Molly Hostetler

exorcism, halloween, the occult, catholic teaching on psychics, fortune teller, palm reader

The World of the Occult

The word “occult” comes from the Latin occultus, meaning hidden or secret. Its basic principle is that people want to bypass God. The world of the occult is extremely complex and diverse. It is expressed in various ways by such things as superstition, idolatry, and divination, but ultimately falls under the heading of magic. All magic is inherently evil and very dangerous because it has its origin in “the dominion of darkness” (Col 1:13).

fr carter griffin, apologetics, cross-examined

Why Study Apologetics?

Why study apologetics at all? There are at least three principal reasons. First, because we believe that the Catholic faith is true, and everyone has a right to hear the truth.

Andrew Willard Jones, The Two Cities, Vatican II

Why Catholics Stopped Going to Mass after Vatican II: Setting the Record Straight

In 1960 the Church was paradoxically both aware that Western civilization was, by and large, no longer Christian and optimistic about the “natural law” tendencies within liberal democracy. Many within the Church knew that the world had to be evangelized; they understood the emptiness that haunted a great deal of popular piety. Many Christians could feel intuitively that something was deeply wrong in the Church, that many of the faithful were “going through the motions,” that somewhere along the line, the passion, drama, and excitement of a life truly in and through Christ had been lost. And yet, this pessimism was offset by an optimistic appraisal of the moral qualities of the liberal West.

Scott Hahn in Charlotte, NC

Don’t miss Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center in Charlotte on Saturday, February 19. Go deeper in the treasures of our Catholic faith and study Scripture with one of today’s most respected Scripture scholars.

Scott Hahn in Phoenix, AZ

Don’t miss Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center in Phoenix on Saturday, December 11. Go deeper in the treasures of our Catholic faith and study Scripture with one of today’s most respected Scripture scholars.