May 2008

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is not normally tasked with adding provisions to canon law, but under the direction of the pope, it can do whatever he wants it to. And it has. A new CDF document provides a latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication for those who attempt to ordain women and for […]

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Why RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is the greatest action–adventure film in history. Why INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is worth catching. Eight years ago, before Decent Films existed, I jotted down a few quick sentences on Raiders as part of a list of 35 or so movies I particularly liked […]

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Sacramental Marriage

by Jimmy Akin

in Sacraments

When is a marriage sacramental? This is a question that is subject to significant confusion. For a start, some individuals use the word "sacramental" when they mean "valid." In other words, they are under the impression that any marriage that is not sacramental is invalid. This is not the case. Many people have marriages that […]

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… everyone knows that only Christians burn witches. The story brings up another interesting element that is often ignored in looking at better known witch hunts through history… that the accusers often had a personal beef with the accused. It was not always a case of hysterical superstition run wild, sometimes it was more likely […]

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I just know I’ve heard that somewhere before…

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Narnian eye candy. That’s what The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian amounts to, for the most part. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a lot less than Lewis fans might have wanted, but in some ways it’s actually better than we might have expected. Judged on its own merits, the filmmakers have made a better […]

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I’ve been thinking for a while about doing a post on who I think the final cylon is. I’ve even started the post at least once, but I haven’t finished it. This post isn’t it, by the way. (So let’s not speculate on who the final cylon is in the combox; let’s save that for […]

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Actually, it’s an old Marian apparition, but it’s been newly approved. The apparition occurred in France between 1664 and 1718, and the visionary was–as so often the case–a young girl. Video and info below. GET THE STORY.

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That’s a question that’s worth asking. I mean, it isn’t as if Christian art has always been lame. A visit to the Sistine Chapel or a read through Dante or a listen to Mozart will tell you that. But for some reason, right in the here and now, an enormous amount of Christian art–whether visual, […]

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SDG here with a belated guest blog post from a 15-year-old who saw B16 at the youth rally. His excitement is palpable. The Church belongs to the young! This weekend I was blessed to be able to visit the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on his first Pastoral Visit to the United States. People flocked […]

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