Should Catholics Be Concerned? Yep!

  Here is Christopher Johnson’s take on the unusual, yeah that would be the kindest word, pontificate of Pope Francis.  Please recall that Christopher Johnson is a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for the Church that I have

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PopeWatch: Shocker

    Little shocks PopeWatch but this did:  a sensible story in Time Magazine about media coverage of Pope Francis:   It is official: the media has gone bananas in its coverage of Pope Francis. The OMG-Pope-Francis-Supports-Evolution story of the

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Lincoln In a Glass Darkly

  There is rather good historical evidence that Abraham Lincoln had premonitions of his death.  John Hay, one of Lincoln’s two personal secretaries, wrote about one such premonition in the July 1865 issue of Harper’s Magazine, as related to him by

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On the Moral Duty to Vaccinate Your Children

There is nothing quite as soul crushing as reading a thread on Facebook or social media regarding vaccinations, especially when well-intentioned but seriously misinformed Catholic parents express their outright refusal to vaccinate their children. This anti-vaccination fervor has been sparked

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Pope Leo XIII

  Those who rule the commonwealths should avail themselves of the laws and institutions of the country; masters and wealthy owners must be mindful of their duty; the working class, whose interests are at stake, should make every lawful and

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PopeWatch: Calling the Pope a Communist

    The Pope addressed a gathering of so-called Popular Movements (in PopeWatch’s experience precious few groups call themselves Unpopular) meeting in Rome:     “This meeting of Popular Movements is a sign, a great sign,” Pope Francis told his

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Abraham Lincoln’s Ghost Walks at Midnight

Tragic is the only word to describe the life of Vachel Lindsay.  Perhaps the greatest of the poets of Illinois, he deserves his appellation the Prairie Troubador, his life was haunted by mental instability and money woes.  He committed suicide at

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Frankenstein’s Monster, Then and Now

An opening note: Yes, I know that in the book, the Doctor was Frankenstein, and the Monster was to be “a new Adam.” In popular culture, Frankenstein’s Monster became shortened to Frankenstein, and sometimes to Frank. I’m going with “Frankenstein”

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Star Trek Continues

Time to renew my Chief Geek of the blog creds.  As faithful readers of this blog know, I am a Star Trek fan.  (No, I do not own a Star Fleet uniform, let alone worn one to court!)  Over the weekend

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How Many Elections Will the Democrats Steal Next Week?

  Steven Hayward over at Power Line reminds us of why Democrats fight voter ID tooth and nail:  because they benefit from vote fraud:     How extensive is voter-fraud, especially among non-citizens? Just bring up the question, or suggest

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PopeWatch: Bastardization

  Father Z reports on comments made by Pope Francis regarding families:   In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged

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Colonies of Heaven

This is not a bivouac of the dead. It is a colony of heaven. And some part of us all is buried here.    Chaplain Paul Redmond, Dominican Priest, at the Dedication of the Sixth Marine Division cemetery on Okinawa My co-blogger

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Angels, Fools and Predictions

  A week from now the midterm elections will occur, and, as usual, The American Catholic will be hosting live blog reports and analysis.  After my less than stellar predictions of 2012, I am somewhat reluctant to make a forecast,

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PopeWatch: Schism

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa describes the role of the Pope at the Synod.  PopeWatch would very much prefer that Magister’s assessment was incorrect, but fears that it is all too correct: ROME, October 24, 2014 – It is

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October 27, 1864: Battle of Boydton Plank Road

  The last significant military operation at Petersburg in 1864, the battle of Boydton Plank Road, was  part of the efforts of the Army of the Potomac to cut the Confederate South Side Railroad that supplied Petersburg and Richmond from

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PopeWatch: Corruption

  Fighting against corruption is a major theme of Pope Francis, he even considers it a greater evil than sin.  “Corruptionis a greater evil than sin”, and more than “be forgiven, must be cured”.  Father Ray Blake, however, wonders about

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October 27, 1964: A Time For Choosing

I became a conservative by watching this speech on television a half century ago in 1964 at the age of seven.  Barry Goldwater’s campaign was doomed ab initio, but this speech of Reagan on behalf of Goldwater launched Reagan’s meteoric political career that

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Bishop Melchior Cano

    “Peter has no need of our lies or flattery. Those who blindly and indiscriminately defend every decision of the Supreme Pontiff are the very ones who do most to undermine the authority of the Holy See—they destroy instead

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October 26, 1864: Bloody Bill Anderson Killed

LeBoeuf: The force of law! This man is a notorious thumper! He rode by the light of the moon with Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson! Rooster Cogburn: That men was patriots, Texas trash! LeBoeuf: They murdered women and children in

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PopeWatch: 1965

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Los Angeles, CA–A Loyola Marymount professor Wednesday found what he is considering undeniable evidence of his theory that the Mass was founded in 1965,

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Elections

Something for the weekend.  The score to the movie Lincoln (2012).  Go here to read my review of this masterpiece.  One hundred and fifty years ago there was little doubt now that Lincoln was going to be re-elected and the

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PopeWatch: Life Sentence

Pope Francis is not only against the death penalty, he is also against life sentences:   “All Christians and people of goodwill are called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty be it legal or

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Love Makes All the Difference

Approximately 92% of mothers who learn they are carrying children with Down’s Syndrome abort their child.  The Daily Mail has an article by a deeply evil woman who bemoans the fact that she didn’t have that option: Questions I couldn’t answer

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Michael Voris, Say Hi to Saint Paul

Hilarious.  Michael Voris apologizes for a story:   Hello everyone. Michael Voris coming to you from Rome with a clarification. This past weekend we aired a breaking news report about Cardinal Raymond Burke having granted an interview to a secular

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PopeWatch: Mission Accomplished

  Bishop Tobin of the Providence diocese has some interesting random thoughts on the Synod;   It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married

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Demons

It’s a staple of horror movies– there is some invisible thing that will get you, destroy your life, take over your loved ones and drag you to hell.  A demon haunts this house! First, we should probably back up a

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Surprise! The Democrat Party Plays the Race Card!

      “Garrisonian theories may do for village lyceums, and he-woman and she-man abstractionists, but the people of Illinois—the white men of the prairie state—who deal in facts, and take the world as it is, will never submit to

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PopeWatch: Suffering Paul VI

  It is always fascinating when a Pope comments on a predecessor.  The comment will almost always be laudatory in nature, but it can also be revealing.  Such was the case when Pope Francis made this comment in his homily at

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Saint Albans Raid

When one thinks of the Civil War, bucolic Vermont usually does not come to mind, except for the troops from Vermont who fought for the Union.  However, on October 19, 1864 the Civil War came to Saint Albans, Vermont. 21

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