Ted Cruz Is Using Christians For Political Ends UPDATED

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In other words, he’s acting just like the GOP always does, making a pleasing noise for the social cons and God-botherers during elections, and then ignoring us or burying us in meaningless gestures the rest of the time. Here’s what he said about his grotesque hijacking of Christian persecution for political ends: What I find interesting is almost [Read More...]

Being Catholic Online

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Internet Catholicism has been a true boon for me. As someone who works at home, it plugs me into a network of people who share my faith and help me figure it out and build it up. It will take years to understand its true impact as an evangelization tool, but I think it’s an important [Read More...]

So … This Exists

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Street Cleaning Simulator. It’s from Germany. It’s always from Germany. I wrote about this phenomena in Simulating the Mundane, And What It Means, but I’m still not sure What It Means. [Read more...]

“The Rule” Documents a Benedictine Success Story in Newark

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I’m working on a story for the Register about a film called The Rule, which documents the monks of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark and their success in applying the Rule of St. Benedict to the education of at-risk youth in Newark. This is a film that needs to be seen and a story that needs to [Read More...]

Ancient Monastery Discovered In Israel

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They haven’t found a church yet, but the size, construction, and layout of a compound in the hills south of Beit Shemesh suggests a Byzantine-era monastery of the 6th century. The discovery was made a few weeks ago during surveys conducted in advance of a construction project. “Blocked cisterns, a cave opening and the tops of [Read More...]

Ghosts in the Bible: The New Testament

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There are no ghosts in the New Testament. We do, however, find the language of spirits and references to death that can illuminate the subject. When we read passages such as Matthew 8:22 (”Let the dead bury the dead”) and 22:32 (”God is not the God of the dead but of the living”) we may [Read More...]

Iraq TV Knows Who Really Created ISIS: Jews, Americans, and Satan

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Well this is … interesting. MEMRI has translated a music video for a “satiric” Iraqi TV show that exposes the real source of ISIS. Naturally, it’s not Islam or the poisonous ideology that’s been painting the Middle East with blood for 1400 years. The inspiration for their behavior would never be so obvious as the text that says Sura 8, [Read More...]

Ghosts in the Bible: The Old Testament

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Ghosts posed a problem for the early Church because they seemed to reflect a holdover of pagan belief and superstition. Yet reliable witnesses continued to report encounters with what to appeared to be spirits, and witnesses were not so easily dismissed as they are now. As we head into Halloween, I hope to do a [Read More...]

The St. Rose Safety Patrol is Expecting Rain

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Lots of rain. Competition in the Gorton Fisherman Lookalike Contest was always stiff at St. Rose’s (St. Rose School Safety Patrol, Belmar, NJ: 1956. Photo from Robert Pringle).   [Read more...]

Christ the Apothecary

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There is a minor tradition in art of depicting Christ as the Divine Pharmacist, an Apothecary of the Soul, mixing and compounding the medicine for mankind. In this illumination from a 16th century manuscript, He is shown writing out the prescription to treat original sin. There’s no word on whether Adam and Eve had a co-pay. [Read more...]

Three Nuns Raped, Decapitated

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Xaverian missionary sisters Lucia Pulici (age 75), Bernadetta Boggian (79), and Olga Raschietti (82) were raped and murdered at their convent in Bujumbura, Burundi over the weekend. (The Xaverian Missionaries are denying the rapes, which were  reported by Godefroid Bizimana, Deputy Director General of Burundian police. It’s currently unclear whether two or all three of the nuns were decapitated.) [Read More...]

How Social Media Is Messing With Your Brain

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The hard thing about social media is to use it without being used by it. I like it just fine to keep in touch with friends, family, and a network on fellow travelers in a variety of interests. It gives me a place to post pictures of my dog, like this: Oh stop, you know [Read More...]

The Dixie Trinity?

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Painting by Clyde Broadway. [Read more...]

Ancient Christian Text “Charm” Found

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A 1500 year old fragment of papyrus was discovered University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. One side is a piece of “scrap paper”: a receipt for payment of a grain tax. On the other side of the receipt someone had written Biblical passages from the Psalms and Matthew, including a passage from the last supper. The paper [Read More...]

Seven Quick Takes: Things I Saw On Vacation

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We don’t vacate much here, and when we do we try keep it to driveable locations where there’s something to do. The beach vacation is simply a mystery to me. I don’t understand the appeal of flying somewhere to sit on a beach and work on my melanoma. I don’t even like beaches. These criteria [Read More...]


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