Donald R. McClarey

Bob Hope and the Mayflower Compact

Under the Julian Calendar in effect at the time, the Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11, 1620.  Under the Gregorian Calendar it was signed on November 21. Few efforts at colonization faced bleaker prospects than those of the Pilgrims

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln and the Creation of Thanksgiving

In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln, from his last public address, April 11, 1865

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Donald R. McClarey

The Turkey Pardon

One of the daffier aspects of Thanksgiving in these United States.  Presidents have received formal Thanksgiving turkeys since Harry Truman.  Both Truman and Eisenhower, practical men who had known poverty growing up,  ate the Turkeys given to them.  (I assume

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Donald R. McClarey

To Help Educate Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez

    Among the many, many books I am sure that the Congresswoman has not read, she might wish to consult The Federalist Papers, specifically Federalist 47:   The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Anti-Pope?

PopeWatch is breaking Thanksgiving hiatus for this post.  Thanks to co-blogger Bob Kurland who brought this to the attention of PopeWatch: In an important interview that was overlooked last month, a Vatican theologian said that unless Pope Francis corrects himself

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Addresses

              Presidents during their presidencies make hundreds of speeches.  Most are utterly forgotten soon after they are delivered.  Even most of the speeches by a president who is also a skilled orator, as Lincoln was,

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Donald R. McClarey

November 18, 1978: Jonestown

Forty years since the mass suicide/mass murder of Jonestown.  I was a Junior in college at the time.  The late seventies had an apocalyptic feel as the world seemed to be spinning out of control with the Energy Crisis, Stagflation

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Raphael Kalinowski

God refuses only the person who does not admit his own weakness; He sends away only the unhappy proud person. You must “hold him” well and strongly, with a poor spirit, with a poor heart, with a life entirely poor.

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Donald R. McClarey

“As God as 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

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1918

It has long been our custom to turn, in the autumn of the year, in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for his many blessing and mercies to us as a nation. This year we have special and moving cause

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Donald R. McClarey

Seeing the Light

  Hard to believe it is seventy-one years since I Saw the Light was written by Hank Williams.  The song powerfully coveys the hunger for salvation that was always a part of Williams’ brief and tragic life.  Dead before he

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Signs of the End Times

Article 1. Whether any signs will precede the Lord’s coming to judgment? Objection 1. It would seem that the Lord’s coming to judgment will not be preceded by any signs. Because it is written (1 Thessalonians 5:3): “When they shall

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Extraordinary

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Addressing the crisis of dwindling lay vocations, Fr. Donald Spenser of St. Lawrence Catholic Church anointed the Catholic Church’s first ever extraordinary ministers

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Donald R. McClarey

The Bringer of Peace

  Something for the weekend.  The hundredth anniversary of the armistice ending World War seems to call for Holst’s Venus:  The Bringer of Peace.  

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Donald R. McClarey

More on Our Hapless Bench of Bishops

    The disastrous meeting of our bishops is attracting some wider attention:   It’s also no wonder that so many bishops, including the pope, now want to quarantine the issue of sexual abuse of minors from the larger question

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Donald R. McClarey

Democrats Feeling Their Oats

  Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hapless Bench of Bishops

No surprise:   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted today against asking the Vatican to release its records on former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In what was eventually an 83 to 137 vote, the USCCB decided against asking the

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Donald R. McClarey

You Can’t Make This Up

    For anyone doubting that God has a superb sense of humor, I give you Broward County:   Two main, and surprising, discoveries were made when today’s recount totals came in. First, in the three races being recalculated, as

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Albert the Great

“You call him the Dumb Ox. I tell you this Dumb Ox will bellow so loud that his bellowings shall fill the world.” Saint Albert the Great to some of his students who were mocking Saint Thomas Aquinas, who studied

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Anti-Pope

The Betrayal of the true Catholic Church in China continues apace:   Cardinal Joseph Zen has written a letter to Pope Francis detailing the sufferings of Catholics in China since the Vatican signed a deal with the communist government. Cardinal

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Donald R. McClarey

Patton’s Weather Prayer

“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon

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Donald R. McClarey

Schadenfreude

Well, well, well, Michael Avenatti, perhaps better known as the creepy porn lawyer, is facing a felony charge: Attorney Michael Avenatti has been placed under arrest for felony domestic violence and was being booked early Wednesday evening. Los Angeles Police

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Camille Paglia

  As an atheist, I have argued that if religion is erased, something must be put in its place. Belief systems are intrinsic to human intelligence and survival. They “frame” the flux of primary experience, which would otherwise flood the

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Donald R. McClarey

Give ‘Em a Point for Honesty

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   MENLO PARK, CA—In a move to better filter out unapproved positions and people, Facebook unveiled its new Bigot Recognition Technology (BRT) at a press event Tuesday. The new tech automatically

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Joseph Pignatelli

My God, I do not know what must come to me today. But I am certain that nothing can happen to me that you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained from eternity. That is sufficient for me. I adore your

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia Strikes Again

All dog and pony shows will be solely under the supervision of the Lavender Mafia the Vatican:   ROME—There has perhaps never been a more critical moment in the history of the American Catholic Church to appear to be doing

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