Ghanîmah Comes to Rotherham

Sunday, August 31, AD 2014


Rotherham, a city of about 257,000 in Yorkshire, England, is a battleground in a war that has been waged for 13 centuries:
More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a 16 year period by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labeled racist, a damning report has concluded.

Senior officials were responsible for “blatant” failures that saw victims, some as young as 11, being treated with contempt and categorised as being “out of control” or simply ignored when they asked for help.
In some cases, parents who tried to rescue their children from abusers were themselves arrested. Police officers even dismissed the rape of children by saying that sex had been consensual.
Downing Street on Tuesday night described the failure to halt the abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, as “appalling”.
Following the publication of the report, the leader of Rotherham council, Roger Stone, resigned, but no other council employees will face disciplinary proceedings after it was claimed that there was not enough evidence to take action.

There were calls for Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire (pictured above, left), to step down after it emerged that he was the councilor with responsibility for children’s services in Rotherham for part of the period covered by the report.

Details of the appalling depravity in the town and the systemic failures that allowed it to continue were laid out in a report published by Professor Alexis Jay, the former chief inspector of social work in Scotland. Victims were gang raped, while others were groomed and trafficked across northern England by groups of mainly Asian men.

When children attempted to expose the abuse, they were threatened with guns, warned that their loved ones would be raped and, in one case, doused in petrol and told they would be burnt alive.

Prof Jay wrote: “No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.

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27 Responses to Ghanîmah Comes to Rotherham

  • “A society that can not protect its kids is a society on its way to extinction.” And remember, right now the most popular boy’s name in England is Mohammed.

  • Yasmin Alibhai Brown (a Ugandan-born British journalist and author, who describes herself as a “leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim, part-Pakistani) had this to say:-
    “The perpetrators are not paedophiles in the normal sense of the word. Racial and cultural odium as much as ugly lust and power drives them to abuse. Most of them are also irreversibly misogynist. It is a lethal mix, this sexist psychopathy.
    I partly blame their families and communities. Too many Asian mothers spoil their boys, undervalue their girls, and demean their daughters-in-law. Within some British Asian circles, the West is considered degenerate and immoral. So it’s OK to take their girls and ruin them further. Some of the most fierce rows I have ever had have been with Asian women who hold these disgusting views.”
    Of the authorities, she says, “White experts and officers have for too long been reluctant to confront serious offences committed by black and Asian people. Such extreme tolerance is the result of specious morality, that credo that says investigating such crimes would encourage racism or enrage community activists and leaders, or, worse, make the professionals appear racist. So, instead of saving children who were being gang raped, drugged, assaulted, threatened and terrorised, they chose to protect rapists, abusers, traffickers and drug dealers. And themselves.”

  • In a week or two, this horror will be swept under the magic (PC) carpet . . . Some Lower Slobovian, teenage blogger (with 17 readers) will insult Muhammed – paroxysm be on him!
    England doesn’t have the Second Amendment. But, there are large swaths of America where the filthy animals couldn’t get away it.

  • This is the latest in a number of cases to come to light. One of them was in Oxford (what was Inspector Morse doing?) The ever-PC BBC managed to find in Rotherham an Asian woman who claimed (without evidence) that Asian girls were also being abused, so it was not a racial issue. Many of the victims were in local authority ‘care’ after family breakdown, but social services have a culture of treading on eggshells when it comes to dealing with racial minorities. These girls had no parental discipline and the professional care-mongers are incapable and unwilling to exert any control. Occasionally some minion might be held to account, but their grossly overpaid bosses usually walk away with clean hands and are promoted or transferred.

    The Welfare State in the UK has produced a massive army of incompetent and unaccountable public servants. You only have to hear them interviewed to realize that they are not very clever and speak and think in platitudes. A lot of them end up in Parliament and the culture of not accepting blame for anything goes with them. God help us.

  • The Labour Party and the Democrat Party are cut form the same cloth.

  • A crime wave was totally ignored, and soft-on-crime policies allowed vicious violent crime to destroy an urban area, because the political Left wanted to use racial politics to insure its continued position – isn’t that just standard practice in America?

  • Clay,

    Yes it is. Repub Rudy Giuliani beat incumbent Mayor (Obama prototype) David Dinkins and reversed the demise of NYC. After 20 years (Rudy: 8, Midget Mike 12) of policing, (Red Dawn) Bill DiBlazio and blood-thirsty Rev. Al will get killed a couple thousand (more than otherwise) minority, NYC youths.

  • I read the Law and Freedom Foundation’s report on Rotherham. Lots of references to “men who regularly collected [girls] from residential care homes.”

    And so, the tragedy of the commons.

    And people wonder why Catholics insist on preserving the sanctity of the family ideal toward which we can all strive: one man, one woman, caring for their children.

    An interesting subplot from the LFF report is that the Sikh community fought back, bravely, without any help from the government.

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  • Political correctness has a cost in human suffering. It’s just a shame that
    only some of the people responsible will see justice. Most of the apparatchiks
    who demanded the institutionalized blindness and outright dereliction of
    duty this scandal required– well, those people will still be writing policy
    for their bureaucracies years from now.
    Britain has a similar institutionalized blindness/ PC insanity when it comes
    to female genital mutilation as practiced by the nation’s “Asian” population.
    In 1985 Her Majesty’s government passed a law criminalizing FGM. In the
    30-or-so years since then, it has been estimated that 6,500 girls each year
    are at risk for FGM. It is widely known that “cutting parties” will be held
    where families will pool funds and have a ‘doctor’ flown in from the old
    country to mutilate the families’ girls. Such “cutting parties” are known to
    be most often held during school holidays, to give the girls a chance to
    heal before going back to school. Amazingly, details like this are widely
    known, and there have been numerous government studies of the practice
    as it occurs in the UK– yet in the 30 years since FGM was criminalized, it
    wasn’t until a couple of months ago that anyone has ever been
    prosecuted under the law. That’s right– as far as the police and the
    courts have been concerned, FGM has never once happened in the UK in the
    past 30 years. Not because of lack of evidence, since it’s so widely known
    how and when and where it happens– but because prosecution is
    politically inconvenient.
    For thirty years the PC pharisees have insisted that a blind eye be turned to
    FGM as practiced by Her Majesty’s “Asian” subjects. It’s ironic that many if
    not most of those PC enforcers would describe themselves as ‘feminists’,
    yet they’ve perpetuated the suffering of these women all in the name of their
    ideology. Rotherham is but the tip of the iceberg– the institutionalized
    disconnect from reality demanded by the PC culture has caused untold
    suffering in Britain.

  • Penguins Fan wrote, “The Labour Party and the Democrat Party are cut form [sic] the same cloth.”
    The Labour Party lost its soul, when at Tony Blair’s behest it abandoned Clause Four of it constitution: “To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.”

  • Clinton

    FGM is not practised by the Asian community and is unknown on the Indian sub-continent.

    In the UK, it is most widely practiced in the large Somali community, but also by members of the Eritrean, Sudanese and Yemini communities and by some Egyptians and Iraqui Kurds.

    The Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 first created a specific offence, although, in 1976 the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland had found the indictment for the common law offence of Demembration of the Lieges of a grandmother, who had mutilated her granddaughter relevant to infer the pains of law.

    The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 covers arranging the FGM of UK citizens or permanent residents anywhere in the world. This means that prosecutors may now take a wide latitude in averring the locus – “or elsewhere to the prosecutor unknown.”

  • Mr. Paterson-Seymour, FGM is indeed practiced in the Indian sub-continent,
    certainly in Pakistan. There, especially in the southern province of Sindh, it
    is widely practiced among the various minorities who were brought to the
    region as slaves back in the 19th century. The WHO has also documented an
    increasing occurrence of FGM in India, Malaysia, and Indonesia. However, you
    are absolutely correct that the vast majority of those who practice FGM in the
    UK are African in national origin.
    MPS, I am sure you would know better than I whether or not the PC term “Asian”
    as used in the UK is used exclusively as a euphemism for Pakistani and Indian
    Muslims or if its use extends to Muslims in general. I am not British.
    In the end, I think my point stands– it seems that the ideology of the PC class
    in Britain would have been threatened by folks speaking frankly about what was
    happening in Rotherham just as it would have been by looking into FGM as it is
    practiced in the UK. And if an untold number of women and children were to
    suffer because the PC mandarins preferred to disconnect from the reality of
    what was going on in order to keep their precious fictions, then the PC mandarins
    appear to have been fine with that.

  • Clinton

    In the UK, “Asian” is used exclusively to describe people from the Sub-Continent, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Nor is it confined to Muslims; Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are included. It is never e used to refer to the Chinese community, for example, nor people from the Arabian peninsula.

