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Well That’s a Relief

 

 

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shortly after Elizabeth Warren released a DNA test that may or may not show that she is 1/1024th Native American, failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed the results of a recent DNA test that conclusively proved she is only 50% Reptilian.

The test, conducted by a renowned DNA expert, showed that only 50% of her blood comes from reptilian humanoids from space bent on destroying humanity. Many Washington insiders had claimed she was 100% reptile, but these claims are now known to be a hoax.

“I’m happy to announce that I’m only half reptile,” she said on an interview Sunday evening. “I hope my critics will think twice before calling me a space reptile now, since that’s only half true. I’m only part lizard person, thank you very much.”

Go here to read the rest. I guess you can’t make everyone happy.  The High Council of the Slitherine Empire has issued this statement:

We denounce in the strongest terms the revelation by the human known as Hillary Clinton that she is half reptile.  This is clearly a human provocation to suggest that our glorious trans- Galactic Empire has undercover agents on Earth.  We have no records of any undercover agents on that miserable globe, that is not worthy for one of our Great Lizards to touch with the tip of their tongue.  If this human is half reptile, it is none of our doing.

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PopeWatch: Edgar Pena Parra

Just in case there are any who think that the Lavender Mafia has anything to fear from the current gang in the Vatican:

From the blog The Eponymous Flower:

 

Today, Vatican diplomat Edgar Pena Parra will take up his post as the new substitute of the Secretary of State. The Venezuelan was appointed last August 15 by Pope Francis as the successor of Curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu. For several days now, a dossier on the new substitute has caused dismay in the Vatican. After the scandal surrounding McCarrick and the scandal Coccopalmerio, does this threaten to be the next scandal that shakes the pontificate of Pope Francis?

After the relationship between Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and his substitute Becciu things more and more distressed, but are both familiar to the Pope, Francis intervened last May to resolve the situation. He appointed Becciu Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and at the same time made him Cardinal.

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The appointment as substitute makes the Vatican diplomat number three in the Roman hierarchy. He’ll be right behind the Pope and the Secretary of State. For Pena Parra this means a big career jump from the margins to the center of the universal Church. Because of the importance of the office, the appointment was “extremely sensitive,” according to the weekly magazine.
With the appointment of the diplomat, Francis surprised the Roman hierarchy, as Pena Parra is more or less unknown in the Vatican. “While the nuncio in Rome appears like a Martian, many in Venezuela know him,” says L’Espresso. Not everyone appreciates him.
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n his dossier there is also an indication of Pena Parra. Viganò writes that the Venezuelan has close connections to the primate of Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. From 2003-2007 he worked at the Nunciature in Tegucigalpa. Cardinal Maradiaga himself is at the center of a scandal in which he remains exhonerated, at least so far, but had to sacrifice his Auxilaey at the end of July, a Bishop whose aberrosexual double life had exploded into the public eye. Officially, Bishop Pineda was retired at his own request. In this way, any suspicion should be kept away from Cardinal Maradiaga, critics say. Literally Viganò writes this about Pena Parra:

“Disturbing information that concerns him came to me from those responsible for Papal Councils.”

The apostolic nuncio does not elaborate in his dossier on what “worrying information” it was. “It is certain that not only Viganò has doubts about Francis’ decision,” said the weekly magazine.
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Nine days after Pena Parra’s appointment, the paper in the article published yesterday, someone wrote a “very harsh report on allegedly immoral behavior of the priest.” The report was accompanied by photocopies of documents signed by the then archbishop of Maracaibo, Domingo Roa Perez. They refer to doubts and serious allegations against the then seminarian Edgar Pena Parra. Msgr. Roa Perez was from 1961 to 1992 Archbishop of Maracaibo in Venezuela. He passed away in 2000.
The dossier Pena Parra covers 25 pages and is signed with “laity of the archdiocese of Maracaibo”. A few days ago it was sent by e-mail to several prelates who immediately informed Pope Francis – and L’Espresso.
The core of the dossier is a letter written in 1985 by archbishop Roa Perez to the Rector of the Archdiocesan seminary of San Cristobal attended by the young Pena Parra. After studying philosophy in 1985, he had just completed his studies in theology. He was to ordained a priest in August. Archbishop Roa Perez, “who for some time had doubts about the candidate, had just received an anonymous letter,” says L’Espresso. The information was so concrete that he took it seriously enough to seek more clarity.
The Archbishop informed San Cristobal Rain, Pio Leon Cardenas, that the reports on the behavior of the young Pena Parra were “quite negative”, which is why they did not want to dismiss him from the seminary, but did not want him to continue there.” Hoping that the situation would not be so explosive, he decided to send him to another seminary where he had to continue his studies, and to put him under special observation. From Caracas, where he studied theology, came “quite positive reports,” so that the decision was considered appropriate to admit him to the diaconate and shortly thereafter to priestly ordination. “Now I received an anonymous letter from Caracas stating that after the third year Pena Parra was dismissed from the seminary of San Cristobal: for homosexuality.” The case was not known because a priest of the archdiocese had falsified of the report on Pena Parra.
Go here to read the rest.  Pope Francis is the front man in this Pontificate and the Lavender Mafia are the puppeteers.
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Sky Queen Attempting to Lie Her Way Back to the Senate

 

Senator Claire McCaskill (D.Mo.), nicknamed Sky Queen  by her adversaries (she used public funds to fly a private plane she owned), has long been one of the luckiest politicians in the country.  She has held onto her seat since 2006 in an increasingly red Missouri by seeing her adversary in 2012 self destruct.  Now she is in a very tough re-election race against Josh Hawley, the Attorney General of Missouri, and has adopted her usual strategy of attempting to hide her Leftist views from her electorate.  Her no vote on Kavanaugh has complicated this strategy, and James O’Keefe of Project Veritas in the above video is helping to put a stake through its heart.  Go here to read about his expose.

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One Drop Warren

 

 

I can only assume that Senator Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren (D.Ma.) wishes to resurrect the one drop rule of the Jim Crow South based upon her contention that the below qualifies her for American Indian status:

 

Bustamante calculated that Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.

Smith was born in the late 1700s. She identified as white in historical documents, though at the time Indians faced discrimination, and Smith would have had strong incentives to call herself white if possible.

The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If O.C. Sarah Smith were fully Native American, that would make Warren up to 1/32nd native. But the generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. The report notes there could be missed ancestors.

 

In short Warren is a typical white whose family has been in this country for several generations.  Well, not quite typical.  If she is 1/1024, her low range according to the DNA test, Indian she has approximately half the Indian blood that most whites have.  None of this would be of importance, except that early in her career Warren was eager to claim Indian status.  This of course was, and remains, fraudulent, unless one assumes  that any Indian blood makes one an Indian.  If this is her belief than she is somewhat less racially enlightened than George Tillman, the brother of the racist Senator “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman (D.Sc), who stated in 1895 when the one drop rule was under consideration in South Carolina:

 

It is a scientific fact that there is not one full-blooded Caucasian on the floor of this convention. Every member has in him a certain mixture of… colored blood…It would be a cruel injustice and the source of endless litigation, of scandal, horror, feud, and bloodshed to undertake to annul or forbid marriage for a remote, perhaps obsolete trace of Negro blood. The doors would be open to scandal, malice, and greed.

“Pitchfork” Ben joined his brother in opposition to the one drop rule for the reasons his brother stated.

