How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygr … [Read more...]

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Anchoress2016: A Write-in Campaign to Make America Sane Again

You all know me, so I don't have to introduce myself or bore you with interviews and commercials.My platform: Everybody shut upMy foreign policy: "You crazy nations, shut up and act right, you want to give me a heart attack?"My first action as president: Declare a week of silent retreat, reading and cookoutsMy first policy move: Every government, foreign, domestic and local, will build (or help neighbors build) as many as these as needed, because water.My immigration policy … [Read more...]

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My New Book is Out! I Have a New Book!

So...this happened:And seriously? I have no idea what to tell you about it. It's called Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bads Habits Before They Kick Us, and I probably should never have written it.The other day a friend said to me, "I just got your book in the mail; thanks a whole lot, pal! You're a pain in the butt and I happen to like ignoring my little sins, because that leaves me free to fume about the big sins of the world, which feels a hell of a lot better than thinking … [Read more...]

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17 y/o Primary Voters in Ohio? Why Not “14 or Fight”?

"Who in America really can resist the clarion call of youth? ... down with experience." Wild in the Streets For most of my life, I have felt like 1968 had never quite disappeared -- that it had not quite played itself out, and we would see it again, showing up in politics and the culture at some point.Recent events, most particularly college campus demonstrations and street violence, has brought around that old feeling again, and it stepped up a bit at the news that Bernie Sanders has … [Read more...]

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Thank you, Norman Lear; Thank you, Justice Ginsberg; Thank you, Professors West and George

I was struck by this brief but heartfelt farewell to Nancy Reagan by legendary television producer Norman Lear, founder of the progressive group, People for the American Way, and a recent voice for the restoration of civics lessons, something retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor has championed for years.Lear writes that upon receiving the news of Mrs. Reagan's death, he was grieved, because he had lost a friend. A second friend mocked him for the feeling; mocked him for having … [Read more...]

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“Begin the Apocalypse” Once More!

Well, we're done.Super Tuesday, I mean. We're done. And in my facebook threads what I basically am observing is the vomiting of the masses, because no one -- except the hackiest of hacks -- seems happy with what we're facing, in terms of potential presidents.Last night I wondered aloud whether the Obama administration might do the unthinkable and actually permit its Justice Department to indict Hillary Clinton, so Joe Biden could stroll in and make it easy for wide sluice of people. … [Read more...]

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The Roches – We Three Kings

Happy Feast of the Epiphany (Traditional)For my money, this is the best version of We Three Kings, ever. It's just right.Enjoy! … [Read more...]

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What Would Pope Benedict or the Psalmist Say About THIS Music?

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your truth in the watches of the night, on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, with the murmuring sound of the harp. (Psalm 92:2-4)And, apparently, with the music of birds on wires, as well, at least in the eyes, and to the ears, of one clever musician in Brazil!While reading a newspaper one day, a musician named Jarbas Agnelli saw a photo of birds sitting on an … [Read more...]

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“I Hate Youse All!” Uncle Charlie, Christmas & That Generation

Christmas day never comes without my remembrance of "Uncle Charlie", a family friend who once appeared on our doorstep, decked out in all of Santa's raiment and tripping in his boots only slightly. He had apparently been Santa for a party at the local soup kitchen (or the local bar; this was never clear to me) and -- just a trifle in his cups -- had decided during his walk home that he would stop at the houses of his friends and give all the kids "a treat." And if the friends wanted to toast the … [Read more...]

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Kyrie Eleison: The “Year of Mercy” Can’t Come Too Soon…

“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality,” writes Pope Francis.Well thanks be to God for this emphatic good news, and for the nearly here Jubilee of Mercy. That it begins one week into Advent — the sweet and lonely season of anticipation for the coming of the All Merciful — seems especially appropriate and hopeful, given our times, for at the Incarnation Mercy was delivered, in fragile and human form, to a brutal world of tribalism and inequality, where life was held c … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Has Set a Confrontation in Place; Not the One We Think

So, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat published a piece on October 17, where referred to Pope Francis as the "chief plotter" in an effort to change Catholic doctrine, and thus the Church, itself.The response to Douthat's column played out in various articles and twitter-fights, during which Douthat flung the words "Own your heresy" toward theologian Massimo Faggioli (albeit, in Twittersubtext, meaning without a direct hashtag). That brought about what might be called (IMHO) an … [Read more...]

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Child Breaks Host in Half to Share With Divorced/Remarried Father

The headlines, and the stories could not be more different.From Italy, (via Google Translate): A Child Moves the Synod; divides the Host with this divorced father. We read that Pope Francis and 270 Synod Fathers listened with emotion today in the Synod Hall to the story of a bishop who witnessed — while celebrating a parish First Communion Mass — the scene of a child who came to the altar to receive the consecrated host in his hand, on his own initiative took steps to break it in two, givi … [Read more...]

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What Pope Benedict Wrote about the Shroud of Turin

An excerpt from John Thavis' new book, The Vatican Prophesies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age":As one might expect, Pope Benedict, who was often called "the pope of reason," was much more circumspect on the [Shroud, than Pope John Paul II.] He, too, was interested in the Shroud and had stood before it as a cardinal. As pope he ordered the extraordinary exhibition of the Shroud in 2010. Benedict himself flew to Turin to venerate the cloth and … [Read more...]

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A Simple Question for Nancy Pelosi

I barely get to read news, anymore, but I stumbled across this interesting exchange between Nancy Pelosi and a reporter:The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”“Why don’t you take your ideological questions…I don’t know who you are, and you’re welcome to be here and freedom of this press,” Pelosi said. “I am a devout, practicing Catholic. A mother of five children. When my baby was born, my firth child, my oldest ch … [Read more...]

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