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

March 7, 2014

The number of births per thousand people in the United States. The blue segment represents the Baby Boomers. Image by “Nwbeeson.” [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (3-7-14) *** [note: this is an adult article about sexual morality, and contains somewhat graphic — though not vulgar — descriptions, due to the particular subject matter. On that basis, it may be considered “PG-13”]     * * * * * The constant tradition of the Catholic Church has been to prohibit artificial contraception…. Read more

March 1, 2014

[book completed on 30 April 2014 and published at Lulu on 1 May 2014; 304 pages; 14 mystics or mystical works; from 22 books] [cover design by Dave Armstrong] * * * * * for purchase information, go to the bottom  * * * * *  Cover photographs:  Bottom: Evening Glow, c. 1884. Top: A Moonlit Evening, 1880. Both painted by John Atkinson Grimshaw (English, 1836-1893). In the public domain and available at Wikimedia Commons.   MISC.   Introductory Facebook… Read more

February 27, 2014

. . . Beyond Bearing Our Sins on the Cross (i.e., Partaking / Entering Into Sin)?   Christ and the Rich Young Ruler (1889), by Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (2-27-14) *** Some are now going after the pope’s homily from 15 June 2013. He made a comment on 2 Corinthians 5:21. Here it is from RSV: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become… Read more

February 26, 2014

. . .  The Reports are Greatly Exaggerated (Peter Kwasniewski and Fr. Thomas Kocik vs. Pope Benedict XVI) Pope Benedict XVI on 6 July 2011. Photograph by Peter Nguyen [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license] (2-26-14) See Part One As I’ve always said, I’m very close in spirit to “traditionalists” in many ways (lots follow me on Facebook, and many are my friends “in real life”). I just think there are very important premises in play here, that, if crossed, might have… Read more

February 24, 2014

. . .  The Reports are Greatly Exaggerated (Peter Kwasniewski and Fr. Thomas Kocik vs. Pope Benedict XVI) Pope Benedict XVI on 20 January 2006. Photograph by Sergey Kozhukhov [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] *** See also Part II *** (2-14-14) *** I defend Holy Mother Church and the Mind of the Church. Always have, always will. I defended Blessed Pope John Paul II (soon to be a saint); I’ve defended Ven. Pope Pius XII (the outrageous charge of collusion with the… Read more

February 13, 2014

 . . . the Protestant Editor of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Codex Alexandrinus, manuscript of the New Testament 088a – Romans 1 (5th century) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (2-13-14) *** Jerome Smith is an acquaintance: the brother of a good friend of mine, Martin Smith. The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (1992) is a marvelous resource, though with an excessive evangelical Protestant bias in the notes. Despite that flaw, it is probably the single best source… Read more

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