Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Pope Anastasius I

We have charged men to remember the words of the venerable apostle Paul, prophetic and full of warning: — “if any than preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Scribes and Pharisees

Sandro Magister notes two yardsticks for judging the success of the Church in Italy:   The collapse of the birth rate here reached an all-time low in 2017. In a country of 60.5 million inhabitants, just 458,151 children were born

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Donald R. McClarey

Maybe MPS Can Explain This

  Hard to believe that Scotland once produced Highland troops, some of the toughest fighting men on Earth:   Gingerbread men have been replaced by gingerbread persons in the Scottish Parliament’s coffee shop in case the traditional name causes offence. The

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Donald R. McClarey

You Are On Your Own Jack

  Ed Peters reminds us that any priest who stands up for traditional Catholic teaching, is completely on his own when the feathers hit the fan:   If the text recently sent to me really was the homily that Fr.

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Donald R. McClarey

Pardon Omnes

There is an exception to the power of pardon, that it shall not extend to cases of impeachment, which takes from the president every temptation to abuse it in cases of political and official offences by persons in the public

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Donald R. McClarey

Star Trek Christmas

MCCOY: Captain, I see on your report Flavius was killed. I am sorry. I liked that huge sun worshiper. SPOCK: I wish we could have examined that belief of his more closely. It seems illogical for a sun worshiper to

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Donald R. McClarey

About Time

        (Language advisory as to the above video.)   News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:     WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an unusual move, President Trump has now demanded a federal investigation into movie critics for

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saints Rufus and Zosimus

I exhort you all, therefore, to yield obedience to the word of righteousness, and to exercise all patience, such as you have seen [set] before your eyes, not only in the case of the blessed Ignatius, and Zosimus, and Rufus,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ring Binders

More evidence that the Pope believes that Catholic Catechisms need to come with ring binders:     He said Church teaching now reflects “the doctrine of the latest Pontiffs as well as the change in the conscience of Christians who

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Guy McClung

Mary Christmas!

[Originally published Dec. 17, 2018] And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:37) With those words from Mary, the first Christmas was

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Olympias

“I who have helped build so many churches am not in the habit of burning them down.”   ST. OLYMPIAS, the glory of the widows in the Eastern church, was a lady of illustrious descent and a plentiful fortune. She

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: China

The Vatican continues on its destructive path in China:     Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, an underground bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government and to date ordinary bishop of the diocese, will leave his

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Donald R. McClarey

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part III

Part three of my presentation of the four sermons of John Henry Cardinal Newman on the Anti-Christ delivered in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here and Part II is here. In this sermon Newman considers the City and Empire

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Donald R. McClarey

Star Wars Holiday Special

  Some things simply cannot be unseen no matter how strongly you wish that were possible.  From November 17, 1978.  For the masochists among our readers, the entire Holiday Special is available on You Tube.  It is amazing that this

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“God, Why ?” Questions, Part II

Why, God ? – Depends On Who’s Asking Atheists, agnostics, and believers ask the “God, why ?” questions in different ways. A typical atheist question is: If this all-good, all-knowing, all-loving god you are trying to prove exists, why is

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Donald R. McClarey

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

Sejanus: I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt. Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed. I Claudius, Reign of Terror      

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Donald R. McClarey

Open Thread

    The usual Open Thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hmmm

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber.   VATICAN CITY––With just one day left before voting begins to elect a new pope, Vatican officials are scrambling to put in place the final

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Donald R. McClarey

Christmas Day

  Something for the weekend.  Christmas Day composed by Gustav Holst in 1910, which is a nice medley of Christmas tunes to listen to as we proceed through Advent.

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Donald R. McClarey

Father Dwyer Lays It on the Line

  [1] I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: [2] Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all

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Donald R. McClarey

No Kangaroo Courts

  Well, isn’t this precious:   MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Director of Public Prosecutions for the Australian territory of Victoria is threatening Church Militant with prosecution if we don’t remove our article on Cdl. George Pell’s conviction for

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sodom and Gomorrah

Unsettling archaeology:   According to the theory, the meteor exploded at low altitude with the force of a ten megaton atomic bomb at an altitude of about one kilometer over the northeast corner of the Dead Sea, and obliterated all of

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Ben Butera

Taking the Girl Out of Girl Scouts

Don McClarey’s recent post about the Boy Scouts reminded me of something I wrote about the Girl Scouts and a policy they introduced in 2015. Seems appropriate to share it again on The American Catholic… There are several ways in

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Donald R. McClarey

Get Woke and Go Broke

    Stories in the press today that the Boy Scouts of America organization is contemplating bankruptcy due to sex abuse lawsuits, the boy scouts decided this year to allow openly gay scout masters which will help a lot on

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Donald R. McClarey

Santa Roosevelt

Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight. Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President of the United States, on hearing of the death of Theodore Roosevelt   One of his worst

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Donald R. McClarey

Makes Sense

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—Bible scholars revealed Thursday they’ve discovered the true identity of the swarm of locusts in the book of Revelation: Twitter. The panel of experts confirmed that through rigorous contextual study,

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