1) That God Exists, and that this can be rationally demonstrated. We hold confidently to the claim that God as “the sole, ultimate reality” is far more plausibly true than alternatives offered in other religions or its opposite in atheism.
2) That Jesus Is God, and that the evidence surrounding his life, death and resurrection is clear, obvious, and easy to accept given God’s existence.
3) The Catholic Church is Jesus’ Church and that the following can be known through both Scripture and the study of history: That Christ left us with a visible, hierarchical, unified, and sacramental, religion.
4) That most of objections to Catholicism are irrelevant. What many people argue over with regards to the Christian religion are often unnecessary points of conflict—evolution, for example, or whether Genesis was literal history, or scandals, or whatever. Instead, think of it this way: Answer in the affirmative the three questions above (does God exist, is Jesus God, and did Christ found the Catholic Church?) and you then have all the grounds you need for becoming a Catholic, and (hopefully) wanting to be. Everything else you can then figure out as a Catholic. This we call The Minimum Effective Apologetic.
5) That not only is Catholicism true, but that everybody should want Catholicism to be true. No other religion so adequately answers the difficulties and mysteries of life; no other religion offers such meaning, happiness, and hope.