The Justice League of Medieval Saints and Their Basilica

06/02/2016 Comment

The high altar of the Vierzehnheiligen (Photo Credit: “Cajetan”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

If you were a kid, or had kids, in the seventies and eighties, you might remember the classic Saturday morning animated series Super Friends (1973-1986). The cartoon depicted the adventures of the Justice League, the DC Comics superhero team to which Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter belonged. The Justice League was an amazing collection of powerful men and women (and aliens) dedicated to promoting good and fighting evil in all of its forms. Each Justice League member had specific abilities and was called upon to perform a certain function for the good of the team and the world.

Very few people, Catholic or otherwise, would realize...READ MORE

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The Truth About Daycare

06/02/2016 Comments (27)

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently scripted a fictional debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Putting aside its pure entertainment value (Douthat has Trump’s verbal tics down pat), the column, “Make Family Policy Great Again”, raised the hot-button issue of child care.

Clinton has vowed to dramatically expand federal funding for child care in the hopes of making sure “kids get the best possible start in life.” But, as W. Bradford Wilcox writes at National Review, science doesn’t back up Clinton’s underlying rationale for such programs. Referring to a recent piece in Family Studies, Wilcox writes that “when young children, especially infants, spend lots of time in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Third Meditation for Priests

06/02/2016 Comment
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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Second Meditation to Priests

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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second was in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third will be in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Meditation to Priests - Full Text

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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,...READ MORE

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Klingon Language Lawsuit Outcome Affect The Catholic Church and More Great Links!

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06/02/2016 Comment

Click on Klingon Language Lawsuit Outcome Affect The Catholic Church? by Larry D of Acts of the Apostasy link to read more!

Klingon Language Lawsuit Outcome Affect The Catholic Church? – Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

Top Ten Longest Featured Wikipedia Articles Includes One on a Pope – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The Future Church That Never Was - Anthony Esolen Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

Credo Scientific Dogma Part I – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

In the Age of Obama, The Cultures Escalated Beyond Normal – Hadley Arkes Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

The Culture War – Nicene Guy, Ignitum Today

Have We Forgotten the Hard Sayings of Christ? – Christian Browne J.D., Crisis Magazine

Distributism from the East – Jason Streit, The Distributist Review

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Forgiveness and Perpetual Motion

06/01/2016 Comments (5)

When I was little, I loved playing with magnets. It was endlessly fascinating to find that exact spot where one magnet falls within the thrall of the other. I don't know what the technical name is, but you know what I mean: two magnets sit next to each other on the table, minding their own business, nothing going on . . . and then you nudge one just one tiny little millimeter closer, and they rush together. Or, if you reverse one of them, then that one tiny millimeter means they repulse each other, and jump away. 

I had heard that the world was endlessly searching for a perpetual motion machine -- a wheel that would keep on turning without being turned. I thought, when I was little, that...READ MORE

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Are There "Lost Sayings" Of Jesus?

An introduction to the agrapha.

06/01/2016 Comments (9)

The Freer Codex: Mark 16:12-17 with the Freer Logion in 16:14 (Wikimedia Commons)

The words of the Lord are recorded in the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the beginning of Acts, but are there other texts that contain sayings (logia) of Jesus?

The Greek word “agrapha” literally means “unwritten,” and refers to a class of brief sayings not recorded in the Gospels. These words can be grouped into categories of diminishing credibility, with New Testament sayings at the top, heretical works at the bottom, and various categories in between. Let’s look at some examples.

The New Testament

The highest level of logia are those found in the New Testament but not in the Gospels or Chapter 1 of Acts. In Acts 20:35, St. Paul says

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