Three Hours from Disaster?

The powers that be have yet to put into plain English just want is going on with the economy and how their proposals will help it. But Rep. Paul Kanjorski of PA says he canshed some light on things. Last September, he says, we were three hours from total economic collapse, due to an electronic…

Pastors as Lovers

From the CT blog: The place is full of pastors who are either exhausted, burnt out, frustrated, or missional. They all amount to the same thing: a simmering anger about the church. For most pastors that anger is directed at stupid lay people, stubborn church boards, or indifferent church bureaucrats. But “the church,” and especially…

“Ask God What Your Grade Is”

Allegation of serious infringement of a student’s rights at Los Angeles City College. The college assures that action is being taken to address the situation, that the complaint was taken seriously, and that they think he contacted the ADF a little prematurely, while they were taking steps to investigate and to deal with the professor.

Good Questions about Terror

From a 2005 Dennis Prager column (mentioned at Mere Comments), one question stands out: Why are there no Christian Palestinian terrorists? If Israeli occupation is the reason for Muslim terror in Israel, why do no Christian Palestinians engage in terror? They are just as nationalistic and just as occupied as Muslim Palestinians.

Darwin’s 200th Birthday

It’s Lincoln’s Birthday today–his 200th–an anniversary he shares with Charles Darwin. The one man fought for men to be free, the other, enslaved us to scientific determinism. The Biblical text by which we might remember Lincoln would be Leviticus 25:10. For Darwin: (Rev. 14:6-7) And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,…

Happy Birthday, Lincoln!

Fellow-Countrymen: AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have…

Old News at The Times

Breathless headline: “Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin.” Further down, something the headline writer missed: Darwin’s theories had never been formally condemned by the Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor Ravasi insisted. His rehabilitation had begun as long ago as 1950, when Pius XII described evolution as a valid scientific approach to the development of humans.…

Old Commercials

YouTube is great for a trip down memory lane. Remember the Crying Indian? Unfortunately, “Iron Eyes Cody” was really a kid from Louisiana, Espera de Corti, son of Sicilian immigrants. Still, the image was unforgettable. How about this? “Like father, like son.” I still find my self humming, “Buckle up for safety, buckle up.” Puffa…

Indulgences

If any newspaper can afford a professional religion writer, surely it is the New York Times.  There is no excuse for such shabby history as is represented by Paul Vitello’s article, Indulgences Return, a Door to Absolution Is Reopened (hat tip, Paul McCain). Like the Latin Mass and meatless Fridays, the indulgence was one of…

Buddhist/Episcopal Bishop?

It was bound to happen. First they started ordaining bishops who thumbed their nose at traditional morality. Then they started pushing out those who protested. Now they seem to think it OK for a bishop to mix Buddhism and Christianity. An Episcopal priest who has received a Buddhist lay ordination has been nominated for the…

Why Men Hate Going to Church

Jesus was a working man who went down to the docks and into the market place to call men to follow him. Why is it, then, that men are so hard to find in many churches? Why are we outnumbered by women? David Murrow will address this problem, and what we can do about it,…

Simony and the Catholic Church?

Still very much alive, writes Jeffrey Tucker at InsideCatholic.com. … under the formal policies of the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, if you publish and sell the Mass text, you must pay ICEL. If you record the Mass text, you must pay ICEL. If you put the Mass text on, for example, educational flash…

Baptists Celebrating Evolution

Ethics Daily reports on Baptist churches that are celebrating “Evolution Weekend.” One of the Baptist churches participating in Evolution Weekend will be First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo. Rev. Douglas Valentine told EthicsDaily.com in an e-mail that later this month the church will hear from Dr. Mary Haskins, professor of evolution and biology at…

Catholics Celebrate Darwin Day

Houston’s observance of Darwin Day includes some Catholic participation: Birthday Cake and “A Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus,” University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose, Houston, Texas. Thursday, February 12, 2009, 12:30 pm, 3:35 pm. and 5:00 pm. Birthday Celebration: The Biology Department and the Biology Honor Society, Tri-Beta, at the University of St.…

That Swedish Film

Andrew (“The Pilgrimage”) wants to draw our attention to something: the Swedish film that interviewed Bishop Williamson of the SSPX. The point of the film was to show the links between the SSPX in Sweden and reactionary antisemitic groups. The film follows Sten Sandmark, formerly vicar of Oskarshamn, who left the Church of Sweden (Lutheran)…

Synagoga et Ecclesia

An insight into the worldview of the SSPX: The Mystery of the Jews. It is the classical view of Catholicism toward the Jews, as repeated ubi et ubique from the time of Constantine until Nostra Aetate. It remains enshrined on the facades of countless cathedrals in Europe, where triumphant Ecclesia stands opposed to humiliated Synagoga.…