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

Why Do We Honor Veterans?

  When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima   Sometimes simple questions can help illuminate great

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Donald R. McClarey

What Fools These Mortals Be

Just in time for Halloween:   When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” “So

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Donald R. McClarey

They Shall Not Grow Old

I am surprised that I did not dislike the Army more. It was, of course, detestable. But the words “of course” drew the sting. That is where it differed from Wyvern. One did not expect to like it. Nobody said

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Donald R. McClarey

Repealing the Bill of Rights

The majority falls prey to the delusion, popular in some circles, that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    Now this is a ticklish business. We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity,

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and

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CS Lewis Explains Veterans Day For Us

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima We have made men proud of most vices, but

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Angel On My Shoulder

  One of my favorite actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood is Claude Rains.  Throughout his career he brought vibrant intelligence and a world weary cynicism to his roles.  From his screen personae, it might be assumed that Rains

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Notes on How Not to Be a Saint

(This is a repeat of a post from last year.  I like it and I think it will be a perennial for All Saints Day.)     We at The American Catholic often receive unsolicited manuscripts.  What follows is from

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CS Lewis Explains Why He Was Not a Pacifist

      It is, of course, true that wars never do half the good which the leaders of the belligerents say they are going to do. Nothing ever does half the good — perhaps nothing ever does half the

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CS Lewis on the Trinity

      You know that in space you can move in three ways – to left or right, backwards or forwards, up or down. Every direction is either one of these three or a compromise between them. They are

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    Early in 1926 the hardest boiled of all the atheists I ever knew sat in my room on the other side of the fire and remarked that the evidence for the historicity of the Gospels was really surprisingly

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Laws for Wolves and Men

The twenty-ninth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

Life has never been normal. Even those periods which we think most tranquil, like the nineteenth century, turn out, on closer inspection, to be full of crises, alarms, difficulties, emergencies. Plausible reasons have never been lacking for putting off all

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to

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God and Superstitions

    Man is hardwired to worship.  If the does not worship the God who created all that is, he will revel in superstitions and worship degrading substitutes for God.  Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest nails it: Human

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Our Will Be Done

  “Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat“     My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson has a brilliant post on the rot that infects the West:   Sanctuary cities illustrate how progressive doctrine can by itself nullify the rule

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John Zmirak Has a Beef With CS Lewis

  It is your duty to to fix the lines (of doctrine) clearly in your minds: and if you wish to go beyond them you must change your profession. This is your duty not specially as Christians or as priests

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Sin and Boredom

    Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. Alexander Pope Then get bored by. 

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    A still worse thing may happen. Novelty may fix our attention not even on the service but on the celebrant. You know what I mean. Try as one may to exclude it, the questions ‘What on earth is

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Shocking New Discovery About Christ!

  From those brilliantly twisted folks at The Lutheran Satire.  As CS Lewis said:   You will find that a good many Christian political writers think that Christianity began going wrong in departing from the doctrine of its founder at

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Perennial Adolescence

  Strange, I had always taken your highness for a perennial adolescent, who cared only for his pleasures. Bishop Folliot to Henry II in the screenplay for the film Becket The modern world seems intent on destroying both childhood and adulthood:   The idea that

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Ayn Rand Rants Against CS Lewis

“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to

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What Did Christ Look Like?

  Go here for the full version of the above video.  This was originally broadcast  on December 24, 1968 on the CBS show Sixty Minutes.  An artifact demonstrating how greatly our culture has changed for the worse in four decades.  I

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Newly Discovered Screwtape Letter!

What follows here is the first of a new batch of letters written by that infamous demon, Screwtape, who was immortalized in a collection put together by the late C.S. Lewis. . . . My Dear Wormwood, When last I

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