Synod as Ark

  Yet another bad sign for those who fear that the upcoming renewal of the Synod will spit in the face of Christ and approve reception of Holy Communion by Catholics in adulterous marriages: ZENIT: How can the Synod on the

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PopeWatch: Preventive Clarification

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Speaking to journalists at his residence inside the Vatican this morning, Pope Emeritus Benedict answered journalists’ questions concerning the currently debated question of

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January 31, 1865: Passage of the Thirteenth Amendment

Something for the weekend.  Battle Cry of Freedom.  After the fall elections in 1864 passage of the Thirteenth Amendment banning slavery was inevitable.  In 1864 the Thirteenth Amendment passed the Republican controlled Senate with an overwhelming majority of 38-6.  In

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Prelude to Axanar

 Never attempt to force the pink skins onto thin ice! Andorian maxim about Humans   Further proof that with Kickstarter, and other modes of alternative financing, and CGI technology being literally at our fingertips, we are rapidly reaching a world where

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Reagan on FDR

  Today is my bride’s birthday, a birthday she shares with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  On this day, I think the remarks of President Reagan on the centennial of FDR’s birth need to be recalled.  Reagan of course supported FDR when

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Papal Contradiction?

    Well, in the space of a week, we have Pope Francis saying no, again, to proselytism:   The woman of Sychar asks Jesus about the place where God is truly worshiped. Jesus does not side with the mountain

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PopeWatch: If Only the Tsar Knew!

  Prior to the Bolshevik Revolution, Russians would often say “If only the Tsar knew!”, assuming that the “Little Father” couldn’t possibly have endorsed some terrible policy of the Russian Imperial government.  After the fall of the Tsars, Soviets during

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Smedley Butler and the Plot Against FDR

  In November 1934 Major General Smedley Butler made headlines by alleging that he had been in contact with businessmen since July 1, 1933 who wanted him to lead a coup attempt against FDR.  The allegations became known as the

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Belated Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.” GK Chesterton   I can’t believe I forgot to post on the feast day yesterday of the Angelic Doctor!  (Too much

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The Left Eats Their Own

  Well this is interesting.  Jonathan Chait, uberliberal, writes an article for New York Magazine decrying political correctness: But it would be a mistake to categorize today’s p.c. culture as only an academic phenomenon. Political correctness is a style of

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Maradiaga

      Of all the men surrounding Pope Francis, PopeWatch finds Cardinal Maradiaga the most interesting.  (Perhaps it is because the tune of the Imperial  March from Star Wars seems to be a fitting accompaniment whenever he makes an appearance.)

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PopeWatch: Meeting With Sinners

    Rorate Caeli brings us this little tidbit:     Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of “Diego” Neria Lejárraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her “wife”[“fiancée”, see second Update.] Excerpts: The Blessed Encounter

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Prisoner 16670

(Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  I am taking this opportunity to rerun this post from All Saints Day 2009.) Today we celebrate all the saints who now dwell in perfect bliss before the Beatific Vision,

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PopeWatch: Peace Balloon

  Faithful readers of PopeWatch will no doubt recall this incident from January of last year: Alfred W. Klieforth, US consul general at the Vatican, had a conversation with Pius XII soon after he became Pope in 1939.  He reported

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Pope Francis the Leftist?

      Maureen Mullarkey is back!  You might recall her blog piece on the Pope in First Things that caused Mark Shea a conniption fit, and led the editor of First Things to disavow what she wrote.  Go here to read all

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PopeWatch: Prediction

    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa gives us a prediction as to what will occur when the Synod resumes:       ROME, January 23, 2015 – One year ago Pope Francis gathered the cardinals for two days

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Can’t Truss It

We’re approximately a year away from the beginning of the presidential primary season, and the stars are already out in Iowa. I’ll have a bit more say about the presidential field in the coming days, but I’d just like to

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American Sniper: A Review

“I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me

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PopeWatch: Rabbits and Hares

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber : Just a day after Pope Francis told Catholics that they should not feel like they have to breed “like rabbits” because of the

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Churchill: The Indispensable Man

Gentlemen, you will never make peace with Napoleon! Napoleon cannot be master of the world until he has smashed us up, and believe me, gentlemen, he means to be master of the world! You cannot make peace with dictators. You

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Let’s Pretend

      Science Fiction author John C. Wright, a convert from Atheism to Catholicism, asks an intriguing ongoing question about the March for Life:  the zero coverage it receives: My question for the reader is this: why can the

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Bad Week

    Belying the great progress being made at the state level, the pro-life movement had a bad week on the national level. The GOP leadership pulled a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, a piece of legislation that has two-one

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PopeWatch: Saint Raymond Nonnatus

    It seems that whenever the Pope is on an airplane and reporters are present, disaster beckons.   Francis surprised reporters on the papal plane on Sunday by recounting an anecdote about how he had once asked a mother

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Prince With a Thousand Enemies

  “All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full

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PopeWatch: 213

    Today, on the 42 anniversary of the monstrous Roe v. Wade decision, it is good to recall these words of Pope Francis in section 213 of Evangelii  Gaudium 213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to

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An Exercise in Raw Judicial Power

As we observe the sad forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned all state laws banning abortions and effectively served as a judicial death warrant for tens of millions of innocents, I think it is appropriate

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Je Suis Charles Martel

“A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the

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Chris Kyle and Alvin C. York

    “I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may

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State of the Union Speech 1924

    Although known as Silent Cal, Calvin Coolidge when he gave a speech made certain that each word he uttered was for a purpose.  In 1923 he gave the first State of the Union speech that was broadcast on

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PopeWatch: Anthony Esolen

    If the Pope is interested in increasing vocations to the priesthood, he could do worse than to read a post by Professor Anthony Esolen at Crisis Magazine in which he recites the methods by which dioceses can ensure that their

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