Ncube Resigns

Zimbabwean archbishop Pius Ncube has resigned. He’s long been a very vocal critic of the government, and was embarrassed by videos showing him in compromising positions.

Arrested for a Salty Hamburger

In Union City, Georgia, a (white) cop arrested a (black) McDonald’s employee for accidentally putting too much salt on his (free) hamburger. The girl spent a night in jail, and the manager (who she says was OK with just knocking the salt off) has suspended her without pay. I think the cops involved should be…

American Justice

A soldier rescued two women being beat up–the abuser went free, the soldier was arrested. When the soldier asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance to speak to his commander, the judge raised his bond from $20K to $50K. Should he have just called the police, waiting for them twiddling his thumbs…

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday

Pope Benedict spoke in Austria of the need to protect Sunday–and said Christians should see it as a memorial of creation. CNS Report. Text is posted here. “Sine dominico non possumus!” Without the gift of the Lord, without the Lord’s day, we cannot live …. … Sunday is also the Church’s weekly feast of creation…

McCanns Go Home

The McCann family has returned home to Britain to defend themselves against Portuguese suspicians (soon to be charges) that they killed their daughter. Under Portuguese law, if you are charged, you are forbidden to say anything in public in your own defense, so they’ve gone home so that they can freely speak of their outrage…

“The Mainstreaming of Pornography”

ABC article on the new TV season, and a new emphasis on “explicit sex.” It generates “buzz” among insiders even before the shows air. But it is precisely this sort of artistic and marketing myopia that leads Hollywood into the missteps that seem to dog each development season, says Ted Baehr, critic and Chairman of…

On Church Authority

From Begger’s All … Let us say frankly at the outset, that there has been a little, if we may not rather say a great deal, of exaggeration in the importance people have given to it [the authority of the Council of Trent]. One thing strikes us in the preaching and the writings of the…

Madeleine L’Engle, RIP

Madeleine L’Engle has died. I met her in 1998 when we had her speak at UCSB as part of the Veritas Forum. “Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer. “It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said, “faith that the universe has meaning,…

MSA at UTSA

On YouTube–MSA rep at UTSA interviews a female Muslim student about hijab; then, in an exchange with a Jewish student, suggests (!?!?) that 9-11 was the greatest accomplishment of Jews in America. Some of the comments written are equally horrendous.

Tonight: Kickoff for ACF Houston

Tonight will be the first ACF Vespers, a monthly service for college students and young adults. Adventist Christian Fellowship is the Seventh-day Adventist ministry for students at non-SDA colleges and universities. All are welcome–tonight’s topic is Surviving College. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church, 13885 Beechnut Street, Houston, Tx 77083 (map). ACF Houston webpage.

The Never Ending War

Did you know the Korean War is still ongoing? A cease fire was declared, but a peace treaty was never signed. (The same thing is true of the first Gulf War). South Korea’s president brought this up with George Bush, and said much could be accomplished if the war was declared over, now that we’ve…

Evangelism as a Stumbling Block

How do you reach the “unchurched” or “postmoderns,” those skeptical of religion, or having had bad experiences, or who don’t find religious categories meaningful? Rod Dreher links to Amy Welborn who links to Dawn Eden to join in skewering “emerging church” practices and uplifting liturgical church approaches. If we are going to evangelize those people…

Deja Vu

Mother named as suspect in death of missing girl; traces of “blood” found in family car; media turning against her. I certainly hope Kate McCann is not going to be this decade’s Lindy Chamberlain.

Sungenis and the Jews

Catholic apologist Robert Sungenis writes to Cardinal Levada, disturbed at some statements in the official United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. He assumes the “recognitio” by the Vatican is a preliminary step that would precede a doctrinal review of the text. In fact, that doctrinal review took place, and is the basis for the “recognitio.”…

Catholic Liturgy Battles

Some things from Fr. John Z. Canadian Catholics have been using the NRSV for many years; the Vatican has now given final approval to their practice. American Catholics, meanwhile, are forbidden from using it, and must suffer through the abominable New American Bible. Archbishop Pilarczyk of Cincinnati is adding layers of requirements to priests who…

Frank Beckwith on Catholic Answers

James White takes note of Frank Beckwith’s appearance on Catholic Answers. I listened in to the recording. Beckwith does a lot of squirming when asked if he has “developed a love of Mary.” He says he hasn’t prayed the rosary–even though he was raised as a Catholic and has been back about 4 1/2 months…