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Wife, mother, cradle Catholic; former naval aviation technician and life-long geek who wants to help others find out how much really cool stuff the Catholic Church has to share, especially in terms of pop culture and misconceptions. A millennial who graduated in '01, former raid tank, raid healer and raid leader for a fairly casual raiding guild in the second and third WoW expansions, a Star Trek fan and fell in love with the X-Men from her uncle's comics, and even with kids a low-level MMO and sandbox gamer.

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

October 21, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

Author’s Note:  This is a slightly updated Halloween reprint and I hope to finish an extra article on exorcism before Halloween itself, but you just know that these gems are going to be circulating again.  Previous Halloween-ish articles are: demons, vampires, Frankenstein, witchcraft, magic, D&D, and Lucifer himself. Pag-again? Just like every other big Catholic thing, it’s supposedly […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Devil’s Advocate

September 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Devil’s Advocate

In some instances, “devil’s advocate” gets used as a polite form of various colloquialisms for a person who likes to cause trouble, or offer an opposing perspective to an issue. This label can result in great surprise on finding out that it’s Catholic– and a good thing, to boot. They’re part of the saint verification […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

Lucifer, the Morning Star, Satan, The Devil, ruler of hell, fallen angel . . . There are a lot of different ways to talk about the theological bad guy, and a whole lot of incorrect “common knowledge” references that are more dramatically useful than theologically sound.  Being dramatically useful and theologically incorrect doesn’t make them evil or irrelevant, […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

July 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

Did you know that the Vatican is working with LUCIFER? It’s true! People also say they’re looking for aliens! Well, sort of. Actually, they’re working right next door to each other, doing their own things, and sometimes collaborate. And I’m not saying LUCIFER in all caps because I am yelling, or even for emphasis, but because it’s […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Miracles

June 3, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Miracles

Back on Conspiracies & Catholicism: Saints, I said I’d do an article on Miracles at a later time because certified miracles are required to show that a Saint was in position to nag Himself in person, so to speak. So here we go. What is a miracle? Literally, it’s from the the Latin for “wonderful”. […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Saints

May 5, AD2015 1 Comment
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Saints

Over on the Angels article, I avoided digressing as far as I might by saying I’d get into saints in a later article; so here we go! What is a saint? A saint is someone who is recognized as being united with God; a holy one. English is actually a bit odd– we’ve got a […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

April 7, AD2015 5 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Angels

You’ve probably heard about that baby girl who survived a car accident that killed her mother, hanging in her car seat for 14 hours until emergency personnel showed up. The first responders say they heard someone– not the baby, but either a woman or a child– yelling for help, which gave them the strength to […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Pope Corn

March 10, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism:  Pope Corn

Yes, it’s a strained pun; this is a mixed bag of Papal falsehoods. Pope Joan, the Pope’s Fishing Fleet, and the Pope Speaks For God; originally Hitler’s Pope was going to be part of it, but that kind of grew too big. Pope Joan There are a lot of variations, but the story goes like […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Hitler’s Pope

February 10, AD2015 10 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Hitler’s Pope

It’s a slander, and not just misleading but so opposite of reality I don’t understand how it caught ground. See you next month. ….alright, I know I’ve done that gag before, but some topics are just ridiculous. I do them, because being absurd to those who have some familiarity with the subject is no guard […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Nunsense

January 13, AD2015 32 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Nunsense

– Didn’t you hear about that big archaeology dig they did a decade or two back, that one that found a bunch of dead babies secretly buried near a nunnery? – You mean the one with the babies in the septic tank? – No… – You mean the one in South America? – No… – […]

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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas

December 16, AD2014 8 Comments
Catholicism & Conspiracies:  Christmas

Author’s Note: This is a slightly edited re-run of last year’s Christmas article.  A collection of Christmas and/or holiday myths. I’m going to justify this description by saying a ‘myth’ is a sort of old, sideways conspiracy… please play along! Many of these myths have been spread by well-meaning, but misinformed or mistaken people. Santa […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Monk-y Business

November 28, AD2014 47 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Monk-y Business