The fact that the Senator claimed Indian status at the beginning of her academic career is laughable at best, fraudulent at worst.  It speaks ill of her honesty, just as reviving this issue now speaks ill of her intelligence, assuming she is preparing for a White House run.  However, I do concede that Senator Warren is more Indian than the late Iron Eyes Cody, a member of the Sicilian branch of the Lakota.

Update:  The Cherokee Nation responds to this bad farce:

 

The Cherokee Nation responded to the results of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test on Monday, arguing that “a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship.” The response came after the Democratic senator revealed that, based on tests, she has Native-American ancestry “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”

“Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a press release.

“Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation,” Hoskin continued. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

 

Go here to read the rest.

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PopeWatch: How Can You

Phil Lawler has an excellent response to one statement in Cardinal Ouellet’s diatribe against Archbishop Vigano:

 

 

“How can you celebrate Mass,” Cardinal Ouellet angrily demands of Archbishop Viganò, “and mention the pope’s name in the Eucharistic Prayer?”

An excellent question. It forces us to ask whether we have ever imagined that in praying for our shepherds we were thereby paying tribute to their rectitude and decency. Think of the faithful whose priests, over, say, the last 30 years, have invited them to pray for John Paul our pope, or for Benedict our pope …

  • “… and for Rembert our bishop”—who used $450,000 of his flock’s contributions to buy the silence of his partner in sodomy.
  • “… and for Lawrence our bishop”—who throttled a male prostitute who was in the act of fellating him.
  • “… and for Thomas our bishop”—who struck a pedestrian with his Buick and drove off leaving him to die.
  • “… and for Patrick our bishop”—who outfitted his catamite with a beeper to summon him for sex.

Go here to read the rest.  It seems that the only crime that a high member of the clergy can commit as far as the powers that be at the Vatican  are concerned is to reveal to the laity the cesspool that has festered for decades among Bishops and Cardinals.  The desire to avoid scandal has been used as a shield to protect the guilty and to allow them to go on preying upon their sheep.  That is what Cardinal Ouellet’s anger at Archbishop Vigano boils down to:  he broke the code of Omerta that is more powerful among too many of our clergy than it is among Mafia hitmen.

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The Kavanator

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The death toll from Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first week on the Supreme Court has just topped 330 million, a report from the CDC indicated Friday.

As soon as the man was sworn in, millions perished instantly, and the deaths continued to ramp up throughout the week.

“Women are particularly affected,” said a CDC official. “We advise you to hide in your homes because there is no telling whom Kavanaugh is going to kill next, nor is there a cure. God help us all.”

On Monday morning, Kavanaugh strolled into the Supreme Court building through a line of protesters dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale. He glanced in their direction and instantly burned them all to a crisp.

 

Go here to read the rest.  From a Leftist website sounding the tocsin about the Kavanator:

You still don’t get it, do you? He’ll find you! That’s what he does! That’s ALL he does! You can’t stop him! He’ll wade through your briefs, reach down for his pen and rip the living heart out of your cases!  We are so doomed!

 

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Spaceship With Dinosaurs Wearing Red Capes Lands!

 

As we approach the midterm elections in November, political prognosticators will be pontificating more than usual.  Take everything they say, and that includes me, with a boulder of salt.  As the above video indicates, if 2016 taught us anything it is that no political prognosticators have the charism of infallibility.

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Gosnell: A Review

 

I saw the film Gosnell:  The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer on Saturday with my bride.  I was pleasantly surprised by both the production quality of the film and the skill of the actors and actresses.  Too often message films are long on message and short on film.  I found the film entertaining, as well as packing an emotional wallop, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to see a good film.  Kermit Gosnell was an abortionist in Philadelphia who ran a filthy abortion mill.  From a post on TAC back in 2011:

Every now and then we need a reminder that true evil exists in this world.

An abortionist arrested in Philadelphia faces eight counts of murder, one for the death of a patient, and the other seven for killing babies who survived his botched abortions.  The district attorney alleges that Kermit Gosnell used a pair of scissors to sever their spinal cords.

Ed Morrissey links to the Grand Jury report.  It is truly gruesome.

One woman, for example, was left lying in place for hours after Gosnell tore her cervix and colon while trying, unsuccessfully, to extract the fetus. Relatives who came to pick her up were refused entry into the building; they had to threaten to call the police. They eventually found her inside, bleeding and incoherent, and transported her to the hospital, where doctors had to remove almost half a foot of her intestines.

On another occasion, Gosnell simply sent a patient home, after keeping her mother waiting for hours, without telling either of them that she still had fetal parts inside her. Gosnell insisted she was fine, even after signs of serious infection set in over the next several days. By the time her mother got her to the emergency room, she was unconscious and near death.

A nineteen-year-old girl was held for several hours after Gosnell punctured her uterus.  As a result of the delay, she fell into shock from blood loss, and had to undergo a hysterectomy.

One patient went into convulsions during an abortion, fell off the procedure table,  and hit her head on the floor.  Gosnell wouldn’t call an ambulance, and wouldn’t let the woman’s companion leave the building so that he could call an ambulance.

And to cap things off: the state did nothing to stop this.

We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.

The State Legislature has charged the Department of Health (DOH) with responsibility for writing and enforcing regulations to protect health and safety in abortion clinics as well as in hospitals and other health care facilities. Yet a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed.

Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design.

Go here to read the rest.  Over the years TAC stayed on top of this story, even while most of the mainstream media did their best to ignore it.  The film Gosnell tells the story of the initial investigation of Gosnell and his subsequent trial.  How the film was made, and the resistance that Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the producers of the film, had to overcome, would make an epic film in its own right.

 

 

 

On to the review below the fold.  The usual caveat as to spoilers is in full force and effect. Continue Reading

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Peace Feelers

 

On October 3, 1918 the Imperial German government sent the following note through the Swiss to President Wilson:

The German Government requests the President of the United States of America to take steps for the restoration of peace, to notify all belligerents of this request, and to invite them to delegate plenipotentiaries for the purpose of taking up negotiations. The German Government accepts, as a basis for the peace negotiations, the program laid down by the President of the United States in his message to Congress of January 8, 1918, and in his subsequent pronouncements, particularly in his address of September 27, 1918.1 In order to avoid further bloodshed the German Government requests to bring about the immediate conclusion of a general armistice on land, on water, and in the air.

Max, Prince of Baden
On October 8, 1918 the American Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, responded through the Swiss, asking for clarification and setting conditions for any negotiations:

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge, on behalf of the President, your note of October 6, enclosing a communication from the German Government to the President; and I am instructed by the President to request you to make the following communication to the Imperial German Chancellor:

Before making reply to the request of the Imperial German Government, and in order that that reply shall be as candid and straightforward as the momentous interests involved require, the President of the United States deems it necessary to assure himself of the exact meaning of the note of the Imperial Chancellor. [Does the Imperial Chancellor mean that the Imperial German Government accepts the terms laid down by the President in his address to the Congress of the United States on the 8th of January last] and in subsequent addresses and that its object in entering into discussions would be only to agree upon the practical details of their application?

The President feels bound to say with regard to the suggestion of an armistice that he would not feel at liberty to propose a cessation of arms to the Governments with which the Government of the United States is associated against the Central Powers so long as the armies of these powers are upon their soil. [The good faith of any discussion would manifestly depend upon the consent of the Central Powers immediately to withdraw their forces everywhere from invaded territory.

