Theology and BBT

The Big Bang Theory: From Caricature to Complexity (Peter Augustine Lawler): “The Big Bang Theory ultimately points to the limited but real wisdom that comes from understanding two partial …

St. Benedict retrospective

Yesterday was St. Benedict’s day; it’s the second of two, as his proper day is March 21st, but June 11th has also long been celebrated. Three monks made simple vows and that’s always …

Insight into Vatican politics

Francis Cleans House at Vatican’s Financial Watchdog: “By reforming the Church, Francis is doing more than serving his flock. He is making a contribution to the well-being of people of all …

Weekly Reading - Calvin

I’ve been looking forward to this, since despite being a Catholic theologian who’s firmly convinced that double predestination is a horrible blasphemy, I’ve always admired Calvin as a theologian. The …

Masons & Catholics, no Monty Python

“Indeed, much of European and American politics over the past two centuries has involved a running and often bitter confrontation between Masons and Catholics. Why is that?" Follow the link …

Weekly Reading - Aquinas

When I was in elementary school, I vaguely remember something called the Weekly Reader that functioned like a newspaper for children. A lot of water and a great many books have gone under the bridge …

Odd Combo: Freemasonry, Monty Python, Catholicism

“You absolutely cannot understand the British Empire without masonry” Monty Python was right! But still interesting; I’m going to look forward to the next few posts along these lines. Always …

And Jesus said to Simon...

And Jesus said to Simon, Son of Jonah B.A. (Philosophy, Oxford), ‘Who do you say that I am?’ And he replied, ‘Given a) the probability that God exists, that is, given fine-tuning, the kalam …

Cloud, corporations, and trust falls

Mixed into an Andy Ihnatko article on FB's likely purchase of a traffic navigation app is this gem of an analogy that perfectly catches my anxieties about FB. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't run a social …

Power of papal rhetoric

Sandro Magister: "This benevolence of the media toward Pope Francis is one of the features that characterize the beginning of this pontificate. The gentleness with which he is able to speak even the …

Universal call to holiness ≠ ministry

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Laity | NCRegister.com "We priests tend to clericalize the laity. We do not realize it, but it is as if we infect them with our own disease. And the laity — not all, …

How to commit Vatican journalism

RealClearReligion - John Allen: The RealClearReligion Interview When the National Catholic Reporter’s senior correspondent John L. Allen, Jr. was called upon to put a question to Pope Benedict XVI in …

Beware people who revel in being "prophetic"

Bipartisan protip: if you want to be a prophet, or if you revel in it, you’re not. And if a President is in your audience, and you’re agreeing with him or telling him things that he doesn’t mind …

An Ignatian papacy

John Thavis on the pope’s ‘reform’ project Pope Francis came into the Vatican with a mandate to change the way its bureaucracy functions (or disfunctions), in the wake of scandals, leaks and power …

Google loses, Samsung wins

Tightwind.net has it right: Google makes relatively little from Android while one company—Samsung—makes more operating income from Android than Google as a whole. Think about that! Google is doing the …

Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Pope Francis-style

Luis Palau: Why It Matters that Pope Francis Drinks Maté with Evangelicals: "One day I said to him, 'You seem to love the Bible a lot,' and he said, 'You know, my financial manager [for the …

Pope Francis - Ross Douthat

Pope Francis I - Ross Douthat: "First, whatever correlations of factions and forces within the conclave produced this result, Bergoglio won relatively swiftly, which — joined to his runner-up status …

Profile of Pope Francis

Undoubtedly the beginning of a mighty flood, here’s John Allen from last week with a pre-election profile of the man would be Francis. It’s a good take from one of the premier US reporters …

Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) wins theology discussion with Piers Morgan

Something more rare than rubies... Penn Jillette provides a sterling example of intellectual integrity. He's an atheist, but he's more capable of taking people at their word and respecting the content …

Helping Us ‘Turn Around’ - Fr. Schall

One for the Georgetown people in particular, but good for anyone. Insight from one of the teachers who contributed most to where & what I am today.

Roster of cardinal electors

The one-stop shopping place for information on the cardinal-electors. Great resource!

PowerPoint in the Classroom — Kevin Taylor

We have picked up a teaching habit that is more presumed than prescribed, and we can’t seem to stop. PowerPoint in the Classroom — Kevin Taylor

Hacking the Papal Election

Unsurprisingly difficult! Hacking the Papal Election

Debunking 'conventional' conclave wisdom

John Allen, excellent as always. Debunking 'conventional' conclave wisdom

Students to e-textbooks: no thanks

What’s most revealing about this study is that, like earlier research, it suggests that students’ preference for printed textbooks is reflects the real pedagogical advantages they experience in using …

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- Fluellen, Henry V