Quotes Suitable for Framing: George Will

  The EU has a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a president no one can name, a parliament whose powers subtract from those of national legislatures, a bureaucracy no one admires or controls, and rules of

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PopeWatch: Liberal Catholic

  Over the years PopeWatch has heard time and again from many Catholics that there are no liberal Catholics nor conservative Catholics but merely Catholics.  PopeWatch has never believed this since the evidence to the contrary is so abundant.  PopeWatch would

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Gay Marriage and the Hand of God

She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all. She was great

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Thoughts on Laudato Si

Earlier last week I quipped that the original title of Pope Francis’s latest encyclical was Industrial Society and Its Future. For those who didn’t get the reference, it is the title of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto. Now I wrote this with

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PopeWatch: Priorities

Here is the response thus far of Pope Francis in regard to the United States Supreme Court mandating gay marriage:   In other news, the Pope has appointed Left wing activist Naomi Klein to co-chair a Vatican conference on the

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Inside Out

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men’s belief that they “own” their bodies — those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from

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Bear Growls: Her Hotness

  Saint Corbinian’s Bear brings us this:   In what Vatican watchers say is an attempt to rekindle flagging interest in Pope Francis’ “Green Encyclical,” the Vatican unveiled a new symbol for the initiative. A Vatican spokesman explained that “we

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Mario Vargas Llosa

  He believes that we’re poor because they are rich and vice versa, that history is a successful conspiracy of evil against good, where they always win and we always lose (he is always among the poor victims and the noble

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PopeWatch: Drought

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   In response to California’s four-year drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered the country’s first-ever mandatory baptism restrictions. Brown’s executive order mandates that all

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Fortnight For Freedom: Dixie

 I have always thought `Dixie’ one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it. [Applause.] I presented the question to the Attorney

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Whining-Defeatism Open Thread

I have little tolerance for whining and defeatism.  However, I suspect that many of our commenters and readers are doubtless distressed by recent events, as am I.  Thus, on this open thread you may, to your hearts content state:   that America is finished,

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The Supreme Court: A Danger to American Democracy

  All of Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial opinions tend to be memorable, but I think his dissent in OBERGEFELL v. HODGES will perhaps be his most cited opinion in what I expect to be a dangerous time for the American Republic over

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The Conquered Banner

Furl that Banner, for ’tis weary; Round its staff ’tis drooping dreary; Furl it, fold it, it is best; For there’s not a man to wave it, And there’s not a sword to save it, And there’s no one left

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Truth In a Time of Hysteria

Well, the National Park Service has joined the witch hunt against the Confederate flag, with this truly Orwellian statement: America’s national parks are no longer selling Confederate battle flags in their bookstores and gift shops. The National Park Service (NPS)

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Thoughts on the Green Encyclical

  Having read and pondered the Green Encyclical, PopeWatch has reached certain conclusions: 1.  The Pope really, really hates markets.  Time and again he goes out of his way to bash markets. 2.  The Pope favors a top down approach. 

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Religious Freedom: The First Freedom

    As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government.  I hope ever to see

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Now It’s Personal

    I play a lot of historical war games on computers, ipads and android tablets.  Apple has decided that I should no longer play Civil War games on my ipad:   Apple’s Tim Cook has recently spoke against displaying the

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Ban Gone With the Wind?

  As fellow blogger Paul Zummo noted yesterday: Once upon a time it took months and even years for the next level of absurdity to be realized. In modern America it only takes hours. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/11/professors-us-flag-symbolizes-racism-should-not-be-displayed-on-campus.html Now the film critic for

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PopeWatch: Conclusion of Encyclical Translation

  Continuing on with the translation by PopeWatch of the Green Encyclical.  Go here to read the first part,  here to read the second part, here to read the third part and here to read the fourth part. 199.Science cannot

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Fortnight For Freedom: John Paul II on the Constitution

      Interesting reflections on the Constitution courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for the great courtesy

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Another Scalp for the Grievance Industry

  The ginned up hysteria this week over the Confederate flag, after the dreadful murder of nine blacks in a Charleston church by a deranged white racist, marks a fitting coda to the one hundred and fiftieth commemoration of the War, as a symbol that

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PopeWatch: Encyclical Translated: Part IV

  Continuing on with the translation by PopeWatch of the Green Encyclical.  Go here to read the first part,  here to read the second part and here to read the third part. 147.The Pope wants improvement in the environment in

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Fortnight For Freedom: Sister Mary Ephrem

The patroness of the United States is the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception.  On May 26, 1846, the Catholic Bishops of the United States at the Sixth Provincial Congress in Baltimore, passed this decree: With enthusiastic acclaim and

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Death of General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.

The final remnants of resistance on Okinawa were crushed on June 21, and the United States was stunned by the American casualties of approximately 80,000.  For a nation that was becoming weary of war, this was a bitter victory.  One

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Fortnight For Freedom: Pope Gregory XVI

Out of the Roman States, there is no country where I am Pope except the United States. Pope Gregory XVI Pope Gregory XVI was a complicated man.  In 1839 he issued a papal bull condemning both the slave trade and

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PopeWatch: Encyclical Translated: Part III

    Continuing on with the translation by PopeWatch of the Green Encyclical.  Go here to read the first part, and here to read the second part. 101.The mess that the environment is in is our fault and in this

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June 23, 1865: Confederate General Stand Watie Surrenders

  Confederate General, and Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Stand Watie surrendered on June 23, 1865, the last Confederate general to surrender his brigade.  He and his men had fought throughout the Indian Territory and the Trans-Mississippi theater, participating in

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June 22, 1865: Last Shot Fired in the American Civil War

  The Confederate commerce raider CSS Shenandoah, a converted steam merchant ship, steamed out of London on October 8, 1864.  Her skipper was Commander James Iredell Waddell, a veteran of twenty years in the United States Navy prior to the Civil

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