August 2006

Whatta Maroon!

by Jimmy Akin

in News Media

Man! I read what had to be the stupidest editorial I’ve read in some time yesterday. It appeared in USA Today, and the headline I saw it under (though not the actual headline when I clicked on it) was "The Seductive Mythology of the Blogosphere." "Okay," I thought. "Perhaps it’ll be a critique of the […]

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Memento Mori

by Jimmy Akin

in Art

"Remember, O man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return." –Ash Wednesday liturgy A few weeks ago, Jimmy mentioned the unexpected death of a friend. This person was also a friend of mine and a colleague here at Catholic Answers. Let’s call him T. Although T. had been ill for quite a […]

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A reader writes: Can you address the Church’s position on forced conversions in light of the Fox reporters  who were forced to convert to be released?  Would I condemn myself if I did something like that in similar  circumstance?  Would martyrdom be my only choice? This is a situation that many Christians have faced in […]

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A reader writes: I have listened to Catholic Answers on EWTN Radio a little over a year and am very close to leaving the Baptist church where I have been a member for several decades, and joining the Catholic Church.  Still I have this question about Mary that I have never seen addressed anywhere:  Why […]

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SpiralFrog

by Jimmy Akin

in Economics

I’ll be interested to see how a new music download service does. It’s planned to launch later this year, and it’s name is SpiralFrog. The venture has the backing of Universal Music, the world’s largest music holder, so it should offer a very wide selection for download. What makes SpiralFrog different than most of the […]

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Stargate X-Treme!

by Jimmy Akin

in Film and TV

I recently discovered that iTunes has this season’s episodes of Stargate SG1 available for download, so when I realized that I’d missed the TV airing of the 200th episode, I thought, "Man, I don’t want to wait for the DVDs on that one; I ought to download it!" So I did. WOW! That has to […]

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He’s Baaaaaa-aack!

by Jimmy Akin

in The Church

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, that is. A reader sent me a link to THIS ARTICLE ON A RECENT INTERVIEW THAT FR. AMORTH GAVE(CHT to the reader!) and I was considering whether to blog it when I noticed that the same article was linked on the Drudge Report, so just about every other person in the world […]

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A reader writes: Recently my parish priest baptized the child of a lesbian couple. Now, I haven’t spoken with him yet, but I will. So for instance, I don’t know if the couple is sexually intimate or even practicing Catholics. In any event, where does the church stand on this issue? I’d like to know […]

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The current edition of the Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy Newsletter (not available online, sorry) has an article about a congress on promoting the liturgy in Africa that was held recently in Ghana. Normally this is the kind of article that I skip or skim, because local meetings of this nature usually have little information that […]

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Recently TimJ wrote about the evil Take Back Our Church folks. Now canonist Ed Peters weighs in with the canonical consequences that could ensue from their actions. Here’s a taste–which just to be coy I’ll keep just to him quoting a single canon: 1983 CIC 1374 states: "A person who joins an association which plots […]

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