Apologetics

“The image of the ‘seamless garment’ has been used by some theologians and Catholic politicians, in an intellectually dishonest manner.” That’s a sentiment that many Catholics, particularly in the pro-life movement, have expressed. What’s significant about this expression of the sentiment is the person who uttered it: the pope’s own doctrinal watchdog. Here are 11 things […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (1/8/15), Jimmy answers the following questions: Can you reconcile Natural Family Planning with Leviticus 18 about intimacy and the times and restrictions on intimacy? Is it okay to listen to protestant preachers and go to their church to listen to them preach? Why does the Catholic Church not […]

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Back when I was a philosophy student, I had a fondness for logical paradoxes. One of the most famous is the Liar’s Paradox, which takes different forms, like: I am lying. This sentence is false. This paradox is particularly useful for talking androids to death in the Star Trek universe, though it has less immediate […]

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Recently, I appeared on the local PBS radio and television affiliate (KPBS) to discuss a new assisted suicide bill that has been introduced in the California legislature. Although the station representatives weren’t initially aware of it, both I and the gentleman taking the opposing view were widowers who lost our wives to cancer. They were […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (1/6/15), Jimmy answers the following questions: I don’t feel that receiving communion in the hand is appropriate. If indeed, this is the Real Presence and every particle is fully Jesus, why was it approved to receive communion in the hand in the first place given the ability to […]

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Scholars are frequently forced to play detective to determine when an ancient book was written. Ancient books did not have copyright dates neatly printed on a page at the front of the book. Frequently, they did not contain any explicit reference to the year in which they were written. As a result, scholars have to […]

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Just a quick note on the reliability of the Gospels. I’ve written before about the fact that the Evangelists did not feel free to simply make stuff up about Jesus. One of the signs of that is the fact that, despite the fact that St. Paul’s letters were extremely influential in the early Church and […]

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Just a quick note to keep track of something of apologetic interest. I’m currently continuing my project of summarizing Josephus’s Jewish War, and there is a passage in it in which he refers to “binding and loosing” (a phrase also found in the teachings of Jesus; cf. Matt 16:19, 18:18; and in other Jewish writings). Josephus […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (12/23/14), Jimmy answers the following questions: What did Jesus mean when he said not to judge others? Can divorced and civilly remarried people receive Communion? Is it true that “Once a deacon, always a deacon”? How to argue for the intercession of the saints? What does “the fear […]

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A reader writes: Have you responded to 1 John 2:26-27, and Matthew 23 concerning teachers? The passages in question read: I write this to you about those who would deceive you; but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you; as his […]

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