Against Punishing the Poor

08/03/2014 Comments (56)
Under a proposed stricter Norton Shores solicitation ordinance, people asking for money would receive a civil infraction citation, and motorists who hold up traffic because of their engagement with panhandlers could also be penalized.
It is *so* important make sure the poor are well and truly punished and humiliated for being poor. So, so important. Also any filthy do-gooder who tries to help them.  Particularly remarkable is the terror (supported by urban legends of rich panhandlers pulling down $500 a day that nobody repeating such legends seems eager to try) that if one is generous to the poor, one might be (gasp!) cheated on occasion, which is apparently a fate so horrible that it is...READ MORE

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Global Prayer for Peace in Iraq on Aug. 6: Are You In?

08/03/2014 Comment

For the past two months, the Register has brought you the stories of the Iraqi Christians’ desperate condition at the hands of the militants of the Islamic State. They are a sea of refugees robbed of everything, begging the world to let them survive. They haven’t just lost their property and homes — they have been robbed of their identity, their culture, and their history.

Iraq’s Christians face their darkest hour. At the moment, the Islamic State looks as much the future of Iraq as Nazi Germany looked like the future of Europe in June 1941.

But the gimbals of history, on which nations and tyrants rise and fall, sometimes turn in God’s providence on the smallest of human acts. And it may...READ MORE

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New 60s! Hercules! Lucy! Snowpiercer! Plus Fr. John Cush on superheroes!

08/02/2014 Comments (5)

In our latest episode of Reel Faith, David and I review Guardians of the Galaxy and Hercules, and chat about superhero movies with Father John Cush, a movie and comic-book buff who has taught classes on superheroes. (Find out where and when to watch Reel Faith.)

Bonus: Our 30-plus minute conversation with Father Cush wouldn’t all fit on the show … but you can watch the whole thing right here.

Hercules (SDG)

A question I couldn’t get to in 60 seconds: What’s the real story with the creepy, green spaced-out tribal warriors? Can anyone explain that?

Lucy (DD)

Director Luc Besson says the beginning is Leon The Professional, the middle is Inception and the end is 2001: A Space Odyssey....READ MORE

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Catholic Hungary Discovering Turkic Identity—and Suleyman’s Heart?

08/01/2014 Comments (43)

One hundred years ago, a village priest added a white marble plaque to St Maria Church’s facade out in a field in southern Hungary.

 

Not fluent in Arabic or Hungarian, I can’t read it, but a friend translated: “In 1566…Sultan Suleyman’s princely heart and intestines were buried in this place…God’s mercy be upon him.”

That Suleyman the Magnificent died in his tent of natural causes—as his army closed in on the Szigetvar fortress blocking their march to Vienna—is established fact.

Whether his heart remained in this earth is a historical mystery being tackled by archeologists and historians, financed by the Turkish government.

Suleyman was one of Turkey’s greatest leaders. Under his...READ MORE

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Ditch The Sign of Peace or "Take your stinking paws off me you darn dirty ape!"

08/01/2014 Comments (293)

I note with no small sense of irony the The Congregation for Divine Worship's recent circular letter announcing that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it  could be performed with greater dignity, lesser dignity being unavailable, of course.

CNA Reports:

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass,” Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, related in a July 28 memo.

He noted that this was done out of consideration of the placement of the rite of peace as “a...READ MORE

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People who live in DeGrasse Houses…

08/01/2014 Comments (67)

...should not throw stones:

...says the guy who seriously claims that Giordano Bruno was a scientist and who says that all that "deep question" junk (aka, philosophy, theology, metaphysics, and ethics) "can really mess you up."

Yes, he really did say that. Go ahead, listen for yourself, beginning at 20:19 — and behold the spectacle of an otherwise intelligent man and gifted teacher sounding every bit as anti-intellectual as a corporate middle manager or used-car salesman. He proudly proclaims his irritation with "asking deep questions" that lead to a "pointless delay in your progress" in tackling "this whole big world of unknowns out there." When a scientist encounters someone inclined...READ MORE

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The Long Dark Night of Mosul's Christians—"Does Washington even care?"

BREAKING NEWS: Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako calls for Christians across the world to join together to pray for peace in Iraq on August 6.

07/31/2014 Comments (31)

[UPDATE 8/1: Just learned that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has marked August 1 as a day of prayer and adoration for the persecuted Christians of Iraq and Syria. Here is a link to livestreamed liturgies and other events organized for today. And Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako calls for Christians across the world to join together to pray for peace in Iraq on August 6.]

Today, Elizabeth Scalia posted  a rich, harrowing meditation that imagined the experience of Mosul's Christians, who have been treated with unimaginable brutality by militants from the Islamic State (IS) and forced into exile with nothing but the clothes on their back. Scalia begins her reflection this...READ MORE

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Christian Mother Killed in Gaza

07/31/2014 Comments (60)

The latest resumption of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has claimed its first confirmed Christian victim: 60- year-old woman Jalileh Ayyad.

Sami El-Yousef, regional director for Palestine and Israel for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), provided the Register with an update on Christians and Christian institutions in Gaza. El-Yousef’s organization provides vital humanitarian services to Christians and Muslims in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere.

In a phone interview, he said that, although the Israeli army apparently warned the family that their home would be targeted, a missile flew through their roof and into the home before they were able to flee. Ayyad was...READ MORE

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