    In France, where there have been 100s of prosecutions for FGM, Muslim women’s groups have been particularly vocal in their attacks on “Multiculturalism.” Thus, Sihem Habchi, former President of « Ni Putes Ni Soumises » [Neither Sluts nor Door-mats] has demanded, “No more justifications of our oppression in the name of the right to be different and of respect toward those men who force us to bow our heads”

    She has been echoed by Muslim politicians, notably Rachida Dati, a former Minister of Justice (garde des Sceaux) in the Sarkozy government and by Fadela Amara, a former Secretary of State for Urban Policies. Nor are these lonely or isolated voices. Anyone who knows France and the French press will know that there is great concern about « communautarisme »,by which they mean ethnic and religious solidarities and allegiances that threaten to override Republican unity, whilst politicians, of the Left and Right, berate the perceived racism of “Anglo-Saxon” multiculturalism.

  • It wasn’t all racism on the part of the government. Some of the council bosses were themselves of Pakistani decent. The motives of these particular bosses may have been complex, but ultimately they were siding with their co-religious who were arguably following Quranic verses.

  • An interesting subplot from the LFF report is that the Sikh community fought back, bravely, without any help from the government.

    Well, they knew they couldn’t be accused of racism, unlike the English aborigines.

  • “the Sikh community fought back, bravely, without any help from the government.”

    The Sikhs are traditionally warriors and used to governments that are, at best, useless.

  • The Labour Party lost its soul, when at Tony Blair’s behest it abandoned Clause Four of it constitution:

    The Labour Party lost its soul when it elected to fight political battles by packing the meeting with foreigners. The Democratic Party does the same here. Peter Hitchens has offered a brief memoir of his time as a student pinko and the disposition toward immigration amongst his fellows: they wanted immigration because they did not like Britain, and more foreigners dilutes the influence of native British.

    Compare the biographies of Harry Truman and James Callaghan to those of Barack Obama and the Milliband brothers. That’s what’s happened to the Democratic Party and the Labour Party alike.

  • You might also look at the treatment of Iain Duncan Smith and Sarah Palin in the newspapers. In this country, the public discourse is ostentatiously snobbish in ways you could not imagine in 1975.

  • Supposedly, the department head who looked the other way during this disaster is the same individual who stripped a local couple of their franchise to have foster children and removed the children in their care because that couple were UKIP supporters.

    You cannot reduce the influence and discretion of social workers too much.

  • I think the brave, honorable Sikhs stood by the English during the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny when the East India Company’s mercenary Hindu (new cartridges oiled with beef fat) and Muslim (greased with pork fat),savages based on a butcher’s list of excuses (same same as al Qaeda and ISIS fling about) similarly exhibited their courage toward English women and children.

    Some contemporary Hindu Indians try to deny any good work the Brits may have accomplished, e.g., suppressing thousands of Ma Cali cult murderers and keeping at bay savage Pathans and bestial Russians.

    “Wha’ saw the 42nd . . . “

  • T Shaw

    You are right.

    During the Mutiny, the Sikhs of the garrison at Lucknow remained faithful and the city was relieved by the 93rd Highlanders and the 4th Punjab Infantry. Hope Grant’s cavalry division also included the 2nd and 5th Punjab cavalry and Wale’s Sikh Horse and Campbell’s brigade included the 1st Sikh cavalry, all Sikh regiments.

    It was at this time that the Punjab infantry adopted the pibroch of the Highlanders and their regimental lament is still the heart-rendingly beautiful “flowers of the Forest.”

  • Violating the sexual integrity of innocent minor children calls to heaven for rectitude. When Allah learns what crimes his followers are committing, Allah will reject them and their deeds.
    Religion is acknowledging the truth and goodness Who is God; loving God and our neighbor as ourselves. Calling our neighbor “infidel” and claiming to know how he loves and thinks, claiming to live his life in his body for him and usurping power of attorney from him is not the way of religion or of Allah.
    Peace at any price is a fancy way of saying cowardice. Throwing our innocent children to Molloch has no decent word to express the supreme idiocy of allowing crime to save oneself. This is nothing but stupidity. Britain has lost its mind and is no long Great.
    n a couple of months this will get blamed on the Catholic Church just like the burning of Rome by Nero and the 800 bodies who never were.
    The American Catholic goes a long way to informing the people of the truth of the matter. Viva Freedom of the press.

  • I suppose these misguided misfits would say regarding Ghanimah and FMG, “It is our custom”. To which the proper reply would be that of the Nineteenth Century British Officer regarding the practice in India of Suttee. To wit, if you erect a pyre to burn a man’s widow at his funeral, I will erect a gallows and hang you. For that is our custom.

  • William P. Walsh: “I suppose these misguided misfits would say regarding Ghanimah and FMG, “It is our custom”. To which the proper reply would be that of the Nineteenth Century British Officer regarding the practice in India of Suttee. To wit, if you erect a pyre to burn a man’s widow at his funeral, I will erect a gallows and hang you. For that is our custom.”
    bears repeating

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August 31, 1864: Death Comes For Father Emery

Sunday, August 31, AD 2014



Destiny attended Emmeran Bliemel at his birth on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of soldiers, in 1831 in Bavaria.  From his early boyhood his burning desire was to be a missionary to German Catholics in far off America.  Joining a Benedictine Abbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1851, he was ordained a priest in 1856.

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August 31, 1864: Battle of Jonesborough

Sunday, August 31, AD 2014


Frustrated by his failures to cut the railroad lines to Atlanta,  Sherman at the end of August 1864 decided to use most of  his force to accomplish that goal.  On August 25, Sherman marched six of his seven corps out of the siege lines of Atlanta and moved them south east to cut both the rail lines into Atlanta.  Hood sent out Hardee with two corps to attempt to stop the Union movement.

By the 28th the Union was in control of a section of  West Point & Atlanta Railroad  and Sherman’s men were busy destroying it.  On the 30th, the Union corps closed in on Jonesborough, held by Hardee.  Hardee launched an attack on the Union force on the morning of August 31, that was beaten back after hard fighting.  Fearing a direct attack on Atlanta, Hood withdrew Stephen Lee’s corps from Hardee that evening.  On September 1, 1864, Sherman attacked the heavily outnumbered Hardee at 4:00 PM.  After tenacious fighting by the Confederates, the Union troops took Jonesborough and the last rail line into Atlanta.  Atlanta was now untenable for the Confederates to hold.

Here are Sherman’s comments on the movement that led to the fall of Atlanta:

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What Islamic Terrorism?

Saturday, August 30, AD 2014

10 Responses to What Islamic Terrorism?

  • The roo’s are in cahoots with the wallabies.

  • Eric Holder tried to say at one point in the video that he did not want to insult any religion – any religion that is except the orthodox Catholic Christian faith. And at several points he tried to say or imply that radical Islam does not reflect what Islam really teaches, which is demonstrably not true. The Koran commands its followers to lie to non-Islamics, and even to subject to dhimmitude or death Jews and Christians. How Eric Holder can be so deluded after the execution of that American reporter recently is beyond understanding. Indeed, I doubt that he or anyone else in the Administration is deluded. Rather, they ARE the enemy just as radical Islam is the enemy.

  • The appointments by this administration and national security risks are obscene.
    It gives fuel to Paul Primavera’s conclusion. This administration is evil.
    Anti-Christian is putting it mildly.
    Anti- Liberty is suitable.

    Let’s work hard to open the boarders for Islamic terrorist. Then the administration has accomplished what it has set out to do. Bring America to it’s knees.

  • If the government of America would pigeon hole Islam, all of Islam, not just “Radical Islam”, as a political ideology, and not at all as a religion, it would be more effective in battling this enemy, and it would be more truthful. Much like Nazism, or Communism, Islam is a political system bent on world domination. If it has no recognition as a religion, Islam will have no religious liberty rights under the Constitution. Their mosques seen as only meeting places for their version of Communist cell meetings. Once they are condemned as followers of a political system which seeks the destruction of America, Muslims will be much easier to combat and defeat at least within American borders.

