Friday Free-for-All

A few links to get the Friday morning rolling:

  • News: Copernicus’s grave and remains are identified, and he is reburied in Frombork Cathedral with honors. Not news: Media accounts breathlessly declare that the Vatican is “rehabilitating” the “heretical” scientist, in “repentance for its treatment of [him] over his theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun.” Even though the Church never declared him a heretic, actually encouraged him to publish his research, and gave him a Catholic burial suited to a canon at the time. Mark Shea has a full fisking of the story here.
  • Want your kids to be budding Copernicuses? Let them play in the dirt.
  • Forty women who identify themselves as mistresses of priests write a letter to the Vatican urging them to drop the celibacy rule.
  • ‘Choose your own Jesus’: Ross Douthat points out the fatal flaw in the “historical Jesus” campaigns.
  • The winners of the 2010 “Best Illusion of the Year” contest. The grand-prize winner, below, still blows my mind; no tricks here, other than the trick of perspective. You can read an explanation for how it works at the link.


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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