Odd Spot

Yes, God will judge you for your Tweets.

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

It seems like a lot of what some prominent lay Catholics say  in their tweets is very much the anti-Gospel. A lot of what they say is meant to inflame and enrage rather than enlighten and console. How should we react to that? Read more

I am a Catholic now: Britney Spears’ claim disappears

Monday, August 9th, 2021

American pop star Britney Spears announced in an Instagram post on Thursday, August 5 that she is Catholic and attends Mass. But on Friday afternoon Spears’ Instagram post was deleted. Other posts unrelated to faith were also deleted from her Instagram account. Read more

Speaking in tongues on charismatic TikTok

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Pentecostal or charismatic TikTok is a thriving community of diverse Christians. Some say that the practice of speaking in tongues is not an appropriate way of praying on a digital platform. Others think it is acceptable. “Pentecostal theology is all about being led by the Holy Spirit,” said Heidi Campbell, “so the idea of the Read more

Church goers less likely to believe there is extraterrestrial life

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Americans who attend religious services weekly or more often are less inclined than others to see military UFO sightings as evidence of extraterrestrial life. They have a lot in common with atheists. 85% say their best guess is that intelligent life exists on other planets, far fewer (31%) say that UFOs reported by the military Read more

We need to know who will make end-of-life decisions for Pope

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Since the pope has no wife or children, he needs to designate someone who can make end-of-life decisions for him should he be unable to make them for himself. And the rest of the church needs to know who it is. Otherwise, arguments over his treatment can divide the church for decades, even after his Read more

Most Indians, including most Hindus, do not practice yoga

Monday, July 26th, 2021

A recent Pew Research Center survey shows that most Indians do not practice yoga. Just about a third of Indian adults (35%) say they ever practice yoga, including 22% who say they do so monthly or less, and even fewer who do so daily (7%) or weekly (6%). Read more

What if a mouse consumed a consecrated host?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

What would happen if a mouse or a dog consumed a consecrated host? If the thought seems too crass even to consider, please know that I am not the first person to ponder the question. St. Thomas Aquinas did. Read more

Nun goes viral on TikTok with skincare routine

Monday, July 19th, 2021

An Episcopal nun from Georgia in the US has gone viral on TikTok after fans demanded to see her skincare routine. Claudette Powell’s fans are now hailing her the “queen of clear skin” after she revealed her beauty secrets  Read more

Jonah not the only one to be swallowed by a whale

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Michael Packàrd was diving for Lobsters when he felt a huge push. I was almost like a “truck hit me and everything just went dark,” “I felt around, and I realized there was no teeth, and I had felt, really, no great pain. “And then I realized, ‘Oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth. Read more

Samaritans on brink of extinction

Monday, July 12th, 2021

The religion best known from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who helped an injured traveller on the road to Jericho is on the brink of extinction. The Samaritans were once a community, with at least a million people in biblical times living across what we know today as the Middle East. Today, only Read more