Donald R. McClarey

Ten Years of TAC: The Pope, the Clown and the Cross

  (The American Catholic will observe its tenth anniversary in October.  We will be reposting some classic TAC posts of the past.  This post is from September 29, 2009.)       In 1957 comedian Red Skelton was on top

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Donald R. McClarey

The Assumption of Mary: Development of Doctrine

The Feast of the Assumption is an excellent time to take a look at it as a development of doctrine in light of Cardinal Newman’ s test to determine whether something is a development or a corruption in regard to

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Joseph the Worker and Communism

        Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages,

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Hero Pope: Church of Spies

“The election of Cardinal Pacelli is not accepted with favor in Germany because he was always opposed to Nazism and practically determined the policies of the Vatican under his predecessor.” Berlin Morgenpost, March 3, 1939 Of all the historical controversies

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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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The Jesus The Professional Left Chose To Ignore

Jesus Christ has always been an enigma to those on the left. Some liberal idealists embraced Him; many others on the radical left did not. Some on the radical left actually attacked Jesus by either saying He didn’t exist (a

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