Daily Links: Fri. Sept. 23: Miracles and hypotheses

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It’s Friday, folks, and thank God for that. The Catholic Internets are surprisingly quiet, so today’s daily links will be succinct.

Katie Carrol of St. Anthony Messenger, basically joining the argument against calling caring for the poor “class warfare” writes: “If you want to follow the example of certain televangelists or congressmen from Louisiana, that’s your perogative. If you want to follow the example of Jesus, here’s his prescription: ‘Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me’ (Luke 18:22).” Words of wisdom, people.

A year ago, James Fulton Engstrom was born, but was without a heartbeat for the first 61 minutes of his life. Just as the doctors were going to call the time of death, his heart started beating. His parents believe it was thanks to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a candidate for canonization. Earlier this month, a tribunal began investigating the claim. I’m always mystified by these things. How does one investigate claims of a miracle?

I wasn’t aware that Jesus was stolen, but an Indiana church is wondering who did the taking.

John Allen hypothesizes that were the International Criminal Court to take SNAP’s case, it could be a blessing in disguise for the Vatican, while Catholic Charities in Pittsburg receives a blessing in full regalia: $1 million to fund a free clinic for the underserved and uninsured.

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