On the St. Nick Punch

I know this story isn't precisely new to Cathologosphere, but frankly, it's irresistible. During the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (AD 325) there was a big argument over the divinity of Christ. Arius -- a heretic -- was of the idea that Christ was not divine, but rather a mere creature. The Council gave him leave to speak, to defend his claims, and he did, yammering on -- I have no doubt -- in a relentless flood of sophistry.Jolly Old St. Nicholas -- oh yes, he was a bishop -- wasn't ha … [Read more...]

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Bayer Corporation Are Bastards

bastard [bas-terd] 2. Slang. a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person: Some bastard slashed the tires on my car. Those of you who follow me know I have some beef with the widespread use of oral contraceptives as the answer to all the world's problems. I'm afraid I've come up with another 10 Reasons the Pill Sucks, may the Lord save the Internet. But before that blows up: As a result of some research for a final paper, I've been happily exposed to one of the most evil big-businesse … [Read more...]

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One of My Very Favorite Chesterton Essays…

Speaking of drinking...Wine When It Is RedI suppose that there will be some wigs on the green in connection with the recent manifesto signed by a string of very eminent doctors on the subject of what is called "alcohol." "Alcohol" is, to judge by the sound of it, an Arabic word, like "algebra" and "Alhambra," those two other unpleasant things. The Alhambra in Spain I have never seen; I am told that it is a low and rambling building; I allude to the far more dignified erection in … [Read more...]

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7 Reasons Why Our Drinking Age Is Nationally Embarrassing/Unconstitutional

1. Because if I can prove it is, maybe some one will take pity on me and send me some Papst-bier.2. Because the only evidence in favor of a higher drinking age is that, upon moving the drinking age to 21, there were less alcohol-related crashes for the age group 18-20. Sweet, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and guess what else? If the drinking age was moved to 25, there'd be less alcohol-related crashes for the age group 18-24! And if you banned knives, there would be -- wait for it -- less … [Read more...]

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In Which I Occupy Wall Street

Haters gonna hate. … [Read more...]

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Your Weekly Fix of Catholic Art – Audrey Assad

I know a girl who was abused by a boy she was in a relationship with, a boy she truly, truly loved. Needless to say, she struggles daily with the fact. I find that Jesus' command to love your enemy seems embraceable enough until something like this happens. Then you realize to what radical extremes you are actually being called to. Whenever the topic comes up, I revert instantly to the Mosaic Old Law and my head is filled with various methods of execution the man deserves. But in a miracle of … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Listen to the Church’s Teaching on Contraception

Once upon a time, there lived a ten-year-old. He was fat and hungry. One day, as he plodded through the house, he saw a piece of cake on the kitchen counter. He reached, grabbed, and was about to introduce it to the inside of his face, when an old man burst into the kitchen and yelled, "Stop!" The ten-year-old fat boy stopped. "You shouldn't eat that," the old man said, "for if you do your legs will fall off, your hair will turn gray, and you'll become a mean, bitter little boy, cursed to spread … [Read more...]

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4 Ways (and a Bunch More Besides) That YOU Can Heal Our Stupid Liturgical Wounds

Talking the liturgical talk just don't add up to squat without the liturgical walk. I challenge every single human being in the entire universe who has opinions on the Liturgy to pray for the unity of the Church after every. single. exposition of those opinions. I mean it.If you're on Father Z's blog and you spend twenty minutes articulating why the Latin Mass is beautiful, you should spend twenty minutes imploring Our Lady for a greater devotion to the liturgy. If you are taking the time to … [Read more...]

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On Playing Pretend

Go read something else, I don't know if this makes any sense.I suppose admitting to playing 'dress-up' as a child is these days akin to admitting a flamboyant homosexuality. But from what I understand -- which is admittedly little -- homosexuality has become a positive thing! (No, really, I read it on a blog!) And thus, in the proper English tradition, I shall keep calm and carry on. Now ladies, you must realize that for little boys there is nothing less frivolous and more solemn than … [Read more...]

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Walker Percy Interviews Himself

The whole thing is priceless, but have my favorite part:Q: What kind of Catholic are you? A. Bad. Q: Are you a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic? A: I don’t know what that means . . . . Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief? Q: Yes. A: Yes. Q: How is such a belief possible in this day and age? A: What else is there? Q: What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, B … [Read more...]

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