Ghanîmah Comes to Rotherham

  Rotherham, a city of about 257,000 in Yorkshire, England, is a battleground in a war that has been waged for 13 centuries: More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a 16 year period by gangs of paedophiles after

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August 31, 1864: Death Comes For Father Emery

  Destiny attended Emmeran Bliemel at his birth on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of soldiers, in 1831 in Bavaria.  From his early boyhood his burning desire was to be a missionary to German Catholics in

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August 31, 1864: Battle of Jonesborough

  Frustrated by his failures to cut the railroad lines to Atlanta,  Sherman at the end of August 1864 decided to use most of  his force to accomplish that goal.  On August 25, Sherman marched six of his seven corps

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What Islamic Terrorism?

    Sometimes this administration is simply beyond parody:     The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both

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PopeWatch: Spirit of Vatican II

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   CINCINNATI, OH- A Solemn High Requiem Mass was held Thursday at St. Martura Church in downtown Cincinnati for the Spirit of Vatican II, aged

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United States Merchant Marine

Something for the weekend.  Labor Day weekend seems a fitting time to recall again the United States Merchant Marine.  The civilian fleet that carries imports and exports to and from the US, during war time it becomes an auxiliary of

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Josephus on the Execution of John the Baptist

No figure is as mysterious in Holy Writ as Saint John the Baptist, the Precursor sent to announce the coming of Christ, wrapped in the power and force of Elijah the prophet.  In many ways  the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament

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PopeWatch: Melian World

  For ourselves, we shall not trouble you with specious pretenses—either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede, or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us—and make a

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August 29, 1864: Democrat Party Platform

  The convention of the Democrats in 1864 to nominate a standard bearer for President opened on August 29, 1864 in Chicago.  The convention was badly split between War Democrats and Peace Democrats.  The Peace Democrats were strong enough to

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PopeWatch: Francis Cardinal George

    Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled. The 77-year-old George is undergoing

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In Defense of John Bell Hood

Yellow-haired Hood with his wounds and his empty sleeve, Leading his Texans, a Viking shape of a man, With the thrust and lack of craft of a berserk sword, All lion, none of the fox.              When he supersedes Joe Johnston,

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Nuncio Tells Blunt Truth About Cuba

  If you want to know what is going on in Cuba, the Babalu blog is the go to blog.  Carlos Eire tells us about the man who has just become my favorite papal nuncio:   Archbishop Bruno Musarò, Apostolic Nuncio to

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Dialogue

  Pat Archbold has a barn burner of a post up at One Peter Five looking at the calls by the USCCB for dialogue with Muslims:   It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be

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I AM and Us

[56] Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. [57] The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? [58] Jesus said to

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PopeWatch: Crosshairs

  Interesting that the Vatican sent out Father Lombardi to deny that ISIS is planning to assassinate the pope:   In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is

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Jesus Wept

    Since my beloved son Larry died last year, not a day has gone by that I have not thought of him.  Immediately after his death I would think about him, literally, almost every minute of each day.  Now

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Parents and praying for their children in school

  Dr. Edward Mulholland, an assistant professor of classical and modern languages at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, recently discussed a prayer for students composed by St. Thomas Aquinas which the Angelic Doctor prayed before studying: Creator of all things,

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George Orwell Was Only Thirty Years Off

Hattip to Instapundit.  Your tax dollars at work:     The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation

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Distributism: Novel Economic System

I have never written much about Distributism because, to quote Gertrude Stein, there is no there, there.  Chesterton and Belloc I think used Distributism primarily as a springboard to attack the capitalism they both loathed.  The details were kept vague

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PopeWatch: China

You can taste the fear in the Chinese reaction to the Pope’s statement that he is eager to visit China; VATICAN CITY (RNS) China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with

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Religion and the Zeitgeist

    I rejoice that in this blessed country of free inquiry and belief, which has surrendered its conscience to neither kings or priests, the genuine doctrine of only one God is reviving, and I trust that there is not

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PopeWatch: Condolence and Love

    The habit of Pope Francis in calling people out of the blue has sometimes produced controversial results, but he made one call last week that all Catholics can support: Moved by the grisly images of James Foley’s murder,

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August 25, 1864: Second Battle of Ream’s Station

  The massive casualties taken by the Army of the Potomac since the beginning of Grant’s drive on Richmond had destroyed the combat effectiveness of many units in the Army, with large numbers of veteran troops either killed or in hospital

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August 24, 1814: Burning of Washington

One of the more humiliating events in American history, the burning of Washington was the low point in American fortunes during the War of 1812.   After the British landed an army to attack Washington, Captain Johsua Barney, a Catholic and Revolutionary

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Tips to ISIS on Chicago

Chicago ain’t no sissy town! Alderman Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna Got to love the modern age.  An Isis terrorist purportedly tweeted the above image which shows the Old Republic building in Chicago:   WGNtv.com reports the message on the paper

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American History and Political Correctness

“the difference between the old and the new education being) in a word, the old was a kind of propagation – men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.” CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man My son and

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Martin Luther

  Hattip to Holly Scheer at The Federalist.     “When men write about war, then, and say that it is a great plague, that is all true; but they should also see how great the plague is that it

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August 23, 1864: Secret Cabinet Memo

Something for the weekend.  We are Coming Father Abraham, written by Stephen Foster in 1862.  Few songs better conveyed Northern determination to win the War.  However, by August 1864 that determination seemed to be wearing thin.   With the War stalled

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PopeWatch: Ice Bucket Challenge

  Well, PopeWatch believes that the Ice Bucket challenge, to raise funds to fight ALS, phenomenon has indeed gone viral when he witnessed it occurring across the street from his office yesterday.  Now someone wants the Pope to get into the act.

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August 22, 1864: Lincoln Addresses the 166th Ohio

  Lincoln, six feet one in his stocking feet, The lank man, knotty and tough as a hickory rail, Whose hands were always too big for white-kid gloves, Whose wit was a coonskin sack of dry, tall tales, Whose weathered

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I Fought the Law (And the Law Won)

There is an unspoken commonality between the two big domestic news items of the past week. The first, of course, involves the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. The second is the (farcical) indictment of Governor

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