Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!

Hattip to commenter Murray who advises us of this mercy filled rant from Saint Blog’s answer to Robespierre: “Likewise, sane conservative Catholics need to stop coddling those twisting themselves in pretzels of hatred and defiance for a pope who has

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R.R. Reno’s Tirade: The Fisk

  As my friend and co-blogger Paul Zummo has noted here, First Things has given the ax to Maureen Mullarkey’s blog due to her outspoken criticism of Pope Francis. They have every right to do this if they wish.  However, I

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My Irony Meter Has Exploded

After reading these two items, it might be irreparably destroyed. Item the first: A Montgomery County man has filed a unique class action lawsuit in the wake of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. Christopher Russell, who is listed in court files

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The Lamest Defense of Planned Parenthood Ever

Have you ever gotten to the last line of an editorial where the author’s biographical information is posted and just shuddered? That happened to me today as I read this lame attack on Congress by David S. Cohen, who is

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Pope Francis Meets With Kim Davis

Just when I think I have Pope Francis figured out, I am back at square one.  Inside Vatican is reporting that Pope Francis met secretly with Kim Davis: On Thursday, September 24, in the afternoon after his historic address to

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PopeWatch: His Decision

  Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa tells us that the Synod will all come down to what Pope Francis decides:       ROME, September 28, 2015 – Back in Rome after his journey to Cuba and the United

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Buckley and Big Sister

William F. Buckley on Ayn Rand.  During his lifetime Buckley functioned as a gatekeeper for the conservative movement.  Get on the wrong side of Buckley and a group on the right could quickly find itself relegated to the fringes of American life. 

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Worse Than Murder Inc. and Choice

  Sarah Owens at The Federalist details her experience at Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder Inc. five years ago:   Two years into college, I found myself late—yes, that kind of late. Now, I knew it was probably nothing, but

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PopeWatch: Junipero Serra

  Bigots at work: While in Washington, Pope Francis canonized a Spanish missionary buried at a mission in California. Over the weekend, a statue of the new saint was vandalized. Staff at the Carmel Mission Basilica found the courtyard statue

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Priorities

“Concelebration, whereby the unity of the priesthood is appropriately manifested, has remained in use to this day in the Church both in the east and in the west. For this reason it has seemed good to the Council to extend

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PopeWatch: Plots

  Back just prior to the Protestant Reformation a Jewish merchant in Florence was friends with a Catholic merchant.  The Jewish merchant expressed a desire to convert, but decided to go to Rome to observe the workings of the leadership

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Benjamin Franklin on Chess

Benjamin Franklin had ceaseless energy to match his brilliant mind.  In 1779 while our ambassador to France, and involved in ceaseless negotiations to make sure that the new found alliance did not founder, he found time to write a brief

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Parodies

17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the

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More Mush From Pope Wimp

You know it is bad when even CNN notices it: Francis paid historical homage to those values, citing, for example, the Quakers who founded this city. But there were no explicit references to any of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ recent

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The First Papal Visit to America–Sort Of

To one who turns the pages of your history and reflects upon the causes of what has been accomplished it is apparent that the triumphal progress of Divine religion has contributed in no small degree to the glory and prosperity

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September 27, 1945: Hirohito Comes to MacArthur

When MacArthur took up his command as Supreme Commander Allied Powers it was suggested by aides that he summon Hirohito to appear before him.  MacArthur rejected that suggestion, stating that it was important that Hirohito come to him voluntarily.  That

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Pro-Abort Ultramontanists?

  A telling symbol for this pontificate: As Congress members rushed to touch Pope Francis after Thursday’s historic address on the House floor, Rep. Bob Brady reportedly made a beeline for the podium to swipe the Holy Father’s discarded water

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PopeWatch: Environtion

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   In a strategic attempt to speak about abortion at the White House without being “lambasted” by the media Wednesday, Pope Francis spent the

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Rising of the Moon

  Something for the weekend.  I am in a disgusted mood at the papal events of this week, and when I am in such a mood it is time for a little Irish rebel music, and nothing fits the bill better than The

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Boehner Resigns

  Facing a revolt among House conservatives that would likely have toppled him, House Speaker John Boehner has announced his resignation:   Statement by House Speaker John Boehner September 25, 2015|Speaker Boehner’s Press Office WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John

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Be Not Afraid

And we ask all you who suffer to support us. We ask precisely you who are weak to become a source of strength for the Church and humanity. In the terrible battle between the forces of good and evil, revealed

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PopeWatch: Papal Priorities

    In 2012 there were 1.05 million abortions in the United States.  In that same year there were 42 executions of convicted murderers in the United Sates.  From the speech of Pope Francis to Congress yesterday:   “This Rule

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Worst Pope Since Alexander VI

Pope Yammers Full Paragraphs About Immigration, Dialogue with Cuba, and Global Warming; Mentions Protecting the Unborn in a Single Sentence For some time, I’ve heard conservative Catholics defend the Pope by saying that the left amplifies and celebrates the Pope’s

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The Pope’s Speech to Congress: The Fisk

Here is my fisk of the Pope’s address to Congress: Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free

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PopeWatch: Letter to the Pope

  Live Action, the Green Berets of the pro-life movement, President Lila Rose has written an open letter to the Pope: Your Holiness: Americans of all faiths are excited about your historic visit to the United States.  We have watched

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Calvin Coolidge

The immigrant who comes to us from a life of oppression must be made to realize that he assumes an obligation; otherwise, he is not wanted. Either he must live with us in the light of the highest citizenship, or

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Priorities

  Steve Skojec at One Peter Five reminds us that the Pope has his priorities and that the unborn are apparently far down on his list:   Did you see Pope Francis’s remarks about the protection of the unborn at

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PopeWatch: The Anti-Catholic Party

  Pope Francis has never set foot in this nation before, so PopeWatch would not be surprised if he is ignorant in regard to the subject of American politics.  For his benefit:   When the Tokugawa shogunate was stamping out

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September 23, 1952: Checkers Speech

The  “Checkers Speech” given by Richard Nixon which allowed him to stay on the ticket as Vice-President on September 23, 1952.  The speech got its name from Nixon’s use of the pet dog given to his daughters, Checkers, to gain sympathy

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The Patheos Party

      [13] And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me. [14] But he said to him: Man, who hath appointed me judge, or divider, over you? Luke 12: 13-14

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The Gift of Life

Are you afraid of death? Well, I can’t say that I have any great affection for it. Look below you, my friend. For 70 years, I’ve watched the seasons change. I’ve seen the vibrant life of summer, the brilliant death

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PopeWatch: Too Soft on Communism?

  Well this is interesting.  CNN (!) has a piece that asks the question of whether Pope Francis is too soft on Communism.   On Sunday, at a huge Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square, Francis told 200,000 Cubans to serve people,

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