  • James,
    What you quite rightly recommend as the proper and correct treatment of Islam in America is what the Administration of Barack Hussein Obama is doing (or trying to do) with orthodox Christianity, whether Bible-believing Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians who oppose homosexual marriage and abortion or traditional-minded Roman Catholics of the same persuasion. Barack Hussein Obama and his minions from hell treat real Christians (not the faux Christians of the social justice variety) with contempt and disdain, and extoll and laud the false religion of Islam.
    I do not advocate a Crusade, but if things continue as they are continuing, then the response of Mattathias and the Maccabean brothers may sadly be the only viable response left. I do NOT want that and I pray it comes not to pass, but we face the twin threats of godless liberal progressivism on the one side and radical militant Islam on the other. Satan often attacks with a two-prong strategy just as he did in the 16th century with the Protestant rebellion on the one side and the Ottoman Turks on the other.
    Pray for the conversion of that evil and reprobate gangster sitting in the Oval Office and his wife Jezebel.
    PS, I met a Deacon when out to the left coast during the past four weeks for my new “neutrons ‘R us” job. He had a previous blog entry about how wonderful it was to swim in Democratic waters when the swimming pool at his gym was visited by the Obama children. I was utterly ashamed and disgusted – not at the children for they are innocent – but at his reveling in being in Democratic waters. Why does a cleric brag about being a Democrat when that Party legitimatizes the murder of unborn children, sanctifies the filth of homosexual relations, and equivocates an evil religion like Islam with the truth of Christianity? The Church Herself is infected with this pernicious cancer called liberal progressivism. Attitudes like this are the reason why we lack the courage to face down radical Islam. We have no moral strength.

  • From James’ excellent post above: ” . . .seeks the destruction of America . . . ”

    James, in five words, provides all you need to know re: Obama, Holder, ISIS, Dem traitors.

    These quislings don’t perceive Islamic murderers as threats. Killers like Fort Hood, massacre-artist (work place violence!) Major Hasan are allies with ISIS, Obama, Holder, et al.

  • Rush Limbuagh put it best. Obama and Holder are the same. Obama holds the Catholic Church in contempt. He is open about it. Democrats who call themselves Catholic do not care. The USCCB will want to “dialouge”.

    Prayers for strength are needed. Catholics helped to elect Obama to ever office he has held.

  • Didn’t Obama lump all his opponents thusly:

    “And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or … or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said.

    Holder on the other hand, lumps all Obama opponents as racists who hate a black President.

    Failing to list radical Islam theology as a threat to the US simply has to be a deliberate attempt to avoid that subject.

  • “They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists.”
    “sovereign citizens” constitute the state, the nation, the United States of America with their sovereign personhood.
    More proof that Obama and Holder are traitors.

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PopeWatch: Spirit of Vatican II

Saturday, August 30, AD 2014


From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:


CINCINNATI, OH- A Solemn High Requiem Mass was held Thursday at St. Martura Church in downtown Cincinnati for the Spirit of Vatican II, aged 52. After suffering a progressively debilitating illness for the last ten years of its life as a new generation of priests re-examined the Council in light of Sacred Tradition, the Spirit of Vatican II passed away quietly in its sleep last Tuesday.

“The Requiem Mass really brought closure to the community,” said 26-year old Father David Flannigan, FSSP, who celebrated the Mass with Deacon Brady Schwartz, 32, and Subdeacon Anthony LaViera, 23. “While the death of the Spirit of Vatican II was certainly expected, we were glad to offer Mass for its repose.”

“What a beautiful Mass!” commented long-time parishioner Gladys O’Neal. “I hadn’t seen black vestments since I was a little girl. And as much as I love the song On Eagle’s Wings, the Dies Irae sequence really got me thinking about the Four Last Things.”

The Spirit of Vatican II is survived by a dwindling number of aging hippies who dropped out of seminary in the ‘70’s, some faded felt banners, and tambourines presently gathering dust in storage.

When asked to comment, Pope Francis said, “He never took care of himself and took way too many drugs back in the Sixties and the Seventies, which explains his taste in hymns.  May he rest in peace in glorious silence.”

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United States Merchant Marine

Saturday, August 30, AD 2014

Something for the weekend.  Labor Day weekend seems a fitting time to recall again the United States Merchant Marine.  The civilian fleet that carries imports and exports to and from the US, during war time it becomes an auxillary of the Navy to ship troops and war supplies.  Officers of the Merchant Marine are trained at the Merchant Marine Academy, founded in 1943, at King’s Point, New York.

Technically civilians, one out of 26 merchant mariners died in action during World War II, giving them a higher fatality rate than any of the armed services.   Members of the Merchant Marine were often jeered  as slackers and draft dodgers by civilians when they were back on shore who had no comprehension of the vital role they played, or how hazardous their jobs were.  Incredibly, these gallant men were denied veteran status and any veteran benefits because they were civilians.  This injustice was not corrected until 1988 when President Reagan signed the Merchant Marine Fairness Act.  Some 9,521 United States Merchant Mariners were killed during World War II, performing their duty of keeping the sea lanes functioning in war, as in peace.

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  • THanks, Don for this. My stepfather was a Merchant Marine who spent over half the war at sea. He was on the Murmansk run, Anzio, New Guinea and other campaigns. He finally got his due in 1988 and I was sent his decorations. Shame on the VFW who spread the slander about them and held up thier recognition until many survivors had died.
    Glad to be re-connected.

  • The unfair way in which the Merchant Mariners were treated after World War II has always riled me Pete. Valor is a precious and necessary thing in this Vale of Tears and should always be honored.

Josephus on the Execution of John the Baptist

Friday, August 29, AD 2014

No figure is as mysterious in Holy Writ as Saint John the Baptist, the Precursor sent to announce the coming of Christ, wrapped in the power and force of Elijah the prophet.  In many ways  the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets, like them preaching tirelessly and fearlessly a message of repentance, and, like most of them, announcing that a Messiah was coming to bring salvation from God.

Today is the feast of the beheading of John the Baptist.  It is a very old feast, as old, perhaps, as the other feast day we have for the birth of the Baptist.

The calls of the Baptist for repentance and his announcement that the long expected Messiah had arrived, had a shattering impact on his audiences, as they crowded around him to receive baptism.  The fire of his faith, and his complete lack of fear, is a standing rebuke to Christians who have allowed their faith to grow cold, and who fear the World, the Flesh and the Devil more than they love the God who loves each of us as though there were no other Men except us.

Here is the description by the Jewish historian Josephus, in his Antiquities of the Jews, of the circumstances that gave rise to the imprisonment of John:



About this time Aretas, the king of  Petra, and Herod the Tetrarch had a quarrel on account of the following. Herod the tetrarch had married the daughter of Aretas and had lived with her a great while; but once when he was on his way to Rome he lodged with  his half-brother, also named Herod but who had a different mother,  the high priest Simon’s daughter.  There he fell in love with Herodias, this latter Herod’s wife, who was the daughter of their brother Aristobulus and the sister of Agrippa the Great.

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PopeWatch: Melian World

Friday, August 29, AD 2014



For ourselves, we shall not trouble you with specious pretenses—either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede, or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us—and make a long speech which would not be believed; and in return we hope that you, instead of thinking to influence us by saying that you did not join the Spartans, although their colonists, or that you have done us no wrong, will aim at what is feasible, holding in view the real sentiments of us both; since you know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.

Thucydides, Peloponnesian War



Pope Francis recently marked Ukrainian Independence Day:

The pope made his remarks Aug. 24, after praying the Angelus with a crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

“My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine,” he said, “to all its sons and daughters, to their yearning for peace and tranquility, threatened by a situation of tension and conflict that continues unabated, causing so much suffering among the population.”

Fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces continues in the eastern part of the country, having killed more than 2,000 and displaced more than 30,000 over the past several months.

“Let us entrust the whole nation to the Lord Jesus and to the Madonna, and let us pray together above all for the victims, their families, and all those who suffer,” the pope said.

Go here to read  the rest.  PopeWatch hopes that Ukrianians enjoyed their independence day, because Fearless Leader Putin is doing his best to make sure that it might be the last one:

On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of invading Ukraine as troop movements from across the border were reported for third time this week. His accusations were echoed by both the United States and NATO.

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  • Amazing how history repeats itself.

  • Russia is forever being ruled by a tyrant, suspicious and aggressive towards its neighbors. Be it a Czar, a General Secretary, or the despot Putin, the Russian people suffer under tyranny and Russia’s neighbors live under constant threat of invasion.

  • Russia is not an exceptionally militarized country (about 4% of domestic product is devoted to the military) and attempting to conquer and subdue a country with a population about 30% of your own is something done under conditions of general mobilization. I doubt a recapitulation of what happened in Hungary in 1956 or Czechoslovakia in 1968 is in the offing. More likely harassment and grabbing bits of territory populated by ethnic Russians and kindred Ukrainians.

  • and Russia’s neighbors live under constant threat of invasion.

    Are they aware of this?

  • If that’s what he’s referring to, what’s with the references to the Czar?

  • Art, are you kidding with us or are you obtuse, sir?

    Are you not aware of Peter the Great’s land grabs and use of the Russian peasantry to built St. Petersburg out of a swamp with their bare hands? Care you not aware of Catherine the Great (yeah right) and her part in partitioning Poland?

    Does the word Holodomor ring a bell with you?

    Ivan the Terrible wasn’t named Terrible for nothing.

    Medvedev threatened Poland and the United States if the missile shield were put in place. Obumbler backed off, of course.

