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Extra, extra! News and tidings for May 4, 2022

Here are some articles, essays and editorials that caught our attention this past week or so.*

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A Vigorous Debate – A dialogue about the nature of analogies, computers, human nature and supernature. Whose pantheism? Which dualism? A Reply to David Bentley Hart (Edward Feser, Blogspot)

Vaccine side-effects – There has been an increase of over 25 percent of cardiac arrest and acute coronary syndrome EMS calls in the 16–39-year-old population in Israel. These calls were significantly associated with the rates of 1st and 2nd vaccine doses administered to this age group but were not with COVID-19 infection rates. Increased emergency cardiovascular events among under-40 population in Israel during vaccine rollout and third COVID-19 wave (

Baylor LGBT Group – “The news that Baylor University has officially chartered Prism, an LGBT student organization on campus, marks an important moment in Christian higher education in the USA.” Baylor University Charters LGBT Group (First Things).

COVID 2020 Hindsight – “Bloomberg recently published a fascinating chart showing how different countries handled the first two years of Covid.” One Covid chart to rule them all (Alex Berenson, Substack)

Deeper Prayer – The only way to pray is to pray; and the way to pray well is to pray much. Deepening Prayer and Hearing God’s Voice (The Imaginative Conservative)

Denying Allegations – Father Michael Scully, a Catholic priest in Lawrence, has been suspended due to allegations of child sex abuse. Kansas priest suspended due to child sex abuse allegations (KSHB Kansas City)

Robust Abuse Policies – “Last year, Word on Fire leadership received a complaint about one of its employees. The accusations against this employee surrounded events in the employee’s personal life . . . ” Statement from Word on Fire (Word on Fire)

Pope Francis Apartments – The new Catholic Charities Pope Francis Apartments at Loreto in Brownsville, Brooklyn provides 135 units of affordable apartments for low-income seniors with supportive services. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Dedicates the Pope Francis Apartments at Loreto in Brooklyn during a Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting (Real Estate Weekly)

The Art of Polemics – “I’ve seen people discuss their deep disagreements about the nature of Christ as if they’re talking about the weather, who would almost come to blows over welfare policy or the police or Trump, or Putin and Ukraine, or Supreme Court appointments”. Follow Lewis Carroll’s Rules for Online Arguments (National Catholic Register).

Catholic School Expansion – Due to growing enrollment, the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West has announced a historic reopening of the parish’s Catholic high school, set for the 2023-2024 school year. Historic Catholic high school set to reopen in Florida (Crux Now)

Flying a Christian Flag – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused to allow a civic group to fly a flag with a Christian cross over City Hall. Supreme Court rules Boston violated First Amendment by banning Christian flag (Aleteia).

America Media launches LGBT website – The mission to reach the L.G.B.T. community led Father James Martin and his collaborators to launch a new website,  ‘Outreach’ website hopes to inspire online L.G.B.T. community for Catholics (America Magazine)

Chasing the Chicken – “About that chicken whose motives for crossing the road have long been in question…” Solving the Deepest Questions (PowerLine)

(*The posting of any particular news item or essay is not an endorsement of the content and perspective of said news item or essay.)

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1 Comment

  1. Regarding poster-child Fr. James Martin’s new LGBTQ-enabling website, “outreach. faith” (listed second from the bottom, so to speak), we might be reminded of the parallel fantasy of cross-dressing rape as “unilateral outreach.”

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