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November 12, 2014
Jeremy Irons, as Alexander VI, "The Borgias"

Not long after John Paul II died, I received an apologetics question from someone who was corresponding with a hard-core Traditionalist—"probably SSPX" was how the Traditionalist was described to me. My inquirer reported that his correspondent believed John Paul II was "the worst pope ever," but let's allow the Traditionalist to put into his own words his position on the man who has since been canonized, and is now known to the world as St. John Paul II:

John Paul II didn'...

October 8, 2014
Antique rosary found in Verdun, France

A few months ago, a friend of mine returned from a vacation to Europe with a souvenir for me. She had been browsing in an antique shop in Verdun, France, and found a rosary that dated to about 1902–1910. Not long after the rosary was made, the Battle of Verdun raged during World War I.

Near where the antique shop is situated today stands...

September 24, 2014

When I go surfing on the Internet, I have a wide range of web sites I visit—including strange sites maintained by eccentrics at both ends of the Catholic spectrum. I do this because I have found that you can find the most interesting things in the craziest places. For example, the other day I was browsing through a sedevacantist site.

In the midst of headlines that warned of impending doom on all fronts of the Church, I found a link to an English translation of an essay written in the...

January 29, 2014
Relic of Bl. John Paul II

Two very different news items came to my attention this week, one right after the other.

Earlier this week it was reported that thieves had broken into a tiny church in the Italian mountains and stolen a reliquary containing drops of blood from Bl. John Paul II. Other valuables were left behind, including the collection box, leading some to believe...

July 8, 2013

When John Paul II died in 2005, it was an event of such magnitude that Internet commentators took to asking Where Were You? when he died. (Global changes to my colleague Jimmy Akin's blog in the years since this post was first published have incorrectly attributed that post to me; it was really the work of Jimmy's friend and co-blogger Tim Jones.) In my case, I learned of his death...