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A Non-Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Entry for Wikipedia

* (Does not imply ecclesiastical approval.)


Encyclopedias are books which contain a comprehensive summary of information from either all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit and therein lies the problem with a Catholic WikiArticle.

The Catholic Faith is not a faith one can go into and edit or make changes to Teachings one does not like.

The concept of a Catholic WikiPage where, someone can add, edit or delete anything on a whim goes against any concept of:

  1. One Faith
  2. One Lord
  3. One Baptism, and
  4. One Church with
  5. One set of unchangeable teachings . . .

based on it's Divine Founder, The True God-Man, Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Though the Divine Teachings are unchangeable, the application of how the message or Gospel is spread can vary from calling to calling.

For this reason, I have created my own Encyclopedia Entry for how our Apologetics Wiki page would appear in Wikipedia, if this WikiArticle would be accepted by Wikipedia as read only — editable only by the author, who has his or her vision of how best to bring the faith to a waiting world.

Mike Humphrey
AskACatholic.com Web Administrator

AskACatholic.com (A faithful resource for anyone seeking to learn the truth about the Church and Her Teachings.) has been a lay-driven reply to Pope St. John Paul II's call for a new Evangelization; a call which has been continued by his successors Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

We are a new breed of faithful lay Catholic apologists and catechists who listen first, clarify teachings, and correct misperceptions people have about the only Church Our Blessed Lord Jesus founded on St. Peter, and his successors in 33 A.D.: the Roman Catholic Church. We encourage sincere-seeking, people of faith to dialogue with us, even if you currently have no faith but are being drawn to understand what we believe as Catholic Christians.

We do the best we can to ensure all our answers are loyal to the Magisterium, which is the Teaching Authority of the Catholic Church. [1.] While we give visitors to our site good reasons to become a Catholic Christian, our goal is not to convert people.

  • We proclaim and explain the full Catholic Gospel, while
  • letting our visitors and/or questioners discern whether our historical, Apostolic case for Catholic Christianity makes sense to them.

In addition, we have a secondary goal of assisting and promoting the development of other lay Catholic apologetics support groups at the parish level.

It was with this goal in mind that Mike Humphrey started (CPATS) the Christifideles Pizza and Theology Society, with the intent of bringing like-minded faithful Catholics who were loyal to the Church together for support and social conversation. After training himself on how to design and develop web sites, he founded this group in July of 1996. From then to the present day, Mike has been able to:

  • find and retain knowledgeable, practicing Catholics
  • who are also well-schooled in Apologetics and Theology, and
  • having been willing to take time out of their busy individual or family life to answer questions visitors have to our site about the faith and theology behind it.

Our current team consists of full-time and part-time volunteers: Bob Kirby, Eric Ewanco, Paul Murano, and John DiMascio. If any team member has wished to resign or retire, another has always been able to step in to fill their shoes.

We have always tried to ensure we have at least one faithful priest who is in good standing with the Church to help answer questions only a priest could answer. For good reasons, most if not all, priest helpers have asked to participate under pseudonymous names. They include Fr. Nick, Fr. Francis, and our current priest-helper, Fr. Jonathan.

When given the opportunity to obtain the domain AskACatholic.com in 2007, it only seemed logical to redirect the focus of all our work from CPATS.org to that domain.

I believe we are the first lay Catholic Apologetics support group in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and possibly in New England. We consider ourselves a mini "Catholic Answers" of Massachusetts so whether you are a confused Catholic or a sincerely seeking non-Catholic of any or no faith we want you to Ask A Catholic, i.e., ask us today! but check our knowledge base first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rights of lay Catholic Christians while being ecclesiastically obedient

The volunteer apologists, occasional grammarians, and priest-helpers, who have supported [CPATS.ORG and AskACatholic.com], all strive to fulfill our Christian vocation via apostolic action which is permitted, and even obligated, by Canon Law. We specifically derive our rights and obligations from the following:

Canon 215

Christ's faithful may freely establish and direct associations which serve charitable or pious purposes or which foster the Christian vocation in the world, and they may hold meetings to pursue these purposes by common effort.

Canon 225 § 1

Since lay people, like all of Christ's faithful, are deputed to the apostolate by Baptism and Confirmation, they are bound by the general obligation and they have the right, whether as individuals or in associations, to strive so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all people throughout the world. This obligation is all the more insistent in circumstances in which only through them are people able to hear the Gospel and to know Christ.

