Who Would Jesus Whip?

Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:00 AM Comments (70)

A story caught my eye on Catholic News Agency, according to which:

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said that a local Catholic school must permanently ban corporal punishment for student misbehavior, even though many parents and alumni support the practice. ...

Since 1951 teachers and administrators at the historically black all-boys school have used an 18-inch-long wooden paddle, known as “the board of education,” to administer punishment to students for tardiness, sloppy dress or other minor infractions.

However, Archbishop Aymond and Josephite superior general Fr. Edward Chiffriller, who heads the school’s board of trustees, ordered an end to the practice.

A town hall meeting...READ MORE

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Major Supernatural Event This Saturday! (Rapture Prediction Analyzed!)

Monday, May 16, 2011 9:52 PM Comments (278)

Yes! It’s true! A major supernatural event will be occurring *this* Saturday, May 21, 2011!

I’m *not* kidding!

Harold Camping—president of the Protestant radio outreach known as Family Radio—has been predicting for some time that the long-awaited Rapture will occur on May 21st of this year.

Of course, he’s made similar predictions before. He famously got his followers worked up back in 1994 about that being the year the world would end (or something) and, well ... y’know.

But this time is different!

There really *is* a major supernatural event occurring this Saturday!

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the reasoning Camping uses to arrive at his conclusion is sound. In fact, it’s not....READ MORE

Filed under bible, end of the world, family radio, flood, genesis, harold camping, noah, peter, prophecy, prophesy

VIDEO: Secret Italian Easter Recipe!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:00 AM Comments (3)

Over on Facebook, where you can friend me if you like, one of the things I regularly do is post pictures of various low-carb recipes, because I’m on a low-carb diet and all. The recipes I’m showing pictures of are for a low-carb cookbook that my FB friends convinced me to work on. These are the test recipes.

I also occasionally post video recipes, and one I recently did was for a special Italian dish that is made for Easter. It goes by a number of Italian names, but in English it’s often called “Italian Easter Pie.”

There are may ways of making it, but I based this recipe off of one that was taught to me by a family of friends in which the mother is of Italian American descent.

It really...READ MORE

Filed under chiena, diet, easter, italian, low-carb, pie, piena, pizza, rustica

Was Osama bin Laden Chronically Stupid or What?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 12:30 PM Comments (54)

It’s been a day, and some more details have become clear about the killing of Osama bin Laden. I thought I’d add a few more thoughts—some of which I didn’t have time to blog yesterday and some of which are in response to what various commenters have posted.

First, was bin Laden chronically stupid or what?

You are the most wanted man in the world, with the world’s most powerful nation on your tail. Okay, so maybe living in a cave isn’t so fun, especially if you have health conditions like Osama was reported to have. And then there are all those pesky predator drones trying to shoot at you out in the hills, so getting under some kind of permanent cover in a more populated area makes sense,...READ MORE

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Killing bin Laden: Catholic Perspective

Monday, May 02, 2011 1:24 PM Comments (286)

So it has been announced that Osama bin Laden is dead.

Good.

The twisted, evil mastermind responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent human beings has been shuffled off this mortal coil.

This provides a measure of justice. Not full justice. That’s in God’s hands. But some justice.

Of course, Our Lord’s command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us still applies. We must hope that Osama bin Laden repented at the last second, or that he had been crazy for years and not responsible for his actions, or that God might provide for his salvation in some other way.

And we must remember that Christ himself died to make salvation possible for all men, Osama bin Laden...READ MORE

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Women's Head Coverings at Mass: Won't Say I Told You So, But ...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:12 AM Comments (216)

Some time ago I did a post (possibly more than one) dealing with the subject of women’s headcoverings at Mass—a practice that was required by the 1917 Code of Canon Law but that then fell into desuetude after the Second Vatican Council and was abolished by the release of the 1983 Code of Canon Law.

I have no problem with women wearing head coverings. In fact, I’m rather partial to the practice, and I fully support any woman’s right to wear one.

But I’m not going to falsify what the law requires concerning them.

My post was occasioned by queries I got from time to time about whether the former practice of women wearing some form of headcovering at Mass is still required.

Some of these...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic signatura, canon law, chapel veils, edward peters, extraordinary form, head coverings, jimmy akin, john zuhlsdorf, latin mass, mantillas

The Crucifixion: Wednesday or Friday?

Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:34 PM Comments (35)

There has been some talk recently about a new book by Cambridge University professor Colin Humphreys that proposes the Last Supper was held on Wednesday of Holy Week (GET IT HERE), rather than on Thursday as it has been traditionally commemorated. I haven’t had a chance to review his arguments yet, but there is room for discussion here. In fact, in his recent, second volume of Jesus of Nazareth (GET IT HERE!), Pope Benedict wrestles with the subject of the Last Supper without coming to a definite conclusion.

Regardless of when precisely the Last Supper took place in Holy Week, one thing both the Cambridge professor and the pontiff are agreed upon is that the Crucifixion took place on...READ MORE

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Biblical Inerrancy Under Discussion! Your Prayers Needed!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:03 AM Comments (138)

You may remember that back in 2008 the Holy See held a session of the synod of bishops devoted to the theme “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” The synod of bishops is a gathering of bishops from around the world, shy of a full ecumenical council, who gather in Rome to reflect on a particular topic and then deliver their recommendations to the pope. In 2008 they were called to reflect on the word of God, as contained in Scripture and Tradition.

Among the topics that they dealt with, at least in brief, was the inerrancy of Scripture. This has been a fractious subject in the last several decades, with many people claiming that Scripture is not, in fact, inerrant or free...READ MORE

Filed under bible, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, dei verbum, holy spirit, inerrancy, inspiration, pontifical biblical commission, pope benedict, scripture, synod of bishops

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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."