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05/23/2014 Comments (15)

I give a little game of Spot the Fallacy:

First, people start using the slippery slope fallacy. Next thing you know, everybody is being herded into concentration camps and gassed.

You know who makes ad hominem arguments? Ugly people, that's who!

I'm not saying people who poison the well in arguments are exactly like Hitler, but let's just say there's a resemblance, if you catch my drift.

Of course he never uses the genetic fallacy. He was raised by Italians who superstitiously believe you should never do that.

Some people say I use the tu quoque argument, but that's because they use the tu quoque argument.

Have you always asked loaded questions like a Communist child abuser or did you...READ MORE

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'We Are Church' Founder Excommunicated

05/22/2014 Comments (12)
Wir Sind Kirche

Martha Heizer

– Wir Sind Kirche

Pope Francis has allowed the excommunication of the co-founder of the dissenting group 'We are Church', Austrian media has reported.

Martha Heizer, 67, and her husband, Gert, were excommunicated for “simulating the Mass”, according to the website Kath.net. 

The Heizers reportedly often took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at their home with no priest present. The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or a grave delict, on a par with sexual abuse and violation of the confessional.

Heizer chairs 'We are Church', which she co-founded in 1995 in Austria, Germany and South Tyrol. The group seeks liberal reforms within the Catholic Church and has long...READ MORE

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The Rotten Teenager's Guide to Staying Unemployed

05/22/2014 Comments (33)

Have you finally turned 16? Have you run out of excuses for spending the summer lying on your neck and building Minecraft volcanoes to throw your chickens into?  If you are in the middle of a job hunt, here are some questions you can ask yourself, to predict your chances:
 

1. Your mother says, "Hey, you have a half day today. It's a perfect opportunity to go pick up some applications." Do you 

(a) Say, "You're right. Thanks. Let's go."
(b) Say, "But me and my friends were going to . . . never mind, let's go. Hey, can we get pizza while we're out?"
(c) Say, "Bu-u-u-u-u-u-u-ut I have to finish my science project that's due tomorrow, and I haven't had a chance to even start it yet because I...READ MORE

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In The Heart of Every Traditionalist Lies A Schismatic

05/22/2014 Comments (187)

Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

When it comes to traditionalists in the Church, the hits just keep on coming. We have now the regretful news that the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate will join their brethren in the deepest fog and fire of purgatory.

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have suffered under the draconian rule of of their imposed commissioner under the direction of His Eminence João Braz de Aviz Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the crime of crypto-lefebvrianism and justified by supposed internal dissent.

I regret to hear the news that that Cardinal Braz de Aviz...READ MORE

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Vatican Derangement Syndrome

05/21/2014 Comments (65)

Ever since Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), told officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on April 30 that the organization must comply with the CDF 2012 mandate of reform, the LCWR and its supporters have been in a state of hysteria.

We’ve seen sensational blog and article headlines such as: “No More Mr. Nice Pope: Vatican Tightens Its Grip on Radical Nuns,” “Why You Should Care That the Vatican Is Going After American Nuns, Even If You’re Not Religious” and “Nuns to Vatican: Quit Picking on Our Sisters.”

Now, with incredible hubris, a coalition of dissident groups is calling on Pope Francis to remove the CDF...READ MORE

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Resigning Ourselves to a Middle East without Christians

U.S. Christian leaders sign “Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action” on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

05/20/2014 Comments (6)

, Pope Francis has insisted that  the Church 

will not be resigned to think about the Middle East without Christians.

So what is to be done, in practical terms, to reverse the departure of Christians from Egypt, Syria and Iraq?  That question raises the broader problem of how Catholics and Christians across the globe can effectively defend the rights of believers who want to stay in the region, but are forced to leave because their fundamental rights have been ignored or even undermined by their own governments.

Mindful that the pope's visit will draw fresh attention to this problem, U.S. Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant  leaders, legislators and church-affiliated organizations, like...READ MORE

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This Family Needs a Miracle

05/20/2014 Comments (9)

His name is Daniel Wani. He's a Sudanese man who currently lives in New Hampshire and is traveling to his home country on a desperate mission to save his pregnant wife who has been sentenced to death for marrying him, a Christian.

His wife's name is Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag. She is eight months pregnant and sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for being a Christian. You see, she is guilty of apostasy for the crime of converting to Christianity even though she was raised by her Christian mother. Her father was Muslim and that's all that legally matters.

“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam," the judge told her. "I sentence you to be...READ MORE

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We All Need Re-Creation

05/20/2014 Comments (19)

My legs feet were filthy, my shoulders felt like they were in a vice, my fingernails were chipped, and my knuckles were bleeding. I can't remember the last time I felt so good. 

Yep, it finally got warm enough for us to work in the yard last weekend, and I got to do something really wonderful: I made my hands work hard enough to shut up my brain. Using mainly a small spade and my bare fingers, I weeded out my old flower bed, tore up some grass to expand it, wrenched out all the new rocks that turned themselves up over the winter, airlifted many benevolent worms to a safer spot, broke up the moist clots of soil, ferreted out the mighty dandelion taproots, and smoothed everything down so...READ MORE

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