The Kennedy Mystique

The past week has given me pause for thought on the Kennedy Mystique and what it means in Catholic circles today. I’d intended to remain silent on the topic of Senator Edward Kennedy, he wasn’t someone I had much admiration

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Father and Daughter Reunited

Robert Schindler,Sr., the father of Terri Schiavo has died.  National Right to Life has released this letter: “NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE MOURNS THE LOSS OF ROBERT SCHINDLER, SR. WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life

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L.A. Cathedral Safe From Wildfires

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral seems to be safe for now from the raging wildfires in Santa Barbara north of Los Angeles and from Orange County which is south of Los Angeles, both approximately 30 miles away.  Sadly two

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Where Are You Saint Ambrose?

During a crisis within the Roman Empire, Emperor Theodosius I slaughtered 7,000 of his own citizens in 390 AD.  Shortly after this massacre Emperor Theodosius arrived in Milan where Saint Ambrose resided as bishop.  Upon hearing of the emperors arrival

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Eschaton Si, Immanent No!

Over at Vox Nova, Henry Karlson offers some thoughtul reflections on eschatology (Part I | Part II | Part III), or rather — those who employ the catch phrase “Don’t immanentize the eschaton!” as a cudgel against those “doing the

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Two Letters.

I know that I have been an imperfect human being, but with the help of my faith I have tried to right my path. I want you to know Your Holiness that in my nearly 50 years of elective office,

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Doug Kmiec on the Death of Kennedy

Doug Kmiec, betrayer of the pro-life cause, future ambassador to Malta and spiritual descendant of Richard Rich,  the subject of few posts on this blog, see here, has taken the opportunity of the death of Ted Kennedy to engage in some predictable spaniel like fawning over

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The Kennedy Funeral

  Canon Lawyer Ed Peters has some thoughts here on the Ted Kennedy funeral.  Distressingly the funeral had on full display the tendency of modern Catholic funerals to have eulogies that “canonize” the deceased.  I prefer the traditional Catholic practice

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Lenin, Stalin, and the Secret War Against the Vatican

Adolph Hitler’s evil twin in terror, Joseph Stalin, once remarked “How many divisions has the Pope?”.  This was done in response to the  future saint Pope Pius XII’s[1] disapproval of his policies. Well it wasn’t a mocking tone nor was

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Frances Kissling Mourns Ted Kennedy

Frances Kissling, former head of pro-abort Catholics For a Free Choice, mourns the passing of abortion champion Ted Kennedy here. “On the right to choose abortion, he was fully pro-choice. He supported the right of women who got their medical care

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The White Cliffs of Dover

Something for the weekend.  The unforgettable Vera Lynn singing the White Cliffs of Dover.  Ah, Britain during the war years of World War II, a fascinating place.  A hilarious comedy set during those years played on the BBC in the

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The Unavoidability of Faith

Over at the First Things blog, Joe Carter highlights an excerpt from an article by Randal Rauser, a professor of theology at Taylor Seminary, Edmonton, Canada: At the end of his tremendously irritating film “Religulous”, Bill Maher states that “Faith

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Brideshead vs. RCIA

Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is one of my favorite novels, and unquestionably my favorite Catholic novel. (Spoiler warning for those who haven’t read it — this post has to do with events which take place at the very end.) Not

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ObamaCare The Musical!

Hattip to the ever musical Cminor.  Just like the last Depression, at least we are getting some good music out of this fiasco.

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Concord Coalition: 14.4 Trillion Dollar Deficit

In this earlier post I reported that the Obama administration is predicting a 9 trillion dollar deficit over the next ten years.  Now, the non-partisan Concord Coalition is predicting here a 14. 4 trillion dollar deficit over the next 10

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Secularists Reaction To The Passing Away Of Ted Kennedy

What secularists are saying on the passing away of Edward Moore Kennedy around the web: Douglas Brinkley on Ted Kennedy’s Life: ‘He Did a Kind of a Redemptive Work’ by Matthew Balan of NewsBusters Democrats now seek to exploit Ted

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Ted Kennedy and the "A Word"

  Hattip to the ever alert Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia.   Michael Sean Winters at the Jesuit publication America launched a diatribe at Patrick Madrid for his response to Sister Maureen Fiedler’s lament on the death of Senator Kennedy at National Catholic

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10 Reasons Not to Go To Law School

Blogs seem to attract more than their fair share of lawyers, law students and people who want to be lawyers.  As a 27 year veteran of the bar, pro bono publico, I am giving my top ten reasons why people

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Ted Kennedy, A Devoted Father

Ted Kennedy was a devoted father. Many years ago, before my complete embrace of our Catholic faith, I used to read a lot on Ted Kennedy due to my fascination of his political career and of his father, Joseph P.

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Jesus is Not My Pal

One of the elements of modern (often Evangelical, but sometimes Catholic) spirituality that I find most foreign is when people talk about Christ as being “my best friend.” It seems an even more familiar form of the relationship suggested by

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Scary Music From the Sky!

From the only reliable news source on the net, the Onion.  How many apocalyptic visions involve strange sounds and sights from the sky?  However, I must beg to differ with the Onion as to their musical choice.  If terrifying music

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Edward Kennedy, 1932-2009 AD, Requiescat In Pace

[Update at the bottom of this post as of 8-26-2009 4:38 pm CST] Edward Moore Kennedy, known as Ted Kennedy, passed away late last night in Hyannis Port after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. A

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Notre Dame Must Answer For The Obama Scandal

[Updated as of 8-26-2009 AD at 6:01 pm CST, see below] Bishop D’Arcy pens an article in the dissident Catholic Jesuit-run magazine, America, by rapping the University of Notre Dame in it’s failure in being a witness to the Gospel

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"Objectivism"

Over at CrankyCon, Paul Zummo offers a brief review of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: The atheism is only a small part of the issue with objectivism. Galt (and thus Rand’s) objection to the concept of original sin is naive, but

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Oops!

Ah the glories of government medicine!  1200 veterans were recently informed by the VA that they had Lou Gehrig’s Disease.   Former Air Force Reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had

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Ad Orientem

Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa is a champion of Ad Orientem.  Here you can read his thoughts on the subject.  The National Catholic Reporter wrote a piece on the subject which Father Z has put through his patented

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Res et Explicatio for AD 8-25-2009

Salvete AC readers! Buckle Up! Because here are today’s Top Picks in Catholicism: 1. An interesting find of Biblical proportions has been announced.  Silver amulets predating the Dead Sea Scrolls by 400 years was found with Biblical inscriptions, the Book

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Don't Negotiate, They're Crazy!

I made the mistake of following a link to a Frank Rich column this morning — an activity liable to cause lowed IQ, severe irritation, or in extreme cases, the gnawing off of one’s own arm. In an effort to

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Rifqa, Islam, and the Mainstream Media

You may have heard by now of the case of Rifqa Bary who fled her Ohio home to Florida to escape her father’s grasp.  The reason being is that she converted to Christianity and her family are extremist Muslims.  Meaning

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