September 2006

What’s This?

by Jimmy Akin

in Curios & Humor

It’s a bird dog, of course! It’s also one of the entries into a Worth1000.com context. Worth1000 is a site that runs contests for people who are proficient with Photoshop. I’ve run some posts on them before, but just recently a reader kindly sent me a link to some amazing pictures from a contest involving […]

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Hello, Doctor

by Jimmy Akin

in Film and TV

The longest-running science fiction television series is–it seems hard to question—the BBC "programme" Dr. Who. Fans of the series have followed The Doctor through all ten of his incarnations thus far, and tonight a new one begins for his American fans. Yes, tonight on Sci-Fi the Doctor returns for another season and another incarnation of […]

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SSA & Seminary

by Jimmy Akin

in Canon Law

A reader writes: I have been discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Though I’m in college, my home-diocesan vocations director has indicated that the diocese would accept me into the seminary as a candidate for priesthood if I were to apply now (or, presumably, when I’ve graduated). He knows that I experience same-sex attractions; that […]

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One of them is me. Another is Rudy Giuliani. A third is Mitt Romney. The reasons for this vary. In my case, I (a) have no interest in being president and (b) I don’t have the background for it and (c) I’m simply unelectable to that office. (N.B., though I have no interest in being […]

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A reader writes: Just yesterday I was blown away with news of my younger brother who says that he has same-sex attraction. I am a few years older than he is, and my younger brother is still in his teens; both of us are practicing Catholics. I spoke to him about his attraction and he […]

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The Saints & Purgatory

by Jimmy Akin

in Theology

A reader writes: Sorry to trouble you, however, you are the person that comes to my mind when I think of Purgatory. Hmmm. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not. . . . Well, let’s press on. . . . I’ve heard you mention that Purgatory is sort of a cleansing process that […]

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A reader writes: What is the difference between a ministry and an apostolate?  What does the Church teach on this? And lastly, are there restrictions on laymen, for example, who use the term ministry when in all actuality it is an apostolate. This is a common question. People are often perplexed by the relationship between […]

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Blog Day Off

by Jimmy Akin

in Internet

Sorry, guys, but I’m suffering from a pinched nerve in my upper back right now (right in the withers) and it’s keeping me offline, so I’ll be taking a blog day off.

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"I’m My Own Grandpa," for those few who may not know, was a signature song for country comedy artists (and Grand Ole Opry regulars) Lonzo & Oscar. It has also been recorded by others, including Grandpa Jones, and it makes a memorable appearance in the hilariously stupid movie, The Stupids (which is also remarkably clean, […]

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A reader writes: When JPII is canonized, will that mean that any faithful Catholic trying to sell something that the pope used (say like a popemobile) would be in a state of sin as it would then be considered a relic?    Let me change the question just a little bit to sharpen the point: […]

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