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On The Crusades, pt 1

Again, from The TOF Spot blog: The World of Late Antiquity was in serious decline. Global warming, with its longer growing seasons and more expansive agriculture, had ended and global cooling had set in. The bubonic plague had, well, plagued the Empire.

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Nino

“Go to Iberia and tell there the Good Tidings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and you will find favour before the Lord; and I will be for you a shield against all visible and invisible enemies. By the strength

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PopeWatch: Lying Liars

We can always count on many of our high ranking ecclesiastics to be unashamed of their baldfaced mendacity:       Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop

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Medieval SciFi

Another TOF Spot reblog; there are more coming, too. ET in the Middle Ages It has long been held that the medievals would have been terrified of aliens, regarded them as “demons,” and otherwise persecuted them in their religious ignorance

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January 14, 1784: Congress Ratifies the Treaty of Paris

  Two hundred and thirty-five years ago the War of Independence officially ended with the ratification of the Treaty of Paris by Congress.  Nine states were needed under the Articles of Confederation to ratify the treaty and with the rough

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Peter Donders

“We must pray and do penance and hope in God and His Holy Mother; for the saints say: From the day on which Christ died souls must be bought by blood. If only, by sacrificing my own life, I could

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PopeWatch: Wuerl Knew About McCarrick in 2004

No surprise here:   In November 2004, Mr. Ciolek appeared before the Independent Review Board of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to report the details of the allegation of abuse he made against the Pittsburgh priest. When he appeared before the

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Jack Russell Terrier Open Thread

In memory of George Some heroes walk among us on four feet.         The usual Open Thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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January 13, 1862: Letter From Mudd

      Orestes A. Brownson, a Catholic convert, was the greatest Catholic writer of mid-Nineteenth Century America.  He published Brownson’s Quarterly Journal, an influential and popular magazine which examined the political, cultural and literary scene of the America of its

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Brady Bunch Double Homicide?

  Hmm,  the double homicide theory does make some of the more bizarre features of that show a bit more comprehensible:   But after a while a question occurred to me: How did Mike and Carol hook up? The show

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Baptism of Christ

    I answer that, It was fitting for Christ to be baptized. First, because, as Ambrose says on Luke 3:21: “Our Lord was baptized because He wished, not to be cleansed, but to cleanse the waters, that, being purified

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Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Book of Job

    “I discovered that Mr. Lincoln was reading that divine comforter, Job. He read with Christian eagerness, and the courage and hope that he derived from the inspired pages made him a new man. I almost imagined that I

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The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

Reblog from The TOF Spot, it’s an online version of two articles the good author had previously published, put up in nine parts. It’s a series of blog posts on the century-long progress from the first seriously-worked out heliocentric mathematical model

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Margaret Bourgeoys

Teaching is the work most suited to draw down the graces of God if it is done with purity of intention, without distinction between the poor and the rich, between relatives and friends and strangers, between the pretty and the

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PopeWatch: Walls

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took to national television Tuesday night in his battle over his proposed border wall to keep out drunk college

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Just For Fun

  Something for the weekend.  I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Rube Goldberg devices, and the Swedish musical group Wintergatan has constructed one of the most amusing, running on 2000 marbles.

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The Heresy of Americanism

Consisted of: undue insistence on interior initiative in the spiritual life, as leading to disobedience attacks on religious vows, and disparagement of the value of religious orders in the modern world minimizing Catholic doctrine minimizing the importance of spiritual direction.

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Yep

  From Powerline, a prediction by Robert P. George:   You will be able to watch something as if in slow motion over the course of the next few years: the collapse of support for Israel by Democratic Party politicians

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January 11, 1989: Reagan Farewell Address

  My fellow Americans, this is the 34th time I’ll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We’ve been together eight years now, and soon it’ll be time for me to go. But before I do, I

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The Democrat Party In One Video

In a rare television event, we are witness to the actual birth of a Democrat. Let’s take a peek… pic.twitter.com/m9MdKFCCvN — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 9, 2019

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Campaign Serfs Have to Have Workers’ Comp? Who Knew?

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the gift that keeps on giving:     Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 congressional campaign was fined by the state of New York for failing to provide the proper workers’ compensation coverage to campaign staffers. “The employer

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed William Carter

On this occasion Carter escaped prosecution, but three years later he was apprehended on a charge of printing a book entitled ‘A Treatise of Schism,’ which was alleged to contain a passage inciting the women at court to assassinate Queen

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PopeWatch: Shut Up, They Explained

The powers that be in the Church continue their policy of attempting to silence critics:   HOUSTON, Texas, January 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest told to stop speaking out about certain aspects of the Church’s sexual-abuse scandal issued

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The Diversity Scam Comes for the Real Sciences

  When you see diversity today, read the word as politicization.  What this is all about is ever expanding empires for the Left and has nothing to do with the only real diversity worth anything:  intellectual diversity.

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Fact Check

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:     WASHINGTON, D.C.—As President Trump began addressing the nation Tuesday evening, he said, “Good evening” to the camera, drawing an immediate flurry of fact checks from publications all across the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint William of Bourges

WILLIAM BERRUYER, of the illustrious family of the ancient Counts of Nevers, was educated by Peter the Hermit, Archdeacon of Soissons, his uncle by the mother’s side. From his infancy William learned to despise the folly and emptiness of the

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PopeWatch: Viva La Revolucion

Nothing surprises PopeWatch any longer about the gang at the Vatican:   Is the Vatican under Pope Francis now so enamored of socialism that it’s tweeting celebratory praise for the Castroites and the hellhole they made of Cuba? Well, it’s apparently

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Trump on the Wall

  Not one of Trump’s better efforts.  It had the dreary feel of a compromise speech put together by a gaggle of advisors.  Trump’s instincts I am certain would have been to declare a national emergency, order the Army Corps

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PopeWatch: Siege

Father Raymond J. de Souza at First Things gives us a look at the siege mentality at the Vatican:   A year that began with the Holy Father performing a quick wedding on a plane in Chile ended with the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Marciana

O Christ, I adore and love Thee. Thou wert with me in the prison and kept me pure. Now Thou dost call me – O my Divine Master – and I go happily to Thee. Receive my soul.

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