June 24, 2014

. . . the Inevitability of Capitalistic “Business Models” in Catholic Non-Profit Lay Apostolates (and Apologetics) Disney cruise ship. Image by “skeeze” [public domain / Pixabay] *** (6-24-14) *** I briefly paraphrase comments from three different people, that I was responding to in a friends-only thread (in brackets and blue color). * * * * * I don’t oppose in principle the idea of a cruise, for reasons I have given. The reasons given in the latest bashing surely are inadequate… Read more

June 11, 2014

Dave Armstrong: selfie (January 2013) *** (7-11-13) * * * * * This exchange occurred on Mr. X’s Facebook page (he was a Facebook friend till now), on 10 June 2014. I would classify X as a radical Catholic reactionary (basically, one who bashes popes, Vatican II, and the Novus Ordo Mass).  He is also a self-professed Feenyite. Michael McKinney is a “traditionalist.”I asked permission to post this because it was a “friends only” thread. I received no answer twice,… Read more

June 11, 2014

(3rd Revised 2015 Edition) (6-11-14)   The original edition of this volume was completed in July 2004, and was drawn largely from writings, including debates, from the previous seven years online. It has been one of the few books (at least on a lay level or among the apologetics community) to examine Orthodoxy from a Catholic perspective, and has had some degree of influence as such. The Coming Home Network has purchased two large bulk orders and Logos Bible Software… Read more

June 6, 2014

Photograph by Josh Janssen, “Angry-Ann” [Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 license] *** (6-6-13) *** The following exchange occurred on a Facebook discussion. One “Binks Webelf” (a non-Catholic who says he is considering becoming a Catholic) took it upon himself to take issue with some of my arguments.  His words will be in blue. He ends with the obligatory personal attacks against me, precisely as ended the previous exchange three days ago with a radical Catholic reactionary who classified me as a… Read more

April 26, 2014

 Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531), The Whore of Babylon; sitting on the seven-headed beast, St John and the angel looking on from a cloud in top right corner. From a series of 21 woodcuts of the Apocalypse for Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament (Augsburg: S. Otmar, 1523) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (4-26-14) *** See Part I and Part II *** [link to the article being critiqued below] *** Introduction:   Page 11 – Rod is wrong about the… Read more

April 26, 2014

Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531), The Whore of Babylon; sitting on the seven-headed beast, St John and the angel looking on from a cloud in top right corner. From a series of 21 woodcuts of the Apocalypse for Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament (Augsburg: S. Otmar, 1523) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (4-26-14) *** See Part I and Part III *** [link to the article being critiqued below] *** I will be improving upon this, Lord willing, as time allows.  I sure hope… Read more

April 25, 2014

 Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531), The Whore of Babylon; sitting on the seven-headed beast, St John and the angel looking on from a cloud in top right corner. From a series of 21 woodcuts of the Apocalypse for Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament (Augsburg: S. Otmar, 1523) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***  (4-25-14) *** See Part II and Part III *** Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, by Rod Bennett, was published by Ignatius Press (San Francisco) in 2002. It’s… Read more

April 25, 2014

X-ray of a right shoulder with calcific deposits (Calcific tendinitis) (9-28-08) [Wikimedia Commons /  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] *** (4-25-14) *** My wife Judy and I are very much into a health food diet (sugar-free, semi-vegetarian, and for her, also gluten-free and dairy -free), holistic health, herbalism, homeopathy, a full regimen of daily vitamins and minerals, preventive and alternative medicine, and chiropractic. We follow these practices because they work. I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in the early 80s and… Read more

April 13, 2014

(published in September 2002 by Our Sunday Visitor. 1394 pages with 44 additional apologetics inserts: my contribution) *** (4-13-14) *** SUMMARY  The apologetics inserts explain and defend all of the basic Catholic doctrines and “controversial” issues, in capsule summary form, with more than 800 references to the Scripture and Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Answer Bible was updated as The New Catholic Answer Bible (2005): that had 44 additional articles by Dr. Paul Thigpen. It has long been my bestselling book. The… Read more

March 10, 2014

*** (3-10-14) ***   See the info-page for this book. ***   [from public domain Internet writings: Wikipedia, The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913), and descriptions from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library website: source of most of the books used in this collection]     St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) / On Loving God: Cistercian and Doctor of the Church Bernard of Clairvaux, O.Cist was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order. He had a great taste for literature… Read more

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