December 2005

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 reckoned as nine and twenty. That’s what we call "Leap Year"–when we get an extra day in […]

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1.5 Mil

by Jimmy Akin

in Internet

Just passed the 1.5 millionth page view here on the blog. YEE-HAW!!! Next stop: 2 million! BTW, I just made a couple of changes in the style sheet for the blog to (a) make who wrote what post more obvious and (b) make the font for entries larger. Feedback welcome.

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Prenatal Testing

by Jimmy Akin

in Moral Theology

A reader writes: Jimmy. My wife and I are quite pleased that she is expecting our second child. We found out that she was pregnant and the first ultrasound/OB visit is coming up soon. We did not do any fetal testing with our first child and don’t plan on doing any fetal testing with this […]

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You may remember that during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day last August, he also set aside time to visit the synagogue in Cologne, which was reminiscent of John Paul II’s historic visit to Rome’s synagogue in 1986. Although the pictures were posted by a German news site at the […]

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But, Is It Art? Part I

by Michelle Arnold

in Art

Hey, Tim Jones, here. I’ve been asked by some commenters here at JA.O what I thought about abstract art, and whether I appreciate any modern art (like that of Robert Motherwell, shown at left). Now, I am no expert on anything. I am a practicing artist (a painter ) *begin hypnosis – VISIT MY WEBSITE […]

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Michelle here. My high-school Spanish is pretty sketchy, but I do know that de nada is the Spanish response to "thank you" (gracias). Literally, it means "of nothing," which would be roughly translated to the English colloquialism "It was nothing." It seems that a good many generous Americans should consider taking up the phrase "It […]

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A reader writes: I was just reading http://www.jimmyakin.org/2005/01/attention_cold_.html, and thought about the preparations the New Zealand government has made for a Bird Flu outbreak. One of the precautions is to ban all public meetings. How would this effect the moral requirement of mass attendance? There are two dimensions to this question. The first is the […]

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Imprimaturs

by Jimmy Akin

in Canon Law

A reader writes: I am currently reading your book The Salvation Controversy, which I received as a Christmas gift.  I am enjoying it very much by the way.  It is very clearly written and easy to understand. Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying it! My question is why it does not appear to have an imprimatur.  I […]

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Michelle here. It seems to be a given of human nature that, sooner or later, the choice to break God’s law will become a commandment to break God’s law. Taking B16’s Dictatorship of Relativism as an inspiration, we might call it the Dictatorship of Choice. Exhibit A: The European Union is on a trajectory to […]

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“Pope Joan”

by Jimmy Akin

in History

A reader writes: On Thursday there will be a Diane Sawyer special about the evidence for a female Pope Joan.  Are there any holes in the historical record that could account for this or is it a completely rediculous claim?  Where could I find some information on this? I normally recommend J. N. D. Kelly’s […]

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