The President also feels that he is justified in asking whether the Imperial Chancellor is speaking merely for the constituted authorities of the Empire who have so far conducted the war.] He deems the answers to these questions vital from every point of view.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing

 

 

 

On October 12, 1918 the Imperial German government responded, once again through the Swiss:

In reply to the question of the President of the United States of America the German Government hereby declares:

[The German Government has accepted the terms laid down by President Wilson in his address of January 8 and in his subsequent [Page 358]addresses as the foundations of a permanent peace of justice.] Consequently its object in entering into discussions would be only to agree upon practical details of the application of these terms.

The German Government believes that the Governments of the powers associated with the United States also accept the position taken by President Wilson in his addresses.

The German Government in accordance with the Austro-Hungarian Government for the purpose of bringing about an armistice declares itself ready to comply with the propositions of the President in regard to evacuation.

The German Government suggests that the President may occasion the meeting of a mixed commission for making the necessary arrangements concerning the evacuation.

The present German Government which has undertaken the responsibility for this step towards peace has been formed by conferences and in agreement with the great majority of the Reichstag. The Chancellor, supported in all of his actions by the will of this majority, speaks in the name of the German Government and of the German people.

On October 14, 1918 the American Secretary of State responded:

Sir: In reply to the communication of the German Government, dated the 12th instant, which you handed me to-day, I have the honor to request you to transmit the following answer:

The unqualified acceptance by the present German Government and by a large majority of the German Reichstag of the terms laid down by the President of the United States of America in his address to the Congress of the United States on the 8th of January, 1918, and in his subsequent addresses, justifies the President in making a frank and direct statement of his decision with regard to the communications of the German Government of the 8th [6th] and 12th of October, 1918.

It must be clearly understood that the process of evacuation and the conditions of an armistice are matters which must be left to the judgment and advice of the military advisers of the Government of the United States and the Allied Governments, and the President feels it his duty to say that no arrangement can be accepted by the Government of the United States which does not provide absolutely satisfactory safeguards and guarantees of the maintenance of the present military supremacy of the armies of the United States and of the Allies in the field. He feels confident that he can safely assume that this will also be the judgment and decision of the Allied Governments.

The President feels that it is also his duty to add that neither the Government of the United States nor, he is quite sure, the Governments with which the Government of the United States is associated as a belligerent will consent to consider an armistice so long as the armed forces of Germany continue the illegal and inhumane practices which they still persist in. At the very time that the German Government approaches the Government of the United States with proposals of peace its submarines are engaged in sinking passenger ships at sea, and not the ships alone but the very boats in which their passengers and crews seek to make their way to safety; and in their present enforced withdrawal from Flanders and France the German armies are pursuing a course of wanton destruction which has always been regarded as in direct violation of the rules and practices of civilized warfare. Cities and villages, if not destroyed, are being stripped of all they contain not only but often of their very inhabitants. The nations associated against Germany cannot be expected to agree to a cessation of arms while acts of inhumanity, spoliation, and desolation are being continued which they justly look upon with horror and with burning hearts.

It is necessary, also, in order that there may be no possibility of misunderstanding, that the President should very solemnly call the attention of the Government of Germany to the language and plain intent of one of the terms of peace which the German Government has now accepted. It is contained in the address of the President delivered at Mount Vernon on the Fourth of July last. It is as follows: “The destruction of every arbitrary power anywhere that can separately, secretly, and of its single choice disturb the peace of the world; or, if it cannot be presently destroyed, at least its reduction to virtual impotency.” The power which has hitherto controlled the German Nation is of the sort here described. It is within the choice of the German Nation to alter it. The President’s words just quoted naturally constitute a condition precedent to peace, if peace is to come by the action of the German people themselves. The President feels bound to say that the whole process of peace will, in his judgment, depend upon the definiteness and the satisfactory character of the guarantees which can be given in this fundamental matter. It is indispensable that the Governments associated against Germany should know beyond a peradventure with whom they are dealing.

The President will make a separate reply to the Royal and Imperial Government of Austria-Hungary.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing
Allied military success had brought the German government to the brink of surrender, and they seized upon Wilson’s Fourteen Points as the best possible deal they could hope for.  The fat lady hadn’t yet sung the conclusion of World War I, but she was clearly about to appear on stage.
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PopeWatch: Bus

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

 

The Vatican said this past weekend that it had reached an agreement with China on the process of constructing the “largest, most biggest ever” bus to throw Chinese Catholics under.

The deal paves the way for bishops and laity who have been faithful to the Rome to be “royally screwed for their loyalty,” while rewarding bishops created without papal approval.

“For Pope Francis, the construction of the mega bus has been one of his most ambitious ventures to date,” says Ben Tammany, senior adviser to the Vatican. “It’s an effort to broaden the appeal of the Church no matter what the cost.”

Francis has drawn criticism from many Catholic opponents, who say the Church shouldn’t “screw over people who have been faithful to the Pope” with this joint venture with an atheist country that has targeted and harassed Catholics with surveillance and persecution. Others, though, say that it is of the utmost importance to Catholicism in the region to “screw over people who have been faithful to the Pope” with this joint venture with an atheist country that has targeted and harassed Catholics with surveillance and persecution.

Not long after announcing the agreement, the Vatican said that Chinese President Xi Jinping would be riding shotgun on the mega bus, alongside Pope Francis on its maiden voyage as they cruised through the devastated countryside of Chinese Catholic hearts.

 

Go here to comment.  PopeWatch has been unable to confirm that in response Mark Shea has stated that the Pope can run over him in a bus anytime.

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Pope Leo XIII on Columbus

 

 

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.

Christopher Columbus

The official observance of Columbus Day this year in the US was on October 8, rather than on the date of the discovery of the New World which occurred on October 12.  I have posted before the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on the 400th anniversary of the discovery.  This year we will take a closer look at his words, with comments interspersed by me.

QUARTO ABEUNTE SAECULO
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON
THE COLUMBUS QUADRICENTENNIAL

To Our Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops and
Bishops of Spain, Italy, and the two Americas.

Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God’s guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author.

Pope Leo flatly states that Columbus was guided by God on his voyage of discovery.  That is certainly in accord with what Columbus himself thought, as demonstrated by this excerpt from his letter to Raphael Sanchez, Treasurer of Ferdinand and Isabella, reporting on his first voyage:

But these great and marvellous results are not to be attributed to any merit of mine, but to the holy Christian faith, and to the piety and religion of our Sovereigns; for that which the unaided intellect of man could not compass, the spirit of God has granted to human exertions, for God is wont to hear the prayers of his servants who love his precepts even to the performance of apparent impossibilities. Thus it has happened to me in the present instance, who have accomplished a task to which the powers of mortal men had never hitherto attained; for if there have been those who have anywhere written or spoken of these islands, they have done so with doubts and conjectures, and no one has ever asserted that he has seen them, on which account their writings have been looked upon as little else than fables. Therefore let the king and queen, our princes and their most happy kingdoms, and all the other provinces of Christendom, render thanks to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who has granted us so great a victory and such prosperity. Let processions be made, and sacred feasts be held, and the temples be adorned with festive boughs. Let Christ rejoice on earth, as he rejoices in heaven in the prospect of the salvation of the souls of so many nations hitherto lost. Let us also rejoice, as well on account of the exaltation of our faith, as on account of the increase of our temporal prosperity, of which not only Spain, but all Christendom will be partakers.

Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity. By his toil another world emerged from the unsearched bosom of the ocean: hundreds of thousands of mortals have, from a state of blindness, been raised to the common level of the human race, reclaimed from savagery to gentleness and humanity; and, greatest of all, by the acquisition of those blessings of which Jesus Christ is the author, they have been recalled from destruction to eternal life.

Note that Pope Leo not only praises the spreading of Christianity, but also the raising up of the natives of the New World from “savagery to gentleness and humanity”.  How the intellectual fashions have changed from the time of Pope Leo to our own day! Continue Reading

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Politics as Substitute Religion on the Left

 

 

I have long noted that for many people on the Left politics serves as a substitute religion.  The thought is not original to me of course, but now the idea is beginning to spread to organs of the mainstream media.  Emma Green in The Atlantic notes:

So what does all of this mean for the 2018 elections? While many Democrats seem to be more politically fired up than Republicans, it’s not clear that this will translate into big wins at the ballot box: Eighty-one percent of Democrats said they’ll absolutely or probably vote in November, compared with 82 percent of Republicans. But this wave of political energy may say something about the identity of Democratic voters—particularly those who don’t have strong religious or institutional ties. “There’s a sociological story you can tell about this community,” said Eitan Hersh, a political scientist at Tufts who is writing a book on what he calls “political hobbyism.” “This online world of political identity … is basically acting as a replacement for people who maybe a generation or two before would identify as Catholic or as Jewish or as Irish or Italian.”

Think of it as the Pod Save America voter: largely elite, politically plugged-in, constantly discussing the Republicans’ latest political shenanigans at dinner parties—and more focused on national problems than local affairs. “You see Democrats who will say on surveys that their most important issues are the environment or racial equality, and they take absolutely no interest in voting in local primaries or local municipal elections, where a lot of those issues are worked out,” Hersh said. “It’s a lot more gratifying to be talking about the Kavanaugh hearing.”

Go here to read the rest.  Two observations.  First, this fact helps explain the utter hatred and fanaticism that so often are features of hard Left websites.  For them this is not merely a political disagreement, but a dissing of their true faith.  Second, and you may take this to the bank, it is completely pathetic to have politics as the center of one’s life and being.

 

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Wilfrid

“But as for you and your companions, you certainly sin, if, having heard the decrees of the Apostolic see, nay, of the universal Church, confirmed,
as they are, by Holy Scripture, you scorn to follow them; for, though your fathers were holy, do you think that those few men, in a corner of the
remotest island, are to be preferred before the universal Church of Christ throughout the world? And if that Columba of yours, (and, I may say, ours
also, if he was Christ’s servant,) was a holy man and powerful in miracles, yet could he be preferred before the most blessed chief of the
Apostles, to whom our Lord said, ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,
and I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven?’ ”
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The Death of Common Sense

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts notes that one of the things that ails this nation is a dearth of common sense.  My sainted parents, who had a lot of that commodity, often told me and my brother that fancy words were never a substitute for “horse sense”:

 

We don’t.  Common sense is nowhere to be seen, and it’s been gone for quite awhile.  Exhibit A.  When suicide among teens, along with drug use, depression and other mental illness is sweeping like a pandemic across America, some towns are taking evasive action.  They’re banning teenagers from going out Trick or Treating.

WTF?  So kids going back and enjoying a little nostalgia, harmless fun and socializing without smartphones is a threat.  Nope.  Better they stay home on their smartphones, looking at porn, taking drugs, having sex, or just dying. 

This has been going on for decades, BTW.  When I was young you began having neighborhoods take down basketball hoops because they were eyesores, or closing up open lots to keep kids from hanging around and doing things like play baseball or kickball. 

This is what comes from people who have college educations and yet forget that intelligence gleaned from academics is only one part of what we call smart. 

But then, common sense says things like abstinence is a valid option for avoiding AIDS, there is such a thing as boys and girls, sex and childbirth are more than coincidentally related, and Socialism has failed miserably every time it’s been tried.  It also teaches such things as ‘don’t support destruction of due process since it might come back to haunt you.’ 

We certainly can’t have that kind of thinking, so we settle for plowing into our current social problems among teens by taking the bold step of hauling kids dressed like ghosts or superheroes to jail for not staying home on their smartphones where they belong.  Dumb nation.  Our kids don’t deserve what they are going to get as a result of the last several generations of idiot adults.

Go here to comment.  One good thing about common sense, as traditionally understood, is it generally saves us from making fools of ourselves as we follow the intellectual fads and prejudices of the day.  There is no idea, no matter how false and cruel, that will not have ardent advocates in academia, the media, entertainment and government.  I lived through the day-school sex abuse hysteria of the eighties and the early 90s, and I recall the mantras of “children never lie about abuse”,  and other manifest absurdities that were accepted solemnly as innocents had their lives destroyed.  The Salem Witch trials are ritually condemned in our history books, even as in each generation some of our “best and brightest” replicate the classic formula of hysteria plus nonsense “evidence” plus innocent scapegoats.  I thank my parents for the skeptical common sense view of the world they bequeathed to me.

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October 11, 1918: Archibald Willard Dies

 

You don’t know him but you have seen his painting.  Archibald Willard died on October 11, 1918.  A veteran of the Civil War, Willard began painting while he was serving with the 86th Ohio.  After the War he became a professional painter.  His most famous painting is The Spirit of ’76.  Painted in 1875, the painting became famous during the centennial year of 1876.  Willard’s father served as the model for the middle figure.  I have always like the painting.  It recalls the huge national effort it took to win the American Revolution, with the Americans robbing the cradle and the grave to man their armies.

 

Willard is almost completely forgotten today, but his painting has achieved immortality as a classic symbol of the willingness of Americans to risk all for freedom.  I think that would have pleased the old veteran greatly.

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October 11, 1910: First President to Fly

The first president to fly was of course Theodore Roosevelt, a man who loved a dangerous challenge.   When he flew at Kinloch Field, Saint Louis, Missouri on October 11, 1910, flying was still highly dangerous.  His pilot that day was Arch Hoxsey, one of the great pioneers of aviation, who would die in a plane crash at Los Angeles on December 31, 1910, the day after reaching a world record height by flying to 11,474 feet.  Hoxsey, as did Roosevelt, lived his life according to this maxim of Roosevelt: Continue Reading

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PopeWatch: Schism

The Church has been in a slow motion schism since the end of Vatican II.  Pope John Paul II slowed it down, but Pope Francis has speeded it up.  Father Z notes the divisions:

One of the things we have seen over the last few years is that there is a manifest division in the Church and that it is getting bigger.   For a long time we’ve seen that parishes within the same diocese are seriously different from each other in doctrine and in worship (the same thing).   Now we see sharp divisions between dioceses and even conferences of bishops.  For example, since Amoris you can step from one country into another country, like Poland into Germany, and find entirely different policies from bishops conferences on whether or note unrepentant adulterers can be admitted to Holy Communion.

Here is an example of neighboring dioceses in these USA having a sharp difference.

From CNSNews:

Chicago Cardinal Cupich: ‘Not Our Policy’ to Deny Communion to People in Same-Sex Marriages

[…]

During an interview on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, host Phil Ponce raised the topic of Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki, who had issued a decree in June 2017 on “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues.”

