Neo-Pacifism and the Catholic Church

One of the many maladies afflicting the Church since Vatican II has been neo-pacifism.  Violence is denounced as if it is the problem rather than a manifestation of conflicts that arise from many different causes.  That is why while Jihadis compile

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Bear Growls: What Can a Few Refugees Hurt?

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has unearthed an obscure historical document: Scene: Canaanite Hebrew Refugee Welcoming Commission Headquarters. Dramatis Personae: Bazar, a minor functionary; Tukal-Baal, vice chairman. Bazar — Vice Chairmen Tukal-Baal, there’s something I feel

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PopeWatch: Peronists Out

For the first time since 1999 Argentina has a non-Peronist President:   Argentina’s election on Sunday represented the starkest choice the country has faced since the authoritarian era of Juan and Evita Peron began in the 1940s. The seven-point victory

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Video Clips Worth Watching: Shane v. Jack Wilson

Shane: Yeah, you’ve lived too long. Your kind of days are over. Ryker: My days! What about yours, gunfighter? Shane: The difference is I know it. Ryker: All right. So we’ll all turn in our six-guns to the bartender. We’ll

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Jesus as the Greatest of Black Swan Events

rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno Juvenal The completely unexpected in history has always fascinated me.  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his 2007 book The Black Swan, took a look at the impact of events in history for which our

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Requiem Mass in D Minor

  Something for the weekend, Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor, left unfinished by his untimely death. No, composer Antonio Salieri, had no hand in his death, Amadeus being entertainment and not history, although I suspect that both Mozart and Salieri would

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Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

  Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as

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General Wainwright’s Thanksgiving Prayer

After General Douglas MacArthur, over his fiery objections, was ordered to leave Bataan during the Japanese conquest of the Philippines, Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright was left in command, putting up a heroic fight until forced to surrender his starving, diseased

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Ben Franklin and the Turkey

After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through his

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Edward Feser on Papal Infallibility

Edward Feser has authored as good a summary on papal infallibility – or, in this case, papal fallibility – as you will ever read. There’s too much there to go through and quote, so take the time and read through

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Red Skelton: Thanksgiving 1952

A Thanksgiving thought in 1952 from master comedian Red Skelton.  Born into deep poverty, his father dying two months before his birth, he went to work at the age of 7 to help his family.  Life dealt Skelton some tough cards at

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Notre Shame

    Parents thinking of coughing up big money to get their offspring a Catholic higher education at Notre Dame might wish to save their money.  Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report tells us why:   Earlier this month, the great

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December 7, 1865: Thanksgiving

  Andrew Johnson kept up the precedent of his predecessor in making a Thanksgiving Proclamation.  However for some reason he set the date on December 7, the only time Thanksgiving has been celebrated on that date.  His other Thanksgiving Proclamations

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Adolph Hitler

  We are Socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and

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Free Speech for Me But Not For Thee

  My favorite liberal, Nat Hentoff, takes aim at the campus brownshirts seeking to eradicate free speech: Hostility to the exercise of free speech on American college campuses is nothing new. But what happened at Yale University, the University of

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King Jesus

At the ending of the liturgical year our thoughts turn to the End Times.  The feast of Christ the King was proclaimed by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in response to the growth both of nationalism and secularism.  Pope Paul

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The Church in the World

During the debates leading up to the 1983 pastoral letter of the bishops of the United States on nuclear weapons, “The Challenge of Peace,” the great churchman Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans said that many of the bishops were

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PopeWatch: Satire?

      From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Facing financial ruin due to the high cost of trying to provide their son with a good Catholic education, sources confirmed

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The Trumpeteers’ New Emmanuel Goldstein

Trying to keep Trump supporter logic straight is a harrowing ordeal. When confronted with the reality of Trump’s many, many, many (did I say many?) deviations from conservative orthodoxy, Trumps fans respond with an “argument” that employs “GOPe” “Jeb Bush”

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Video Clips Worth Watching: Ernst Janning Testifies

Ernst Janning: Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that. You must believe it, you must believe it! Judge Dan Haywood: Herr Janning, it “came

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PopeWatch: Merchants of Death Redux

  For a man who condemns ideologues, one of the salient features of the current Pontificate is how ideological Pope Francis is.  He is completely impervious to factual evidence when it comes to what he believes.  A prime example is

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November 20, 1945: Nuremberg Trials Get Underway

“But the most interesting — although horrible — sight that I encountered during the trip was a visit to a German internment camp near Gotha. The things I saw beggar description. While I was touring the camp I encountered three

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Decline and Fall of the European Project?

  “A people who still remembered that their ancestors had been the masters of the world would have applauded, with conscious pride, the representation of ancient freedom, if they had not long since been accustomed to prefer the solid assurance

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Vetting Syrian Refugees

    One of the talking points of the Obama administration and Mark Shea, judging from some hysterical rantings on his blog, is that Syrian refugees are thoroughly vetted before they would arrive in this nation.  Aside from the customary incompetence

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PopeWatch: Liberal Catholics

  We often hear that conservative and liberal have no meaning in the Catholic Church.  You wouldn’t know that from the fighting over the voter’s guide:     BALTIMORE — The nation’s Catholic bishops on Tuesday (Nov. 17) passed an

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In re Yamashita

As I said in the Manila Supreme Court that I have done with my all capacity, so I don’t ashame in front of the gods for what I have done when I have died. But if you say to me

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Catholicism is Not a Suicide Pact

  Maureen Mullarkey continues calling a spade a bloody shovel as she rips into the humbug that surrounds the Vatican and the Islamic world: One thing for which we can be grateful to Pope Francis: His pontificate puts paid to

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Housing of Muslim Refugees

    Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings has an interesting take on the housing of Muslim refugees:   Senior Obama officials have warned of challenges in screening refugees from Syria. FBI Director James Comey added in congressional testimony last month that

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Edge of Darkness

  My bride and I spent an enjoyable evening watching Edge of Darkness, a 1943 flick starring Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan and Walter Huston, about a small Norwegian fishing village that revolts against its Nazi occupiers.  The film was quite

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Ten Ways in Which Obama is Just Like Lincoln!

  The New York Post has a story entitled “Did Obama Actually Follow in Lincoln’s Footsteps?” After I stopped choking with laughter, I decided to write a post about how Obama is just like the Great Emancipator: 1. They both resided

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Lutherans and the Eucharist

  Father Z explains the differences between how Lutherans and Catholics perceive the Eucharist.  Father Z should know, since he was a Lutheran prior to his conversion to the Faith: As far as the Eucharist is concerned, Catholics believe that,

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