Melania Trump is Catholic

Thursday, May 25, AD 2017


This is interesting:


Now we know one reason why the first lady began with ‘Let us pray’ and ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ when she introduced the president that evening: She’s a practicing Roman Catholic.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that to on Wednesday, hours after Pope Francis blessed a rosary for her at the Vatican.

The last Catholics to live in the White House were John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie. Melania and her son Barron will move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the summer.

Mrs. Trump did more than just show up for a Papal audience.

She spent time in prayer at the Vatican-affiliated Bambino Gesù (Baby Jesus) Hospital, and laid flowers at the feet of a statue of the Madonna.

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  • This will give the media and Hollywood even more excuses to hate Trump…and Melania. I suspected she was at least a nominal Catholic being that she is from Slovenia. I hope she is more than that….and I do not say that mockingly. God knows there is lots of room for improvement in my own life and I am not pointing a finger at anyone here. God works in mysterious ways.

  • Fr Longenecker already beat every critic to the punch by pointing out Trump’s 3 marriages and ignoring Reagan’s 2 when contrasting Trump / Francis and Reagan / JP II. He is not liberal but he’s got a liberal streak straight down his back as most Roman clerics do.

  • I don’t doubt that she is Catholic, however, many people on various sites want to see her baptismal certificate, a’la Obama’s birth certificate.

  • How about this comment? She has violated the marriage laws of the Church by marrying Trump outside the Church and is therefore living in a state of manifest grave sin. Furthermore, since it is know that she attends Easter services with her husband outside the Catholic Church, this precept also appears to be habitually violated.

    The comparison to St. Helen is not only incorrect but boarders the realm of sacrilege. The life of St. Helen is one of piety and devotion to God. Also, most historians say that she was legally married to the emperor or that they were in a common law marriage; both would be acceptable as natural marriage under the canons.

    Trump and Melania’s situation is specifically condemned under the canons and Cardinal Wuerl should contact her when she gets to DC if Cardinal Dolan has not already.

  • Fr Longenecker already beat every critic to the punch by pointing out Trump’s 3 marriages and ignoring Reagan’s 2 when contrasting Trump / Francis and Reagan / JP II.

    I’m not seeing that there. Did he do that in some other locus?

    I’ve long hated the GB Trudeau talking point about Mr. Reagan. Jane Wyman did not enter the Catholic Church until around 1965 and she never contracted another marriage after that. Neither Nancy Davis nor Ronald Reagan ever belonged to a denomination with a sacramental conception of marriage and Reagan’s divorce from Jane Wyman was at her initiative de facto and de jure (and she did not have grounds, either); her civil marriage to Reagan was the only one of five which lasted longer than five years and the only one which produced any children. I’m old enough to recall when progressive discourse was something more than what you might get from GB Trudeau or Alan Alda (“dabble at wisecracks and call the dabbling ‘social commentary’ as George Will put it). In our own time, talking points and snide remarks is what they’ve got left.

    Trump’s situation (which includes one quite blatant adultery contra Ivana and an indeterminate number beyond that) is rather different. What’s odd is that Trump’s children haven’t produced notable embarrassments or scandals and the conscientious Mr. Reagan’s children are a clown posse.

  • “She has violated the marriage laws of the Church by marrying Trump outside the Church and is therefore living in a state of manifest grave sin.”

    I think I would agree with you although I doubt that Pope Francis would. In any case she should act to regularize her situation with the Church as should hundreds of millions of Catholics in similar situations around the globe.

    “Also, most historians say that she was legally married to the emperor or that they were in a common law marriage; both would be acceptable as natural marriage under the canons.”

    Rome did not have the concept of common law marriage which is a concept developed later under English Common Law. She was clearly in a state of concubinage, similar to the relationship that Saint Augustine had with two women prior to his conversion. Considering the time in which she lived, the difference in social status between her and Constantius would have made marriage a practical impossibilty.

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Saint Augustine on the Ascension

Thursday, May 25, AD 2017

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.

Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when he said: I was hungry and you gave me food. Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope and love that unites us to him?

While in heaven he is also with us; and we while on earth are with him. He is here with us by his divinity, his power and his love. We cannot be in heaven, as he is on earth, by divinity, but in him, we can be there by love.

He did not leave heaven when he came down to us; nor did he withdraw from us when he went up again into heaven. The fact that he was in heaven even while he was on earth is borne out by his own statement: No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. These words are explained by our oneness with Christ, for he is our head and we are his body. No one ascended into heaven except Christ because we also are Christ: he is the Son of Man by his union with us, and we by our union with him are sons of God.

So the Apostle says: Just as the human body, which has many members, is a unity, because all the different members make one body, so is it also with Christ. He too has many members, but one body. Out of compassion for us he descended from heaven, and although he ascended alone, we also ascend, because we are in him by grace. Thus, no one but Christ descended and no one but Christ ascended; not because there is no distinction between the head and the body, but because the body as a unity cannot be separated from the head.


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Thursday, May 25, AD 2017

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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  • The Ascension (a Mystery of our Redemption) is recalled in the Second Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary. Desire the cardinal virtue of Hope. Meditate on the Ascension of Jesus 40 days after his Glorious Resurrection, in the presence of Mary and his disciples.

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PopeWatch: The Meeting

Thursday, May 25, AD 2017





Well the meeting occurred.  I would note that Ivanka and Melania were properly attired wearing black with veils, a fitting display of respect for the Vicar of Christ:


The meeting turned out not to be about Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, taking the American president to the woodshed about building a wall or closing borders to refugees.

Diplomatically speaking, they met as equals – as Heads of State.

There is a huge clash of styles between the two men: the pope, a model of humility; and Trump, more of a showman-businessman combo.

But Francis is all about finding common ground. And while Trump is known for his “Art of the Deal,” Francis has the divine calling for the Art of Persuasion. In that vein, a key exchange of the meeting was his gift to the president: copies of his three major writings.

The first is his encyclical, “Evangelii Gaudium” — The Joy of the Gospel.  This is about finding the core of Christianity. It’s about real faith. It will speak to Francis’ reason behind his statement, “No true Christian would build a wall.”

Next is “Amoris Laetitia” — The Joy of Love. This is about family, about sexual mores, divorce, communion and all those thorny issues the church is dealing with as the meaning of “family” in a secularized world has changed. The key here is that it is neither conservative nor liberal. It was Francis’ unique way of speaking the truth in love.

And finally, “Laudato Si” — On Care of Our Common Home. This is the major encyclical on the environment and climate change. It had a big release in 2015, with many seeing this as a central focus of Francis’ papacy. It is an issue they may disagree on, but again, Francis is about persuasion. He’s letting his writing do the talking.

