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October 5, 2015

Meet the Celebes crested macaque known as the star of the “monkey selfies.” She achieved notoriety in 2014 when photographer David Slater went to the Sulawesi peninsula of Indonesia (one of only two places this species of monkey exists, the other being a nearby island).

Slater carefully set up his camera equipment, using a tripod, and waited for a macaque to approach it, push a button on the remote control, and take its own photo. He ended up with several photos, this becoming the...

September 28, 2015

The most overlooked part of the Bible, apologetically speaking, is the table of contents. It does more than just tell us the pages on which the constituent books begin. It tells us that the Bible is a collection of books, and that implies a Collector. The identity of the Collector is what chiefly distinguishes the Protestant from the Catholic.

Douglas Wilson knows this. Writing in Credenda Agenda, a periodical espousing the Reformed faith, he notes that “the problem with...

September 21, 2015

I was glad I was sitting down when I read about the priest in a small town in Wisconsin. His parish just finished purchasing extensive land on which to construct a new church and other buildings. The congregation had been in a celebratory mood. In the Sunday bulletin he reported that “we truly ‘christened’ our new property . . . when we carried the Blessed Sacrament in procession there. As I broke up particles of the Sacred Host and scattered them over our 37 acres . . .”

Whoa, Nellie...

September 14, 2015

A Catholic magazine ran an article on divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The writer was a professor of sociology—not a good sign when the issue is one of doctrine rather than social trends. After two pages of statistics and comparisons he got to his unsurprising prescription: let divorced Catholics remarry in the Church and let them receive Communion.

One did not have to wait until the end to discover the writer’s opinion. The article went bad in the first paragraph. He...

September 7, 2015

In recent years the term “scandal” has achieved new vitality in politics, finance, and religion. Hardly a day goes by that headlines do not feature the word, particularly in reference to the Church. The word has become so ubiquitous that Catholics use a shorthand when speaking among themselves. We refer to “the scandal,” with no need for further elucidation. We all know which scandal we mean, even if we do not all know what is meant by the underlying term.

Most Catholics were brought...