January 2006

EWTN MP3?

by Jimmy Akin

in Internet

A reader writes: Do you know if EWTN will someday provide downloads of its Audio Library in MP3 format?  The .ra format is virtually worthless to me. Yeah, the application that plays the .ra format–RealPlayer–went Darkside on us a number of years ago. It experienced its own anti-purgatory and has been thoroughly evil ever since. […]

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Been wondering what Hans Kung thinks about Pope Benedict’s new encyclical Deus Caritas Est? Well, there’s a surprise and a no-surprise to report. The surprise: Kung liked the encyclical and had some positive things to say about it. "Hans Kueng [sic], who was banned from teaching Catholic theology in 1979, hailed his former university colleague […]

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I like Steve Martin, I really do. I was in high school when he broke big on the scene in the mid-seventies. I bought the albums, saw The Jerk in the theater, owned two copies of King Tut. I intentionally bumped into my friends in the hallway, just so I could say "Excu–u-u-u-u-use Me-e-e-e-e-e!!!". Dead […]

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In the aftermath of the death of Pope John Paul II, there was a lot of speculation about his "first miracle." One cleric, commenting on CNN during the Pope’s funeral, said it was when Israeli and Arab leaders shook hands during the sign of peace. Many faithful Catholics said that it must have been when […]

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Parish Ratings?

by Jimmy Akin

in The Church

A reader writes: Do you know if there is a website that has a directory of parishes around the country and how they rate with respect to orthodoxy and liturgical fidelity? It would be valuable for people who travel around to determine which parish they should attend. I know that there’s a lot of demand […]

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Text-To-Speech

by Jimmy Akin

in Technology

Last week I put up a link to an audio file I made out of the pope’s new encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, using a text-to-speech program. I also suggested on Catholic Answers Live that a person might want to read the Catechism off the Vatican’s web site using such a program to help one get […]

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Catholic sci-fi/fantasy author Tim Powers (who gave permission to use his name) writes: What if there’s a sort of Anti-Purgatory at the entry to Hell? I know I always reflexively feel that  I couldn’t ever really be in danger of damnation just because I’m … such a nice guy. In terms of Hell as Lewis […]

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A reader writes: My husband (who is a fundamentalist) came home from work the other day and proclaimed that his "co-worker"  is going to "bless us with a bunch of money".   Right off the bat, I had a problem with that phrase.  "bless us with money?! Here’s the story on the "blessing"– This woman has […]

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Y’know those southwestern paperweights that have scorpions encased in clear acrylic? I used to have one of those when I was a boy. It was cool, but creepy, having that scorpion there under the plastic–looking like it was poised to strike. I’ll probably buy one again next time I run across one–probably at a place […]

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Here is a picture from Bahrain. The person in the middle is wearing the standard, total-covering clothing traditionally worn by Bahraini women. A mother out for a stroll with her children? Then why is the child on the right wearing a black head covering? That’s not traditional. So what’s going on here? It’s the latest […]

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