Introducing Father Mitch Pacwa's "Reformation Project"

August 25, 2009 by  
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For more info on this groundbreaking new project exploring the historical and theological facts surrounding the Protestant rebellion against the Catholic Church, go here.


$1000 Per-Day Fine & 30 Days In Jail For Refusing the Swine Flu Vaccine?

August 25, 2009 by  
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But, but, but . . . what if I don’t want the vaccine?

I find this troubling, folks. What’s going on here? Pay close attention toward the end of this video where they discuss the “severe penalties” to be imposed on those who refuse to be vaccinated. (More here.)

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

August 25, 2009 by  
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(Courtsey of New Advent)

These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days.

Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents. A small number of pilots and tourists travel there each year in hopes of “cloud surfing” with the mysterious phenomenon.

Similar tubular shaped clouds called roll clouds appear in various places around the globe. But nobody has yet figured out what causes the Morning Glory clouds.

(source)

What's the Story, Morning Glory?

August 25, 2009 by  
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(Courtsey of New Advent)

These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days.

Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents. A small number of pilots and tourists travel there each year in hopes of “cloud surfing” with the mysterious phenomenon.

Similar tubular shaped clouds called roll clouds appear in various places around the globe. But nobody has yet figured out what causes the Morning Glory clouds.

(source)

Yet another reason why I, Patrick Madrid, am not a "cat person"

August 25, 2009 by  
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(Courtesy of my gal pal, the lovely and insightful Mrs. Karen Williams)

It’s Time to Invoke the Spirit of Vatican II

August 24, 2009 by  
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“Ordinaries [i.e., diocesan bishops], by the encouragement and favor they show to art which is truly sacred, should strive after noble beauty rather than mere sumptuous display. . . .

“Let bishops carefully remove from the house of God and from other sacred places those works of artists which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or by lack of artistic worth, mediocrity and pretense” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 124).


It's Time to Invoke the Spirit of Vatican II

August 24, 2009 by  
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“Ordinaries [i.e., diocesan bishops], by the encouragement and favor they show to art which is truly sacred, should strive after noble beauty rather than mere sumptuous display. . . .

“Let bishops carefully remove from the house of God and from other sacred places those works of artists which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or by lack of artistic worth, mediocrity and pretense” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 124).


Now, Why Can’t We Get This Guy As Speaker of the House?

August 24, 2009 by  
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True, this video has been floating around awhile — I first saw it early this year, shortly after it came out — but it’s worth watching again (and again, and again).


It takes conservative British MP Daniel Hannan just over three minutes to completely flay Gordon Brown over his government’s failed economic policies. The video doesn’t show Brown’s response, but I am quite confident that he has nowhere near enough firepower to take on Hannan in a serious exchange about this issue.

Imagine if we had a few such gutsy, intelligent, and eloquent orators like this guy serving in the U.S. House and Senate. If we had had just five Hannan-types working for us in Congress, I don’t think we would have gotten into the government-issue financial mess we’re now in.

Here, here!

Now, Why Can't We Get This Guy As Speaker of the House?

August 24, 2009 by  
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True, this video has been floating around awhile — I first saw it early this year, shortly after it came out — but it’s worth watching again (and again, and again).


It takes conservative British MP Daniel Hannan just over three minutes to completely flay Gordon Brown over his government’s failed economic policies. The video doesn’t show Brown’s response, but I am quite confident that he has nowhere near enough firepower to take on Hannan in a serious exchange about this issue.

Imagine if we had a few such gutsy, intelligent, and eloquent orators like this guy serving in the U.S. House and Senate. If we had had just five Hannan-types working for us in Congress, I don’t think we would have gotten into the government-issue financial mess we’re now in.

Here, here!

Archbishop Charles Chaput: A Man for Our Season

August 24, 2009 by  
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Here’s a snippet from my new article on InsideCatholic.com:

My first conversation with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput happened over dinner at a mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant in South Dakota in late 1990. He was the bishop of Rapid City; I was working for Catholic Answers and had been invited to conduct a weekend apologetics conference there. From that first meeting, I could tell immediately that I was in the presence of a truly excellent bishop.

“Bishop Charles,” as all the Catholics I met that weekend called him with proud affection, personified “down to earth.” He was not merely being polite; he clearly was interested and engaged with those around him, listening thoughtfully and offering insights, advice, and the occasional funny anecdote with an easy joviality that put people at ease, while always maintaining the dignity of his role as shepherd of the flock.

I was impressed with Bishop Charles’s humility; his palpable love for Christ and the Church; his quiet, understated wisdom; and his obvious pastoral dedication to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of his flock. I’ve met many bishops over the years, and I knew from that very first conversation with him that I was in the presence of not just a good bishop, but a great man. . . .

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