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YOU MUST HAVE THE FAITH OF A CHILD (Mark 10:15)

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PEPSI DOES THE RIGHT THING. And Just What IS the Right Thing, Anyway?

The headline reads, “John Smith Accused of Financial Improprieties.”  “Oh, no!” you think—and you (and many other customers) quickly withdraw any money you’ve invested through John Smith.   Later in the week, in a small box on page 5, the newspaper prints a correction.  The person who has run afoul of the law is John Smythe.   […]

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HANNO, THE POPE’S “WHITE ELEPHANT”

White elephant (n.) an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose, and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. *     *     *     *     * Did you ever receive a “white elephant” as a gift?  Maybe it was a lamp or bric-a-brac given by a beloved […]

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MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD – Honored in World’s Largest Stained Glass Window

The largest stained glass church window in the world is in [choose one]:  (1) Cologne, Germany;  (2) The Vatican;  (3) Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France;  or (4) Covington, Kentucky. If you guessed “The Vatican,” you are wrong!  That distinction goes to a church right here on American soil, the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky. The cathedral’s […]

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BLASPHEMY, OR JUST BAD TASTE? Pepsi’s Superbowl Ad Goes Too Far

I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next guy. I’ve gotta say, though, that I’m having a hard time keeping my composure after watching the front-running commercial in the Pepsi Company’s 2011 Super Bowl advertisement contest. Titled “Feed Your Flock,” the commercial satirizes the Eucharist, the most sacred mystery in which, Catholics believe, […]

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