Donald R. McClarey

Pope Leo XIII on Columbus

    No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus The official observance of Columbus Day this year

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Donald R. McClarey

Feast of the Archangels

    May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians, “Draw strength from the Lord and from his mighty power” (Eph 6 10). The Book of Revelation refers to this

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Donald R. McClarey

The Saint Michael Prayer

Well this is a good idea:   A Connecticut bishop has directed all his priests to recite the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel after every Mass in response to the sex abuse crisis now roiling the Catholic Church. Bishop

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Donald R. McClarey

Pope Leo XIII and Christopher Columbus

  No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus       Another Columbus Day is upon us,

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Donald R. McClarey

The Pope and the Archangel

      In 1947 Father Domenico Pechenino related what he had witnessed over six decades before. “I do not remember the exact year. One morning the great Pope Leo XIII had celebrated a Mass and, as usual, was attending

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

  18. In like manner, the other pains and hardships of life will have no end or cessation on earth; for the consequences of sin are bitter and hard to bear, and they must accompany man so long as life

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Pope Leo and Saint Michael the Archangel

    (I originally posted this in 2010.  I think I will begin posting it on each September 29, the feast of the Archangels.) In 1947 Father Domenico Pechenino related what he had witnessed over six decades before. “I do

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Potty War: Let’s Pretend

  David Solway at PJ Media gets to the heart of not only Potty War but what ails the West in general:  a pernicious, wholly political, game of let’s pretend:   It is as if the Soviet pseudo-scientist Trofim Lysenko

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Breve Neminem Fugit

When God in his mercy determined to accomplish the work of man’s renewal, which same had so many long ages awaited, he appointed and ordained this work on such wise that its very beginning might shew to the world the

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Leo XIII

  There is no doubt that in the sphere of politics ample matter may exist for legitimate difference of opinion, and that, the single reserve being made of the rights of justice and truth, all may strive to bring into

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Leo XIII

  The unshrinking defence of the Holy Scripture, however, does not require that we should equally uphold all the opinions which each of the Fathers or the more recent interpreters have put forth in explaining it; for it may be

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Pope Leo XIII

  Those who rule the commonwealths should avail themselves of the laws and institutions of the country; masters and wealthy owners must be mindful of their duty; the working class, whose interests are at stake, should make every lawful and

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Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

    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

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Religious Liberty: Necessity or Virtue?

Hello again TAC! It has been nearly a year since I posted here, and it is good to be back. I have a long one for you this time, but I think you will find it interesting and my hope

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Mary and Us

It has always been the habit of Catholics  in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary. Pope Leo XIII   Pope Francis at noon CST today will be consecrating the world today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

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Corpus Christi: Mirae Caritatis

Nothing is more fitting for the feast of Corpus Christi than the great encyclical by Pope Leo XIII on the Eucharist, Mirae Caritatis.  My bride and I taught our kids to say to themselves at the times of consecration, “First

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

Christians are born for combat. Pope Leo XIII     To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or

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Pope Leo XIII on Christ the King

From Annum Sacrum: 3. This world-wide and solemn testimony of allegiance and piety is especially appropriate to Jesus Christ, who is the Head and Supreme Lord of the race. His empire extends not only over Catholic nations and those who,

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Cardinal Gibbons and the Knights of Labor

    This Labor Day I recall an episode in both the history of labor in the United States and in the history of the Catholic Church in America.  The last half of the nineteenth century was a time of

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NOBama 2012: A Catholic Case for Romney

Fellow Catholics, We are approaching the most important U.S. Presidential election for us – by “us” I mean theologically orthodox, politically conservative Catholics – possibly since 1960, when the election of the first Catholic president seemed so possible and actually

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The Game is Ever Afoot

Time to refresh my creds as Chief Geek of the blog.  Season 2 of the series Sherlock is debuting in America on Mystery tonight on most PBS channels at 8:00 PM Central Time.  The series is a grand bringing of

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Obama’s Ideological Brinkmanship

We knew it would come to this, but we weren’t sure until when until the Obama administration announced the contraception mandate; even then, we weren’t sure when exactly it would be explicitly spelled out by the leadership of the Church.

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The Welfare State, Saint Paul and Pope Leo XIII

Charles Sykes, of the Wisconsin Policy Institute, has a superb article on the Entitlement Mentality which is sinking the country: The cultural shift has become so pronounced today that even some progressives are showing signs of unease. Were it not

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A Case Can Be Made For Auschwitz!

    Michael Moriarty as SS Sturmbannfuhrer (Major) Erik Dorf, in the riveting miniseries Holocaust (1978), attempts at 5:26 in the video above to convince the incredulous SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler that rather than concealing the crimes of the Holocaust the SS should

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Blood Boil Story of the Day

In like manner, the other pains and hardships of life will have no end or cessation on earth; for the consequences of sin are bitter and hard to bear, and they must accompany man so long as life lasts. To

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The Urgently Relevant Pope Leo XIII

    By the patrons of liberalism, however, who make the State absolute and omnipotent, and proclaim that man should live altogether independently of God, the liberty of which We speak, which goes hand in hand with virtue and religion,

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First American Saint

“Although her constitution was very frail, her spirit was endowed with such singular strength that, knowing the will of God in her regard, she permitted nothing to impede her from accomplishing what seemed beyond the strength of a woman.” Pius

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Pope Leo XIII on Christopher Columbus

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. Christopher Columbus Another Columbus Day is upon us, and I always observe

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Catholics in the American Revolution

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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Public Employee Unions Explained

  Now, there is a good deal of evidence in favor of the opinion that many of these societies are in the hands of secret leaders, and are managed on principles ill-according with Christianity and the public well-being; and that

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