Ophel City Walls Site Opening in Jerusalem

The Israel Antiquities Authority release: The Inauguration of the First Temple Period Ophel City Walls Site in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park and the Opening of the Exhibit of the Oldest Written Document from Jerusalem in the Davidson Center in the Archaeological Garden The site, which was uncovered by Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Institute…

Oh When the Ants Go Marching In… ?!

During a concert for students at a middle school, a New York City suburb changed the words “when the saints go marching in” to “when the ants go marching in” because authorities objected to the word “saints.” Secular madness indeed!

Japan: Scientists Synthesize Meat from Human Faeces

This is the kind of thing that makes me so glad that I opted for vegetarianism! It’s being called the “poop burger”. Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces. Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter.…

Vatican Gives iPods to Pilgrims

On loan that is. The Huffington Post reports: Rome – The Vatican is lending iPods to pilgrims in a pilot program aimed at coupling ancient basilicas with modern technology to lower the noise level from tour guide chatter. From a tiny booth in the back of St. John in Lateran, the Vatican has been quietly…

Olives of Jerusalem

Via Journey to Jerusalem: There could hardly be a plant more important or more associated with spiritual themes in Jerusalem than the olive. If you encounter Arab children in tourist spots in Jerusalem, one will almost certainly give you an olive branch and request a donation. The ancient symbol of peace also symbolizes many other…

The True Causes of Schism

We often think schism is caused by heresy, but often it is the case that a heresy is merely propped up as an excuse for the schism, when the real motives lie elsewhere. In his essay, “Cultural Polarity and Religious Schism,” the great historian Christopher Dawson wrote: Behind every heresy lies some kind of social…

SOLT’s Superior Speaks Re: Fr Corapi

Father Gerard Sheehan issues a statement regarding the case of Father John Corapi. The NC Register has it: “As the regional priest servant of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), I issue the following statement on behalf of the society: On 16 March 2011, the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas,…