Liturgical Horror Backfire: Popsicle "Artist" Cuts, Runs

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:19 AM Comments (6)

Remember the Chilean-born, New York area "artist" who was planning to distribute popsicles that he (wrongly) claimed were made from the Precious Blood?

Yeah, that guy.

Guess what?

He's now bailed on his own publicity campaign.

According to the Christian Post:

A spokesperson for Errazuriz told The Christian Post via email that the artist is no longer granting interviews about the popsicles so that his studio can focus on other projects.

So Mr. Errasuriz has concluded that he doesn't want attention in connection with the popsicles any more and has pulled the plug on his sacrilegious popsicle campaign.

Good.

Let's hope he cancels the popsicle-distributing party he had planned...READ MORE

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Liturgical Horror Story: Popsicles Made from the Blood of Christ?

Monday, May 21, 2012 8:38 PM Comments (37)

A page on CNN's web site is headlined:

Jesus Christ ice pops made from frozen, inadvertently blessed wine. No, we can't believe we typed that, either.

The story goes on to explain:

Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism.

At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and...READ MORE

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Who Is the Beast of Revelation?

Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:25 AM Comments (41)

One of the most sinister figures in the Bible is the so-called "Beast" from the Book of Revelation. Portrayed as a frightening monster and identified with the ominous number 666, the Beast has been the subject of an enormous amount of discussion down through the centuries.

We read about him:

"This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six" (Rev. 13:18).

And:

"This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;
they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain...READ MORE

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Was Same-Sex "Marriage" a Christian Rite?

Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:03 AM Comments (34)

Recently an article on the Internet that claims same-sex "marriage" used to be a Christian rite has been trending. It's been cited repeatedly, in many different places, and Jimmy has gotten multiple queries about how to respond to it.

According to the article:

Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th...READ MORE

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One of the Most Important Events in Christian History

Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:44 AM Comments (5)

This Sunday's readings deal with one of the most important events in Christian history.

Although the majority of Christians have little or no knowledge of the event, a pivotal moment in the history of the Church is recorded in Acts 10.

This event is the conversion of the household of the Roman centurion Cornelius, and it is important because, when this event occurred, it became clear that one did not have to become a Jew in order to become a Christian. This opened the door to a wave of conversions from people of all nations and kept Christianity from being a purely Jewish phenomenon, ethnically speaking.

But the conversion of Cornelius is controversial. It was in its own day, and it...READ MORE

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Should Christians Be Vegetarians? (Video)

Sunday, May 06, 2012 3:29 PM Comments (24)

Vegetarianism is a hot topic today. Many people are cutting out some or all animal products from their diet.

Virtually all restaurants have vegetarian selections on their menus, and there are even restaurants that specialize exclusively in vegetarian cuisine.

Products in stores also advertise that they are made without animal products and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

With vegetarianism and veganism growing more popular, it raises important questions, such as what its health effects are, whether it is more ethical, and whether it should be embraced on religious grounds.

When done for health reasons, this is a matter of science rather than faith. But what about claims...READ MORE

Filed under animals, bible, christianity, diet, jesus, judaism, meat, peta, vegan, veganism

How to Respond to Dan Savage on Homosexuality and the Bible?

Monday, April 30, 2012 12:23 AM Comments (176)

Homosexual activist Dan Savage recently was invited to give a keynote address to a group of high school students at a high school journalism conference.

You may make your own inferences regarding what this shows about the national associations in question, given the controversial, foul-mouthed history of Savage.

During the course of the event, Savage began a vulgarity-laced rant against the Bible and its teachings on homosexuality.

A significant portion of his audience, which included students from Christian schools, then walked out on him in protest (or disgust, or outrage, etc.).

In response, he suggested they were “pansy *ssed” for being unable to handle his pushback.

...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Is the Rosary Just "Vain Repetitions"?

Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:02 AM Comments (120)

We’re coming up on May–a month associated with the Virgin Mary–so here’s a new video on one of the most common objections to the rosary: the charge that it amounts to “vain repetitions,” in violation of Jesus’ command in the Sermon on the Mount:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matt. 6:7, King James Version).

"Surely, the rosary must violate that," an opponent of the rosary thinks. "I mean, 153 Hail Marys? That's gotta violate Jesus' command against repetitive prayer."

But is that what Jesus really meant? Is it even what he really *said*? Or has there been a translation problem here?

...READ MORE

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."