[…]

On the other hand, Chicago’s neighbor, Springfield has a different approach.

Go here to read the rest.  Pope Francis has indicated that he might go down in history as the pope who split the Catholic Church.  Go here to read about this statement.  Mission almost accomplished, Holiness.

 

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Actually This Explains a Lot

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

 

WORLD—The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came to a grim conclusion regarding the rapid warming of the earth, should people not band together to give more power over to the government in order to turn the tide in the fight against climate change.

The report definitively concluded that climate change will completely destroy the earth by 2005 if we do not take action now.

“We’ve run all the numbers, and it’s absolutely clear: every inch of dry land on the planet will be totally submerged by the year 2005,” said one member of the panel. “This is an absolute scientific fact.”

When several scientific researchers pointed out that 2005 came and went 13 years ago, they were informed that the earth was actually destroyed, everybody was killed, and we are all actually ghosts.

Go here to read the rest.  Environmentalists, or rather those who call themselves environmentalists, have been predicting doom since I was 13.  Go here to read about it.  So either we are ghosts or they were crackpots peddling a bunch of bilge.

 

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Democrats Aren’t Obnoxious Enough

 

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

U.S.—After failing to stop the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the left pointed to what they think was their main area of failure: they just weren’t obnoxious enough.

“We yelled, we mobbed, we called people rapist-sympathizers,” said activist Candice Norris, “but it just wasn’t enough. Obviously, we need to screech even louder and at even more people if we’re to convince others we’re really sure we’re right about everything.”

Student Harriet Curry agreed. “Some people are still trying to engage with people on the other side, but we have a saying: ‘If you’re being coherent, you’re losing.’ If we want to win these fights, we need to build up anger inside us and then direct that into screaming and sometimes pounding on things. You can use a few words as long as they’re simple like ‘Nazi’ or ‘rapist’, but don’t go overboard.”

Go here to read the rest.  Yep, the Democrats need to increase their mobs of screaming hysterics.  The cats left at home will just have to fend for themselves.

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Just a Gentle Reminder That Socialism Never Works

 

Socialism is a tribute to three of the less noble aspects of Man:

  1.  Our unending ability to believe what we wish to believe, hang the evidence.
  2.  Our unending search for the mythical free lunch.
  3.  Our unending capacity to clothe raw envy in pretty language.

117. But what if Socialism has really been so tempered and modified as to the class struggle and private ownership that there is in it no longer anything to be censured on these points? Has it thereby renounced its contradictory nature to the Christian religion? This is the question that holds many minds in suspense. And numerous are the Catholics who, although they clearly understand that Christian principles can never be abandoned or diminished seem to turn their eyes to the Holy See and earnestly beseech Us to decide whether this form of Socialism has so far recovered from false doctrines that it can be accepted without the sacrifice of any Christian principle and in a certain sense be baptized. That We, in keeping with Our fatherly solicitude, may answer their petitions, We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.

118. For, according to Christian teaching, man, endowed with a social nature, is placed on this earth so that by leading a life in society and under an authority ordained of God[54] he may fully cultivate and develop all his faculties unto the praise and glory of his Creator; and that by faithfully fulfilling the duties of his craft or other calling he may obtain for himself temporal and at the same time eternal happiness. Socialism, on the other hand, wholly ignoring and indifferent to this sublime end of both man and society, affirms that human association has been instituted for the sake of material advantage alone.

119. Because of the fact that goods are produced more efficiently by a suitable division of labor than by the scattered efforts of individuals, socialists infer that economic activity, only the material ends of which enter into their thinking, ought of necessity to be carried on socially. Because of this necessity, they hold that men are obliged, with respect to the producing of goods, to surrender and subject themselves entirely to society. Indeed, possession of the greatest possible supply of things that serve the advantages of this life is considered of such great importance that the higher goods of man, liberty not excepted, must take a secondary place and even be sacrificed to the demands of the most efficient production of goods. This damage to human dignity, undergone in the “socialized” process of production, will be easily offset, they say, by the abundance of socially produced goods which will pour out in profusion to individuals to be used freely at their pleasure for comforts and cultural development. Society, therefore, as Socialism conceives it, can on the one hand neither exist nor be thought of without an obviously excessive use of force; on the other hand, it fosters a liberty no less false, since there is no place in it for true social authority, which rests not on temporal and material advantages but descends from God alone, the Creator and last end of all things.[55]

120. If Socialism, like all errors, contains some truth (which, moreover, the Supreme Pontiffs have never denied), it is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.

Pope Pius XI,

QUADRAGESIMO ANNO

(May 15, 1931)

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PopeWatch: Paul VI

 

 

 

Well, Pope Paul VI will be the latest modern Pope to be canonized on October 14.  Being proclaimed a Saint is becoming a perk of the job apparently, in lieu of a gold watch.  If Pope Francis were really concerned with clericalism, he would have to look no farther than this ominous trend.   Prior to Saint Pope Pius X, the last Pope to be canonized was Pius V, who was canonized in 1712 almost a century and a half after his death.  Oh well, we live in a time of cheap grace and PopeWatch has no doubt that the canonization machine set up for contemporary popes is worth as much as the cheap grace.  If Paul VI can be a Saint, perhaps there is hope for all of us who are mediocre or worse at our jobs, and allow chaos to reign because of our weakness.

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October 10, 732: Battle of Tours

 

 

“A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian Fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the River Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Qur’an would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.”

Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Charles Martel, “The Hammer”, led a life of conflict.  An illegitimate son of Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and the true power behind the Merovingian puppet kings, after the death of his father he had to fight his father’s legitimate offspring who sought to deprive him of any share in his father’s inheritance.  Fortunately for Charles a streak of military genius ran through him, and he won battles against the odds, using force multiplying stratagems, including feigned retreats, and attacking in the middle of the day when armies of his time normally took a siesta.  By 717 he was in control of Neustria, showing mercy unusual for his day in letting his defeated adversaries live and treating them with kindness.

The 28 year old ruler now entered a round of endless wars with neighboring kingdoms, gradually extending his power, and building up a professional force of infantry to supplement the peasant levies that made up the vast bulk of most Frankish armies.

A friend and patron of Saint Boniface, he also began the alliance between the rulers of the Franks and the Popes.  He contributed much land to the Church, but roused ecclesiastical ire when he took some back to support his troops.  He might have been excommunicated if both Church and State had not suddenly confronted a common foe.

In 711 the forces of Islam began the conquest of Spain, helped along by Christian traitors.  Within a decade almost all of Spain had fallen, with small proto-kingdoms of Spaniards clinging to a precarious independence in the mountains of northern Spain.  Mohammed had died less than a century before in 632, and in that intervening period Islam had conquered the Middle East, northern Africa and seemed poised to do the same in Europe against the petty Christian kingdoms that specialized in ceaseless internecine war, seemingly weakening themselves before  their Islamic foes lifted a finger.