President Trump said, “Well, I’ll be reading them.”

Most of the real diplomacy work took place during the president’s brief meeting afterwards with the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Secretary for Relations with States Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher.

Reports called them “cordial discussions” that included talks about a joint commitment in favor of life,  freedom of worship, and  freedom of conscience – all issues the Catholic Church is concerned about.

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  • Two things that occur to me after reading this post: 1) Francis’ giving copies of his own writings
    to Trump smacks of that same egotistic behavior we saw when Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II
    a gift of an iPod loaded with recordings of his speeches. And 2) It’s pretty rich to act friendly
    and respectful in a face-to-face meeting with Trump, and then turn around and have him badmouthed
    in Il Sismografo. Especially when that badmouthing includes an accusation of “say(ing)
    everything and the opposite of everything”. I’d say that a supposed ally who behaves like that
    is himself “not particularly reliable”.

    I’m guessing that Pope Francis has likely insured that in any future dealings with President Trump
    the Holy See will be humored and ignored in the most diplomatic, politest way.

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Empty Words After Manchester

Wednesday, May 24, AD 2017

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”

May 23, 2017

Pope Francis signaled Monday that Europe’s refugee crisis will be a top political and diplomatic priority for the Vatican in 2016, using an annual speech to diplomats accredited to the Vatican to urge “assistance and acceptance” for massive waves of migrants arriving today on the Old Continent.

January 11, 2016



We can all understand the idiotic game being played by this time.  Jihadists slay innocents, politicians and religious leaders make empty statements of condemnation and solidarity, almost always the same politicians and religious figures who have fostered mass Islamic immigration to the West, and we go on our way, amidst calls against Islamophobia, until the next Jihadist act of butchery and the cycle repeats.  The West, with rare exceptions, has leadership that is not only impotent in the face of jihadists, but eagerly swells the numbers from which they recruit in the West.  Bruce Bawer at City Journal nails it:

Damn these jihadist murderers of children. And damn the politicians who have, in many cases, helped make these murders possible but who are quick, this time and every time, to serve up empty declarations of “solidarity”even as the bodies of innocents are still being counted.

London mayor Sadiq Khan (who recently dismissed terrorist attacks as “part and parcel of living in a big city”): “London stands with Manchester.” Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer (who, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre, proclaimed a CAIR-backed “Muslim Women’s Day”—you know, the kind of event that proclaims hijabs “empowering”): Orlando “stands in solidarity with the people of the UK.” L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti (who went berserk when Trump tried to impose that temporary travel ban from a half-dozen Muslim countries): “Los Angeles stands with the people of Manchester.”

Meaningless words, all of them. But Angela Merkel takes the cake: “People in the UK can rest assured that Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with them.” Well, isn’t that . . . reassuring. In what way do such words help anybody to “rest assured” of anything? In any case, how dare she? This, after all, is the woman who opened the floodgates—the woman who, out of some twisted sense of German historical guilt, put European children in danger by inviting into the continent masses of unvetted people from the very part of the world where this monstrous evil has its roots.

Then there was this from European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: “Once again, terrorism has sought to instill fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration.” Beneath the innocuous-seeming surface of this statement is a slick rhetorical ruse: Juncker to the contrary, these savages aren’t out to “sow division”—they’re out to kill infidels. By introducing the concept of “division,” Juncker, like so many others, is implying that the important message here is: Hey, whatever you do, don’t let this little episode put any bad thoughts about Islam into your head!

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese also spoke of “fear” and “division”: “Manchester is a proud, strong city and we will not allow terrorists who seek to sow fear and division to achieve their aims.” Guess what, pal? They did achieve their aims: they killed 22 people, including children, and injured several dozen. Dead infidels: that’s their objective, period. (Or, as you would say, full stop.)

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  • Quislings all, lead by the evil clown. No loving father invites the danger into his home when his children will be at risk. Pope Francis does this again and again and then has the gall to express his “heartfelt solidarity” with those he has helped to put at risk. His words, of course, spoken behind thick walls while he is protected by armed guards. He sows division. He abandons the flock. He needs to be called out.

  • These politicians support murder of unborn children in the womb.

    These politicians support immigration of Islamists who murder born children in music theatres.

    Tell me the difference.

  • Blind guides indeed. Willingly do they cover their eyes.

  • There is not much the Pope can do here other than make pro forma statements. There is something he can refrain from doing, which is suggesting that it is sinful to enforce national border controls or to care for refugees in camps adjacent to zones of conflict (rather than importing them into miliieux where they are sadly incompatible with the extant population). The perpetrator is supposedly a Maghreb Arab born in Britain whose parents were granted ‘refugee’ status at some point. It’s rather puzzling that they were living in Britain rather than Morocco, Tunisia, or Algeria.

    As for the hag-chancellor, the reaction of the political class in Sweden, Germany, and France has been a mix of legal harassment of political dissidents (Brigitte Bardot has been prosecuted 5x) and concealing information. Their contempt for the interests of their domestic working class is so thorough that they’re in the business of wrecking their institutions and civic customs in order to keep injuring that class.

  • Art Deco, as usual, is 100% correct. The reigning elites hold the people in contempt and their self-serving policies abuse and misuse the “little people.”

    Rational people didn’t need more proof. The idiot left (redundant) and the deranged will never admit it. The Manchester massacre (as did 10,000 terror attacks since 2001) proved (for the 7,000th time) that President Donald J. Trump is right.

    Papa Foxtrot, Obama, Hillary, et al are dead wrong. The increasing body counts are proof.

    Civilizations are not murdered. Civilizations commit suicide.

  • They can all stand “shoulder to shoulder” as a man with a dull knife beheads them …and their little children too.

  • “London mayor Sadiq Khan (who recently dismissed terrorist attacks as “part and parcel of living in a big city”)”

    That’s false. He was responding to speculation about an attack in New York City a few months ago, and said:

    “I’m not going to speculate as to who is responsible. I’m not going to speculate as to how the police in New York should react. What I do know is part and parcel of living in a great global city is you’ve got to be prepared for these things, you’ve got to be vigilant, you’ve got to support the police doing an incredibly hard job, you’ve got to support the security services, and I think speculating when you don’t have the facts is unwise.”

    Should he have been more willing to speculate about the bombing? Fine. But he wasn’t dismissing terrorism, and repeating someone who said without an explanation is morally questionable.

