Monsignor Charles Pope Defends the Faith…UPDATED

from the “know it all” Know Nothings. In this case, the know it all is Patheos’ own Friendly Atheist.

I once wrote that treating atheists like they are stupid is a mistake. I still believe that. Of course, it’s also a huge mistake to let them pretend they have figured everything out, deciding to junk thousands of years of tradition, revelation, interpretation, and enlightened study of Christianity. The Flying Spaghetti Monsters & Sky Fairies ya-da, ya-da offense is getting played out. [Read more...]

“The Unplanned Baby That Was Always Part of the Plan”

Awwwwwwww.

Disney Baby (who knew?) shares a story (with the title above) that will warm your heart,

Our baby Luke was a surprise, y’all. And when Caroline and I learned she was pregnant with him, we fainted were smack dab in the middle of the throes of toddlerhood. Times three. You see, I went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom, then quickly conceiving triplets. [Read more...]

The Most Interesting Man in the World Sent Me His Latest…

 

 

And he does so calmly, clearly, charitably, and intelligently. Take a look from the show that aired this past April, [Read more...]

For New Testament Geography I Wasn’t Taught in RCIA UPDATED

Originally posted on June 6, 2011, it took a while but it recently became worthy of an update.

There will be no music post this morning folks, because music was presented here yesterday. Instead, I’m just going to share the map above which shows color-coded tracks of the missionary journeys of St. Paul. As the title to the post suggests, none of this was taught to me while I was in RCIA. I suspect that this is because it is more important to hear the Good News, than it is to learn New Testament geography. [Read more...]

The Good News in Six Minutes: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Remember the anti-drug campaign using the photograph above? The video below is kind of like that too. It’s from out of the Richmond Diocese, and in the interest of sharing “best practices,” maybe it ought to be utilized in all the dioceses. What we have below is a different statement: This is your heart on fire,

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Any questions? :)

H/T Micah Murphy of Truth and Charity. Also, you’ll find Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Reconciliation and Penance” right here.

 

A Business Contract With America? It’s Not Enough UPDATED

Timothy Dalyrymple is a published author, and a Ph.D. While I was learning to field strip an M-16, he was learning about Kierkegaard. He’s also got more degrees than you can shake a stick at. He’s generally a good guy, means well, wants the best for our country, and on top of it all, he lets a lightweight like me stand up on my wee little soapbox and hold forth on why I am Catholic.

Timothy, managing editor of the Patheos Evangelical portal, has been hanging around lately with the likes of Hugh Hewitt, “a nationally syndicated radio host with Salem; he’s also a brilliant law professor and practicing attorney, an accomplished author, and a true leader in the conservative movement.” When I lived in Southern California, I used to watch Hewitt  on KPBS from time to time.

Anyhoo, Tim and Hugh are very concerned about the Romney campaign having being caught flat-footed by the Supreme Court Decision on healthcare reform. And they sure were, weren’t they? Blindsided is more like it. Over on his blog, Hewitt writes that, [Read more...]

What Don’t You Know About the ACA? The Quiz Results Say “Lots” UPDATED

There’s lots that I don’t know too. Before you go getting all riled up, I’m not an apologist for the ACA. But I am an apologist for not going off half-cocked. [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day! Let’s Sing a Song…

"Congress Voting the Declaration of Independence" c. 1776, Edward Savage and/or Robert Edge Pine.

But before we do, here’s one little tidbit to recall on this 236th birthday of our republic. Everyone knows the first lines of the Declaration of Independence, but the last line is pretty impressive too.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

And so it was, as the good folks at Snopes note with the footnotes to back up the facts verses the urban legends. Also, did any Catholics sign the Declaration too? Meet the Carroll’s of Maryland. [Read more...]

Long Before the ACA Decision…UPDATED

Image credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Legal truths stranger than fiction have existed for some time. Cue example from Bloomberg Financial on news yesterday of  the settlement of “the largest health-care fraud case” in the history of these United States, against GlaxoSmithKline PLC, [Read more...]

Welcome Aboard the Ever Persecuted Church!

Of the many reasons that have been written in this space for answering the title of this blog, this is one answer that I’ve rarely mentioned, but I do so now. Persecution. You would have to have your head solidly buried in the sand to miss the fact that of all the great religions known the world over, Christianity, and her members, are constantly bashed, battered, and attacked. Perhaps more so than any other faith group. [Read more...]


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