Francis Returns to the Quote Heard Round the World: “Who Am I To Judge?”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but in an off-the-cuff interview on an airplane early in his pontificate Pope Francis said, when asked about homosexuality, “Who am I to judge?” Except he didn’t. He was asked about the alleged “gay lobby” of homosexual Vatican employees, and replied, in part, “A gay person who is [Read More...]

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Facebook Users: Please! Stop! Doing! This!

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This is a kind of thought virus used to promote a business or product: Companies that want you to pay attention to them come up with some dumb meme and then challenge you to disprove it. It is always something insanely easy to disprove, such as “Name a day of the week that ends in [Read More...]

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Woman Killed As Satanic Sacrifice

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At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any organized cultic activity in this case from Greece, but it’s still a disturbing story: Greek police have arrested an Athens man accused of brutally killing a woman in a satanic ritual on Orthodox Easter Sunday. The suspect, identified by local media as Alexandros Papageorgiou, 22, confessed [Read More...]

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Always Bring Your Weasel to a Basilisk Fight

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If only this man had remembered to bring his weasel when he decided to draw on a basilisk… From Pliny’s Natural History: There is the same power also in the serpent called the basilisk. It is produced in the province of Cyrene, being not more than twelve fingers in length. It has a white spot [Read More...]

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Culture and Colossus: Two Visions of Technology

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Grant Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History at Long Island University (not the comic book writer), offers a superb essay comparing two opposing visions of humanity’s technological past, present, and future: O. B. Hardison, as put forth in Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, and Neal Postman, in his classic Technopoly: The Surrender [Read More...]

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Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

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Photos From My Visit With the Dominican Nuns of Summit

Where the magic happens: the nuns make soaps and other things here.

I spent Saturday with the lovely, incredible, joyous, and Spirit-filled nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. It was a rare gift not only being able to speak with Srs. Mary Catharine and Judith Miryam and meet many of the Sisters, but also getting a tour of the Monastery. [Read More...]

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Free Copy of “Life of John Chrysostom” For Verbum

The Life of John Chrysostom by Frederic M. Perthes (1854) is being offered for free by Verbum Bible Software. Get your copy now! [Read more...]

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