Horror Movies Redone With Kittens

A cute PSA from ASPCA; it features The Purring (1980), The Texas Chainpaw Meowsacre (1974), Psycat(1960) and Cattie (1976).  (Only possibly nasty part is the paper cutout of the mask for the second one– my preschooler didn’t have an issue with

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PopeWatch: Futbol

  From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   A source close to Pope Francis this week reported to the media that His Holiness met privately in Washington last week with Tom

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Twas a Dark and Stormy Cthulhu

Something for a Halloween weekend. Hey there Cthulhu.  A minor vice of mine is a love for old pulp science fiction and fantasy.  One of the authors I treasure is H.P. Lovecraft, best known for his cycle of horror science fiction\fantasy stories

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An E-Mail Going Around Catholic Theological Circles

  Colleagues, it is time for us to take a stand.  It has come to our attention that some of our members have come under attack from a group of right-wing Catholics who have no academic credentials:  not a theological

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Bear Growls: Lawyers as Bloggers

  Alas, I must part company with our bruin friend in his most recent tongue-in-bear-cheek post at Saint Corbinian’s Bear: Blogs are essential to the well-informed and motivated Catholic. Therefore, it is important to know which blogs are edifying, while avoiding

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PopeWatch: Left-Wing Catholic

  George Neumayr at The American Spectator holds nothing back in regard to his assessment of Pope Francis: All the tortured throat-clearing from pundits about the “nuances” of Pope Francis is very unconvincing. He is not nuanced at all. He

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Halloween Articles

It’s a little late, but there have been several rather good blog-articles about Halloween not being evil and nasty and a thing unsuited for polite company this year. SuburbanBanshee did a Christian Halloween FAQ that I found very amusing, focusing on

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Father Martin Meet Father Martin

  Father James Martin, SJ, is concerned about a lack of civility in discourse among Catholics, judging from a post in America, the Jesuit rag not the country: I’m disgusted with malicious slandering that passes itself off as thoughtful theology. 

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Bear Growls: Voris to Bloggers: Drop Dead

    Our bruin friend over at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has been on a roll lately:   Michael Voris is once again under the Bear’s scrutiny, because once again he has done something noteworthy. Since the Bear is not a

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Ted Cruz Refuses to Play by the Media’s Rules

Having liberal media figures moderating presidential debates is insane from the perspective of anyone supporting the GOP, or simply interested in basic fairness.  Why Republicans put up with it every four years is beyond me.  Last night Senator Ted Cruz (R.

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

    Edward Pentin, who is rapidly establishing himself as the standard by which all Catholic journalists should measure themselves, has an interesting Q and A with Cardinal Pell about the Synod at the National Catholic Register:   Your Eminence, what

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Hero Pope: Church of Spies

“The election of Cardinal Pacelli is not accepted with favor in Germany because he was always opposed to Nazism and practically determined the policies of the Vatican under his predecessor.” Berlin Morgenpost, March 3, 1939 Of all the historical controversies

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Will the Real Pharisees Please Stand Up?

It’s always nice when you are set to write on a topic but find yourself with a lack of time to discover that somebody else has already covered the issue. So, thank you C.C. Pecknold for doing the heavy lifting

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As Clear As Glass

    Oakes Spalding over at Mahound’s Paradise has some harsh words for some of the pillars of the New Church: And of course they know that. Do you think Archbishop Cupich believes in the Real Presence? Yeah, sure he does.

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Our Will Be Done

  “Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat“     My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson has a brilliant post on the rot that infects the West:   Sanctuary cities illustrate how progressive doctrine can by itself nullify the rule

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PopeWatch: Who Won?

Ross Douthat of the New York Times weighs in on the win loss scoreboard of the Synod: Nobody, of course, because there weren’t two “sides” or camps or (heaven help us) factions or anything so nasty as all that. It

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

Wherever the Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared. From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Jan Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Burke

  Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register has the opinion of Cardinal Burke in regard to paragraphs 84-86 of the final report of the Synod:     “The entire document requires a careful study, in order to understand exactly what

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Donald R. McClarey

Larry Facts

  I had not intended this for publication but a recent attempt by criminals to subject one of my computers to ransomware has caused me to publish this to give it “internet immortality”.  These are facts about my son Larry

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Larry Sightings

  I had not intended this for publication, but a recent attempt by criminals to subject one of my computers to ransomware has caused me to give this internet “immortality” by publishing it here.  Those who wish to may conclude

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John Zmirak Has a Beef With CS Lewis

  It is your duty to to fix the lines (of doctrine) clearly in your minds: and if you wish to go beyond them you must change your profession. This is your duty not specially as Christians or as priests

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PopeWatch: Familiaris consortio

  PopeWatch is used to looking for loopholes.  A source for Father Z looks at what was wrought by the Synod and is concerned that the Kasper proposal to give communion to Catholics in adulterous marriages has been enacted by

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The Girl Who Reversed Agincourt

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

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Death of Henry V

Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky, And with them scourge the bad revolting stars That have consented unto Henry’s death! King Henry

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God for Harry, England and Saint George

  The Saint Crispin’s speech gets most of the attention in Henry V, but I also always admired the “unto the breach” speech.  The performance of it by Jamie Parker, love his interaction with the audience, is the way the

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Jane Austen on Henry V

    When she was fifteen Jane Austen wrote a satirical history of England.  Here is her passage on Henry V and his son:   Henry the 5th  This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and

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Holigost

  After six centuries one would think that nothing about the Agincourt campaign could still be “news”, but a discovery just this month demonstrates that this assumption would be erroneous:   The wreck of Henry V’s warship the Holigost has been

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

Five hundred years ago Henry V and his army won an amazing victory over a French army that heavily outnumbered his.  Shakespeare in deathless language has ensured that this victory will be indeed remembered until the ending of the world.  It was

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