Canon 225 § 2

They have also, according to the condition of each, the special obligation to permeate and perfect the temporal order of things with the spirit of the Gospel. In this way, particularly in conducting secular business and exercising secular functions, they are to give witness to Christ.

and 1 Peter 3:15 tells us:

Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience.

Nevertheless, we acknowledge the content of Canon 216 which states:

Canon 216

Since they share the Church's mission, all Christ's faithful have the right to promote and support apostolic action, by their own initiative, undertaken according to their state and condition. No initiative, however, can lay claim to the title 'Catholic' without consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.

Because of this, we wish to make it clear that any work our little group undertakes, does not imply ecclesiastical approval.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the type of questions we received through our web site, I saw a strong need to supplement my Catholic Apologetics web site with:

  • additional strong [catechesis / re-catechesis] of our faithful
  • an encouragement within our Church to strive for the holy life to the point of martyrdom, and
  • a much broader knowledge inside and outside our Church of "Who the Early Church Fathers are" and why their historical testimonies were, and are, so important to every Catholic today.

Besides these critically weak areas in our Church, due to a unique charism of a long-time friend, Brain Bagley, I also thought it was important to address the doctrine of Purgatory and praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. After several ongoing conversations with Brain, we saw that there were two important things missing today.

  1. The first was a correct understanding of what Purgatory is and what Purgatory is not, inside, and outside the Church.
  2. The second was the desire among the faithful to promote a devotion to praying for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory worldwide.

(A practice and devotion we thought had been neglected partially due to the bickering and mini-family fighting that occurred after Vatican II.)

In an effort to try to address these needs, I developed the following web sites, web applications, apologetics aids, and games:

  • BibleBeltCatholics.com
  • Holy Quotes
  • My Scripture Passages page
  • Who Wants to be a Catholic
  • HelpersOfTheHolySouls.com

BibleBeltCatholics.com

Sharing the voice and writings of the Early Church Fathers, the first Christians who succeeded the Apostles, with our separated Christian brethren in the South!

This website consists of a database of early Christian quotes and writings that affirm the Catholic faith and Catholic teachings from the time of Jesus and His Apostles. On this web site you will be able to read the Oral Tradition (2 Thessalonians 2:15) that was passed down by word of mouth, by the very first Christians after Jesus' Ascension into Heaven. It is the same Oral Tradition that is practiced in the Catholic Church today. Most Patristic and Church scholars date the Early Church from 33 A.D. to 787 A.D., with the death of St. John Damascene. With this in mind, the majority of this site has been broken down into four separate content categories.

  • The Pre-Christian era to the end of the second century: B.C. to 199 A.D. (1st — 2nd Century)
  • The beginning of the third century to the end of the fourth century: 200 A.D. to 399 A.D. (3rd — 4th Century)
  • The beginning of the fifth century to the end of the eighth century: 400 A.D. to 787 A.D. (5th — 8th Century), and
  • The final era on this site represents what the Catholic Church teaches today. (The Catechism Today)

There is no direct catechesis or apologetics work done on this web site. We just provide:

  • the information in the form of quotes and passages from fellow Christians in each patristic year and
  • what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches today.

Compare what was said back then with what the Catholic Faith teaches today and decide for yourself!

Besides this information, there are biographies of the Early Church Fathers and recommended reading under the About this site tab.

Holy Quotes

Many who are not Catholic have sometimes been misinformed about the origins of the Church and have never been presented with the historical verbal evidence for the doctrines and teachings of the Catholic faith. I thought that if we could show the mind-set of the Early Church Fathers and Christian Catholics in the years 100 A.D., 200 A.D., 300 A.D., 400 A.D., etc. this could cause our separated brethren to re-think certain doctrines that they have had a hard time accepting.
I, myself, have found what these early Church Christians have said to be very edifying and sometimes interesting. Whether you are Catholic or not, I believe you will enjoy this new feature on our site.

Holy Quotes will deliver Holy Quotes from the Early Church Fathers, Saints and Popes throughout the age of our Church to your inbox on a regular basis of your choosing.

  • Are you swamped with e-mail already?

With Holy Quotes you can receive Holy Quotes every second, third, fourth or sixth day; or every first, second or third week or every one or two months! You decide the frequency that you received them.

Now you can hear from the horses mouth:

  • St. Ignatius of Antioch who lived around 50 - 107 A.D.
  • St. Polycarp of Smyrna who lived around 69 - 165 A.D.
  • Pope St. Clement I of Rome who lived around 60 - 99 A.D.
  • St. Augustine of Hippo who lived around 354 - 430 A.D. and more!

