Breaking: Hobby Lobby Wins

The Supreme Court has voted in favor of Hobby Lobby in a decision just handed down this morning. Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion. The ruling appears to be a very narrow one, holding that closely held corporations cannot be

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Holy Innocents and Tolerance

  Holy Innocents in New York City is the only Church that offers a daily traditional Mass.  It heads the list of parishes facing closure by the Archdiocese of New York.   This Church played an instrumental role in the conversion to

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Top Ten Civil War Movies for the Fourth

Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that firmly. It defined us. The Revolution did what it did. Our involvement in European wars, beginning

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PopeWatch: Communists

  Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost

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Fortnight For Freedom: A Just War

  As we approach the Fourth of July we celebrate American independence and the liberties we enjoy.  Independence was won on the battlefield.  Was the American Revolution a just war is therefore a question that should be asked and answered. Based on

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Unlikely Apostles

  To: Jesus, Son of Joseph Woodcrafter’s Carpenter Shop Nazareth 25922 From: Jordan Management Consultants Dear Sir: Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them

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JFK Reads the Declaration of Independence

The things you can find on the internet.  Then Senator John F. Kennedy reading the Declaration of Independence on a radio station WQXR in New York  on July 4, 1957, the year of my birth.

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PopeWatch: Nutmail

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Boonville, NC–Writing under the pen name “Nerocious,” 67-year-old Max Kroeger of Boonville, North Carolina sent an irate letter to the Vatican this week denouncing

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Foolish Thing in the Balkans

  Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal … A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all … I cannot tell you when that explosion will

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PopeWatch: Who Do You Say That I Am?

The most important question in all of history is the simple one posed by Jesus:  “Who do you say that I am?”  In his homily on Thursday the Pope posed a partial answer to the eternal question.   These, the

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Fortnight For Freedom: The Father of Our Country

  America has been blessed by God in many ways but I suspect no blessing has been greater than His granting us George Washington to lead us in our struggle for independence and to be our first President.  Catholics have perhaps more

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June 27, 1864: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

I have heard men say that if they ever killed a Yankee during the war they were not aware of it. I am satisfied that on this memorable day, every man in our regiment killed from one score to four

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Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Bubble Zone Law Struck Down

    Today a unanimous Supreme Court, in MCCULLEN ET AL. v. COAKLEY, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS, struck down the Massachusetts “Bubble Zone” law, keeping pro-life protestors  35 feet away from abortion clinics, as a violation of the First Amendment.  That is

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PopeWatch: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

  The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and the Pope had a meeting on June 10.  Father Z gives us the details:   Oddly, we didn’t hear about this meeting before.  It happened on 10 June.  Usually the Pope’s meetings

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Everything You Need to Know About ISIL in Iraq

    Media coverage of events in Iraq is by and large pretty poor, reporting day to day events without giving much needed context.  Strategy Page performs a public service by giving briefings that provide a fantastic overview of just

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Sister Blandina on the Path to Sainthood

    One of the pioneer nuns of the Old West is on the path to sainthood, Sister Blandina Segale:     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun

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PopeWatch: The Pope and the Angel

PopeWatch has often expessed doubts about what the Pope says or writes, but PopeWatch has never doubted the goodness of the Pope’s heart, as he demonstrated over the weekend.   The Holy See and his entourage were travelling on a

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Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

    Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic

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Yankee Ingenuity in Normandy

  There was a little sergeant. His name was Culin, and he had an idea. And his idea was that we could fasten knives, great big steel knives in front of these tanks, and as they came along they would

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Weaponized IRS

The incredibly arrogant IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen , a partisan Democrat, has explained to him by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R.SC), a former Federal prosecutor, what the phrase “spoliation of evidence” means.  In the attempt by this administration to hide the

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PopeWatch: Drugs

    Pope Francis last week came out strongly against the trend to legalize some recreational drugs:     “With evil, there can be no yielding or compromise,” said the Pope, condemning attempts to legalize so-called “recreational drugs.”  “To think

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June 23, 1314: Bannockburn

Seven hundred years ago the Scots regained their independence in a two day fight at Bannockburn.  The Scots led by Robert the Bruce were heavily outnumbered by the English under Edward II, perhaps as badly as 2-1 or more.  The

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Churches Should Cease Pro-Immigration Push

This was originally published on June 17 by The Blaze, and is reprinted with that site’s kind permission. John Zmirak will be on the Laura Ingraham Show on June 24 to talk about it with Ms. Ingraham. Steve Weatherbe recently reported

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Fortnight for Freedom: Pius XII

    Hattip to Father Z. From the speech of Pope Pius XII to seminarians on the opening of the North American College in Rome on October 14, 1953:     We belong to the Church militant ; and she is

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PopeWatch: Mafia

In his vigil mass for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis had strong words indeed for the murderous gangsters of the Mafia:   When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens

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Rebecca Frech Schools Mark Shea on Guns

Mark Shea has a habit of saying that unless people do x, x always being a policy he endorses, they really are not pro-life.  This of course is simply an attempt, at least among pro-lifers, to stop debate on x

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