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  • I’m sorry Pinky. The quote may be incorrect but it is not misleading. Terror attacks and threats thereof in the “great global city” of NYC were few and far between prior to the present rise of jihad. Much of Mayor Khan’s comment makes sense, but then would he really support the incredibly hard steps that would reduce the “incredibly hard job” he cites? Identify radical aliens and deport them, or if not that then at least let no more into the country? Somehow one doubts that he would, and so the use of the quote is not inaccurate.

  • Clickbait hackery will call for internment or mass surveillance or some other dramatic gesture that satisfies the craving to ‘just do something, damnit’, but that would do little to improve security or that, even if it did, would require us to sacrifice the very principles that, in our grander moments, we think define our society, our way of life. Here, as everywhere, there are trade-offs and sometimes these are deeply, necessarily, uncomfortable.

    Instinctively, I think, most people understand this. They appreciate that realism is not the same as fatalism and far less is it any kind of capitulation. Even amidst heartbreak, decency finds a way. We saw that, in the immediacy of the moment, in the thousands of individual acts of instinctive kindness in Manchester last night and this morning. Taken singly these were only small; together they became something mighty.

    That’s not enough but neither is it nothing. We grieve and we mourn and we do not forget. But we do go on.

  • Pope Francis and politicians with attitudes of encouragement of mass immigration and fatuous sympathy and benign “solidarity” with Islamic mass murder bear a portion of the responsibility for these horrific events.

  • TomD wrote, “Terror attacks and threats thereof in the “great global city” of NYC were few and far between prior to the present rise of jihad.”

    But not in the UK. On 15 June 1996, a far more evil and remorseless foe, the IRA exploded a truck bomb in the centre of Manchester, injuring 212 people. Many surrounding buildings had to be demolished and rebuilt.

    Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester is from Warrington where, on 26 February 1993, the IRA exploded one device outside a gas storage facility and two others outside shops in Bridge Street. Two children were killed and 56 people were injured.

    The attacks on London were too numerous to list, but I have personal reasons to recall two, in particular. One was on Thursday 8th March 1973, when the IRA set off a bomb outside the Central Criminal Court in Old Bailey in London. The bomb, about 14 kg or 30 lb of Semtex, was in a car across the street from a public house called the Magpie & Stump. One bar faces the street and the other is behind it, reached from an alleyway called Bishop’s Court. I was in the back bar, when the front of the building was blown in. In the street, one person died and one hundred and forty were injured. The other was on on Saturday 17th December 1983, when the IRA planted another car bomb, similar to the Old Bailey bomb, in Hans Crescent, at the back of Harrods’s, the London department store. I was going there to do some Xmas shopping and had stopped to chat to a friend in Sloan Street. I would have used the Hans Crescent entrance. Six people were killed, including three police officers who had just arrived and were still in their car. One of the dead was an American visitor. Ninety people were injured.

    NYC was a hotbed of Fenian support for the Fenian murderers, seeking to put down the authority and government of the Queen in Northern Ireland. The resolute response of the people of that province, where 3,000 people were killed, was summed up in graffiti everywhere: No Surrender.

  • “NYC was a hotbed of Fenian support for the Fenian murderers, seeking to put down the authority and government of the Queen in Northern Ireland. The resolute response of the people of that province, where 3,000 people were killed, was summed up in graffiti everywhere: No Surrender.”

    I have absolutely no sympathy for the Marxist murderers of the IRA of the contemporary era, but the “No Surrender” slogan long pre-dated the beginning of the contemporary Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1969. It was symbolic of the sectarian hatred that treated Northern Irish Catholics as helots in their own land and made certain that Protestant extremists could grind their faces into the dust in perpetuity. It was this situation that gave the appalling IRA any popular support. Of course, Protestant extremists did their own share of bombings and random murders of innocent Catholic civilians. The irony of course is that fervent Catholics were sparse on the ground in the contemporary IRA just as regular church going attendance was not a hallmark of their murderous Protestant counterparts, faith being reduced to an ethnic marker. The Jihadists are far different in that regard.

  • MP-S: Why did the Irish hate you guys?

    In NYC saloons, men would pass the hat in NYC Irish saloons.

    There is one yuge difference between the UK ruling elites’ reaction to the IRA insurrection and the jihad. It’s racism. It was SOP to deploy SAS assassination teams to kill iRA terrorists. it was common to set up paratrooper (I knew a Brit para that was on the teams) snipers teams to kill curfew breakers. It was ok to set up army check points/machine guns/armored vehicles in Catholic neighborhoods.

    For the jihad it’s “Why do they hate us?” and it is forbidden to talk about jihad.

  • MPS, Mark Steyn just wrote a great rebuttal on comparisons between the two Manchester bombings:

    “A couple of hours ago, as I write, the Arndale shopping center in Manchester was evacuated, somewhat chaotically, with hundreds of customers stampeding for the exits lest they be the cause of The Independent’s next carry-on editorial. The Arndale was the scene of the city’s last big terror attack – in 1996, when the IRA totaled it. Two hundred people were injured, but nobody died, and you don’t have to be a terror apologist like Jeremy Corbyn to find the bad old days of Irish republicanism almost quaint by comparison. A few weeks ago the BBC reported that “approximately 850 people” from the United Kingdom have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis and the like. That’s more volunteers than the IRA were able to recruit in thirty years of the “Troubles”, when MI5 estimated that they never had more than a hundred active terrorists out in the field. This time maybe it’s the exotic appeal of foreign travel, as opposed to a month holed up in a barn in Newry.”

    See the full article at

    Steyn also raises another IRA / Jihad comparison in the same article:

    “Thirty years ago, in the interests of stopping IRA terrorism, the British state was not above preventing the internal movement within its borders of unconvicted, uncharged, unarrested Republican sympathizers seeking to take a ferry from Belfast to Liverpool. Today it declares it can do nothing to prevent the movement of large numbers of the Muslim world from thousands of miles away to the heart of the United Kingdom. It’s just a fact of life – like being blown up when you go to a pop concert.”

  • Donald R McClarey wrote, “[T]he “No Surrender” slogan long pre-dated the beginning of the contemporary Troubles in Northern Ireland.”

    It is very old and may go back to the Siege of Londonderry in 1689. It has long been used by the Apprentice Boys of Derry. It was popularised by Sir Edward Carson to express opposition to the Third Home Rule bill of 1912 and the signing of the Ulster Covenant. Carson’s more than life-size statue stands in front of the Stormont Parliament building in Northern Ireland.

    It was again popularised by the Rev Dr Ian Paisley during the recent Troubles: “No surrender. We will never bend the knee.”

