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Q:  What is “Catholic apologetics”?

A:  That is generally understood to be a defense of Catholic teaching against those who challenge it. Within the liturgy, apologetics do not have a specific place. We proclaim the scriptures so that people can hear divine revelation. We offer prayers that express the faith of the church. According to the introduction to the lectionary, during the year “the homily sets forth the mysteries of faith and the standards of the Christian life on the basis of the sacred text.” Although some preachers may include apologetics in their homilies, the nature of the homily is less to defend the faith and more to proclaim its good news.