When Amorous Leticia Met the Deacon…

There's been lots of handwringing in some Catholic circles about Amoris Laetitia, and just today about the Pope's supposed words about women deacons; and as always it leads me to the same reflection: if the Catholic Church is the universal Church established by Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised the Gates of Hell would not prevail against, then Francis has not the power to destroy it, even if he wanted to. And if the Catholic Church is not the universal Church … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Lions, Panthers, and Saints, Oh My!

The Dogmat thinks he'll start with the Panther.A 78-year-old German man was hiding a full-size tank in his basement: During WWII, the Germans built tanks they called Panzerkampfwagens, which means Armoured War Wagon, or "Panzer" for short. The Mark V Panzer was the "Panther" tank. So the tank in this story is a Panther, and it's a Panzer, but Panzer is not German for Panther. Alles klar?‘The Bigger Picture': Flashcards and an App for Photo Challenges and Inspiration: The Dogmat h … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Miyazaki!

Well, not in person.The Pope and the Animator: John Herreid writes about what Pope Francis and Hayao Miyazaki might have to say to one another, comparing Miyazaki's vision with the Pope's as given in Laudato Si'.The unity of the Spirit: Tom Kreitzburg writes about something that's apparent by its absence these days, despite St. Paul's admonition that we should strive to preserve it.‘We Had No Idea It Was Going to Do That’: See ‘Incredible’ Result of Throwing Ball Over Edge of Dam: … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Pictures, Pictures Everywhere

The Dogmat has been renewing his interest in photography recently, and has come across a number of pertinent articles.13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity: The Dogmat will be taking himself for walks in the future, camera in paw, and he can use a little help getting back into the game. Some of these look like a lot of fun. (Note: "exercise" means making photographs subject to certain constraints, not calisthenics. Although the Dogmat could use those as … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Litigation, Minecraft Cathedrals, and Absurd Optimism

The Dogmat saw the usual range of stuff, including a couple of thought-provoking pieces and some absurd and touching faith in the power of technology and technological thinking.The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens in Minecraft: Be sure to click through and watch the video; it's truly an amazing accomplishment. (Link courtesy of Tom McDonald.)What's the Point of Pointless Suffering?: We've been discussing suffering recently, chez Dogmat; here's one of Jennifer Fitz' recent posts on the … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw The Beauty

The Dogmat has seen a lot of neat and beautiful stuff over the last couple of weeks, amid everything else. Being doggy rather than catty, the Dogmat prefers to focus on the beautiful stuff.How to Express Admiration: Scott Meyer explains (in cartoon form) how to express admiration for another; and specifically how to express admiration for Walt Disney because "he's the closest thing we've ever had to a Bond movie villain." After all, did build "an immense complex in the middle of a swamp, … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Racism and Death

Much of what the Dogmat saw this week made him unhappy, especially the news from Charleston. The Dogmat is glad that the shooter's goal of igniting a race war has so far not been reached, and he is mightily impressed with the forgiveness shown by the survivors.On Racism in the American South and the Shock of the Charleston Shootings: While providing neither a facile explanation for the shooter's actions nor a facile prescription for how to prevent similar shootings, Jen Fitz provides some … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat saw Causal Chains, People Burning Alive, and Real Distinctions

This week the Dogmat saw dance recitals, mostly. Lots and lots of dance recitals. Or, actually, one dance recital spread over several days with lots and lots of dances. But he also had time to see a few things on the Webs.Cross on Scotus on causal series: For those who have been discussing Thomas' arguments for God's existence, here's an article that gives a nice clear explanation of the distinction between the two kinds of causal chains (and why it matters). The rest of you can move … [Read more...]

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The Dogmat Saw Pakistani Jazz, Gnostics and Small, Petty Men

This week the Dogmat saw a string orchestra from Pakistan, Robert Barron on modern variants of gnosticism, Julie Davis on being petty, and a host of other things.Pakistani Musicians Play Amazing Version of 'Take Five': And so they do, although the Dogmat isn't sure the sitar (the Dogmat thinks it's a sitar) is really a jazz instrument. Two wags and a shrill yip.On Small, Petty Men and Loving One Another: Julie Davis on how she manages to defuse her worser self, with bonus C.S. Lewis and … [Read more...]

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