Donald R. McClarey

Halloween Terror

Another atrocity from a member of the religion of peace.       A man in a pickup truck killed eight people when he drove onto the West Side bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon — and then shouted

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Donald R. McClarey

Debate: Has Halloween Become Too Commercial?

“I got a rock.” Charlie Brown           From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  My last trick or treating experience as a child was in 1969 and I reared my children

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Donald R. McClarey

Myths of the Reformation

“God knows the thoughts of the heart. It is well that Zwingli, Carlstadt, and Pellicanus lie dead on the battle-field, for otherwise we could not have retained the Landgrave, Strasburg and other of our neighbours [true to our doctrine]. Oh,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Luther

Sandro Magister reminds us that the cheers that the Pope is giving to Martin Luther was not always his opinion:     October 31 marks precisely five hundred years since the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation. And on the

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https://jenibrown.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/quick-get-buffy-its-a-vampire-pumpkin/
Foxfier

C&C: Vampires

Through mere glimpses of him, however, demonic accuracy is achieved: Dracula is an Antichrist. He cannot attack unless willingly engaged. He baptizes his victims in his blood even as he drinks theirs in a sacrifice that gives eternal “life” in

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Islam

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch notes that Pope Francis often seems to be much more friendly to adherents of Islam than he is to traditional Catholics: Before anyone starts accusing Lifesite of “attacking the Pope” for presenting this video and article,

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Donald R. McClarey

October 14, 1947: Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

I was always afraid of dying.  Always.  It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit. Chuck

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Donald R. McClarey

Zombie Democrats?

Lawrence: “You live here?” Montgomery: “Yes.” Lawrence: “Then maybe you know what a zombie is” Montgomery: “When a person dies and is buried, its seems there are certain voodoo priests who … who have the power to bring him back

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From Card Captor Sakura, Japanese anime and manga
Foxfier

C&C: Witchcraft

A reprint for the season.  Let me see if I can sum up the archetypal belief: All through the middle ages, single women– especially if they lived alone or practiced some sort of medicine– were randomly being accused of witchcraft

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Donald R. McClarey

Christ and the Law

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Church Watch: Bio-Extinction and Population Control

I ran across an article from Catholic World Report (see here) on bio-extinction and population control.  Don’t worry–it wasn’t favorable, in fact I’ll quote: The Church has always emphasized the autonomy of spouses in all matters pertaining to procreation vis-a-vis

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You do not know the power of the dark side
Foxfier

C&C: Demons

Slightly updated reprint for the season; C&C stands for Conspiracies and Catholicism, and means Foxfier is geeking out over something. It’s a staple of horror movies– there is some invisible thing that will get you, destroy your life, take over your

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Regrets, They Had a Few

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Just days after actor Mark Wahlberg statement that he regretted portraying a porn star in Boogie Nights, fellow Catholic actor Kevin James announced

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Donald R. McClarey

That Old Black Magic

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.           It

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Foxfier

C&C: Halloween

A repost, but a needed one– even EWTN is spreading some of these old myths!   Many thanks to Ben Butera for reminding me with his new post. 😀 Pag-again? Just like every other big Catholic thing, it’s supposedly Pagan to have

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Ben Butera

The Occult, R.E. and Me

A commenter on this blog linked an article in MarketWatch entitled Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology. The article was in a business website because of spiking sales among products claiming metaphysical benefits, but it still made

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Life

Hattip to Amanda Servello.  Joe Gallagher at Crisis reports that the powers that be at the Vatican are attempting to transform what it means to be pro-life:   Fair is foul and foul is fair at the Pontifical Academy for

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Donald R. McClarey

October 27, 1962: Black Saturday

October 27, 1962 has gone down in history as Black Saturday.  Three events pushed the world to the very brink of nuclear war.     Major Rudolph Anderson was shot down and killed during a U-2 flight over Cuba.  He

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Donald R. McClarey

Schadenfreude

Hattip to Iowahawk.  One year since Clinton tweeted out the above.

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Donald R. McClarey

Kremlin Cola

Peripetchikoff: While they are putting Uncle Sam in cuckoo clock, we will put Soviet cosmonaut on moon. C.R. MacNamara: Okay, so you guys may be the first to shoot a man to the moon, but if he wants a Coke

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Apostasy

Father John Hunwicke reminds us of these prophetic words of Pope Paul VI three decades ago:   In 1977, Blessed Paul VI, on the sixtieth anniversary of the last Fatima Apparition, said this: “The tail of the Devil is functioning

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Donald R. McClarey

DE CURA ANIMARUM PRO CHRISTIANIS COMMUNISMO INFECTIS

Lifesite News has a blockbuster article on the “lost” condemnation of Communism DE CURA ANIMARUM PRO CHRISTIANIS COMMUNISMO INFECTIS for Vatican II but not adopted due to the opposition of liberal German, French and Dutch bishops. Go here to read the

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Donald R. McClarey

A Century of Blood

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. George Orwell, 1984       In the Julian Calendar which the Russians used in 1917

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Dante alighieri

Book Review: How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America

NB: Cross-posted from the Cranky Conservative. “Show, don’t tell” is a staple rule of writing. Though normally applied to narrative fiction, it ought to be a tenet of non-fiction, as it is crucial to provide substantiating evidence to prove a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Editor of Christ

Sandro Magister tells us about the latest stage in the Pope’s ongoing effort to correct Christ:     In the important newspaper “la Repubblica” of which he is the founder, Eugenio Scalfari, an undisputed authority of Italian secular thought, last

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Donald R. McClarey

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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Donald R. McClarey

Agincourt the Battle

    October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had long proved during the Hundred Years War to be a devastating weapon in the hands of skilled archers, but rarely had the English faced such

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Academic Feminists Want to Destroy Math, Science

My blood pressure rose, my stomach gurgled as I read the following two accounts of academic feminists who would totter–not male supremacy–but mathematics and science.  The first (see here) is by Rochelle Guterriez, a  professor of Mathematics Education at the

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Donald R. McClarey

Jesuitical 21: Georgetown and Love Saxa

Part 21 of my ongoing survey of the follies of many modern day Jesuits.  It seems that defending traditional Catholic teaching at Georgetown is verboten:     A student group at Georgetown University faces defunding and other possible sanctions for defending

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Pope Watch–Rebuke to Cardinal Sarah

I don’t want to poach on Don McCleary’s turf, but  the following shouldn’t be passed up.   It’s from Whispers in the Loggia, a blog by Rocco Palmo that relates inside happenings in the Church hierarchy.   This is from

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ed Feser

      Philosopher Ed Feser recently authored a defense of traditional Church teaching on capital punishment, By Man Shall His Blood be Shed:  A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. At Catholic World Report he takes a look at the

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Donald R. McClarey

Cardinal Newman’s Rules for Blogging

  (I first published this on January 18, 2015.  Time to remind myself again as to how blogging should be conducted.)   Blogging can be rough amusement.  I will attempt to keep the Definition of a Gentleman written by Cardinal

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