The Tablet writes Cardinal says Pope prevented anti-Christian backlash The Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches head, Syrian Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud I, has said the Pope’s statements helped to prevent an anti-Christian reaction in the Muslim world. He said Arab Christians were grateful to the Holy Father for the part he played. “There was a [Read More...]

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A reader asks I was wondering if you were a member or if you have an opinion on the Knights of Columbus. I joined the order as a First Degree member in October and have developed mixed feelings since then. On the one hand, they raise and donate so much money to charity, and log [Read More...]

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With the exception of the Truman Show… I’ve tended to say of Jim Carrey that “Jerry Lewis is a Thinking Person’s Jim Carrey”. Carrey’s tiresome mugging made me sick of him in the first few minutes of some Ace Ventura movie I was unfortunate enough to endure and most of his performances have been More [Read More...]

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A reader asks I was hoping you could clear up a problem for me concerning primeval history in the Bible (Gen 1-11), or perhaps point me toward a good book on the subject. My specific problem concerns the flood in Genesis. While much has been written about the interpretation of Creation in light of science, [Read More...]

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Religious Polemics as Self-Medication There’s a delightful anti-Catholic site called Iconbusters run by people who put the “ig” in Ignorant Bigot. What always fascinates me about such sites is the question, “Who do they think they are convincing/helping/loving?” Take this wonderful specimen of their work, for instance: Mystic Pizza Who but… well… another ignorant chucklehead [Read More...]

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Puritanism… has been defined as the nagging fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. Recently, I described America as a land of apostate puritans. (The definition is borrowed from (apologies to Relapsed Catholic) C.S. Lewis, who once described himself as a converted pagan living in a land of apostate puritans.) Dems, as I [Read More...]

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The Harbinger of Doom for the Dems If the Dems lose the reflexively liberal Jewish vote, they are in serious and perhaps permanent meltdown. Prolife Guy, thou art a prophet! Keep up the good work and the Abortion Party could find itself on the ash heap of history. [Read more...]

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“Do you know what?” “Did you know that Hitler was actually a Nazi?” My six year old continues to master world history. Actually, it’s funny when I think about it. “Nazis” have now acquired a sort of non-human iconic status like goblins or orcs. They are no longer people. They’ve morphed into subhuman (or, in [Read More...]

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They Talk This Way Every Election They’re not exactly abused wives. Just neglected ones. As one of my readers notes, you can more or less measure how their fortunes go by how much shrieking, pissing and moaning Andrew Sullivan does over Bush and “the theocrats”. At present, the Moan Level is pretty high, so I [Read More...]

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Bill Donohue Comes out Swinging for Dreher Lucky to have Dreher Re: “News won’t give bishop ounce of credit,” by Bronson Havard, yesterday’s Viewpoints. According to Bronson Havard, the “newly arrived” Dallas Morning News columnist Rod Dreher is guilty of “arrogance, stridency and viciousness.” Now how could it be that Mr. Dreher changed so fast? [Read More...]

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A reader asks… I know I really ought to give Catholic Answers a ring, but it’s hard to time since I only get to listen to it on the Internet. I thought you and your readers might take a whack at something that has always nagged at me: Matthew 1:22-23 says “All this took place [Read More...]

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Somebody sent me this… “Should Muslim Quran be USA Top Authority?” and is shocked and sickened to discover that a religious system which has practically no tradition of separation of Church and State thinks the US should be a Muslim state. Me: I’m a lot more shocked that a headline writer used the phrase “Muslim [Read More...]

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