Google Celebrates Their Religion

Ed Driscol notes that Google has a predictable manner of observing Easter.  Ironic, since whatever else you could say about Cesar Chavez he was a devout Catholic:   “While two billion Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday on this

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Easter and History

I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history. H.G.

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Pange Lingua

Something for the weekend.  The great hymn Pange Lingua by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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The Cross: Sign of God’s Life

A Good Friday meditation on the Cross by commenter Greg Mockeridge. Out of all Christian symbols, the sign of the Cross is by far the most significant. In the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox faiths, the blessings given by priests, which

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Ayn Rand Rants Against CS Lewis

“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to

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Msgr. Pope on Gay Marriage

Every now and then as I begin to think about writing a post, I’ll see that someone has written on the very topic I was about to write about, taking the exact same view but expressing it in such a

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Screen Pilates: Stephen Russell

  Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas and Frank Thring may be read here,

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So Who Are The Bigots?

big·ot [big-uht] a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Origin: 1590–1600; < Middle French ( Old French: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perhaps < Old English bī God by God

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Tell Us What You Really Think Greg

Greg Gutfeld unloads on Jim Carrey, an aging Canadian comedian whose career is currently in the process of tanking, over Carrey’s remakably unfunny “Hee-Haw” attack on the late Charlton Heston and anyone who supports the Second Amendment.  Nothing is sadder

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Screen Pilates: Frank Thring

    Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov and Telly Savalas may be read here, here,

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

Christians are born for combat. Pope Leo XIII     To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or

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The Ten Commandments of the Science Fiction Writer

    My co-blogger Darwin has a good post at his blog, Darwin Catholic, expressing his irritation at three laws proposed by the late science fiction writer Arthur Clarke.  Go here to read it.  The proposing of laws seems to often

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Screen Pilates: Telly Savalas

  Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen and Hristov Shopov may be read here, here, here and here. Telly Savalas in

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Who really deserves to be stomped on?

Across the state from Florida Gulf Coast University—so far, this year’s “March Madness” Cinderella team—a student at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Ryan Rotella, claims to have been suspended from his Intercultural Communications class. The problem? According to CBS12 News, Rotella is a

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You Pro-Life Torturer You

    Wesley Smith, in an article in The Weekly Standard, notes that there is a move afoot at the United Nations to hold that banning abortion is torture:     “They” in this instance are the international community in general and the

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Biden Refuses to Kiss the Ring of Pope Francis

    Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  Veep and Beloved National Clown Joe Biden excuses his refusal to kiss the ring of the pope by making up a fable about his Mom: He remembers getting a call

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The Cultural Divide Quiz

The notion that America is becoming increasingly divided between a liberal-leaning, coastal- or urban-dwelling elite and more conservative folks living in “flyover country” has been around for some time. However, author Charles Murray put a bit of a new spin

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Triumph of the King

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) “9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Palm Sunday One Hundred and Forty-Eight Years Ago

I have always thought it appropriate that the national nightmare we call the Civil War ended during Holy Week 1865.  Two remarkably decent men, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, began the process of healing so desperately needed for

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Your Tax Dollars at Play

As faithful readers of this blog know I am a Star Trek fan.  Therefore I am doubly offended that the IRS decided to spend $60,000 bucks on a Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island parodies: Yes, the IRS goes boldly where

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The Fix Was In

    Patterico at Patterico’s Pontifications has received copies of e-mails between retired Fededal District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker and one of Ted Olson’s legal partners, demonstrating the depth of collusion between the judge who ruled that Proposition 8, the

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Palm Sunday Gregorian Chants

Something for the weekend.  Palm Sunday Gregorian Chants.  Holy Week is our lives writ in Eternity.  We begin with a burst of joy in our birth, and as sure as we were born we die, with the sorrow that death

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Yes I Still Support The Iraq War

This last week marked the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and so it offered many pundits a chance to write anguished pieces of self examination in which they told why they wish they had opposed the

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There Is Not Just One Way To Be Pope

One of the things that’s been bothering me (as well as several other good bloggers I read) in the days since the election of Pope Francis is the seeming need of many to identify a single cookie-cutter model which every

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Of Centurions, Love and Kipling

  The twenty-first in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here,

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Brave New World

I may have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite novels is C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength. It was the final part of what is known as Lewis’s Space Trilogy. A brief summary of the book is available at this

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Kermit Gosnell: Symbol of our Times

  The trial of Kermit Gosnell, the symbol of our age of abortion, is proceeding:     A medical assistant told a jury Tuesday that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox late-term abortions at a

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Red Badge of Courage

He had been to touch the great death, and found that, after all, it was but the great death. He was a man. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane I recently was watching The Red Badge of Courage, (1951)

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How to Destroy America and How, Perhaps, to Save It

Dr. Ben Carson’s speech to CPAC.  Dr. Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon, who performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head in 1987.  With the aid of his mother who believed in him, he rose from dire poverty

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Top Ten Reasons Why Obama is Not Satan

  The Internet is abuzz with the fact that Satan on the History Channel’s The Bible miniseries, which has gotten great ratings, looks a tad like Obama if Michele gets him to go on a veggies only diet.  I really don’t

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