Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Surprise, Surprise

You can always trust Communists to act like Communists:   Under the terms of the agreement, which has not yet been fully made public, Pope Francis has recognized seven party-appointed bishops, while Beijing has in turn recognized a portion of

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Virgil

Assume thy greatness, for the time draws nigh, Dear child of gods, great progeny of Jove! See how it totters- the world’s orbed might, Earth, and wide ocean, and the vault profound, All, see, enraptured of the coming time! Ah!

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The Eternal Convert

Now, listen, Will. Two years ago you were a passionate churchman. Now you’re a passionate Lutheran. We must just pray that when your head’s finished turning, your face is to the front again. Saint Thomas More to future son-in-law William

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Donald R. McClarey

Fauxcahontas Rides Again

I would so love to see Elizabeth Warren running against Trump in 2020.  It would be the worst mismatch since Godzilla v.  Bambi. Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her

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Donald R. McClarey

Laugh Quote of the Week

This piece of unintentional humor courtesy of NBC:   This all highlights the central asymmetry in American politics: Republicans will fight to the death – even after they lose power – while Democrats are more open to compromise and bipartisanship,

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Donald R. McClarey

December 6, 1941: FDR writes to Hirohito

  An historical oddity.  The day before “the date which will live in infamy” President Roosevelt wrote a letter to Emperor Hirohito.  Here is the text of the letter: [WASHINGTON,]   December 6, 1941 Almost a century ago the President

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Donald R. McClarey

Messianic Prophesies: Psalm 108: 1-10

  Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Dionysia

  My son, do not forget that we have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity. We must not lose the garment of our salvation, lest the Master of the feast find us without wedding clothes and cast

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PopeWatch: The Judas Option

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register brings us some very interesting comments on the current pontificate by theologian Monsignor Nicola Bux: Elaborating on this point, Msgr. Bux said the “radical paradigm shift” now in vogue means to “believe in an

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Donald R. McClarey

The Navy Remembers

A salute to a sailor president from the Navy.       Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we

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Donald R. McClarey

Rebel Inc

  Colonel Bella: Look. I was always on the side of the insurgents. I have no experience in these matters. But it would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam:

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PopeWatch: Pilon

Father Z takes note of the Pope’s comment in a forthcoming book about homosexuality: Aciprensa has it.  HERE The UK’s (and now US’s) best Catholic weekly has it.  HERE Francis made a book/interview which will be released next week.  A

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Donald R. McClarey

Festivals of Light

Now Judas celebrated the festival of the restoration of the sacrifices of the temple for eight days, and omitted no sort of pleasures thereon; but he feasted them upon very rich and splendid sacrifices; and he honored God, and delighted

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December 4, 1918: Woodrow Wilson Sails for France

  Woodrow Wilson sailed for France a century ago, ironically in the SS George Washington, a German passenger liner interned in New York City at the outbreak of World War I.  He was the second US President to travel abroad

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The Perfect Story for Harvard

  Ah, Leftists, tolerant of everyone except people who think one iota differently from them. A Harvard graduate student was told she has to move out of her apartment after her roommates found her legally owned firearms “uncomfortable” and anxiety-inducing.

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint John Damascene

Had God kept from being made those who through His goodness were to have existence, but who by their own choice were to become evil, then evil would have prevailed over the goodness of God. Thus, all things which God

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Donald R. McClarey

December 4, 1918: Woodrow Wilson Sails for France

  Woodrow Wilson sailed for France a century ago, ironically in the SS George Washington, a German passenger liner interned in New York City at the outbreak of World War I.  He was the second US President to travel abroad

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Nicolas Gomez Davila

The modern world will not be punished. It is the punishment. Nicolas Gomez Davila Gomez Davila died in 1994, but PopeWatch believes this is the best summary of the current pontificate.  Go here to read some of his aphorisms about

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Luke and Linus Explain it All

As an explanation of why we celebrate Christmas each year, the above video is superb and concise. The words of Linus are of course taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding

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Donald R. McClarey

The Only Good Republican Is A Dead Republican

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—The Associated Press paid a touching tribute to recently deceased president George H.W. Bush in a headline published over the weekend, boldly declaring that the former commander in chief probably

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Why I Love Dogs

  An old tale states that when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden all the animals turned their backs to them except the dogs, who got up and trotted out into the wilderness with them. God

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The PC Police Come For Baby It’s Cold Outside

    “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” H.L. Mencken Well the humorless PC Brigades and their brainless SJW footpersons are coming for Baby It’s Cold Outside.  Go here to read about this latest example of

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Edward Coleman

      On Tuesday the third of December following, (being the day of his Execution) Mr. Coleman was drawn on a sledge from Newgate to Tyburn; and being come thither, he declared, that he had been a Roman Catholick

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PopeWatch: Sign of the Times

Phil Lawler has a disquieting ability to pay close attention to what Pope Francis says:   The observation that many churches, which until a few years ago were necessary, are now no longer thus, due to a lack of faithful and

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France in Trumoil

  I can’t help but notice that compared to many governing politicians in the West, Trump is not doing bad.  Trump has been often compared unfavorably to French President Macron, but it is Macron who is facing incipient revolt:  

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Donald R. McClarey

December 2, 1918: State of the Union Address

  GENTLEMEN OF THE CONGRESS: The year that has elapsed since I last stood before you to fulfil my constitutional duty to give to the Congress from time to time information on the state of the Union has been so

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

  (I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical year

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