Donald R. McClarey

From the POTUS and FLOTUS

I detect the First Lady’s hand in this:   Melania and I wish everyone observing Ash Wednesday a peaceful and prayerful day. For Catholics and many other Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lent is a Time For Confronting Evil

Recourse to God, so infinitely good, is all the more necessary because, far from abating, the struggle grows fiercer and expands unceasingly. It is no longer only the Christian faith that they would uproot at all costs from the hearts

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Donald R. McClarey

Larry and Ash Wednesday

(I will be reposting this each Ash Wednesday.) My late son Larry always seemed to enjoy Ash Wednesday.  Seven years ago in 2013 I went up with him to receive ashes.  He heard the traditional admonition:  “Remember man thou art

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Alexander

ST. ALEXANDER succeeded St. Achillas in the see of Alexandria, in 313. He was a man of apostolic doctrine and life, mild, affable, exceedingly charitable to the poor, and full of faith, zeal, and fervour. He raised to the sacred

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Donald R. McClarey

Not Funny Anymore

Seeing someone in their dotage is never a matter of humor.  Friends and family need to stage an intervention stat and end his humilitation.

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Donald R. McClarey

Thought For the Day

Jim Geraghty‏Verified account @jimgeraghty 6h6 hours ago “Look, this firing squad is going to suck, but think of that 15 percent jump in literacy rates. It all balances out in the end.” Sanders Logic

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Ben Butera

A Quick Guide for Lent

Here are some basic reminders for Lent. I like to think I know my faith fairly well, but after seeing this I realized I had the age requirements for fasting vs. abstinence confused. Remember, the seasons of the Church are

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Donald R. McClarey

The Shock of Recognition

What your humble servant feels like sometimes between 4:00 AM-6:00 AM as he is batting out posts for TAC before heading off for the Law Mines.

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Donald R. McClarey

Bernie’s Favorite Country

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—After Bernie Sanders praised elements of Cuba’s totalitarian regime, the presidential candidate’s loyal supporters scrambled to cobble together makeshift rafts so they could paddle over to Cuba to experience

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani

Born in Italy of a Maltese father, Sister Maria Adeodata Pisani came here at the age of nineteen, and spent most of her life as a splendid figure of Benedictine religious consecration in the Monastery of Saint Peter. I know

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Gaslighting

We are well into the trolling stage of the current pontificate:   A U.S. archbishop is denying a report claiming that Pope Francis expressed anger towards Fr. James Martin at a meeting of American bishops earlier this month. The original

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Sowell

  In its pursuit of justice for a segment of society, in disregard of the consequences for society as a whole, what is called ‘social justice’ might more accurately be called anti-social justice, since what consistently gets ignored or dismissed

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Ben Butera

How Can We Know What’s True?

After teaching Religious Education to eighth grade confirmation students for nine years at our local parish, I’ve made a transition to teaching adults in our RCIA program. I found a notable difference between teaching teens that would mostly rather not

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Donald R. McClarey

Re-release

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   UK—Have you ever tried to imagine living in a perfect world ruled by communism, but previously only received the information from catchy folk songs which praise the system? Well, lucky

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Ethelbert

HE was king of Kent, the fifth descendant from Hengist, who first settled the English Saxons in Britain, in 448, and the foundation of whose kingdom is dated in 455. Ethelbert married, in his father’s life-time, Bertha, the only daughter

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The German Heresy

Sandro Magister looks at the Pope and the Germans:   Last December 1, a “synodal journey” began in Germany that explicitly aims, over the course of two years, to set aside the norm of celibacy, to confer sacred orders on

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Donald R. McClarey

Seventy-Five Years Since the Mass on Mount Suribachi

    Seventy-five years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit.  Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Another Diocesan Bankruptcy:
A Moral Choice?

Our diocese (Harrisburg, PA) recently sent out a letter that it was declaring bankruptcy in view of oncoming lawsuits by presumed victims of sexual abuse.   See here for a detailed account.  As a member of this diocese, I received

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Donald R. McClarey

Milburn Pennybags

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has come under attack for hypocrisy. One common line of attack is that while he claims to be a socialist who is always looking out for the

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Donald R. McClarey

The Birds

“Statement from the Home Office at 11 A.M. today. Reports from all over the country are coming in hourly about the vast quantity of birds flocking above towns, villages, and outlying districts, causing obstruction and damage and even attacking individuals.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Birds

  The Vatican announce today that it was financing a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds (1963).The Pope was hoping that Tippi Hedren could reprise her role.  Although she appeared in The Birds II:  Land’s End, at age

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Donald R. McClarey

Good Married Couple With Guns

  What is the world coming to?  An armed thief can’t even knock over a chicken joint in peace any more: On Saturday night, a masked thief entered a restaurant in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and got more than he bargained for.

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