Chinese Catholics are in a terrible situation. They can't practice their faith openly, and they don't have the support of the Vatican, who recently sold out and allowed the Chinese government to pull all the strings and appoint bishops. Even though the Vatican will ultimately have the last word, in reality, if you pick the … Continue reading A Novena for China
By John Ruberry Next week the fiftieth anniversary arrives of the release of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album by the Byrds.. At the time, however, the collection was a commercial flop and it received mixed reviews. Byrds leader and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn envisioned the band's sixth album as an overview of the … Continue reading A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later
By John Ruberry "You're not of the body," is what Dr. McCoy shouted at his Enterprise officers after being brainwashed in the ways of Landru in the Star Trek episode, The Return of the Archons The most intolerant people I know are liberals, who I often refer to as leftists. First a story:. Back in … Continue reading Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of a restaurant: Can’t we all just get along?
By John Ruberry The War on Christmas, the secular-progressives' assault on Christmas and yes, religion, is fading away. And Christmas is winning. In today's video message to our military, some of whom of course belong to faiths other than Christianity, President Trump beamed, "I just want to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas, we … Continue reading Winning in the War on Christmas
As far as pilgrimages go, my annual trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro Massachusetts was not an epic journey. It involved a five minute walk then an hour long bus ride on a luxury motor coach. On the way we stopped at Wright's Chicken Farm, which I most … Continue reading My annual pilgrimage to La Salatte Shrine
Only a clever Human can make a joke about virtue The Screwtape letters We interrupt our coverage of Al Franken to talk about...comedy. If there has been one staple of modern humor from our cultural "betters" it's been the willingness to belittle and berate Christianity. Over the decades we have seen stand up comics, TV … Continue reading Jesus & Comedy Three Times it was Done Right
Drug cartels have a full panoply of false gods. The best-known in the wide-ranging and impressive array is Our Lady of the Assassins, made famous by a popular novel that was later made into a movie. She's also known as Santa Muerte, a grim reaper figure which even turned up in Breaking Bad, The most … Continue reading The cartels and their false gods
During my recent trips in Asia, I was struck by how many Catholic churches and seminaries existed in places like Yangon, Myanmar, and Da Nang, Vietnam. In Hong Kong, I happened upon a standing-room-only church service, and in Guangzhou, China, the Sacred Heart Cathedral has become a tourist stop for many Chinese. After the 1949 … Continue reading Religion: Alive and Well in Asia
This morning, Dr Starnes at Childrens' Hospital of Los Angeles walked into the waiting room and told me that the repair done to my 2-month-old son's heart was a success. He said he should be in great shape for years to come. I've documented my feelings about the medical system that has helped my son … Continue reading Divine intervention brought my child back to life. Of this, I have no doubt.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” –Matthew 9:21-22 Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent … Continue reading Yes, Prayers Do Get Answered
I'm not old enough to remember Vatican II. As I grew up, I sometimes heard people talk about a "Latin Mass," but I never attended one until well after I graduated college. That's when I started teaching Catechism at our local church, and in order to make sure I could answer 9th grader questions, I … Continue reading The fake split in the Catholic Church
"How do you even function?" I get asked that question a lot these days. After I got back from a week long work trip (my first time out since Rebecca died), some people were shocked that I'd even consider leaving home. To go to work, travel and in general try to function at a previously … Continue reading But are you happy?
Col Klink: No it's not possible, General Mulendorf Gestapo Captain Borman: With his arm around your shoulders. Col Klink: Yes we were friends Gestapo Captain Borman: Close Friends, and very possibly associated in za plot to assassinate the Führer Col Klink: I hardly knew the man, went to school together ten years, saw each … Continue reading Missing the Ledes on the Montreal “Anti Semitic Imam” story Lede Two: Al_Nawawi’s Hadith? never heard of It.
This week the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop called "Biological Extinction: How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend." If you read the declaration on the workshop, or look at the workshop agenda, or read any of the articles linked on the Vatican's website, it doesn't seem controversial at all, and … Continue reading More fake news about the Pope?
This last week I asked everyone to pray for Rebecca, my youngest daughter. She had gone in for open heart surgery on Wednesday to repair an Atrial Septal Defect. The surgery was fairly routine (at least, as far as open heart surgery is concerned), and considering that Yale New-Haven was performing the surgery, we couldn't … Continue reading Who it’s really about