The American Catholics Top-10 Most Visited Articles

Well we are approaching the end of our first anniversary here at The American Catholic website.  Many of us have provided our favorites and most thoughtful articles that caught our attention.  Now its the readers of The American Catholic’s turn.

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Scozzafava Drops Out In New York 23rd Race

I have to give credit to Dede Scozzafava for reading the handwriting on the wall which is more wisdom than most politicians show. “Today, I again seek to act for the good of our community,” Ms. Scozzafava wrote in a letter

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Nothing Is Scarier Than The Legislative Process

The ever watchable Mary Katherine Ham gives us a Halloween spoof on the movie Paranormal Activity, a la the machinations of Congress to produce a health care bill.  Frankly, if given the choice between real ghosts and goblins and the

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Send in the Clowns

Something for the weekend.  Send in the Clowns sung by Barbara Streisand.  I like the song.  It is also useful due to so many singers having sung it over the years, as a google search of videos reveals.   It is a good vehicle

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Vatican Condemnation of Halloween is False

[Updates at the bottom of this post.] In what is a common occurrence that happens more than you think, the media again has done a poor job of reporting the news that emanates from the Vatican.  If it came from

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Funeral and Repast for Father Hinds Today

The funeral for Father Edward “Ed” Hinds will be celebrated today, Saturday, October 31,  A.D. 2009 at  10:00am.  The Mass will be the Rite of Christian Burial and simulcast live int he Saint Patrick Parish Center Gym, East/West Rooms, and

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Defender of the Faith

For years I’ve read Christopher Johnson’s first rate blog Midwest Conservative Journal.  If you want to know what is going on in the Anglican world, his is the blog to read.  I have always been impressed by how frequently a

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The Attorney General Hates This Ad

Attorney General Eric Holder asked former DC Councilman Kevin Chavous to kill this ad, according to Chavous.  An odd request from the Attorney General one would think.  However, I can appreciate the concern of the AG about this ad.  DC public schools

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New York Times Rejects Archbishop Dolans Article, Why?

The New York Times rejected an op-ed article submitted by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York.  Why may I ask would the New York Times reject an article from His Excellency?  Probably because Archbishop Dolan called out

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Healthcare & Subsidiarity: Two Interpretations

I’ve been thinking a bit about the principle of subsidiarity recently as it relates to health care reform. To provide some context, here is the Catechism on subsidiarity: 1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten

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Moving Halloween to Saturday: Treat or Trick?

In recent years Halloween has gone from a primarily child-oriented holiday to an occasion of commercial importance comparable to Christmas or Easter. National retail sales figures indicate that Halloween is the 6th biggest holiday for retailers — behind Christmas, Valentine’s

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Not So Secret Ingredient

Hattip to Paul Zummo, the Cranky Conservative. Children of God for Life announced today that Neocutis, a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology and skin care is using aborted fetal cell lines to produce several of their anti-aging skin creams.

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Biden: 40% Approval

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  As the Onion comes to the defense of our beloved national clown, I note with dismay that only 40% of Americans approve of the Veep of Mirth.  How

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Anne de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle could be a very frustrating man.  Churchill, in reference to de Gaulle, said that the heaviest cross he had to bear during the war was the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the Free French forces.  Arrogant, autocratic, often

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Doug Hoffman Takes Lead in Poll

Take this with more than a grain of salt, since the Club for Growth supports him, but in the latest poll by the Club for Growth Doug Hoffman, the pro-life Conservative Party candidate  in the special election in the New

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Father Hinds Planned To Lay Off Suspect

Father Edward “Ed” Hinds was found dead in the rectory kitchen of 32 stab wounds late last week in the Diocese of Paterson located in the area of Chatham, New Jersey.  A suspect has been found who is the church

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Padre of Guadalcanal

Frederic Gehring was probably lucky that he was born and reared in Brooklyn.  It has always been a tough town and it prepared him for the adventurous life he was to lead.  Born on January 20, 1903,  he went on to attend

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Magnificent

The song is called Magnificent by the musical group U2.  It was a minor hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States in A.D. 2009 (and a major hit in Greece). Some entrepreneurial YouTuber recreated the music video

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Church and Health Care

I have been on the sidelines in the huge health care debate, I find so many good and bad effects in all the proposals I have seen up to now. The first thing to note is that I am swamped

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Chivalry: A Personal Definition

Chivalry to me is the call for men/boys to respect women/girls even if they apparently don’t respect themselves, or even aggressively market themselves as mere sex objects. The visual hardwiring for males is tough to short-circuit since it is there

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And So It Begins

The Anglican Bishop of Chichester John Hind has announced that he is considering converting to Catholicism based on the Anglican initiative of Pope Benedict.  This is a shocker.  He is one of the senior bishops of the Anglican Church and

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Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, Have Mercy on Me

Today is the feast day of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 25, 1970.  These very brave men and women were martyred for the True Faith in England and Wales between 1535

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Father Edward Hinds Found Slain In Rectory

Father Edward “Ed” Hinds, the pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Chatham, New Jersey, was found slain early Friday morning by parishioners in the rectory when he failed to celebrate the 8:00am Mass. This morning there was a congregation of

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Year In Review Of The American Catholic

We here at the American Catholic are celebrating our one year anniversary by reflecting on our favorite posts of the last 12 months. Today it is my turn to contribute my favorite postings. Enjoy! What Is An American Catholic –

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The Flames of Dissent and Discord

Politicians make asinine statements all the time, but sometimes there is one that stands out from the crowd for its sheer cluelessness, duplicity and perversity.  Patrick Kennedy, yep, one of Teddy Kennedy’s sons, a Democrat member of Congress from Rhode Island,

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The British Grenadiers

Something for the weekend.   I have always found this tune to be catchy, even though more than a few of my ancestors fought against British Grenadiers!  In the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries a grenadier was a soldier who carried

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Installation Scene From Becket

In honor of the Anglican initiative of Pope Benedict this week, a reminder of the history of Catholic England, when Catholics were willing to stand against the State if need be to protect the Honor of God.   Becket (1964), although inheriting the

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53-47

Future historians may mark this vote as the day Obamacare died.   Harry Reid was unable to have the senate invoke cloture and end debate on a bill which would dump 250 billion in medicare reimbursements over 10 years from the

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It's A Depression, Thus Sayeth The Veep

During these dismal economic days, we can always rely upon the  comic stylings of Joe Biden to raise our morale, just as the American public during Depression I looked to the Three Stooges for comic relief.  I assume Jolly Joe

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