With Spain subdued, Muslim raids into what is now France became common.  In 732 Abd-al-Raḥmân, governor of Muslim Spain, led a predominantly cavalry army of 25,000 men north on a great raid beyond the Pyrenees, perhaps the prelude to a war of  conquest. Continue Reading

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Well, It’s About Time Is All I Can Say

 

NEW YORK—In a heartfelt social media statement to her fans, singer–songwriter Taylor Swift broke her long-standing political silence Monday to support restoring an all-powerful shōgun to its rightful place on the throne of Japan. “Hey guys, Taylor here—I’m writing this post because I’ve been inspired by recent events to speak up about why we need to install an all-powerful military dictatorship in Japan’s imperial palace,” said the famously apolitical pop star, admitting that in the past, she had been “reluctant” to voice her long-held support for Japan’s famously brutal system of medieval clan-based governance, but felt differently after witnessing the country’s decay since the final shōgun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, fell from power in 1868.

Go here to read the rest.  Whatever would we do without entertainment celebrities to show us the way?

Update:  Internet Hitler of course had to comment:

 

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Hmmm

 

 

As a rule I abhor conspiracy theories.  However, it would be ahistoric of me to deny that conspiracies have occurred.  John Hinderaker at Powerline points us to a liberal site that begins to draw lines between some disturbing dots:

 

James Kunstler is a liberal who has a site called Clusterf*** Nation. Although a liberal, he casts a cold, intelligent eye on the follies of our time. The linked post begins by questioning why anyone would believe Christine Ford. What follows is an explosive theme:

I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and the FBI to un-do the last presidential election, and that the real and truthful story about these seditious monkeyshines is going to blow wide open.

Stunning if true.

It turns out that the Deep State is a small world. Did you know that the lawyer sitting next to Dr. Ford in the Senate hearings, one Michael Bromwich, is also an attorney for Andrew McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director fired for lying to investigators from his own agency and currently singing to a grand jury? What a coincidence. Out of all the lawyers in the most lawyer-infested corner of the USA, she just happened to hook up with him.

It’s a matter of record that Dr. Ford traveled to Rehobeth Beach Delaware on July 26, where her Best Friend Forever and former room-mate, Monica McLean, lives, and that she spent the next four days there before sending a letter July 30 to Senator Diane Feinstein that kicked off the “sexual assault” circus. Did you know that Monica McClean was a retired FBI special agent, and that she worked in the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York under Preet Bharara, who had earlier worked for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?

Could Dr. Ford have spent those four days in July helping Christine Blasey Ford compose her letter to Mrs. Feinstein? Did you know that Monica McClean’s lawyer, one David Laufman is a former DOJ top lawyer who assisted former FBI counter-intel chief Peter Strozk on both the Clinton and Russia investigations before resigning in February this year — in fact, he sat in on the notorious “unsworn” interview with Hillary in 2016. Wow! What a really small swamp Washington is!

Of all the gin joints lawyers in all the towns in all the world, she walks in with one from the FBI. Funny coincidence.

Go here to read the rest.  Things about the Ford allegations that raise huge red flags:

  1. Her success in scrubbing her social media presence.  I have never seen such a successful job of scubbing.  She had to have top level help.
  2. The Christine Ford that showed up at the hearing was apparently quite different from the Christine Ford prior to the hearing, in voice and general presentation of herself.
  3. Why no comments from her family, other than her husband and his side of the family?
  4. She cited the second front door of her house as precipitating couples’ counseling in 2012, during which she revealed to her husband that her desire for a second door was caused by anxiety as a result of her alleged encounter back in the early eighties with Brett Kavanaugh.  In fact, the door went in during 2008 and a business was conducted at that new entrance.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that this was a setup which assumed that in the face of the mere allegation Kavanaugh would withdraw or Trump would pull his nomination, demonstrating a grave misunderstanding as to both Kavanaugh and Trump.  Records need to be subpoenaed, especially communications between the legal team of Ms. Ford and the staff of Democrat senators.  This nation was put through hell over allegations that were likely a fraud from the beginning and that at least some of the Democrat senators may well have known were a fraud.

 

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Columbus and Black Arm Band History

“He was the first to open the doors to the ocean sea, where he entered the remote lands and kingdoms which until then had not known our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his blessed name.”

Bartolomé de las Casas

The attacks on Columbus are part of what is called Black Arm Band History, a tactic of some Leftists to reduce the history of their nations, and of Western Civilization in general, to a recital of crimes and grievances.  This is done for political advantage, since one of the major roadblocks to political success for the contemporary Left is patriotism, and thus patriotism is undermined by capturing public education and having Leftist indoctrination take the place of an objective look at the past.  George Orwell, prophet as well as writer, saw this coming:

As faithful readers of this blog know, accurate history is a passion for me.  Black Arm Band History, as all histories that sacrifice the truth for some political aim, is an abomination, and I will fight it as long as I breathe air.

At the end of the year 1492 most men in Western Europe felt exceedingly gloomy about the future. Christian civilization appeared to be shrinking in area and dividing into hostile units as its sphere contracted. For over a century there had been no important advance in natural science, and registration in the universities dwindled as the instruction they offered became increasingly jejune and lifeless. Institutions were decaying, well-meaning people were growing cynical or desperate, and many intelligent men, for want of something better to do, were endeavoring to escape the present through studying the pagan past.

Islam was now expanding at the expense of Christendom. Every effort to recover the holy Sepulcher at Jerusalem, touchstone of Christian prestige, had been a failure. The Ottoman Turks, after snuffing out all that remained of the Byzantine Empire, had overrun most of Greece, Albania and Serbia; presently they would be hammering at the gates of Vienna….

With the practical dissolution of the Empire and the Church’s loss of moral leadership, Christians had nothing to which they might cling. The great principle of unity represented by emperor and pope was a dream of the past that had not come true. Belief in the institutions of their ancestors was wavering. It seemed as if the devil had adopted as his own the principle “divide and rule.” Throughout Western Europe the general feeling was one of profound disillusion, cynical pessimism and black despair….

Lest any reader feel an unjustified optimism, the Nuremberg chroniclers place 1493 in the Sixth or penultimate Age of the world, and leave six blank pages on which to record events from the date of print to the Day or Judgment.

Yet, even as the chroniclers of Nuremberg were correcting their proofs from Koberger’s press, a Spanish caravel named Nina scudded before a winter gale into Lisbon with news of a discovery that was to give old Europe another chance. In a few years we find the mental picture completely changed. Strong monarchs are stamping out privy conspiracy and rebellion; the Church, purged and chastened by the Protestant Reformation, puts her house in order; new ideas flare up throughout Italy, France, Germany and the northern nations; faith in God revives and the human spirit is renewed. The change is complete and startling: “A new envisagement of the world has begun, and men are no longer sighing after the imaginary golden age that lay in the distant past, but speculating as to the golden age that might possibly lie in the oncoming future.”

Christopher Columbus belonged to an age that was past, yet he became the sign and symbol of this new age of hope, glory and accomplishment. His medieval faith impelled him to a modern solution: expansion. If the Turk could not be pried loose from the Holy Sepulcher by ordinary means, let Europe seek new means overseas; and he, Christopher the Christ-bearer, would be the humble yet proud instrument of Europe’s regeneration. So it turned out, although not as he anticipated. The First Voyage to America that he accomplished with a maximum of faith and a minimum of technique, a bare sufficiency of equipment and a superabundance of stout-heartedness, gave Europe new confidence in herself, more than doubled the area of Christianity, enlarged indefinitely the scope for human thought and speculation, and “led the way to those fields of freedom which, planted with great seed, have now sprung up to the fructification of the world.”…

In his faith, his deductive methods of reasoning, his unquestioning acceptance of the current ethics, Columbus was a man of the Middle Ages, and in the best sense. In his readiness to translate thought into action, in lively curiosity and accurate observation of natural phenomena, in his joyous sense of adventure and desire to win wealth and recognition, he was a modern man.

