Why are you called a Catholic "apologist"?

I am a cradle Catholic and have fairly recently discovered Catholic radio and Catholic.com. I am pretty good about attending Mass weekly and I even have a son who is currently discerning religious life. Until the last couple of months, I had never heard the term Catholic “apologist.” Is it a new term? Where does this derive from? I certainly don’t feel that we as Catholics need “apologize” for our faith or the basis of it.

In common parlance, an “apology” is an expression of remorse. Originally though, it was a defense or justification for a particular position. Because we at Catholic Answers explain and defend the Catholic faith, we are called Catholic apologists.

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