Going on Vacation and Thinking about Dad

05/28/2010 Comments (4)

As you read this, I will be heading out with the Fambly and friends to our Hidden Island Redoubt deep in the wilds of Western Washington.  Thanks to the miracle of modern communications technology, I can speak to you over this elaborate device called the Interweb.  I wrote this piece on Wednesday, uploaded it and told it to publish at midnight on Friday morning.  So the machine does the work while I get to go goof off and take a ferry (did I say “ferry”?  I’ve said too much already!) to our Hidden Island Redoubt.

I’ve always suspected that a vast amount of our experience of Heaven is mediated to us through playtime rather than Serious Grownup Adult Work time.  I came from a family where...READ MORE

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Catholic Church Lets Copernicus Out of Hell!!!!!

05/27/2010 Comments (67)

So the other day one of my readers declared:

Copernicus was so afraid of the catholic church that he waited until he was on his death bed to proclaim that the earth as was believed by the catholic church was not the center of the universe and that it was the sun.

The best answer to these sorts of claims is “Documentation please?”  An even better answer, if you have the time and inclination, is to provide the answer yourself, which I helpfully did since I had the time and inclination.  If you want it yourself, go here.
My reader, daunted by actual fact, replied “Ok, I am not going to debate history with you” and then proceeded to change the subject to “Has any Catholic anywhere ever done bad...READ MORE

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Scavenging the Gospels

05/25/2010 Comments (13)

Here’s a new piece in which somebody projects some good old-fashioned liberal biblical scholarship on Jesus.  It’s the New Yorker, of course, so we can’t expect much.

It’s a common enough thing in our world.  People are continually manufacturing Latest Real Jesuses to suit the cultural priorities of their age.  Albert Schweitzer, the great Social Gospel Protestant, went on a Quest for the Historical Jesus and discovered that Jesus was basically a Social Gospel Protestant.  Frank Barton wrote The Man Nobody Knows in the 20s, just as the stock market was soaring and Calvin Coolidge was declaring that “The business of America is business.”  Turned out Jesus was the first businessman.  In the...READ MORE

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Fr. Robert Barron on "Agora"

05/20/2010 Comments (12)

Here is a textbook example of how a lie get popularized and becomes pseudoknowledge.  Our Manufacturers of Culture, under the influence of powers and principalities, are slowly and surely preparing our culture to undertake a pogrom.  Again and again, outright lies about Christians and their history get promulgated while we are told that it is “impeccable research” as, incredibly, the Da Vinci Code was described by one reviewer.  Or, we get the ill-informed tracts by New Atheists that would embarrass any real atheist.  But, above all, we begin to get the toxicity making its way into popular visual media like Agora

The reason this matters is that visual media tend to bypass the critical...READ MORE

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The Chesterton Academy Could Use Our Help!

05/19/2010 Comment

I don’t normally publish something like this here, but since the Register has such a big readership, and there is so little time, and hey!  I’m a fan of all things Chesterton I thought, “Why not?”

Chestertonians !!

In all of the American Chesterton Society’s good work, one of the most exciting things we have ever gotten involved in is helping to start a new high school. Chesterton Academy is just completing its second year of operations in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We featured a cover story about it in Gilbert Magazine not long ago, but it has received other national press because of its uniquely integrated curriculum, its comprehensive approach to classical learning, its faith-based...READ MORE

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Chris Johnson…

05/17/2010 Comments (14)

driven to distraction by the hijinx in his own Episcopal communion, reflects on why the Catholic Church has a future and the Thing that Used to be Anglicanism does not.

The thing is, that’s no great credit to us Catholics.  I owe Anglicans like C.S. Lewis, John Donne, Charles Williams and Dorothy L. Sayers a debt I can never repay.  The tragedy of the Anglican communion is that there are so many people there of whom the Episcopalian Thing is now utterly unworthy.

In contrast, when I think of the Catholic Church, I’m reminded of a trip I once took to my brother’s house with a carload of teenagers.  He lives on a lake, and one fine summer day we went down there to swim.  He owns a canoe,...READ MORE

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Pseudoknowledge and the Recent Anti-Benedict Hysteria

05/14/2010 Comments (36)

Some years back, a friend of mine was leaving evening prayer at our local Dominican parish when he found himself confronted by an angry lady scowling at the Dominicans in their habits.  My friend happens to be a history prof at the University of Washington.  The lady started muttering at him about the monstrous crimes of the Dominicans and how everybody (including my friend) was a blind sheep because they knew nothing about the medieval Church and the crimes it has committed.  (Surely, if any subject is taboo in our culture, it is discussion of the sins, both real and imagined, of the Catholic Church).  My friend asked, “What crimes do you mean?”  She replied, “Why don’t you ask your...READ MORE

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Another Astounding Treasure of our Faith

05/13/2010 Comments (13)

Here's an interesting photo-article about some historical artifacts from Christianity's oppressed past in Japan. The most amazing among them is a series of mosaics made from tens of thousands of butterfly wings, and constructed by a priest, no less!

It's hard to add commentary to something like this. The astonishing labor that went into this, the sheer love of God, love of craftsmanship, love of the art beggars words. Someday, somebody is going to do justice to the story of Japan's Catholics: people who waited for centuries for the return of the Mass after a small number of converts were made and the western priests murdered or exiled. They quietly practiced baptism, year in and year...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.