Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Declaration of Independence

          IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Martin Treptow’s Pledge

Martin August Treptow was a barber from Cherokee, Iowa.  Enlisting in the National Guard, during World War I his unit was called up and Treptow found himself in the 168th Infantry, part of the 42nd Division, called the Rainbow Division

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth?

Why do we observe Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year?  Is it merely a historical commemoration, or is it because the lightning words of the Declaration of Independence still have meaning and relevance today?  This is not

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: John Carroll, Bishop and Patriot

Nor, perchance did the fact which We now recall take place without some design of divine Providence. Precisely at the epoch when the American colonies, having, with Catholic aid, achieved liberty and independence, coalesced into a constitutional Republic the ecclesiastical

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Edmund Burke

      “For I must do it justice;  it was a complete system, full of coherence and consistency, well digested and well composed in all its parts.   It was a machine of wise and deliberate contrivance, as well fitted

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Saint John Fisher

Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? Where are now the innumerable company and power of Xerxes and Caesar? Where are the great

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Donald R. McClarey

USCCB Jettisons Fortnight for Freedom

A game among journalists is a headline that would always be true.  I would suggest “USCCB Never Fails to Disappoint”:   With the words “religious freedom” becoming ammunition in the ongoing culture wars, Catholic leaders hope a weeklong campaign titled

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Yankee Doodle

Something for the weekend:  Yankee Doodle.  Originally sung by British officers to disparage American troops who fought beside them in the French and Indian War, it was seized upon by Patriots, given endless lyrics, and cheered the patriot troops and

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: A New Nationality

    “We’ve spawned a new race here Mr. Dickenson, rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising, less refined. We’re a new nationality. We require a new nation.” Benjamin Franklin, 1776         He started off in a low

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight for Freedom: Getting in Bed With Caesar

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

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Fortnight For Freedom: A Just War

      Based on the just war doctrine first enunciated by Saint Augustine, the American Revolution was a just war.   Over the centuries the precise content of the just war doctrine has varied.  The classic definition of it

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Fortnight For Freedom: The Liberty Song

  Something for the weekend.  The Liberty Song.   Written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768, the song was sung by patriots in America to the tune of Heart of Oak.  The video below is the most hilarious scene from

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Fortnight For Freedom: High Worship Word

    Captain James T. Kirk: [to Spock] Keep working on the window if we’re ever gonna regain our freedom. Cloud William: Freedom? [he gets up] Cloud William: Freedom? Captain James T. Kirk: Spock. Mr. Spock: Yes, I heard, Captain.

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Fortnight For Freedom: Nuns of the Battlefield

      The Church is sometimes depicted as somehow an alien presence in this fair land of freedom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Catholics, beginning with Christopher Columbus, have played a vital role in American history from

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Fortnight For Freedom: Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth?

      Why do we observe Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year?  Is it merely a historical commemoration, or is it because the lightning words of the Declaration of Independence still have meaning and relevance today? 

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Fortnight For Freedom: SERTUM LAETITIAE

Pius XII was the first Pope to visit the United States, albeit as Papal Secretary of State.  He visited Mount Vernon while in the country on October 22, 1936.  On  November 1, 1939 he issued the encyclical SERTUM LAETITIAE commemorating

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Fortnight For Freedom: Getting in Bed With Caesar

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.

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Fortnight For Freedom: Over There

        Something for the weekend.  George M. Cohan wrote Over There, the song which will always be associated with America in World War I.  He was immortalized by James Cagney in the 1942 film biopic Yankee Doodle

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Fortnight For Freedom: Bulwark of Freedom

      On this date 239 years ago New Hampshire adopted the Constitution and the Constitution went into effect, as the “Live Free or Die State” was the ninth state to vote to ratify it.  I love the Constitution. 

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Fortnight For Freedom 2017

  As in years past The American Catholic will participate in the Fortnight for Freedom proclaimed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Each day up to the Fourth of July we will have a special blog post on

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Fortnight For Freedom: Declaration of Independence

          IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have

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Fortnight For Freedom: Battle Cries of Freedom

Something for a Fourth of July weekend.  The Battle Cry of Freedom was a popular song North and South during the Civil War.  Of course they sang different lyrics to the song.  The Union version was such a favorite among the Union

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Fortnight For Freedom: Great Family of Man

      These communities, by their representatives in old Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with

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