For Those Losing Faith in Humanity

It is often easy to wonder why God went through the trouble of making us and dying for us, and then you read about someone like Fang Mei Qiu’s grandmother: A 66 year old grandmother has carried her disabled granddaughter to

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Christ and History

    You will find that a good many  Christian political writers think that Christianity began going wrong in  departing from the doctrine of its founder at a very early stage. Now this idea  must be used by us to

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PopeWatch: Confession

  Pope Francis recently broke with protocol, something not too unusal for this pontiff, but this time PopeWatch suspects this departure from the norm will elicit cheers from almost all Catholics. Pope Francis stunned parishioners, faith leaders and his own

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Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

 FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios Versace   For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission.  His first mission was

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God’s Not Dead; There’s Something Happening Here

There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear…The opening words to the Buffalo Springfield (the band that would introduce to us the likes of Stephen Stills and Neil Young) classic song written in 1966, but released in 1967

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Religious Cleansing in the Crimea

      Well that didn’t take long. Fearless leader and this thugs are making certain that Crimea is Catholic free.   Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a

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Saint Augustine: Late Have I Loved Thee

  Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  and here to read the first four posts in the series, we come to the whole purpose of Lent.  We repent our sins and turn away from

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The Long Lent of Venezuela

The current condition of Venezuela is symbolized by Stefanía Fernández, Miss Universe 2009, in a stunning photograph symbolizing her as her beloved country as it struggles to regain its freedom: The Vatican says it’s willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela’s

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Anchors Aweigh

Something for the weekend.  Anchors Aweigh.  The fight song of the United States Naval Academy, it was composed in 1906 with music by Charles A. Zimmerman and lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles.  Universally regarded as the song of the United

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PopeWatch: Women

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Washington, DC––Fresh off her groundbreaking sermon denouncing “the misogynist St. Paul” for depriving the demoniac girl of her spiritual gifts in Acts 16:16, Presiding

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Sister Jane Tells It Like It Is

In a testament to just how bad so much of what passes for Catholic education is today, note this reaction to Sister Jane Dominic Laurel preaching basic Catholic doctrine: Charlotte Catholic High School has invited parents to a meeting Wednesday

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End Times

      Steve Skojec  has an interesting post over at his blog pondering whether we are in the End Times.  It appropriately is entitled Something Wicked:   Is there a part of you that aches when you feel a

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PopeWatch: Obama

  Well, Obama finally has had his meeting with the Pope.  It seems rather similar, based upon the Vatican description, to his meeting with Pope Benedict: This morning, 27 March 2014, the Hon. Barack H. Obama, President of the United

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Hannibal Hamlin: Forgotten Man of the Lincoln Administration

Thomas E. Marshall, Vice-President under Wilson, summed up the historical fate of most Vice-Presidents in this joke he used to tell:  There were two brothers.  One was lost at sea and one became Vice-President.  Neither were heard from again.  That was

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So God Made—

The above video is in honor of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.  Go here to read about her.   The below video is in honor of Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley.  Go here to read about him.  

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PopeWatch: Secret Consistory

  This is very interesting.  Rorate Caeli has a story, written by  Marco Tossati for La Stampa, about the “Secret” Consistory on February 22, 2014 at which Cardinal Kasper proposed that a “pastoral” approach be taken to Catholics in adulterous marriage to

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What Is Social Justice?

Jonah Goldberg for Prager University asks and answers what is social justice.  I agree with him that social justice usually in practice ends up with thieves employed by the government taking property from A, keeping a substantial cut, and throwing

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Economic & Semantic Ignorance: It Rolls Downhill

  Acton’s Power Blog covered yet another piece on Pope Francis’ salvo against the free market today in the run-up to his meeting with President Obama, and the theme is quite familiar: “Pope Francis is not an economist or technocrat

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The Judas Tradition

  It is a long and dishonorable tradition in Christianity, I call it the Judas Tradition, to place at the helm of ostensibly Christian organizations people who end up eager to transform the organization into an adversary of Christianity.  Christopher Johnson,

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Whither Notre Dame?

    Tom O’Toole has an interesting post up at Renew America on the future of Notre Dame:     After a stellar version of the standard salad, chicken and potatoes lunch, Fr. Miscamble began his talk, entitled, “What is

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PopeWatch: Rush

  Father Z highlighted some interesting commentary from Rush Limbaugh with comments by Father Z: RUSH:  Well, folks, the left’s honeymoon with Pope Francis may be coming to an end.  Remember the pope went out there and released an economic

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Iowa, Please Send This Gal to the US Senate

43 years old, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa National Guard and a State Senator, pro-life Joni Ernst certainly has a way of attracting attention!  I can think of many fat pigs in Washington that could benefit from her expertise! Update: Well, Joni

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The Annunciation

26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was

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Starry, Starry Night Open Thread

We haven’t had an open thread in a while, so here one is.  The usual open thread rules apply:  be brief, be charitable, and, above all, be amusing.

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Useful Idiots

In an ever changing world it is good to know that you can depend upon certain things remaining the same.  Case in point:  The Nation sucking up to Russian tyrants: In such a charged environment, it’s all the more important

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PopeWatch: Work

The Pope has always been concerned with high unemployment and last week at a ceremony celebrating the 130th anniversary of an Italian steelworks he made the following comments: “It is necessary to reaffirm that employment is necessary for society, for

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The Boss Wasn’t Amused

One of the odder pictures in American history, this photo of 20 year old actress Lauren Bacall draped seductively over a piano being played by then Vice-President Harry Truman on February 10, 1945 caused considerable controversy and made headlines around

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