Christopher Check is president of Catholic Answers. A graduate of Rice University, for nearly two decades he served as vice president of The Rockford Institute. Before that he served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. He lectures on Church and military history. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four sons. The Checks show and breed Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, famed companions of the Stuart kings, under the kennel name Top Meadow Cavaliers, named for G.K. Chesterton’s Beaconsfield estate.
About Catholic Answers
Catholic Answers started in 1979 when our founder, Karl Keating came out of Mass and
found a flyer on his windshield that attacked the Eucharist. A local Fundamentalist church
put them there and the information was completely wrong. Karl was so annoyed that he
drove home with a humble goal: to draft a letter that would introduce basic Catholic beliefs
and refute anti-Catholic charges. He signed the rebuttal “Catholic Answers,” opened a
post office box in that name, and then placed his response on the windshields of cars in
the same Fundamentalist church’s lot.
That modest effort was Catholic Answers’ first publication (tract). Surprisingly, Keating
soon found the post office box bulging with letters—some unquotable, others cheering him
on and asking for other tracts. He obliged, writing 24 more tracts that comprised Catholic
Answers’ total line of publications for several years.
He also wrote articles for the Catholic press about the clash between Fundamentalists and
Catholics, drawing responses that convinced him there was a real need for information on
Catholic apologetics—the study of how to explain and defend the faith. In 1986 he
launched a monthly newsletter to help people keep abreast of what Catholic Answers was
doing and learn more about the exciting field of apologetics.