Should the Catholic Church Sell St. Peter’s Basilica to Help the Poor?

"I looked up at the great basilica, and I had two reactions:  First, I appreciated its beauty and reverence; but then I thought, 'What corruption caused someone to spend so much on this building when people are hungry'?"*     *     *     *     * I made a new friend on the train this week.  Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic.  As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I'd been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things:  a … [Read more...]

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The Trapdoor on Christ’s Right Shoulder

I have just soaked up all the beauty and the mystery of "Arms Wide Open", a breathtaking on-line photo story from BBC News about Rio de Janeiro's famed statue of Christ the Redeemer.Words fail.  I can't do justice to the dramatic photography and the full backstory for Cristo Redentor, the iconic sculpture which overlooks Brazil's poor in the favelas, the rich in the luxury high-rise apartments, the homeless, the famous football stadiums and Guanabara bay with its scattered islands and boats. … [Read more...]

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Peek-a-Boo! God and The Bornean Rainbow Toad

Wrap your mind around this (can you see it?).  It's a Bornean Rainbow Toad.God, in His infinite wisdom and creativity, designed a panoply of creatures so diverse, so fantastic, so colorful, so… well, so HUNGRY.And because no one—not even a lowly amphibian—likes to be someone else’s lunch, God thought up a bunch of cool ways to hide. It’s called “cryptic camouflage” and it allows a toad or a moth or a caterpillar to blend into the environment so well that a hawk or a sand crane is unlike … [Read more...]

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