August 24, 2021

I am drawing much of the following information from archaeologist and evangelical Protestant James K. Hoffmeier, from his book, Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). Exodus 25:10, 13 (RSV) “They shall make an ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. . . . [13] You shall make poles… Read more

August 22, 2021

Dan JM, Mateus J, Kato Y, Hastie KM, Yu ED, Faliti CE, et al. Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for up to 8 months after infection. Science [Internet]. 2021 Feb 5;371(6529). CONCLUSION Substantial immune memory is generated after COVID-19, involving all four major types of immune memory. About 95% of subjects retained immune memory at ~6 months after infection. Circulating antibody titers were not predictive of T cell memory. Thus, simple serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies do not reflect the… Read more

August 21, 2021

Charlie Fromm-Starkville, a Facebook friend of mine, describes himself as a “traditional Catholic”. This back-and-forth exchange took place on my Facebook page: edited (some sub-threads not included) for the sake of relative brevity and flow of content. His words will be in blue. ***** Pope Francis has endorsed (as he must, because it is solidly established Catholic teaching) the right to conscientious objection: I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscience objection. But, yes, I can… Read more

August 17, 2021

Exodus 16:11-13 (RSV) And the LORD said to Moses, [12] “I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, `At twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread [manna]; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'” [13] In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; Numbers 11:4-5, 13, 18-20, 31-34 Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving; and the people… Read more

August 17, 2021

Atheist anti-theist Jonathan M. S. Pearce is the main writer on the blog, A Tippling Philosopher. His “About” page states: “Pearce is a philosopher, author, blogger, public speaker and teacher from Hampshire in the UK. He specialises in philosophy of religion, but likes to turn his hand to science, psychology, politics and anything involved in investigating reality.” This particular post was written by guest contributor David Austin. But since Pearce clearly endorses its contents, I’ll include it as #44 of his never-ending potshots against the… Read more

August 16, 2021

Fascinating Topographical and Biblical Factors Closely Examined This is a fascinating question to ponder. Most Christians likely think that the location and identity of this mountain is certain: that there is a Mt. Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula and that’s that! In fact, everyone admits that it’s not absolutely certain. 7,497 feet high Jebel Musa (or Jabal Musa or Gebel Musa: “Mount Moses”) is the leading candidate. The Catholic Encyclopedia (“Sinai”) states: [T]he precise location is uncertain. It is Jabal… Read more

August 16, 2021

Two days ago I put up an article: Unvaccinated People, Conscience, Condescension, & Coercion (A Vigorous Group Discussion Among Equally Committed Orthodox Catholics). Robert W. Woodman objected to my stated position in the combox and a debate ensued. His words will be in blue. ***** I flatly disagree that the objections of your conscience trump the need to protect the health and safety of society writ large from this pandemic. The idea that we need to be sensitive to people’s consciences… Read more

August 14, 2021

A Vigorous Group Discussion Among Equally Committed Orthodox Catholics From my Facebook page, edited a bit for flow and content. See the entire unabridged discussion there.] Words of Michael Speyrer will be in blue; those of Charlie Fromm-Starkville in green. ***** The discussion was kicked off with a meme that stated: “If you have to be persuaded, and reminded, and pressured, and lied to, and incentivized, and coerced, and bullied, and socially shamed, and guilt-tripped, and threatened, and punished and criminalized… Read more

August 13, 2021

I cross-posted the following two tweets on my Facebook page on 8-3-21: A hard pill for many TLM devotees to swallow is the fact that kids from these families are leaving the Church at the same rate as everyone else. (Traditionalist Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand: 8-2-21) I’ve seen this in my own life. Overly strict TLM [Traditional Latin Mass] families (or even NO [Novus Ordo / New Mass] families – but TLM families do this more) almost always have kids who… Read more

August 13, 2021

Guest Post by Dr. Robert Fastiggi On December 30, 2020, Bishop Johannes Hendriks, the current bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, issued a clarification regarding the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as “The Lady of all Nations.” [1] In his clarification, he allows public veneration of the title, image and prayer to continue, but he also states that this in no way can be understood as recognition of the supernatural character of the Amsterdam Apparitions. This position, though, departs from the judgement… Read more

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