February 2004

Actually, the Pirate King is wrong in his guess about who made the leap year decision. The basic decision to have leap year was part of the Julian calendar, which we don’t use any more (though the Eastern Orthodox do use it as their liturgical calendar). The Julian calendar was instituted by Julius Caesar, but […]

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PIRATE KING: For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I’ve no desire to be disloyal, Some person in authority, I don’t know who, very likely the Astronomer Royal, Has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February, twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty, One year in every four his days shall be […]

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A reader writes concerning Wednesday’s blog: I was wondering why the reviews are either extremely positive or extremely negative. I hardly read of any reviews in between.   Do you think that reason why most people either love or hate The Passion of the Christ is because it is a high-context movie? Gibson’s desired effect seems to presuppose […]

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A reader writes concerning Wednesday’s blog: I was wondering why the reviews are either extremely positive or extremely negative. I hardly read of any reviews in between.   Do you think that reason why most people either love or hate The Passion of the Christ is because it is a high-context movie? Gibson’s desired effect seems to presuppose […]

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The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, and so every Lent gives rise to questions about what the law of abstinence involves. The Code of Canon Law establishes that "those who have completed their fourteenth year of age" (i.e., those who have passed their fourteenth birthday) […]

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There are still questions circulating about what, if anything, the Pope said after viewing  The Passion of the Christ. Here’s my take on what happened. First, the established facts: Last December Peggy Noonan and Rod Dreher both reported that the Pope had privately viewed a screener copy of the movie and afterwards said "It is […]

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Thus far I haven’t commented much in public on the controversy around The Passion. Having finally seen it, though, I’m now in a position to address some of the criticisms that have been made of the film: 1) Brutality. Many parts of the film are brutal. Some in the audience will have a hard time […]

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Thus far I haven’t commented much in public on the controversy around The Passion. Having finally seen it, though, I’m now in a position to address some of the criticisms that have been made of the film: 1) Brutality. Many parts of the film are brutal. Some in the audience will have a hard time […]

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I have just returned from seeing Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. As I expected, it was an extremely moving film that deserves the support of the Christian community. I did not expect the fact that it would be the best film about Jesus ever made, but that is what it is. By focusing […]

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