    It is used by Loyalists to express their determination to preserve their civil and religious freedoms.

  • It was symbolic of the sectarian hatred that treated Northern Irish Catholics as helots in their own land and made certain that Protestant extremists could grind their faces into the dust in perpetuity. It was this situation that gave the appalling IRA any popular support.

    This seems rather florid. Catholics in Ulster were a subaltern population treated brusquely by the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Political institutions were a ruin. That having been said, they were not in any state of hereditary servitude.

    Of course, Protestant extremists did their own share of bombings and random murders of innocent Catholic civilians.

    We can check. My recollection is that the UDA / UVF was much less active than the IRA / INLA and that the death toll from Nationalist violence exceeded that from Unionist violence by a factor of about 6.

  • TomD

    There were some 10,000 bomb attacks during the Troubles (1969-1998) The IRA threat was far from trivial.

    As for “Why did the Irish hate you guys?” That raises the question why so many Irish people were willing to endure such suffering and disruption to their lives, rather than contemplate absorption into the Free State. Ask the Irish community here in the West of Scotland, 50,000 of whom will be taking part in marches on 12 July to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne.

  • “We can check.”

    About half the people who died in The Troubles were Catholic:

  • “This seems rather florid.”

    Substitute fifth class citizen for Helot.

  • “It is used by Loyalists to express their determination to preserve their civil and religious freedoms.”

    All of which they would enjoy if the government of the Republic ruled all of Ireland. What the slogan means is “We have the whip hand over you croppies and we mean to hold on to it.”

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May 24, 1935: First Night Game in Major League Baseball

Wednesday, May 24, AD 2017

Eighty-two years ago the first major league baseball game was  played under the lights, adding a new dimension to the game of Summer, and making it more accessible to most people who work for a living during the day.  The first baseball game under artificial illumination was played in 1880, the year after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.  However the major league teams did not embrace this innovation for over a half century.  Economic need, as usual, was the driver involved in making night major league ball a reality.  Almost all ball teams struggled during the Great Depression and attendance at games was a matter of life or death for the teams.  Some minor league teams and teams of the Negro League had been playing ball under the lights since 1930.

Leland “Larry” MacPhail and Powel Crosley, the general manager and the owner of the Cincinnati Reds, noticed that minor league teams were drawing big crowds playing night games.  The Reds were averaging 2000-3000 fans a game, their loyal followers being simply unable to miss a precious day of work during the hard times in the middle of the Depression.  They took the bold stance of putting in lights at Crosley Field, hang the expense despite the precarious financial condition of the Reds.  The first night game was set for May 24, 1935 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Reds won two-one and 20,000 fans witnessed it, as 632 flood lights illumined the field.  Night ball was here to stay.

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PopeWatch: Separated at Birth

Wednesday, May 24, AD 2017

In anticipation of the grand meeting in Rome of Pope and President:

The leader can be described thusly:

  1. He is impulsive.
  2. He insults enemies.
  3. He uses twitter daily.
  4. He loves media attention.
  5. His most ardent supporters resemble a cult.
  6. He is autocratic.
  7. He is sometimes inarticulate when he goes off script.
  8. He is a source of division.
  9. His statements are frequently factually challenged.
  10. He believes in conspiracy theories.

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White Privilege, the Police and Good Manners

Tuesday, May 23, AD 2017

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

Jesse Jackson, November 27, 1993

Very, very strong content warning as to the Chris Rock video above.  Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts has a post on the concept of white privilege:

Courtesy of National Review.  I notice that most who beat the drum of white privilege are, in fact, white.  A common trend today.  Of course the most popular criticism of those questioning the dogma is to call them racists.  An oldie but a goodie.  Still, since I know many people who have missed the good ship White Privilege, and furthermore dismiss the idea that a white person starved to death is better off than a non-white person starved to death, it’s worth the read for a dissenting view.

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  • Privilege is just another word for family.”

    I think when it comes down to it, when we talk about privilege, we are usually talking about parents who try to help their children succeed. They provide safe homes, teach their children social skills, ingratiate them with valuable connections, and submerge them in a culture in which they will learn how to get to and through college, and into the workplace. Of course, it’s more than a one generation phenomena. Parents are enabled to privilege their children in part because of the privileges they themselves have received. Privilege moves from parent to child from generation to generation. And the web gets very thick. But at its heart, privilege is family.

  • Don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this here before or not. If so, pardon the repetition.

    Near as I can tell, the only privilege there is to being white is you get to be responsible everybody else’s mistakes along with your own.

    That goes double if you’re male and white.

    Triple if you’re heterosexual, male and white.

  • That Chris Rock video has been out for several years now. Even though I must have watched it hundreds of times, it still cracks me up. Those rule apply equally to whites as well as blacks. The cops in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn had no compunction in face planting any white kid stupid enough to get froggy with the fuzz. At least that’s the way it was 35-40 years ago when I was growing up in Detroit.

    The kind of “privilege” I experienced as a white kid in an inner city Detroit public high school back in the early 80s consisted of getting my face kicked in, as well as being terrorized, because of the color of my skin. The race hatred of these blacks toward whites I saw firsthand was ginned up by the white left. And the harm it has done to blacks has been irreparable.

  • “The race hatred of these blacks toward whites I saw firsthand was ginned up by the white left. And the harm it has done to blacks has been irreparable.”


  • I have pointed out several times that I used to work in Washington, DC for over five years. On a daily basis, I commuted through the parts of the District that no tourist ever sees…or has any business ever spending any time in. I drove by a welfare hotel . The parking lot was covered in litter. Small children could be seen wandering about and this was at the intersection of Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue. A station wagon with three black passengers tried to run me off the ramp from the never finished Southeast-Southwest Freeway to Pennsylvania Avenue. On the Baltimore Washington Parkway there was a car with two black men who insisted on driving in front of me at a speed about 15 miles an hour under the speed limit and when I attempted to pass they cut me off. I had to wait to get to an exit ramp, fake passing on the left and floored it turning right. i drove on the berm and on the grass to get away from them.

    For 17 years I have taken the bus to work. There is one stop in a black neighborhood. The worst behaved people on the bus always use this stop.

    I don’t have the awful stories some people do, but I can tell you it can be very hard not to blame the problems black people face entirely on them and mentally wash my hands of it all. God, how I loathe political correctness. There is nothing correct about it and it can be suffocating.

  • Political correctness is virtue signaling. Its aim is to divide the country, to shame anyone who disagrees with progressive ideas. Even to question them is bigotry. But mainly it is to acknowledge those who hold them as the rightful rulers of the country.

