Ave Maria radio host Al Kresta with his book recommendations.
On reconciling the infancy narratives.
Ignatius Press is asking $14.95 for the Pope's encylical? That's highway robbery! (Though in fairness I think they're putting it out in hardcover.) I think the USCCB is publishing it for $6.50 (softcover).
No XYZ Necessary: One good thing about cold weather is when you go outside you know immediately if you forgot to zip your pants.
Jim of Bethune Catholic means how he likes Great Expectations. I read it in high school and for a long time it was my favorite novel. Should read it again. He also posts this: "It just occurred to me that maybe the classical form would make parents take the sacrament of Baptism more seriously." (The classical form being in which the parents ask for Faith, rather than Baptism.) To which I say "eggsactly". That was an unfortunate Vatican II change. Tis Faith that modern man is hungry for, and the current insouciance that surrounds the sacrament is odd, like a starving man treating a steak dinner lightly.
I'm shocked that she's shocked:
"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," Jamie Lynn Spears told OK magazine in its new edition, which hits New York newsstands today. "I was in complete and total shock, and so was he."The "shock" was that Britney Spears' 16-year old sister is pregnant. So let's review, shall we?
That's assuming they were even using birth control. But if not, how do you put those two facts together and come up with "shock"? That is, unless they were having sex during their sleep and weren't conscious during it.
Sex is by far the leading cause of pregnancy. Birth control is not 100% effective.
The '08 election is interesting in that one might think, based on Ron Paul's Iraq war position, that Steven Riddle would like him. One might also think, based on Ron Paul's view that the fault, dear Brutus, for Islamic extremism is us would be unpalatable to some of the St. Blog's traditionalists who see the phrase "Islamic extremism" as redundant and yet are supporting Paul. Strange bedfellows this time around?
Al Kimel of Pontifications is back with a post on the wickedness of double predestination. The bright side about growing up a semi-Pelagian is that I had no clue that such a doctrine existed and had no doubt God loved me. Perhaps I shouldn't be so hard on my '70s-era catechesis; I hadn't considered the alternative.
Hee Haw With the Stars
...including a cameo by Hall of Famer Johnny Bench: