Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Angelo of Chivasso

The ultimate accolade was perhaps paid to Blessed Angelo of Chivasso when his Summa Angelica was publicly burned by Martin Luther on December 10, 1520, along with the Bull excommunicating Luther, the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Trust

When it comes to the current gang at the Vatican we can only trust that they will attempt to deceive, in big ways and in small:   Italian media have raised an alarm over attempts by the Vatican communications office

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Donald R. McClarey

Why Did the South Lose the Civil War?

Why The South Lost the Civil War, a companion book to the earlier How The North Won, by Archer Jones, Herman Hattaway, Richard E. Berenger and William M. Still, Jr,  published in 1986  has always struck me as giving one of the worst

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Donald R. McClarey

Charles Van Doren Dies

Charles Van Doren of quiz show infamy has passed away at age 93.  It now seems almost quaint, but most Americans were genuinely shocked back in the Fifties to learn that many of the quiz shows they were watching on

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Gemma Galgani

She died with a smile which remained upon her lips, so that I could not convince myself that she was really dead.      Testimony of  Priest who gave the Last Rites to Saint Gemma Galgani  

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

The Pope Emeritus has a fascinating essay looking at the sex abuse crisis in the Church: A society without God — a society that does not know Him and treats Him as non-existent — is a society that loses its

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Donald R. McClarey

Western Civilization

  Cardinal:  But, may I suggest, in the manner of the Greeks. Michelangelo:  No, in my own manner! Cardinal:  True, no modern artist can hope to equal the Greeks! Michelangelo:  Why not? Why shouldn’t we equal them? Surpass them, if

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Donald R. McClarey

Lee Bids Farewell to His Men

Starving army, Who, after your best was spent and your Spring lay dead, Yet held the intolerable lines of Petersburg With deadly courage.                     You too are a legend now And the legend has made your fame and has dimmed

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Michael of the Saints

Prayer for Cancer Patients Most Holy Trinity, You who gave us Saint Michael of the Saints as trusted friend and intercessor, and as patron of those afflicted with cancer, look with kindness on your servants who this day invoke your

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sacred Betrayal

The most interesting tidbits about this Pope and the gang of villains he surrounds himself with tend to be in Spanish.  Edward Pentin gives us the latest: The widow of a former dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps has written

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Donald R. McClarey

Requiescat in Pace: Colonel Richard Cole

Inevitable but sad: Sad news—the last Doolittle Raider has died. Lt. Col. Richard Cole passed away Monday at the age of 103. Cole was the final surviving member of the daring raid on Tokyo by carrier-launched B-25s. As I wrote for

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Donald R. McClarey

Tax Revolt 1676

In many ways Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia in 1676 was an eerie first run, a century early, of the same type of conflicts which would lead to the American Revolution.  Complaints by colonists of high taxes, a Royal Governor acting in defiance of

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Donald R. McClarey

From Her Lips

        News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   NABOO—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire after giving a speech to a crowd of Gungan supporters on the planet of Naboo. Critics claim Ocasio-Cortez clearly

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: China

The Vatican sell out to the Chinese communists continues on its predictable way.  Sandro Magister gives us the latest:   The Chinese regime is also applying its agreement with the Holy See this way. With the bulldozer that under police

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Donald R. McClarey

Unplanned: A Review of a Review

    Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts looks at a review of Unplanned:     By Steven Greydanus.  I’ve written before that I take Deacon Greydanus’s reviews with more than a grain of salt.  When someone rates the epic masterpiece

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Off the Cuff

If you want to know what this Pope thinks, always focus on his impromptu remarks: Pope Francis on Saturday received a delegation of students, teachers and parents of San Carlo Institute, a high school in Milan, Italy, on the occasion

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Donald R. McClarey

Math is Tough

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:     WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a recent media appearance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came prepared to defend her Green New Deal and far-left economic policies.  She even stopped at CVS on the way and

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Donald R. McClarey

April 8, 1865: Lee Rejects Guerrilla Warfare

On April 8, 1865 the last hope of escape for Lee’s army flickered out.  Union cavalry under Custer seized the critical supplies waiting for the Confederates at Appomattox Station.    Lee’s line of march to the west was now blocked as

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Guy McClung

Vaccines: Gambling With Your Child’s Health & Life

Teaching From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. (2222)” “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of

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Donald R. McClarey

April 7, 1865: Surrender Correspondence Begins

April 7, 1865 was a day of intense frustration for Robert E. Lee.  Hoping to feed his army with rations waiting at Farmville,  Union troops prevented that, crossing the Appomattox at bridges that Lee had ordered to be burned.  His

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Donald R. McClarey

Lent With Saint Francis: Part V

  Saint Francis left behind him 28 admonitions for his brothers.  This Lent we will look at them.  Go here for part I, here for part II, here for part III here for part IV and here is part V,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Herman Joseph

HE was born at Cologne, and at twelve years of age entered the monastery of Steinfeldt of regular canons of the Premonstratensian Order in the dutchy of Juliers, and diocess of Cologne. His incredible fasts and other austerities, and his

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Donald R. McClarey

Men Working

A feminist professor attempts to gin up a fake controversy and gets considerable pushback:   Dr. Catlyn Collins is an assistant professor of sociology and of women, gender, and sexuality studies​ at Washington University in St. Louis.  She is also

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Patheos

From the most intentionally humorous Catholic site on the net, A Catholic Misfit: (ACMPress) A spokesman for Patheos Inc announced this morning they are launching a new channel by week’s end: The Ex-Catholic Channel. “Given the growing number of ex-Catholics

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Donald R. McClarey

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Something for a weekend in Lent.  Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Written in 1723 few pieces of music better celebrate the desire of Man for Christ the Savior.  

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Donald R. McClarey

Good Mood

  Playing hooky from the law mines beginning at noon with my bride.  The Christ University Choir reflects my current mood as a result!    

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia Strikes Again

As ever, Pope Francis carries water for the Lavender Mafia:   The Holy See has indicated that pro-LGBT Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta may be appointed as the next head of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., sparking controversy among some

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Donald R. McClarey

Reparations: Finally!

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   U.S.—A federal judge has ordered the Walt Disney Company to pay financial reparations to loyal Star Wars fans. Lawyers proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Disney acted maliciously

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Donald R. McClarey

April 5, 1865: Endgame

With the fall of Richmond the Civil War was drawing rapidly to a close.  However, Lee still led the remnants of his army and he had a plan:  march to the west and break contact with the Army of the

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