  • Here you go, Penguins Fan, a classic article the Rush from Judgement.

  • I don’t have the awful stories some people do, but I can tell you it can be very hard not to blame the problems black people face entirely on them and mentally wash my hands of it all. God, how I loathe political correctness. There is nothing correct about it and it can be suffocating.

    The thing is, you have a large population of wage-earning blacks who live in slums or in sketchy neighborhoods where security is poor. (The homicide rate in central Rochester is 35 per 100,000). The cultural dynamics of the black population are such that the interests of these people is never articulated and seldom addressed. You have a stable equilibrium between suburban interests, white progrtrash, black politicians, and the business-as-usual elites within the Democratic Party that leaves these people in the lurch. Rudolph Giuliani and Wm. Bratton are among the few people that matter who ever cared about their interests in an effective way. The vociferous element among black politicians is very concerned that the police and courts treat hoodlums delicately. For whatever reason, this sort of asininity does not cost them their careers.

    DC is a great deal safer than it was a generation ago, with a homicide rate about 1/2 what it was during the period running from 1970-85 and a quarter what it was during the period running from 1986 to 1998. It’s still over 30 per 100,000 in the black section of town. There’s more work to be done toward a restoration of public order. Instead, Democratic Party lawfare artists, media frauds, and salaried rabble-rousers are attempting to trash the accomplishments law enforcement have had to date. (And, of course, they receive the endorsement of the adolescent crew commonly called ‘libertarian’).

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Two Hundred Billion

Tuesday, May 23, AD 2017



Some California Democrats in the state legislature are attempting to have the formerly Golden State adopt a single payer health care system.  The estimated cost for “free” health care in one state?  Two hundred billion dollars:


The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

Go here to read the rest.  The article goes on to note that the study estimates that California employers currently pay one hundred to one hundred and fifty billion to pay for the health care of employees.  A few thoughts:

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  • I am a big believer in federalism so I say let them.

    Also so many people are convinced single-payer can work, maybe it’s time a crash and burn be demonstrated in their neighbor’s backyard to teach them it won’t. It will be even more fun since CA is so one-party, it’s going to be a hard sell for the true believers to blame interfering republicans for this failure.

  • As PJ O’Rourke said, if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.

  • “Puerto Rico on the Pacific.”

    Bienvenidos. I leave in 3 years 4 Mos ..but could be a lot sooner.

  • I think the state should supply catastrophic health insurance, only. All other forms of health insurance would be declared illegal as they serve only to drive up the cost of health care. Health care has become a racket in many respects with multiple moral hazards for doctors and patients.

  • I agree with Michael Dowd. As my father lay dying in 1965, I had a conversation with my family doctor about Medicare and Medicaid. He was adamantly opposed. He said it was socialized medicine and because it would put so much government money into the system that it would appeal to the greed of everyone involved. He had served in the army during World War II and had hated it. What it would do encourage many people to come to the doctor or go to the pharmacy unnecessarily, and to encourage them to think that every ill, even unhappiness, had a cure. The numbers being thrown out by Teddy Kennedy and others were nonsense. The demand for health care was unlimited. Therefore doctors would get rich, hospitals would get rich, suppliers would rich, and insurance companies would get rich. The relaionshio between doctor and patient would be altered. In the end, everyone involved would become a client of government and always demanding of new laws that would benefit them. The good thing was that public health would get much better. People would, however, be more careless of their health thinking that doctors could save them from their excesses. Bottom line, though, the cost to the government would be immense and if uncontaiend would become unaffordable.

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PopeWatch: Justice

Tuesday, May 23, AD 2017

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mathew 7: 14



Pope Francis continues with his mercy uber alles theme:



Pope Francis says Catholic leaders do a “great injustice” when they say God judges sinners when in fact he forgives sinners with his mercy.

At an evening prayer service Friday in Fatima, Portugal, Francis said: “Mercy has to be put before judgment and, in any case, God’s judgment will always be rendered in light of his mercy.”

Francis has riled the more doctrinaire wing of the church with his mercy-over-morals priorities, particularly after the last two doctrine-minded papacies. He recently concluded an entire Holy Year on trying to show the more merciful side of the church.


Francis delivered the mercy-trumps-judgment message on the first day of a two-day visit to the shrine at Fatima, where three shepherd children reported having visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. Francis will declare two of the children saints on Saturday, the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.

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  • “What an odd time we live in when Catholics can get sounder moral instruction on this key point from a dead, drug and alcohol addicted, Protestant Country singer than from the Vicar of Christ.”

    Yup, and that’s true mercy 😉

  • And the way it is all in the Washington Post ( owner Jeff Bezos) makes us Catholics all look as foolish as the Bezos of the world think we are.
    The resolve of the evil one!
    Pope has said his time will be short before he goes to the father’s house.
    I can not Imagine how he can stand quietly in prayer in front of the statue of Mary without feeling the heat.
    Years ago we used to wonder about how an anti christ would be able to fool the world.

  • Mercy and justice – neither one comes before the other. God’s mercy is perfect, as is His justice. That’s incomprehensible but true.

    If we open ourselves to God’s grace we will fall under His mercy. If we fail to, we fall under His justice. Both are equally real. God doesn’t need anything from us, and we can’t enhance His glory. We will either bring glory to His justice or to His mercy. But God is love, and wants us to fall under His mercy. He created us to sing His praises in Heaven.

    It’s merciful to talk about God’s justice, and it’s just to talk about God’s mercy. I can’t fault the Pope for either. I can fault the Post for doing a bad job in their religion reporting. But people these days need the full message, as people always do, about God’s mercy and justice.

  • “If we open ourselves to God’s grace we will fall under His mercy. If we fail to, we fall under His justice.”
    Well said Pinky. God forces no one into heaven. God condemns no one into hell. God is. Man must will to get to heaven. Man must will to avoid hell. The choice in free will belongs to man. God does not and cannot contradict Himself. Given free will, man must will to belong to God in Mercy, Justice and Love. Only prayer from Pope Francis may convert the hearts of those who refuse God’s mercy. It is man’s choice. Neither God, nor Pope Francis can impose God’s mercy on a reprobate who refuses God’s mercy.

