"A modern pope gets old school on the Devil
" by Anthony Faiola
"Witness to an Exorcism
" -An interview with Anthony Faiola
"The Exorcists Next Door
In their tidy suburban home, Marion and Larry Pollard have dug deep into the recesses of the Scriptures to save tortured souls—and command demons to get out. Get out now!
The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown
is a nine-part series posted by sci-fi author and statistician Michael F. Flynn
to his blog last year, covering the historical conflict between heliocentrism and geocentrism, with a special focus on Galileo. They are based on an article (pdf)
by Flynn which originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Analog
. [more inside]
More than 12,000 Catholics from five continents answered questions in a massive survey commissioned by Univision
and conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International
. Topics covered included all the issues most likely to generate lively discussion among Catholics all over the world. Here's how they responded
. [more inside]
To shave or not to shave?
That is the question which has divided the Christian Church for 2000 years.
As part of a settlement between the Archdiocese of Chicago and the victims of 30 pedophile priests, a cache of 6000 documents
has been made public, detailing the Catholic Church's efforts over many years to cover up sexual abuse and protect accused priests.
Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing.
Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences Commonly Known as The 95 Theses by Dr. Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. or 496 years ago today. [Original Latin] [more inside]
In Conversation: Antonin Scalia "On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy ("I don’t")." [more inside]
A Conservative Catholic Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage
"Among religious conservatives, opposition to same-sex marriage has remained essentially unquestioned.
Which is why “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage
,” an essay by Joseph Bottum, published Friday on the Web site of Commonweal magazine, is something new in this debate."
Irish PM condemns Vatican interference in sex abuse cases.
Enda Kenny, the new Taoiseach of Ireland, has scathingly criticized the Vatican, citing the Cloyne Report
and a recently-leaked Vatican letter
intended to prevent sex abuse cases from going public, despite their public policy of reporting all abuse claims to the authorities. (Similar claims of the Vatican not reporting recent child abuse cases have also been made in the US
.) Ireland's Minister for Justice has cited an extensive list of The Church's failures to comply with their policies
, and is supporting legislation to make it a crime not to report child abuse claims
. The Vatican's envoy was asked to report to Parliament and explain The Church's position on this matter quickly, with the implied threat that they might be forced to testify.
Today, the Church, citing "surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions"
has recalled their envoy. "(This) should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) Government."
Affirmed evolution (and anti-intelligent design) biologist Francisco Ayala has won
the 2010 Templeton Prize
. In 1981, Ayala was a pivotal expert in overturning an Arkansas law
that required the side-by-side teaching of creationism
and evolution. Besides his nationally recognized work in evolution and genetics
, the former Catholic priest has sought to reconcile evolution with religious belief
, noting that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. [more inside]
I am writing to you to inform you of an important change to our group health care benefit plan that will take effect on March 2, 2010 due to a change in the law of the District of Columbia. [more inside]
announced today that it would create a new structure
that would allow former Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church
while preserving elements of Anglican spirituality and liturgy. [more inside]
Graduel à l'usage de Saint-Dié
digitizes a French gradual
(choir music for the Mass) created in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. For more information about what's what, see the handy definitions offered by the British Library
or Celebrating the Liturgy's Books
. [more inside]
Vatican's chief astronomer states that belief in alien life does not conradict faith in God. Fr. José Gabriel Funes
, a Jesuit preist and chief astronomer for the Vatican, stated in an interview in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, that, "Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation." [more inside]
After breaking the ice with his video message
to all Americans, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for the initial part of his first Papal visit to the United States of America. Watch it all live
. [more inside]
"Ratzinger is an Evolutionist, which by definition makes one an athiest"
, is one of the reasons that this website
, in which the "true" catholic faith (different [?] from the other catholic faith
) is promoted, gives as to claiming Benedict XVI isn't the true pope. And to make their point they have elected a "real" pope themselves: Pope Pius XIII
His real name? Lucian Pulvermacher
) [more inside]
Sam Harris, an atheist, and Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic, debate whether moderate religion makes any sense
. Harris: "Religious moderation is the result of not taking scripture all that seriously." Sullivan: "Blogger, please."
of American Catholic paraphernalia, including mysterious (for me, a non-Catholic) objects like; aspergills
and Sick call sets
. There are also more rosaries, medals and pins than you can shake a stick at.
Some MeFites have expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic Church's positions on abortion,
the death penalty,
and other issues
. I hope you will all find these links interesting and enlightening. The people
and the Church
, what about how other Christians see Catholics
? Can Catholics respond to these claims
? Of course, some claims have to be taken with a very large chunk of salt
. Some Christians are even changing their minds
. Though there is no single kind of Catholicism
. Finally, here is a source
for further research.
Mary, quite contrary
The Christianity Today
weblog offers a fabulously dense post (pegged to this recent UK news story
) about the Protestant embrace of Mary. Lots of fascinating links - including one from the blog of the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- will bring you up to speed on "the 'Protestants and Mary' deluge of the last three years." Hours of provocative reading for anyone interested in Christian sects.
The conclave of cardinals will soon start the process of choosing a new pope. Have you filled in your brackets
a play by sikh author Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
has been dropped because of violent protests from members of the birmingham sikh community
Catholic archbishop feels that violation of the sacred place of the Sikh religion demeans the sacred places of every religion
As an aside at least enoch was wrong
Once again folks - in the right corner it's religion , erm.. running round in circles like a scared fool its freedom of expression.
The real Vatican is in Kansas.
"On July 16, 1990 the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church elected David Bawden as Pope Michael, ending an almost 32 year long interegnum."
