The Culture of Blechh

08/19/2014 Comments (60)

The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!"

Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying:

"Here's to every woman's right to exercise her sexual and reproductive functions in the ways she and not someone else, chooses....READ MORE

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Pope 'Deeply Saddened' Over News of Relatives Killed in Accident

08/19/2014 Comments (26)
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UPDATE II: The Vatican released the following statement Wednesday evening: "This afternoon, Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of the Republic of Argentina, telephoned the Holy Father to offer him condolences on behalf of the Argentine people for the bereavement that has affected his family." 
 

UPDATE I: At his weekly general audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father said:

"I thank you for the prayers and condolences for what happened in my family. Even the Pope has a family. We are 5 siblings, I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews had a car accident. His wife died as well as two young children; one was 2 years old and the other only a few months old. And he right...READ MORE

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New Fatima Revelation?

08/19/2014 Comments (95)

On the site liberoquotidiano.it, Italian journalist Antonio Socci reveals some new text reportedly written by Sister Lucia of Fatima.

Socci is the Italian journalist who in 2006 published the book, "The Fourth Secret of Fatima" which contends that there is an additional text composed by Sister Lucia and sent to the Vatican which has never been revealed.

In this most recent article, Socci relays additional information reportedly from an unpublished diary of Sister Lucia, the provenance of which he reports is "contained in an official publication of the Carmel of Coimbra, the one where she lived and died (in 2005) Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last seer. Entitled "A caminho sob or olhar de...READ MORE

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The Real Cost of Raising Children

08/18/2014 Comments (7)

A new report states that children are expensive. Thank goodness for experts, right? Who would've known it without them? The Associated Press called it "sticker shock." Seriously. Sticker shock for a human being. Nice, huh?

In particular, the report states that a child born to a middle class family will cost their parents almost a quarter million dollars. And that's just up until they're 18. So that doesn't even include college. When adjusting for projected inflation, a child born in 2013 could cost a family over $300,000.

I'm not sure how they figured all that out because I've got five children and I don't have that much money and none of them seem to be starving. But let's take what the...READ MORE

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UPDATED: Full Jim Caviezel interview! Plus: Turtles! 100 Foot Journey! More!

08/18/2014 Comments (9)

Updated: Recently my Reel Faith cohost David DiCerto had a chance to sit down with Jim Caviezel and chat about his upcoming movie When the Game Stands Tall. Here’s their full interview. (Watch for the summer season finale of Reel Faith this week; here’s where and when. And check out the latest Reel Faith reviews below!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SDG)

Thanks to this film, I’ll be adding “Shrinking World Syndrome” to SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary. You know, how it turns out that the Joker killed Batman’s parents, Anakin Skywalker created C-3PO, and now April O’Neil is connected to the Turtles’ origins.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (SDG)

While I didn’t care for this movie as...READ MORE

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Catholic Officialdom and Theological Ambiguity

08/17/2014 Comments (27)

As I mentioned recently, I once guested on a talk radio show and got a call from a man who wanted to know what the "official Catholic teaching" was on (I kid you not) "how much body mass you can lose before you lose your soul." The man was apparently under the impression that if a certain amount of tissue gets lopped off in an amputation, your soul would leak away and he was urgently interested in whether the Church had issued an official measurement (in grams?) of just how much tissue this would have to be.

The question, odd as it was, nonetheless is not the only one of its sort out there. On the Internet, in magazines and on other media I frequently run across the notion that the...READ MORE

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Pope Prays at Garden Memorial for Aborted Children

08/16/2014 Comments (7)

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Pope Francis paid a visit to a garden memorial for aborted children on Saturday as he toured a South Korean hilltop community for the sick and disabled.

During the solemn visit, part of his prearranged itinerary to South Korea, the Holy Father and his entourage stopped for a moment and prayed in silence in front of hundreds of small white crosses representing victims of abortion. Accompanying the Pope was Father Lee Gu-won, a representative of pro-life groups in Korea and missionary to people without limbs.

The moment of prayer today came after the Pope visited Kkottongnae ("Village of Flowers"), a Catholic center about 60 miles south of Seoul which seeks to provide care and...READ MORE

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Summer Reading: A Bible Story Retold Well

08/16/2014 Comments (1)

I was raised reading the Picture Bible every night for many years. It’s a tradition I’ve continued, on and off, with my own children, and they enjoy the drama as much as I did as a child. I have my brother’s old childhood copy of it, circa 1982, and just opening it reminds me of curling up with my dad or mom.

For the most part, this is a great way to introduce the excitement of Bible stories to my kids, in the context of bedtime stories. They remember the drawings, the storytelling, the cliffhangers between nights.

I’ve never found a copy of the Picture Bible, though, that has the book of Tobit (or the Maccabees stories either, for that matter). It’s too bad, too: I wasn’t raised with...READ MORE

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