B-Movie Catechism: Plagues of Egypt

I’m almost positive I’ve linked it before. I’m going to do it again, because in the middle of a lovely movie review, EegahInc said this: Not that there were slowly contracting frog masks in the Bible, mind you. The aforementioned murders may

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Vatican Did Not Invite “The Bern”

“I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy,” Sanders said in the release. “Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization

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Mother Angelica Has Died

I don’t know if anybody else here knew that she’d been fading, but she finally lost her struggle for life. Here’s CNA’s article, which has a schedule of events and a good picture for her. And here is Father Pacwa’s

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No Idea for a Good Title

But here’s a video about sex! An adult video, even. Yes, I am far too amused by the “use the euphemisms literally” thing, but seriously: watch this, maybe it will be of use.

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C&C: Poor, Ignorant Jesus

Jesus was a first century Jew living in Palestine who was poor and uneducated; so were his followers. Money and education came later, when the movement got big enough to attract both. Really, he was more of a community organizer,

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

In true Irish style, here’s a painful subject re-done as a cheery song with a lot of humor.

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23 Catholic Facts That Will Make You Look Really Smart!

Or at least 23 facts that are interesting, which is much more important to me; I’ve gotten very little good out of looking smart on accident, much less on purpose. One of the great joys being Catholic is that it’s

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Deeply Offensive

And warranting removing an author from the publication schedule. A scifi author’s idea. What was it? Some sort of high detail Soylent Green thing? Maybe bestiality or executing anyone who gets sick? Nope. Here’s the author’s own words: I didn’t

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Technology and Faith 2

This time it’s ways to share your faith.  Humor! Warning: if you are one of those people who finds humor in a religious context disrespectful, please do not read on; you will just get upset.  The first link has, for

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Kintsugi and Christ

There’s a Japanese technique that means “mend with gold.” Here’s an example from a shop that offers a wide selection: A chance phrase from someone explaining salvation as a side to another point— Suffice it to say that God was not

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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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