Technology and Faith 1

In the “ways that tech can help us” meaning, since there’s no shortage of “technology can hurt you horribly and is probably evil” type posts, articles and borderline verbal ticks.  And this is going to be a tiny post, which I

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Not-So-Lying Nativity Scene

Over at Catholic Vote, they’re responding to the inevitable Atlantic “look at me!” inflammatory article; this one is “Your Christmas Nativity Scene is a Lie.” He finally does come to something that is admittedly an inaccuracy, and here we seem

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C&C Miracles

Written because during C&C Saints the issue of the certified miracles that are required to show that a Saint was in position to nag Himself in person, so to speak; that would require figuring out what a miracle is, and then what it takes, and

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Papal Errors

…of the past. I found it really interesting; some examples are this: Pope Benedict IX (1032-44; 1045; 1047-8): Benedict IX was elected through bribes paid by his father. Kelly tells us that “his personal life, even allowing for exaggerated reports,

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The Church in the World

During the debates leading up to the 1983 pastoral letter of the bishops of the United States on nuclear weapons, “The Challenge of Peace,” the great churchman Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans said that many of the bishops were

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Horror Movies Redone With Kittens

A cute PSA from ASPCA; it features The Purring (1980), The Texas Chainpaw Meowsacre (1974), Psycat(1960) and Cattie (1976).  (Only possibly nasty part is the paper cutout of the mask for the second one– my preschooler didn’t have an issue with

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Halloween Articles

It’s a little late, but there have been several rather good blog-articles about Halloween not being evil and nasty and a thing unsuited for polite company this year. SuburbanBanshee did a Christian Halloween FAQ that I found very amusing, focusing on

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Sir Terry Pratchett Dead

Died at home, surrounded by family, with his cat on his lap. No other details available; Otherwhere Gazette will add them as they become available. Much loved for being intelligent and honest enough to come around to the truth from

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The Danger of Nice

This has been on my mind of late because of the kerfluffle about common core and fact vs opinion, so republishing it from Catholic Stand. “Be nice.” “That’s not nice.” “Wouldn’t it be nice if people would just get along?”

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Good Summary Of ISIS

Right before I hit “send” on an email sharing the following, my husband sent me a text mentioning that there was finally a mainstream article that had a clue about ISIS. Suburban Banshee has 14 points, but I think the

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Frankenstein’s Monster, Then and Now

An opening note: Yes, I know that in the book, the Doctor was Frankenstein, and the Monster was to be “a new Adam.” In popular culture, Frankenstein’s Monster became shortened to Frankenstein, and sometimes to Frank. I’m going with “Frankenstein”

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Demons

It’s a staple of horror movies– there is some invisible thing that will get you, destroy your life, take over your loved ones and drag you to hell.  A demon haunts this house! First, we should probably back up a

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Vampires

Through mere glimpses of him, however, demonic accuracy is achieved: Dracula is an Antichrist. He cannot attack unless willingly engaged. He baptizes his victims in his blood even as he drinks theirs in a sacrifice that gives eternal “life” in

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A Question of Learning

Or, less pretentiously: What should a kid learn in kindergarten? I’m taking a swing at home schooling the Princess*– she’s just a bit too young to go into kindergarten, and I’ve got enough qualifications legally allowed to be a home educator

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Basic Life Science and Catholicism

mildly edited and cross posted from Catholic Stand, because it seems to be timely “Quit forcing your religion on me! Your Pope might think that a fertilized egg is alive, that it’s human, but that’s your opinion– I believe in

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Pro-Life Demonstrator Assaulted By Professor

A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before grabbing one of

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Catholic Answers Needs Help

I’m sorry I haven’t posted for so long– I’ve been over at Catholic Stand and Ricochet, and trying to help folks on facebook– and I’m sorry to come back with a “Please help” message. Doing it anyways. Catholic Answers needs

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On Ricochet: Modern Media and Benedict the Humble

Our modern media, driven by image, loves outward signs of humility. The incongruity of a Pope riding the bus and moving out of the palace creates a spectacle that viewers can instantly digest as “good,” even though these are only

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So Who Are The Bigots?

big·ot [big-uht] a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Origin: 1590–1600; < Middle French ( Old French: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perhaps < Old English bī God by God

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Little Miracles

No, I don’t mean “kids.” They’re really big miracles in little packages. I also don’t mean things where small happenstances have big side-effects– like the time something silly I can’t remember happened, and delayed my car enough that we missed

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Lies of Omission

I’m fairly sure that anyone here is sufficiently “plugged in” to current politics enough to have heard about House member Gabby Gifford’s recent plea for further gun restrictions. I’m not sure what your local media is like, but there’s a fair chance

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Culture War on a Shoe String (Budget)

Over at the blog of the author, Sarah Hoyt, there’s a very good post. I was going to try to use the theme to combine with some conversations from over at Ricochet.com, but then she went and put what I would’ve

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New, Shocking Study Finds Humans Are Not Standardized!

Folks here probably know about the BMI– and possibly are familiar with my, ahem, “issues” with it as a tool of diagnosis; anything that bases treatment choices on the assumption that bones, fat and muscle all weigh the same, and

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It’s All The Social Conservatives Fault!

I really, really wish I were joking about the title, but I’ve actually heard several folks seriously suggest this.  (Hugh Hewitt show had a co-host/guest suggest “dropping the abortion issue,” for example—thankfully, Hugh pointed out that was…not a great idea.)

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New Catholic Convert

From over at John Wright’s place, I heard mention of a guy who went from being the head of the Secular Free Thought Society (no jokes, please, they write themselvers) to converting to Catholicism, as told in State Press Magazine:

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Where Are The Artists?

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of folks lamenting how modern art (especially Modern Art) doesn’t have anything to compare to, oh, the great cathedrals of Europe—according to some, doesn’t even have a decently sized mural.  Usually comes with a

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Science And Religion

Yeah, that old favorite; Mr. Wright enters the fray again over at his blog, in a rather long and detailed post asking if science fiction is inherently opposed to religion. Because this is the internet, the comments rather quickly head into

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Fast Friday

That’s “fast” like “quick,” not “fast” like, well, “fasting.”  I do go meatless, but that’s entirely beside the point.  The idea is things to make when the weak week is ending and I’m longing for a stiff drink ready for

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Andy Griffith 1926-2012

His list of credits is pretty impressive. No, he wasn’t Catholic, but he was very American, and who hasn’t used Mayberry as a metaphor?  Either way, may he rest in peace.

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Defense of Self Against Unlawful Attack

apparently, this applying to police is controversial. Who knew? To clarify, I’m talking about the new law in Indiana, not to #OWS punching a cop and being shocked when they get thumped.  Was falling asleep last night and heard Coast

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Coincidence, Timely, or A Hint?

In reverse order: Jeanne G. over at Knowledge Hungry is musing on how faith is sometimes used to justify sinful behavior. This picture showed up on my facebook:

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The Mother Thing

This is going to meander.  It’s more of a thinking-out-loud type post than really having a specific point.  Can I call it a meditation? So I got married.  And suddenly, like the boy thing had hit, the motherhood-thing hit.  I

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Aliens, Sex and Catholicism

Or, as the Author over there put it: Theology of the Body, Rishathra and the Cyberpope. Warning: Mr. Wright’s style can be a bit startling until you’re use to it, just keep in mind: if he’s totally outrageous, he’s probably joking. 

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