Pope Francis, give us Apologists for Catholicism

During our drive home from band practice, Pope Francis came up between my wife, our drummer, and me. Our drummer is one of the kindest and smartest people I know -- not to mention talented. He comes from a Jewish family, and has a sort of good-natured disdain for all religion. At different times he has indicated that the religious are hoodwinked by parents unwittingly brainwashing their children, or deceived by knowing liars who seek to exercise control over other people's minds through mythology. I was saying how Catholicism's big problem is that far too many Catholics can't make logical arguments for their own theology and tradition. As a Protestant attendee of Catholic school, I learned about rules and customs, but I wasn't given intellectual ammunition against challenges to the Catholic theocracy and tradition. For example: why can't women be priests? Why does God allow suffering? There are intelligent answers to these questions, and many scholars within the Catholic faith would...(Read Full Post)