St. Augustine and the Jews

I concluded my semester on St. Augustine with this essay on a challenging subject: Augustine’s doctrine of Jewish witness. What follows delves deeply into difficult waters, exploring early Christian-Jewish relations and anti-Jewish polemic. The way a 4th century Christian spoke of the Jews is not the way the Church speaks of them today. Augustine’s characterization [Read More...]

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The Problem of Space Weather

I wanted to share this story not merely because it’s a real concern, but also because I found the man being interviewed so balanced and reasonable. Read the interview answers themselves and ignore the somewhat hyperbolic introductory text from the journalist. The main issue is with solar flares and coronal mass ejections  (“space weather,” as Mike Hapgood [Read More...]

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How a Poet Saved a Saint’s Letters

Joseph Pearce has an excellent piece in the Catholic Herald about how the poet, Catholic, and anti-Communist Roy Campbell protected the letters of St. John of the Cross during the Spanish Civil War. [Read more...]

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Monday Morning Chicken

ChickenDiamond

Close-up of Diamond, the Silver-Laced Wyandotte: our best looking chicken. My daugher was going to show her at the county fair this year, but she (the chicken, not my daughter) is too young by a few weeks. Isn’t it interesting that 4H has higher standards for displaying farm animals than child beauty pageants have for [Read More...]

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The Nastiest LCWR Reaction Yet

This interview with Sister Brigid McDonald (no relation) of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is a perfect snapshot of everything wrong with a certain strain of American religious life. The woman is alternately nasty, ignorant, arrogant, and contemptible. She’s a dissident, pro-abortion, pro-Occupy Wall Street shrew who spits venom at the Pope and [Read More...]

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Saturday Song: “Where We’ll Never Grow Old”

Two versions of this old hymn by James C. Moore. The first is the classic rendering by The Carter Family: And the second is one of those powerful performances made by Johnny Cash in his final years. (Johnny, of course, married June Carter.) His final recordings of various hymns–found in My Mother’s Hymn Book in [Read More...]

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BREAKING: Bishop Chaput Announces Results of 8 Child Abuse Investigations

This is the press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as received. Short version: investigations in 8 cases concluded, 3 men exonerated, 5 found “unfit”, 6 still being examined by law enforcement, and the rest still under review. [Read more...]

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Caves of Refuge Discovered

A survey of caves in Israel has turned up 500 “caves of refuge”: places where Jews hid during the The First Jewish-Roman War (66-73AD). Most astonishing has been the discovery of 5 mikva’ot (ritual baths) in absurdly inaccessible caves on the Galilean cliffs of Arbel. The presence of mikva’ot indicate that members of the priestly class (kohanim) were [Read More...]

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