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  • new22 July: Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
    Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.  I hope you have some madeleines today, even though they don’t have much to do with her. Last year, in the Ordinary Form calendar of the Roman Rite, St Mary Magdalene’s annual … Continue reading →
    - 11 hours ago22 Jul 17, 9:30pm -
  • newNew Book of Benedict XVI’s collected sermons on the priesthood
    This has gone immediately on my wishlists. It seems to be slated for publication on 1 August. Some of his books include an appendices of sermons. It will be great to have them in one volume. Get copies as gifts … Continue reading →
    - 17 hours ago22 Jul 17, 3:42pm -
  • Wherein Fr. Z meets Tracer Bullet, Private Eye
    I’ve been busy with the Challenge Coin project.  More have gone out to friends and donors, two yesterday, a couple more today. It’s been awhile since we heard about the doings of Tracer Bullet, Private Eye.  I think the last update … Continu…
    - 1 day ago21 Jul 17, 10:41pm -
  • Wherein Fr. Z rants: Card. Sarah’s proposals for “mutual enrichment”
    I mentioned the firehose effect of onrushing news in another post.  There are strong debates going on over many important issues right now.  One of those which most interests me has been stoked by the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s … Contin…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 6:12pm -
  • FEAST DAY! 21 July 1773 – Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits!
    It is a great FEAST today. Today, 21 July, in the year of grace 1773, Pope Clement XIV of happy memory, issued his Bull by which he suppressed the Jesuits. I have all sorts of Papa Ganganelli gear which you can order … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 3:57pm -
  • Who’s behind Spadaro, et al?
    Over the last few days it feels like the news is coming in at firehose volume and force. And, from the onset, I’ll just say now that the moderation queue is ON. A lot of the firehose sensation has to do … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 3:55pm -
  • 20 July 1969 – Man on the Moon
    Speaking of videos… today is the anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, 20 July 1969. That experienced is indelibly burned into my memory. Here’s video mentioning the event to celebrate the 1969 Moon walk anniversary and to celebrate…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 3:05pm -

Jimmy Akin

  • newDiscovered! The first female Doctor Who!
    From “The Green Death,” season 10, serial 5, episode 4. Jon Pertwee comically disguised as a cleaning lady to infiltrate a chemical plant where a world domination plot is being hatched.
    - 8 hours ago23 Jul 17, 12:30am -
  • newHow to Use the Internet for Evangelization–And More!
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (July 13, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 4:25 How to responding to the challenge that Acts isn’t reliable history because it was written long after the events it describes. 12:11 –…
    - 22 hours ago22 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Is There Free Will in Heaven? And More!
    In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (June 22, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 02:30 – What are your thoughts about baptizing infants twice? Once in the Catholic Church, once in the Protestant church. 10:30 – Will ther…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 1:55am -
  • The Weekly Francis – 19 July 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 29 June 2017 to 18 July 2017. Letters 29 June 2017 – Letter of the Holy Father to Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the occasion of…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 10:48pm -
  • Secrets of Doctor Who – The 13th Doctor
    Jimmy Akin, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Dom Bettinelli discuss the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. What does it mean for the Doctor to be a woman now? How will it change the show? Is there any precedent in Doctor Who history? And what do…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 3:08am -
  • Pray for Terminally Ill Baby Charlie Gard
    Charlie Gard is an eleven-month old baby in England. He has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. According to press accounts, Charlie is terminally ill at this point. His parents have raised more than $1 million to t…
    - 17 days ago6 Jul 17, 4:45pm -
  • The Weekly Francis – 05 July 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 23 May 2017 to 3 July 2017. Angelus 18 June 2017 25 June 2017 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 23 May 2017 – The Church is not for the lukewarm 26 May 2017 – Topography…
    - 17 days ago6 Jul 17, 12:05am -


  • Back But Almost NOT!
    Well, today marks the final day of the Spring Semester for me!  I have a break for a few weeks, so hope to get back into the swing of some apologetics! I also mentioned, "Almost NOT!" in the title. and that is because a week ago last Friday I f…
    - 81 days ago3 May 17, 6:16am -
  • Faith Alone - Steve Ray
    Steve and I go way back!  This is a nice video of the arguments against sola fide:The CathApol Blog is a portal to the forums hosted by A.C.T.S. the American Catholic Truth Society.
    - 89 days ago25 Apr 17, 1:39pm -
  • Hes Not In There
    OK, sometimes the memes are just too funny not to share!Happy and Glorious Easter, my friends!He IS Risen!The CathApol Blog is a portal to the forums hosted by A.C.T.S. the American Catholic Truth Society.
    - 98 days ago16 Apr 17, 4:26pm -
  • Stations of the Cross 13 and 14
    The Thirteenth Station -Jesus Is Taken Down From The CrossAnd Placed In The Arms Of His Mother V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R: Because, by Your holy cross,…
    - 99 days ago15 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • More Progress Between Rome and SSPX
     Letter of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to the Ordinaries of the Episcopal Conferences concerned on the faculties for the celebration of marriages of the faithful of the Society Saint Pius X, 04.04.2017Your Eminence,Your Excel…
    - 99 days ago15 Apr 17, 5:06am -
  • Stations of the Cross 11 and 12
    Eleventh Station - Jesus Is Nailed To The CrossV: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect)R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise) V: Cons…
    - 100 days ago14 Apr 17, 3:00pm -
  • Stations of the Cross 9 and 10
    Ninth Station - Jesus Falls The Third Time V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise) V: Conside…
    - 13 Apr 17, 6:30pm -

