Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Pope Saint Gregory the Great

IUCUNDA SANE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X ON POPE GREGORY THE GREAT TO OUR VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE Venerable Brethren, Health and the Apostolic Benediction. 1.

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Donald R. McClarey

Fair Trade

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a cabinet meeting this week, President Trump proposed a bold new strategy for protecting Americans from future earthquakes: Nuke California. California has long been known for being home to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Tale of Two Communist States

In the mythology of the Left, the Vatican is the seat of reactionary forces.  The reality is quite different, with the Vatican since Vatican II usually following a policy of appeasement towards Communist regimes, with John Paul II being, usually,

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Donald R. McClarey

Believe This or Else

  “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint William of Roeskilde

ST. WILLIAM was an English priest of eminent sanctity and zeal, and chaplain to king Canutus. In one of the voyages which that prince made from England to Denmark, the zealous servant of God who attended him, was so moved

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Donald R. McClarey

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

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Anna the Prophetess

[36] And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. [37] And she was a widow

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Donald R. McClarey

Good Guy With a Gun: A Continuing Series

  Another of those good guys with a gun that the media tell us are mythical:   While the robbers focused on the cash and the clerk, the man touched the 9 mm handgun hidden in a holster under his

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Raymond Nonnatus

ACCORDING to the rule laid down by our divine Redeemer, 1 that Christian approves himself his most faithful disciple, and gives the surest and greatest proof of his love of God, who most perfectly loves his neighbour for God’s sake.

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Donald R. McClarey

On the Waterfront

  Something for the weekend.  Symphonic suite from On the Waterfront (1954).

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Donald R. McClarey

Biden the Eternal Hero

    News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   HANOVER, NH—At a New Hampshire campaign stop, presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed he was at Mount Doom 3,000 years ago when Isildur decided to take the Ring instead

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump Administration Goes to Bat for Catholics and Pro-lifers

Leftists who are shocked, shocked at how Christians and pro-lifers support Trump are deliberately overlooking the fact that Trump has gained that support the old-fashioned way:  by earning it:   The HHS civil rights office has sent a notice of

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Donald R. McClarey

Best Wishes, Donald

Mind games with the mullahs.

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Guy McClung

Child Sacrifice – Cultura del Muerte

Recently archaeologists in Peru have discovered what is believed to be history’s largest known single mass child sacrifice site, with the remains of 227 victims unearthed so far. Imagine researchers working some  centuries from now who discover the sites of

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Donald R. McClarey

Lies, Damn Lies and Joe Biden

Joe Biden is a fantasist of the first order.  A fantasist is the worst type of liar as he tends to believe his lies after a time:   Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday defended the “central point” of

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Donald R. McClarey

Memorare

  A Memorare for all our intentions:   Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence,

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Donald R. McClarey

A Great Film for a Labor Day Weekend

  Probably the most powerful sermon ever placed on film, Father Barry speaks of Christ and his crucifixion on the docks.  The best performance Karl Malden ever gave.  Elia Kazan’s masterpiece, On the Waterfront  (1954) was also his response to the criticism

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Donald R. McClarey

Gettysburg Animated Battle Map

The things you can find on the Internet! Longstreet considered Chancellorsville the kind of flashy spectacle the South could ill afford. Facing what Lincoln called ‘the arithmetic’, he perceived that four more such battles, in which the Confederates were outnumbered

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Angela Ginard Marti

All they can do to us is kill us, nothing more. Blessed Angela Ginard Marti A martyr at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, Blessed Angela Ginard Marti sacrificed her life to save others: Sister Mary of the Angels,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Crony

In this pontificate it is always whether you are a crony of the Pope:   Despite being investigated for allegations of having sexually abused two seminarians, an Argentinian bishop close to the pope has once again been allowed by a

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Donald R. McClarey

Pep and Vigor

  Yep the 2020 election is going to be amusing if nothing else can be said for it.  Eye of the tiger Bernie!  Eye of the tiger!

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Our Dreyfus

As for myself, I have not despaired in the least, of the triumph of right. I repeat with the most vehement conviction: truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. Today is only the beginning, for it is

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Donald R. McClarey

August 29, 1864: Democrat Party Platform

  The convention of the Democrats in 1864 to nominate a standard bearer for President opened on August 29, 1864 in Chicago.  The convention was badly split between War Democrats and Peace Democrats.  The Peace Democrats were strong enough to

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Donald R. McClarey

The Latest Never Trumper Savior

  I can understand and respect honest Never-Trumpers, I really can, especially since I was once in their ranks.  In many ways I still have problems with Trump, but I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of promises he

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Sabina

SHE was a rich widow lady of high birth, and lived in the province of Umbria in Italy. She had a servant called Seraphia, a native of Antioch in Syria, who was a zealous Christian, and served God in the

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Donald R. McClarey

How Long Before the Federal Government Bans It?

Hattip to Amanda Servello.

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Donald R. McClarey

Bumper Sticker Politics

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   SANTA CRUZ, CA—Mandatory Tolerance, LLC is a Santa Cruz-based internet company that manufacturers bumper stickers, T-shirts, and other merchandise for the left, offering their goods and services on the free market

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Donald R. McClarey

Not the Babylon Bee

  As I have noted many times, these are hard times for satirists as reality often seems to be its own parody and satire these days: Yesterday the New York Post reported that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is having an affair with

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Donald R. McClarey

God Save the Tsar

“Despotism tempered by assassination, that is our Magna Carta.” Comment of anonymous Russian nobleman after the assassination of  Tsar Paul in 1801.     I have about as little use for Tsars as I do for Commissars, but the Russians

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Donald R. McClarey

The Man Has Style

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Donald R. McClarey

Help

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts could use a hand:   I have never done this before, though there have been times when help came our way.  For a long time I kept readers up with the string of ill fortune

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day Again, St. Augustine

Happy those who feast on wisdom and savor her knowledge, She will nourish and refresh them.”  Hymn for the Office of Readings, 28th August. Today is the Feast Day for St. Augustine, my favorite Doctor of the Church.     I’ve

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Donald R. McClarey

That Sound You Hear is Frederick Douglass Whirring in His Grave

In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have

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