The Right Way To Interrogate Enemy Prisoners Of War, Courtesy Of A Marine Who Was A Missionary

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This is the last time I’ll be posting about this subject. Yesterday I shared a few thoughts about the torture report released recently, and today I’ll simply point to a few resources that bolster the argument that resorting to torture is a complete waste of time. That it is morally wrong for Catholics to even consider torture as an option is important as well, though seemingly neglected in some corners. [Read more...]

Thoughts On Torture Occasioned By Mass At The Garden Of Gethsemane UPDATED

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The Church Of All Nations, in the Garden Of Gethsemane

My wife and I have arrived home safe and sound from our pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land. While we were away these past two weeks, I haven’t read a newspaper or watched a television. Internet access was spotty, and even when it wasn’t the spirit to blog was willing, but the body was too weak to allow writing when sleep beckoned. [Read more...]

Warning: Don’t Travel To The Holy Land, For Thou Shalt Surely Die

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The Dome of the Stella Maris Convent Church, Haifa, Israel

Before getting into the meat of this short dispatch that I am typing from Jerusalem, I ask you to say a short prayer to God for the souls of  all those who have died for their faith, or due to acts of terrorism, or because of sectarian violence here in the Middle East, and everywhere around the world. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Says “Don’t Treat The Church Like A Business.” This Means It Has To Be Run Better Than A Business

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Whoa, Frank. Are you putting words in Pope Francis’s mouth?

No, dear reader. I’m just telling it like it is. You know how some folks can wax eloquent about truth, goodness, and beauty, and how the Church should make better art, etc? I have no skills in the fine arts, so I generally don’t write about such things. [Read more...]

Jesus, On Feeding The Homeless

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On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, [Read more...]

The Kind Of Post TIME Magazine Never Picks Up, AKA, Hell Is Real!

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Something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…

The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.

A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper Kind Of, Sort Of, Apologizes (Maybe)…

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Can you smell me from there?

 

“If one of my remarks about Africans was perceived as demeaning or insulting, then I am honestly sorry.”

Seriously? The European Imperialist “white man’s burden” talk was bad enough. There isn’t a church for Europe, one church for Asia, and others for America and Africa. There is only one Church, one Truth, One Lord. But what about the claiming that he never said anything about Africans in the first place? [Read more...]

This Thai Life Insurance Commercial “Gets” Marriage

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To have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love and to cherish, to death do us part.

Tissue alert! [Read more...]

Pope Francis: ISIS Onslaught “offends God and offends humanity.”

Pope_Francis_ISIS Listen to our brothers and sisters. Listen to our shepherd. [Read more...]

Psalm 119, The Hebrew Letter נ (Nun), And A Prayer

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As Christians around the globe adopt the Arabic letter ن‎ (nun) as their profile pictures on social media, in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, I was led to read Psalm 119.

Truth be told, it was unintentional. I had seen somewhere that Psalm 117 was the shortest of the psalms, and went to look it up in The Catholic Youth Bible.

A blurb on the page told me that the 119th psalm was the longest, and I thought since I was in the neighborhood, I should take a look at it too. [Read more...]


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