Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Vigano

Archbishop Carlo Vigano has some questions about the Vatican Dog and Pony Sex Abuse Summit:   I am praying intensely for the success of the February summit. Although I would rejoice greatly if the summit were successful, the following questions

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Lucy of China

I now turn in a special way to the pilgrims who have come for the canonization of the 120 Martyrs in China. First of all you, faithful of Chinese origin, with whom I would like to share my deep joy

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat In Pace: George Mendonsa

    George Mendonsa has passed away at age 95.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts does the honors:     Who?  Him: A man who was part of the American psyche as I grew up.  I was that generational bridge. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Grant on the Civil War

And, after that, the chunky man from the West, Stranger to you, not one of the men you loved As you loved McClellan, a rider with a hard bit, Takes you and uses you as you could be used, Wasting

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Uncle Ted

 “Yeah, five years. If we had five years, the Lord working through Bergoglio in five years could make the Church over again.”  “He will walk across the stage and people will follow him. They will find in him like they

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat in Pace: Pat Caddell

  Pat Caddell has passed away at age 68.  He went from being Jimmy Carter’s wunderkind pollster in 1976 to supporting Trump in 2016.  Always a populist, Caddell had little love for what his Democrat party had morphed into in

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Donald R. McClarey

Living the Anti-American Dream

      My favorite internet atheist, Pat Condell, warns about tech giants and their emerging role as enforcers of Leftist orthodoxy in a future progressive police state. The signs of this are everywhere.  The tech giants “de-platforming” conservatives, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Alexis Falconieri

“I have chosen you to be my first Servants, and under this name you are to till my Son’s vineyard. Here, too, is the habit which you are to wear; its dark color will recall the pangs which I suffered

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Donald R. McClarey

Book Haul

    My bride and I took advantage of a 20% off sale to make a trip to a Half Price Book in Naperville.  Here are the books that I purchased: Four Queens, Nancy Goldstone, (2007)-An audio book of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Juliana of Cumae

AFTER many torments, she was beheaded at Nicomedia, under Galerius Maximianus. St. Gregory the Great mentions that her bones were translated to Rome. Part of them are now at Brussels, in the church of our Lady of Sablon. This saint

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Donald R. McClarey

Eating Their Own

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is busy celebrating her victory over the tyrannical Jeff Bezos and the horrible burden his company Amazon had planned to inflict on the people of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Kasper the Friendly Cardinal

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Just days after Cardinal Müller published a “Manifesto of Faith,” which reiterated fundamental Catholic teachings in response to what he sees as growing confusion

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Donald R. McClarey

They Like Ike

    Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln. Will Rogers     Something for the weekend.  They Like Ike (1952). 

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

  As a rule I am opposed to presidents declaring national emergencies to sidestep the normal way our government is supposed to work.  However, since the National Emergencies Act was enacted in 1976, Presidents have declared 59 national emergencies.  We

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Trolling

PopeWatch suspects the Pope is just trolling us now:   Vatican City, Feb 14, 2019 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Thursday nominated a new camerlengo, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Deep State? What Deep State?

  Little surprise:   Did the “highest levels” of the Department of Justice attempt to foment a coup d’etat in May 2017? Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe told Scott Pelley that he quarterbacked a meeting to discuss removing Donald

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Donald R. McClarey

The New Bigots

  My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, explains how bigotry has found a home on the Left:   The stereotyped hatreds were battled by the melting-pot forces of assimilation, integration and intermarriage. Civil rights legislation and broad education programs

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Donald R. McClarey

Ah Romance!

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   CHANDLER, AZ—Marlena Bennington, girlfriend to Jace Everly for nearly three years, is absolutely swooning as Valentine’s Day approaches. “This is our third Valentine’s Day as a couple,” Bennington told

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Donald R. McClarey

February 14, 1919: League of Nations

  Of all his Fourteen Points, the nearest to the heart of President Wilson was the League of Nations, the mechanism, he hoped, that would avoid wars in the future.  Ironically, Wilson would succeed in creating the League, and the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope of the Elites

    The Pope continues his chosen role as chaplain and champion of global elites:   Microsoft President Brad Smith met Pope Francis on Wednesday to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence and ways to bridge the digital divide

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Donald R. McClarey

February 14, 1929: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Ninety years since the event that made Chicago infamous around the globe.  Ironies abound in the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre by which Chicago gangster Al Capone sought to destroy his competitor gangster Adelard Cunin, known to infamy as George “Bugs”

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Donald R. McClarey

Correspondence From Beyond?

  We receive some strange pieces of correspondence at The American Catholic, most of which I quickly consign to paper perdition.  However, I thought the readers of TAC might be interested in this.   Donald R. McClarey, esquire The American Catholic

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Ben Butera

On Fame

I recently stumbled upon a documentary about the life and death of actor/comedian Robin Williams. I was unaware of his serious problems with drugs, alcohol, fornication and adultery, but at the same time was not overly surprised, given how things

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hell

Robert Royal at The Catholic Thing gets to the nub of the matter in regard to Cardinal Mueller’s Manifesto:   Benedict XVI remarked in a 2010 interview that it’s puzzling how Catholics who have attended Catholic schools for a dozen

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Donald R. McClarey

English is Hard!

    News that I missed, courtesy of the The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—The controversial Green New Deal ran into trouble early on when an FAQ of the details was placed on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website and then pulled down

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