Category Archives: The Fringe

What? We don’t do that… um, stuff

Somebody thought this was a good idea, but they should have checked it out more.
D’you ever hear of this? There’s some movement of people, starting in Japan, that wants to promote world peace, so they go around to promote putting up little posts in public places with a multi-lingual peace message.
In this case, a parish a couple of towns over erected a “peace pole” on its property, at the suggestion of a teenager who needed a place to carry out his Eagle Scout

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Kookery retreats!

An acquaintance on Facebook posted an item about an upcoming retreat put on by one of the promoters of doubtful mystical messages. I won’t give the details here, but here’s my reaction.
First, a word from Scripture: 2 Tim. 4:3-4 (RSV):

3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.

These nut cases with

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“My children, I have come to tell you that this is not a real apparition.”

not-mary-springfield.jpgNo, our Lady is not appearing on the window of a hospital in Springfield, Mass.
Allow me to translate: when the church spokesman says that the Church is “very, very cautious and careful”, that means: “No. No Flipping Way. This is nuts.” Unfortunately, church spokesman are polite to a fault, and it gets in the way in cases like this.
By the way, Boston-area faithful may remember the

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Kook watch: I’m sure our Lady appreciates the Jacuzzi

matrix-medal.jpg Mrs. Gallagher’s title for our Lady: “The Matrix”

The followers of phony mystic Christina Gallagher occasionally drop by to post comments denying all charges of wrongdoing against her. This is helpful to me, ’cause I don’t follow the case very often, and it serves as a reminder to check out the Irish papers for the latest flap involving Mrs. Gallagher and her international House of Prayer

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Update: Irish bishop reviews Gallagher case

Zenit reports a statement from the Archbishop of Tuam on the phony mystic Christina Gallagher:

Irish Prelate: “House of Prayer” Not OK’d by Church
Achill Center Founded by Woman Who Claims to Hear Virgin Mary
TUAM, Ireland, MARCH 3, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Tuam clarified that the “House of Prayer,” founded by a woman who claims to have been visited by the Virgin Mary, does not have Church approval.Archbishop Michael Neary released a public statement last week clarifying the Church’s stance on the

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