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Matthew E. Bunson
On the night of October 4, 1582, the citizens of Spain and its colonies, Portugal, Poland, and most of Italy went to bed and woke up 10 days...
Robert P. Lockwood
In 1846 in the city of Pittsburgh, a handful of the Sisters of Mercy announced that they were going to open a hospital, the first in the city,...
Robert P. Lockwood
When it comes to Catholic urban legends, the granddaddy of them all is the Spanish Inquisition. From sixteenth-century Elizabethan England to...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
"Catholics are idolaters." "Catholic feasts have pagan origins." For 21 centuries, a variety of camps have slapped the “pagan” label on the...
Robert P. Lockwood
Catholic urban legends are myths of history created in the fervor of anti-Catholic passions. Unfortunately, they long ago became part of our...
Robert P. Lockwood
From game shows to comedy sketches, from allegedly serious scholarship to anti-Catholic tracts stuck under windshield wipers in the parish...
Robert P. Lockwood
Every writer knows that a solid gold metaphor can be more powerful than a fact. At the same time, some of our most pervasive metaphors can...