    Putin put his troops in Georgia and now Ukraine. Who is next? Poland has reason not to trust Russia at all.

  • You’ve given me a kitchen sink of events from Eighteenth century history. As for the Ukrainian famine, that was a manifestation of horrible abuse of a domestic population, not a foreign invasion. The fragments of Georgia occupied have a total population of 300,000 and ethnic Georgians do not live there; please note that international boundaries have been somewhat unstable, so its not surprising there are adjustments on the fringes.

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  • Art Deco,

    Are you a lawyer or an econ prof?

    I’m not saying Putin (not so bright or evil) is Hitler or that Russia has the capacity to wage a real war (it took several years to shut down a couple thousand Chechen terrorists) against NATO. Anyhow, Hitler employed down-trodden German ethnics (in the Sudetenland) to partition Czechoslovakia. Some of you may remember how that turned out. “Peace in our time;” and 50,000,000 dead.

  • I’m neither a lawyer nor an econ professor.

    There was a seven digit population of ethnic Germans concentrated in the borderlands of Bohemia and Moravia (where Czech fortifications were also found; that territory was important to Czech security) which had been mobilized by a separatist party. Bar the Crimea (and Putin was not confident enough to allow a real referendum there), Great Russians in the Ukraine tend to be fairly dispersed.

  • Thanks, Art.

    I asked b/c I have seen you comment at an econ prof’s blog. You write on econ concepts that give me “brain freeze.”

    I only know what I read. Some maniac Russians (one so-called court jester) have spoken/written about nuking, say, Warsaw or a Baltic State capital to show (when it does nothing about it) that NATO is a hollow nothing.

    If you want to read some pure idiotic stuff, go to zero hedge and see the 9/11 deniers, and Russophiles writing that this is Washington trying to impose a police state on us.

    Someone quoted Putting twice using the term “New Russia” (I don’t do Cyrillic) which was the czarist term for the empire.

    Anyhow, Puting can have Ukraine (econ basket case). The enemy is in Washington: Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Reid, four or (depending) five Supreme Court justices, et al.

  • “Anyhow, Putin can have Ukraine (econ basket case).”

    Putin will not stop there. I guarantee that. Putin most assuredly is our enemy.

  • Art,
    Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians to death. go ahead and dismiss Russia’s history towards its neighbors. I won’t. My greatgrandfather fled Warsaw (then part of Russia) as he wanted no part of serving in the Czar’s army or being subject to Russians.

  • Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians to death. go ahead and dismiss Russia’s history towards its neighbors. I won’t

    The question is not whether or not Russia has been wretchedly governed (it has, and we have that on the authority of none other than Nikita Khruschev). The question is whether Russia’s neighbors live under ‘constant threat of invasion’. Small countries adjacent to big countries are going to suffer certain anxieties. Soviet Russia came by it’s empire and it’s network of clients four ways: by suppressing inchoate independence movements and reconquering seceded territories (1918-21); by absorbing some territory (the Baltics, Bessarabia and the Bucovina) and installing satrapies in the course of a catastrophic breakdown in the state system in Europe (1939-48), by internal subversion, and by the sort of carrots and sticks gamesmen employ in international politics.

    If you’ll notice, the circumstances attending the 1st and the 2d way do not obtain here.

    As for the third, for clandestine services to dispose of governments and reconstitute them is much more common in the imaginations of consumers of pinko opinion journalism than it is in real life. There are not many places where this has been done in the post-war period, and it often has some unanticipated consequences when you do (see Guatemala (1954-84), Iran (1953-79), and Afghanistan (1978-92)). Soviet Russia’s machinations in Eastern Europe during the period running from 1944 to 1948 were crucially dependent upon the presence of the Red Army in these places.

    As for the fourth way, you can see how well that’s been working out for them. Russia’s available resources are not much different than those of Brazil or France. If they’re going hunting for clients in Africa or Latin America for clients, they’ll find there’s a patron on site who’s already there and has know-how they do not. (I attended a lecture many years ago by the national security scholar Steven David. He said that Russian policy in Africa was badly hampered by personnel problems: contrary to the portrayal of Russian officials in The Ugly American, they were actually terrible at their jobs. “The Ugly Russian is ten times worse”).

    Russia’s boundary changes from 1876 to 1990 took place in the context of pan-European war. However cruelly governed Russia was at these times, that pan-European war was someone else’s idea.

    As for Hungary (in 1956) and Czechoslovakia (in 1968), Red Army garrisons were present on site; they were just supplemented with more from Soviet Russia and co-operative East Bloc governments. Soviet Russia was proportionately much larger than Russia today and it behaved like a country at war: about a quarter of its domestic product was accounted for by the military (v. 4% today). Hungary and Czechoslovakia are, respectively, one quarter and one third the demographic dimensions of the Ukraine and smaller than that geographically. A project of reconquering the Ukraine would be much more onerous. A rough analogy would be the U.S. attempting to conquer Mexico. It likely could be done, but when could you put together a critical mass of the political elite with a durable tendency to find such a project worthwhile?

    If you’re positing something like Germany’s romp through Europe during the period running from 1936 to 1941, please recall that Germany was the leading industrial power in Europe, that they required the co-operation of two other European powers during those years, and that they were comprehensively mobilized by 1939 if not earlier.

    go ahead and dismiss Russia’s history towards its neighbors.

    France had a ‘history towards its neighbors’ during the Napoleonic period. The Hapsburg monarchy stomped Serbia flat in 1914-15. Even Italy (“an asset to its enemies in every war it’s ever fought in” per John Foster Dulles) has not been adverse to grabbing territory since the end of the Westphalian era.

August 29, 1864: Democrat Party Platform

Friday, August 29, AD 2014


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 have a platform approved which dealt with one issue, the War, and which was highly critical of a continuation of the War and called for immediate peace negotiations:


Resolved, That in the future, as in the past, we will adhere with unswerving fidelity to the Union under the Constitution as the only solid foundation of our strength, security, and happiness as a people, and as a framework of government equally conducive to the welfare and prosperity of all the States, both Northern and Southern.

Resolved, That this convention does explicitly declare, as the sense of the American people, that after four years of failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war, during which, under the pretense of a military necessity of war-power higher than the Constitution, the Constitution itself has been disregarded in every part, and public liberty and private right alike trodden down, and the material prosperity of the country essentially impaired, justice, humanity, liberty, and the public welfare demand that immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities, with a view of an ultimate convention of the States, or other peaceable means, to the end that, at the earliest practicable moment, peace may be restored on the basis of the Federal Union of the States.

Resolved, That the direct interference of the military authorities of the United States in the recent elections held in Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Delaware was a shameful violation of the Constitution, and a repetition of such acts in the approaching election will be held as revolutionary, and resisted with all the means and power under our control.

Resolved, That the aim and object of the Democratic party is to preserve the Federal Union and the rights of the States unimpaired, and they hereby declare that they consider that the administrative usurpation of extraordinary and dangerous powers not granted by the Constitution; the subversion of the civil by military law in States not in insurrection; the arbitrary military arrest, imprisonment, trial, and sentence of American citizens in States where civil law exists in full force; the suppression of freedom of speech and of the press; the denial of the right of asylum; the open and avowed disregard of State rights; the employment of unusual test-oaths; and the interference with and denial of the right of the people to bear arms in their defense is calculated to prevent a restoration of the Union and the perpetuation of a Government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed.

Resolved, That the shameful disregard of the Administration to its duty in respect to our fellow-citizens who now are and long have been prisoners of war and in a suffering condition, deserves the severest reprobation on the score alike of public policy and common humanity.

Resolved, That the sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily and earnestly extended to the soldiery of our army and sailors of our navy, who are and have been in the field and on the sea under the flag of our country, and, in the events of its attaining power, they will receive all the care, protection, and regard that the brave soldiers and sailors of the republic have so nobly earned.

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PopeWatch: Francis Cardinal George

Thursday, August 28, AD 2014




Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled.

The 77-year-old George is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer near his right kidney. Last week, the archdiocese announced he was participating in a clinical trial of an experimental drug at the University of Chicago Medicine.

George said early this year that he believes the cancer eventually will take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago.

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  • God bless him. A generous brilliant and holy man.

  • God’s will be done. Prayers

  • A prayer for Cardinal George, and each of one of us, on today’s feast day of St. Augustine (“Flood the Path with Light”):

    ” God of our life,
    There are days when the burdens we carry
    chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
    When the road seems dreary and endless;
    and the skies grey and threatening;
    When our lives have no music in them,
    and our hearts are lonely,
    and our souls have lost their courage.
    Flood the path with light:
    Turn our hearts to brave music;
    Give us the sense of fraternity with heroes and saints of every age;
    And so quicken our spirits,
    That we may be able to encourage all who journey with us,
    on the road of life,
    To Your honor and glory.”

