Donald R. McClarey

Stalin, Mark Shea and Imprisonment

    “Gene Wilder and I went to do a film at Arizona State Penitentiary. I was up there six weeks. It was strange, because it was 80% black people, and what’s strange about that is there are no black

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Tom McKenna Schools Mark Shea on the Death Penalty

  No Catholic blogger writes better on the traditional teaching of the Church regarding the death penalty than Tom McKenna, my worthy adversary on this blog on many a joust over the Confederacy.  In a post on October 22, 2015

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Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!

Hattip to commenter Murray who advises us of this mercy filled rant from Saint Blog’s answer to Robespierre: “Likewise, sane conservative Catholics need to stop coddling those twisting themselves in pretzels of hatred and defiance for a pope who has

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Himmler, Mark Shea and False Equivalence

False Equivalence-A common way for this fallacy to be perpetuated is one shared trait between two subjects is assumed to show equivalence, especially in order of magnitude, when equivalence is not necessarily the logical result. False equivalence is a common

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Pewsitter v. Eye of the Tiber!

  (Some down time before the family heads off for Indianapolis and GenCon tomorrow morning.  Had a great time in Kenosha visiting the mother-in-law.  Fascinating visit to the Civil War museum in Kenosha.  Details on Sunday.) Well, Pewsitter and Eye

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Mark Shea on Climate Change

  After the issuance of the Green Encyclical today I assume that Catholics will be debating global warming.  I thought we would kick off the debate here on TAC with Mark Shea representing both sides: 2011: As you probably know,

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Daffey Thoughts

  A blog I have been reading lately is Daffey Thoughts, run by David Griffey, a Baptist minister who converted to Catholicism.  The video above is from 2006.  He is a graceful writer as demonstrated by this recent post: This

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Gennarini, Archer and Shea

  Faithful readers of this blog will recall the interview that Stefano Gennarini conducted with Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, go here to read all about it.  The interview has developed into a larger controversy following a First Things article by

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Shea Plays Race Card on Death Penalty

  Mark Shea has been trending left for quite a while and now he is using the favorite tactic of the contemporary left in this country:  race baiting.   …but it’s totally not about race or anything and if you

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Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been, A Libertarian?

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I have absolutely no use for the late Ayn Rand, a  puerile novelist who got rich on the formula of writing didactic libertarian novels like Atlas Shrugged, and filling them with smut

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If Only All Catholics Thought As Highly of the Church

  In response to President Obama’s ignorant exercise in moral equivalency in invoking the Crusades and the Inquisition, ( as T.Shaw noted fewer people were turned over for execution by the Inquisition, actually Inquisitions, in all of history than die in American abortion

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Ferrara v. Shea

    Break out the popcorn!  The latest in the longstanding Ferrara v. Shea feud:     The “Francis effect” appears to be driving Mark Shea over the edge as he doggedly stays the neo-Catholic course of defending the indefensible

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Torture Debate Golden Oldies

With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture, which does its mendacious best to blame the CIA for enhanced interrogation methods (torture) while giving Senate Democrats the Sergeant Schultz defense, I know nothing, nothing!, Mark Shea has

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Mark Shea, Pro-life and Religion as Politics

  Mark Shea has taken his agree-with-me-on-these-issues-or-you-are-not-really-pro-life routine to the pages of the Jesuit rag America: But weirdly, when the topic is not the unborn, many allegedly pro-life people often forget their wisdom. Result: on many issues ranging from war to

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All is Well!

    If a Pope decreed that all Catholics must paint their bottoms yellow,  I suspect Mark’s only response would be to inquire what shade. Donald R. McClarey For those of you disturbed by the Relatio of the Synod, go here

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Mash Note

  America, the Jesuit rag not the country, interviews Mark Shea.  The money quote:   I love the man. It’s almost inarticulate, but I have nothing but love for the guy. I think he’s the absolute real deal and I

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Agree With Me, Or You Are Not Really Pro-life

  Mark Shea is back to his old trick of saying that unless you agree with me on policy issue x which is not directly related to abortion, you are not really pro-life.  It is an attempt to stop debate

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Rebecca Frech Schools Mark Shea on Guns

Mark Shea has a habit of saying that unless people do x, x always being a policy he endorses, they really are not pro-life.  This of course is simply an attempt, at least among pro-lifers, to stop debate on x

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Shea & I: A Follow-Up

I have a new piece up at Crisis regarding libertarianism and heresy inspired by a post on Mark Shea’s blog. Since I post there under my actual name, and since the reasons I had for writing under a pen name have largely

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Of Sarah Palin, Waterboarding and Baptism

Sarah Palin and the torture debate?  Red Meat for bloggers for sure!  Sarah Palin at the NRA convention said about captured terrorists and interrogation: “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well,

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The Great Shea-Voris Grudge Match

Mark Shea and Michael Voris recently met for some verbal sparring:   Before I start to describe all that I recall regarding the event, in the interest of transparency I have to say that I would place my own views

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Pharisees, Reactionaries and Mark Shea

I cannot possibly improve on what Pat Archbold wrote at Creative Minority Report:   God, I thank you that I am not like other people”   From the eminently huggable Mark Shea’s “Bed-wetting Reactionary Wusses…” What ties everything in Reactionary

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Mark Shea’s Public Apology

    Interesting public apology by Mark Shea: The past week has not been a pleasant one, but it has been a fruitful one.  I won’t bore you with a lot of autobiography, but I will say that the Holy

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Has Ryan “Softened” His Pro-Life Views?

Brace yourself for the latest meme to hit the politosphere: the word is now that Paul Ryan has “softened” his views on abortion. Ryan has long opposed abortion in all cases save in a few cases where he believes it

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In Which I Agree with Mark Shea

Agreeing with something Mark wrote in criticizing Michael Voris?  This might just be my last post at The American Catholic. All kidding aside, I second Mark’s concerns regarding Vorris’s association with E. Michael Jones.  As Shea details: Let us be

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The Great Shea-Hippolito Grudge Match

Saint Blogs can be an entertaining place, and one of the more amusing grudge matches for the past decade has been the ongoing feud between Joseph D’Hippolito and Mark Shea.  This fight has been waged on every Catholic blog imaginable.  Go

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Shea, Voris and Amazing Grace

An interesting spat has developed between Catholic blogger Mark Shea of Catholic and Enjoying It and Michael Voris of RealCatholic TV.  In the above video Mr. Voris attacks the use of the Protestant hymn Amazing Grace at Mass.    Amazing Grace

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Anderson on Shea on Carter

My good friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia often delivers some of the most insightful commentary on Saint Blog’s.  Here is commentary that he did today fisking Mark Shea’s observations of  Joe Carter’ post  at First Things, where Carter took a look

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Mark Shea Gone Wild!

It’s been a looong week for Mark! This is how he looked before his trip to Mount Athos: Hat Tip:  LarryD of Acts of the Apostasy

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