Donald R. McClarey

Jordan Peterson: Fix Yourself

“In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at

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Donald R. McClarey

On Killing

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts has a fascinating post pondering how the contemporary Left and Right look at killing:   Oh Pope Francis   A crisis is calling.  Fresh from his attack on ‘Fake News’, wrapping it around the ever present

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Chaos

PopeWatch sometimes thinks that rampant chaos within the Church will be the main legacy of this Pope:     Pope Francis needs to clarify whether Catholics who are divorced and remarried can receive Communion as “people are confused and that

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Donald R. McClarey

First Trump State of the Union Address

Third longest State of the Union Address in history.  Could have used a fair amount of cutting, but delivered well.  As usual with these type of speeches, a lot of general proposals and few specifics.  What did you think?  

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Donald R. McClarey

State of the Union: 2018

President Trump will be giving his first State of the Union Address tonight, and it should make for good television.  Some of the lamest members of the House Democrats have pledged to stay away, thus elevating the tone of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Mort Walker: Requiescat in Pace

    Mort Walker has passed away at 94.  The creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, for 68 years he poked gentle fun at the absurdities of the US Army.  Walker served as an Army officer during World War

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: China

Sandro Magister gives us the latest in regard to the ongoing sell out by the Vatican of the heroic Catholic Church in China: The open letter reproduced in its entirety below was published today, Monday, January 29, by Cardinal Joseph

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Donald R. McClarey

State of the Union: 1917

    Woodrow Wilson began the modern custom of Presidents delivering their annual messages on the State of the Union personally to Congress in speech form.  His December 4, 1917 State of the Union speech was necessarily dominated by American

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Peronism

PopeWatch has long believed that Argentina is the key to understanding Pope Francis.  Father Ray Blake takes a look at Peronism:   I had a lesson in Peronism from an Argentinian waiter recently, in Argentina he was a PPE graduate.

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Donald R. McClarey

A Politicized Military

One of the worst legacies of the Obama administration is a politicized military, with careerist high ranking officers concerned to be perceived as politically correct above all else.  Evidence of this is not hard to find: The nation’s highest military

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Donald R. McClarey

Feast Day of the Angelic Doctor

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. Saint Thomas Aquinas     In a time when

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Donald R. McClarey

January 28, 1861: Sam Houston Stands Alone

But if, through division in the ranks of those opposed to Mr. Lincoln, he should be elected, we have no excuse for dissolving the Union. The Union is worth more than Mr. Lincoln, and if the battle is to be

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Vatican Shutdown

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Hundreds of thousands of priests from around the world have either been sent back to the rectory or have been told to not show

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Donald R. McClarey

Winter War 45

Something for the weekend.  Finlandia Hymn.  My Bride and I are off to Winter War 45, a war gaming and rpg convention that I have been attending since 1976.  Go here to read about it.  We usually pick up some new

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Donald R. McClarey

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

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Economics

Pope Francis demonstrated once again that he is clueless as to economics: At the center of the Pope’s speech was an overarching theme of placing human dignity at the center of global development, despite the barriers of suffering, poverty and

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Donald R. McClarey

Fearsome to the Enemies of Truth

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts recalls the SJW trolls who swarmed over his blog, alarmed at this conservative intruder into their happy hunting ground, when it was at Patheos:       This time, a post-battle review.  He nails Ms.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Airborne Pope

PopeWatch shudders whenever the Pope is in the air.  Sandro Magister explains why:   Like clockwork, Pope Francis’s words spoken at high altitude, this time during his flight back from Peru to Rome on the night between January 21 and

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Donald R. McClarey

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Patriotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence. Even in the freest countries our

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Donald R. McClarey

The Left Eats Its Own

  Protestors outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D. NY) house protesting his caving in on shutting down the government: Politics tend to bring out the worst in people, but for sheer wack-doodle craziness nothing matches the irrationality that has

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Ben Butera

Analyzing a Christian Tirade

When writing about Catholic Faith & Reason on the blogosphere, you might think the longest rants and tirades against such writings come from militant atheists. Many do, but from my experience, many also come from non-Catholic Christians. I normally do

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Donald R. McClarey

Tarantino Trek

Indeed, gentlemen. May I point out that I had an opportunity to observe your counterparts here quite closely. They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous; in every way, splendid examples of homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity. Mr. Spock: 

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Donald R. McClarey

Orson Welles on Churchill

  Ah, for the halcyon days of my youth when talk shows did not always consist of mindless chatter about sex, bleeped F-Bombs from some non-educated “celebrity” or stale, politicized tripe.  I have always been somewhat skeptical about evolution, but

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sin and Corruption

The Pope distinguishes between sin and corruption:   — Corruption is worse than any sin because it hardens the heart against feeling shame or guilt and hearing God’s call for conversion, Pope Francis said. “Situations of sin and the state

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Papal Honor

The Vatican will do precisely nothing in regard to the Papal decoration given to a Dutch pro-abort.  Edward Pentin gives us the details:   The Vatican currently has no plans to change the procedure of exchanging honors during historic official

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Donald R. McClarey

Oh, the E-mails I Receive

Lawyer African scam mail:   Dear sirWe are large scale miners located at Tarkwa in Western Region Ghana with postal address as follows: Achimota, Accra – Ghana, West Africa. We are incorporated under the Companies Code 1963, Act 179 with

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Why Catholics should know about science

Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Catholics: Fight Pro-Abortion Intolerance!

 But laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.–Albert Einstein, “Out of My Later Years” Even though the news from

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Donald R. McClarey

Debate Open Thread

The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!          

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Donald R. McClarey

Missing Texts

      Well, isn’t this special:   The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about

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Donald R. McClarey

January 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade

Forty-five years since Roe was handed down.  The main evil of Roe of course is the 60 million innocents slaughtered as a result of it.  A secondary evil is the corruption of our judicial system.  In Roe we have a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sensus Fidelium

Edward Pentin advises that the Pope wants to hear from you.  Go here to read about it. A Pope of course is free to take advice and counsel from anyone he chooses, but PopeWatch is disturbed by the Pope eliciting

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