Res et Explicatio for AD 8-25-2009

Salvete AC readers!Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulet

Buckle Up! Because here are today’s Top Picks in Catholicism:

1. An interesting find of Biblical proportions has been announced.  Silver amulets predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by 400 years was found with Biblical inscriptions, the Book of Numbers 6:24-26:

24 The LORD bless you and keep you:
The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Written in Hebrew script, the pure silver amulets were discovered in the ancient tomb complex of Jerusalem’s Ketef Hinnom.  Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay wrote the discovery in the Biblical Archeology Review.

2. Archbishop Charles Chaput stated in unequivocal terms that “[h]ealth care reform that funds abortion is not common ground“.

Guess that undermines the argument of dissident Catholics and the parallel magisterium that is the U.S.C.C.B. that we need health care reform at all costs.

3. Steve Skojec over at wrote a fine article concerning the imminent death of the “Me-church”.

“…I noticed the arrival of two women in their sixties who clearly looked like they did not belong. Processing up the aisle in search of a seat, they were dressed very casually, with the short-cropped, boyish, almost intentionally unattractive hairstyles that seem to be de rigeur for the aging members of America’s post-feminism movement. They stood out in a sea of suits, ties, dresses, and chapel veils.”

The beginning of he end of the silly season is upon us.  Let us continue in our prayers that these prodigal children be received and the Reform of the Reform continues in implementing the correct interpretations of the Second Vatican Council.

4. America is now a majority Pro-life nation, so says the latest Gallup Poll from the liberal Washington Post.

A Gallup poll found for the first time that a majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life.

In 1995, 33 percent of respondents identified themselves as pro-life and 56 percent as pro-choice. But in May, 51 percent said they were pro-life and 42 percent said pro-choice.

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6 Responses to Res et Explicatio for AD 8-25-2009

  1. Stephen Smuts says:

    Just by way of interest, your no. 1, the two tiny silver amulets were discovered by Dr Barkay way back in 1979 (in Chamber 25 of Cave 24 at Ketef Hinnomin). They are inscribed with portions of the apotropaic Priestly Blessing which is found in the Book of Numbers (6:24-26). They are the earliest known citations of texts that are also found within the Hebrew Bible.

  2. Tito Edwards says:


    I haven’t done any research on this, but I’ll take your word for it.

    It could be that they verified the age and the inscription on the silver amulets only now, but that is just a stab in the dark on my part.

    Nonetheless, I do find this fascinating and intriguing since this is another piece of the puzzle that continues to provide evidence and verification of the validity of the Holy Bible.

  3. Stephen Smuts says:

    Yes, ‘fascinating and intriguing’ indeed. That is why I have such a passion for Biblical Archaeology. The amulets were fully re-examined in 2004. The latest news is that BAR in its 200th copy (this month) reviewed it as one of the most significant finds in Biblical archaeology thus far… and it truly is! I am constantly examining archaeological finds, and that, in light of the Scriptures… If you like, you can visit my blog and have a look…

    Many blessings to you and your readers,


  4. Stephen Smuts says:

    Oops, I almost forgot, I blog at

  5. Tito Edwards says:

    Looking forward to parousing your blog when I have time, good stuff!

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