Donald R. McClarey

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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Donald R. McClarey

Worse Than Murder Inc and the Princess

    A minion of Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder Inc tweeted that the world needs a Disney Princess who has had an abortion.  Been there, done that:   After a backlash from Twitter users, Planned Parenthood pulled the tweet.

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Donald R. McClarey

See The Film

I shut down the law mines every Good Friday.  My bride and I and our son went to see Paul:  Apostle of Christ.  A review will appear in the next few days, but I wanted to advise our readers to

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Ben Butera

Professor Ratzinger on Hell

Since there is some talk this Triduum of what Pope Francis may or may not have said about Hell, I wanted to re-post an old post of mine that deals with the article of faith “He descended into hell” (Good

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Donald R. McClarey

Report to the Emperor-First Draft

(I post this each year on Good Friday.  A holy and happy Easter to all contributors, commenters and readers of TAC.) I thank you Marcus for taking on the onerous task of acting as my secretary, in addition to your

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Donald R. McClarey

Five Years of Lent

The Pope has said that there is no Hell and that the souls of the damned are simply annihilated.  The Vatican denies that he said it:   Vatican City, Mar 29, 2018 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the

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Donald R. McClarey

Judas Explains It All

Judas:  – Because men are weak Because they are cursed with envy and cowardice Because they can dream of truth, but cannot live with it, they doubt They doubt, the fools Why must men betray themselves with doubts? – Tell

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Peter and the Last Supper

“Erravi cum Petro, sed non flevi cum Petro”, “Like Peter I have erred, unlike Peter I have not wept.” Bishop Stephen Gardiner on his deathbed after hearing the portion of the Passion where Peter denies Christ.   I have always

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Donald R. McClarey

The Answer

A Rose, in tatters on the garden path, Cried out to God and murmured ‘gainst His Wrath, Because a sudden wind at twilight’s hush Had snapped her stem alone of all the bush. And God, Who hears both sun-dried dust

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Donald R. McClarey

Screen Pilates: Pilou Asbæk

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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Donald R. McClarey

Repealing the Bill of Rights

The majority falls prey to the delusion, popular in some circles, that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government

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Donald R. McClarey

Insufferable Punk

Mr. Hogg, your 15 minutes are up.  Please go away, grow up and get a clue.        

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Donald R. McClarey

The Ever Unconvincing Left

Internet sensation Jordan Peterson, and the over the top hate directed against him by the Left, brings to mind one of the unspoken features of contemporary life:  Leftism is completely unconvincing.   Think about it.  Leftism tends to only flourish

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Donald R. McClarey

Screen Pilates: Ian Holm

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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Donald R. McClarey

Music Loving Bishop Bans Concert

Father Z gives us this good news:       The National Sodomitical Reporter (aka Fishwrap) threw an editorial tantrum today about the decision of the Bishop of Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (where Fishwrap’s offices are located), Most Rev.

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Donald R. McClarey

Screen Pilates: Gary Oldman

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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Donald R. McClarey

A Palm Sunday One Hundred and Fifty-Three 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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Donald R. McClarey

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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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: Arnaud Beltrame

A hero to remember.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:   And sadly, he has passed away.  Col. Arnaud Beltrame broke from our modern trends and sacrificed himself for those he never knew.  As an ISIS soldier

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Resigns!

In a shocking development Pope Francis has announced his resignation effective Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.  The Vatican statement is as follows:   “His Holiness has announced his resignation which will be immediately after Easter Mass.  Noting that he has

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Donald R. McClarey

I Hate Snow

Something for the weekend.  I Hate Snow.  Courtesy of Winter Storm Uma my little slice of Central Illinois is under a winter storm advisory today.  This after a week of spring like weather.  Depressing, but such is life in the

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Three Cheers for Sister Jean and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers!

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I do love basketball and follow the NCAA tournaments religiously–let’s change that–with great devotion–whoops, wrong again. Anyhow, it’s a game I understand, even though my own basketball experience was limited to two

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Ben Butera

You Are a Thief and a Murderer

I don’t travel to a lot of different parishes, but I’d imagine you’d come across plenty of “Happy Talk” in most of them with an emphasis on things like peace, love, joy and tolerance; where the spiritual battleground seems more

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Petty

One of the hallmarks of the current pontificate is its essential pettiness: The Knights of Malta say they have suspended historian Henry Sire for allegedly breaching their constitution, following revelations that he is the mysterious author of The Dictator Pope.

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Donald R. McClarey

The Big Jew Weather Machine

  One thing I have noted about antisemitism over the years is that it almost invariably is useful as an idiot detector:   Trayon White, who is currently in his first term on the council, posted a video to his

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Donald R. McClarey

March 23, 1775: Liberty or Death

A fine video on the great “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death Speech” of Patrick Henry delivered in the Virginia House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775.  It is a remarkable speech, made even more remarkable when we consider

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Donald R. McClarey

1.3 Trillion Monstrosity

I thought the Republicans controlled Congress and the Executive but I must have been mistaken.  Surely no Republican Congress could have passed a spending bill that, in the words of Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX): “The disastrous elements of this

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Donald R. McClarey

Pershing Speaks!

  The things you find on the internet.  An address by General “Black Jack” Pershing from France during World War I.  His voice was more sonorous than I expected, perhaps I anticipated a more clipped and prosaic pronunciation from his

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Scapegoat

    A victim has been found to be sacrificed for Lettergate:   Msgr. Vigano read selected passages from the letter at a presentation on 12 March. Then journalists received a doctored image of the letter, which blurred out the

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