But that's not all.

In an effort to promote a healthy sense of holiness in our Church and provide other apologetic guidance there are seven additional types you can choose from including:

  • Quotes of the Early Fathers and Christians of the Church (33 A.D. to 750 A.D.)
  • Saints throughout the Age of the Church
  • Holy Quotes from the Popes of the Church
  • Quotes on Mary, Our Blessed Mother: a Marian Potpourri
  • 52 Practical/Scientific Reasons to go to Church . . . besides the obvious ones.
  • The Holy Scriptures Verse-Finder for Catholic Doctrines
  • (Teaching 1) The Compendium of the Catechism for Christians and non-Christians, and
  • [NEW] Copy and Paste Punchy Catholic Prayers for e-mails

So sign up today and tell others about us!

My Scripture Passages Page

The Bible in our Church is a liturgical book. It was written by Catholics and their ancestors, for Catholic, for use in our worship service, the Holy Mass. Though the Bible is not a Catechism for our faith, we are aware that many of our Separated Brethren use the Bible as a Catechism.

For this reason, I created this page to show how unmistakably Catholic teachings can be shown in the Bible. Catholics don't defend their faith solely with the Bible but through the:

  • Teaching Authority of the Church (the Magisterium)
  • the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and
  • other Oral Teachings that have been passed down to us from Jesus since His Glorious Ascension into Heaven.

With this proper understanding of the purpose of this page, you are welcome to check out my Scripture Passages page at:

Who Wants to be a Catholic

Due to an apparent lack of proper catechesis in our Church, I thought it was important to come up with a fun, new way to teach the youth about our faith. Seeing I have a B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Math and two Web certifications,
I developed a parody off the popular show, Who wants to be a Millionaire, to suit the needs of our Church in this area.

It is my hope that players, whether they are Catholic or not, will have fun and learn about what Catholics believe.
I have tried to insert erroneous answers, that, in some cases, anti-Catholics may promote.

You will receive a different number of Lifelines for each level. If you run out of Lifelines for any level, the game ends though your last completed level is saved so when you sign in again, you won't have to start over. The idea behind it is for practicing Catholics to have fun with their faith while learning at the same time. In NO way is this intended to take the faith lightly.

You will have to get a certain percentage of answers correct without wasting all your lifelines for that level in order to advance to the next level. If you fall short at a certain level, you'll have to do some brushing up, in that specific area of the Catechism. In the future I'll be considering mailing out Certifications to those who have reached a million (1,000,000) grace points, although NO certification from our web site would obviously be acknowledged by Holy Mother Church.

One of the goals behind all the work I have done is to demonstrate to the faithful that you can be a faithful Catholic and have fun at the same time.

If you run into problems with the program or receive an error, there is nothing I can currently do, as I have no technical support friends to assist in fixing any bugs.

With that said, try it today! . . . . and, for fun and to get psyched, click on the images on the home page.

HelpersOfTheHolySouls.com

Helpers of the Holy Souls is inspired by Blessed Mary of Providence and the original mission of the Order she founded in 1856, Society of Helpers of the Holy Souls. Our presence on the web is a combined effort of Brian Bagley and a more computer-literate colleague and long-time friend, Mike Humphrey. Both Brain and Mike think the work of praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory has been overlooked for way too long.

Our mission, one of mercy, is to relieve and gain release for the suffering souls in Purgatory who can no longer help themselves. We do this by monthly donations, collecting loose change and returning redeemable cans and bottles. All funds collected are used to place Holy Masses for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

We also fulfill our mission by holding a Holy Hour for the Holy Souls every Tuesday night immediately following the 7:00pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the Fatima Shrine Chapel on Route 126 in Holliston, Massachusetts. All are welcome.

We share our mission by distributing complimentary Prayer Packs (used at our Holy Hour or privately at one’s convenience) to patrons of the Holy Souls. (This aspect of our work has been suspended due to a lack of financial support.) These Prayer Packs are a gift of the Apostolate and no Mass money collected goes toward their cost. All funds collected are used to place Masses for the Holy Souls.

  • Our primary aim is to have Masses, said by Priests, every day of the year for the Holy Souls. The Patron Saint of our Apostolate is Saint Nicholas of Tolentino; known as one of the great apostles of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. His feast day is September 10th.
  • Our secondary aim is share our apostolate with others who have a desire to replicate what we are doing. They specifically include:

    1. How to go about gathering monthly collections to have Masses said for the Holy Souls on a regular basis, and
    2. Establishing new Purgatory Prayer Programs in the United States using our complimentary Prayer Packs if you want. (Suspended)

Of course, we place all the efforts of our Apostolate into the Immaculate hands of Our Blessed Mother. Check out some of our special pages:

We would like to dedicate this web site to our fathers, Stephen William Humphrey Jr. and Thomas Joseph Bagley in appreciation for the blessings we received from them.

