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Mitch Finley

Mitch Finley is the author of 30+ books on Roman Catholic theological topics and spirituality, all written to appeal to both non-academic and academic readers. Mitch holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University. He and Kathy Finley have been married since 1974 and are the parents of three grown sons. To learn more, visit his website.

Ask a Catholic: Do Animals Have Souls?

There doesn't seem to be, strictly speaking, any official teaching of the Catholic Church about whether animals have souls or not. 

Ask a Catholic: Are Sacraments Necessary to Get to Heaven?

The sacraments are given to us as ways to nourish, in various ways, an active love for God and neighbor. They are means to an end, not ends in themselves. 

Ask a Catholic: How Many Good Works Do You Need to Get into Heaven?

Historically, one of the points of disagreement between Martin Luther and Roman Catholic leaders had to do with the connection between faith and good works. Luther insisted that salvation depended on faith alone, while Catholic teachers responded that one's eternal destiny required good works. 

Sacred Texts: Catholics and the Bible

Catholics believe that the Bible isn't just one book but a collection of unique books. Catholics accept as true that the Bible is the Word of God in human words, and they take both parts of this statement seriously.

Ask A Catholic: 3 Days & The Sabbath

There is no mention in the Bible of God establishing the Sabbath on any particular day of the week

Ask A Catholic: Spirits of the Dead?

This may come as a surprise, but Catholics not only believe in spirits of the dead, but we take this idea far more seriously than do many other Christians and other believers.

Ask A Catholic: Born Again?

Catholics and Protestants agree that to be saved, you have to be born again. 

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