Pat Archbold Fired From National Catholic Register

    Well this is no surprise.  Pat Archbold was repeatedly guilty of telling truth out of season which is apparently a mortal sin these days in the Catholic Church:     Yup, they fired me. I am grateful for the

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Bingo

Attorney David French over at National Review Online nails it in regard to the uproar over the Indiana Religious  Freedom Restoration Act: Simply put, their concerns about systematic invidious discrimination are utter hogwash, and they either know it or should know it.

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Screen Pilates: Keith Mitchell

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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50 Shades of Barack Obama

  As in most abusive relationships between adults, the abuser is the chief villain while the abused shows a severe deficit of common sense.  That basically sums up American history since 2008.

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March 31, 1865: Battle of White Oak Road

  Realizing that Grant was moving sufficient troops to flank his right, General Lee decided to launch an attack against the troops of the Union V Corps, holding a section of  the White Oak Road and preventing the linking of

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Various & Sundry, 3/30/2015

With Holy Week upon us, this will be the last V&S until after Easter. – Gabriel Malor answers all your questions about the Indiana state RFRA. Considering that Malor often rankles the Ace of Spades commentariat with his writings on

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The rise of the neo-Lutherans: Will there be a schism?

  Watching last fall’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family from the sidelines, what was surprising was the level of rancor (and perhaps even acrimony) manifesting itself in the debate concerning, among other matters, the Church’s prohibition of divorced/remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion. Media

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GenCon and the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

  Recently Indiana passed and the Governor signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  By doing so Indiana joined a majority of states which have such protections for religious freedom. There is also a federal version of the act which was passed

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March 30, 1865: Prelude to Five Forks

By the 30th it became obvious to both sides that the Confederate right at Five Forks was in jeopardy.  Grant discusses this in his memoirs: The next day, March 30th, we had made sufficient progress to the south-west to warrant

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Palm Sunday One Hundred and Fifty Years Ago

The chiefs and the captains meet, Lee erect in his best dress uniform, His dress-sword hung at his side and his eyes unaltered. Chunky Grant in his mudsplashed private’s gear With the battered stars on his shoulders.                                          They talk

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Triumph of the Cross

  (This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY

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March 29, 1865: Battle of Lewis Farm

 The Appomattox Campaign began on March 29, 1865, with Grant moving the V and II corps to the west to outflank Lee’s lines, while Sheridan and his troopers were sent south to rip up the rail lines linking Petersburg and

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The Peacemakers

  A historic meeting occurred between Lincoln, Grant and Sherman on March 27-28, 1865 at City Point, Virginia.  Sherman had no idea that President Lincoln was going to be there, he having traveled by sea from North Carolina to coordinate

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PopeWatch: Liquefy

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Just days after St. Gennaro’s blood liquefied after Pope Francis kissed the relic in Naples, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told EOTT that he

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Hallelujah

  Something for the weekend.  Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed as the Recessional Hymn at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Easter Sunday March 31, 2013.  Although The Messiah has become identified with Christmas, the Hallelujah Chorus is clearly

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Who Needs a Clown Mass?

  Courtesy of Father Z.  You know, maybe, just maybe, we need a Synod to rid the Church of crack-brained liturgical abuses like this?  I know, I know, that is just crazy talk!

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Screen Pilates: Dennis King

  Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks,

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Koch

    There seems to be a growing trend of Orthodox Cardinals standing up for the faith.  Father Z, via Lifesite News, brings us the latest: His Eminence Kurt. Card. Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity (Card. Kasper’s old

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Grant Plans His Attack

 Grant, a failure all of his life except for war, marriage and his last valiant race with the Grim Reaper to finish his memoirs and provide for the financial security of his family;  seemingly a dull plodder, but possessed of

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Various & Sundry, 3/26/15

– Was Jesus a nonviolent pacifist? No. – Kids climbing on a statue by the Vietnam War Memorial? End of civilization as we know it or no big deal? Or maybe something in between. – Who says economics can’t be

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Lincoln to City Point

    Anyone looking at photographs of Lincoln in 1860 and 1865 can’t help but see how much the War aged him.  By March 1865 Grant thought that Lincoln could use some time away from Washington, and suggested to him

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PopeWatch: Pizza

Save ceremony, save general ceremony? And what art thou, thou idol ceremony? What kind of god art thou, that suffer’st more Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers? What are thy rents? What are thy comings in? O ceremony, show

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Make His Ears Ring

          Or rather no doubt make the ears of his staff ring since I suspect that Bishop Bootkoski will not be picking up the phone himself. The Lepanto Institute is doing what I am sure bishops truly

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Annunciation

Salvation to all that will is nigh; That All, which always is all everywhere, Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear, Which cannot die, yet cannot choose but die, Lo, faithful virgin, yields Himself to lie In prison,

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Various & Sundry, 3/25/15

– Today’s manufactured news outrage: Ted Cruz goes on Obamacare. Inconceivable! How could the most prominent anti-Obamacare Senator buy insurance through Obamacare? Errr, because he basically had to. His wife is going on a leave of absence from her position at

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Screen Pilates: Stephen Moyer

  Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Cordes

    One of the interesting aspects of the current pontificate is how freely conflict within the Church is breaking out into the open.  Courtesy of Rorate Caeli, here is the takedown by Cardinal Cordes of Cardinal Marx:    

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March 25, 1865: Battle of Fort Stedman

    On March 25, 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia embarked on its last offensive.  Here is the account of John B. Gordon, who commanded the assault on Fort Stedman:   My troops stood in close column, ready for

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Various & Sundry, 3/24/15

– Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for the presidency, so cue the first round of GOP infighting, of which more is sure to come. I agree with parts of Sean Saffron’s take, though I think he is generally too

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PopeWatch: Archbishop: Luigi Negri

  Perhaps Pope Francis can read this, courtesy of Rorate Caeli, if he can take time out from his climate change encyclical or dealing with the two greatest problems confronting the world in his opinion:  lonely geezers and youth unemployment:

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The Last Confederate Offensive

  Few generals in American history have been as aggressive as Robert E. Lee.  Faced with a hopeless military situation in March of 1865, he decided that he had no alternative but to launch an attack.  His starving army was down to

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Conversation About Race

      Starbucks, that purveyor of overpriced beverages by underpaid workers, decided last week to have a “conversation” on race with its customers, and after an avalanche of ridicule they have ended it. Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive

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PopeWatch: Hell, Damnation and Pope Francis

[41] Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25: 41   Yet another fruit of

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