Christopher Hitchens passed away here in Houston last night at the age of 62.
Known for his punditry on all things political, he was a dedicated atheist and opponent of the Church. His calm and verbose delivery always made me listen to what he had to say.
Newt Gingrich was interviewed by Sean Hannity a few days ago where the topic of conversation were his thoughts on his presidential run. During the course of the conversation the topic of faith came along in which Speaker Gingrich spoke about receiving the Eucharist.
Look for his comments on the Eucharist at the 00:52 exactly.
Just listened to parts of the Newt Gingrich tonight by Sean Hannity while I was working and Speaker Gingrich said in the most Catholic language imaginable how receiving the Eucharist brings him peace and comfort.
That was an incredible line. As soon as I can find it on YouTube, I’ll post it, but I may begin budging towards Gingrich based simply on his faith!
Susan Sarandon comes out at a film festival and calls our German Shepherd a Nazi.
Words can’t describe what I want so say, so I’ll just print the excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter:
Sarandon was interviewed by Bob Balaban at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday. She said she sent the pope a copy of the anti death penalty book, Dead Man Walking, authored by Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon starred in the 1995 big-screen adaptation.
“The last one,” she said, “not this Nazi one we have now.”
Tofu anyone, while trying to digest the latest from Hollywood?
Today, October 14 Anno Domini 2011, the Battle of Hastings occurred between the Anglo-Saxon King Harold and Duke William of Normandy.
The following is an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry .
King Harold had a depleted force of 5,000 foot soldiers from a decisive victory of the combined Viking forces of Tostig and Harald Hadrada in the north of England the previous month. Whilst Duke William had a force of 15,000 infantry, cavalry, and archers. Facing superior numbers King Harold took up a defensive position that nearly won the day if it wasn’t for Duke William’s resilient command of a deteriorating situation.
Rick Perry has suffered in the secular polls due to his performance in the debates, Herman Cain has gained traction, Mitt Romney has remained stable and just received an endorsement from Chris Christie who himself has officially stated he will not run for president (this time around). In addition both Sarah Palin and Thad McCotter have also announced they will not pursue the nomination, in all this, Rick Santorum has maintained a lead among TAC readers of all candidates.
Will Santorum continue his popularity among Catholics or not?
Here’s our latest poll so please vote after watching tonight’s GOP debate:
President Obama mocked Catholic bishops at a St. Louis fundraiser last night as he was touting the new Health & Human Services regulations that would require Catholic institutions to go against the teachings of Jesus.
“Darn right!” an audience member at the fundraiser shouted as Obama described the regulation.
“Darn tooting!” Obama said back.
The contempt that President Obama has shown towards Christians is almost palpable.
It is becoming imperative that President Obama needs to be voted out of office next year due to this incident and many other policies that he has implemented.
An Article by Melinda Selmys, author of the book Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism.
Twelve years ago, I converted to Catholicism and began a long dialogue with my own sexuality. At the time, I was involved in a lesbian relationship that had been going on for a little over six years. I had, in the course of researching the Catholic position with a view to refuting it, encountered the Church’s teachings on homosexual relationships before, so when I decided to embrace the Church as my mother, I knew that meant giving up my lesbian partner. I called her that night and explained my decision.
At the time, I thought that I was signing up for a life of celibacy. I was okay with that: before I became a Catholic I was a hard rationalist, and it wasn’t a long stretch to port my idealistic devotion to rational self-possession into an iron-clad commitment to Catholic sexual teaching. I would simply apply my will to the problem, subsume my passions to the rule of Reason, and everything would be fine. Right?
The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) will be recognizing another legend and this particular blogger is in the field of apologetics.
This defensor fidei travels the country evangelizing both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, educating in the Catholic faith, and defending the eternal Truths.
In my estimation, he probably created his blog with minimal thought, not knowing what a tremendous tool it could be to evangelize.
Imagine not having to travel to another parish hall or hotel to do another presentation in person. Not that he has stopped doing this, it’s that he can now reach a wider audience.
Unfortunately his blog wasn’t one of the best out there.
