Day: March 4, 2019

MONDAY EDITION

Were Adam & Eve Real? Evolutionary Bottlenecks & “Darwin’s Radio”

Having learned to distrust newspaper accounts of new physics developments, I decided to read the original paper by Stoeckle and Thaler that spawned this & similar popular accounts: Using a barcoding technique to define variation in mitochondrial DNA of humans & many other species, they conclude. . . ☩ Robert Kurland, Ph.D., of Catholic Stand

George Pell: To Kill a Cardinal?

When lawyer Atticus Finch entered the Maycomb County Courtroom in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to defend a client falsely accused of rape, the jury could not see past one thing – the color of the defendant’s skin. The evidence, the argument, and the witnesses were a show. The jury was conditioned and prejudiced against the defendant and would convict regardless of whether an unanswerable defense was mounted. There was a predetermined outcome ☩ uCatholic

Six Things to Do Before Lent

Lent is less than a month away, & this year, we’re preparing our hearts to enter into the greatest story ever told. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, going from Genesis to Jesus in Sacred Scripture. We know how the story ends, but are we prepared for the long road to get there? This Lent, we’re taking a few steps to get ready to enter the desert. Here’s how we’re getting ready for the demanding, powerful, joyful story presented in Genesis to Jesus. . . ☩ St. Paul Center

Pre-Lent in Christian Liturgies: An Ancient & Universal Custom

. . .there is a period of preparation for the great fast of Lent, during which the faithful are readied for the coming of this major period in the liturgical year so that they can gradually enter into the ascetic practices that they will observe until Easter. ☩ Aelredus Rievallensis of Canticum Salomonis

Social Justice Poison

Joel Kotkin at Tablet demonstrates how an emphasis upon the bilge going by the name of Social Justice, & what an Orwellian phrase that truly is, is poison for any religion silly enough to embrace it. ☩ Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic

We All Need to Support the Catholic Arts

The great Catholic poet Gerard Manley Hopkins tells us that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” ☩ Joseph Pearce of The Imaginative Conservative

How to Build a Go-To (Sunday Mass) Wardrobe

Growing up, I was always scrambling to blow dry my hair while tossing oodles of clothes across my room. . . ☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

Upcoming Amazon Synod & discussion of the matter (wheat) for the Eucharist

Crux: “Amazon” Synod. . . who will be the first to quip that they will try to sell out the Church? ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

New court battle not likely to set clear path for religious symbols -

Just before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about Maryland’s Peace Cross - which pays tribute to fallen World War I soldiers - a few people on the steps of the court were confident the weathered monument would get to stay in place. . . ☩ Carol Zimmerman of CNS via Crux

Calling Cardinal Pell’s Prosecution What It Is: Religious Persecution

☩ Fr. Raymond J. de Souza of National Catholic Register

Alex Byrne on gender identity

☩ Edward Feser, Ph.D.

Rethinking Lent This Year

☩ Laura DeMaria of Catholic Stand

St. John Chrysostom Teaches Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowksi of CatholicFundraiser.net

Beloved Bulletins: Church Communiqués Remain the First Line for Information

Parish newsletters are perennial favorites. ☩ Joseph Pronechen of National Catholic Register

Why I am staying Catholic

In a way, it’s hard to blame people who pack up and quit. But quit the Church? No. Here are some reasons why not. ☩ Russell Shaw of The Catholic World Report

Are Jesuits Proud of Their Pro-Abortion Alumni?

Why does secular prestige seem to be more important than the slaughter of innocent babies? ☩ Patrick Reilly of National Catholic Register

The new institute set up to help Catholic NGOs deal with legal challenges

In their private law practices, Tim Busch & John Peiffer, our co-founders, have worked with a variety of Catholic & other religious organizations on corporate, tax, & transactional legal matters. Additionally, the Napa Institute, which is independent but affiliated with NLI, acts as an incubator for new Catholic apostolates & other organizations by providing a venue in which strategic relationships are formed & apostolic partnership opportunities are explored. ☩ Charles C. Camosy of Crux

ISIS Brutality Drove These Muslims to Christian Conversion: “Their God is Not My God”

NBC News reported the stories of several Muslims who chose Christianity after witnessing & experiencing ISIS’s horrific brutality. ☩ ChurchPOP

The Surviving Organs of David Tannenberg

Throughout his career, David Tannenberg was well-regarded as an organ builder and was in high demand throughout the German-speaking communities to provide organs for their churches. . . ☩ Philip T.D. Cooper of Vox Humana

India Sees Rise in Public Lynchings of Christians

☩ CNA via National Catholic Register

Catholic Answers About Freemasonry, Part I

☩ David L. Gray of DavidLGray.info

Confession: Celebrating a Renewed Friendship with God

☩ Gabriel Garnica of Catholic Stand