    —St. Augustine, d. 430 AD, Aug. 28th.

  • Another Chicago prelate, Patriarch Dinka IV of the Assyrian Church of the East (Nestorian) is also reported to be severely ill. Dinka is the only patriarch with clear descent from the Apostles to reside in the U.S. He is the first of his linage in many years to engage in ecumenical work with the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Let us pray for both of these good men.

In Defense of John Bell Hood

Thursday, August 28, AD 2014

John B. Hood

Yellow-haired Hood with his wounds and his empty sleeve,

Leading his Texans,

a Viking shape of a man,

With the thrust and lack of craft of a berserk sword,

All lion, none of the fox.             

When he supersedes Joe Johnston, he is lost, and his army with him,

But he could lead forlorn hopes with the ghost of Ney.

His big boned Texans follow him into the mist.

Who follows them?

Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body

Few Civil War generals get as bad a historical trouncing as John Bell Hood.  A talented regimental, division and corps commander, his tenure as commander of the Army of Tennessee is regarded as a disaster, with Hood being depicted as a reckless head on fighter who threw away any chance of victory by losing Atlanta and then leading his army to near annihilation during the Franklin-Nashville campaign.  I have largely accepted that historical verdict, but a new book, John Bell Hood, The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General, gives me pause.

Stephen M. “Sam” Hood, a distant relative of the general, does a masterful job of defending Hood from sloppy historical accounts.  For example, the quote from John Brown’s Body about Hood being all of the lion and none of the fox has often been falsely attributed to Robert E. Lee.  Among many other historical howlers that have made their way into historical accounts is that Hood, due to his injuries, was a laudanum addict.  Stephen Hood demonstrates that there is no contemporary evidence to substantiate this.  Stephen Hood does a service in this book, not just to General Hood, but also to Civil War scholarship.  Too many supposed factoids about the War, firmly ensconced in secondary sources, are mere fables, and John Bell Hood,  The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General is an unsettling book length demonstration of how these myths need to be dispelled.

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  • Mr. McClarey,

    What a pleasant surprise. Your article is sincerely appreciated. I also took advantage of your link and revisited the blog thread exchange (from 2010) and recall it distinctly. (Sadly, Thomas Brown passed away from cancer almost a year to the day after he posted his comments.) Discussion participant Dale Fishel is still around and well.

    As for my book, I proud to inform you and your readers that I have been awarded the Albert Castel Award for the Best Book of 2014 on the Civil War – Western Theater, and next week I will be in New York to receive the 2014 Walt Whitman Award as the Best Civil War Book of 2014.

    Thanks again for your courtesies…past and present.

    Stephen M. “Sam” Hood

  • Good to hear from you again Sam. Your book is worthy of its subject and I hope it will lead to greater care being taken by authors of Civil War tomes to separate fact from fiction.

  • Mr. McCrarey,

    While researching my book I came upon a large cache of General Hood’s personal papers. I will soon be publishing them in “The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood.” Among the documents was a postwar letter from Hood’s former subordinate Gen. Randall Gibson, accepting Hood’s request that Gibson be Godfather of Hood’s first child Lydia. Readers of The American Catholic might enjoy it:

    Gibson & Austin
    R.L. Gibson J.E. Austin
    Attorneys at Law
    5 Carondelet Street
    New Orleans

    June 11th 1869

    Dear General,

    I will act as God Father of your daughter with the greatest pleasure for the double reason that I have long cherished an equal friendship for the Father & Mother, if my conviction that the Roman Catholic Church is the true historical Church of Christianity, be no bar; and yet it does seem greatly presumptuous that one somewhat battered by the events of life (though I trust not hardened), should hold the relation of Godfather to one so “young & innocent” as your sweet child. Are there not General some compensations in life after all! And are they not in our homes?

    Your friend in Christ

    R. L. Gibson

  • “I will act as God Father of your daughter with the greatest pleasure for the double reason that I have long cherished an equal friendship for the Father & Mother, if my conviction that the Roman Catholic Church is the true historical Church of Christianity, be no bar;”

    What a wonderful letter Sam and what a great country America truly is. I am looking forward to purchasing your volume on Hood’s lost papers. It is astonishing that there could be left anything to find in regard to papers of a major figure of the Civil War, and I hope what you accomplished will encourage other historians to do more digging for unpublished documents.

Nuncio Tells Blunt Truth About Cuba

Wednesday, August 27, AD 2014

Archbishop Bruno Musari


If you want to know what is going on in Cuba, the Babalu blog is the go to blog.  Carlos Eire tells us about the man who has just become my favorite papal nuncio:


Archbishop Bruno Musarò, Apostolic Nuncio to Castrogonia,  blasted the island’s rulers recently, and a handful of news organizations are reporting on his comments.

Not surprisingly, the news reports thus far are only available in Italian, Spanish, and Polish.  Nothing at all in English.  No word from the AP or Reuters, or CNN, etc..

If the nuncio had denounced the “blockade” rather than the Castro regime, his comments would be getting a hell of a lot more attention, of course.

The nuncio’s remarks were first quoted by LecceNews24 in Italy, in an article entitled: “‘In Cuba you die’: Salentine bishop sounds the alarm.”  You can find that full report HERE.

TV Marti picked up the story, and you can find their report  HERE (includes video).    El Mundo in Boliva also ran the story.  Go HERE for that.  And if you can read Polish, go HERE for that report.

The comments were made after he celebrated mass in the Italian town of Vignacastrisi.  (Ha!  VignaCASTRIsi: Who says God lacks a sense of humor?)

Among his observations, the following stand out:

“In Cuba you die.” (A Cuba si muore).

“In Cuba eating is a luxury.”

“The Cuban people live in conditions of absolute poverty and degradation without human or civil rights. They are the victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them enslaved for fifty-six years.”

“Only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people.”

“The only hope Cubans can have for a better life is to leave their island.”

“Italians who complain about many things in Italy should know that in Cuba a physician only earns 25 euros per month and that in order to live with dignity many Cuban professionals have to work as waiters at night.”

“In Cuba everything is controlled by the government, even milk and meat. Beef is a luxury and anyone who dares to slaughter a cow in order to eat it is arrested and sent to prison.”

“After more than half a century, praise is still being heaped on this Revolution, but, in the meantime, the Cuban people don’t have proper work and don’t have a way of feeding their own children.”

“I’m grateful that the pope sent me to that island, and I hope to be there when the socialist regime comes to an end.”

Apostolic nuncios serve as the pope’s ambassadors to the world’s nations. Archbishop Musarò was appointed as nuncio to Castrogonia by Pope Benedict XVI in August 2011.

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Wednesday, August 27, AD 2014



Pat Archbold has a barn burner of a post up at One Peter Five looking at the calls by the USCCB for dialogue with Muslims:


It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.

The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.

The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”

What is the bottom line? They are so committed to dialogue with Muslims, it seems, that they will persevere in useless dialogue until every last one of us Christians is dead.

“We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad,” the bishops wrote. “Along with many of our fellow Catholics and the many Muslims who themselves are targeted by radicals, we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage, over the random and sometimes systematic acts of violence and harassment—acts that for both Christians and Muslims threaten to disrupt the harmony that binds us together in mutual support, recognition, and friendship.”

In the face of a terrifying juggernaut of death and destruction that 50 years of dialogue have done absolutely nothing to stop and arguably encouraged, the USCCB is committed to more of the same. Everyone knows that dialogue with Islam is impossible since there is no monolithic Islam with which to dialogue, so we have endeavored to dialogue merely with its adherents. I think the most humble and unambitious goal of such interreligious dialogue would have been some sort of consensus that, in general, they shouldn’t try to kill us or anyone else. Even with the bar set so low, by any measurement, 50 years of dialogue has been a miserable failure.

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  • I’d love to see them (the Bishops) drive around in any Muslim country with that bumper sticker on their car.

  • “we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage,…”

    Sure, they could do that. They could say, “We are sad, we are outraged.” But they won’t, they can’t, they don’t.

  • I’ve always wondered how to negotiate with someone whose starting point is “I’m going to kill you.” How do you counter? Can you just kill me a little later, instead of right now?

  • Everyone knows that dialogue with Islam is impossible since there is no monolithic Islam with which to dialogue, so we have endeavored to dialogue merely with its adherents.

    Anyone here read Jonah Goldberg’s Tyranny of Cliches? He makes almost this exact point (wait, was it in that book or in an article) that what the Islamic world has needed is not a reformation, but a Catholic church equivalent.

  • how about this one instead:

  • Prominent Muslims have expressed something very like distain for their fundamentalist brethren.

