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Hitler’s Pope

Repost because it’s in the news again– hey, the Pope said something I agree with! Francis indicated the church was confident the papacy would withstand the findings by historians’ studying the archives, saying Pius was “criticized, one can say, with

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Demons in Crisis Magazine

An ’03 article called The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World. It is incredibly creepy, but worth a read: A friend of one of the victims listed these manifestations: “He’d get an oppressive feeling. Sometimes he’d see a grotesque, impish

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Ask a Catholic Geek: Moral Culpability in Service

From the Catholic Geek blog, they’re attempting to start a new series: I’ve been meaning to start up an Ask a Catholic Geek series, and this question posed in our Facebook group was the perfect opportunity. How do we explain, using moral

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On The Crusades: Pt 4

This would be where Mr. Flynn gets into the maps that have squiggly lines all over them— but so even I can follow it: The House of Submission was divided into two broad zones. The Highlands — the mountainous plateaus

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On The Crusades, Pt 3

Starting with finances. IN THE STANDARD MODEL, the crusaders were imagined as second sons with no inheritance, as robber barons, as highwaymen, or as others with nothing to lose out to get rich on the fabled wealth of the Orient.

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The Gillette Ad-

Re-written to be something other than nasty. This would’ve knocked it out of the park: If they wanted to go with more of a “men should do right” message I think it would have been more effective to have some

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On The Crusades: Pt 2

More history from The TOF Spot: Among the usual cris de coeur about Western Civilization are the Crusades, a series ofunprovoked and dastardly aggressions against the Religion of Peace.™ These were, in this view, holy wars led by power-mad popes and fought by uncouth religious

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On The Crusades, pt 1

Again, from The TOF Spot blog: The World of Late Antiquity was in serious decline. Global warming, with its longer growing seasons and more expansive agriculture, had ended and global cooling had set in. The bubonic plague had, well, plagued the Empire.

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Medieval SciFi

Another TOF Spot reblog; there are more coming, too. ET in the Middle Ages It has long been held that the medievals would have been terrified of aliens, regarded them as “demons,” and otherwise persecuted them in their religious ignorance

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I am the master of the universe. In Latin.
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The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

Reblog from The TOF Spot, it’s an online version of two articles the good author had previously published, put up in nine parts. It’s a series of blog posts on the century-long progress from the first seriously-worked out heliocentric mathematical model

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The Heresy of Americanism

Consisted of: undue insistence on interior initiative in the spiritual life, as leading to disobedience attacks on religious vows, and disparagement of the value of religious orders in the modern world minimizing Catholic doctrine minimizing the importance of spiritual direction.

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Christmas Spirit

Early Monday morning, a guy drove through the front door of Our Lady of Lavang Catholic church and proceeded to do donuts all over the pews.  (He turned himself in after driving off.) They did not reschedule Christmas Eve Mass–

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Merry Christmas

From the Foxfier household, and I’m sure all the bloggers, and commentators, of this site.

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Shooting near Christmas Market in France

Two dead, 11 injured. Eyewitness tells us he tried to resuscitate Thai tourist shot by gunman. Pater Fritz, “video” with the audio at link. The lady he was with was not hurt. I can’t find the other known death yet.

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Argumentum ex Ovem

Looong quote Long ago, I accepted the idea that December 25 was probably not the actual date of Christ’s birth, that the real date was unknown but probably in the spring. Knowing the exact date doesn’t really impact the liturgical

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Civil War: Crowd-Sourcing History

This is a bit more Donald’s thing than mine, but it is simply too neat to not share– a site called Civil War Photo Sleuth (CWPS) is collecting all the photographs they can (you can upload them, anonymously if you

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Narco-Saints: Santa Muerte

This isn’t going to be as polished as I wanted, but I’ve been “gonna” get this going for over a year so I better get started. New to the Conspiracies and Catholicism series, I present: Narco Saints. A narco-saint is

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C&C Devil’s Advocate

More Conspiracies and Catholicism can be found here In some instances, “devil’s advocate” gets used as a polite form of various colloquialism for a person who likes to cause trouble. This can result in great surprise on finding out that

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C&C Lucifer

Seemed fitting for Halloween; more Conspiracies and Catholicism can be found here. Lucifer, the Morning Star, Satan, The Devil, ruler of hell, fallen angel…. There’s a lot of different ways to talk about the theological bad guy, and a whole

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C&C: Magic

I previously published a lot of these over at Catholic Stand before life started getting in the way of writing regularly; slowly republishing over here as things seem relevant. You can see the rest of the Conspiracies and Catholicism articles

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Proving The Court’s Point:

It’s buried right at the end of a rather biased article (the USCCB didn’t say anything; a committee chairman did) but this really jumped out at me: Teachers’ unions could be “permanently crippled” by the decision, the journal Education Next

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Holding Minors Separately From Adult Arrestees

Since the topic is very hot currently, I thought it might be a good idea to explain why this policy came about. Before the Obama administration put in this detention policy (yes, it is several years old, not sure why

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Evil in Storytelling

Now that we have defined evil for the purposes of this essay, we may look at why people choose it over good. Every would-be author on the planet has to have heard a version of the tired adage that the

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New Information on Alfie’s Death

“Before he died, while Tom was away for a moment, leaving Kate [Alfie’s mother] half-asleep and another family member in the room, a nurse entered and explained that she would give the child four drugs (no-one knows which) to treat

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Abortion and the Death Penalty

Since the subject is floating around a bit, due to some liberal-style “tolerance” displayed by a magazine, I’ve been thinking about why exactly many pro-lifers do not support automatically punishing a woman who has had an abortion as strongly as

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A Lack of Charity

In keeping with several people having noticed a seemingly active dislike of the loyal son, the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, has issued a statement about the recent violence on the Israeli/Gazan border: We join with many around the

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From Crisis:

Was the Seamless Garment Always a Scam?: Rebecca Bratten Weiss and Matthew Tyson started the “New Pro-Life Movement” precisely for Seamless Garment purposes. You’d think they would opine. Nope. Crickets. Nothing on the New Pro-Life Movement website and nothing in

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Knights Templar

Interesting article from Catholic Answers magazine. Thankfully, available online. A taste from somewhere in the middle of the article: Membership in the order grew as a result of the writing and preaching of Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153). Bernard wrote a

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Heading Home

I don’t believe he comments over here, but some of you may know KT of The Scratching Post. His dad passed away last night.  Expected, as ready as they could be, but… a prayer for all involved couldn’t go amiss,

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“Could Not Come To An Agreement”

If your local Catholic radio is now branded as Relevant Radio, you may be aware that Catholic Answers Live will not be carried after the first of the year. Various news reports said they “could not come to an agreement.”

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Moore News

Yeah,  I’m tired of it, too– especially the way that stuff is getting mixed, with the news declaring that the judge denies having dated/assaulted under-age girls, and then cites gals who were not under-aged under law now or then and who

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“The American Bishops” Have NOT Weighed In On Net Neutrality

From Crisis: Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, New Hampshire (who is chairman of the Communications Committee of the USCCB) has announced his opposition to efforts by the current Republican FCC chairman to overturn federal regulation of Internet service providers imposed

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