Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thornton Wilder

On Memorial Day I spent the morning working in my office.  Before returning home for lunch, I stopped to visit the grave of my son. Mount Olivet cemetery was beautiful with American flags marking the graves of the veterans.  It

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PopeWatch: Hmmm

  This homily by Pope Francis yesterday is attracting attention:   “A shepherd must be ready to step down completely from his church, rather than leave in a partial manner” said the Pope. His words were drawn from the first

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Teaching Hate

Fifth rate comedienne grabs some cheap publicity by holding up a mock bloody head of Donald Trump.  Ho Hum, the deranged left always acts this way, and that is precisely the problem.   Mark Shea is his born again leftist mode

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At War With the Sexes

  The advocates of homosexuality and transgenderism, mental illness transformed into political ideology, are ever busy within the Church:   A Catholic priest took a strong stand [date] against a new policy in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, that

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PopeWatch: Bishops

  Sandro Magister believes that Pope Francis is not popular among the Bishops:   With the appointment as president of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, after that of the secretary general three years ago, Pope Francis now has full control of the

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Memorial Day Pledge

It  is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us —  that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for  which they gave the last full measure of devotion —

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Abortion, Censorship and Donald Trump

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I long opposed the election of Donald Trump last year.  I viewed him as unfit to be President, I doubted his conversion to the pro-life cause and I knew that he

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

  Something for the weekend.  I can think of no finer song for a Memorial Day weekend than The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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PopeWatch: Bodyslam

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Just days after rumors emerged that Montana priest Fr. Gregory Forte could be made a bishop, reports that he apparently attacked a Catholic

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Churchill is Back, and He’s a Polish Woman

  I wish Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, a devout Catholic, would bite most of the other European leaders:   Speaking in the Polish Parliament on Wednesday,Beata Szydło seized the moment to launch an excoriating attack on European Union leaders

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PopeWatch: Black Swan

  Carl Olson at The Catholic World Report has a keen summing up of this Pap   Ironically, while Francis talks about clarifying doctrine, there’s simply no doubt that Amoris Laetitia, despite all protests and posturings, has instead confused, disturbed,

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  My family and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I found it hilarious.  Rocket Raccoon steals every scene he is in.  I was going to write a review but my friend Darwin Catholic has

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Melania Trump is Catholic

  This is interesting:   Now we know one reason why the first lady began with ‘Let us pray’ and ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ when she introduced the president that evening: She’s a practicing Roman Catholic. Her spokeswoman

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Saint Augustine on the Ascension

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated

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PopeWatch: The Meeting

        Well the meeting occurred.  I would note that Ivanka and Melania were properly attired wearing black with veils, a fitting display of respect for the Vicar of Christ:   The meeting turned out not to be

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Empty Words After Manchester

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”

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PopeWatch: Separated at Birth

In anticipation of the grand meeting in Rome of Pope and President: The leader can be described thusly: He is impulsive. He insults enemies. He uses twitter daily. He loves media attention. His most ardent supporters resemble a cult. He

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White Privilege, the Police and Good Manners

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we

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Two Hundred Billion

    Some California Democrats in the state legislature are attempting to have the formerly Golden State adopt a single payer health care system.  The estimated cost for “free” health care in one state?  Two hundred billion dollars:   The

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PopeWatch: Justice

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mathew 7: 14     Pope Francis continues with his mercy uber alles theme:     Pope Francis says

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The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

    LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy reminds us to keep an eye on the Rooskies: MADISON – According to members of the Our Lady of the Third Degree parish council, their pastor revealed sensitive parish information to members of

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Trump and Russia-So What?

Lots of ink has been spilled over the investigation into the Trump campaign as to whether it had contacts with the Russian government during the campaign last year.  Kevin D. Williamson at National Review, the same Kevin D. Williamson who

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Pence Speech at Notre Dame

  The Pence speech at Notre Dame is being played in the media as if the less than 100 students who walked out, out of a total of 3,000 graduates, was significant.  Lost is his speech, a very good one,

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PopeWatch: Council of Jerusalem

    The Pope takes a look at the Council of Jerusalem to accuse those who oppose him of trying to impose ideology rather than doctrine:     The Holy Father was commenting on the First Reading, from the Acts

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Being Student Commissars for Fun and Profit

        This has raised a firestorm:   The University of Arizona is paying students $10 per hour to assume the responsibilities of “Social Justice Advocates.”   According to an online job description, Social Justice Advocates, or SJAs

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Saint Athanasius on the Trinity

  We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a

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The Big Red One Goes to France

  President Wilson realized it would be many months before the US ground forces could be trained, equipped and shipped across the Atlantic in numbers sufficient to make a difference on the battlefields of France.  However, he also knew that

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