Catholic church invalidates
girl's first communion because she used a gluten free wafer
. Haley Waldman has celiac disease which prevents her from eating wheat. It will also prevent her from receiving one of the most important sacraments of her church. Apparently, this has happened before
. According to church canons
wafers must be made only from wheat. Despite the Catholic Church's apparent inflexibility, an extremely low gluten wafer
has been approved
, but still may not be safe
for some celiac sufferers.
Richard Roeper tells it like it is: Catholics are being persecuted
. "And no other religious group gets bashed with such frequency."
Patron Saints Index Topic List.
Because you never know when you might need the Patron Saint of Haemorrhoids
. This actually is a very nice resource for the history
of the Saints, their (known or presumed) backgrounds, and when and why they were beatified. Enjoy.
The Vatican's publishing a new 900-page dictionary
of "Ambiguous and Colloquial Terms about Family Life and Ethical Questions," such as "reproductive health" and "conjugal love." Some groups
are looking forward to the tome...I personally would like to look up "pedophilia
" in it.
Hey, It's Not Enough We Die Of Obesity
without having to go to Hell too? Some enlightened Frenchmen are bending the Pope's ear, trying to spring Gluttony from the Deadly Sins
blacklist. Well, even clever old Thomas Aquinas
did his damnedest to narrow the seven buggers down. So: which sins would you
excuse today's poor sufferers from and which ones would you insist
on keeping, if any? [Something tells me MetaFilter is ideally suited to put in a good word for Sloth. I wonder why? Speaking of which, NYT reg. is required but you can read about it here instead. Via Arts and Letters Daily.
Shawn Fanning - Patron Saint of the Internet?
Fed up with hackers, a flood of spam and lousy connections, a group of Roman Catholics have launched a search to determine the Patron Saint of the Internet. Actually, I vote for Danni Ashe. I can't wait to see what her miracles are like...
Christians become aquainted with the Almighty.
"When the Wheat Ridge man got laid off from his computer-programming job in June, his friends and family asked what they could do to help. He asked them to pray for him and offered a daily reminder: an automated text message on cellphones and pagers.
Now, Wostenberg, a devout Catholic, is offering that same technology to anyone who wants a psalm sent to him each day at 3 p.m. He's selling the service online at PsalmWeaver.com
He charges $19.95 a year, plus a $4 setup fee."
Hail Mary, full of....
um.... what was that, again? The only Pope many of us have known, John Paul II, has decided that a millenium is long enough to change a prayer. Odd that two millenia are not enough to revisit female and married priests.
Know-Nothings, Bible Riots and the Catholic Church
Take a break from priest abuse news with this detailed history of anti-Catholic bias in the United States. In 1834, an angry Boston mob burned down a convent
after Harriet Beecher Stowe's father preached that Catholic immigrants were a threat to democracy
. In Philadelphia, the 1844 Bible Riots
lasted for days, destroying Irish-Catholic churches and neighborhoods. In 1855, Louisville Know-Nothings
went on a "Bloody Monday"
rampage that left dozens of Catholics dead. Even telegraph inventor Samuel Morse
got into the act with a series of anonymous anti-Catholic letters. Fascinating stuff, but oops, break's over. We now return to our regularly scheduled program
Catholic church plays hardball in the courts.
[NYTimes link, login metafi/metafi] "The dioceses have on the whole acted little differently from commercial institutions confronted by explosive litigation risks. They have tried aggressively to limit exposure to claims by setting up parishes as individual corporations, invoked the statute of limitations, subjected plaintiffs to days of grueling depositions and settled claims in secret." Should the church be behaving just like any private company? What would Jesus do?
Jesus! In The Raisin Bread? What Kinda Holy Communion Is That?!
Better read Helen Hull Hitchcock's
fascinating column on Catholic.net
to find out: "In recent months Catholics from around the country have been reporting with increasing frequency that their parishes are using "real" bread (i.e. table bread) instead of Communion hosts. Many are concerned that the validity of the Mass is affected. "Have I really received Christ?" is a frequent question. Are they right to be concerned? You bet
...So, have progressive Catholics gone too far
? And what does the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani
, known to all as IGMR
, have to say about that
Speaking of religion causing nightmares,
these just don't feel 'right'. Maybe it's the idea of 'reinforcing' the idea that Jesus is your friend, in all activities. Last i checked, forced friendships don't work well. And sandals aren't conductive to track and field.
Catholic Church to Kid: "Drop dead"!
She wanted to take Holy Communion, but had a disease where she couldn't eat the bread. When she asked for a substitute, the Catholic church refused.
Our religion is better then yours, Naa, Naa!
“The truth of faith does not lessen the sincere respect which the Church has for the religions of the world, but at the same time, it rules out...a religious relativism which leads to the belief that ‘one religion is as good as another’,” it said.
Just what the church needs...
More excellent publicity. Two churches using the quarters that Catholic schoolchildren put in the collection plate to have a legal pissing contest over who has the right to use the name of a woman who spent her entire life trying to feed poor people one cup of rice at a time. I wonder how much rice each of those quarters would buy?
Orange you glad I didn't say shamrock?
Uhm... don't the catholics and protestants worship relatively the same diety? And didn't this diety say something about ..you know, uh, being nice to each other and stuff? Something like that? And by the way, when is the sequel to The Commitments
I went to Catholic high school for two years, and being the incredibly geeky type, I wondered, given the Pope is the Bishop of Rome, how he ran the whole church and his provincial diocese. This site
is a good snippet that answers the question, for those people like me who have academic interests in theology.