Archives for January 2014

Reading Between the Lines: The See-Through Church

When people call for “greater transparency” in the Church, I don't think this is what they had in mind!In the in the town of Borgloon, 50 miles east of Brussels, Belgium, there stands a “see-through church” complete with its own see-through steeple.But this structure is not really intended for corporate worship:  It’s part of the Z-OUT project of Z33, an ambitious long-term project to construct art in public spaces.  Z33, a center for contemporary art based in Hasselt, Belgium, plans … [Read more...]

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Reclusive Pope Emeritus Leaves His Vatican Home to Visit Hospitalized Brother

 Pope Emeritus Benedict has rarely been seen, since he retired to the Mater Ecclesiae inside the walls of the Vatican Gardens.  The former pontiff has reportedly spent his time in prayer and quiet reflection, occasionally receiving visitors (such as Pope Francis, who paid a Christmas visit last week).Today, though, he made a low-key trip to the Gemelli hospital to visit his older brother Georg Ratzinger, who is being treated there.Perhaps it’s his preference to stay out of the li … [Read more...]

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Big Government vs. the Little Sisters of the Poor

As expected, the Obama Administration today asked the Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from an ObamaCare requirement to offer contraceptive coverage, after Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave them a temporary reprieve earlier this week.That means that Catholic doctrine notwithstanding, President Obama and his minions want to enforce coverage which includes birth control pills and abortifacients for this person:The Administration’s court filing comes in response to an emergency s … [Read more...]

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