    Fadela Amara, when she was Secretary of State for Urban Policies under President Sarkozy, described fundamentalism as something clung to by some people through ignorance and isolation in ghetto communities that will vanish when they are given better opportunities of intellectual enlightenment and of acquiring elementary knowledge in history and the sciences. “For this generation,” she declared, “the crucial issues are laïcité, gender equality and gender desegregation, based upon living together in harmony throughout the world, and not only in France” She hailed the insistence of the Jules Ferry laws on making education at every level free, obligatory and lay.

    Her colleague, Rachida Dati, as Minister of Justice (garde des Sceaux) was an outspoken defender of the ban on the hijab in schools: “the laïcité of state schools is not restricted, in the case of pupils, to respect for their freedom of conscience: it imposes a duty of restraint on pupils in their behaviour, since they find themselves in a place pertaining to the public sphere. Pupils’ freedom of conscience – which is an internal freedom – in no way gives them ‘the right to express and manifest their religious beliefs’ in educational institutions, for that involves external acts which improperly introduce religion into the public domain of the school.”

    As the two Muslims in the Cabinet, both frequently stressed that laïcité imposes no restriction on the private beliefs of individuals; it exclude their intervention in, or impact on, the relations between private individuals and public authorities and obliges individuals to respect common rules in these relations; they cannot exempt themselves from them for religious reasons. Both supported the attacks on multiculturalism by Sihem Habchi, president of the Muslim women’s movement, « Ni Putes Ni Soumises » [Neither Sluts nor Door-mats] who demands “No more justifications of our oppression in the name of the right to be different and of respect toward those men who force us to bow our heads”

  • “I’ve always wondered how to negotiate with someone whose starting point is “I’m going to kill you.” How do you counter?”

    The starting point is to convince them that they can’t.

  • “Prominent Muslims have expressed something very like distain for their fundamentalist brethren.”

    But that raises a related problem. The ISIS barbarians and their compatriots throughout the Middle East really don’t care that American and French politicians consider their actions to be out of place in the Modern World. Words of condemnation and words of conciliation are all just words in the end.

  • Prominent Muslims have expressed something very like distain for their fundamentalist brethren.

    I would like those prominent Muslims to decide exactly what “the prayer really says”. What does it mean to be Muslim? What fundamental teachings are now out according to these prominent Muslims. How far do they go and still consider themselves Muslim?

  • One cannot dialogue with a determined killer.

  • The USCCB has once again proven itself to be a collection of dufuses. Such remarks are worthless. The USCCB will NOT look at Catholic history. It will NOT recall the efforts of Pelayo, Charles Martel, King Alfonso the Avenger, the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, the massacre of Otranto, Queen Isabel the Catholic, the Reconquest, the first siege of Vienna, Don Juan of Austria and Lepanto, the battle of Khotyn, the Battle of Vienna, the items seized by the Poles from the Turks still on display in the Warsaw museums……

    Talk, talk talk. BS on talk. All the “dialouge” the USCCB wants to engage in will never change Islam, the radical seventh century Catholic heresy.

  • Penguins Fans: I am glad that you spelled “dufuses” correctly. Bishop Fulton Sheen once said: “God makes us human.”

  • The issue is not “dialogue” We are the religion of the Logos become flesh. That is a given [although some do not like that] The issue is what kind of dialogue, how substantial, how ‘truthful’ and ‘real’ is the dialogue.

    The Vatican Secretariat for Dialogue among religions has given all the world religions a document calling on religions not persecuting those who do not believe the same, etc It is a Magna Carta of sorts, which is aimed ultimately at movements such as the various Jihadists. It is calling out ‘moderate’ Muslims to step forward and back up their claims to be a peaceful religion. If this does not happen, if they do not or can not, we will know with whom we are dealing once and for all. We are witnessing the ultimate and I believe the final battle for the ‘soul’ of Islam. Islam will never be the same again, one way or another.

  • The “theory” was that the muslim terrorist was about one in a million. The fact is the Muslim that would feel pity for an infidel is the one in a million.
    Every time I see one of them asinine, coexist bumper stickers, it calls to mind the fact that tens of millions of seriously stupid people are wrecking our country and destroying our way of life. They are our enemies, not the unwashed pagans who understand everything you need to know: it’s them or us.

  • Botolph

    There have always been different trends and rival interpretations in Islam.

    Bayazid Bastami (804-874) one of the founders of the Sufi tradition and known as “one of the six bright stars in the firmament of the Prophet,” when asked the question: “How does Islam view other religions?” His reply was “All are vehicles and a path to God’s Divine Presence.”

    Like all Sufis, he stressed the unity, or rather, the unicity of God, according to which God alone is true being, while all things dwell in non-existence; being alone is non-delimited (muṭlaq), while everything else is constrained, confined, and constricted. Thus, he taught the annihilation (fanā’) of the self in the Divine, whereby the mystic becomes fully absorbed to the point of becoming unaware of himself or the objects around him. Every existing thing seems to vanish, and he feels free of every barrier that could stand in the way of his viewing the Remembered One. In one of these states, Bastami cried out: “Praise to Me, for My greatest Glory!”

    The Sufis place great stress on the Hadith Qudsi, “Then, when I love him, I am his hearing through which he hears, his sight through which he sees, his hand through which he grasps, and his foot through which he walks.”

    These teachings have been particularly congenial in the Indian sub-continent (there is an ancient shrine of Bastami in Chittagong, which he may have visited) where there is a long tradition of allegorical interpretation of the Qur’an through the hermeneutic of Hindu metaphysics. The Mughal Emperor, Akhbar the Great was very much in this tradition; he abolished the Jizya on non-Muslims, allowed Jesuits from Goa to establish a mission and gave them one of his sons to educate. His religious policy was continued by his son and successor, Jahangir.(Both are ancestors of mine)

I AM and Us

Wednesday, August 27, AD 2014

[56] Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. [57] The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? [58] Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. [59] They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

John 8: 56-59



Father Barron has a magnificent article in Catholic World Report in which he explains why it is improper to think of God as a Supreme Being:

Now to God’s invisibility. One of the most fundamental mistakes made by atheists both old and new is to suppose that God is a supreme being, an impressive item within or alongside the universe. As David Bentley Hart has argued, the gods of ancient mythology or the watchmaker God of 18th-century Deism might fit such a description, but the God presented by the Bible and by classical theism has nothing to do with it. The true God is the non-contingent ground of the contingent universe, the reason there is something rather than nothing, the ultimate explanation for why the world should exist at all. Accordingly, he is not a being, but rather, as Thomas Aquinas put it, ipsum esse subsistens, the sheer act of to be itself.

Thomas goes so far as to say that God cannot be placed in any genus, even in that most generic of genera, namely, being. But all of this must imply God’s invisibility. Whatever can be seen is, ipso facto, a being, a particular state of affairs, and hence something that can be placed in a genus, compared with other finite realities, etc. The visible is, by definition, conditioned—and God is the unconditioned. I hope it is clear that in affirming God’s invisibility, I am not placing limits on him, as though he were a type of being—the invisible type—over and against visible things, a ghost floating above physical objects. The invisible God is he whose reality transcends and includes whatever perfection can be found in creatures, since he himself is the source and ground of creatureliness in all its manifestations. Anything other than an invisible God would be a conditioned thing and hence utterly unworthy of worship.

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  • Thomas Aquinas said that man’s finite mind cannot comprehend an infinite God. The Bible says that all the books in the world cannot hold the truth about God. Using the word “supreme” would indicate that there is only one God, as there cannot be two supreme Beings. Only one can be supreme as two would preempt one another.
    The word “sovereign” would indicate that almighty God is Lord over all.
    The virtue of humility in “Be it done unto me according to Thy will.” brings the Supreme, (one and only) Sovereign, (creating “ex nihilo” and keeping all things in existence) Being (I AM WHO I AM) to us as our God. The Supreme Sovereign Being WHO is:”I AM WHO I AM” exists and is existence, loves and is love, is beatitude and truth. Only God is good.
    Jesus asked: “Who do the people say that I AM?”, and Peter answered: “The Son of the Living God. The Christ” and Jesus called Himself the Son of Man.

  • I have always thought that the words spoken from the burning bush are just too deep and original to have been a fabrication or legend. They MUST have been spoken in just the way the Bible relates.

  • TomD: I’ve had the exact same thought. Exodus 3:14 is an amazing passage.

  • Fr Barron’s writing and work is great. As someone who has studied both philosophy and theology I can state categorically that he has a great ability to explain the most profound and sublime truths concerning the Mystery of God-most especially in the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas-in a way a person with little or no philosophical/theological training can grasp.

  • I remember being taught (I thought orthodoxly…orthodoxically… …correctly) that Jesus was not to be called a human being, but a divine being with a human nature. Is that incorrect?

  • Pinky, it’s a little more complicated that that.

    The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches are Dyophysite, and their belief is reflected in the Nicene Creed phrase “true God and true man”.

