Dumbbells, the smaller one hand weights used by body builders, were named after a tool used by church bell ringers in teaching the art of steeple bell ringing to their apprentices. The tool was a special bell that would not … Continue reading
This dramatic title, which sounds as if it belongs to a pretentious tragic novel, means that there will be no Ad Rem for about two weeks. I’m a pilgrim in the capitol of Christianity right now, and will not be … Continue reading
In the New Orleans Confederate Civil War Museum there is a crown of thorns, weaved for Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, by Blessed Pope Pius IX. At the behest of an Irish priest, who had befriended Davis and who … Continue reading
Not only hundreds of cities, towns, and rivers, but many counties throughout the United States bear a Catholic origin, either on account of being named after a saint, our Lady, or some mystery of the Faith. These following, however, stand … Continue reading
The Fathers of the Synod of Bishops on "the Word of God" finally decided last Friday not to take a piece of heterodox ‘bait’ that had been slipped into their Instrumentum Laboris . The IL was the working document prepared for the Synod by elite biblical scholars … Continue reading
If you use an RSS Reader to get your favorite web sites’ reading material, or if you have a blog on which you like to post feeds, you should know that our site now has several distinct RSS feeds. Here … Continue reading
Our new site has been up since October 15, not quite a fortnight ago. We are still making adjustments to the site, and more features are forthcoming. We are interested in your thoughts. The comboxes below will allow you to … Continue reading
If you go down to the very bottom of our pages, you will notice this text: “Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike License.” This means that the text … Continue reading
“Consideration is the heart of charity.” This can be applied to how we treat our fellow man and also how we treat the Mysteries that God has revealed to us. Another name for consideration in this case is meditation.
With the Synod on Holy Scripture currently meeting in Rome, the Church’s teaching on Biblical inerrancy has become a timely topic of discussion. A little further down is a clip from John Allen’s interview with Cardinal Francis George on the … Continue reading
Laudetur Iesus Christus! In the midst of an election cycle become tedious, I’ve named this column with a comically clunky turn of phrase from a past presidential election. While it did its original user little good, the statement somehow expresses … Continue reading
Brother André Marie will soon be on the road with the “Catholic America Tour” (CAT). Traveling across our land, Brother will lecture on the subject, “Toward a Catholic America: History, Goals, and Methods.”
When the enemies of Christian social order attack one of its champions, they are never satisfied simply to say he is wrong. They also invariably seek to discredit the man as a man by casting doubt on his integrity or … Continue reading
Catholic World News (CWN) reports: “US Catholics tilt left, Pew survey finds.” The recent Pew Forum study under discussion “shows that many self-described American Catholics ignore Church teachings on both theological and social issues.”
A Patron Saint for Boy Scouts? Yes, there is a candidate whose cause has been introduced for canonization.