In Remembrance

Friday, September 09, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (21)

This Sunday marks the 10th Anniversary of the attack on the United States by the forces of Radical Jihadi Islam. Much can be said, and will be, about the vicious senselessness of the attacks, about the courage of the rescuers, about the grief of the families, about the valor of the passengers of United Flight 93, about the many stories of bravery, honor and heartbreak that come down to us from that terrible day. It’s been 10 years, and yet for many of us it is still too painful to remember without tears, in part because the mass media and the internet made it a “family event” for the entire globe. I have good friends who were simultaneous witnesses to the attack on the Pentagon and the...READ MORE

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Since it's the Octave of Labor Day

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (25)

...I thought I’d have a bit of fun with something Labor Day-related.

One thing I’ve noted is that a common feature of internet conversation is to decide that a statement or idea is right or wrong, good or evil based, not on the the content of the statement, but on who said it.  I want to try something a bit different.  Below are two quotes.  One is from the President, the other from a 20th century European social philosopher.

Quote 1: “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Quote 2: “[M]odern unions grew up...READ MORE

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Adult Stem Cell News

Monday, September 05, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (17)

A reader writes:

I know you have a lot of readers, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pass this info along somehow. To sum it up quickly, I’m trying to bring awareness to umbilical cord blood donation. I am pregnant with #4, and we have donated with the last two births and will do so again with this one. Cord blood is rich in adult stem cells and is used to cure several cancers and numerous other diseases.  The current research is also very promising. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get a lot of press or funding because of all of the money that is funneled into embryonic stem cells. Most people are not aware you can donate the blood upon birth. My doctor, a very prominent doctor in our area, had no...READ MORE

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How Not to Witness

Friday, September 02, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (46)

Last time, in this space, we discussed the folly of atheists who claim to be the Future of the Human Race, who even regard themselves as worthy of the Solomonic power of depriving Christian parents of their children for the “abuse” of teaching them their religion, yet who cannot manage to grasp basic human social skills. As human beings, we recognize that human claims of Olympian authority are not made terribly convincing when the Olympian’s behavior contradicts the claim. So when atheists call themselves Bright and act dim, we laugh.

But if that holds true even for human claims, how much more true is it for divine ones? Paul, for instance, remonstrates with his fellow Jews over their...READ MORE

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Human Toothaches

Friday, August 26, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (72)

Get a Chance to Celebrate Nothing!!!!

People will go to the first US Army Atheist Concert for the sense of novelty and finger-in-the-eye defiance of theists. If you aren’t into the whole religion thing, it can feel nice to let off steam if you have a Christian co-worker or relative who gets on your nerves and you want to feel a sense of payback. But atheism is intrinsically boring as a social movement. You can only say, “There’s no God” so many times before the thrill of scandalizing the hicks is gone and the hicks themselves are looking at their watches and wondering if you are done with your rant yet. The only people who linger around such social scenes for the express purpose of...READ MORE

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In Criticism of Michael Voris

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (215)

Last week I wrote a defense of Michael Voris and Simon Rafe (a defense I stand by, despite what follows). Catholic News Agency was, I felt, jumping on the story a bit prematurely and critics of Voris and Rafe were, it seemed to me, being rather hasty both in seeing something sinister in his failure to keep up with complicated paperwork and in their demands that a penitent Rafe be punished for writing a role-playing game with a few rather ambiguous naughty bits. I say “ambiguous” because we simply don’t know how the game proceeded. If you write a game in which a character you are playing does something you know you shouldn’t do and you get rewarded for it, that’s one thing. If you write a...READ MORE

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The Fields Are White for Harvest!

Monday, August 22, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (6)

A reader writes:

Hello, I am a long time lurker to your blog. Although a Reformed Protestant, my wife and I have been investigating the claims of the Catholic Church for about the past six months or so to discern if it is in fact the one true Church Christ founded. What led us to begin this process are many and would take too long to list out. However I have been advised by several Catholics to begin attending Mass as part of this process, along with the other more theological and historical research that I’ve been doing. So I attended Mass for the first time this week. As a convert from Protestant Evangelicalism I thought you might be interested in hearing about my experience. I wrote down...READ MORE

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In Defense of Michael Voris and Simon Rafe

Friday, August 19, 2011 2:00 AM Comments (125)

Those familiar with my criticisms of Michael Voris may be surprised to hear it, but I don’t really think there’s much worth getting worked up about over the recent news that Real Catholic TV has been defunct as a non-profit for two years, nor that Simon Rafe has been writing some D&D style fan fiction on the side.

The story is basically about two awkward facts that emerged at the same time. Awkward fact No. 1:

Voris told CNA on August 16 that he had “no idea” his nonprofit corporation St. Michael’s Media had been automatically dissolved in 2009 after failing to file records with the state for two years. An official at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs confirmed on August 10...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.