What Did the Cardinals Really Say? Some Insights In Their Own Words

Well, it's been an interesting week for Synod-watchers! In what John Allen has wryly called "letter-gate", Australian Cardinal George Pell reportedly hand-delivered a letter to Pope Francis on October 5, detailing concerns about the structure of the Synod.According to Allen, who relied on a report from veteran Vaticanista Sandro Magister, the letter raised three major objections:Bishops taking part in the synod will not be asked to vote on individual propositions, raising concerns about … [Read more...]

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NASA Found Water on Mars? Great–Let’s Baptize the Martians!

 In a press conference Monday, September 28, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed that they have identified liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars. NASA researchers, using data from an imager aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, confirmed that the dark streaks on the planet's surface advance and recede, depending on the season. It's now believed that what scientists are seeing is running water. And this finding increases the likelihood … [Read more...]

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Would St. Jerome Go to the Library?

September 30 is the feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, patron of libraries. The most scholarly of the church’s early theologians, Jerome has an extensive list of writings.  His commentaries and letters offer a peek into fourth-century life in Rome, but he is probably best known for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).  Medieval paintings of the saint always show him with a large book.Which has me wondering:  If Jerome, scholar that he was, were alive today, would he go … [Read more...]

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