The Silversmith Collection

    ​Recorded: 6/11/17​Uploaded: 6/11/17ON THIS EPISODE:What's on your coaster?Lance talks fatherhood and the love of God the Father.THANK YOUsThank you for listening! Please share and subscribe!Thank you to all of the amazing fathers and father figu…
    - 35 days ago18 Jun 17, 1:30pm -
  • THE COASTER - EP001 - Graduation
    Recorded: 6/11/17​Uploaded: 6/11/17ON THIS EPISODE:What's on your coaster?Lance talks about his convocation experienceTHANK YOUThank you for listening! Please subscribe!SOCIALFacebook: https:…
    - 41 days ago11 Jun 17, 11:16pm -
  • Being John: Walking with Those who Grieve
    I don’t know why, but this past year has been one of many trials and tragedies around the world and close to home. It would be a much different blog post if I were writing about these events that hit me personally but I am writing as a bystander lo…
    - 85 days ago29 Apr 17, 5:26pm -
  • Fear of Death
    “Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in sla…
    - 85 days ago29 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • My Epiphany Epiphany
    First of all, I want to say that I am convinced that this "epiphany" is a result of me going to confession right before Mass. Confession rids your soul of sin and allows you to be more open to the Holy Spirit working in your life. Yesterday we celeb…
    - 9 Jan 17, 12:07am -
  • Finibus by Jonas Perez -  Reviewed
    Q: Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?A: The lack of the whole image of Christ and God. Really. I just wanted to show and make art that had to do with Christ as a warrior and King... rather than mercy and kindness that we all see an…
    - 7 Jan 17, 6:44pm -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 002
    Want audio only? iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Music Education? What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relationships between parishe…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:39am -

Standing on my Head

  • newWatch Out For the Weeds
    A detail from tomorrow’s reading at Mass will be missed by many people because of the translation of “tares” as “weeds”. Most people don’t know that this particular kind of weed called “tares” actually looks just like wheat. When they…
    - 15 hours ago22 Jul 17, 5:48pm -
  • newDoes the Catholic Church Need to be Reformed?
    There is constant talk about Pope Francis being a “reformer” and it is assumed without anyone challenging the idea, that the Vatican  (and by extension the whole Catholic Church) is desperately in need of being reformed. But what does this call…
    - 16 hours ago22 Jul 17, 4:56pm -
  • Spadaro, Straw Men and Scapegoats
    When will these people learn that not all conservatives are Wal-Mart shoppers with a gun rack in their pick up?
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 11:28am -
  • From My Side of the Screen
    Hearing confessions is not easy. Its actually hard, often tiresome work.
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 5:00pm -
  • On European Ignorance and Arrogance
    There are few things more frustrating than ignorance and arrogance combined. I lived in England for twenty five years, and I’ve lived in America for about thirty. I can tell you from experience that an awful lot of Americans are pretty darned ignor…
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 1:18am -
  • Falling Short of God’s Glory
    Some time ago I got an anonymous email which said something like, “Get over the idea that there is such a thing as sin. Sin is a stupid idea made up by religious people like you to fleece people of their money and scare them about hell. People like…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 12:20pm -
  • We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
    Today’s first reading at Mass was the story of Jacob’s Ladder. You remember the one–where he is traveling and he camps out by a shrine and take a rock from the shrine as a pillow? He dreams of a stairway to heaven with angels going up and down.…
    - 12 days ago10 Jul 17, 9:17pm -

