November 2012

Advent begins this Sunday. Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church’s official documents actually say about Advent? Here are some of the basic questions and (official!) answers about Advent. Some of the answers are surprising! Here we go . . .   1. What Is the […]

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A few days ago a video went viral in which Angus Jones of the sitcom Two and a Half Men called the show “filth” and urged people not to watch it. Then there was a day where neither he nor the show’s producers could really be reached for comment. I said to myself, “Desperate, back-stage damage […]

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One of the reasons that people often date the gospels after A.D. 70 is that they contain predictions of the destruction of the Jewish temple, which happened in that year. Jesus couldn’t have predicted that event in advance, it is supposed. Therefore, the gospels had to be written after the event. Really? Would it surprise you to learn […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 12 November 2012 – 22 November 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 18 November 2012 General Audiences 14 November 2012 Homilies 24 November 2012 – Ordinary Public Consistory for […]

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Tuesday’s liturgy contains a reading from the message to the Church at Sardis, from the book of Revelation. Revelation contains seven messages written to “the seven churches, which are in Asia.” Some Christians, particularly in the Protestant world, think that these seven messages contain a map of Church history, from the first century until the […]

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A common objection to the Catholic faith is the idea that the Bible forbids the drinking of blood, yet Catholics claim to drink the blood of Christ in the Eucharist. It’s true that the Old Testament forbids consuming blood, but what is the status of this requirement for Christians? Soon we will look at drinking […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 18 October 2012 – 11 November 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 11 November 2012 General Audiences 7 November 2012 Messages 18 October 2012 – XXVIII World Youth Day, […]

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Sometimes atheists claim that God endorses rape because Deuteronomy says it’s okay to force women you’ve captured in wartime to marry you. Is that true? Let’s look at the issue . . .   Captive Brides (NOTE: This post is part of a series on the “dark passages” of the Bible. Click here to see […]

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You sometimes hear about people being asked to delay receiving the sacraments because they are not performed at certain times of year–like Advent or Lent or Holy Week or Good Friday or other days. There are a few restrictions on the times when sacraments can be celebrated, but not as many as people think. Recently […]

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This version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 12 October 2012 – 9 November 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 28 October 2012 1 November 2012 4 November 2012 General Audiences 24 October 2012 31 October 2012 […]

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