May 19, 2024

“Does the Church Have an Answer?” Additional Resources

August 2021: How do we know Church teachings are biblical?

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Reasons to Believe by Scott Hahn (book)

Bible at Core of Catholic Beliefs by Msgr. Brian Bransfield (article)

Unabridged Christianity by Fr. Mario Romero (book)

More Christianity by Fr. Dwight Longenecker (book)

July 2021: Why does it matter if I’m Catholic?

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Why Be Catholic?: Ten Answers to a Very Important Question by Patrick Madrid (book)

Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love by Trent Horn (book)

Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian? by Fr. Mike Schmitz (video)

5 Reasons to Come Home by Catholics Come Home (article)

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Catholic by Matt Nelson (article)

June 2021: Are the teachings of the Church Jesus’ teachings?

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Infallibility by Francis Ripley (article)

The Futility of Starting Your Own Church by Karl Keating (article)

My Mind as a Catholic: Part II by Cardinal John Henry Newman (article)

Questioning the Questioning of Authority by Carl Olson (article)

The Teaching Authority of the Church by Msgr. Ronald Knox (article)

The Rule of Faith by Catholic Answers Encyclopedia (article)

Lesson 12: On the Attributes and Marks of the Church by Catholic News Agency (article)

May 2021: How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

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Handbook of Catholic Apologetics, Ch. 8 by Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tacelli (book)

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead by Carl Olson (book)

The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre (book)

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (book)

The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright (book)

April 2021: Does the Church allow me to think for myself?

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Catholics Can’t Think for Themselves by James Tynen (article)

Faith…Because Thinking Is Good by Karlo Broussard (article)

Critical Thinking for Christians by Peter Kreeft (article)

The Intellectual Life by Bishop Robert Baron (video)

March 2021: Do I have to go to confession during Lent?

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What the Early Church Believed: Confession by Catholic Answers (article)

Making a Good Confession by Fr. Mike Schmitz  (video)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Confession (article)

February 2021: Does “Apologetics” mean we are apologizing?

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Apologetics: The Study and Art of Making a Defense by Jimmy Akin (article)

Starting Out as a Catholic Apologist by Catholic Answers  (article)

Apologetics Primer by John Martignoni (article)

January 2021: It seems like the Church has too many rules.

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The Virtue Driven Life by Dr. Mark Lowery (article)

Getting Morality Wrong by Word on Fire  (article)

Catholic Morality 101 by Bishop Robert Barron (video)

How to Attack Moral Confusion by Catholic Answers (article)

December 2020: Is everything a pope says infallible?

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How to Weigh Church Teachings by Jimmy Akin (article)

Papal Infallibility by Catholic Answers  (article)

Papal Infallibility by Bishop Robert Barron (video)

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible by Scott Hahn (article Part 1, Part 2, Part 2a, Part 3)

Regarding Pope Francis’ interview, here’s a video from Bishop DeGrood that touches on the interview, and here’s a statement from Bishop DeGrood and Bishop Muchich (of Rapid City).

November 2020: Why don’t Catholics read the Bible more?

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God’s Story is Your Story: Part 1 by Jeff Cavins (article)

How to Read the Bible by Scott Hahn  (video)

How to Read the Bible by Mary Healy (audio)

Catholics Need to Read Their Bibles by Dave Armstrong (article)

October 2020: Can you explain religious order origins?

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9 Infographics to Help Take the Confusion out of Identifying Religious Orders of the Church? by Marigina Bruno at Catholic Link (article)

Comprehensive list of religious orders (webpage)

Religious Life by New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia (article)

September 2020: Is it wrong for Catholics to pray to Mary?

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Why Pray to Mary? by Tom Nash, M.A. (article)

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin by Fr. M.D. Forrest (article)

Mary in the Early Church by Dr. Mark Miravalle (article)

Mary & the Saints by Catholics Come Home (article)

August 2020: Why do the pope and some religious sisters/brothers change their name?

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Receiving a New Name by Passionist Nuns (article)

Papal Name at Wikipedia (article)

July 2020: Why Do We Pray for the Souls in Purgatory?

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What is Purgatory? by Catholic Answers (article)

What the Early Church Believed: Purgatory by Catholic Answers (article)

Is Purgatory in the Bible? by Tim Staples (article)

The Logical Case For Purgatory by Matt Fradd (article)

Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Jimmy Akin (article) 

June 2020: Creation and Science 

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Society of Catholic Scientists (website)

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith by Catholic astrophysicist Stephen Barr

Thomistic Evolution by Fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Fr. James Brent, O.P., Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P., and Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P.

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn, chapter two Creation Covenant and Cosmic Temple

Bible Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma

Walking with God by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins

Misreading Genesis by Bishop Robert Barron (YouTube video)

 Receiving a New NameWikiWhy

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