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February 20, 2013

The Romans, as any first-year Latin student can tell you, were in the practice of ending their sentences with verbs. Regina agricolam amat, for example. Literally, “The queen the farmer loves.” Unless you are Yoda, however, you would speak this sentence in English this way: “The queen loves the farmer.” (Something tells me this relationship is not going to work out.)

In any case, Latin word order often (not always) proceeds this way: subject, object,...

February 19, 2013

The world's media have a habit of seeing papal elections through the lens of secular politics. It's understandable to a degree, but how many reporters have noticed that so few of the much ballyhooed "front runners" or "papabile" candidates have ever actually been elected pope? Modern exceptions to this might be Giovanni Montini (Paul VI) and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). But the Vaticanologist maxim "He who enters the conclave with a white hat emerges with a red one" usually carries the...

February 19, 2013

You want to see a ruckus in Catholic cyberspace? All you have to do is link together the words Catholic and modesty or, better, Blessed Virgin and pants. Simcha Fisher, who writes for the National Catholic Register, rode on the skirt-tails of "Pants!" to Catholic blogging superstardom a few years back with a couple of hysterical posts on the subject (...

February 19, 2013

A friend of mine—who will remain unnamed—wrote this comment on a Facebook thread:

“Last night on Coast to Coast AM, Richard C. Hoagland, who studies celestial events, said the confluence of the asteroid passing and the meteor explosion in the Eastern side of the Ural Mountains could not have happened in nature. That the meteor in Russia had to be aimed just right by an intelligence (alien or divine?) to have avoided hitting the hundreds of manmade satellites and to come in at...

February 18, 2013

Homosexual activists have begun using the slogan "Civil Marriage Is a Civil Right." 

At first glance, this might be seen as a meaningless truism.

Yes, any given single person has a civil right to get married.

That was established in the Supreme Court's 1967 decision, Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws preventing people of different races from getting married.

But the...