February 2010

Okay, I’ve been writing all day on deadline, and it’s late Saturday night, but in fulfillment of my resolution to blog at least something every day in Lent (except Sundays), I hereby present the following video from the International Space Station. As Dr. Erhardt would say . . . Enjoy!

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So there's a news story from across the pond explaining how Parliament has just inserted a provision in a sex-ed bill that allows "faith schools" (i.e., Catholic ones, etc.) to tell their students that things like contraception are wrong. Terribly nice of them, isn't it? Mind you, they're not letting the schools refuse to teach […]

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A reader writes: Could you recommend some good materials on understanding prophecy in Scripture? I found myself in a discussion with a Seventh-Day Adventist who is delving into how Daniel and Revelation are both meant clearly for today.  I'm familiar enough with SDA and their narrative in National Sunday Law to know that they're laser-focused […]

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Interior of the Large Hadron Collider (artist's conception) (Originally posted at Old World Swine)

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That’s the message that British MP Ed Balls recently “reassured” the public Catholic schools would be forced to send to the children who attend them. According to the Guardian: Ed Balls’s controversial amendment to the bill on sex education, allowing faith schools to opt out of new rules on teaching about issues such as homosexuality […]

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. . . WITH MODERN PSYCHIATRY!  Then again . . . MODERN PSYCHIATRY ISN'T AN EXACT SCIENCE.

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POSSESSION IS NINE TENTHS OF THE LAW.  And . . . er . . . what kind of possession are we talking about?

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The faithful are abandoning the Church in droves! The number of priests is plummeting! The number of seminarians is spiraling downward! The number of nuns has dropped! Right? Well, the number of nuns has dropped, but the rest of that is just wrong. I remember back in my Evangelical days, it was a well-accepted fact […]

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 One of the interesting phrases in Paenitemini occurs in this norm: II. 1. The time of Lent preserves its penitential character. The days of penitence to be observed under obligation throughout the Church are all Fridays and Ash Wednesday, that is to say the first days of "Grande Quaresima" (Great Lent), according to the diversity […]

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To wrap up our treatment of the law of fasting, let's look at a question that has occurred to lots of people upon reading Paenitemini's provision that: The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening, observing—as far as quantity and quality […]

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