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Welcome to my new Blog.

I currently spend a lot of time defending the Catholic faith in cyber space, fielding about 6,000 questions per year, on various faith “issues”.

To reach me, email your faith question(s) or comments to: Questions@AskMeAboutGod.Org

My personal background is in research, sales, marketing, and training … with specialties in the marine, aviation, manufacturing, and publishing fields.

When it was time for me to “shop around” for a life-long affiliation with an authentic and truly practical “faith-based organization” I began an extensive personal  research project in order to verify the claims and/or practical benefits of most every known religion on planet Earth.

While my preferences probably leaned towards some sort of Christianity, I no longer had any real allegiance to any particular group, tradition, or confession. Nothing was ruled out. Nothing “off limits”. 

Several years and a couple of computers later, I came to the irrovocable conclusion that the Catholic Church was precisely what it claimed to be, that it was was complete in all respects, with regard to source, authenticity, mission, scope, leadership, history, personal services and benefits (both temporal and spiritual), and that the Church backed it all up with a complete, logical, and correct “sacred deposit of faith” that was illuminated by a 2000 year tradition of some of the world’s finest theological scholarship, culminating in the current day “Catechism of the Catholic Church” … which isn’t perfect … but very close to it.

At the same time, I realized that the Catholic Church was suffering from some of the worst management that the world had likely ever seen … at least in the field of religion … as evidenced by the recent abuse scandals, the dearth of new priestly vocations, and by the wide variation in the quality and fidelity of Catholic catechesis and practices, throughout the United States.

The state of the traditional “Catholic” universities also appeared particularly dismal, with few if any of the well known schools providing what would pass for a truly Catholic curriculum anymore … while the numbers of Catholic primary and secondary schools … which were always known for high quality, efficiently priced education … were also fading fast.

Getting back to basics, what attracted me to Catholicism was the ability to trace virtually every existing practice or teaching back to the original source … and the hope that God would eventually be able to overcome whatever problems there were.

And while there have been lots of Catholics, over lots of generations, in lots and lots of different countries, all over the world, the simple fact is, EVERYTHING CATHOLIC regarding faith, morals, and dogma (at least, in concept) can be faithfully traced back to the New Testament of the Bible, to the original apostles, directly back to Jesus Christ, and/or to some highly significant Old Testament practice or principle.

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 All of which makes practical … rather than blind … FAITH the only necessity, for Catholics.

And speaking about practicality … the Catholic faith has a sacrament or a prayer for just about everyone, at any stage in life, for defeat, for triumph, for sickness, for health, for children or adults, family or friends, single or married, for life, and for death … with a particular emphasis on preparation for the imminent end of life. 

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During the course of my initial research, I amassed a huge volume (about 1 gigabyte) of carefully catalogued and organized Catholic resource materials … the best of the last 2000 years of Catholic scholarship and theology, plus some current day presentations that pull it all together into a “point and click simple” and ready to run package.

 If you would like a copy of my Catholic Resource CD, send me an email with a postal shipping address, and I’ll get one out to you right away. A limited supply of the CD’s are presently available for free.

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Blessings and Peace, to you and yours.

Doug Lawrence