February 10, 2009

In which we ponder the revival of mystery in that archetypal example of postmodern storytelling: LOST. Read more

February 10, 2009

That’s what this…One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective….will mean.It will be sold and “choice” and “dignity”. But when euthanasia is implemented nationwide, it will really be the fruit of bureaucratic minds facing the fact that our economic base will not be geared toward keeping Generation Narcissus alive, but toward rubbing them out as quickly and cheaply as… Read more

February 10, 2009

Here’re your basic alternative:1. Read the NY Times and get stupider (subtext: “Eek! Another sign that Benedict is plunging the Church back into a Second Dark Ages!”)2. Read this or this and actually learn about Indulgences. For starters, they don’t “grant absolution”. That’s your first clue that the NY Times is making you stupider if you listen to it. Read more

February 10, 2009

…is a history prof at Ohio U. InsideCatholic just re-ran a piece he wrote on the Church’s complex history with the question of slavery. He ticks off some who prefer agitprop to history, but he has the great advantage of having facts on his side. Bottom line: infallibility only covers a very limited number of things. For the rest, the Church is fully human and thoroughly enmeshed in all the weaknesses and trials of what it means to be human…. Read more

February 10, 2009

Sober killjoy throws much-needed cold water on America’s love affair with utopianism.Our secular messianism has, by dumb luck and the grace of God, never produced the insane toxicities of Euro-utopianism. But if we keep pressing our luck, there’s always a chance we will hit the jackpot. Read more

February 10, 2009

Bekah writes:For people like me who have trouble balancing internet use with time in God’s Word, I’ve set up a WordPress account with daily readings following the 1-year Catholic Bible plan at Catholic Doors Ministry. Thought you might like to help get the word out. The first post went out yesterday.Now you know! Read more

February 10, 2009

Sherry Weddell sends along the other side of the picture: a marked revival of Christian evangelization, conversion and discipleship taking place in hard-boiled London!If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere in Europe! English Catholics: stop apologizing and get in there and start pitching. You can do it! Read more

February 10, 2009

Question: Why is this such a huge deal? Why all the sturm und drang?JPII forcibly covered for him which is not exactly an endorsement of “innocence.” (I’m not suggesting JPII was motivated by malice, but he has a history of covering for a number of buddies while turning away from victims – he had his reasons) B16 already forcibly put him out to pasture with the correlated command to keep his mouth shut, which pretty much eliminates (imo) any claims… Read more

February 10, 2009

God bless such courageous souls! Read more

February 10, 2009

Gradually, over time, the explosion cooled into little bits that just acted the way they acted because they do. These bits combined into more and more complicated stuff. The stuff interacted according to physical laws that just happen to be fine tuned so that the stuff could manifest characteristics called life. At this point, the All Explaining Theory of Everything called Evolution kicked in, leading in short order to bacteria, jellyfish, trilobites, bony fish, amphibians, dinosaurs, mammal, homo erectus, homo… Read more

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