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Jimmy Akin

  • Secrets of Doctor Who – Extremis
    Jimmy Akin, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Dom Bettinelli discuss and analyze the sixth episode of the 10th Season of Doctor Who entitled “Extremis”. Zombie monks, the Pope, Missy, and a deadly book all bring the blinded Doctor, Nardole, and Bill together…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 11:07pm -
  • The Weekly Francis – 17 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 27 April 2017 to 18 May 2017. Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 27 April 2017 – Witnesses to obedience 2 May 2017 – As the disciples of Emmaus 4 May 2017 – Never seated…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 9:53pm -
  • Secrets of Doctor Who – Oxygen
    Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss and analyze the fifth episode of the 10th Season of Doctor Who entitled “Oxygen”. As the 70s ban Sweet sang, “Your love is like oxygen.” We discuss space zombies, a nagging Nardole, Bill…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 3:28am -
  • The Weekly Francis – 10 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 April 2017 to 10 May 2017. Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 4 April 2017 – In the sign of the Cross 6 April 2017 – As a grain of sand 24 April 2017 – Faith is concre…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 2:04am -
  • Secrets of Doctor – Knock, Knock
    Fr. Cory Sticha, Dom Bettinelli, and Jimmy Akin discuss and analyze the fourth episode of the 10th Season of Doctor Who entitled “Knock, Knock”. Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Yes, he is. Our panel discusses this haunted house story and come up wit…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 11:28pm -
  • Secrets of Doctor Who–Thin Ice
    Jimmy Akin, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Dom Bettinelli discuss and analyze the third episode of the 10th Season of Doctor Who entitled “Thin Ice”. Regency England, giant man-eating sea creatures, and a mustache-twirling villain–not to mention antics o…
    - 21 days ago5 May 17, 11:41pm -
  • The Weekly Francis – 03 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 April 2017 to 3 May 2017. Homilies 29 April 2017 – Apostolic Journey to Egypt: Holy Mass Regina Cæli 23 April 2017 Speeches 4 April 2017 – To the participants in…
    - 23 days ago4 May 17, 12:54am -

CathApol

  • 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…
    - 23 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.http://www.americancatholictruthsociety.com
    - 31 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.http://www.americancatholictruthsociety.com
    - 40 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,…
    - 41 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 43 days ago13 Apr 17, 6:30pm -

The Silversmith Collection

  • 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 27 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 -
  • Catholic Education Podcast: Ep. 001
    Want audio only?  iTunes  |  RSS Show Notes​ ​On this episode:We explore the permeation of faith within the Math and Science areas of study. What are some strategies and tips that can help bring about permeation? How can we build relat…
    - 4 Dec 16, 10:31pm -
  • If you're too busy to pray...
    This very popular quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta usually elicits one of two responses from me. Depending on the state of my prayer life, and the inflation level of my ego, I usually react one of two ways to this gem.PREACH!When my prayer life is o…
    - 15 Oct 16, 6:14pm -

Standing on my Head

  • newMystery of the Magi Book Giveaway
    You may have heard of my latest book project called The Mystery of the Magi- the Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. I’m really excited by this book. It has been so interesting to investigate the historicity of the Magi story. One of the reasons…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:48pm -
  • On Popes and Presidents
    One remembers the day when a good, strong pope and a good, strong president--both having survived assassination attempts-- got together with a sense of mission.
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 12:33pm -
  • In Manchester Still Falls the Rain
    Why is there such madness, hatred and meaningless violence?
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 4:46pm -
  • Renewal in the Church: Send My Roots Rain
    I remember as an Anglican priest Archbishop George Carey launched a big initiative called “The Decade of Evangelism.” It was more like “The Decay of Evangelism.” It was a big flop. From time to time in every church the leaders feel they must…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 2:44pm -
  • Church of Nice or Church of Nasty?
    Maybe we should change terminology and talk about a church that is Tough and Tender.
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 12:28pm -
  • God in the Details
    The Catholic Church will sometimes seem to you to be full of human failure, incompetence, futility, fighting and frailty. But there is great treasure hidden in that muddy field.
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 2:59pm -
  • When is Apostolic Succession Valid?
    Apostolic succession is more than the paperwork.
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 5:38pm -

