Your Pope Francis Photograph Of The Day

The Chalice, like a Boss.

*image is from a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Does God Hate Flags? An Answer On The 69th Anniversary Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima

69 years ago today…

I saw a blog post with this title recently: God Hates Flags: The Public Nature of Theology. It’s a pretty good piece written by Artur Rosman regarding the events going down in Ukraine.

I respect Rosman’s viewpoints regarding events in Eastern Europe, as he is from Poland. But I’ve been reading the Bible a little, and from this passage in Numbers it appears that no, God does not hate flags. [Read more...]

Missing Rome, the Vatican, and Florence? Watch the First Twelve Minutes of “The Agony And The Ecstasy”

It’s streaming over at Netflix, now. It’s one of the many movies that I never got around to seeing until now. In the first twelve minutes, you see gorgeous shots of St. Peter’s Square, as well as narrated details on all of Michelangelo’s sculptures. Really, it’s like a personalized tour, the likes of which most of us will never experience.

As the narration ends, and the camera pans across the rainbow arcing above the dome of St. Peter’s, you may even decide to stick around and watch Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison play their parts as the artist, and the pontiff. Check out the trailer, [Read more...]

Gay Man Refused Last Rites? “GetReligion” Has Some Thoughts On This Story

You’ve probably seen the story published by The Washington Post about the gay man who was allegedly denied a Sacrament by a priest because he was gay.

When I read the story, something didn’t smell right to me. The first thing that popped into my head though was a question. Is this news? Or is it propaganda disguised as news? I think it is the latter.

GetReligion has a fine stable of writers who, unlike many journalists, actually do “get” religion. Terry Mattingly does a great job sifting through this lopsided attempt to snare readers with an outrage inducing headline and lede.

Take a look, [Read more...]

Pope Francis And The Pentecostals: “We must cry together, like Joseph did. These tears will unite us. These tears of love.” UPDATED

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
—Jesus, the Christ (John 17:20-21)

This grainy video of Papa Francesco addressing a conference of Penetecostals here in the U.S. is making the rounds. Take a look. [Read more...]

Video: The Economics Of Sex, Sex, Sex, And More Sex

Hmmmm. Intriguing.

Got ten minutes? That’s all it will take for the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture to help us make sense of dating, mating, and baby making. Even the folks at Freakonomics found this worthwhile to share. 

Special guest appearance by the motivation changing, and soon to be ubiquitous (and free!), birth control pill.

Grab some popcorn, settle down with a favorite beverage,  and learn a little about the birds and the bees, and the costs associated with the same. Who wins and who loses. It’s all quite fascinating.

Ready? Roll tape.  [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is Just Like Us (Exhibit # 742: He Renews His Argentine Passport)

You know how when your passport, or your drivers license, comes up for renewal, and you go through all the bureaucratic mumbo jumbo to get it renewed? So does Pope Francis. But unlike you and me, see, when Pope Francis renews his passport, it’s headline news.

I like the dead pan expression here though, don’t you? Somehow, it speaks volumes to me. [Read more...]

“Variety” Reports That 98% Of Religious Audiences Gave “Noah” A Thumbs Down UPDATED

“It’s raining, Weathers, and it’s all your fault!”

Shocked. Shocked, I am. That folks who actually know the account from Genesis are disappointed when folks who , you know, don’t, and make a film about it anyway, comes as no surprise to me. Or as Variety puts it,  [Read more...]

“Since The Divorce Rate Is So High, Let’s Opt For 10 Year Long (Term Renewable) Marriages Instead!”

Seriously? I LOL’d. Nice try, Adriana Cohen, but you obviously have never been involved in a) contract negotiations, or b)received every businesses idea of a good time: the Request For Proposal. You know, as your current contract rounds the corner for “renewal,” and your services are put out for bid.

Enduring water boarding is a bit more civilized than enduring that. [Read more...]

For Your Flannery O’Connor Quote Of The Year

To find out about faith, you have to go to the people who have it and you have to go to the most intelligent ones if you are going to stand up intellectually to agnostics and the general run of pagans that you are going to find in the majority of people around you.

- Flannery O’Connor, writing to college freshman, Alfred Corn

Read the entire letter at A Catholic Thinker.


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