Donald R. McClarey

Christ the King

    “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them,

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Donald R. McClarey

Just a Gentle Reminder That Socialism Never Works

  Socialism is a tribute to three of the less noble aspects of Man:  Our unending ability to believe what we wish to believe, hang the evidence.  Our unending search for the mythical free lunch.  Our unending capacity to clothe

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Donald R. McClarey

INIQUIS AFFLICTISQUE

Continuing our Lenten look at great Encyclicals, we come to INIQUIS AFFLICTISQUE, the condemnation of the Mexican government of the Catholic Church issued by Pope Pius XI on November 18, 1926.  The ongoing persecution of the Church had led to

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Encyclicals For Our Time: DIVINI REDEMPTORIS

  The start of a new series on encylicals that have a special relevance for our time.  First up Divini Redemptoris.  At a time when the heresy that goes by the name of Liberation Theology is making a comeback, it is good

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Cardinal O’Connell and the Conclave of 1922

    William Cardinal O’Connell was a man to be reckoned with.  His nickname in the archdiocese of Boston that he ruled for 36 years was “Number One”.   Born in 1859 to Irish immigrants, the youngest of eleven children, his father,

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Divini Redemptoris

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is

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Divini Redemtoris

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is

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The Lion of Munster

Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God. Blessed Clemens von Galen The Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities

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Burleigh Defends the Pope

My second favorite living historian, Michael Burleigh, who has written stunningly original works on subjects as diverse as Nazi Germany, religion and politics in the last two centuries,  terrorism, and morality and World War II,  has taken up the cudgels against the

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Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg and Courage

“Our wholehearted paternal sympathy goes out to those who must pay so dearly for their loyalty to Christ and the Church; but directly the highest interests are at stake, with the alternative of spiritual loss, there is but one alternative

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QUAS PRIMAS

QUAS PRIMAS ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI ON THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING TO OUR VENERABLE BRETHREN THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE. Venerable Brethren, Greeting and the Apostolic

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Subsidiarity at Work

Everyone here at the American Catholic hoped that you all have had a happy Labor Day weekend. The principle of Subsidiarity states that government should undertake only those initiatives which exceed the capacity of individuals or private groups acting independently.

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Saint John Vianney Play To Debut In Houston

Saint John Vianney is being staged as a one-man production titled “VIANNEY” and will be debuting in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on August 4, 2009 AD.  This is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the death of this patron saint of parish

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Ecumenism! Ecumenism!

[Updates at the bottom of this posting] Ecumenism today is in a sorry state.  Most Protestant denominations have splintered off to the point that dialogue has become pointless.  Only the Orthodox offer any hope of reunion with us, but that

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