And to Amend My Life

Chaplain: I think it’s up to each one of us to interpret what God wants. Dying Doctor: So people can do anything? They can rape, they can murder, they can steal, all in the name of God, and it’s ok?

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Bear Growls: Pope and Bears

    Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear looks at papal interaction with a “bear”:   According to this report from Eye of the Tiber, Pope Francis granted a private audience with the celebrity Bear from the motion picture,

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January 30, 1965: Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

  Lead out the pageant: sad and slow, As fits an universal woe, Let the long long procession go, And let the sorrowing crowd about it grow, And let the mournful martial music blow; The last great Englishman is low.

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PopeWatch: Indictments

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     An imperial grand jury investigating criminal allegations against the Galactic Empire stemming from a series of undercover videos instead indicted two Rebel Alliance

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January 29, 1845: Poe’s Raven is Published

The publication of the macabre poem The Raven gave Edgar Allan Poe the literary fame he had sought all his life, although the meager financial reward of $9.00 typified his life long failure to earn a living as a writer. 

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PopeWatch: Ephemera

    David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts caught an interesting statement made to the Pope:   So Mr. DiCaprio, who even caused the liberal PM of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to tell him to tone it down, received a warm welcome from Pope

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Texas Constitution: Article I, Section 8

    The freedom of press provision of the Texas Constitution is worded in an interesting manner:   Sec. 8.  FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL.  Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on

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PopeWatch: Pro-life Leader?

  Do you consider Pope Francis a leader in the fight against abortion?     When it comes to challenging Catholics to protect life from abortion, Pope Francis has taken an active but sometimes subtle approach to helping unborn babies

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Our Contemporary

Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. Saint Thomas Aquinas     Today is the feast day of the Angelic Doctor.  There is a timeless quality about his writings that takes him

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Risen

  Risen (2016) opens in theaters on February 19 and looks like it could be a good film for Lent.  I have long thought that there must have been some sort of official inquiry into the Crucifixion based upon the Roman

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Harris County Indictments: The Fix Was In

    The more I dig into the background of Devon Anderson, the Harris Country prosecutor, the more red flags I see:   Anderson’s announcement this week was surprising. Not only do grand juries rarely turn the tables on those making

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PopeWatch: I’m Sorry!

    Pope Francis is apologizing for us again:     “As the bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I would like to invoke mercy and forgiveness for the non-evangelical behavior of Catholics toward Christians of other

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Ludicrous Charges

The indictments of the Harris County Grand Jury in Texas against David R. Daleiden and Sandra S. Merritt are the worst misuse of the power of prosecution that I have witnessed in 33 years of practicing law: Prosecutors in Harris County

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Grand Jury Mystery

    For my sins, no doubt, I have been an attorney now for more than a third of a century.  One of the many lessons that I have learned over this great span of time, is that grand juries

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Festung Shea

    Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts brings us up to date on Mark Shea’s Facebook page, now that he has shut down Catholic and Enjoying It.  His trajectory to the left seems to have accelerated:   So I broke

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PopeWatch: Martin, All is Forgiven!

          Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of other Christian Churches. The event

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January 26, 1945: Audie Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

The real heroes are dead. Audie Murphy When Audie Murphy starred in his aptly titled World War II biopic, To Hell and Back, his battlefield exploits were downplayed.  Partially this was due to Murphy’s modesty, he had not wanted to appear in the

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PopeWatch: No

    Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes that the Chief Rabbi of Rome said no to the Pope:     ROME, January 23, 2016 – In the Catholic camp almost no one made note of it. But in

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Prayer Requests: Our Lady of the Snows

  Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of

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Carly Fiorina and Abortion

  When it comes to abortion, I am beginning to think that Carly Fiorina has the zeal of a convert:     Despite the blizzard warning, thousands of pro-life activists gathered at the March for Life in Washington on the

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To Pro-Life Pilgrims Stuck in the Snow Out East

    From Father Z’s blog, and dedicated to those dauntless pro-life souls who dared the blizzard out East:   Here in this place new snow is falling, now is the highway vanished away; see in this bus our friends

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January 24, 1916: Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co

The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes. Albert Einstein After spending a good part of yesterday working on my Federal income tax, I think that perhaps a national day of mourning would be an appropriate commemoration. 

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PopeWatch: Pedicure

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Pope Francis has changed the rules for the Church’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony, issuing a decree allowing women to not only participate in

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Wild Colonial Boy

Something for the weekend.  The Clancy Brothers singing The Wild Colonial Boy on the Ed Sullivan show.  The song is based upon the exploits of bandit Jack Donahue. Born in Dublin in 1804, Donahue, an orphan as well as a pickpocket,

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Father Ray Blake Apologizes

    With tongue firmly in cheek no doubt:   I apologise of all the faithful and beseech their prayers who in my misconceived arrogance have been excluded by my legalism. I apologise in particular to those ladies who would

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To All His Creatures

    These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain

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Morality and Abortion

    I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19

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PopeWatch: Bear Growls: Catholic Movies

  You know, if PopeWatch could give the Pope anything it would be a list of Catholic movies to watch.  Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear gives us some of his choices for great Catholic movies:   A Man

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Scalia on Roe

  There is a poignant aspect to today’s opinion. Its length, and what might be called its epic tone, suggest that its authors believe they are bringing to an end a troublesome era in the history of our Nation and

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Mark Shea, Do I Have a Candidate For You!

    At the risk of restarting the Catholic torture wars, (No Don, for the love of God, no!)  I would note that there is one Republican candidate running for President who is against torture:   One year after a

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