Donald R. McClarey

Mark Shea and the Christianists

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at Mark Shea’s response to the sexual harassment avalanche:   Off the rails lunacy   Over at Catholic and Enjoying It.  Like many, Mark jumped on the Roy Moore accusations, not just

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Donald R. McClarey

Where the Women are Robust

  We should be careful, though, not to make the world so fine and good that you and I can’t enjoy living in it.  A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Schneider channels Bishop Melchior Cano:     Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, said in an interview with Michael Matt of The Remnant newspaper that “the true friends of the Pope” are those cardinals bishops and

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Donald R. McClarey

Garrison Keillor Does the Perv Walk

The man who raised leftist sanctimony to an art form is out at Minnesota Peoples Public Radio:   Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of

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Ben Butera

On Climate Change

In light of a recent post of mine, I wanted to share something from my old blog on the topic of Climate Change, which is fast becoming a religion of sorts. Any denial of it and man’s direct responsibility for

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Donald R. McClarey

Lies, Mark Shea and Cardinal Newman

      Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts joins Mark Shea’s noble anti-lying crusade:   It’s time the Church take a bold stand against illegal immigration.  After all, what is one major way people here illegally are able to carry

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Donald R. McClarey

November 29, 1864: Sand Creek Massacre

      On Novmber 29, 1864, in a stain on American honor, 700 men of the 1st Colorado Cavalry, 3rd Colorado Cavalry and a company of the 1st New Mexico Volunteer Cavalry, under the command of Colonel John M. Chivington, a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Proclaiming Jesus

Sandro Magister brings us up to date on the Pope’s trip to Burma:   There was only one moment in which Jesus was named and his Gospel proclaimed, in the speeches on the first day of Pope Francis’s visit to

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Donald R. McClarey

A Clean Slate For Christmas

My bride, our son and I went to Confession today.  As always, I felt after Confession as if a ton of weight had just been taken off my shoulders, Here is the formula that I have followed for Confessions since childhood:

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Donald R. McClarey

Rachel Weeping

Demetrius:  You talked to Peter, didn’t you? What did you tell him about me? Glycon:  I don’t discuss your affairs with anyone, sir. You freed me and I am grateful. Demetrius:  You must have told him something. Glycon:  I asked

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Muller

An interesting statement from Cardinal Muller in an interview last week:   “There  is a front of traditionalist groups, just as there is with the progressivists, that would like to see me as head of a movement against the Pope.

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Donald R. McClarey

With Terror and Slaughter Return

But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome. Rudyard Kipling, The Gods of the Copybook Headings    

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Donald R. McClarey

Millennials: We Are So Doomed

Ah, generation chasms:           Of course I recall similar comments about my age cohort, the Baby Boomers.  Unfortunately, such criticisms fit for a fair amount of Baby Boomers.    

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Open Borders

The Pope is doubling down on his policy of putting the Catholic Church on those in the West advocating open borders:   Many destination countries have seen the spread of rhetoric decrying the risks posed to national security or the

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Donald R. McClarey

God and the Father of Our Country

Today is the feast day of Christ the King in the Catholic Liturgical Calendar, signaling the ending of the Church year.  On this date my thoughts turn to April 30, 1789 when President George Washington commenced the government of the United

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Donald R. McClarey

Christ the True King

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate

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Donald R. McClarey

I Vow to Thee My Country

Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds For the ashes of his fathers And the temples

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Happy Black Friday

You may have already seen this on the blogosphere and elsewhere, but it reminds that obsessing about temporal savings can cost you eternal savings…truly penny wise and dollar foolish. Turn Thanksgiving into Thanks-Living and have a blessed Christmas season.

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Donald R. McClarey

Of Pilgrims

A not bad, albeit simplified, look at how the most unlikely and ill-prepared pilgrims, the Pilgrims, in American history succeeded against the odds in planting a permanent colony.    

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Donald R. McClarey

November 26, 1789: Thanksgiving

  Two hundred and twenty-eight  years ago today our nation observed its first Thanksgiving under the Constitution.       The Father of Our Country’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump Pardon

        A presidential tradition since Ronald Reagan, the presidential pardon of a Thanksgiving Turkey is part of the daffiness that makes this country a joy to live in.  Presidents have received formal Thanksgiving turkeys since Harry Truman. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving 1952: Red Skelton

Red Skelton rose from poverty to become one of the most popular comedians of his day.  A comedic genius, he created a gallery of comedic personas:  Clem Kaddidlehopper, the Mean Little Kid, San Fernando Red, Freddie the Freeloader  and others,

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Donald R. McClarey

As God is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly

Well actually some Turkeys can.  Wild Turkeys can fly, albeit clumsily and not more than about 100 yards at a time.  Domestic Turkeys, bred for the table, cannot fly, largely due to their overdeveloped chests, home to all that prized

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Donald R. McClarey

1917 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America A ProclamationIt has long been the honored custom of our people to turn in the fruitful autumn of the year in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His many blessings

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Donald R. McClarey

The Golden Thread

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us Mark Shea’s predictable take on the Roy Moore controversy:       Both in and out of the courts.  A case study, by Mark Shea.  Knowing Mark’s own political loyalties, is wasn’t difficult

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Ben Butera

Finding Truth For a Living

Proof can be a big topic which can easily have you lost in the weeds whether talking about truth with a little “t” or Truth with a big “T”. Whenever I hear skeptics talk about no proof for the existence

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Donald R. McClarey

Charles Manson Dead

A reminder of evil times past:   The man who masterminded one of the most heinous murder sprees in American history — is dead  … this according to the sister of his famous victim. Debra Tate tells TMZ she received

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Donald R. McClarey

John Adams and Benjamin Franklin Debate National Symbols

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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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine (Hippo) says Jesus is a God of Mercy

I thought this discourse on the Psalms, taken from St. Augustine of Hippo as the Second Reading of the Office of Readings might be pertinent…I’ll quote most of the whole thing–go to the link for the rest. “All the trees

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Donald R. McClarey

Pal Jesus is a Myth

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one– to each according to his

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