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Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

March 15, AD2015 32 Comments
Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

The following article was written in the first part of November, 2013 shortly after the event occurred that is described in the beginning. In light of recent events with Ivan Dragičević, this article is being reproduced with some edits for the sake of clarity and to keep the discussion going. In November, 2013, the news […]

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Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution

March 13, AD2015 8 Comments
Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution

In late 1644, the Minim friar Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) travelled to Florence and assisted Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647) in repeating his famous barometric experiment. When Mersenne returned to France, he shared Torricelli’s discovery with his network of correspondents, “giving rise to flourishing experimental and theoretical activities,”[1] including the famous work on the weight of air conducted […]

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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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There Is No Pope in Islam

March 5, AD2015 21 Comments
There Is No Pope in Islam

Some time ago I posted on Facebook this criticism of that ubiquitous “Coexist” bumper sticker with the comment, “I need this in magnet form for my car.” A friend (who, I believe, identifies as atheist/agnostic) replied, “I don’t agree that Muslims are out to get everyone else. I find that suggestion pretty offensive actually.” Upon […]

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Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

February 18, AD2015 23 Comments
Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience

Within the past couple of weeks there have been some news reports on Medjugorje. These reports are creating some expectation among the faithful that Medjugorje is soon to be approved by the Holy Father. I would like to clarify these reports for the sake of truth and proper communion among the faithful. Medjugorje is a […]

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The Hazards of Creationism

February 15, AD2015 14 Comments
The Hazards of Creationism

In late October, Pope Francis made some remarks supporting the theory of evolution. Although he merely echoed what Pope John Paul II had said about evolution two decades ago, nevertheless a media frenzy ensued. To understand why, it’s wise to remember that both print and TV media thrive on controversy, whereas agreement or conciliation aren’t […]

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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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“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

February 3, AD2015 8 Comments
“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

My husband is the early riser in the family, and on most weekend mornings I stumble downstairs, bleary-eyed, as the kitchen radio screams out the hits of the 1970s. This can be torture or it can be wonderful, depending on my mood and the song. One morning, my positive energy surged I when I recognized […]

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The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

January 20, AD2015 2 Comments
The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

A hallmark of the Jesuit Order has been courage.  The Order founded by that Basque soldier turned saint, Saint Ignatius Loyola, had as little use for fear as it did for doubt.  The “black robes” of the Jesuits in New France were typical of the Jesuit soldiers of Christ in their almost super-human courage in disdaining […]

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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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Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

January 12, AD2015 32 Comments
Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

On January 5, 2015, Matthew James Christoff of the organization The New Emangelization published an interview he conducted with Raymond Cardinal Burke. In this interview, the cardinal made some very candid remarks about the Catholic Church becoming “feminized” as a result of radical feminism from the 1960s and 1970s. The candor of the cardinal’s remarks […]

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Balancing Culture and Christianity

January 9, AD2015 10 Comments
Balancing Culture and Christianity

Culture is a word with a depth of meaning – a mixture of pain, joy, pride, love, restriction, and tradition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definitions include “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” and “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” […]

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How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

January 5, AD2015 2 Comments
How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

Remember when you saw a group gathered together on the school playground that surrounded a kid. You rushed over to them because it looked like something exciting was happening. You were not scared, because you were not the center of attention. You could be anomyous, except for the friends that might have been there. The […]

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

December 26, AD2014 2 Comments
Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

As the year ends, I always recall my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr, whose feast day falls on December 29.  His story tells us how foreign to our time the Middle Ages are.  Becket was a worldly cleric who had risen to be chancellor of England for Henry II.  Henry seized the […]

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Edelweiss

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
Edelweiss

Edelweiss, a show tune written for the musical Sound of Music, refers to the sturdy mountain flower, which in the 19th century became a symbol for the people of the Alps.  In 1907, it became a symbol of the elite Alpine troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The song is a good reflection of the quiet Austrian patriotism […]

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The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

November 10, AD2014 50 Comments
The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

I know this is old news now, but so is the resurrection of Jesus. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family that ended on October 19, 2014, was extraordinary not only because of it’s session being a necessary preliminary discussion of issues in preparation for the Ordinary Session next year, but for the extraordinary difference in the […]

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The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

October 25, AD2014 5 Comments
The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

Long time ago, in a far away country lived a boy, John, with his parents and one younger sister. One day his parents told him that long ago, in their country, lived a people that a war wiped out. The boy wanted to know more about these people who lived there and walked these same […]

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