Miracles Never Cease
Just when the news is full of bishops and cardinals abusing children, not to mention financial shenanigans in the Vatican, we get a brand new miracle: “Virgin Mary statue ‘weeping olive oil’.”Write comment (0 Comments)
Martin Luther – Jews are “Devils Incarnate”
The headline in The Christian Post (CP) – “Martin Luther Letter Calling Jewish People 'Devils Incarnate' Is on Auction for $300,000.” The auction house notes that this letter was written shortly after Luther’s book, The Jews and Their Lies. The auction house notes that the letter was written to encourage a provost to continue attacking a preacher who defended Jews – calling the preacher “a true devil, letting his sayings be so shamefully misused to the damnation of all those who associate with Jews.” A spokesman for the auction house said, while “we think of Martin Luther as a reformer, this letter reminds us of his unrepentant anti-Semitism.”Write comment (0 Comments)
Major Financial News from Vatican
Chances are you never saw the news about the former auditor general of the Vatican, Libero Milone. On taking office, Pope Francis said his top priority was cleaning up Church finances. He chose Milone, a former executive at Deloitte, for the job. About a year after Milone started his new job, the Vatican arrested him and seized his records. Now, a year later, the Vatican announced that all charges against him have been dropped. They provided no additional information or apology. A Google search shows that all major media in the U.S. ignored the story; only some of the Catholic press took note (here for the National Catholic Register, and here for an editorial by John Allen, editor of CRUX).Write comment (0 Comments)
News from Mother Teresa’s Mission
A new scandal from the Catholic Church has attracted little attention, either from the mainstream or the religious press. Nuns and others from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity (MC) in India have been arrested for selling babies born to unwed mothers there. CRUX printed the report from the Catholic News Agency (here). They cited an MC spokesman: ‘There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago’ …. She explained that they did not accept money for adoptions when they previously administered them.” Non-Catholic newspapers tell a different tale (here, here).Write comment (0 Comments)
Paul in Historical Context
New Testament scholars stress the importance of studying Jesus in his historical context. But when it comes to Paul, they don’t. The facts are too disturbing.
A great deal is known about the economic context of the Roman Empire. Life was hard. Roughly ninety percent of the empire just subsisted. This has important implications. First, the vast majority of people never traveled far from their place of birth. They couldn’t afford to. While New Testament scholars boast that Paul traveled about 10,000 miles on his missions, they never mention how he paid for it.Write comment (1 Comment)
Amazon Review of Paul Revealed
Professor Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University
"Remarkable erudition.... Answered questions I have had for years."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Paul Revealed: Facts that Father Never Told You is a study recommended for readers who want an in-depth biographical and spiritual analysis of the important role Paul played in Biblical affairs, and provides a coverage both scholarly and accessible as it reveals not only the extent of Paul's life, times, and influence, but lesser-known facts about his impact on Jesus and the world....Write comment (0 Comments)