In Search of Pageviews, HUFFPOST Reanimates Slain Dragon of “Ancient Christian Gay Marriage Rites”

Here I go again…

Seeking to capitalize on Pope Francis’s recent remarks on not judging gay priests, no doubt.  It’s déjà vu all over again.

The Catholic Channel’s own Ryan Thursday Adams tirelessly picks up his hammer and stake in a bid to put this narrative to bed one.more.time. [Read more...]

The Chinese Chesterton’s Thoughts on the Influence of Christianity on Common Law

It’s been a long time since I shared thoughts here from my faithful departed friend named John C.H. Wu.

I won’t bore you to death with the details of his life, as I’ve already done that in numerous posts before. Remember when he likened Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as having the mind of Lao Tzu, with the heart of Confucius? He’s written some amazing stuff. [Read more...]

“That our own government is knowingly displaying such a lack of tolerance for faithful Christians is outrageous”

Still at it, I see…

So says attorney Erin Mersino. I agree. I’d also agree if our government displayed a lack of tolerance for the teachings of  faithful Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Mormons, Hindus, et al, too.

So a couple of lawyers are throwing another log on the HHS Mandate lawsuit bonfire. Catholic News Service has the skinny, [Read more...]

Just Like The Prophet Chesterton Said, When It’s All About Nature, It’s All About Sex…

Not what I’m reading currently, honest.

And pretty soon, this obsession of ours becomes a tyrant. Got your attention yet? Thought so. [Read more...]

For Tips on Fatherhood from St. Benedict

—Feast of St. Benedict

First posted back in July of 2010, the post below seems appropriate to share  again on this great saint’s feast day.

As I rounded the corner and headed up the walk that leads to the entrance of the parish church, I was informed by a fellow congregant that there was a funeral going on. That snapped me out of my reverie because, sure enough, there were the hearse and the motor cycle cops, and a more than usually crowded parking lot to boot.
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Dawn Eden On Why The Church’s Rights To Distribute Copyrighted Material Should Be Honored…UPDATED

Image Credit: Erik J Heels

 

Yesterday, I shared a post linking to Brandon Vogt’s blog thanking him for providing other digital formats of the latest encyclical Lumen Fidei. As it turns out, Brandon didn’t have permission to provide those other formats, and as a result, the Vatican and the USCCB cried foul.

Those of you who clicked on the link that took you to Brandon’s blog were met with the following message,

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Thanks to Brandon Vogt, You Can Read Lumen Fidei On Your Kindle…

“From our four hands, to you…”

Or your Nook, iPad, PC, or Mac. Did I mention he also converted it into a PDF file? There is pretty much no excuse for not being able to read this encyclical, “the work of four hands.”

Download it at once! Brandon tells you how.

Thanks for doing the world a solid, Brandon!

P.S. It’s also available at the Vatican website.

 

St. Francis, Poverty, and the Saving Madness of the Gospel…

Months and months ago, long before there was an inkling that Pope Benedict XVI would step aside, I came across this little book, titled simply I, Francis, in a used book store in my town. As I recall, it was a buck (or two) so I picked it up figuring it was a biography of the saint who turned the world on its head. To be quite honest, it sat under a stack of other books for a long time, and I didn’t even flip through it until recently.

Of course, we now have a Pope who for the first time has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, so I figured I should start boning up on this saint from Umbria. Very quickly I realized that Carlo Carretto wasn’t just putting a normal biography down on paper when his mind and heart were called to share Francis’s story. Instead, Caretto was called to bring Francis to life for us in way that is fictional, truthful (based on the facts of the saints life), and beautiful.

He does so by becoming Francis himself. [Read more...]

The Miraculous Incident of Balanced Media Coverage On Same-Sex Marriage…

This is the week when the Supreme Court will spill the beans on what will become of same-sex marriage in California, and perhaps in the entire country. Lots of folks are on pins and needles waiting for the decision that will be handed down. [Read more...]

Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origin Of The Vulcan Salute…

It has something to do with one of my favorite Hebrew letters, ש, and a memorable event from his childhood.

Roll clip! [Read more...]


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