Awesome Medical Tech, or Merely Obamacare Propaganda?

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Ace of Spades linked to this NBC piece about the use of cell phones in medicine. The writer [Warden] and his brother were of two minds about the story, the former taking the position that it seemed pretty cool, the latter, that it was a piece of propaganda: Did you correctly see this as nothing more than [Read More...]

Girl Scouts, WAGGGS, and Abortion: Still A Problem

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The most challenging, least satisfying writing I’ve done since I started covering religion was this two part piece on the Girl Scouts. It percolated for months as I sifted through tons of information and tried to figure out just what the Girl Scouts of the USA were doing, if it was compatible with Catholic values, [Read More...]

The Most Important Book I Ever Read

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I wish I could say it was something grand that I can look back upon with pride: maybe the Bible, or Hamlet, or In Our Time, or the Divine Comedy, or Gatsby, or The Confessions, or Lord of the Rings, or the tales of Poe and Doyle and Lovecraft. But although I would cite all [Read More...]

Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

The Ring of The Fisherman

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Today will be a day of “lasts.” Overnight, people held a candlelight vigil to mark Benedict’s last night sleeping in the papal quarters. This morning, he had an audience with the cardinals who would normally have gathered to pay their last respects and bury him. Instead, they each wished him well, and then will turn [Read More...]

‘night, Papa

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And so it ends. The last great man of Europe takes the stage for the final time, and reminds us that greatness is measured not by political machinations, military or economic might, or even important discoveries, but in staying grounded in the vast messiness of this frustrating and glorious human family with compassion, humility, and [Read More...]

In Sickness and in More Sickness

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For the past week, and for only the second time in our marriage, my wife and I have been sick at the same time. It was just a nasty winter cold, but this season’s edition seems to stick around for 3-4 weeks. Between my wife’s asthma and complications from my medication, this kind of thing tends [Read More...]

How to Elect a Pope: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Dorian Speed and a group of Catholic bloggers, catechists, and writers are doing their part to fight the stupid. Every time a mainstream reporter or pundit opens his or her yap about the church, the pope, conclave, the next pope, or pretty much anything having to do with religion, brain cells die. Mollie Hemingway and [Read More...]

A Short Christian Film From a Master Animation Director

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Frank Tashlin tends to be largely overlooked in the history of both animation and live action film, but Looney Tunes buffs will recognize his name from some of the classics of the Golden Age. His animation style is almost always easy to spot. No one in the Warner Brothers stable was quite like Tash: angular figures, hyper-fast editing, exaggerated [Read More...]

The “Amazing” Randi is Just a Nasty Old Eugenicist

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Some choice quotes from the favorite skeptic of the atheist and “reason”-based community: magician, bigot, and eugenicist James “The Amazing” Randi: [T]hose individuals who were stupid enough to rush into the arms of the mythical houris and/or Adonis’s they would expect to greet them, would simply do so and die – by whatever chemical or biological fate [Read More...]

Some Images From the Pope’s Last Major Mass

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It was a moving experience, and you can tell he was touched by the applause at the end, (despite his not being a fan of applause at mass).  Here is the text of his wonderful homily. I miss him already. [Read more...]

9 Ways To Keep Lent

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Pope Benedict gave us a gift yesterday. He gave us a Lent that would focus our minds on Christ, the Church, and His People in a way no one has ever experienced. I awoke yesterday at 6am to learn–on Facebook–that the pope had resigned. The news spread across the world almost at the speed of [Read More...]

Magnificat for Lent in Digital Formats

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The Magnificat Lent and Advent books are wonderful companions for the journey. Now that they’re rolling out on more and more readers and devices, you can get these little gems for a buck and have them delivered in seconds. You can find some information on the 2013 Magnificat Lenten Companion here. It’s the usual excellent collection [Read More...]

Bishop O’Connell on Benedict’s Resignation

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My local CBS affiliate (Philadelphia) tends to do good coverage of the Church: even-handed, expansive, and not obsessed with scandals uber alles. They did an interview with my bishop this morning that I thought was respectful (they even address him properly) and gave this fine academic and shepherd a chance to explain the news in context. I can’t embed [Read More...]

Joseph

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This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]


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