The Temple Mount: A Virtual Tour

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Courtesy of the Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing and a group called The Heart of the Nation comes this virtual tour of the Temple Mount, complete with 360-degree views of various locations. It’s was released to coincide with Tisha B’av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. A couple of caveats: [Read More...]

The Fake History of the Occult Tarot

Antoine Court de Gebelin: The man who fabricated the tradition of the occult tarot

Note: This is the fifth of a series which looks at the real history of Tarot. I do not deny that Tarot has occult connections which are seriously problematic for Catholics. We will get to all of it in time, but for now please be aware that this series is not about fortune telling, but about cultural [Read More...]

The Bishop’s Dice Game [Tarot Series]

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Note: This is the fourth of a series which looks at the real history of Tarot. I do not deny that Tarot has occult connections which are seriously problematic for Catholics. We will get to all of it in time, but for now please be aware that this series is not about fortune telling, but about cultural [Read More...]

“It’s Not Complicated” (And a Note of Thanks)

Ending where we always end: at the foot of the cross with a promise of resurrection.

Just a brief note of gratitude to everyone who offered prayers or left comments here and on various social media outlets and other blogs. My friends and colleagues and total strangers all reached out with sympathy and kindness. The grind of the past few weeks wore us all down, but it all finished in glory [Read More...]

In the Midst of Life, We Are in Death

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After a long final illness, my father finally passed away early this morning at the age of 90. Although he lived well and died at home, it was an emotional and physical rollercoaster at the end, and I was left trying to figure out the point of it all. Does it mean something, or is [Read More...]

Comments Off / Ite Ad Franciscum

Comments will be off for the foreseeable future as I deal with the final illness of my father. Posts will begin again when we are through. Prayers are always appreciated Meanwhile, you have better things to read. The irrepressible Brandon Vogt has made the new encyclical, Lumen Fidei, available in multiple downloadable and online readable [Read More...]

On Divination

Since the Tarot posts are drawing in some new readers, I thought I’d share the relevant passages on divination from the Catechism, just so we’re all in the same page. Divination is gravely evil and strictly forbidden. I don’t support it, suggest it, take it lightly, or play around with it. Here’s why: 2115 God [Read More...]

The Real History of Tarot

The Aces of the tradition Latin suits: Cups, Clubs, Swords, Coins. These are used for all Italian-suited cards, not just Tarot.

Note: This is the second of a series which looks at the real history of Tarot. I do not deny that Tarot has occult connections which are seriously problematic for Catholics. We will get to all of it in time, but for now please be aware that this series is not about fortune telling, but about cultural [Read More...]

Reclaiming Tarot

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Note: This is the first of a series which looks at the real history of Tarot. I do not deny that Tarot has occult connections which are seriously problematic for Catholics. We will get to all of it in time, but for now please be aware that this series is not about fortune telling, but [Read More...]

A Brief But Essential Interview With Peter Kreeft

On “diversity,” Islam, Christianity, the homosexual rights movement, love, fighting, and more. Dispatches from the frontlines of the culture wars, courtesy of Lifesite. This is how you do it, folks: Love fights. Love cares. Love discriminates. And therefore there is in Scripture, very clearly, a thing called the ‘wrath of God’. God hates all enemies [Read More...]

Head Transplants?

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This had been tried on animals since the 1950s, but the problem has always been connecting the spinal chord. I don’t doubt that, at some point in the future, the technology will exist to make this possible, and one scientist thinks he may be getting closer: Canavero describes in a recent paper a step to [Read More...]

Ridiculous Fishing: Catch Fish, Shoot Fish, Have Fun

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Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption Vlambeers, iPad/iPhone: $3; Rated: 12+ Content: Fish erupt in little clouds of pixelated blood when shot. Drop a hairdryer-, toaster-, and chainsaw-equipped hook into the water, let it sink as low as possible, snag as many fish as you can on the way up, fling the fish into the [Read More...]

Catholic Techie Interview

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Sarah Reinhard at CatholicMom.com has run out of interesting Catholic Techies to interview, so she let me rattle on like a pompous ass for a couple hundreds words. Here’s a bit of it: For me, the new evangelization has two parts. As a Catechist, I know that I’m essentially now in mission territory, with only [Read More...]

I Can’t Write Cursive…

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… and apparently that makes me some kinda idjit. Here’s all I have to say about that: UPDATE: I should clarify that the comments weren’t directed at me personally, but on various conversations I’ve seen more than one person say it is not possible to consider yourself literate unless you master cursive. I don’t disagree [Read More...]

Administration Issues Final Rules on Contraception Coverage and Religious Organizations

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This just came from the White House Office of Communications. Offered without comment, but there are no surprises here: Today, the Obama administration issued final rules that balance the goal of providing women with coverage for recommended preventive care – including contraceptive services prescribed by a health care provider – with no cost-sharing, with the [Read More...]


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