Recently, I discovered a jar of kosher salt in our cupboard…

…prompting the question, “What is the difference between kosher salt and just plain salt?” To the Internet, wherein the answer surely shall be found! In truth, the name “kosher salt” is misleading. A better term would be “koshering salt.” Blood is not kosher. G‑d commands us in the Torah:1 “You shall not eat any blood, whether that of fowl [Read More...]

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Stephen Colbert Cuts up with Fr. James Martin

Recorded on Fat Tuesday, but interestingly revealing about some of what makes the guy tick: I’m particularly impressed that somebody who has endured the tragedy he endured as a child should have the tenacity of faith to cherish and obey that passage on not worrying. On the whole, I’m grateful that a believing Catholic has [Read More...]

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WE’RE NUMBER 39!… AND NUMBER 205!

According to this web thingie, this blog and my blog at the Register are ranked 39th and 205th in a ranking of 300 blogs by web thingies.  Armed with this knowledge, I can now go on doing exactly what I have been doing and having no idea what to do with this knowledge. As you [Read More...]

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Fascinating Interview

…with a black German woman who discovered that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the notorious Nazi war criminal portrayed in Schindler’s List: Lots more background on her here. Remarkable person. [Read more...]

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The Enduring Power of Kitsch

I *like* kitsch. So sue me. [Read more...]

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About that 8/23/11 Earthquake

It appears that the quake’s effect may have been worse than we thought: Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts — Official: An ‘uncommon’ occurrence, we’re monitoring it continuously and working around clock — [Read More...]

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Go Team Go!

A team of three Catholic seminarians from St. Paul Seminary here in St. Paul, MN will compete in the upcoming season of “The American Bible Challenge”, according to The Catholic Spirit. [Read more...]

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I believe this is what is known…

…as “mission creep“. [Read more...]

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How Charles Schulz Saved…

A Charlie Brown Christmas. Schulz’ story is a sad one in many ways, as the piece describes. One hopes he made it in the end. He was a mainstream Protestant who was, I think, as deeply unprepared for the upheavals of his time as most mainstream Protestants and Catholics were, only he had very little [Read More...]

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