Are These Beams From the First Temple?

photo credit: Matti Friedman/Times of Israel

Reused for millennia, discarded, forgotten, left in a padlocked storage space: these rough chunks of wood hewn from cedar, cypress, and oak up to 3000 years ago may once have been part of the First Temple. Building materials routinely were recycled throughout ancient times, but these are important because they were removed from the Al-Aqsa [Read More...]

A Small Gift For You Today

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We live in uncertain times. It can be difficult to know what’s true and false. Doubt reigns over so much that we hear and read and even experience. Thus, my gift to you today is the gift of certainty. It will be at least one thing you read today that you will know is true [Read More...]

The Boy Scouts: Caught in the Culture Wars

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I tend to draw the stories on scouting for the National Catholic Register, so I’ve been watching as the BSA tried to revise their policies for dealing with boys who publicly proclaim same sex attraction. It’s important to note that the BSA does not ask about sexual preference, operating on an unofficial “don’t ask, don’t [Read More...]

Who Was Tom Collins?: Internet Trolls Before the Internet

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It’s been a rough week here at Casa McD, so last night I settled in with an Adult Beverage and a couple episodes of Archer (these two things go together like peanut butter and jelly) and decided to look up a man who brought so much happiness to my life: Mr. Tom Collins. Turns out [Read More...]

Boy Gets Printed Trachea

Photo by Associated Press/Mark Stahl

The list of human body parts successfully being replaced with 3D printed analogs is growing longer: In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. In the case of Kaiba [Read More...]

Verbum Prepares a Massive Patristic Collection

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You don’t spend any time in deep study of the Church Fathers without coming across some reference to the Patrologiae Cursus Completus of Fr. Jacques Paul Migne. Fr. Migne’s goal was truly epic: create a cheap series of books collecting the complete writings of the Church Fathers, Greek and Latin. His editions were massive and done with [Read More...]

The Missio App

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The new Missio app, launched last week, is being touted as the “first official app from the Vatican” is some quarters. That’s not quite right, since The Pope App from the Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus is pretty dang official. I’m not sure what the long-term plans are for Missio, but right now it’s a [Read More...]

Prayers for Lawrence Charles McClarey

The son of American Catholic’s Donald McClarey passed away overnight. Please keep him in your prayers. My beloved son, Lawrence Charles McClarey, passed away of a seizure last night.  I found him this morning at 6:15 AM when I attempted to rouse him for the “Daddy Readings” that he and I had done daily since [Read More...]


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