A Few Quick Hits

A few noteworthy news items: – One of the key opposition leaders in Russia was assassinated randomly killed. A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified

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I Might As Well Turn Myself In Now

  Back during the eighties, Time-Life used to advertise their series on the Civil War with an advertisement showing a Civil War soldier with his rifle pointed at the viewer.  The caption of the picture was stark and true:  If

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PopeWatch: ISIS

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Ahead of a planned assault on Italy by the Islamic State, members of ISIS met with leaders in the Italian gay community for

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The Church’s One Foundation

Something for the weekend, The Church’s One Foundation.  This is a repost from last year since it seems like a good hymn for Lent.  Written by Church of England minister Samuel J. Stone, it is sung to the tune Aurelia by

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Leonard Nimoy: Requiescat in Pace

  A sad day.  Leonard Nimoy has departed this Vale of Tears. Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83. The star, who was first cast in the science-fiction

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Papal Gaffes

  The hoof in mouth aspect of this papacy has attracted the attention of the BBC: Pope Francis has made a big impact on the Catholic Church since he was elected in 2013, and been widely praised for his no-nonsense

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James Forrestal and his Prophecy

  The last cabinet level Secretary of the Navy, and the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal was not content to remain in Washington.  As Secretary of the Navy during World War II he often visited the sites of active

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50 Shades of the Vatican

    Father Z brings us the news that some men at the Vatican have apparently lost their marbles:   I have sometimes offered that, were I Pope, I would create two new dicasteries (while axing a bunch of others).

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Manchester

  He was a thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime. No more baffling, exasperating soldier

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PopeWatch: Mexicanization

  Time for another round of the popular game, “I’m Offended!!!”:   The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis “absolutely did not intend to offend the Mexican people” when he appeared to express concern that drug trafficking was making his

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Gangsters

    Among the powers that be at the Vatican there are apparently some using gangster tactics.  Father Z brings us the news:   Remember the Five Cardinals Book™? Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic

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A Threat to the Social Order

Old regimes die hard and no greater threat exists to the way things are done in this country than Scott Walker.  Elected as a Republican governor twice in a formerly blue state, and the victor in a recall attempt, Walker

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PopeWatch: The Vicar of Christ

    Michael Potemra at National Review reminds us of a novel that in some ways is prophetic of the current pontificate:   When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013, and took the name of Francis (in

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1968: Back to the Future

    1968 is on the line and it wants its chaos back:   There is a whole world of expectations behind Pope Francis. It’s as if the Church of 1968 has broken out again. With one difference. The Church’s

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PopeWatch: Candida Moss

  Professor of Theology Candida Moss at Notre Dame is disappointed with Pope Francis: News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of

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PopeWatch: Betrayal

  A sad feature of Catholic history in the contemporary world is the selling out of Catholics by the Vatican in the name of ecumenism and/or diplomacy.  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa, gives us a current example:    

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February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

      Seventy years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit.  Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most

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Now America Is Against Dissent

  100% pro-abort Senator Richard Durbin (D.Il.) celebrates his Jesuit education My irony meter just broke.  America, the Jesuit rag and not the country, is now against dissent: It is a curious view of leadership, to say the least, for

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The Temptations of Christ: Part One

[1] Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. [2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. [3] And the tempter coming said to him:

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Iwo Jima: Valor Was a Common Virtue

    Seventy years ago the battle of Iwo Jima was under way.  The ferocity of the fighting can be gauged by this stark fact:  there were 82 Medals of Honor earned by Marines during the entire war in the

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The Obama Administration Knows Who The Real Terrorists Are

    Since its inception, the Obama administration, the same administration unable to say the phrase, “Islamic Terrorism”, has desperately wanted to turn the focus onto domestic “right-wing” terrorism.  The problem of course is that as organized groups such terrorism

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Vox Cantoris Is Not Alone

    Something for Father Tom Rosica and his legal beagles to contemplate:   Vox Cantoris posts links to the blogger articles that have rallied to his support: Blog post collections http://www.wopular.com/comment/reply/29712047 http://www.novusordowatch.org/wire/blog-of-war-rosica-domet.htm http://thyselfolord.blogspot.ca/2015/02/porta-vox-do-vaticano-processa-blogger.html http://biblefalseprophet.com/2015/02/19/must-watch-vatican-threatening-vox-cantoris-blog-for-commenting-on-synod/ http://throwthebumsoutin2010.blogspot.ca/2015/02/pope-francis-spokesperson-fr-rosica.html http://pewsitter.com/view_news_id_196707.php http://thyselfolord.blogspot.ca/2015/02/porta-vox-do-vaticano-processa-blogger.html http://theradicalcatholic.blogspot.ca/2015/02/fr-thomas-rosica-threatens-catholic.html http://www.foicatholique.com/2015/02/pere-thomas-rosica-un-tolerant.html#more

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A Disgrace to the Forces of Evil

    Cardinal Newman once opined that to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.  Most atheists I have encountered lend support to this adage by their shocking ignorance of the most basic facts of History.  Unlike the atheists

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PopeWatch: Fifth Chances

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: VATICAN––It was reported earlier this week that an outgoing Argentinian born man, whose every single word is misconstrued and misrepresented by friends in the media,

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John Wayne and the Sands of Iwo Jima

   They told me to get you into shape so you can handle a piece of this war. That’s what I’m gonna do and that means I’m gonna tell you what to do every day, how to button your buttons

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Marie Harf: State Department Airhead Talking Head

  When Chris Matthews is the voice of reason you know you are in trouble.  Marie Harf, that walking testament to the fact that it is often difficult to tell the Obama administration from a Saturday Night Live skit, has

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Gator’s Back on the Menu

      Father Z advises us of this taste treat for our Lenten repasts:   : I have posted on this in the past, but repetita iuvant as we say in Latin. ORIGINAL: Someone sent me a copy of a

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Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been, A Libertarian?

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I have absolutely no use for the late Ayn Rand, a  puerile novelist who got rich on the formula of writing didactic libertarian novels like Atlas Shrugged, and filling them with smut

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Patheos: Crickets Chirp

    The American Catholic would like to take this opportunity to salute the extensive coverage given by Catholic bloggers on Patheos of the decision of Vatican official Father Thomas Rosica to threaten a defamation suit against blogger Vox Cantoris. 

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PopeWatch: Married Priests

      I thought that Pope Saint John Paul II had resolved the issue of married priests?  Apparently not, judging from a remark the Pope made on February 10:       At the celebration, there were seven priests

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Robert Todd Lincoln Goes to War

    A recent biography of Robert Todd Lincoln is entitled Giant in the Shadows and that is an accurate description of him.  One of the foremost attorneys of his day, a noted philanthropist, Secretary of War and Ambassador to the Court

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