    The Eastern Oriental churches claim to be Miaphysite; they don’t use the Nicene Creed, but if they did they would translate it as “true God-man”.

    There is a growing movement, spearheaded by Benedict XVI, that maintains that these differences are due to mistranslations and misunderstandings and so the basic theology is about the same, and so the theological hornet’s nest that has existed over these definitions is probably unwarranted. But I still think it would be good to look at the history to fully answer your question. A simple place to start might be

  • Pinky and TomD

    The Church recognises that different language may be used to express a mystery that cannot be fully captured by any formula. The Fifth Ecumenical Council, in its eighth canon, anathematizes those who say “one Nature incarnate of God the Word” [Μία φυσις του θεου λογου σεσαρκωμενε] unless they “accept it as the Fathers taught, that by a hypostatic union of the Divine nature and the human, one Christ was effected.”

    The question is not whether we speak of “one nature” or “two natures,” but what we mean by it.

  • “I AM WHO IS”. “Being” is a verb made noun and both are correct. “to be is to be” and to be is being, being a being is correct since there are three Persons in the Blessed Trinity. Peter’s: “You are the Son of the Living God.” Christ’s: “I AM the LIFE”.
    “accept it as the Fathers taught, that by a hypostatic union of the Divine nature and the human, one Christ was effected.”
    This ony makes sense if a person acknowledges that God, the Father, God, the Son and God, the Holy Ghost willed the hypostatic union. Christ is, was effected by God. One Christ is before all ages.

  • Mary De Voe

    The Fifth Council had before it the statement of the Antiochene party, “‘Before the worlds begotten of the Father according to the Godhead, but in the last days and for our salvation of the Virgin Mary according to the Manhood; consubstantial with the Father in the Godhead, consubstantial with us in the Manhood; for a union of two natures took place, wherefore we confess one Christ, one Son, one Lord. According to the understanding of this unconfused union, we confess the Blessed Virgin to be Theotokos, because the Word of God was incarnate and made man, and through her conception united to Himself the temple He received from her.”

    The usage of both the Alexandrian and the Antiochene parties was to speak of the Son or the Logos before the Incarnation and of Christ after it.

    However, as St Athanasius (one of the “fathers” referred to by the Council) says,”All that He ever had continued to be His; what He took on Himself was only an addition. There was no change; in His Incarnation, He did but put on a garment. That garment was not He.” The “garment” is HIs human nature. According to St Cyril, the phrase “the one nature incarnate” is also Athanasius’s, who, like the Fathers at Nicea used physis (nature) and ousia (being) interchangeably – τὸ λεγόμενον κτίζεσθαι τῇ φύσει καὶ τῇ οὐσί (Orat II. 45)

  • Thank you, Michael Paterson-Seymour

  • As atheists misunderstand and reject The Supreme Sovereign Being, these same atheists misunderstand and reject One True God. What is apparent and misbegotten is that these same atheists use God’s Name: “I AM” all day long, and especially when they (the atheists) file suit in court for their “rights”. Using God’s Name “I AM” to reject and deny God is duplicity and perjury in a court of law. Imposing their rejection of God on all citizens through the courts denies the freedom inscribed in our Founding Principles. Not even the courts have the authority to alter our Constitution without ratification by the states.
    Michael Paterson-Seymour: ““‘Before the worlds begotten of the Father according to the Godhead, but in the last days and for our salvation of the Virgin Mary according to the Manhood; consubstantial with the Father in the Godhead, consubstantial with us in the Manhood; for a union of two natures took place, wherefore we confess one Christ, one Son, one Lord. According to the understanding of this unconfused union, we confess the Blessed Virgin to be Theotokos,…”””
    I have always written and read “mankind” as the whole human race, especially when women go about complaining about being left out of Holy Scripture. “Manhood”, like sovereign personhood, is so much better. “consubstanial with us in the Manhood” cannot be mistaken for anything but the whole human race.

  • Botolph: “Fr Barron’s writing and work is great.”

    I listened to Father Barron on EWTN Saturday and I an convinced that Father Barron’s writing and work are magnificnt.
    Father Barron spoke of the atheist competing with God.

PopeWatch: Crosshairs

Wednesday, August 27, AD 2014

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Jesus Wept

Tuesday, August 26, AD 2014



Since my beloved son Larry died last year, not a day has gone by that I have not thought of him.  Immediately after his death I would think about him, literally, almost every minute of each day.  Now it is usually once every 15 minutes.  He enriched beyond measure the life of myself and my bride and I miss him with all my heart.  Larry had autism, and, as a result of his autism, my conversations with him were limited in words, although we each got our meanings across.  I greatly admired the way in which my son did not let his disability add sorrow to his life, and the joy he normally radiated warmed my soul.  I have had several privileges in my life that have been granted me by God, but I think the greatest was being entrusted with Larry.

Then I read how some parents who are having their unborn children tested for Down Syndrome react:


Rayna Rapp, a former abortion clinic worker who aborted a baby with Down syndrome herself, conducted a survey of women and couples who sought amniocentesis to screen for Down syndrome and other problems with their babies. All of the interviewees intended to abort if the baby was found to have Down syndrome. Some of the things that these parents say about Down syndrome children are deeply troubling to anyone who values life. Here are some comments from men and women who said they would abort if the test came back positive for Down.

  • I would have a very hard time dealing with a retarded child. Retardation is relative, it could be so negligible that the child is normal, or so severe that the child has nothing… All of the sharing things you want to do, the things you want to share with a child – that, to me, is the essence of being a father. There would be a big void that I would feel. I would feel grief, not having what I consider a normal family.(133)

  • I have an image of how I want to interact with my child, and that’s not the kind of interaction I want, not the kind I could maintain. (133)

  • I’m sorry to say I couldn’t think about raising a child with Down’s. I’m something of a perfectionist. I want the best for my child. I’ve worked hard, I went to Cornell University, I’d want that for my child. I’d want to teach him things he couldn’t absorb. I’m sorry I can’t be more accepting, but I’m clear I wouldn’t want to continue the pregnancy.( 133 – 134)

  • The bottom line is when my neighbor said to me: “Having a “tard,” that’s a bummer for life.” (91)

  • I just couldn’t do it, couldn’t be that kind of mother who accepts everything, loves her kid no matter what. What about me? Maybe it’s selfish, I don’t know. But I just didn’t want all those problems in my life. (138)

  • If he can’t grow up to have a shot at becoming the president, we don’t want him.(92)

  • It’s devastating, it’s a waste, all the love that goes into kids like that. (134)

  • I think it’s kind of like triage, or like euthanasia. There aren’t enough resources in the world. We’d have to move, to focus our whole family on getting a handicapped kid a better deal… Why spend $50,000 to save one child?(146)

All of these mothers and fathers (for they are already mothers and fathers to their babies growing in the womb) had chosen to have abortions if the baby had Down. The book did not specify which pregnancies actually tested positive and how many went on to abort. But all of the quotes above were made by men and women who fully intended to kill their babies if they turned out to be mentally challenged.

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  • With parents attitudes as bleak and weak as theirs, who in Gods name would want to be their children?

    You are given an Angel that just also happened to be in human form, and just so happened to be created from the love you your wife and God share.
    This Angel wasn’t pure spirit mind you, however Donald was close to that caliber. I say this because I have a neice that is a Downs syndrome baby, and the light that fills our hearts comes from her smile love and positive energy.

    You are given of of Gods greatest gifts, and there is no past tense here.
    He loves you sees you and hugs you.
    He lives in our homeland. He calls you “my dad on Earth.”

    You’ve been so blessed to share his years on Earth…as he was just as blessed to share in your families years.
    Peace Donald.

  • “The sins of the fathers will be visited on the children for ten generations.” Jesus fell under the cross three times. The Downs syndrome child is doing reparation for the ten generations before him. Least a person could do is appreciate the sacrifice, the Downs Child is making for all of us…lest God wipe us all from the face of the earth. Thank you dear. See you in heaven when we will talk.
    The Downs child is more one of us than any other.
    The despicable responses from those who have contempt for God and God’s people is pukes.

  • typos…excuse me please. “…however Donald he was close to that caliber.”

    “You are given one of Gods greatest gifts.”

    Mr. McClarey. I write from my heart.
    The posts about your mom and your son
    Reveal a love of and from God.
    It is in this spirit that my poor fingers fly faster than my intellect. Please keep this in mind. I love God and try to love my neighbors in His love. I’m in great awe of parents like you.

  • What a gift you had in your son, Larry.

    One day you’ll be reunited in Heaven…forever. Then there’ll be no more tears.

  • “Then there’ll be no more tears.”

    Only eternal joy and the love that surpasses our understanding here below.

