Thanks to Fr. Eric for this:



Apperantly, you get to travel back in time and kill the prophets before they can, you know, mess up the world with their so-called “revelation”:

A University of Virginia graduate student is hard at work on a game that gives players a chance to “stop the spread of Christianity and Islam by murdering Abraham and the authors of the Bible, before beheading Muhammad,”

[. . .]

“Atheists have never really had anything to speak for them like this. It’s the general atheist premise that the world might be a better place without some of those religions… It’s the idea of being able to go back in time and sort of nipping the problem in the bud.”

Boldly imagining a world that is once better and without monotheism must involve unspeakable mental gymnastics.


The time has come to change gears here at FIB. Old Mr. WAC has been bogged down in work and family life, and has to take a step back from the blog, at least for a little while.

That’s why I’m announcing my summer vacation from the blog. My good friend Mr. JPM will take over with the day-to-day, and will support the high journalistic standards of FIB while bringing a fresh prespective to the blog.

Don’t worry, personality cultists, this is only temporary (at least for now . . .) I’ll be back in the Fall, and I’ll drop in here from time to time in the meantime.



Poor relic hunter Sam White was killed at his Virginia home by a 140-year-old unexploded shell that he was trying to restore.

To give you an idea of how powerful the burst was, the authorities found a chunk of shrapnel in the wall of a house 1/4 of a mile away.


This weeks’ devotion comes to us from Brazil, where European classical art runs headlong into South American pious expression, making for a very pretty, very accessible Madonna:

A close up:

The heart of the devotion as depicted in the image is described thusly on the promoter’s website:

In this angelic court, two angels stand out. One of them holds on to a ribbon, the ribbon of our life, which is full of knots big and small, loose and tight. They are the knots of our life, the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude, etc. The good hearted angel looks to our Queen and holding onto the ribbon of our life, presents to Mary, the Undoer of Knots and says, “We trust you, Mother; You can help us. Undo, then, the knots of this life!”
Then, Mary takes our life into Her compassionate hands and with her long fingers of mercy goes on to undo each knot, one after the other. Look at Her. Feel the attention, love and tenderness with which She does this, hearing our plea, the supplication of a beloved child!
See what happens?
This ribbon becomes free of any type of knot, reflecting all the mercy and freeing power of the holy hands of Mary Undoer of Knots.
Another angel comes over, then, and taking the ribbon of our life, freed of all knots, looks at us and seems to say, “See what She did. Look at what Mary, through her intercession can do again. Trust Her, place your problems and afflictions in Her hands!”


Can we choose to remain where we are under these circumstances? We have argued for years now of our “state of necessity” and of the resulting supplied jurisdiction that the Church supplies to us. But can we continue to argue this when ordinary jurisdiction is offered to us without any compromise in the Faith? Can we choose freely to remain in this irregular canonical situation where we are? In other words, can a state of necessity be the object of a choice without moral fault? Clearly not And on the other hand: are the authorities ready to accord us regular faculties? If the answer to this second question is affirmative, then we are no longer in the same case of necessity!

All these serious considerations, dear friends, move us to go and see what Rome has to say.

Read it all here.


This devotion comes to us from South of the Border (La Mano Mas Ponderosa), where Catholic imagery is awesomely colorful, literal, and evocative.

O Powerful Hand of God! I place my Christian soul before you, and in my despair and anguish, beseech you to aid me with your almighty power. At your feet I place the devotion of my sorrowful heart that I might be delivered from my suffering. May the loving kindness of your power help me and give me strength and wisdom to live in peace and happiness. (Here present your petitions).



NLM quotes the Sunday Times:

An Anglican priest whose conversion to Catholicism shocked Victorian England will this week take a big step to becoming one of the first new British saints in almost 40 years.

The Vatican will announce the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman after accepting that he was responsible for a miracle in which an American clergyman was ‘cured’ of a crippling spinal disorder.

Newman will be given the title ‘Blessed’ after a ceremony later this year, leaving him one step away from sainthood.
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I got a fever, and the only cure is more Pope!


When the Pope celebrates mass tomorrow at Nationals’ Stadium, he will do so on an altar my buddies Ryan and J.P. designed and built.  They included in their design a spot in the wooden altar in which to insert an altar stone or “portable altar” (which contains the relics of martyrs and is the traditional, though no longer obligatory, place upon which to celebrate mass in the Latin rite.)  The Archdiocese, according to my buddies, has secured the  portable altar stone used by America’s first bishop, John Carrol, for use in the papal altar.



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