Troubling

        I have not been among those who have had concerns about Pope Francis.  This, however, gives me pause: The decree installs an apostolic commissioner – in the person of the Capuchin Fidenzio Volpi – at the

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Today Detroit, Tomorrow Chicago?

        I view Detroit and its bankruptcy as a harbinger of things to come.  The blue state social model of ever higher taxes, ever expanding benefits for members of public employee unions and one party rule by the

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July 31, 1943: Death of Private Petrarca

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 It is a trite but true observation that war brings out the very worst and the very best in men.  In

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The Left and Morality

    Dennis Prager has an intriguing post about the interaction among liberals of morality as a laundry list of public political positions combined with wretched personal behavior: I first thought about this when I saw how the left-wing students

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He’d Rather Reign In Hell Than Serve In Heaven

The more “friendly” modern formulation of hell is that hell consists of eternal separation from God and that no one goes to hell except through his own choice: choosing to remain separate from God rather than embracing Him fully in

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Too American

  Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man.  Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill  or Molly Stark sleeps a widow! General John Stark prior to

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Uncle Ralph, the Rosary and the Korean War

  I love praying the Rosary.  It always has given me peace whenever I have recited it, and my family prays the Sorrowful Mysteries together each Lent.  However, the person who had the greatest devotion to the Rosary in my

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Patrick J. Byrne, Bishop and Martyr

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War.  That War produced many Christian martyrs as the Communist powers actively persecuted and murdered Christians luckless enough to fall into their hands.  One martyr that has never received

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Ho Chi Minh, Obama and History

That President Obama praised dead Communist dictator Ho Chi Minh will come as a surprise only to Americans who haven’t been paying attention, which, alas, is a large segment of the population.  For the benefit of those people, historian Ronald

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What’s the Matter Stephen Foster?

Something for the weekend.  That’s What’s the Matter by Stephen Foster.  The Civil War probably killed Stephen Foster.  The most notable American composer of his time, in a day when copyright enforcement was nil, Foster always just managed to scratch

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Ronald Reagan

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day

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The Woman Beside Weiner

    As Anthony Weiner demonstrates that being a sociopath is not always an advantage in politics, Andrew McCarthy, who was the lead prosecutor in the successful prosecution of  Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade

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Fourth Trimester Abortions?

You can never underestimate low, low information voters.  It is a funny bit, but I wonder on campuses how many students would be willing to sign a petition allowing a mother to commit infanticide up to the age of one

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Fake Pope Francis Quote Takes Internet By Storm

If you move in Catholic circles on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the following quote, allegedly spoken by Pope Francis at World Youth Day this week, being passed around: “We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with

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Bush 41: A Class Act

    Hattitp to Dave at Ace of Spades.  Bush 41 was not conservative enough for my taste, but I never doubted that he was a good man.  This incident underlines that fact: George HW Bush holding the son of

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Abraham Lincoln Comes to Dwight, Illinois

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all, That which is gendered in the wilderness From lonely prairies and God’s tenderness. Imperial soul, star of a weedy stream, Born where the ghosts of buffaloes still dream, Whose spirit hoof-beats

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The Left and Race

    Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently in defense of the Church that I have designated him Defender of the Faith, explains at Midwest Conservative Journal why the Left is so obsessed with race

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Sing a Bad Song

    We have to do this every now and then just to clear out our eardrums.  What is the Catholic hymn you hate the most?  (I know, I know there are so many choices!)  For me it is hands down Sing

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Edward Baker Lincoln

I had always said that the worst thing that could happen to any parent was to have a child die. Until it happened to me recently I really did not comprehend how true that statement was.  Abraham Lincoln would live to

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Maybe World War One Generals Weren’t Idiots

I was interested to read this British opinion piece, making the case that British military leadership during the Great War was not the clutch of bumbling fools which has become the stereotype of the war. In 1928, following the sudden

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Tomlinson Our Contemporary

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Revelations 3:16       The twenty-sixth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts

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Grunt Padre Honored in Vietnam

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I have many times had posts about heroic Catholic Chaplains serving in our military.  A man whose courage beggared description is Servant of God and Medal of Honor recipient Vincent J.

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Rotten Parenting

    Most of our problems as a society come down to rotten parenting or no parenting.  Matt Walsh at his blog provides a prime example courtesy of “Nick”:   “Matt, I heard your horrible conversation today about parenting. A

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Obama as Race Hustler

“There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start to think about robbery and then look around and see it’s somebody white and feel relieved.”

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A Song for Hot Weather

Something for the weekend.  The theme song from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).  A combination of the Colonel Bogey March and the River Kwai March, performed by Mitch Miller. Yesterday, taking a mini-vacation with the family, we were

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Detroit: Canary in the Mine for Blue States

      Detroit has been de facto bankrupt for a very long time and yesterday it became de jure bankrupt with a Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the former Motor City.  Hard to believe that during World War II Detroit was

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July 18, 1863: Assault on Fort Wagner

We would not have his body removed from where it lies surrounded by his brave and devoted soldiers….We can imagine no holier place than that in which he lies, among his brave and devoted followers, nor wish for him better

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Prayers Needed for Thomas Peters

Please keep Thomas Peters of The American Papist in your prayers. He broke a vertibra last night in a swimming accident and is in the hospital.

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