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Shroud of Turin update…

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Thi piece of fabric has been the subject of much discussion and disagreement over the years.. The last most people heard of it, a “study” had proved it was a medieval fraud.   Actually that investigation was a fine example of scientific fraud.   The three samples tested were all taken from the outer edge of a section long thought to be a replacement for a worn portion of the original cloth.   Go in depth with Myra Kahn Adams  here.   I promise you’ll find the report fascinating.

 

 

 

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July 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm

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Remember the persecuted…

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Yesterday was the first World Coptic Day.   All Christians in the Middle East have faced waves of persecution which nearly destroyed their populations in nations such as Syria,  Iraq,  and Egypt. The Copts in Egypt, who are Christians descended from ancient Egyptians, have been among the most heavily impacted.   This effort is launched by Coptic-Americans to gain this international recognition of Coptic suffering in the modern age,  but also to familiarize the world with who the Copts are,  a distinct ethnic group with roots in Egypt that they trace back to St. Mark the Apostle.    Don’t think for a moment that the persecution is limited to the Middle East.   In progressive areas both the government and the citizens are guilty of it.

It would be good to remember all the persecuted, would it not?   And that involves naming those  who persecute.  Yes,  you should expect to be hit for doing that,  at least verbally,  but you should do it anyway.  In my experience of getting a couple of death threats a year from this blog and letters to the editor,  those who threaten to kill you rarely have the nerve to even try.   The threats don’t bother me because I have a concealed carry permit and am generally armed and perfectly able to protect myself,  with or without a firearm.

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Rampant ignorance…

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The New York Times is run by lazy,  arrogant idiots.  If you didn’t know what the body of christ was,  wouldn’t you at least Google the phrase to find out?  The super smart people who select what we are to read and wish to tell us how to think are so ignorant about Catholicism  —  or indeed,  any religion at all —  that they reported it as a statue.   The problem is that the priest they quoted was talking about  communion wafers,  which the faithful believe become literally the body of Jesus Christ when consecrated.   There are at least a billion Catholics in the world.   I’m not one of them,  but I knew immediately what it was by virtue of the fact that I have witnessed communion in both Catholic and Episcopalian churches.

I’ll bet you are also smarter than everyone at the New York Times,  aren’t you?

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April 24, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Funny faith…

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The average clergyman has a far better sense of humor than any progressive or liberal I’ve ever seen.   Don’t believe me?   Take a gander at some of  these amusing  signs.

 

 

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January 28, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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This helps your flock?

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Obviously Rev. Spencer is not a veteran, and he apparently doesn’t know any.  I know hundreds,  and all of them find Colin Kaepernick a disrespectful,  ungrateful lout who has risked nothing and displayed little beyond a loud mouth and juvenile petulance.  That is a toxic brew when you add in more hat than cattle and a total failure to grasp American history and reality.

If the Reverend  really thinks  Kaepernick and the late hoodlum,  Trayvon Martin,  have anything to teach his congregation besides the disadvantages of ill-spent lives,  I feel sorry for all them.   Good luck escaping the clutches of the Devil when you’re listening to him preach…

 

 

 

 

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September 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Priestly celibacy and the sex abuse crisis…

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I’m afraid I have fallen victim to believing the lavender mafia of the Catholic Church had continued to grow unchecked within the Catholic Church.   Every time I heard about sexual abuses within the church they seemed to be conducted on a larger scale than before.   But that was my misperception.  The truth is that  most of  the abuse was committed in the 1960s through the 1980s.

The author,  Nicholas Frankovich,  also provides some useful ways of dealing with priests and celibacy.

 

 

 

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September 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Easter 2018, II…

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This is no less sincere for being late,  but I didn’t want to rush this.   Please start with  links from  National Review,  then enjoy Pres. Trump’s  Easter message,  a far cry from any of Obama’s. Christians began with  the observance  of Good Friday,  the religious significance of  which apparently escaped  NBC’s Chuck  Todd.   He most certainly fails to comprehend what  “taking up the cross’  means,  and I wonder if he has ever contemplated the meaning of the  empty tomb.   For the first time in nearly a century,  Irish pubs  were able to open on Good Friday.

Pope Francis remembered his job in time to  celebrate mass  in St Peter’s Square,  which is an impressive and moving event even if you are not Catholic.   France is not nearly as Christian as it once was,  but the French police officer who took the place of the hostage last week,  and ultimately lost his life,  was  a believer.   His killer was of Moroccan descent and an Islamist.

There are  many reasons  to celebrate Easter and what it means.  Some Christians are content  to celebrate  without debating the reasoning behind it.   That’s fine  — if you live your life well,  mindful of Christian tenets,  you are doing well.   You are not required to go  this far  to prove that you believe.  If you are falling a bit short in the niceness department,  you can be pleased that the  Obamas no  longer occupy the White House,  or have as large a platform to amplify their anti-Christian views into actions.   Two words  will be enough for  all of  us.

Of course there is always an environmental skunk in the woodpile.  In this case it’s the University of Manchester in England warning us that foil-wrapped  Easter candies  ( nearly always chocolate and generally quite tasty) are bad for the environment.  An old Scotsman clearly doesn’t worry about the potential environmental disasters from the  106 year  old eggs  his family has.   I’d rather try the  newest candy  offerings.

First Lady Melania Trump  solicited eggs  from high school students in all 50 states instead of using professional designers from the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll,  at which some  30,000 guests  are expected.  The other skunk showed up in the form of CNN reporter Jim Acosta,  shouting questions  at Pres. Trump.

No one I know did this,  but I can understand why some parents couldn’t resist the fact that April Fool and Easter were on the  same day  this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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