Category Archives: Currents

Bad Catholic

I’ve enjoyed all the books in John Zmirak’s Bad Catholic series. The latest, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism is the best so far, I think, perhaps because the topic gives the book more structure and organization than others … Continue reading

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Lives of the Saints

List from Butler (Rev Alban Butler, 1710-1773) so the list does not include saints canonized after that time.  For a more extensive list, of over 5000 saints, see Catholic Online’s saint of the day pages. January I. The Circumcision of Our … Continue reading

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Making Room

From Pope Benedict XVI’s 2012 Christmas homily: I am also repeatedly struck by the Gospel writer’s almost casual remark that there was no room for them at the inn. Inevitably the question arises, what would happen if Mary and Joseph … Continue reading

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A Love Supreme

As Dr Esolen remarks, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is a short volume but for that very reason may be the ideal introduction to Pope Benedict XVI’s writings. In this Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Esolen writes:  Imagine touring the … Continue reading

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Anglican Ecclesiology

Regarding non-Catholic views of ecclesiology, the Anglican petri-dish often has useful postings. For example, over at Stand Firm, in a posting by A. S. Haley, I’d like to comment:  re 8 “What is your ecclesiology?” at far remove from the … Continue reading

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Secular Witness to the Crucifixion of Jesus

 Secular testimony to the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion 1. Non-Jewish and non-Christian sources: 1. Tacitus, a Roman historian, in his Annals, c. AD 115, describes the Roman Emperor Nero’s actions after the great fire of Rome, c. AD … Continue reading

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Speaking of Blogrolls

Blogrolls are similar to lists of recommended books in that there is an optimum size above which their value decreases. That optimum size no doubt varies from person to person. For me, two dozen is about right.

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