This all changed recently.
He changed the layout, improved the graphics by leaps and bounds, and made it much more interactive. Yes, he improved the look of his blog overall.
Who is this mustachioed Catholic?
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Improved Blog in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
To qualify even for consideration you need not only be talented in writing and knowledgeable about our Catholic faith, you need to write often. That is the kicker.
Many a Catholic blogger has stopped blogging due to an increase in the family unit, new job, blogging fatigue, carpal tunnel affliction, and even death. And that’s just a short list.
This particular blogger didn’t allow a growing family nor inclement weather stop him. Not even a beard that has gotten out of control has slowed down this convert.
Being a warrior for Christ, he is horizontally integrated in various forms of media battling heresy and anti-Catholicism in it’s many forms as well as educating the faithful and non-Catholic in our rich and long Catholic Tradition.
Even when his template was no longer supported or his antiquated version of blogger, he stayed the course, WordPress be damned!
Don’t know who this character of the Wild, Wild Web is?
Here is only a sample of the many publications he writes for online:
Crisis Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, Inside Catholic, and a whole lot more.
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Prolific Blogger in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
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No, no, no, I will no longer entertain any submissions for the National Catholic Reporter, The Tablet, U.S. Catholic, or America Magazine for this award. This is a serious category and I will not tolerate such ornery suggestions.
Where were we, ah yes. . . there are a few notable exceptions to our separated brothers and sisters in Christ in the Protestant Blogosphere.
But the winner of this rapidly-becoming prestigious award does more than be almost Catholic, he actually defends Catholic Church teaching when under assault from the world. That cannot be said for some aforementioned “Catholic” blogs.
As much as this particular blogger reads like a solid orthodox Catholic blog, he is resistant to put his swim-trunks on to jump the Tiber. Yet he is able to show to the world, more so than his state’s motto, that timeless Truths always lead back to the Church that Jesus established with Saint Peter as its Rock.
His wit is quick and his humor dry and to the point, he certainly reflects his proud patrimony he inherited from Canterbury.
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Catholic Non-Catholic Blog in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
The American Catholic (TAC) GOP Poll will be accepting votes until tonight, so if you haven’t voted, now is the time.
Thus far former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is still leading with 23% (up 1 point since Wednesday) of the vote followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry with 17% (down 2 points since Wednesday) of the vote.
In the Catholic Blogosphere there are many authors that can make their point in a paragraph or two. There are others that can write a 2,000 word essay in driving their point. Still there are others that, like today’s cinema movie trailers, like to make their point not in their post, but in the title of their post!
This particular blogger makes a habit of writing his essay in the post title. He, yes there’s no way around that, demonstrates that you can pack a powerful SEO punch by loading up on the post title.
He’s on the other side of the pond, but remember we are Catholics first before we are Americans or British or other.
Lately though he has been blogging on the Rupert Murdoch scandal in Britain. He normally reports on all things Catholic and Anglican.
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Longest Post Title in the Catholic Blogosphere to . . .
The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) aren’t your run-of-the-mill awards with standard categories and predictable results. Not that all C&EA’s will be off-beat, but that some names, or pseudonym in this instance, in the Catholic Blogosphere are just so unforgettable, they need a category to themselves.
This next winner is just that, pretty unforgettable, genuine, and unique.
This 15th Century Hussite romantic is the Master of Ceremonies for his parish as well as the liturgy editor of a crusading blog, that frankly has stopped blogging (but only recently). Nonetheless, his name deserves recognition because I can’t imagine anyone else ever making up this pseudonym.
His attention to detail may well explain his love of protocol in all things liturgical.
So without further delay:
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Best Pseudonym in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
The American Catholic (TAC) GOP Poll is still accepting votes until this Friday evening.
Thus far former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is leading with 22% of the vote followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry with 19% of the vote.
Texas U.S. Representative Ron Paul follows with 13% of the vote with undecideds rounding the top four at 11%.
Top tier candidates Michele Bachmann is way back with 2% of the vote with Mitt Romney at 5% of the total vote.