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  • “I will eventually summon up the will to pray for these parents…They are the truly disabled, in heart and soul, not the priceless children who have the misfortune to be their offspring.”
    God yes. That brought a tear to my eyes Don, knowing the loss that these parents unknowingly have. The truly disabled. Yes indeed, pray for them.

  • We can pray that when these twisted souls have a normal child, God will use them to save their parents.

    In Christ there is always hope!

  • Their excuses are all I Self and Me – the essence of liberalism, progressivism, modernism – whatever you want to call it.
    God bless you Donald for how much you loved Larry.

  • Years ago I read a satirical article written by an adult with autism (Aspergers) in which he described “neurotypicality” (i.e. not being autistic) as if THAT were a disability — one that makes people too obsessed with popularity, being “cool”, impressing people and fitting in with the crowd. Sounds to me like some of these people cited in the article have a really, really bad case of it. It isn’t always easy having an autistic daughter as I do, but give me a kid like her over one of these clowns any day.

  • Honestly, many of us felt this way before our first child, and God granted us a child who awakens us from such thoughts. It doesn’t even require a disabled child or one with a lot of needs. Just realizing a child’s will and temperament are not one’s own, his interests are not one’s own, her taste is not the same, etc. is often enough to move us from our thoughts of what parenthood is for to His thoughts of what parenthood is about.

    It is evil that there is an industry of people to help kill our child just because we are selfish for a time. But most of us are selfish beyond measure, and parenthood is God’s plan to teach us humility, charity, true love. Don’t be so angry that a not-yet parent would not yet know true love. Save that anger for the evil that feeds off it.

  • Dear Mr. McClary, thank you for this article, and for sharing your experiences with Larry. Please keep a friend of mine in your prayers. He is fighting a very aggressive form of cancer and the prognosis is grim. One of his children is a young man with severe autism. They are very close, and we are all concerned about this young man’s well-being if he loses his Dad. They would appreciate prayers from everyone reading this, as I am sure Larry is praying for his spiritual brother and family. Thank you.

  • Sincere condolences with prayers for your family. I lost my younger daughter on 09/11/01 in the world trade center . She was only thirty and she was my sunshine and the sunshine for her father and brothers and sisters as well.
    We learn to live with our losses but we never stop loving and praying we will meet in heaven.

  • My prayers for your daughter Cathy. Death has no power over true love.

  • Donald, My heart goes out to you for having to suffer the flaws of the human character via their comments about your son. It speaks volumes of your character as to your forgiveness to their wronging/hurting you and ability to withhold your anger at their ignorance/shortsightedness/bigotry. Walter

  • Donald,

    You are a great witness as a Catholic man, husband and father. You are in my continued prayers along with your whole family

  • Donald, are you sure you should even be reading articles like this? I’m definitely not telling you who you should and shouldn’t pray for, and you may be displaying a heroic courage that I’d be in no position to understand, but even exposing yourself to this kind of thing strikes me as imprudent. For what it’s worth.

  • Ah, Pinky, thank you for your concern, but I see far worse in my professional life regarding terrible things done to kids.

  • “You are a great witness as a Catholic man, husband and father.”

    Thank you for your kind words Botolph. I look at myself as a sinful attorney who needs all the prayers he can get. I am fortunate in that the people around me have tended to be very good people indeed.

  • “It speaks volumes of your character as to your forgiveness to their wronging/hurting you and ability to withhold your anger at their ignorance/shortsightedness/bigotry. Walter”

    Thank you Walter. I am afraid that I have a bad temper that I strive to control with imperfect success. I actually feel more pity than rage at people who can have such contempt for the most innocent among us.

  • I don’t understand why an obstetrician at a Catholic hospital* insists that pregnant women have amnios to screen for Down’s syndrome, especially when those women insist that they have no intention of artificially aborting any child no matter what.

    *Now the chain that operates that hospital calls itself Dignity instead of Catholic.

  • Micha Elyi: “I don’t understand why an obstetrician at a Catholic hospital* insists that pregnant women have amnios to screen for Down’s syndrome, especially when those women insist that they have no intention of artificially aborting any child no matter what. *Now the chain that operates that hospital calls itself Dignity instead of Catholic.”
    Wrongful life ( a life not worthy of live) lawsuits have been decided against the doctors.

  • As horrible as these sentiments by the expecting parents are, it only gets worse. For each challenged child that gets aborted, think of the effect on other or subsequent siblings as well. My brother has cognitive challenges, and if he were not around, I doubt I and my other siblings would be as aware of the true contributions he and others like him make. It would make an even more callous world of one that is already far too callous to begin with.

  • As an educator of specially abled kiddos–the reality is this: no child can ever live up to those expectations. The other thought I had–accidents happen. Would these parents kill their child with a traumatic brain injury? I’ve worked with several students that have had this happen, and the efforts and battles to keep the child from dying is ALWAYS fully supported by the parents, no matter how the child’s brain is damaged. I am near tears thinking of the arrogance and stupidity exhibited by these parents. I will pray for them.

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  • Some of these comments are unfair. I am prolife. I had a baby at 39 – my first – Thanks be to God. I has amniocentesis. To this day I do not know what I would have done. I struggled for the time period it took for the tests to come back. When they called to tell me all was good – I could not hear the voice giving me the good news I had to have my husband call. I had to deal with truth and I began to research all the possibilities. Do not judge harshly – but embrace and forgive as Christ would and feel blessed for every gift you are given by God. I hope you never have to know the torment of what to do if……

  • “I hope you never have to know the torment of what to do if……”

    If I had known Patrece that my son Larry was going to have autism it wouldn’t have changed the love that my bride and I had for him and his brother in the womb by one iota. We specifically had no amniocentisis performed because we do not believe in search and destroy missions in utero. As my bride told her pediatrician, the babies she carried were coming to term no matter what.

Parents and praying for their children in school

Tuesday, August 26, AD 2014


Dr. Edward Mulholland, an assistant professor of classical and modern languages at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, recently discussed a prayer for students composed by St. Thomas Aquinas which the Angelic Doctor prayed before studying:

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commenting on this prayer as it concerns college students, Dr. Mulholland describes parents and educators some of whom believe education is only about academics, others of whom believe it’s all about money, and yet others of whom believe it’s about prestige. And, yes, there are those parents and educators—almost certainly a very tiny minority in today’s world—who could care less about all of that, believing as they do that education is all about getting young people to persevere in morality.

As St. Thomas’ prayer reminds all of us, education and the virtue of humility are inextricably related: The proper attitude toward learning—whether in an elementary or secondary school or a college or university—is to allow God to form one’s mind to grasp the light of truth and, then, to will it in one’s life from the beginning through its completion. With that attitude, other utilitarian ends—academic success, money, and prestige—are put into proper perspective with morality becoming an imperative.

In 2008, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life/U.S. Religious Landscape survey reported the prayer habits of Americans. Of particular interest, note the habits of U.S. Catholics:


Among U.S. Catholics who report they do pray and broken down by political ideology, the following pattern emerges:


Of those Catholic parents who report they do pray—irrespective of political ideology—how many pray for their children ?

With the new academic year now underway in many locales, wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents wrote down St. Thomas’ prayer on a notecard and presented it to each of their children, asking them to say the prayer at the start of each day of school? Better yet, to tell their children they will be saying St. Thomas’ prayer for each of them at the start of each school day?




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  • Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. So sweet.

  • “Better yet, to tell their children they will be saying St. Thomas’ prayer for each of them at the start of each school day?”
    Parents can bless their children and all people in the world, now and forever, in every prayer. A priest once told me to send my Guardian Angel to protect and stay with my children, then I realized that I could send my Guardian Angel to stay with every person who will accept and allow my angel to accompany him. Now, that is heavy duty prayer not to be denied.
    Thank you for Thomas Aquinas’ prayer. A must save.

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  • The prayer by St. Thomas is new to me and a good one for adults as well in every day life. I still pray to my Guardian Angel each night upon retiring and when I begin a car trip. Yes, Mary De Voe, I too ask for my sons’ angels to watch over them.
    In Catholic school we started the day reciting the Morning Offering, “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee my prayers, works, joys, sufferings and sacrifices of this day…..”. I said it out loud with my sons on the way to school and have it in calligraphy hanging on our bedroom wall. I still say it each morning although my list of special intentions has certainly increased with age and with the increase of evils in our nation and the world. A holy card of the Morning Offering is a nice hand out for CCD classes. Of course there is always the brief “Holy Spirit, enlighten me!” before tests. Going down memory lane I remember in grade school folding our lined loose leaf in half and at the top center with an ink pen making a cross with JMJ (Jesus Mary and Joseph) beneath it.

  • The Feast of our Guardian Angels is a month away, October 2nd. It might be of interest on that day for those who have had encounters with their angel to relate them here. ?