Cheap grace won't suffice in any age, including ours | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Now that the dust stirred by publication of Pope Francis’s new document on marriage has started to settle, it’s time for assessments that avoid the overwrought tone of some early responses. Here, then, some preliminary thoughts. via Pocket
3 days ago
SPIRITUAL DIABETES: the development of doctrine seen through 80s hair metal
No, seriously. source; Facebook--with slight edits by yours truly. Three years ago, in this blog's infancy, I threatened an extensive post on "hair metal" bands of the 1980s. Folks, that day has arrived. Advice: Turn up the volume--then continue reading. via Pocket
4 days ago
Whit Stillman and the discreet charm of the Urban Haute Bourgeoisie - Decent Films
True, the characters of Stillman’s first three films — sometimes called the “Doomed Bourgeois in Love Trilogy” — are as introspective and hyper-articulate as Allen’s, and often as existentially anxious about life in a postmodern world. via Pocket
movie  criticism 
9 days ago
Obama dismisses Putin, but Czar is getting better of us again and again | New York Post
To pinched-nostril commentators in the West, Vladimir Putin, Czar of all the Russias, is a boorish clown destined for ultimate failure. To me, he’s a genius. I don’t like the guy one bit. But I have to respect his abilities. via Pocket
10 days ago
18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year - AEI | Carpe Diem Blog » AEIdeas
In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. via Pocket
11 days ago
The Paradox of Dogma: How the Left Is Crippling Itself
If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? via Pocket
13 days ago
The Logical Fallacy of 'Hasty Counter-Example' | Intellectual Takeout
If you’ve taken a course in “critical thinking”—or even just had an excellent teacher in high school or college—chances are you’ve heard of “the fallacy of hasty generalization. via Pocket
15 days ago
The Daily WOW: Eucharistic Miracle in Poland Approved by Bishop After Testing – – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –
Sometimes, yes, the supposed “bleeding host” will prove, upon examination, to be mere red bread mold. But sometimes, a “bleeding host” is put under the microscope and through the tests and it’s discovered to be human cardiac tissue. via Pocket
sacrament  miracle 
16 days ago
Media Gush over New Study, Only to Find Same-Sex Parents More Irritated with Their Children | Public Discourse
A new study of 6-to-17-year-old children of female same-sex households has been rushed to publication and is now making the rounds at the typical outlets, which are proclaiming that now the social science here is truly, genuinely, totally, finally settled. via Pocket
18 days ago
Why Is Marriage Indissoluble? |Blogs |
When examining the roots of Catholic teaching on marriage, it’s not enough to quote Matthew 19: 3-9 (Mark 10:11–12, Luke 16:18), then sit back and ponder a job well done. via Pocket
theology  sacrament 
20 days ago
Gresham's Law and the flaw in the Pope's pastoral program | Catholic Culture
Does Gresham’s Law apply to pastoral practices in the Catholic Church? I think it does—with unhappy consequences that we can see all around us. Gresham’s Law (for those readers who have not studied economics) states that bad money drives out good money. Let me explain. via Pocket
20 days ago
Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: "Miracles from Heaven" and the Problem of Theodicy
As any apologist worth his/her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering. If you want a particularly vivid presentation of this complaint, go on YouTube and look up Stephen Fry's disquisition on why he doesn't believe in God. via Pocket
criticism  movie 
21 days ago
Meet the Only Nun Sentenced to Death by a Nazi Court - Top Stories - – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –
Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday of Holy Week, she was executed. May 1, 1894, was a happy day for Anton and Marie Kafka. via Pocket
Catholic  history 
21 days ago
Amoris Laetitia and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church | Daily News |
REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, ‘by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline to the situation of the world at the time. via Pocket
pope  document 
22 days ago
Was Islam Really More Tolerant Than Christianity?
I received an email from “Stan,” who wrote to respond to my article “Donald Trump and Counter-Jihad.” Through Google I discovered that Stan is an Ivy-League-educated PhD. via Pocket
Catholic  islam  history 
23 days ago » Snobbery, sin and salvation
Brideshead Revisited enchants readers with its luscious portrayal of upper-class life. But at its heart is the working of grace Fifty years after his death on April 10, 1966, Evelyn Waugh’s life and work still captivate us. via Pocket
25 days ago
Social Conservatives & Politics: Why We Lose on Gay Marriage and Unisex Bathrooms
Ellen DeGeneres is very unhappy. New York’s Andrew Cuomo, and the governors of four other states, are banning official travel to Mississippi. via Pocket
25 days ago
Francis' sprawling Exhortation a marriage of profound and muddled | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), are seen during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. via Pocket
pope  document 
25 days ago
A Field Guide to Dominicans and Other Terrors – – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –
There’s been a lot of chortling over the panicked students of Indiana University who thought a nice Dominican priest was a member of the KKK armed with one of them KKK bullwhips. Here’s one of the tweets: and the news spread like wildfire from there. via Pocket
27 days ago
Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims after a 2006 Mass on Islinger Field near Regensburg, Germany. (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters) A decade ago, a 79 year-old soft-spoken, white-haired German theologian returned to visit a university at which he had spent much of his academic career. via Pocket
28 days ago
Progressivism’s Dark Side - The Catholic Thing
In early March, I had the privilege of attending the oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole at the U.S. Supreme Court. It was both an extraordinary and eerie experience. via Pocket
politics  history 
4 weeks ago
Protestant Art, Catholic Setting: Is This Kosher? - Top Stories - – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –
If you happen to find yourself in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, you can see a rather grand monument to servant of God Pope Pius VII, whose cause for canonization was begun recently. via Pocket
4 weeks ago
Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. via Pocket
5 weeks ago
So, what are you doing after your funeral?
There is, among contemporary Thomists, a controversy over the metaphysical status of human beings after death. Corruptionist and Survivalism
5 weeks ago
The Disturbing Fact of the Resurrection - Church - – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth –
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the be-all and end-all of the Christian faith. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, all bishops, priests and Christian ministers should go home and get honest jobs, and all the Christian faithful should leave their churches immediately. via Pocket
5 weeks ago
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