Monthly Archives: June 2012

Foul-mouthed pro-abortionist rips away abortion images, assaults peaceful pro-life protester

Caught on video: Man rips away abortion images, assaults pro-life witness A camera captured a dramatic scene last month when an infuriated man stormed up cursing to a pro-life protester holding images of an aborted child by the roadside, tore … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis responds to Bart Ehrman on the problem of evil and suffering

‘My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.  But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?  A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight … Continue reading

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One day Chiara Petrillo will be a saint, writes Paul Williams

A young Italian mother gives up her life for her unborn child in a stunning act of saintliness Chiara Petrillo was a 28-year-old Italian mother who apparently refused life-saving cancer treatment that would have damaged or destroyed her baby.  Her baby, … Continue reading

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Devout Roman Catholic and Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy

Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy In the worst years of the Second World War, it was not uncommon to see the great Gino Bartali cycling the roads between Florence and … Continue reading

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Larry Brinkin, outspoken California gay rights leader, arrested over child porn possession

California gay rights leader arrested over child porn possession A prominent leader in the gay-rights movement in California headed to jail on June 22 after police say they caught him in possession of graphic images of toddlers engaged in lewd … Continue reading

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Writers’ quote of the day: Joy Fielding on summarizing your novel

‘Once you have an idea for a book, you need to be able to sum it up in one or two sentences.  For motivation, think of it as one of those brief summaries on The New York Times Bestseller List.  … Continue reading

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Levantine DNA in Ethiopia supports biblical story of Queen of Sheba

Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists.  Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations … Continue reading

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American fundamentalist schools are using the Loch Ness monster to disprove evolution

Schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next … Continue reading

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Christians still at the forefront of AIDS response: Vatican calls for free AIDS treatment across Africa

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called on Friday for “free and efficient treatment” for AIDS sufferers in Africa.

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Writers’ quote of the day: Andrew Pyper on ‘writer’s block’

‘If you didn’t show up to work for a week and, when asked by your boss for an explanation, you answered “I had job block,” she’d fire you on the spot, right?  Keep this in mind the next time you’re … Continue reading

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Gary Krupp, the Jewish researcher who’s winning the battle to clear Pope Pius XII’s name

Researcher: We’re Winning in Effort to Clear Pius XII’s Name, ‘Every Time We Do More Research, We Find a Diamond’ After six years of untiring research that has uncovered 76,000 pages of original material, plus multiple eyewitness accounts and testimonies … Continue reading

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Writers’ quote of the day: Francine Prose on learning to write

‘In becoming a writer, I read and reread the authors I most loved.  I read for pleasure, first, but also more analytically, conscious of how sentences were formed and information was being conveyed, how the writer was structuring a plot, … Continue reading

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Young Christian newlyweds who peacefully oppose gay marriage are bombarded with vile, threatening hate mail

A newlywed couple have being bombarded with internet hate mail after posing on the steps of 10 Downing Street to hand in a 550,000-signature petition against gay marriage Rhys and Esther Curnow, from Newcastle, received scores of messages after opponents of … Continue reading

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Murder rate in El Salvador plummets due to truce between rival gangs brokered by the Catholic Church

The murder rate in El Salvador has fallen dramatically due to a truce between rival gangs brokered by the Catholic Church that has so far lasted 100 days. “This effort has saved the lives of more than 850 innocent Salvadorans,” the Globe … Continue reading

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Middle-aged Buddhist ‘abbot’ of Chinese monastery renounces vows and leaves abruptly to wed young bride

Senior Chinese Buddhist renounces his vows for love: The head of one of China’s main Buddhist monasteries has abruptly cast off his robes in order to marry a 26-year-old jade dealer Qing Xian, who is thought to be in his … Continue reading

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Solar deity fails to turn up for neo-Pagans’ worship service

Summer solstice celebrated at Stonehenge despite rain: Revellers ignore damp conditions Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly wet summer solstice at Stonehenge . . . But through the wind and rain, drummers inside the ancient stone circle kept up their thumping rhythm, … Continue reading

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More poems by Dana Gioia

More poems by Dana Gioia

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‘The Angel with the Broken Wing’ by Dana Gioia

The Angel with the Broken Wing by Dana Gioia I am the Angel with the Broken Wing, The one large statue in this quiet room. The staff finds me too fierce, and so they shut Faith’s ardor in this air-conditioned … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: G. K. Chesterton on proof

‘It is very hard for a man to defend anything of which he is entirely convinced.  It is comparatively easy when he is only partially convinced.  He is partially convinced because he has found this or that proof of the … Continue reading

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The gross immorality of the U.S. military: a case study

I Met a 16-Year-Old Kid; 3 Days Later Obama Killed Him: We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, and few people are debating the dire consequences At our meeting I spoke as the representative westerner.  I reported the CIA claim that … Continue reading

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Yet another vocal atheist converts to Christianity

This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal Starting tomorrow, this blog is moving to the the Patheos Catholic channel (the url and RSS will remain unchanged).  Meanwhile, I’m in RCIA classes at a DC parish, so you … Continue reading

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An empirical argument for chastity

HHS Mandate Ignores Emotional Impact Casual Sex Has on Women There is ample evidence that giving unmarried women free contraception encourages them to engage in sexual relations with one or more partners.  Besides exposing these women to sexually transmitted diseases … Continue reading

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Christian GP Dr. Richard Scott now fighting to keep his job

Christian GP had prayed to God for a challenge: Dr. Richard Scott was given a warning by the General Medical Council after he told a suicidal patient that Christianity may offer help and he is now fighting to keep his job From … Continue reading

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What atheistic Communism has most obviously done for China: A visual presentation

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Pic of the day: Great new fragrance for Presbyterian men

From here.

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