Samuel Eliot Morrison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea:  A Life of Christopher Columbus (1942)

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PopeWatch: Populism

The Pope continues his war on populism.  From remarks he made at the Youth Synod:

The Pope distinguished between “populism” and “popular”, saying that “popular is the culture of the people, the culture of each of your peoples that is expressed in art, in culture, in the science of the people, in celebration”. Populism, he said “is the opposite: it is the closure of this model. We are closed, we are alone. And when we are closed we can’t go on”. Love, he concluded, “is the word that opens all doors”.

Go here to read the rest.  For a Pope who has said kind words about Communists, and who recently stuck a shiv in the “Underground Church” in China, his concern about populism is predictable.  Like most political movements, judgments on a populist movement, and defining what populism means tends to be a thorny question, depends upon the circumstances surrounding the movement, what the movement stands for and the character of the leaders of the movement.  The Pope’s Argentina has long been dominated by populist movements, most notably the endless variants of Peronism, and if the Pope truly had a general abhorrence of all populist movements, well, Argentina has not been a great showplace for benign populism.  However, the Pope seems to have quite a bit of tolerance for populist movements if they mouth Left wing pieties.  His sponsorship of the World Meeting of Populist Movements, go here to read about it, is evidence of that, as is his good relations with Leftist caudillos in Latin America.  The Pope despises populist movements if they are conservative, and particularly if they oppose his disastrous endorsement of mass immigration from Islamic countries.  For centuries the popes joined themselves at the hip with Catholic monarchies.  Long term this policy proved disastrous as the Catholic monarchs sought, often successfully, to control the Church within their realm, and the Church became associated with regimes and their policies, and suffered when those regimes fell.  The Pope seems eager to replicate this misbegotten policy, with the glaring difference that the regimes he wishes to associate the Church with are often quite hostile to the Church and do not pretend otherwise.

 

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October 8, 1918: Alvin C. York Renders Unto Caesar

 

 

13And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians; that they should catch him in his words. 14Who coming, say to him: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and carest not for any man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar; or shall we not give it? 15Who knowing their wiliness, saith to them: Why tempt you me? bring me a penny that I may see it. 16And they brought it him. And he saith to them: Whose is this image and inscription? They say to him, Caesar’s. 17And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

Mark 12:  13-17

So you see my religion and my experience…told me not to go to war, and the memory of my ancestors…told me to get my gun and go fight. I didn’t know what to do. I’m telling you there was a war going on inside me, and I didn’t know which side to lean to. I was a heap bothered. It is a most awful thing when the wishes of your God and your country…get mixed up and go against each other. One moment I would make up my mind to follow God, and the next I would hesitate and almost make up my mind to follow Uncle Sam. Then I wouldn’t know which to follow or what to do. I wanted to follow both but I couldn’t. They were opposite. I wanted to be a good Christian and a good American too.

Alvin C. York

Drafted into the Army, serving in the All American division, Alvin C. York had a moral quandary.  A crack shot from years of hunting to feed his poverty stricken family in the hills of Tennessee, he was also a fervent Christian.  He loved his country but took literally the Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill”.  Requesting a ten day leave to go home, which was granted, he prayed fervently to God for an answer to his dilemma.

“As I prayed there alone, a great peace kind of come into my soul and a great calm come over me, and I received my assurance. He heard my prayer and He come to me on the mountainside. I didn’t see Him, of course, but he was there just the same. I knowed he was there. He understood that I didn’t want to be a fighter or a killing man, that I didn’t want to go to war to hurt nobody nohow. And yet I wanted to do what my country wanted me to do. I wanted to serve God and my country, too. He understood all of this. He seen right inside of me, and He knowed I had been troubled and worried, not because I was afraid, but because I put Him first, even before my country, and I only wanted to do what would please Him.”

So He took pity on me and He gave me the assurance I needed. I didn’t understand everything. I didn’t understand how He could let me go to war and even kill and yet not hold it against me. I didn’t even want to understand. It was His will and that was enough for me. So at last I begun to see the light. I begun to understand that no matter what a man is forced to do, so long as he is right in his own soul he remains a righteous man. I knowed I would go to war. I knowed I would be protected from all harm, and that so long as I believed in Him He would not allow even a hair on my head to be harmed.”

In the fall of 1918, York’s regiment, the 328th, participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the largest American operation of the war.  On October 8, 1918, the 328th took part in an attack to seize German positions along the Decauville rail-line north of Chatel-Chehery, France.  The attack encountered savage German resistance as York noted in his diary:

The Germans got us, and they got us right smart. They just stopped us dead in our tracks. Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn’t tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from… And I’m telling you they were shooting straight. Our boys just went down like the long grass before the mowing machine at home. Our attack just faded out… And there we were, lying down, about halfway across [the valley] and those German machine guns and big shells getting us hard.

Sergeant Bernard Early was ordered to take 16 men including York and work his way around the German position to take out the machine guns.  Early and his men overran a German headquarters, when German machine guns opened up killing six of the Americans, and wounding three others, including Sergeant Early.  York, the reluctant soldier, now found himself in command of the remaining seven soldiers.

And those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. And the Germans were yelling orders. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush… As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. There were over thirty of them in continuous action, and all I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could. I was sharp shooting… All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn’t want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.

 

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With Malice Towards All

The good people of Madison, Wisconsin are now presumably safe from dead Confederates:

The mean-spiritedness of the American Left is a stark feature of our public life. In recent weeks, it has been a daily staple of newspaper headlines. But the Left’s mean-spiritedness manifests itself every day, in ways large and small. At The American Conservative, Rod Dreher offers a sad example from (where else?) Madison, Wisconsin:

In Madison, Wisconsin, the city council has voted overwhelmingly to remove a cemetery marker noting the names of about 140 Confederates, most of whom died in a prisoner of war camp in the town.

Liberals began by protesting statues in the South that honor Confederate soldiers. But of course it didn’t end there. This isn’t a monument celebrating the Confederate cause, it is a grave marker in a Northern cemetery. Where 140 Confederate soldiers are, I take it, buried.

These are Americans who died as prisoners of war. “They die off like rotten sheep,” said a Union soldier who worked at the camp, where conditions were bad. The “monument” is a tombstone large enough to feature the names of each of the dead. This is not a statue of a Confederate war hero. It is simply a grave marker noting the names of POWs who died far from home.

What is the point? Do today’s residents of Madison need to assure the rest of us that Wisconsin was on the side of the Union in the Civil War? I would have thought the Iron Brigade made that clear. It seems to be an expression of pure viciousness.

There is no longer equality before God of the fallen, not in Madison, Wisconsin. The city council spits on these dead men, who passed away not in combat, but in Union custody.

Go here to Powerline to read the rest.  These jackals turn the words of Lincoln on their head:

 

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

When you try to gain political capital by waging war on men dead for over 150 years, you are a ghoul.  Yet these same individuals, doubtless, proclaim themselves champions of tolerance.  Champions?  They prove by their actions that they spit on the concept of tolerance.

