Donald R. McClarey

Socialist Darkness

    What did socialists use before candles? Electricity. A not uncommon feature of socialist countries. As daylight approaches in Venezuela, a massive power failure that began Thursday afternoon continues throughout much of the country, marking one of the worst

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Open Thread

PopeWatch hasn’t had an Open Thread in a while.  The usual rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Donald R. McClarey

Bye, Bye Bill of Rights

    I give them an A for honesty:   Now, it seems some Hawaiian lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment. BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State

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Donald R. McClarey

Game of Presidents

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   KING’S LANDING—Entering an already crowded field of 2020 Democratic candidates, Cersei Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Yuck

Not from Eye of the Tiber or The Baylon Bee:   Experts including Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider are sounding the alarm over a shocking proposal at the Vatican to consider changing the matter of the Eucharist. Such a move,

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Donald R. McClarey

Bishop Sheen Back to Illinois

    About time:   – In a major court victory for the diocese of Peoria, Illinois, a New York appellate court voted unanimously to send the remains of Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen back to his midwestern hometown. In

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Foxfier

Hitler’s Pope

Repost because it’s in the news again– hey, the Pope said something I agree with! Francis indicated the church was confident the papacy would withstand the findings by historians’ studying the archives, saying Pius was “criticized, one can say, with

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Donald R. McClarey

Hatred of Jews on the Left

Mark Steyn notes that the Left is becoming ever more accommodating to the ever growing number of Jew haters in their ranks:   Whereas Corbyn’s Labour Party is very much Europe’s future: the alliance between the secular left and Islam.

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Donald R. McClarey

March 6, 1836: Victory in Death

      Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none. Thomas Jefferson Green   One hundred and eighty-three years ago the Alamo fell.  The defenders had achieved victory in death, giving thirteen precious days in which Texan independence

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Collette

Blessed be the hour in which our Lord Jesus Christ, God and Man was born. Blessed be the Holy Spirit by whom he was conceived. Blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary of whom the Incarnate Word was born. Saint Collette

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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.  Six years ago in 2013 I went up with him to receive ashes.  He heard the traditional admonition:  “Remember man thou art dust,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

Excerpts from the police interview of Cardinal Pell.  It astonishes me that charges were brought, that a Judge allowed this to go to trial and that a Jury convicted.  One of the accusers recanted before his death.  The idea that

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Donald R. McClarey

Gone With the Wind

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes how Gone With the Wind (1940) has become a whipping boy of the intolerant advocates of tolerance:   Someday I’ll unpack a full list of reasons why I’m always amazed when I take time

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Guy McClung

Vatican and Gomorrah

And the Lord appeared to the Lay Person in the vale of desolation as he was sitting, in the very heat of the day, weeping. And the Lay Person said: Lord, if I have found favour in your sight, pass

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Donald R. McClarey

The Clinton Era Ends

  And with that brief statement the Clinton era in American politics ends.  The Clinton era began in an odd way.  Bill Clinton got the Democrat nomination in 1992 largely because no major Democrat figure wanted it.  It was assumed

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Donald R. McClarey

Leftism, the Unchanging Bad Idea

On the one hand [Burke] is revealed as a foremost apostle of Liberty, on the other as the redoubtable champion of Authority. But a charge of political inconsistency applied to this life appears a mean and petty thing. History easily

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pius XII

Well good:   Vatican City, Mar 4, 2019 / 07:33 am (CNA).- Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open its archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Confidential files of the pope who led the Church during

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Donald R. McClarey

Tempt Not a Desperate Man

    One thing that I am sure of, and which I can answer truthfully, is that whatever the contingencies that may arise here, wherever I am there will be no communism. General Francisco Franco in a private conversation with

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Casimir of Poland

ST. CASIMIR was the third among the thirteen children of Casimer III., king of Poland, and of Elizabeth of Austria, daughter to the emperor Albert II., a most virtuous woman, who died in 1505. He was born in 1458, on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Wrath of God

The Wrath of God is an unpopular topic in contemporary times, where God tends to be thought of as a Super Genie or a Friend who is constantly giving us thumbs up.  Strangely enough at the close of the farcial

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Donald R. McClarey

Social Justice Poison

Joel Kotkin at Tablet demonstrates how an emphasis upon the bilge going by the name of Social Justice, and what an Orwellian phrase that truly is, is poison for any religion stupid enough to embrace it:     In this

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Donald R. McClarey

Lost, All in Wonder

  Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching,

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump C-PAC Speech

  Trump can give a 2 hour speech filled with ad libs and give no evidence  of tiring.  The man is 72 years old!  Trump has transformed himself into a very good stump speaker, and whoever the Democrats put up

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Donald R. McClarey

History?

  History is the bits of what happened that make it into the history books.  Example:   Livy:  ‘Can’t I? Indeed I can,’ said Livy. ‘Do you mean to say that I mustn’t write a history with an epic theme

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Donald R. McClarey

Star Wars: Always

  A lot more entertaining than anything since The Return of the Jedi, of course watching paint dry also fits into that category, although I do think that Solo was not quite the grand buzzard of a film that most

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Donald R. McClarey

Crime Fighter

A grand tribute to József Cardinal Mindszenty by Reagan biographer Paul Kengor at National Catholic Register: “Cardinal Mindszenty was the crime fighter.” I’ll always remember those words shared with me by William Clark, a devout Catholic and the most important

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Agnes of Bohemia

If she had left me for a mortal man, I would have taken vengeance with the sword, but I cannot take offense because in preference to me she has chosen the King of Heaven. Emperor Frederick II on Agnes of

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