Islamists Marking Christian Homes for Targeting/Confiscation

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Christians in Mosul had until Saturday to “accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face ‘death by the sword,’” according to a message distributed by ISIS. Christians are fleeing, of course, and ISIS thugs are marking Christian homes in order to take care of them later. If the people have not left, [Read More...]

More of The Pill’s Glorious Legacy: Widespread Animal Mutation

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from the Times of Trenton ‘Intersex’ fish found in Delaware, other rivers a result of hormone-disrupting chemicals At first glance, most fish caught in the Delaware River look perfectly normal. But scientists who investigated further discovered something very unusual. A sampling of certain male fish were found to be carrying female eggs. These “intersex” fish [Read More...]

Ministering to People With Same-Sex Attraction: An Interview With Fr. Paul Check of Courage

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I had the great pleasure of interviewing Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage International, for the National Catholic Register. The conversation ranged from natural law and moral theology to the challenge of ministering to people with same-sex attraction in our crazy times. Here’s a little section in which we spoke about Pope Francis: For [Read More...]

Satan is Just a Little Blond Girl in Pigtails Handing Out Fruit

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The Temptation is much easier to understand when you look at it this way: Although, yeah: the snake body thing should have been a dead giveaway. Think about it, though: we have nasty visual images of Satan in our mind because artists need to convey evil visually, but Paul tells us that Satan himself masquerades as [Read More...]

More Creepy Robots In Your Near Future

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Jibo is being pitched as a new member of the family: the robot slave we all need and want! The first step towards Rosie! Jibo’s creator is Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of MIT’s Personal Robots Group. She describes the 6 pound, 11 inch bouncing baby Terminator spy as something that will “support, complement and extend what [Read More...]

Two Parenting Stories From the Country That Used to Be America

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Hardened Criminal #1: Stay-at-home suburban mom lets kids ride scooters on her cul-de-sac. Pain-in-the-ass neighbor calls to complain. Idiot cops fail to tell neighbor to get bent, and instead arrest the mother for child endangerment: overnight in jail, orange jumpsuit, 18 hours behind bars and all. Hardened Criminal #2: Working, lower-income mom gets daughter a [Read More...]

St. Swithun: Weather Man

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Happy St. Swithun’s Day! Is it raining today? Then according to old British lore, it will rain for the next 40 days. We know this is true because a poem says so: St. Swithun’s day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St. Swithun’s day if thou be fair, For forty days [Read More...]

Philadelphia Gets a Visit From a First-Class Relic of St. John Paul II

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The first-class relic of St. John Paul II touring the US is stopping in Phillie this weekend. I hope to make it there, if time allows. Here’s the press release from the Diocese: A precious Relic of the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II will be exposed for public veneration between all of the [Read More...]

How to Know You’re Middle-Aged

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H/T Boydell & Brewer For those who don’t get #5.  [Read more...]

For Those Who Go Down to the Sea In Ships

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Today (July 13th) is Sea Sunday. The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, the Apostleship of the Sea, and Stella Maris Centers  are asking Catholics today to pray for all of those who make their living on the waters. They catch our food, bring us goods, and protect us, often staying away from their homes and [Read More...]

Incredibly Beautiful: The Prayer Book of Claude de France

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The Morgan Library has put up a digital facsimile of this tiny prayer book, along with an excellent illustrated lecture on its significance. The book is a companion to the Book of Hours, and is less than 3″x2.5″  in size with dazzling illuminations.  The Morgan describes this recent aquisition as a tiny, jewel-like manuscript that [Read More...]

The Wonderful Dominican Nuns of Summit

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My story on the fundraising efforts for the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey is up at Our Sunday Visitor. You should go read it! Here’s a bit: Within the walls of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, rows of simple crosses mark the graves [Read More...]

Alienation: Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod on [Read More...]

Tech Addiction:Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. The working document for the upcoming Synod on the Family lists “Dependence, the Media, and the Social Network” as one of [Read More...]

“Medical Journal” Hoax Links Aspergers & Murder

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A “humor” website (I’m not linking and please don’t give them traffic by searching) has headlined an article “New Study Shows 92% Of Convicted Murderers Suffer From Aspergers Syndrome,” citing a nonexistent “study” set to appear in The American Journal of Medicine (AJM). They claimed the results of new research concluded “that roughly 92 percent of murderers fell [Read More...]


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