Pope Pius XII and the Jews

The Catholic League is no longer just defending Pope Pius XII, but is actively promoting his beatification. I’m revising a lecture on the Holocaust to present to my world religions class tomorrow night, and I came across my notes on one of the most important books on the subject, Saul Friedlander, Pius XII and the…

Joyce Meyer’s $23,000 Commode

Joyce Meyer Ministries has responded to one element of a recent critique–they didn’t spend $23,000 for a toilet. Instead, the “commode” in question is a chest of drawers. And it didn’t have a price tag as an item by itself, but was one item in an expensive group of antiques.

“The Gospel of Judas” Again

New York Times has an op-ed by April D. DeConick of Rice University revealing that National Geographic made some major mistakes in transcribing and translating that old Gnostic test, “The Gospel of Judas.” While National Geographic’s translation supported the provocative interpretation of Judas as a hero, a more careful reading makes clear that Judas is…