Kneeling Before the Poor and Other Absurdities

Pope Francis made one of his trademark hyperbolic statements on Tuesday:   Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the

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PopeWatch: Wage Disparity

  The Pope spoke out against wage disparity between men and women this week: In discussing the causes of family dissolution, Pope Francis said, “The Christian seed of radical equality between men and women must bring new fruits,” in our

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Sherman: Telegraphs and Railroads

  Sherman at the end of his memoirs has a chapter on the military lessons of the war.  Two of the most prescient listed by him are the impact of the telegraph and railroads on the War: For the rapid

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Sustainability

  Father James Schall, SJ, at The Catholic Thing, takes a look at one of the more popular modern buzzwords:  sustainability:   The root of the “sustainability mission,” I suspect, is the practical denial of eternal life. “Sustainability” is an

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Pope Francis: Robert Spaemann

Hmmm.  An old friend of Pope Benedict goes public with criticism of Pope Francis:   In a recent lengthy interview with the German Catholic journal Herder Korrespondenz in an issue especially dedicated to the theme of Pope Francis, the renowned

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Sic Transit John Wilkes Booth

    Judging from his melodramatic “Sic, Semper Tyrannis!” at Ford’s Theater after murdering Lincoln, Booth perceived his role of assassin as  being his greatest role, a chance to play in real life a doomed Romantic hero, an avenger of

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John P. Angelos and the Rioters of Baltimore

    Oh, this is rich, John P. Angelos, executive veep of the Baltimore Orioles, stands up for the rioters:   Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance

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PopeWatch: Morality and the Climate

Patrick J. Michaels of the Cato Institute at National Review Online raises moral questions that PopeWatch is confident will not be addressed at the Pope’s conference on the moral dimensions of climate change: Kudos to Pope Francis for calling a

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Various & Sundry, 4/27/15

A republic, if you can keep it. – Rogue prosecutor thinks Governor Walker should be prosecutable for criticizing investigation. – Go Fund Me takes down funding page for bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

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Time For Catholics to Stand Up

  Bravo to Professor Stephen Bainbridge: I agree with Kingsfield that secular elites at high end universities and colleges are an annoyingly self-satisfied: To elites in his circles, Kingsfield continued, “at best religion is something consenting adult should do behind closed

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April 27, 1865: Sultana: Death on the Mississippi

After the massive bloodletting of the Civil War, one would have hoped that Death would have taken at least a brief holiday in the US.  Such was not the case.  On April 27th 1865, the SS Sultana, a Mississipi paddlewheeler

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thornton Wilder

  Two quotations from Thornton Wilder’s Our  Town at the beginning of Act III:     “Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out and look at’m very often. We all know that something is eternal.

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We’re Back

\ Technical difficulties kept the blog down yesterday.  Our apologies.  We are back now, however, and hopefully we will stay that way!

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PopeWatch: Jesus

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent San Francisco based Roman Catholics signed a petition and ran a full-page ad Friday

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Anzac Day 2015

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain. Laurence Binyon

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PopeWatch: Green Pope

  How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be?  Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical

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April 24, 1945: Death of Father Cyclone

  Larry Lynch was born, the first of 12 kids in his family, in the City Line neighborhood of Brooklyn on October 17, 1906.  He grew up on some pretty tough streets while also serving as an altar boy at

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Various & Sundry, 4/23/15

I was going to wait to post another Various & Sundry until after the Mets lost another game, but I wouldn’t have to hold out on you until June. – Example Number I lost count of how we are raising

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Wolf Hall and Anti-Catholicism

  George Weigel takes on the BBC’s paean to anti-Catholicism and bad history:   Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater” Easter Sunday night. It’s brilliant television. It’s

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Gee, I Wonder Why Army Morale Stinks?

  Faithful readers of this blog will recall a recent post about low morale in the Army.  Go here to read about it.  Now we have this story which succinctly demonstrates why the morale is plummeting.   On Monday, Army

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PopeWatch: Kristina Keneally

  Kristina Keneally, a former premier of New South Wales who the voters had the good sense to bounce from office, reflects the impatience with Pope Francis that is growing on the Catholic Left.     I’m starting to have

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Sevens

    Hattip to Instapundit.  The world divided into seven regions with a population of one billion each.  A few comments:   1.  Only two billion people live outside the Eurasian land mass. 2.  Both Americas still are under a

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Obama Yawns

One of my favorite liberals, Kirsten Powers, takes aim at Obama’s silence about the worldwide persecution of Christians:   What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution. Yet, when

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PopeWatch: Bishops

    Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City has resigned: Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report

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Litany for Dictatorships

  The home raids on conservatives in Wisconsin, go here to read about them, brought this Stephen Vincent Benet poem that he wrote in 1935 to mind.  If more people do not stand up when government is run by gangsters this

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Perhaps Catholic schools no longer provide an answer…

  Over at The Wanderer, James J. Kirkpatrick has written a defense of San Francisco’s Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, for injecting a so-called “morality clause” into the contract of archdiocesan teachers. Archbishop Cordileone has come under heavy fire from activists—including some

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Witch Hunt in Wisconsin

“When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” Abraham Lincoln Democrats

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PopeWatch: Living as if God Did Not Exist

  Pope Francis uttered a phrase that sums up the spiritual emptiness of much of the West:     In a historic encounter, Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time

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April 21, 1865: Stanton to Grant: Hostilities to Be Resumed

            For all his world weary cynicism, General Sherman was a complete innocent when it came to political matters, in which he had little interest.  He demonstrated this by the terms of the memorandum of agreement which he entered

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I Contributed

Father Z brings to our attention this plea for help:     I received this note today. I am writing to you this morning to request your help. Mike and Nikki Rogan of Wausau, WI were on their way to

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