Mark Shea- Catholic and Enjoying It

  • Hmmmm….
    I’m chewing this over and I wonder how much I do this: “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. A…
    - 1 day ago22 Jul 17, 7:35am -
  • Prayer Request
    A reader writes: I would appreciate your readers’ prayers on behalf of a classmate of mine who was just diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  He has a wife and young daughter. Father, hear our prayer for this man’s complete healing in body, s…
    - 1 day ago21 Jul 17, 9:56pm -
  • Civil Forfeiture: Theft by any other name
    John Oliver continues his NSFW mission of educating a nation sliding into banana republicanism:
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 7:52am -
  • The amazing geography of Eastern Washington
    …is the result of periodic epic catastrophes like the eruption of the hotspot that is now under Yellowstone but used to be under Idaho, as well as (millions of years later) multiple stupendous floods from Lake Missoula. Imagine a volume of water eq…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 7:41am -
  • The Family Missions Podcast is on the Air!
    Reader Matthew Spizale writes: Hello friends! I wanted to let you know about a new ministry of Family Missions Company: The FMC Podcast. “Are missionaries just crazy?” “What goes on in these FMC people’s heads?” Well, here’s a look into t…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 7:21am -
  • May I Gently Suggest…
    …that when your grasp of Christianity is now reduced to “Give us power or the least of these get it!” you are doing it wrong. God so loved the world, that he issued an extortion note. – Rand 3:16
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  • The Reason the Shroud of Turin Bears All the Evidence of being the Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ…
    …is that it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 7:39am -

The Curt Jester

  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 184 – 19 July 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 29 June 2017 to 18 July 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Letters 29 Ju…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 10:49pm -
  • Rugged Rosaries
    I keep looking for a no fuss Rosary. I like the beaded ones with metal links, but I want to try to pray the Rosary, not spend time keeping it repair. The last Rosary I bought was a knotted Rosary to prevent this problem, but recently the wooden Cruci…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 2:55am -
  • Why We’re Catholic – Book Review
    I always look forward to new books by Trent Horn. I so enjoy his engaging and winsome writing style. There is intellectual heft behind his arguments presented in a challenging, but non-combative style. His latest is Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 2:13am -
  • Another Edition of “Headline News”
    I used to complain about the disparity regarding reporting on the Church. Reporting by people who had no idea what they were writing about. Now all reporting is equally as bad on pretty much every subject. The latest silliness is Why does the Church…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 12:28am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 183 – 05 July 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 23 May 2017 to 3 July 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Angelus 18 June…
    - 17 days ago6 Jul 17, 12:07am -
  • The [Insert Saint Name Here] Option
    Whatever Rod Dreher has done, he has seemed to have spawned a cottage industry of articles and books by people suggesting a saint to emulate over St. Benedict of Nursia. So I have seen so many articles doing exactly this. Part of this is a natural re…
    - 23 days ago30 Jun 17, 12:52am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 182 – 28 June 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 22 June 2017 to 28 June 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Homilies 28 J…
    - 24 days ago28 Jun 17, 11:31pm -

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

  • Bread Cast Upon the Waters
    “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” Eccl  11: 1 (KJV)St. Dominic's Church, Yaba, NigeriaFrom the website for the Dominican Order of PreachersLast Trinity Sunday, our Parish celebrated the 30th Anniversary of…
    - 14 days ago8 Jul 17, 11:55pm -
  • St. Augustine: "Let Our Lives Be Good" *
    It has been my habit to read every night before Night Prayer, a collection of sayings of St. Augustine of Hippo,  Augustine Day by Day, compiled by John Rotelle, O.S.A.St. Augustine and the Fires of WisdomPhilippe de Champaign, from Wikimedia Common…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 3:03am -
  • For the Fourth: Read the "Chasing Liberty Trilogy"
    Here's a short post to recommend a new ebook, Fight for Liberty, by a fellow member of  the Catholic Writers Guild, Theresa Linden.    This is the third in "The Chasing Liberty Trilogy".   It's well paced, ingeniously plotted, an entertaining SF…
    - 20 days ago3 Jul 17, 2:47pm -
  • Can a scientist believe in miracles, redux. Is belief in evolution and cosmology heretical?
    People Looking at the Sun During Fatima ApparitionWikimedia Commons.“Miracles always relate to the faith. That is why a belief in miracles is not a vacation from reason, a little holiday from the tedious demands of rational responsibility. Not only…
    - 30 days ago23 Jun 17, 12:50am -
  • You Lie! Said the Geocentrist to the Catholic Scientist*
    Galileo's Trial--adapted from Wikimedia Commons “People give ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon. Whoever wishes to appear clever must devise some new syst…
    - 45 days ago7 Jun 17, 8:36pm -
  • God's Periodic Table...And Evolution
    The  Crab Nebula and the Periodic Tablefrom   NASA/ESA Wikimedia Commons"Those distinct substances, which concretes generally either afford, or are made up of, may, without very much inconvenience, be called the elements or principles of them.” …
    - 57 days ago27 May 17, 11:38am -
  • God the Creator and the "Useless Machine"
    A Useless Machine, using a touch screen instead of a switchExternal Finger:  "On" or "Box Open"Internal Finger: "Off" or "Box Closed""No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's doing; but most of the time, we aren't either."…
    - 59 days ago25 May 17, 3:53pm -