Other FREE mini-apostolates I have run in the past.


Since CPATS was founded back in July of 1996, I have been able to offer an array of programs for Protestants who have been interested in learning more about what we believe as Catholics. It came with great sadness when I had to suspend these programs do to a lack of financial support.

It's my hope that in the near future I will be able to re-start these programs. They include:

  • The FREE Catechism of the Catholic Church for Protestants, (and non-Christians) Program (CCCFPP)
    [Suspended, due to a lack of finances.]
  • The Free Holy Rosary for Protestants Program
    [Suspended, due to a lack of finances.]
  • The Stephen William Humphrey Jr. FREE Brown Scapular Program for the Faithful "approaching eternal birth" (SWH FBSFF)
    [Suspended, due to a lack of finances.]
  • Purgatory Prayer Programs for those interested in Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory [Only within the United States.]

Please keep the finances of my work in your prayers. If you know of someone who is well off please refer them to my GoFundMe page:

http://www.AskACatholic.com/GoFundMe

Thanks!

Mike

Other ideas yet to be acted on.



Bringing faithful Catholics with an array of vocations together

The culture we live in today is far different than it was 15 years ago and though, in general, the Church has kept up with technology, there are still areas for improvement. My specific field in Catholic Apologetics is far too small an area for a Church our size. We can, and should, do better.

There are an array of knowledgeable Catholics who love and are willing to defend the Church and Her Teachings who are also professional Web Designers and Developers. In addition, there are other professionals in other fields who are willing to help and assist both the Web professional and web savvy Catholic Apologist.

With this in mind, I created a Linked In group for professional Web Developers and similar professionals interested in supporting the development of Catholic Apologetic web sites in the United States; sites that answer questions and clear up misperceptions about the one faith Our Lord Jesus founded on St. Peter

Catholic Web Developers of America

As I say on the site:

This group is a network of practicing Catholics, loyal to the Magisterium, who are also Web Development and Design professionals. Our goal is to:

  1. assist faithful Catholics interested in developing Catholic Apologetic web sites that answer questions and clarify misconceptions about the only Church Our Blessed Lord Jesus established on St. Peter and his successors, the Catholic Church, and
  2. establish strong communications between (groups | web sites) where we can assist each other with both:

    • web design and development issues as well as
    • assist in answering tough questions we receive from those not familiar with the faith or just seekers in general.

The process of how Catholic professionals will be able to exchange ideas and provide real solutions that can be implemented by young Catholics at the parish level has yet to be determined. We welcome all faithful Catholics who love the Church, like the very first Christians did, to join us today!

Suggestions for Catholic bishops of the United States.

Training programs at the diocesan and parish level.

Most of the faithful who show up every Sunday to renew their Covenant (by going to Mass) have no idea what Catholic Apologetics is and why it is so important. It's my impression that there is no appreciation ingrained in the faithful of the Christian heritage they have been baptized into - the only one that goes back to Jesus in 33 A.D.!

For this reason, within each diocese's CCD and RCIA program, I would introduce the vocation of the Catholic Apologist.

Training a teenager or newly baptized Catholic what we believe as Catholics is not enough in this culture because they are inevitably going to get counter arguments against the faith by:

  • those who have been poorly catechized
  • others who have knowingly chosen a lifestyle contrary to the Christian life and provide arguments based on rationalizations
  • those who are not familiar with the faith, or
  • those that have a hostility toward the faith for whatever reason.

I propose two schools of training combined into one:

  1. Good, faithful Catholic Catechesis is the foundation.
  2. Catholic Apologetics is the immunization given to the faithful so they will grow with an appreciation of the faith they have been baptized into and keep the Apostolic heritage they have, instead of leaving the Church over some false argument or for some petty reason.

Some may say this can't be done within a limited time frame but, if you provide a little knowledge during Baptismal and RCIA instruction and provide a low cost Catholic Apologetics tool kit, it will work. You can either take up a special collect or provide some other means of funding and put together Catholic Apologetic Kits for Youth and RCIA graduates that consists of:

  • Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism, and
  • other sources you can use

For former Catholic seminarians.



