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Mount St. Mary’s President Pulls Glock Again in Outrageous Email to Parents

Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland continues to remain in a world of pain on the World Day of the Sick (the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes).The nationwide controversy surrounding the university started with the firing of two faculty, one tenured, another one associated with a student paper, that published criticism of President Simon Newman.UPDATE: Happy news, the university just reinstated those faculty.At the center of the controversy are outrageous, borderline psychotic, … [Read More...]

(Source: Wikipedia, Author: Gownley, Statue of the Crucifixion of Jesus outside of campion hall; PD)

God is with Humankind Right Down to the Cellar of Creaturely Existence

Thanks to “the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His transformation of human existence from within,” humankind “can engage the ruins of its existence” (Delp, The Cross – The Mystery of God and the Way of Life for Humanity). Alfred Delp, SJ, whom the Nazis would execute on February 2, 1945, scribbled this thought prior to giving a retreat in 1943 to his parishioners on the meaning of the Cross. This Jesuit-martyr’s insight on the manner of Christian discipleship can assist us on our Lenten pilg … [Read More...]

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Catholic Historian Takes Back “Secular” Enlightenment

The 18th century worldwide intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment spawned what's called a Republic of Letters. It was a heated debate, all through snail mail, about all the hottest issues of the day. Some say it was a precursor to the internet, others disagree. The Enlightenment continues to be controversial today.For example, the Enlightenment (a.k.a. "Age of Reason") is commonly used by atheists as a blunt tool against religious people. They claim themselves to be its heirs, … [Read More...]


Larycia Hawkins & Wheaton Parts Ways; A Catholic University Should Hire Her

There are plenty of good reasons for Catholic universities to hire Professor Larycia Hawkins who parted ways with Wheaton a couple of days ago.Yesterday, somewhere between Tacoma and Seattle, I heard on the radio that Wheaton College parted ways with political science professor Larycia Hawkins. I assumed the young no-longer-tenured professor  from the "Harvard of the evangelical schools" is now back on the unpredictable academic job market.  The stumbling block between the scholar and the C … [Read More...]

Keith Allison Follow Cam Newton Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Why Cam Newton Matters

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1). Cam Newton led his team to a 15-1 record this year. He beat my beloved Seahawks (barely) earlier in the playoffs. I am therefore obligated to sing his praises ahead of tomorrow's Superbowl against Peyton Manning (who's already received his fair share of love from Patheos Catholic writers).What makes Cam exceptional is his story of perseverance … [Read More...]

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Culprit Behind Breasts Ballooning is Breaking Creation’s Back

I can't even begin to explain the algorithms that got me to the DailyMail story on the scientific study of involutnary breast augmentation. I couldn't resist the story, because it is of theological interest.In his book on the doctrinal implications of human evolution Karl Rahner said the following about the relationship between theology and current events: For we observe, of course, even today, that the real decisions of a man can occur very implicitly in a global commitment, in a … [Read More...]

The pope's book gives a thumbs up to confession, shame, and shattered hearts. (Source: Flickr; Author: The Republic of Korea; Title: 2014 Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Korea; CC by 2.0)

Ask God to Shatter Your Heart

 The Name of God is Mercy is a deceptively simple read. After all, how much can be compressed into a novella-length interview? A lot, it turns out. The pope's book reads like a much bigger book than 100 pages. The expansiveness comes from the pope's extensive use of anecdote.Personal experience touches upon infinity, because we are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, an anecdote, an existentially significant chunk of someone's life, reads big. Pope Francis's an … [Read More...]

(Piotr Stachiewicz, Our Lady of the Thunder Candle Cycle, 1893; Source: Wiki Commons, PD-Old-100)

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Thunder Candles!

February 2nd is the feast of Our Lady of Thunder Candles (Matki Gromnicznej). That's correct. Let it sink in.There are many lesser known feasts like this one, even if they are not recognized universally. This one comes from Poland.Most Western Christians rightly associate today with the Feast of the Presentation. It marks the end of the 40 days of Christmas. This is the day you should take down your Christmas tree and decorations.The liturgical calendar is so multi-layered in its … [Read More...]

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Forget the Iowa Caucus, Focus on Hidalgo: Donaldo Trumpez Wants to Make Mexico Great Again!

Donaldo Trumpez promises to build a wall to keep Americans out.He says he's tired of seeing the following abused: Mexican law, illicit drugs, alcohol, women, and good taste (SEE VIDEO BELOW).Can you really blame the Mexicans for wanting to keep the Yankees out?It seems the pope will politically (Jesuitically?) resist Trumpez's proposed policies by crossing the Mexican border into the United States later this month.The Curia claims it will be a show of solidarity with the … [Read More...]