Archive for January, 2009

The Skeptic Pope

It’s a miracle! Oh no, it’s not

Hotline to heaven: Pope Benedict is concerned by the explosion of ‘mystics’ who claim they can speak to God

As the recession deepens, religious observers are braced for an upturn in visions and apparitions of the Virgin Mary and other supernatural Catholic phenomena.

Stigmata, the strange bodily marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus, may again start to appear regularly.

Statues and icons are expected to bleed, weep and move around, as the world faces its greatest economic crisis since the 1930s.

In the depths of the recession of the 1980s, with unemployment rising in Ireland and a prevailing mood of hopelessness, statues began to shift mysteriously.

Devotion to icons that come alive may be a comfort in insecure times, but the current Pope would prefer Catholics to remain silent about these alleged miracles after they have witnessed them.

Pope Benedict was this week reported to be deeply concerned by the explosion in the number of “pseudo-mystics” who claim a hotline to God. Like many within the traditional hierarchy, he is afraid that these witnesses end up in conflict with the Church and lure the Catholic faithful out of the pews and into cult-like groups.

In a bid to halt the apparition boom, the Pope has ordered a thorough investigation to be carried out into the visionaries and their sponsors.

New guidelines are being drawn up for local bishops on how to tackle them. It is the biggest clampdown on phoney apparitions and their associated industries for decades…

Read the complete article here.


The Paranormal Podcast

Podcasts are a fun way to get up to date on virtually anything. You can listen while you do errands or clean the house. It’s the lazy man’s blog.

“The Paranormal Podcast has been examining the unknown since 2005. We won’t dress up in alien costumes and don’t plan on buying that $19.99 Super Official Ghost Detector off of late night TV but we believe there is more to life than what meets the eye.

What is at play? Which theories are real? We’re not sure and that is why we invite you to join us — in our quest to learn more on The Paranormal Podcast!”

Click here to listen.

(And for some more fun with the paranormal, check out one of the largest ghost photo sites on the web here.)


What the Stonehenge is This?

Considering that sea levels were some 100 meters lower during the last ice age than they are today, just imagine what “coastal” treasures and answers lay just below the surface of the world’s waters?

Stonehenge in Lake Michigan?
Potentially pre-historic stone formation discovered deep underwater


The iconic Stonehenge in the UK is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world, but it is not the only stone formation of its kind. Similar stone alignments have been found throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales… and now, it seems, in Lake Michigan.

According to BLDGBLOG, in 2007, Mark Holley, professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan College, discovered a series of stones arranged in a circle 40 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan. One stone outside the circle seems to have carvings that resemble a mastodon—an elephant-like animal that went extinct about 10,000 years ago.

Archaeologists had been hired to survey the Lake’s floor near Traverse City, Michigan, and examine old boat wrecks with a sonar device. They discovered sunken boats and cars and even a Civil War-era pier. But among these expected finds was a potentially-prehistoric surprise.

“When you see it in the water, you’re tempted to say this is absolutely real,” Holley told reporters at the time. “But that’s what we need the experts to come in and verify.” … [the rest]


Next Page »