  • Yes -my literal earthly understanding of justice and of mercy are certainly inadequate!
    Justice and Mercy “kissed” at the cross. Justice and Mercy stand together- Mercy is just, and justice is mercy
    BUT we are in Time and Place.
    God is outside time, there is no chronology in Him – His attributes of justice and mercy are eternal -we would think of them as “coincidental” if they were in time but they are. mysterious (like Jesus’ eternal “sonship” and shared esse)

    For us, there comes a time when the cup is full. There needs to be repentence before death, before entering timelessness.. “today” like the good thief did.
    Time can run out on us- like a fugitive 🙂

  • Isn’t God’s perfect justice in the fact that he gives us the freedom to ask, or refuse to ask, for his perfect Mercy?

  • It seems to me that God’s perfect justice would be in throwing me into Hell for all of my sins, and that God’s mercy gives me the unearned opportunity to ask for His mercy. I’ve already cashed in my Freedom chip with my first sin. At this point, all I can do to appeal to justice is wash myself in His blood and say “this debt was paid”.

  • When “Pope” Francis speaks of mercy he really means antinomian: 1 : one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace (see 1grace 1a) the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation. 2 : one who rejects a socially established morality.

    “Pope” Francis quite simply is a heretic.

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The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!

Monday, May 22, AD 2017



LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy reminds us to keep an eye on the Rooskies:

MADISON – According to members of the Our Lady of the Third Degree parish council, their pastor revealed sensitive parish information to members of a Russian Orthodox church during a recent ecumenical visit.

Unconfirmed reports from council members requesting anonymity told AoftheA News that Fr. S. P. Neeyahj held a private meeting with Russian Orthodox representatives for thirty minutes this past Monday, during which classified information was divulged. They participated in an ecumenical prayer service sponsored by Our Lady of the Third Degree, and after the event, Neeyahj invited them into his parish office.

Parish officials denied the allegations at first, but were forced to scramble for explanations after Fr. Neeyahj tweeted out “Great mtg with Russian friends! Shared our summer parish picnic theme & exchanged secret potluck recipes. #BrothersInFaith”.

“As pastor, he has the right to declassify any information he wants,” one source told AoftheA News. “But it’s a trust issue. Not to mention he knows it’s parish policy to not reveal the parish picnic theme until after Memorial Day. Huge breach in protocol, and puts at risk our ability as a parish council to determine themes for future events.”

It’s unsure which recipes Fr. Neeyahj gave the Russians. Past potluck participants have taken to social media to complain that the recipes were closely-guarded, treasured family secrets, intended solely to be handed down to future generations. Father’s actions raise serious questions about what other possible details and secrets he is disclosing.

“Has he given our Dunkin Donuts contract for Coffee Hour to the Presbyterians?,” another unnamed source said. “Has he shown the Baptists our methods of parishioner data collection? Is he telling the Unitarians that, yes, they will be going to Hell? We have a right to know what’s he been saying to whom, and for how long.”

Calls to Fr. Neeyahj were not returned. A parish official told AoftheA News his whereabouts were a secret.


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  • I love it. The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming is the funniest movie I have ever seen, great ad for the Second Amendment. Did you see Johnathan Winter?
    Larry D. and The Acts of Apostasy have placed the assault on President Trump in proper perspective.
    I say again: Go see The Guns of Navarrone, when the English agent gives false information to an injured officer whom he knows will be given truth serum to extract information by the enemy.
    Our Lady promised a third world war “of unimaginable proportions”. Perhaps the Russians will be converted as they were in the film The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming.

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Trump and Russia-So What?

Monday, May 22, AD 2017

Lots of ink has been spilled over the investigation into the Trump campaign as to whether it had contacts with the Russian government during the campaign last year.  Kevin D. Williamson at National Review, the same Kevin D. Williamson who hates Trump with the undying hate of the bitterest Never Trumper, states the obvious about the hysteria over this investigation:

But here’s the thing: For all the risible and irresponsible cries of “Treason!” and “Obstruction of justice!” there is not really much reason to believe that Trump has done much of anything wrong — though perhaps the special counsel will learn otherwise — certainly nothing that rises to the level of a treason charge (this is ridiculous talk, but it nonetheless must be taken seriously), or the “high crimes and misdemeanors” that would lead to impeachment, or to the incapacity that would allow for his removal under the 25th Amendment. Trump does not know what he is doing, and he is not very good at this job, but there’s no law against that. It is not unconstitutional to be a fool.
The doings in Washington have a distinctly tropical feel to them, and it isn’t global warming. Republicans who rallied to Trump are now learning that it is very difficult to steer the ship of state with one middle finger. American institutions are very robust, and this moment’s banana-republic stuff probably can be digested, provided there is not too much more of it. But there is no sign that Democrats will be satisfied with paralyzing the administration — at the grassroots, it is plain they will be satisfied with nothing less than driving him from office, and maybe not even with that.
But that is not how constitutional, democratic republics work.
There will be another election in 2020, at which time the American electorate can render its judgment on Trump.

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  • Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump. The NeverTrumpers ought to have a big slice of humble pie and a nice hot cup of STFU.

  • Ah the Elites, a constitutional democratic republic is too precious a thing to be left to ordinary people. I wonder if these Elites went to today’s “Catholic” schools. “Meh, Carpenters, Fishermen and Tradesmen – what do they know-“

  • The corrupt, incompetent elites do not advance or support the people’s best interests.

    Voodoo central planning has been a consistent catastrophe. Let’s look at the apocalyptic Fed. See Dr. Henry Kaufman’s new book in which he “hits the nail on the head” – and this applies to all, “. . . the Fed has attained an unprecedented prominence – precisely because of its past policy failures.”

    Do not underestimate the elites’ IQ’s. It requires true Mensa-level genius to be so harmful to so many so consistently and to convince the victims that they need you more and more.

    Defeating Crooked Hillary was only a first stride in a trek of 1,000 miles.

    I’m old enough to remember when demokrats (Teddy Chappaquiddick treason with the Kremlin, Obama leaning over with hot mic, Hillary selling 25% of US weapon-grade uranium, Clinton Foundation receiving $$$ tens of millions in Russian bribes, etc.) thought collusion with Russia, a.k.a. the USSR, was a good thing.

    This is different because . . . SHUT UP!

  • Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.

    He’s also innumerate, illustrates his arguments with cherry-picked nonsense examples, and tells stories on himself which make it plain that it meatworld he makes a jack-wagon out of himself (or does not but wishes to present himself in such a way as you’ll think he’s a jack-wagon). National Review is in wretched condition.

  • There on video, Obama colluding with the Russians. Obama may be impeached even AFTER Obama has left the Oval Office of President. Go for it. If Trump is threatened with impeachment , so ought Obama.

