Indoctrination

  I have always been pretty conservative.  Well, at least since the age of seven when I backed Barry Goldwater in 1964.  In college I often clashed with liberal professors.  I recall one education professor who went off on a leftist

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Bear Growls: Egg Gate

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear analyzes the context of the Pope’s seeming endorsement of gay themed kid books: More on Egg-Gate: The Gay Storybook and the Pope   In the interests of good journalism, the Bear

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PopeWatch: Questions

  The Pope will be visiting this country later this month.  If PopeWatch were able to, he would ask the Pope these three questions:   You have confirmed the existence of a gay lobby in the Vatican.  What steps have

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Myths of MacArthur: Dugout Doug

Dugout Doug MacArthur lies ashaking on the Rock Safe from all the bombers and from any sudden shock Dugout Doug is eating of the best food on Bataan And his troops go starving on. Dugout Doug’s not timid, he’s just

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Blind Jack Russell Terrier Open Thread

The Jack Russell Terrier in the above video is a doppelganger of my JRT Cali.  Go here to read about these two canine pals.  The usual open thread rules apply.  Be concise, be charitable, and, above all, be amusing.

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Cardinal Kasper Debates John the Baptist

  John the Baptist:  For Herod himself had sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. Cardinal Kasper:  Often pastors want to control

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Line of Grace

Line of Grace Oh, what a picture Father Barron paints! Grace has descended in a nice, straight line through a whole crew of lovely British saints to glorious Colbert. To see this sign is to appreciate all that’s Divine. Colbert

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PopeWatch: In the Round

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that they have approved an initiative to “round out” all remaining traditionally built

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The Strife is O’er

  Something for the weekend. THE STRIFE IS O’ER, THE BATTLE DONE.  The words were written by that most prolific of authors, anonymous, in the 12th century.  The music is from Palestrina’s Magnificat Tertii Toni.  This was all brought together

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Bear Growls: Crazy Time

  Do you ever get the feeling that you are living in a pontificate scripted like an old Monty Python skit?  I certainly do, and I think our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear agrees with me: The Holy Father

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Requiescat in Pace: Chris Bissey

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” John 11:25 My secretary and office manager Chris Bissey passed away in the early hours of

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PopeWatch: Audiences

  Father Z brings us this interesting factoid: Shortly after the election of Pope Francis, the Wednesday General Audience and the Sunday Angelus made the area around San Pietro a complete madhouse.  I would usually be at the Augustinianum at

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Without God, Everything is Permissible

    “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”   Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov   A civilization where belief in God is on the wane, is a civilization where people are merely objects and will be treated as such.  The greatest

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It’s The People Not the Guns

  Or as my Father’s favorite Western, Shane, put it:   “Shane: A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as

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Bishop Elect Barron, Stephen Colbert and Abortion

  Bishop Elect Barron has a post at Catholic News Report that rubs me the wrong way.  Here is the beginning:   Just last week, Stephen Colbert gave an interview in which the depth of his Catholic faith was on

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PopeWatch: Peronism

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa brings us more about the controversies of whether Pope Francis is a Peronist and just what being a Peronist means:   There has been a great deal of discussion over the idea of

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PopeWatch: Bergoglio Party

  Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes,

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: GK Chesterton

    I cannot see how we can literally end War unless we can end Will. I cannot think that war will ever be utterly impossible; and I say so not because I am what these people call a militarist,

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PopeWatch: Elementary

  Father Z discusses two fairly elementary points, although many Catholics get them wrong:   Can a Catholic criticize the Pope? Or is it a mortal sin to do so? Yes. No. Not necessarily. Catholics are obliged to have filial love

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August 25, 1945: Captain John Birch Murdered

Sometimes regarded as the first casualty of the Cold War, Captain John Birch died seventy years ago.  Born in 1918 in India to American Baptist missionaries, he followed in his parents’ footsteps by becoming a missionary in China in 1940. 

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PopeWatch: Pope Francis and the Jesuits

  In an article in The Atlantic, author Paul Vallely looks at how Pope Francis changed as a result of his period of “internal exile” imposed upon him by the Jesuits:     As polarization grew between an atheist, anti-Church

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August 23, 1865: Lincoln, Argentina

Americans traveling through Argentina are sometimes surprised when they come across the town of Lincoln.  Founded in 1871, the name of the town was the result of a decree of the government of Argentina on August 23, 1865 which ordered that

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When Is News, Not News?

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill       When the media perceives it will hurt the Democrat Party:     Thousands of protestors showed

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Is Abortion Moral?

    You’re going from dealing with people to dealing with what most people here at the Center consider a real hurdle, to do sterile room, because you have to deal with the actual abortion tissue. And for some people

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August 23, 1945: MacArthur Takes Charge

MacArthur who was going to be responsible for ruling post war Japan during the occupation, lost no time in telling the Japanese precisely what they must do as he entered Japan to stage manage the formal surrender and take up

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Laughing at Evil

  “They can’t make that (Blazing Saddles) movie today because everybody’s so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word,” says Brooks. “You’ve got

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August 22: Queenship of Mary

The King looked up, and what he saw Was a great light like death, For Our Lady stood on the standards rent, As lonely and as innocent As when between white walls she went And the lilies of Nazareth. One

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PopeWatch: Year of Wrath

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Hundreds of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Square this morning to celebrate the Holy Father’s announcement that 2016 will now be called the

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Just As I Am

  Something for the weekend.  Johnny Cash singing Just As I Am.  Used as the altar call song in Billy Graham Crusades, it was written in 1835 by Charlotte Elliott.  It has a simple power about it as it relates

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Pope Francis: Nagging

  When PopeWatch was a boy his mother once told him to eat everything on his plate because there were kids starving in China.  PopeWatch looked down at his plate and advised his mother that he would be happy to

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The Satanist Champion of the Rosary

  Ray Sullivan reminds us at The Catholic Stand that God has a way of raising up champions from among the ranks of His enemies:   What could be a more fascinating tale than a satanic high priest becoming a saint?

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