Why the title? Because “albino assassin monks” is entirely too long of a title for our file formats here at Catholic Stand. However, Silas of The da Vinci Code is a good example of the kind of thing I’m talking about; you may also be familiar with “The Albino” from The Princess Bride.  On to the […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

October 21, AD2014 7 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve, when ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, are all out in force…. Well, I already dealt with some monsters back in the demon, vampire and Frankenstein articles, but there are still a lovely bunch of little Halloween things to look at. Pag-again? Like pretty […]

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Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

September 23, AD2014 11 Comments
Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

There are a lot of good painters that I just don’t like. That statement doesn’t mean that they are bad artists. It means the style of this or that does not appeal to me. They may be “saying” something, but I don’t care for the presentation as a whole. The Mona Lisa? I can see it’s a good painting. I just […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

August 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

Bouncing off of last month’s mention that the Spanish Inquisition didn’t burn witches, I decided I’d talk about what “The Inquisition” is and what they did. Mandatory reference: “I didn’t expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition!” “No-one expects The Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Witchcraft

August 4, AD2014 12 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Witchcraft

This installment of Conspiracies & Catholicism seems kind of redundant after last week’s article on magic, but I’m looking more at the “everyone knows” about the Church and witchcraft. Let me see if I can sum up the archetypal belief: All through the middle ages, single women– especially if they lived alone or practiced some […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Magic

July 1, AD2014 5 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Magic

First things first: We are not allowed to do magic. You can’t be a Catholic witch, sorcerer, magician or magus. Great, that was quick! See you next Mon . . . oops. Wait. We’re obviously not forbidden from pulling coins out of kids’ ears or rabbits out of hats—that’s just silly, even if we call slight-of-hand “magic” I’d […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Dungeons & Dragons

June 3, AD2014 20 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Dungeons & Dragons

  “Wait, you’re Catholic? Uh…why are you playing Dungeons and Dragons? Your church doesn’t allow that.” This question was actually asked by a Cradle Catholic gamer friend. He’s not a “practicing Catholic”, because his aunt insisted exactly that– Catholics can’t play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), or read fantasy, or for all I know read fairy […]

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Conspiracies And Catholicism: Life Science

May 7, AD2014 8 Comments
Conspiracies And Catholicism: Life Science

“Quit forcing your religion on me! Your Pope might think that a fertilized egg is alive, that it’s human, but that’s your opinion. I believe in science! It’s no more a person than a skin cell is, and you just think it has a soul. If abortion upsets you, you should get people to use birth […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

April 8, AD2014 8 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

Eostre or Ostara Bede’s Reckoning of Time 15. The English Months In olden time the English people — for it did not seem fitting to me that I should speak of other people’s observance of the year and yet be silent about my own nation’s — calculated their months according to the course of the […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Demons

March 12, AD2014 6 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Demons

Conspiracies and Catholicism (formerly Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism) is a series of posts about things like albino assassin monks, hidden Bible books, pagan Santas and secret councils— popular culture related to Catholicism, sometimes in unexpected ways. If you have a suggestion for a future article, please leave a message in the comments or email me. Prior […]

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Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

February 10, AD2014 3 Comments
Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism is a series of posts about things like albino assassin monks, secret Bible books, pagan Santas and secret councils— popular culture related to Catholicism, sometimes in unexpected ways. If you have a suggestion for a future article, please leave a message in the comments or email me. Prior posts available by […]

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Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism: Vampires

January 14, AD2014 13 Comments
Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism: Vampires

Albino assassin monks, secret Bible books, pagan Santas and secret councils—this is a series about popular culture claims related to Catholicism. If you have a suggestion for a future article, please leave a message in the comments or email me. Prior posts available by clicking my name. Through mere glimpses of him, however, demonic accuracy […]

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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas

December 17, AD2013 23 Comments
Catholicism & Conspiracies:  Christmas

A collection of Christmas and/or holiday myths. I’m going to justify this description by saying a ‘myth’ a sort of old, sideways conspiracy… please play along! Many of these myths have been spread by well meaning, but misinformed or mistaken people. Images courtesy of Clean Out Your Eyes blog; click for printable holy cards Santa […]

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