Mark Shea- Catholic and Enjoying It

  • Off to our Hidden Island Redoubt!
    Back Tuesday!  Have a good Memorial Day Weekend!
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 7:01am -
  • Blunting Caesar’s Sword
    A brief look at the history of the Church’s conflicted relationship with Caesar’s power to kill, aka Part V of my series on the death penalty at The Catholic Weekly.
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 7:10am -
  • The Immense Gamble the GOP is Taking…
    …is in leaving a massively incompetent, stupid, and unstable narcissist in command of the mightiest military and national security state in the history of the world and betting that there will not be some really serious crisis not of his own making…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 7:02am -
  • Not a Normal Human
    After very intelligently confirming that he betrayed Israeli assets to the Russian while standing next to a mortified Netanyahu, one of the three or four smartest Presidents in the whole history of everything (according to Newt Gingrich) went to Yad…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 3:23pm -
  • The Latest Connecting the Dots is Here!
    Doug O’Brien and I take a look at how a Catholic should respond to the latest assaults on normality and common human decency and intelligence:
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 7:29am -
  • Another address was given for Commencement at Notre Dame
    It’s well worth hearing. That is authentic Catholic preaching right there.
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 7:29am -
  • John Oliver Brings Us Up to NSFW Speed
    Of course, left unmentioned is that absurdity of Trump sucking up to the Saudis (whom he once attacked for “pushing gays off buildings“). After giving a speech designed to make his base of believers think he was talking tough about Radical Islami…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 4:01pm -

The Curt Jester

  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 177 – 17 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 27 April 2017 to 18 May 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Daily Homilie…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 9:54pm -
  • Nun Props
    One of the developments of the last two Presidential Administrations has been the use of Religious Sisters to support their goals. President Barack Obama said that the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare—would not have been enacted had it not been…
    - 15 days ago12 May 17, 12:29am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 176 – 10 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 April 2017 to 10 May 2017. The Weekly Francis is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I also post at Jimmy Akin’s blog. Daily Homilies…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 2:06am -
  • The Weekly Francis – Volume 175 – 03 May 2017
    This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 4 April 2017 to 3 May 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 29 Apr…
    - 23 days ago4 May 17, 12:55am -
  • Asparagus blessing at Worcester Cathedral causes row
    This is happens when you don’t know what aspergillum means. Worcester Cathedral has hit back at criticism over a service that included a man dressed up as a spear of asparagus. A packed congregation on St George’s Day saw asparagus from Evesham r…
    - 27 days ago29 Apr 17, 1:35am -
  • As Malta Turns
    The one thing worse than political coverage is Church coverage. Almost always the reason for this is that they see everything through the political lens. Exhibit 2,028,029,329,029,230,902,292,039,023: This time from Reuters. Ex Knights of Malta head…
    - 29 days ago28 Apr 17, 1:05am -
  • The Pope’s TED Talk was not what I expected
    When I heard the Pope had released a TED talk, I was not expecting this. OK that was only in my head and my graphics program. His real TED talk can be viewed here. And here is the transcript from the Vatican’s site. Video message of His Holiness Po…
    - 29 days ago27 Apr 17, 1:35am -

Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

  • newGod 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."…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:53pm -
  • 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.” …
    - 3 days ago24 May 17, 12:28am -
  • Suffering--Our Great Gift from God*
    The Sufferings of Job, William Blakefrom Wikimedia Commons"In a sense, everything that happens to me is a gift from God.  I may resent disappointments, rebel against a series of misfortunes which I regard as unmerited punishment.   Yet in time I ma…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 10:42am -
  • Which is winning--scientism or religion?I. What science is really all about
    Albrecht Durer, St. Michael Fighting the Dragonfrom Wikimedia Commons“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.” [e…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 9:25pm -
  • More St. Augustine: Bearing Our Cross
    St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdomfrom Wikimedia Commons"Christ, Son of God, if You had not wished to suffer, You would not have suffered.   Show us the fruit of Your Passion." --St. Augustine, Commentary on Psalm 21The quote above also bears on…
    - 44 days ago12 Apr 17, 10:05pm -
  • Why Didn't Jesus Come Down from the Cross?, The Final Test of Faith
    Hypercube** Crucifixion, Salvador DaliFair Use, Wikipedia Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and…
    - 45 days ago11 Apr 17, 10:10pm -
  • More St. Augustine: "Lent is the Epitome of our Whole Life"
        St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdomfrom Wikimedia Commons  “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of…
    - 70 days ago17 Mar 17, 1:24am -