Catholic Answers has led the way in Catholic cruising for over a decade. Why? Because our high-seas adventures offer elegant and festive ships; exciting itineraries; superb food, drink, and conversation; inspiring talks; and best of all, camaraderie with Catholics who share your love of the Faith. Our upcoming Mediterranean cruise will provide all these and more!
We are calling this cruise "The Crucible of Christendom." Remember in grade school when you learned that civilization began in the Fertile Crescent? Fair enough, but it was really in the Mediterranean world that civilization flourished. As Pope Benedict XVI has observed, the Christian West was born when the worlds of Roman law, Greek thought, and Hebrew revelation came together and were baptized in the Incarnation.
We call that civilization "Christendom," and on this cruise we will celebrate its triumphs, marvel at its beauty, honor its achievements, and consider the challenges the Christian West faces today.
Why did God choose the Age of Augustus to send his Son into the world? What can we learn about our own age from the age of the martyrs? Why did the Fathers turn to Greek philosophy to fight heresy? Why are so many Catholic churches built on the foundations of pagan temples, and why does the organization of the Catholic Church reflect so deeply Roman political order? What lessons must we take from Christendom's centuries-old battle with Islam? What fate awaits America when it abandons its classical Christian origins?
Karl Keating and I are looking forward to exploring these questions with you. To help us we've handpicked two of today's top Catholic thinkers, Fr. Brian Harrison and Patrick Madrid. And when we are not listening to exciting and edifying talks, we'll be enjoying excursions in Naples, Athens, Ephesus, and Istanbul (or, as I like to call it, Constantinople).
Our adventure sails from Rome on October 6, and we've arranged a special pre-cruise pilgrimage to the Eternal City beginning October 2. Please join us for that too. I'm looking forward to showing you some of my favorite sites in Rome--the big ones to be sure, but also a few that are overlooked by most tourists.
We look forward to seeing you on board,
Director of Development, Catholic Answers