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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Vatican Votes For Darwin...?

Wasn't it St. Thomas who said that if one tries to stir a middle course one will be hated and suspected by those at the extremes and never loved by them? At a recent news conference on a Vatican project to help end the 'mutual prejudice' between science and theology, Poupard said that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Self-Discovery and Other-Discovery

I and ten other parishioners made a commitment two months ago to meet together every Sunday evening at 8 PM to read the Gospel of the following Sunday and follow a process that is intended to help us discover the meaning of a Bible passage in our lives. Our meetings however have been producing other... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Bad Bad Monk!

You see this monk playing a computer game? I saw a collection of images like this at KenzeMach Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

New Orleans Bishop Clicks Mouse To Keep In Touch

The first time the Internet really came out as a valid way to help a stricken part of the world was when a tsunami caused havoc in our part of Asia. At the devastation that Katrina left, there were also Internet relief efforts that reached us even here. Even the Church has not shrunk away from the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

So Why Are You Still In Church, Dear Pope?

When Josef Ratzinger, while still a professor, was asked why he still remained with the Church, he answered: 1) "I stay in the Church because I recognize the faith that in the end we can acquire only in the Church, and not in opposition to it, as a necessity for men and for the world, for by this... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Is This Discrimination?

In the wake of hurricane Katrina...... a Zenit report on the way Catholic schools are treated by the US Government. The U.S. bishops' secretary for education says that Senator Edward Kennedy's opposition to hurricane relief aid for private and religious schools "makes no sense." "Denying educational... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 19, 2005


PlaceOPedia is a nice educational site that you can help build. It involves locating a place already described in the WikiPedia and putting in on a map in the PlaceOPedia database. It can be fun too! Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Forgiveness and Mental Health

The following excerpt is taken from today's Zenit dispatch. I found it interesting because last Sunday, the theme of the liturgical service was on Forgiveness. The excerpt below is taken from an interview with Dr. Robert Enright, a psychologist, of the International Forgiveness Institute. First,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 9, 2005

Satanism -- Cultic and Homemade

A recent dispatch from Zenit about a new course on Satanism to be offered in one of the pontifical universities in Rome had the following exchange with Carlo Climati, an italian journalist who has written about youth Satanism: Q: How would you describe the phenomenon of youth Satanism? Climati:... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Hurricane Katrina and the Problem of God and Evil

Below is an excerpt of a message posted by Brian St. Paul in Crisis Magazine about Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused: But the horror in the South raises some fundamental questions. First in mind is a simple one: Where was God when this happened? Or another: How could an all-knowing,... Sign in to see full entry.

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