The Church teaches no Catholic man has any right to be a priest. Rather if a man believes he has a calling to the sacred priesthood, he tests his vocation as part of his initial seminary training. Although the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, chooses the man to become a priest, I'm sure there are many seminarians that are disappointed with the outcome of their training, specifically by not being chosen. These are Catholic men who:

  • love the Church
  • love the faith and
  • love the teachings of the Church.

For this reason, I would invite any former Catholic seminarian who was not chosen for the priesthood to seriously think about pursuing a life-long career as a Catholic Apologist. This is a sorely-needed vocation today because of the lack of catechesis in our Church and the secular draw from our current hedonistic culture.

  • How do you start?

Check out this posting (below) for some ideas and share with your local bishop your interest in this area. You could be a strong liaison for starting an Apologetics start-up group at the parish level.


Reviews of our site and Awards won.


 

Reviews of our site.

Awards won.

August 28, 2009

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Catholic Website Award in Apologetics

Dear Mike,

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church is proud to award you with the
2009 Catholic Website Award for Apologetics.

Once you've posted the award, please e-mail me back with the locations and
I will list you with the other award winners.

Again, congrats and God bless.

John

 

January 2008

Dear Mike,

Your web site has been reviewed on CatholicCulture.org -- and has earned the
"Triple Excellence Gold Award: for excellence in Fidelity, Resources, & Usability".

This award is presented to you in the form of an attractive banner, which can be viewed and retrieved using the link below this message.

Last month, nearly 30,000 visitors looked at site reviews at CatholicCulture.org. CatholicCulture.org is known among committed Catholics for its unwavering faithfulness to the teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church. This faithfulness is represented in our site reviews. Visitors to our site, particularly registered users and donors, will be able to access your site review by searching and browsing through our reviews.

Posting the award on your site is a great way to show visitors that you have a commitment to Catholic excellence. The award links to your review.

Please let our reputation and resources assist your mission; they have helped our visitors access your site and others like it for eight years.

In Christ,

Jeffrey Mirus
President, Trinity Communications

 

'Upon this Rock' Award of Catholic Apologetics Excellence.
November 22, 2005

Dear Webmaster,

Your web site was nominated for our 2000 Excellence Award.

After careful review your site has been chosen an Excellent site -
with high marks in every category scored.

There are so many really creative and wonderful Catholic web sites on the internet - we felt strongly, that special recognition should be given to those who display extraordinary zeal and hard work in defending the Catholic Faith. Your web site is just the kind of outstanding Catholic web site which inspired us to create this very special award titled,
'Upon this Rock' Award of Catholic Apologetics Excellence.

Only web sites which have been reviewed by PetersNet, and merited an 'A' rating in fidelity, and no less than a 'B' in the other two categories, are eligible for this special award.

Congratulations on your hard work, and valuable contribution to the Body of Christ on the Internet!

 

January 15, 2004

Peter's Net Catholic website Award in Apologetics

Previously to being CatholicCulture.org, the same organization under the name Peter's Net and leadership of Jeffrey Mirus sent us our first Peter's Net award.

The letter ratings below the award stand for Fidelity, Resources, and Usability.

 

February 2000

The Benedictine 2000 Network Award for Excellence

Dear Webmaster,

Your web site was nominated for our 2000 Excellence Award. After careful review your site has been chosen an Excellent site - with high marks in every category scored.

The Benedictine Network Award for Excellence is given to sites that have excelled in all areas judged - Content, Presentation, and Accuracy.


History.



The idea for a Catholic Apologetics support group in Massachusetts originated back in September of 1992. I was invited by a friend, Mike DelVecchio, who had also taken an interest in Catholic Apologetics, to be part of a seven-man team to work on how to bring Catholic Apologetic programs to local Catholic parishes and to the Archdiocese of Boston as a whole. David Thorp RIP, the director of Evangelization at the time, under the guidance of Cardinal Bernard Law, lead, assisted, and directed all our efforts in this new area. My other colleagues were Mike DelVecchio, Bob Kirby, Rick Opera, Kent Hallamore, Dean Condon and David. Our work lasted around three years and we developed two future plans for the Archdiocese.

  1. To develop a mini Catholic Apologetic Kits in the form of a list of Catholic Apologetic books that would help the well-catechized CCD teenager and those just graduating from RCIA to defend their Catholic faith, and
  2. To have a regularly broadcast radio show to get the word out to others about the faith

As a result of our previous meetings back in September, Bob Kirby debuted his new weekly radio show on WROL,
"The Catholic Forum" seeking to:

  • bring former Catholics "home"
  • re-evangelize lapsed Catholics, and
  • clear up misconceptions by non-Catholic Christians and non-Catholics

while permeating throughout each show a strong desire to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Young Adults. Because Bob was unable to secure enough air-time sponsors for his show, it had to be discontinued.

