No, Pope Francis Did Not Call the Koran a “Prophetic Book of Peace”

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The Moonie-owned Washington Times has a story headlined Pope Francis: Koran ‘is a prophetic book of peace’. That would indeed be a shocking thing for a pope to say, not so much for the “peace” part as the “prophetic” part, so let’s look at the quote from the story: Pope Francis, in Rome after a [Read More...]

Biblical Cities From The Air

SourceFlix has created a nice compilation of flyovers of various Biblical locations and excavations. Check it out: They also released this flyover of the Temple Mount: [Read more...]

The Devil Tempts St. Benedict

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This illumination showed up in my medievalist Twitter feed today and I tracked it back to the so-called Mettener Regel (1414), a manuscript of the rule of Saint Benedict as practiced at the Abbey of Metten. The manuscript is illustrated by moments in the life of St. Benedict. At first, I thought this might be an illustration [Read More...]

Dig Quest: A Biblical Archaeology App for Kids

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Dig Quest (iOS: free) is a light but entertaining educational app that gives kids a chance to explore Biblical archaeology by solving puzzles. Produced by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the app offers two sites to explore: Lod (location of an elaborate mosaic) and Qumran (of Dead Scrolls fame).  In Lod, you brush away dirt to [Read More...]

How I Pray: Fr. Steve Grunow

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As the CEO of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Executive Producer for Father Robert Barron‘s projects, Father Steve Grunow is one of the key figures in some of the most impressive modern evangelism in the world. He’s also a fine writer, a nice guy, and I understand he can bench press a Dodge Dart. [Read More...]

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God”

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I’ve been reading Ron Chernow’s remarkable George Washington: A Life, which makes a case that was once obvious: even with his flaws, George Washington was the greatest and most important man in our history. He was more than a great man, however: he was a good man, and a man of deep Christian faith who was [Read More...]

How I Pray: Jimmy Akin

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Every Monday in How I Pray, I ask various Catholics about their prayer routines, their prayer lives, and their experience of prayer. This week I’m joined by the great apologist Jimmy Akin, whose clear and irenic explanations of Catholic teaching are always a welcome oasis in the often-fractious world of online Catholicism. Who are you? [Read More...]

Prayer Requests

Please remember the following in your prayers: For A-, a child who was badly burned this week, that he may be given comfort from his pain and complete healing; and for his family, that they may be consoled in this difficult time. For M-, that her doctors may find the cause of, and proper treatment for, [Read More...]

Church of Satan Angry That Satanist Murderers Are Called Satanists

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  The Church [sic] of Satan [sic] is sad and angry that a couple of Satanic murderers are being called Satanists. They’re not real Satanist like us, they say. They’re “devil worshipers,” which is a different thing! Why? Because! Follow this one if you can. The Church of Satan, founded by a comical fraud named Howard [Read More...]

The Feast of St. Edmund

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I only discovered A Clerk of Oxford this month, but it’s quickly become one of my favorite blogs. The blogger is a medievalist who writes long, fascinating posts highlighted by her excellent translations from Old English. Today, for the Feast of St. Edmund, she offers generous selections from Ælfric’s Life of Edmund (10th Century), both in the original, so you get the sense [Read More...]

Mark Shea and I On The Radio: Tonight at 6pm EST

The Mighty Shea has a new radio show on Radio Maria, and he’s yakking with me tonight (November 19th) at 6:00 because all the best guests were busy or something. We’ll be talking about death and ghosts in the Church, maybe some tech talk and some tarot debunking, and possibly recount that crazy summer we [Read More...]

Gee, Thanks Oswald: On Distractions In Prayer

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This inane quote from Oswald Chambers showed up in my Twitter feed: Don’t say, “Oh, Lord, I suffer from wandering thoughts.” Don’t suffer from wandering thoughts. Which is just so … useless. All I could think of was this: Chambers rails against our “individual natural lives.” But these lives, flaws and all, are what we’re given to work [Read More...]

How I Pray: Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

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The Curt Jester was one of the first Catholic blogs I read, and I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Miller’s humor and his common sense take on the faith. I’m glad to have made his acquaintance via Facebook, where we’re able to talk about apps and make bad puns at each other. Jeff is a fellow techie, [Read More...]

Five Catholic Things to Listen to on Spotify

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Spotify has a pretty deep archive, but its poor tagging and search features make it difficult to burrow into the more obscure corners and find the weird stuff hidden below pop songs and other junk. Here are five things that may be of interest to Catholics. Pope John Paul II: Mass in English is not a [Read More...]

Verbum 6 is Here

Verbum Bible Software (the Catholic version of Logos Bible Software) is the backbone of my research and writing on religion. It allows me to drill into massive amounts of data with ease. Scripture, original language resources, church documents, history, papal writings, theology, philosophy, commentaries, and, most important of all, a huge amount of patristic material [Read More...]


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