  • This is an investigation in search of a crime

    Brought about by a spurious accusation of wrong doing (collaboration between unknown parties in and around the Trump campaign and unknown parties in and around the Russian government) that is itself in all likelihood a coverup of an actual crime (U.S. citizens being spied upon by their own government i.e. “a classic fishing expedition).

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Pence Speech at Notre Dame

Monday, May 22, AD 2017


The Pence speech at Notre Dame is being played in the media as if the less than 100 students who walked out, out of a total of 3,000 graduates, was significant.  Lost is his speech, a very good one, which is filled with sentiments that all Catholics should endorse.  It is ironic that this former Catholic is more in tune with traditional Catholic teaching on moral issues than is virtually every elected Democrat with a D after his his or her name.

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  • Less than a 100 snowflakes walked out?
    Their loss.
    Insignificant indeed.

  • Was that 100 the sum total of victim studies majors ND graduated this year?

  • I have a less sanguine opinion about Father Hesburgh’s legacy. the fact that Pence is no longer Catholic is an example of the sort who had to leave the Church to find faith.

  • I guess you’re fine with the pro-life protesters who shouted and interrupted Obama when he gave a graduation speech at Notre Dame?

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  • Why yes Jim I am, considering that the Church has opposed abortion since the Crucifixion, that Notre Dame is a purportedly Catholic university and that Catholic colleges and universities in this country are forbidden by the Church from honoring pro-abort politicians.

  • Jim Markey.

    I guess Your Fine with the slaughter of nearly sixty million human fetus’ since the scourge of legalized​ killing began in 1973?

    Fr. Weslin arrested along with the others who we’re praying for an end of America’s most shameful inhumanity to man, abortion. Worse, mind you, than slavery..the premeditated application of destroying a human life in the womb of it’s mother for any reason…..and be silent.
    Not speak up. Adolph Obama as a young Senator in Illinois told an abortion survivor, Gianna J., face to face, that she shouldn’t of survived. This story was told to me by Gianna. She was our guest speaker at a fundraiser for our local Right to Life office.

    Obama would of rather seen an abortion that failed to kill the child and managed to survive the ordeal, be put to death on the spot. Please read her story below.

    How dare you quibble about protesters who saw the beginning of the this new Presidency step foot on Notre Dame property…but hey….Catholic in name only is a growing trend. See Biden. See Pelosi.

  • Was that 100 the sum total of victim studies majors ND graduated this year?

    Only if the propensity of Notre Dame students to major in victimology exceeds that of an ordinary college or university by a factor of about 8. About 0.5% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in a typical year are in such programs (which would amount to about a dozen students in cap-and-gown given Notre Dame’s census). A faculty the size of Notre Dame’s could hardly justify five positions for victim studies based on student demand. Victim studies is patronage for favored political groups. It has two effects: freezing curricula into an unprofitable mold (if programs are staffed with corresponding faculty from other departments) or adding pseudo-scholars to the faculty who are commonly head cases (see some of KC Johnson’s portraits of the black studies faculty at Duke or Robert Stacy McCain’s of the women’s studies faculty at various places). What Danny deVito said. “Three great things. Dogs, doughnuts, and money. Espectially…Other People’s Money”. Arts and sciences faculties in our time are rotten, as are faculties for teacher training, social work, law, and library administration.

  • I do not know what Father Theodore Hesburg was doing at Jay Rockerfeller’s (sp) meetings for Population Control. My letters to Father Hesburg about the Immaculate Conception never received a reply.
    A preemptive war on overpopulation and people as pollution, as abortion is, does not solve a problem that does not exist, no more than Thomas Malthus’ dire predictions of world starvation caused by humans. .

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PopeWatch: Council of Jerusalem

Monday, May 22, AD 2017



The Pope takes a look at the Council of Jerusalem to accuse those who oppose him of trying to impose ideology rather than doctrine:



The Holy Father was commenting on the First Reading, from the Acts of the Apostles. He noted that even in the first Christian community “there were jealousies, power struggles, a certain deviousness that wanted to profit from and to buy power.” There are always problems, he said: “We are human, we are sinners” and there are difficulties, even in the Church. But being sinners leads to humility and to drawing close to the Lord, as Saviour who saves us from our sins. With regard to the gentiles who the Spirit called to become Christians, the Holy Father recalled that, in the reading, the apostles and the elders chose several people to go to Antioch together with Paul and Barnabas. The reading describes two different kinds of people: those who had “forceful discussions” but with “a good spirit,” on the one hand; and those who “sowed confusion”:

“The group of the apostles who want to discuss the problem, and the others who go and create problems. They divide, they divide the Church, they say that what the Apostles preached is not what Jesus said, that it is not the truth.”

The apostles discussed the situation among themselves, and in the end came to an agreement:

“But it is not a political agreement; it is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that leads them to say: no things, no necessities. Only those who say: don’t eat meat at the time, meat sacrificed to idols, because that was communion with the idols; abstain from blood, from animals that were strangled, and from illegitimate unions.”

The Pope pointed to the “liberty of the Spirit” that leads to agreement: so, he said, the gentiles were allowed to enter the Church without having to undergo circumcision. It was at the heart of the “first Council” of the Church: the Holy Spirit and they, the Pope with the Bishops, all together,” gathered together in order “to clarify the doctrine;” and later, through the centuries – as at Ephesus or at Vatican II – because “it is a duty of the Church to clarify the doctrine,” so that “what Jesus said in the Gospels, what is the Spirit of the Gospels, would be understood well”:

“But there were always people who without any commission go out to disturb the Christian community with speeches that upset souls: ‘Eh, no, someone who says that is a heretic, you can’t say this, or that; this is the doctrine of the Church.’ And they are fanatics of things that are not clear, like those fanatics who go there sowing weeds in order to divide the Christian community. And this is the problem: when the doctrine of the Church, that which comes from the Gospel, that which the Holy Spirit inspires – because Jesus said, “He will teach us and remind you of all that I have taught’ – [when] that doctrine becomes an ideology. And this is the great error of those people.”

These individuals, the Pope explained, “were not believers, they were ideologized,” they had an ideology that closed the heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles, on the other hand, certainly discussed things forcefully, but they were not ideologized: “They had hearts open to what the Holy Spirit said. And after the discussion ‘it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us.’”

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Being Student Commissars for Fun and Profit

Sunday, May 21, AD 2017





This has raised a firestorm:


The University of Arizona is paying students $10 per hour to assume the responsibilities of “Social Justice Advocates.”


According to an online job description, Social Justice Advocates, or SJAs for short, “will be responsible for instituting monthly programmatic efforts within the residence halls that focus specifically on social justice issues,” such as setting up “bulletin boards in the halls” and hosting “social justice modules once a month for the RAs.”


