Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

“Statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia After Sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn” (as received): “From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse. This year and even this week, Pennsylvania has been the epicenter of this issue, and we know there [Read More...]

Msgr. Lynn is Sentenced, But Was Justice Satisfied? UPDATED

The first official of the Church to be found guilty of failing to protect children from sexual abuse has been sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison. Monsignor William Lynn of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia oversaw the assignment of priests and addressed (or, more accurately, failed to address) accusations of abuse from from 1992 to [Read More...]

The Grave of Mona Lisa: Discovered?

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A team of archaeologists searching the Convent of St. Ursula in Florence for the remains of Lisa del Giocondo believe they have them. Lisa, the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, became a nun after the death of her husband, and lived in the convent until her death in 1542. The bones were found under the floor [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

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We went from vacation straight into preparations for the county fair, which means this has been a busy couple of weeks. Our birds are still too young to “compete,” but my daughter showed them anyway, and they seemed to enjoy all the attention. Instead of my chickens, this week we have a special guest appearance by this [Read More...]

Living in the Shadow of the Tower (Bumped 12/14/12)

UPDATED 12/14/12: In the wake of Newtown, I’m bumping this post I wrote around the time of Aurora, and, no doubt, I will have to bump it again some day. (Please note: atheist comments will be flushed. I am not in the mood for you people today.) *** There is little that can, or indeed [Read More...]

When Disability Becomes an Unfair Advantage

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No, this isn’t a cue for me to start complaining about how the disabled are so lucky because they get all the best parking spaces and cool motorized chairs and awesome things like that.* What I’m talking about is this man: Oscar Pistorius, who I admire tremendously, and about whom I’ve written before. Pistorius was born [Read More...]

Now You Can Smell Like a Book

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Paper Passion is a new scent from Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld. It’s one of those moments when I really wish we had smellovision, or maybe a smelloscope, since “it smells like books” can mean a lot of different things. Are we talking cheap paperbacks, limited editions with creamy [Read More...]

Where Dead Sea Scrolls Go, “Controversy” Follows

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From the moment word of Muhammed edh-Dhib‘s discovery in the Judean desert began to circulate in scriptural and archaeological circles, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been shadowed by controversies. As a subscriber to Biblical Archaeology Review throughout the sturm und drang of the “liberation” of the scrolls in the early 1990s, the Strugnell controversy, and the theories and [Read More...]


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