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...]

Halo 4 Goes Deep

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Halo 4 Publisher/Developer: Microsoft/i343 Platforms: Xbox 360 Rated: M (Mature) for Blood and Violence Parents should know (ESRB description): This is a first-person shooter in which players control futuristic super-soldiers who engage in military campaigns against alien forces. Players use pistols, scoped rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weaponry to kill enemies in ranged combat; [Read More...]

“Finnegan” Awakes in China

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James Joyce’s famously impenetrable novel Finnegan’s Wake has been published in China. And it’s a bestseller! I’m blogging this just because a) I’m a lit geek, and b) it’s just weird. Dr.  Dai Congrong has spent 8 years translating a completely untranslatable novel into (according to the original article) “Chinese,” by which I assume they mean Mandarin. The translator, God [Read More...]

Some Thoughts on Richard III, History, and Catholicism

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Everyone by now has heard the big news: the bones of King Richard III–last king of the House of York, villain of one of Shakespeare’s most masterful historical plays, and a man long long regarded as a psychopath twisted in both body and mind–have been found under a parking lot in Leicester, England. DNA testing has confirmed [Read More...]

A Little Art For Your Morning

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Sent along by my blog neighbor, the most excellent Kathy Schiffer. I get sent quite a few riffs on the “Creation of Adam” because of my blog header. I wasn’t sure if they warranted full posts, and then realized, “Why the heck not? It’s my blog.” I wish I could credit the artist, but I just [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput on HHS Mandate: “Unnecessary, coercive and gravely flawed”

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In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput says the bishops will need courage as they evaluate the new compromise and decide on a response. Chaput is urging the bishops–as well as the laity–of America to show some spine in the face of the HHS mandate. His words on fortitude and prudence are a concise, potent and relevant catechesis on two [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]

Can We Put the Adults Back in Charge?

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When I do reviews of products parents might be considering for their children, I usually point out anything that might be of concern. This helps parents make sound decisions. But there are places where I never would have thought to look for “family unfriendly” content. One expects the adults in charge of some products and [Read More...]

Another Thanks To My Readers

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Amazon’s Affiliate program is an easy way for blog readers to support bloggers: when you access Amazon from one of my links, and buy something, I get 4-6% commission from Amazon. Over Christmas, this worked out pretty well, and I got my store credit last week. Here is some of what I’m enjoying thanks to you fine [Read More...]

Islamists Destroy Manuscripts of Timbuktu UPDATED

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Islamist militants fleeing from Timbuktu in the war-torn nation of Mali have destroyed a vast cache of documents dating back to the 12th century. The documents were torched by extremists along with a mosque, the Ahmed Baba Institute, and other Muslim structures. (Islam in Mali is moderate, and mostly Sunni or Sufi. The country is [Read More...]


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