JB writes: “ . . . [O]ver the past few years many of my fellow Catholic moms have started selling Norwex, like Tupperware, but more of a house cleaning thing. At first I was intrigued, but the products seem to lean towards ‘chemicals are bad’ (um not when my kids have gotten sick and I need bleach to clean my toilet, but ok), and after visiting their website something just smelled of population control, or the like. Any ideas?”
With almost one in every five Americans now sporting at least one tattoo, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new consumer alert on potential health risks associated with these permanent markings.
CF asks: “Could you please tell me about the site of Tradition in Action (TIA) and why they question Divine Mercy Sunday? The site claims that Sister Faustina did not get messages from God. It is very disturbing that this site came up on my Facebook page when researching Catholic teachings.”
CR writes: “Should I stay away from this couple’s [Francis and Judith MacNutt] ministry and writings? I am concerned that he gave up his priestly vocation to marry, and that this might be an indication of something unseemly in their deliverance ministry.”
MB asks: “I am a musician and a teacher and I am very much interested in researching about neuroscience of music. It is a basically new field of study since the year 2000. Neuroscientists basically study the impact that music education has on the brain, especially at an early age and how it promotes brain and cognitive development . . .
We have received a question from a reader about a Benedictine monk known as David Steindl-Rast whose books, which are being read by family members, appear to mix Buddhism and Catholicism. What is the best way to defend against these writings?
Several readers have questioned whether or not the writings of Thomas Merton are suitable for Catholic reading due to his seeming espousal of eastern mysticism toward the end of his life. The answer to that question is yes – and no. Let me explain.
According to a statement issued by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fr. Yozefu Ssemakula’s book, The Healing of Families, has not received an imprimatur; however, Father Ssemakula is “currently working to remedy the situation.”