Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: BitterWinter

The aptly name online magazine BitterWitter is a good source for the ongoing persecution of Catholics in Red China:   Some in China believe that the tentative deal between the Vatican and Beijing has given the CCP more license to

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Donald R. McClarey

Google is Evil

    This does not surprise me at all:   In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source. “We have tons of white- and blacklists that

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The Gillette Ad-

Re-written to be something other than nasty. This would’ve knocked it out of the park: If they wanted to go with more of a “men should do right” message I think it would have been more effective to have some

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Donald R. McClarey

Hal Holbrook on Playing Lincoln

  Hal Holbrook starred in a miniseries back in 1974 where he played Lincoln.  The series was based on Carl Sandburg’s romantic, if dubious historically, take on Lincoln in his Pulitzer winning biography.  The episodes in the miniseries do not

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Foxfier

On The Crusades: Pt 2

More history from The TOF Spot: Among the usual cris de coeur about Western Civilization are the Crusades, a series ofunprovoked and dastardly aggressions against the Religion of Peace.™ These were, in this view, holy wars led by power-mad popes and fought by uncouth religious

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Fursey

When he had been lifted up on high, he was ordered by the angels that conducted him to look back upon the world. Upon which, casting his eyes downward, he saw, as it were, a dark and obscure valley underneath

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Comforting the Comfortable

RR Reno at First Things has a very insightful look at what he deems to be a failed Pontificate:   Meanwhile, for all its talk of the poor, this pontificate has a close and cozy relationship with the Davos elite

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Donald R. McClarey

January 15, 1864: Fall of Fort Fisher

With the fall of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865, the last major port of the Confederacy was sealed.  After Butler’s blundering attempt to take the Fort ended in a disgraceful retreat, the Union wasted no time in outfitting a

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Donald R. McClarey

Bite Thy Tongue Woman!

I actually rather like her show on Netflix, although I think her tidying tips range from common sense to innane, however I would love to see her shocked expression viewing the 5,000 plus volumes my bride and I have in

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Donald R. McClarey

Shaving and Virtue Signaling

  I shave twice a day, once in the morning after I get up, and after the supper dishes are done.  I have never given much thought to the razors I use, going for the cheapest.  However I promise never

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Foxfier

On The Crusades, pt 1

Again, from The TOF Spot blog: The World of Late Antiquity was in serious decline. Global warming, with its longer growing seasons and more expansive agriculture, had ended and global cooling had set in. The bubonic plague had, well, plagued the Empire.

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Nino

“Go to Iberia and tell there the Good Tidings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and you will find favour before the Lord; and I will be for you a shield against all visible and invisible enemies. By the strength

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lying Liars

We can always count on many of our high ranking ecclesiastics to be unashamed of their baldfaced mendacity:       Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop

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Foxfier

Medieval SciFi

Another TOF Spot reblog; there are more coming, too. ET in the Middle Ages It has long been held that the medievals would have been terrified of aliens, regarded them as “demons,” and otherwise persecuted them in their religious ignorance

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Donald R. McClarey

January 14, 1784: Congress Ratifies the Treaty of Paris

  Two hundred and thirty-five years ago the War of Independence officially ended with the ratification of the Treaty of Paris by Congress.  Nine states were needed under the Articles of Confederation to ratify the treaty and with the rough

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Peter Donders

“We must pray and do penance and hope in God and His Holy Mother; for the saints say: From the day on which Christ died souls must be bought by blood. If only, by sacrificing my own life, I could

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Wuerl Knew About McCarrick in 2004

No surprise here:   In November 2004, Mr. Ciolek appeared before the Independent Review Board of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to report the details of the allegation of abuse he made against the Pittsburgh priest. When he appeared before the

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Donald R. McClarey

Jack Russell Terrier Open Thread

In memory of George Some heroes walk among us on four feet.         The usual Open Thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Donald R. McClarey

January 13, 1862: Letter From Mudd

      Orestes A. Brownson, a Catholic convert, was the greatest Catholic writer of mid-Nineteenth Century America.  He published Brownson’s Quarterly Journal, an influential and popular magazine which examined the political, cultural and literary scene of the America of its

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Donald R. McClarey

Brady Bunch Double Homicide?

  Hmm,  the double homicide theory does make some of the more bizarre features of that show a bit more comprehensible:   But after a while a question occurred to me: How did Mike and Carol hook up? The show

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Baptism of Christ

    I answer that, It was fitting for Christ to be baptized. First, because, as Ambrose says on Luke 3:21: “Our Lord was baptized because He wished, not to be cleansed, but to cleanse the waters, that, being purified

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Book of Job

    “I discovered that Mr. Lincoln was reading that divine comforter, Job. He read with Christian eagerness, and the courage and hope that he derived from the inspired pages made him a new man. I almost imagined that I

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I am the master of the universe. In Latin.
Foxfier

The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

Reblog from The TOF Spot, it’s an online version of two articles the good author had previously published, put up in nine parts. It’s a series of blog posts on the century-long progress from the first seriously-worked out heliocentric mathematical model

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Margaret Bourgeoys

Teaching is the work most suited to draw down the graces of God if it is done with purity of intention, without distinction between the poor and the rich, between relatives and friends and strangers, between the pretty and the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Walls

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took to national television Tuesday night in his battle over his proposed border wall to keep out drunk college

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Donald R. McClarey

Just For Fun

  Something for the weekend.  I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Rube Goldberg devices, and the Swedish musical group Wintergatan has constructed one of the most amusing, running on 2000 marbles.

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The Heresy of Americanism

Consisted of: undue insistence on interior initiative in the spiritual life, as leading to disobedience attacks on religious vows, and disparagement of the value of religious orders in the modern world minimizing Catholic doctrine minimizing the importance of spiritual direction.

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Donald R. McClarey

Yep

  From Powerline, a prediction by Robert P. George:   You will be able to watch something as if in slow motion over the course of the next few years: the collapse of support for Israel by Democratic Party politicians

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Donald R. McClarey

January 11, 1989: Reagan Farewell Address

  My fellow Americans, this is the 34th time I’ll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We’ve been together eight years now, and soon it’ll be time for me to go. But before I do, I

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