Can Syria’s Christians survive?

It’s a question being examined in this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Near the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Church of St. Simeon the Stylite commemorates the 5th-century ascetic who became an ancient sensation by living atop a tall pedestal for decades to demonstrate his faith. Krak des Chevaliers, an awe-inspiring castle near Homs, was a [Read More...]

A modest proposal: using blurred glasses to avoid sin

A visionary idea?  Perhaps: It’s the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: “Sikhism originated in Italy” and other stupid things TV says about religion

This eye-roll-inducing item comes from my blog neighbor Joanne McPortland, who is much more charitable and forgiving than I am: “Sikhism is a religion that originated about 500 years ago in Italy [sic].” ~ CBS This Morning reporter on the shootings at a Wisconsin Sikh temple I’ve been bemoaning the media’s inability to get Catholicism right for a [Read More...]

From the archives: “My brother, the priest”

Originally posted in August 2010 From Denver comes this lovely tribute to one newly ordained man in particular — and to the Catholic priesthood in general. The author concludes: David left a medical career and a beautiful girlfriend behind to pursue a life of a different kind of commitment. If you met my brother in a bar, [Read More...]

Homily for July 29, 2012: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Note: The Deacon's Wife and I are headed out on vacation Saturday morning, to someplace warm and sunny with lots of water.  I'm not bringing my laptop, and hope to spend as little time as possible in front of a keyboard and computer screen.  But I'm leaving behind a few postings for those who may [Read More...]

First look: Jeff Foxworthy’s new bible game show

I wonder how Catholics would do on this?? Read about it here.  Watch the preview below. [Read more...]

SSPX demands “freedom to correct promoters of the errors of modernism, liberalism, and Vatican II”

Details:  The Lefebvrian General Chapter concluded a few days ago following the Holy See’s request for a response from the Fraternity regarding the doctrinal preamble. By accepting and signing the preamble, the Society of St. Pius X would have received canonical recognition and returned to a full communion with Rome. But the road still looks [Read More...]

Meet Larry Blake, married priest

Below is a very good report looking at the life of Fr. Larry Blake, a married priest in Minnesota. KEYC – Mankato News, Weather, Sports – Details: Father Andrew Cozzens with the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity said, “Well it’s actually a sign of how important the Church sees it that only the Pope [Read More...]

Renewed debate over “proselytizing” at Air Force Academy

Details:  The long-smoldering debate at the U.S. Air Force Academy over the role of religion in cadets’ lives has reignited, just as a new class arrives on campus for basic training. Accusations of improper proselytizing on the Colorado Springs, Colo., campus have been challenged by those who argue that AFA guidelines curtail religious expression. The [Read More...]

Will Romney pick a Catholic?

Washington’s favorite guessing game — who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate? — is heating up along with the weather outside. The Washington Post notes one religion in particular keeps coming to the forefront: There has been a lot of talk this year concerning the role of evangelical Christians and Mormons on the Republican side, [Read More...]


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