Do you have questions about the Catholic Church? The Catholic Straight Talk series makes key Catholic issues easier and clearer to understand. These "straight talks" are not exhaustive treatments, rather, they offer clear reference points for the Catholic perspective.

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Father John Bartunek, LC, ThD, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He entered the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003. He earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010.

Fr John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on CNN, Fox, BBC and on numerous television appearances, including Larry King Live. He is a prolific author of religious books, the most widely known being The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. Fr John currently resides in Rome where he continues to speak, preach, and write.

In today’s busy, noisy, and secularized world, formation materials like the ones he provides can powerfully complement the sacraments, personal prayer, face-to-face spiritual direction and person-to-person fellowship.  He wants to help through giving practical and much-needed support to Catholics (and all Christians) to all grow closer and closer to Christ. Fr John started a monthly home retreat guide called RC Spirituality.

The Straight Talk series makes key Catholic issues easier to understand. These explanations are not exhaustive treatments. They offer clear reference points from the Catholic perspective.

The Meaning of Life
Celibate Priests
Personal Sin
The Church
The Galileo Affair
The Bible
Atheism
Divorce and Annulment
The Crusades
Original Sin
Baptism
War and Patriotism
The Human Embryo
The Pope
Your Fundamental Option
Abortion
Mary
The Four Phases of Christian Life
The Inquisition
The Problem of Evil, Part 1
The Problem of Evil, Part 2
Mass
Saints
Pius XII and the Holocaust
Going to Confession
Non Catholic Christians
Homosexuality
Art
Getting to Heaven
Human Dignity and Human Rights
Purgatory and Indulgences
Social Justice, Part 1
Social Justice, Part 2
Witchery, Magic and Astrology
The Battle of Prayer
Science
Artificial Reproduction
The Practice of Prayer
Marian Apparitions
Dating
Contraception
Courtship and Engagement
Overpopulation and the Environment
The True Philosophy, Part 1
The True Philosophy, Part 2
Euthanasia
Money
Relics
Human Cloning
Non Christian Religions
The Death Penalty
Spreading the Catholic Faith