January 2010

So various circles have been atwitter about news reports that Pope John Paul II practiced certain forms of self-mortification or, in the immortal words of the Associated Press, “John Paul II used belt to whip himself.” It is not surprising that our pleasure-obsessed culture would find this unusual, nor is it surprising that latent anti-Catholic […]

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People who know me know that I know next to nothing about sports. I just never got the sports bug. (Except for rodeo.) But even a person as sports-benighted as myself is aware that Super Bowl ads are the pinnacle of television advertising, that they can cost millions of dollars, and that they can create […]

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Some time ago I did a couple of posts (part I, part II) on the age of the world, in which I looked at Vatican documents dating from recent years–the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the International Theological Commission's document on our being created in the image of God.  Both of these documents took an […]

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I'd like to make a quick apology for not blogging recently. I've had a lot going on (including a bout of food poisoning last night–ick!–when I was otherwise planning to blog), and I haven't been able to get to it. So . . . my apologies. And I'll keep this short so that I can […]

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by Jimmy Akin

in Government

(Cross-posted on The League of Bearded Catholics blog) Hello, is this thing on? *Harrumph*… perhaps I was busy trimming my beard, or maybe my nose hair (which requires far greater concentration), but I seem to have completely missed out on any national conversation or debate over this, which I'm sure must have been vocal and abundant.  Far be it […]

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My parish has been having visiting priests recently, and two of them have had the unfortunate habit of addressing the congregation by saying, “My sisters and brothers . . . “ To my mind, this is just sad. It comes off something like a parent being overly chummy with the young ‘uns by trying (and […]

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Would-be papal assassin Mehmet Ali Agca has been released from prison in Turkey. (Note to World: Bad idea.) He’s got big plans. He wants several million dollars to tell his story. He wants to visit John Paul II’s tomb. He’d like to write a book with Dan Brown. He may help hunt down Osama bin […]

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In a previous post, I discussed how the word “worship” can cause confusion regarding whether Catholics worship saints, angels, etc. The term “worship” originally just meant worthiness or honor, and in the old sense anytime you honored or signaled the worthiness of someone (or something), it was an act of worship. But in contemporary English, […]

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Previously in Hello World, I discussed Pope Benedict’s homily in which he pointed out that the last 200 years has seen a great deal of theological and biblical scholarship that, while it has uncovered interesting things, fundamentally misses the point. Much of this scholarship has been devoted to a skeptical reading of the Scriptures with […]

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In his novella At the Mountains of Madness, which is set in Antarctica, H. P. Lovecraft's narrator at one point writes: The newspapers have printed the bulletins we sent from the moving plane, telling of our nonstop course, our two battles with treacherous upper-air gales, our glimpse of the broken surface where Lake had sunk […]

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