Successful applicants will be expected to “report any bias incidents or claims to appropriate Residence Life staff” in addition to hosting bi-semesterly “Real Talks” with dorm residents.


“The position also aims to increase understanding of one’s own self through critical reflection of power and privilege, identity and intersectionality, systems of socialization, cultural competency, and allyship as they pertain to the acknowledgement, understanding, and acceptance of differences,” the job description elaborates, noting that the ultimate goal of the position is to “increase a student staff member’s ability to openly lead conversations, discuss differences, and confront diversely insensitive behavior.”


Notably, SJAs are paid an hourly rate of $10, and are expected to work an average of 15 hours per week, meaning students who fill the position can expect to make about $150 per week for promoting “inclusive communities through positive interactions.”

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  • Excellent video. This last week a training course was being delivered to 20+ somethings and will be continuing all this next week. The subject matter is regulatory driven, yet without exception these young people all recently graduated from Academia with either the basic BS degree or an advanced degree (a few with an MS and one with a PhD) are liberal leftsts. Conversations on break or in the hallway easily reveal this to be the case. These people are completely consumed with the idiocies of anthropogenic global warming, gender as a spectrum, social justice as morality, feminism as female equality in function, etc. One must tread very carefully in this mine field. There was in fact an incident (not caused by the instructor) where a Manager had a talk with the students of that class about diversity and inclusivity and tolerance. Fathom that sort of thing having to be done in a course devoted strictly to scientific nuclear regulations.

    I hate, loathe, abhor, detest, despise, and hold in utter disdain and contempt liberal progressive feminist leftism. Not the person holding those views (often because of brain washing in college), but the ideology itself. The person needs serious prayer.

  • Isn’t that just like demented liberals (redundant for clarity)? Isn’t that akin remaking college campuses into re-education/indoctrination centers?

    Anyhow, It’s time spit on one’s hands, to hoist the black flag, and begin to repudiate the fabricated/fictional moral and fake intellectual supremacy, which have always been lies.

    Their caricatures of “social justice” represent collective guilt and punishment, which is injustice. Individuals only can be praised or punished for the good or evils they did.

  • The faculty don’t have the stones to put these characters out of business, because faculty are fundamentally other-directed people and making a stink about these sorts of patronage programs is status-lowering. The trustees don’t have the stones to put an end to this because they’re generally negligent and hollow at nearly every institution. The institution needs a good financial crunch at which point some of these zero-marginal-product positions may disappear.

  • I know that this will make some people”s heads explode but this sounds like Ayn Rand’s semi auto-biographical novel ” We the living “. I recounted her experiences going to university just after the Russian revolution. Whatever you may think about her philosophy it provides with a rather bleak is accurate picture of the future if we continue on the road we are on now .

  • It is the ten dollars and hour for being a good citizen. Virtues cannot be bought or paid for and citizenship or patriotism is a virtue exercised for the common good.

  • One well written law allowing future employers to reject any student whose resume includes attending any university that tramples upon free speech ought to do the job.

  • Don L & Mary De Voe…..Amen!

  • ne well written law allowing future employers to reject any student whose resume includes attending any university that tramples upon free speech ought to do the job.

    They can do that now. What sort of people end up as trustees? Corporate executives and lawyers, that’s who. The President of the Duke Board of Trustees while Richard Brodhead was revealing himself to the world to be a weasel with terrible judgment was Robert Steel, later CEO of Wachovia and a subcabinet officer in George W. Bush’s Treasury department. It’s doubtful these types give a rip about this, not when they’re acting as trustees, not when they’re acting as recruiters, and not when they’re selecting places for their youngsters to study.

    These incidents are pus. They tell us the patient is facing a severe infection.

  • Hegel is rather good on the politics of virtue: “Virtue is here a simple abstract principle and distinguishes the citizens into two classes only—those who are favourably disposed and those who are not. But disposition can only be recognized and judged of by disposition. Suspicion therefore is in the ascendant; but virtue, as soon as it becomes liable to suspicion, is already condemned.”

    He reminds us that “Robespierre set up the principle of virtue as supreme, and it may be said that with this man virtue was an earnest matter.”

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Saint Athanasius on the Trinity

Sunday, May 21, AD 2017


We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energising reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

Writing to the Corinthians about spiritual matters, Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.

Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.

This is also Paul’s teaching in his second letter to the Corinthians: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. For grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we possess the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.

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  • Three sovereign Persons in one God.

  • On Trinity Sunday, every homilist should proclaim and discuss this creed. But I fear that most fear that his audience, supposedly the might highly educated in our history, has been so poorly catechized that it would right over their heads.There is a story by Aldous Huxley about a Spanish fisherboy whom he met walking on a beach. He was stuck by the boy’s intelligence. One day they fell into conversation about religion. The boy’s instruction extended only two his catechism but he showed an extraordinary mastery of it. But with that he was able to meet Huxley almost as a peer. Today one can have a master’s degree in theology and be lacking such depth. For so many learned Catholics begin with Descartes’ methodical doubt. Pascal begins his Pensees from a totally different perspective, from the depth faith of Athanasius. I can imagine The boy and the bishop at table sitting at table in Chesterton’s IN at the End of Time, and sharing a common beverage, having seen clearly what they had already discerned on earth. Our Father in heaven.

  • I think every homily I’ve ever heard on Trinity Sunday tackles the subject. With varying degrees of insight, of course, but I’ve rarely heard a dangerous slip-up (the kind that a Council would condemn). The biggest weakness is that many priests try to make it relevant to one’s daily life – and of course it is relevant, but not in a surface way.

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The Big Red One Goes to France

Sunday, May 21, AD 2017


President Wilson realized it would be many months before the US ground forces could be trained, equipped and shipped across the Atlantic in numbers sufficient to make a difference on the battlefields of France.  However, he also knew that Allied, and American, morale would soar with the news that the Americans had landed in France, no matter how many they were.  Thus on May 19, 1917 Wilson ordered that the First Expeditionary Division be formed, and that units of the Division sail to France as soon as possible.  Thus was born the First Infantry Division, the Big Red One.  By the end of the War the Division would incur casualties of 4,964 killed in action, 17,201 wounded in action, and 1,056 missing or died of wounds.  It would be the first Division to cross the Rhine into occupied Germany.  Five soldiers of the Division earned Medals of Honor during the War, out of a total of 92 earned by the Army.   The Big Red One has been in continuous service with the Army since its creation in 1917.

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