Terri Schiavo: March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo’s brother remembers his sister, judicially murdered 11 years ago today: At the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home alone with Michael Schiavo, who subsequently became her guardian. After a short period of time,

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Heartwarming News From My Village

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs: 19:17   I am proud to say that the two young men were members of my daughter’s graduating class:  

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PopeWatch: Mother Angelica

    Pope Francis made a comment that I think the readers of TAC would enthusiastically endorse:   Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she

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Practical Joker of the Founding Fathers

      Throughout his life Benjamin Franklin enjoyed practical jokes and literary hoaxes.  Here from 1730 is a report, almost certainly written by him, about a completely illusory witch trial.  Franklin was 26 when he wrote this, only 38

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PopeWatch: Open Thread

The Pope has now been pope for slightly over three years.  Each day PopeWatch gives his opinion on the actions and words of the Pope.  Here is your chance.  The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable, and,

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Day by Day?

Recently at a library book sale I purchased two volumes Lincoln 1840-1846 (1939) and Lincoln 1809-1839 (1941).  Both volumes were written by Harry E. Pratt and published by the Abraham Lincoln Association of Springfield, Illinois.  These two volumes attempted to

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Elihu Root

About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop. Elihu Root Secretary of War and Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, US

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PopeWatch: Exhortation

Roberto de Mattei at Rorate Caeli predicts grim results from the forthcoming exhortation: Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana March 23, 2016 In this Holy Week of 2016, the sentiments and pain of Christ’s Passion being renewed is mingled with deep

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Ten Commandments: Favorite Scene

David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts rejoices that after sixty years Cecil B. Demille’s masterpiece, The Ten Commandments, is still immensely popular: The Ten Commandments still popular   I wish we could have seen it on the big screen! Good to

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Time For Our Game Face

Father Z says it all in his post on the crucifixion of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil:     It seems fairly clear that this priest was killed by adherents of the Religion of Peace for hatred of the Christian Faith. He

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“Free” Birth Control for Women

  Hattip to commenter Nate.  Whenever the government gives away something for “free” everyone pays:  in taxes, in impaired economies, in lost liberty, etc.  Those who pay most heavily for such government largesse are the recipients who the government thus

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PopeWatch: Merchants of Death Yet Again

    The Pope knows who is really responsible for the massacre in Brussels:     “Three days ago an act of war and destruction in a European city was carried out by people who do not want to live

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Mother Angelica Has Died

I don’t know if anybody else here knew that she’d been fading, but she finally lost her struggle for life. Here’s CNA’s article, which has a schedule of events and a good picture for her. And here is Father Pacwa’s

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New York Skyline Easter 1956

3/29/1956 New York – Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district. This scene photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building features 150-foot-high crosses in the

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O Sacred Head

Something for the weekend.  O Sacred Head Surrounded.  The lyrics of this hymn derive from the latin poem Salve Mundi Salutare.  The authorship is open to doubt although I agree with those who attribute at least part of the poem

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Report to the Emperor-First Draft

(I post this each year on Good Friday at The American Catholic.  Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter.) I thank you Marcus for taking on the onerous task of acting as my secretary, in addition to your regular duties

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No Idea for a Good Title

But here’s a video about sex! An adult video, even. Yes, I am far too amused by the “use the euphemisms literally” thing, but seriously: watch this, maybe it will be of use.

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Screen Pilates: Lowell Gilmore

  Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks,

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How Old Am I?

      I am so old that I can recall when the feet washed at Mass on a Holy Thursday belonged to Catholics!   Pope Francis will wash the feet of young refugees during an Easter Week ritual in

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Special Snow Flakes Afraid of Democracy

    I really wish this was take from Eye of the Tiber:   Students protested yesterday at the Emory Administration Building following a series of overnight, apparent pro-Donald Trump for president chalkings throughout campus. Roughly 40 students gathered shortly

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Screen Pilates: David Bowie

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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If It’s Tuesday There Must Be Primaries

    1:13 AM  CST-Trump wins Arizona decisively.  With 59% of the vote counted he is at 47%, Cruz follows at 23% and Kasich is at 10%.  (It should be noted that Arizona has had early voting going on for a

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Pope Condemns “Blind Violence”

But be true shepherds, with your crooks always in your hands. Do not go to sleep, but guard on all sides the flock committed to you. For if through your carelessness or negligence a wolf carries away one of your

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Screen Pilates: Peter Firth

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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Tito Edwards

The Philosopher Millennial

Update Below “You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.” – Justin Bieber This is probably the quote of the year, from a Millennial no

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Prison Cuba

A reminder that as our President makes nice with the jailers who run it, Cuba is a vast island prison:     Pérez was among more than 200 arrested yesterday, according to Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) leader José Daniel

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Monday of Holy Week Seventy-Nine Years Ago

In your country, Venerable Brethren, voices are swelling into a chorus urging people to leave the Church, and among the leaders there is more than one whose official position is intended to create the impression that this infidelity to Christ

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Separated at Birth

  With all due respect to Mr. Klavan, the public figure that Bernie Sanders most reminds me of is Pope Francis: 1.Both are socialists with very little work experience in the private sector. 2.Both are popular on college campuses with

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Screen Pilates: Leif Erickson

Continuing our series on screen portrayals of Pilate that I began in 2011 during Holy Week.    The posts on portrayals of Pilate by Rod Steiger, Richard Boone, Barry Dennen, Hristov Shopov, Telly Savalas, Frank Thring, Stephen Russell, Greg Hicks, Cyril

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    Early in 1926 the hardest boiled of all the atheists I ever knew sat in my room on the other side of the fire and remarked that the evidence for the historicity of the Gospels was really surprisingly

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Triumph of the Cross

(This is my regular post for Palm Sunday which I repost each year.  Have a happy and blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.) 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING

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Palm Sunday 151 Years Ago

    It is poor business measuring the mouldered ramparts and counting the silent guns, marking the deserted battlefields and decorating the grassy graves, unless we can learn from it some nobler lesson than to destroy.  Men write of this,

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