Why We Are Catholics

Why I Am a Catholic (1932) is a collection of essays by Hilaire Belloc, Archbishop Alban Goodier, Ronald Knox, C.C. Martindale and novelist Sheila Kaye-Smith. Their collective defense of the faith is well worth studying. Another reason for studying Belloc and friends is that much has happened in the world to make us wonder how the Church has lasted two thousand years and still offers us a safe and sane path out of an increasingly unsafe and insane age.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Belloc begins by admitting frankly that the first reason he is a Catholic is that he was born a Catholic. This, of course, is not a decisive reason for being a Catholic, any more than it would be a decisive reason to be an adult atheist who since childhood has learned to avoid religion like the plague. So, Belloc asserts, the real questions to be answered are the adult questions: what we are, why we should exist, how we should exist, and where we are going. When all other distractions are put aside, these are the fundamental and inescapable questions that every human being must address sooner or later; the questions that make all of us, whether we like it or not,  philosophers of one school or another.

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Doug Doughan tells what it’s like to leave Protestant ministry to become Catholic…

Doug Doughan had served many roles in ministry over the years, and loved being a small town pastor in Iowa. But as his ongoing desire to follow Christ more closely began to lead him closer to the Catholic faith, he wondered: what would that mean for his ministry, and was that original call to pastoral ministry real, or had he misheard God?

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The Friday Pillar Post: Pacing the waiting room…

The Pillar confirmed this week that back in 2017 and 2018, Cardinal Angelo Becciu signed off on more than AU$2 million in wire transfers from the Vatican City State to Neustar, a technology and security company doing business in Australia. Becciu, you might remember, is the former Number 2 in the Vatican Secretariat of State, former chief-of-staff to the pope, and is now in the midst of a criminal trial for a host of serious financial crimes, all of which he denies.

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Progressive pro-life group holds first rally outside US Supreme Court

Terrisa Bukovinac speaks at a rally launching the The Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2021. / Christine Rousselle/CNA

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2021 / 17:41 pm (CNA).

A new pro-life organization aimed at mobilizing progressives and those on the political left launched Friday at a rally outside the US Supreme Court.

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Apologizing ‘unreservedly’ to sex abuse victims, N Ireland diocese launches compensation fund

Archbishop Eamon Martin. Credit: Northern Ireland Office (CC BY 2.0).

Newry, Northern Ireland, Oct 1, 2021 / 17:16 pm (CNA).

In hopes of supporting dozens of victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy and other representatives, the Diocese of Dromore has launched a redress fund to consider the claims of those who wish to avoid civil litigation.

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