When we saw that we could not fund a program like Bob's, the only alternative was to provide an online Catholic Apologetics service that was faithful to the Church for FREE.

Although I wish our work had been more effective, fruitful, and longer lasting, it's my hope that by sharing some of the documentation and ideas we had back in 1992, other men and women with an internal calling to Catholic Apologetics will be able to pick up where we left off and implement Catholic Apologetics training programs for interested Catholics at the parish level.

If anyone is interested in viewing the documentation produced by our work they can view it on my face book page. Some of the Facebook changes have altered a bit.

Once you go to facebook.com/AskACatholic, choose Timeline and scroll down the page a bit until you see:

Mike Humphrey | Timeline | Recent . . . . at the top of the page.
  1. Click on Recent at the top and select the year 1992. From there, should see a picture of our diocesan Director of Evangelization, David Thorp RIP, and

      Started Volunteering at Archdiocese of Boston for a Catholic Apologetics Start-up Working Group

    and can view all the documentation.


  2. Click on Recent at the top and select the year 1993. From there, you can read about our efforts to bring Catholic Apologetics to the Boston Radio airways.

  3. Click on Recent at the top and select the year 1996. From there, you can read about the organization I founded in July of 1996. Read more about the philosophy of having pizza and theology socials here.

Who funds the basic costs required to do this work?



The simple answer: No one!

Nothing:

  • for the required annual web hosting
  • for the required annual domain renewal
  • to support the FREE Catechism for Protestants Program
  • to support the FREE Rosary for Protestants Program
  • to support the FREE Brown Scapular Program
  • to support paying for Purgatory Prayer Programs that were sent in the mail.

This is why I have created a GoFundMe page.

References


  1. ^ Website Review: AskACatholic.com
  2. ^ Reviews of our site from previous visitors
  3. ^ What other people and organizations are saying
  4. ^ Awards won.
  5. ^ From Our Cardinal
  6. [Web address coming soon.]

Good Apologetic and Catechesis Sources


Catholic Apologetic Sources

  1. Catholic Answers
  2. Catholic Answers Live
  3. Catholic Answers Forums
  4. The Nazareth Resource Library
  5. AskACatholic.com Site Search

Catholic Catechesis Sources

  1. EWTN
  2. New Advent Encyclopedia
  3. Catechism of the Catholic Church (On-line)

Catholic Informational Sources

  1. Catholic-Hierarchy.org

Supplies for Catholic Apologetic Kits for Youth and RCIA graduates


Most of these resources can be found on in our AskACatholic.com recommended reading page in the last showcase on that page.

Basic recommended reading

  1. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians" by Karl Keating
  2. What Catholics Really Believe: Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Faith by Karl Keating
  3. By What Authority? an Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition by Mark P. Shea
  4. Radio Replies: Three Volume Set by Fr. Leslie Rumble and Fr. Charles M. Carty

    The Early Church

  5. Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set by William A. Jurgens (Translator)
  6. The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin
  7. Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett

    Beginning Apologetics

  8. Beginning Apologetics 1: How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  9. Beginning Apologetics 2: How to Answer Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  10. Beginning Apologetics 3 : How to Explain & Defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  11. Beginning Apologetics 4: How to Answer Atheists and New Agers by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  12. Beginning Apologetics 5: How to Answer Tough Moral Questions — Abortion, Contraception, Euthanasia, Test-Tube Babies, Cloning, & Sexual Ethics by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  13. Beginning Apologetics 6: How to Explain and Defend Mary by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  14. Beginning Apologetics 7: How to Read the Bible — A Catholic Introduction to Interpreting and Defending Sacred Scripture by Fr. Frank Chacon
  15. Beginning Apologetics 8: The End Times - What Catholics Believe about the Second Coming, the Rapture, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Indulgences by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  16. Beginning Apologetics 9: How to Answer Muslims by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  17. Beginning Apologetics Super Set by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham
  18. Catholic Verse Finder ("Bible Cheat Sheet") in English and Spanish (Pamphlet) by Jim Burnham

    By Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli

  19. Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft
  20. Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli
  21. Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith by Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli

    By Patrick Madrid

  22. Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine: A Biblical and Historical Explanation of the Catholic Doctrine of the Communion of Saints by Patrick Madrid
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