Dying Languages Saved By The Technology That’s Killing Them

One of the victims of globalization and technology is language. No, I don’t just mean good language, as with the case of people using “ROTFLMFAO” or “R U comin??!” I mean actual languages, actually disappearing, perhaps in the thousands by the end of the century. Now these groups are finding a way to survive by turning [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

Amber

Here at the end of our first full week of being suburban chicken farmers, we still walk about in a daze saying, “Whatzat? We have chickens. How did we get chickens?” They are strangely easy to care for and quite charming. We’re still researching coop designs, but we have about 5 weeks left until they [Read More...]

Special Needs Catechesis

Last summer I wrote this story about David, Mercedes, and Brendan Rizzo and their work to create a unique set of tools for teaching special needs children about the sacraments. Their work was piloted at my parish (St. Isaac Jogues in Marlton, New Jersey), so I got to see it develop from a homemade project [Read More...]

And the Next Archbishop of Canterbury Will Be …

Dr. John Sentamu

… this guy. Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. I’ll put money on it. There’s nothing official, but the rumors are already starting.     [Read more...]

The Only Rowan Williams Post You’ll Need To Read…

… is from Christopher Johnson of Midwest Conservative Journal. Rowan Williams’ greatest and most unappreciated virtue is this: good liberal that he is, he nevertheless understands that the conservative position on homosexuality is a theologically serious one and that labeling it as “bigotry” and leaving it there is intellectual dishonesty of the highest order. A [Read More...]

Saturday Song: How Great Thou Art

Unlike my “Wayfaring Stranger” post, which includes multiple versions of the classic spiritual, this time There Can Only Be One. Where “How Great Thou Art” is concerned, there is Elvis Presley, and then there is everyone else. That’s not to say others don’t do it perfectly well. Elvis just owns this song. His vocal artistry [Read More...]

Mackerel Snapping in Modern America

Oddly enough, I don't see bellying up to a table full of this as a "penitential"

The Good Deacon finds a story about Lent and fish from my home state of South Jersey. (I’m working hard on the secession efforts from the rest of New Jersey, but neither side wants any town that might include the cast of Jersey Shore.) The premise of the article is that Lenten fish sales are [Read More...]

800-Year-Old Church Frescoes Leave Texas For Cyprus

Menil Fresco

Repatriation of artifacts is a difficult issue, but this seems to have been handled well by all sides. A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded Cyprus and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is headed home at last. It’s the closing chapter in what turns out to [Read More...]


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