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...]

#FitchtheHomeless: “Does he think this is a zoo?”

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My post on the “Fitch the Homeless” video got a lot of shares and more than the usual amount of comments, most of them disagreeing with me, and a fair number of them calling me bad names in unprintable language. I don’t really have much to add, but one commenter who works with the homeless [Read More...]

“Fitch” the Homeless? No Thanks

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This video is going viral: A lot of people I like and respect are sharing it and saying “right on.” When I first watched, I thought it seemed like a fun bit of payback for the despicable behavior of clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch. On a second viewing, however, it began to leave a bad [Read More...]

“This Is Abortion”

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Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia reacts to the Gosnell verdict with some pointed reminders: The trial of Kermit Gosnell is over. His convictions will surprise very few. But nothing can bring back the innocent children he killed, or make up for the vulnerable women he exploited. We should keep the repugnance of his clinic conditions sharp [Read More...]

Verily, My Chickens Are in the Pan Used For Making Bread …

Dolly gets her beak rubbed. She finds it soothing.

…and they are indeed using their beaks to peck out the remaining dough in said pan. And no, granny’s dog does not bite. Since I’m still sick, blogging will remain a bit light. Here’s the last post I did with chicken updates. As you can see below, they’re growing into mighty protein factories. [Read more...]

Kindle Deal on Tracy Rowland’s Book on Ratzinger

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Just a quick post to point you at this: Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI by Tracy Rowland, which is on sale for $2, rather than the usual $15. I’m reading it for a class on the theology of Ratzinger/Benedict, and it’s very good, even though the Neo-Scholastics get beat up a bit. Here’s the [Read More...]

iPads & Pacemakers: The White Noise of Safety Warnings

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This story is making the rounds today: iPad2 Heart Patient Risk Found by 14-Year-Old Gianna Chien is somewhat different from all the other researchers reporting on their work today to more than 8,000 doctors at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting. Chien’s study found that Apple Inc.’s iPad2 can, in some cases, interfere with life-saving heart [Read More...]

Geza Vermes, Biblical Scholar, Passes Away

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I learned from Mark Goodacre’s blog that legendary Biblical scholar Geza Vermes passed away this week. Like many, I first encountered Vermes in the massive and important Dead Sea Scrolls in English, the most widely available edition of the Qumran texts. Later, I read some of his more controversial work on the historical Jesus. I [Read More...]


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