Donald R. McClarey

November 5, 1775: Washington Ends Guy Fawkes Day

The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day , observed each November fifth, was effectively ended two hundred and forty-three years ago in America during the Revolution, in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5,

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Donald R. McClarey

Final Midterm Elections Predictions

In regard to the Senate I think the GOP will end the night with 54-55 seats. They may reach 56 if there is an upset in New Jersey, Michigan or Minnesota. The House is jump ball. Whichever party takes it

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Donald R. McClarey

Civil War Find

Last Thursday my bride and I went to a book sale in Normal, Illinois.  There I found something highly unusual:  a one volume history of the Civil War that I was unaware of.  Written by Peter J, Parish, then a

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Sylvia

When Mary Magdalen came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Archbishop Anthony Fisher

Edward Pentin has a very interesting post Synod interview with Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sidney, Australia:   Was there a problem with translations of the final document? Some of the organizers seemed to resent that at least half the synod

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Donald R. McClarey

The Hungarian Revolution

I stand for God, for the Church and for Hungary. This responsibility has been imposed upon me by the fate of the nation which stands alone, an orphan in the whole world. Compared with the sufferings of my people, my

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Donald R. McClarey

The Kavanaugh Report

  The Senate Judiciary Committee majority (Republicans) has released a 414 page report on the Kavanaugh investigation.  Go here to read it.  All but the first 26 pages consists of the Exhibits.  There is little new here, but reading it

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Donald R. McClarey

Victim Card Open Thread

  We haven’t had an open thread in a while.  The usual rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Donald R. McClarey

Time to Fall Back

  We’ve gone back to God’s time thank Him. The silliest thing I know of is daylight saving time. Why don’t they get up with me? Harry Truman, October 2, 1947, letter to Bess Truman   As you “gain” an

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Hubert

  “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest an holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”. Said to Saint Hubert in a vision before his conversion.

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Donald R. McClarey

For All the Saints

  Something for the weekend.  For All the Saints. written by William W. How in 1864.  How would go to be an Anglican suffragan Bishop of London, who tirelessly, and successfully, ministered to the poor in the dreadful slums of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: One With Nineveh and Tyre

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—The city of Washington has declared a state of emergency after the Almighty condemned the city, being unable to find ten righteous people anywhere near the nation’s capital. Senator

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Donald R. McClarey

Prayers For Our Dead

O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer. Exsultet         All Souls Day is a  good time to start a post where we can pray for our dead: Eternal rest grant unto

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed John Bodey

    “You may make the hearing of a blessed Mass treason, or the saying of an Ave Maria treason . . . but I have committed no treason, although, indeed, I suffer the punishment due to treason”.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Shut Up, They Explained

A popular tactic on the Left is deplatforming, depriving people they oppose of the ability to speak out by denying them forums.  Father Z notes that the Catholic Left are becoming adept at this tactic:   Crisis has a piece

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Donald R. McClarey

November 1, 1918: Captain Harry Truman Writes to Bess

    Prior to World War I Harry Truman had not met with much success.  Hard working, personable and ambitious, none of the many jobs he took on, or the business ventures he launched, gave him long term financial security. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Their Country and Ours

What, beloved brethren, will be the glory of the righteous; what that great gladness of the saints, when every face shall shine as the sun; when the Lord shall begin to count over in distinct orders His people, and to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Great Accuser

The Pope continues his efforts to portray his critics as Satanic:   “In these times, it seems like the ‘Great Accuser’ has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the

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Donald R. McClarey

Illegal Immigration: Cui Bono?

The Secretary of the Writers Union Had flyers distributed in Stalin Way that said That the People had frivolously Thrown away the Government’s Confidence And that they could only regain it Through Redoubled Work. But wouldn’t it be Simpler if

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Donald R. McClarey

Two Great Men

“Be a Man so honorable that even your enemies mourn your death”. When WWII ended my grandfather was 17 years old……we are Germans by the way…..he was fighting on the Eastrn Front and got sentenced to 5 years work in

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Ben Butera

Holy Day of Choice?

So tomorrow is All Saint’s Day…a holy day of obligation. Our parish calls it “a holy day of appreciation”. If memory serves, last year it was called “a holy day of opportunity”. Is this a trend at your parish also?

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Wolfgang

    According to legend Saint Wolfgang tricked the Devil into helping him build the first church on lake Albersee in Austria.  The Saint promised the Devil the soul of the first pilgrim to cross the threshold of the Church. 

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Era of Boors and Bullies

Father Hunwicke comments on the call by the Youth Synod closing document for the certification of Catholic websites:   “The Synod hopes that in the Church appropriate official bodies for digital culture and evangelisation are established at appropriate levels …

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Donald R. McClarey

Harry Truman’s Ghost Letter

    A suitable topic for Halloween.  Harry Truman, soon after he became President, wrote a letter to his wife in which he referred to ghosts in the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON June 12, 1945 Dear Bess:- Just

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Donald R. McClarey

Ghosts of the Library

  One of my favorite stops at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield.   The Thirty-third Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois, in the month of September, 1861, by Colonel Chas. E. Hovey, and mustered into the

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Donald R. McClarey

October 30, 1938: War of the Worlds

How little it took to panic the country 80 years ago!  The War of the Worlds broadcast on Halloween Eve 1938 by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater demonstrated the power of radio and how edgy the country was.  Or did

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Foxfier

Narco-Saints: Santa Muerte

This isn’t going to be as polished as I wanted, but I’ve been “gonna” get this going for over a year so I better get started. New to the Conspiracies and Catholicism series, I present: Narco Saints. A narco-saint is

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Donald R. McClarey

Red Wave Rising?

We are a week out from the election.  What do I see in my cracked crystal ball?  Perhaps a red wave. The Senate races seem to be trending the way of the GOP with most prognosticators seeing at least a

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