderlands of the Christian religion; rather, it stands front and center in the true Faith. This is because the Immaculate Herself is so wrapped up in the divine decree for the redemption of men, that her perpetual sinlessness and fulness of grace form a continuum with what the faith teaches about Jesus (Christology) and … More →

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