Archbishop Chaput on HHS Mandate: “Unnecessary, coercive and gravely flawed”

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In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput says the bishops will need courage as they evaluate the new compromise and decide on a response. Chaput is urging the bishops–as well as the laity–of America to show some spine in the face of the HHS mandate. His words on fortitude and prudence are a concise, potent and relevant catechesis on two [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]

Can We Put the Adults Back in Charge?

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When I do reviews of products parents might be considering for their children, I usually point out anything that might be of concern. This helps parents make sound decisions. But there are places where I never would have thought to look for “family unfriendly” content. One expects the adults in charge of some products and [Read More...]

Another Thanks To My Readers

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Amazon’s Affiliate program is an easy way for blog readers to support bloggers: when you access Amazon from one of my links, and buy something, I get 4-6% commission from Amazon. Over Christmas, this worked out pretty well, and I got my store credit last week. Here is some of what I’m enjoying thanks to you fine [Read More...]

Islamists Destroy Manuscripts of Timbuktu UPDATED

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Islamist militants fleeing from Timbuktu in the war-torn nation of Mali have destroyed a vast cache of documents dating back to the 12th century. The documents were torched by extremists along with a mosque, the Ahmed Baba Institute, and other Muslim structures. (Islam in Mali is moderate, and mostly Sunni or Sufi. The country is [Read More...]

Conviction Upheld in Dead Sea Scrolls Identity Theft

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In yesterday’s news about the final stop for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, I mentioned some of the controversy surrounding scroll scholarship. One of the more bizarre sideshows in the world of the DSS is The Sorry Saga of the Golbs. Raphael Golb is the son of scroll scholar Norman Golb, a man who has [Read More...]

Weird Medieval Marginalia

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I guess it’s nice when the internet discovers the much-better-than-the Renaissance-or-Enlightenment awesomeness of the Middle Ages, but like schoolboys searching for the dirty words in the dictionary, they often only seems to find the bizarre or outrageously sexual stuff. Case in point: Buzzfeed’s 20 Bizarre Examples of Medieval Marginalia. Please, please, PLEASE do not click that [Read More...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Heading to Boston Next

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I wrote about the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit when it visited Philadelphia last year. The scrolls still fascinate because they’re a kind of missing link between the closing of the Old Testament and the opening of the New, giving us a picture of some elements of Judaism as it [Read More...]


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