The Road To The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This Road In The Himalayas…

No way, no how? Au contraire…

I saw this video yesterday on Facebook, watched it, and got queasy. Then, I realized it was why I am Catholic.

Got Dramamine? Roll clip. [Read more...]

UK Health Minister Orders End To The Use Of Aborted Fetus Remains As Fuel For Hospital Waste To Energy Plants

File photo, October 30, 2012.

What an awful headline. It’s like something that Charlton Heston was screaming in Soylent Green.

It sounds like something from a classic English fairy tale meant to terrify children to bed. A pair of British hospitals this month acknowledged burning the remains of aborted babies for energy to heat the building in a practice aping Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, by which the 18th century children of the Irish poor would be sold for food to the rich. [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Wood SCOTUS Arguments Recap & Transcript

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. arguing in Hobby Lobby case (drawn by Art Lien)

Over at the SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Denniston called it “one hearing, two dramas.”

The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support. [Read more...]

9 Things You Need To Know About Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case…

Which we should be hearing about sometime tomorrow, when the oral arguments are delivered. Infographic courtesy of the hard working folks of The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty.

Say a little prayer for a just, constitutional, result.

9 Catholic Priest Scientists That “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” Never Heard Of UPDATED

Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: : Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163. Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

 

The folks at RealClearScience do the heavy lifting that MacFarlane, Tyson, & Co., didn’t do.

Like the belief that vaccines cause autism or that GMOs are unhealthy, the notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth. This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it. Mostly, the controversy is kept alive by a handful of individuals — some more obnoxious than others — who have built their careers encouraging and exploiting discord instead of harmony.

The Catholic Church, of course, is the media’s favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them. [Read more...]

A Funny Thing I Noticed About “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” UPDATED

 

Have you been watching the show? Perhaps I should rephrase that to, “Did you watch the second episode?” I haven’t seen much written about the second episode, so I figure only Artur Rosman and I may have actually sat through it. Doing so, it became pretty clear to me that scientism, and not science, is what is on display in Seth MacFarlane’s show. That and the creativity of his cartoons. [Read more...]

As the Biblical Epics Roll Into Theaters, Remember This: Bela Lugosi Played Jesus…

Those eyes!

No. Really.

When? In 1909. Where? In a live Easter passion play, somewhere.

Dangerous Minds has the details.

You may now go one about your business.

Lots of Folks Are Impressed By the Swiss Guards. I Reckon Those Folks Aren’t Marines

But I may be biased. Roll clip. [Read more...]

Hilaire Belloc on St. Patrick

Old Thunder

What follows is from Hilaire Belloc’s collection of essays, First and Last (<<= free on Kindle). Not bad reading on this good saint’s feast day.

Saint Patrick

If there is one thing that people who are not Catholic have gone wrong upon more than another in the intellectual things of life, it is the conception of a Personality. They are muddled about it where their own little selves are concerned, they misappreciate it when they deal with the problems of society, and they have a very weak hold of it when they consider (if they do consider) the nature of Almighty God. [Read more...]

Is Bill Gates Tip-toeing His Way Towards Catholicism? Is Westboro Baptist’s Fred Phelps?

This photo was taken by Kjetil Ree.

I don’t know the answer to either question, actually. Only they, and God, know. I mention it only because in a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Gates mentioned that he attends a Catholic Church with his wife Melinda, and that they have raised their children in the Church. As for Westboro Baptist’s founder, I learned that he is on his deathbed AND has been “excommunicated” from the church he started.

Let’s look at what the founder of Microsoft said first. [Read more...]


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