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PopeWatch: Ouellet

The Vatican, through Cardinal Marc Ouellet, has finally responded to the Vigano allegations:

 

 

“OPEN LETTER FROM THE PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR BISHOPS, CARDINAL MARC OUELLET, ON THE RECENT ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE HOLY SEE

Dear brother Carlo Maria Viganò,

In your last message to the press, in which you make accusations against Pope Francis and against the Roman Curia, you invite me to tell the truth about certain facts that you interpret as signs of an endemic corruption that has infiltrated the hierarchy of the Church up to its highest levels. With pontifical permission, and in my capacity as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, I offer my testimony about matters concerning the Archbishop emeritus of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, and his presumed links to Pope Francis, matters that are at the center of your public accusations and your demand that the Holy Father resign. I write my testimony based on my personal contacts and on documents in the archives of the Congregation, currently the object of study to clarify this sad case.

Out of consideration for the good, collaborative relation we had when you were Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, allow me to say, in all honesty, that I find your current attitude incomprehensible and extremely troubling, not only because of the confusion it sows among the People of God, but because your public accusations gravely harm the reputation of the bishops, successors of the Apostles. I recall a time when I enjoyed your esteem and your trust, but now I see that I have been stripped in your eyes of the respect that was accorded to me, for the only reason I have remained faithful to the Holy Father’s guidance in exercising the service he has entrusted to me in the Church. Is not communion with the Successor of Peter an expression of our obedience to Christ who chose him and sustains him with his grace? My interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, which you criticize, is grounded in this fidelity to the living tradition, which Francis has given us another example of by recently modifying the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the question of the death penalty.

Let us address the facts. You said that on June 23, 2013, you provided Pope Francis with information about McCarrick in an audience he granted to you, as he also did for many pontifical representatives with whom he met for the first time that day. I can only imagine the amount of verbal and written information that was provided to the Holy Father on that occasion about so many persons and situations. I strongly doubt that the Pope had such interest in McCarrick, as you would like us to believe, given the fact that by then he was an 82-year-old Archbishop emeritus who had been without a role for seven years. Moreover, the written instructions given to you by the Congregation for Bishops at the beginning of your mission in 2001 did not say anything about McCarrick, except for what I mentioned to you verbally about his situation as Bishop emeritus and certain conditions and restrictions that he had to follow on account of some rumors about his past conduct.

From 30th June 2010, when I became Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, I never presented in audience the McCarrick case to Pope Benedict XVI or to Pope Francis – not until recently, after his dismissal from the College of Cardinals. The former Cardinal, retired in May of 2006, had been requested not to travel or to make public appearances, in order to avoid new rumors about him. It is false, therefore, to present those measures as “sanctions” formally imposed by Pope Benedict XVI and then invalidated by Pope Francis. After a review of the archives, I find that there are no documents signed by either Pope in this regard, and there are no audience notes from my predecessor, Cardinal Giovanni-Battista Re, imposing on the retired Archbishop the obligation to lead a quiet and private life with the weight normally reserved to canonical penalties. The reason is that back then, unlike today, there was not sufficient proof of his alleged culpability. Thus, the Congregation’s decision was inspired by prudence, and the letters from my predecessor and my own letters urged him, first through the Apostolic Nuncio Pietro Sambi and then through you, to lead a life of prayer and penance, for his own good and for the good of the Church. His case would have deserved new disciplinary measures if the Nunciature in Washington, or any other source, had provided us recent and definitive information about his behavior. I am of the opinion that, out of respect for the victims and given the need for justice, the inquiry currently underway in the United States and in the Roman Curia should provide a comprehensive and critical study of the procedures and the circumstances of this painful case in order to prevent something like it from ever happening in the future.

How is it possible that this man of the Church, whose incoherence has now been revealed, was promoted many times, and was nominated to such a high position as Archbishop of Washington and Cardinal? I am personally very surprised, and I recognize that there were failures in the selection procedures implemented in his case. However, and without entering here into details, it must be understood that the decisions taken by the Supreme Pontiff are based on the information available to him at the time and that they are the object of a prudential judgment which is not infallible. I think it is unjust to reach the conclusion that there is corruption on the part of the persons entrusted with this previous discernment process, even though in the particular case some of the concerns that were raised by testimonies should have been examined more closely. The Archbishop also knew how to cleverly defend himself from those concerns raised about him. Furthermore, the fact that there could be in the Vatican persons who practice or support sexual behavior that is contrary to the values of the Gospel, does not authorize us to make generalizations or to declare unworthy and complicit this or that individual, including the Holy Father himself. Should not ministers of the truth avoid above all calumny and defamation?

Dear pontifical representative emeritus, I tell you frankly that to accuse Pope Francis of having covered-up knowingly the case of an alleged sexual predator and, therefore, of being an accomplice to the corruption that afflicts the Church, to the point that he could no longer continue to carry out his reform as the first shepherd of the Church, appears to me from all viewpoints unbelievable and without any foundation. I cannot understand how could you have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous and unsubstantiated accusation. Francis had nothing to do with McCarrick’s promotions to New York, Metuchen, Newark and Washington. He stripped him of his Cardinal’s dignity as soon as there was a credible accusation of abuse of a minor. For a Pope who does not hide the trust that he places in certain prelates, I never heard him refer to this so called great advisor for the pontificate for episcopal appointments in the United States. I can only surmise that some of those prelates are not of your preference or the preference of your friends who support your interpretation of matters. I think it is abhorrent, however, for you to use the clamorous sexual abuse scandal in the United States to inflict an unmerited and unheard of a blow to the moral authority of your superior, the Supreme Pontiff.

I have the privilege of having long meetings with Pope Francis every week to discuss the appointment of bishops and the problems that affect their governance. I know very well how he treats persons and problems: with great charity, mercy, attentiveness and seriousness, as you too have experienced. I think it is too sarcastic, even blasphemous, how you end your last message, purportedly appealing to spirituality while mocking the Holy Father and casting doubt about his faith. That cannot come from the Spirit of God.

Dear brother, how much I wish that I could help you return to communion with him who is the visible guarantor of communion in the Catholic Church. I understand that deceptions and sufferings have marked your path in the service to the Holy See, but you should not finish your priestly life involved in an open and scandalous rebellion that inflicts a very painful wound to the Bride of Christ, whom you pretend to serve better, while causing further division and confusion among the People of God. How could I answer your call except by saying: stop living clandestinely, repent of your rebelliousness, and come back to better feelings towards the Holy Father, instead of fostering hostility against him. How can you celebrate Mass and mention his name in the Eucharistic Prayer? How can you pray the Holy Rosary, or pray to Saint Michael the Archangel, or to the Mother of God, while condemning the one Our Lady protects and accompanies every day in his burdensome and courageous mission?

If the Pope was not a man of prayer; if he was attached to money; if he favored riches to the detriment of the poor; if he did not demonstrate a tireless energy to welcome all miseries and to address them through the generous comfort of his words and actions; if he did not seek to implement all possible means to announce and to communicate the joy of the Gospel to all in the Church and beyond her visible horizons; if he did not lend a hand to the families, to the abandoned elderly, to the sick in body and soul and, above all, to the youth in their search for happiness; one could prefer someone else, according to you, with a different political or diplomatic approach. But I cannot call into question his personal integrity, his consecration to the mission and, above all, the charisma and peace he enjoys through the grace of God and the strength of the Risen One.

Dear Viganò, in response to your unjust and unjustified attack, I can only conclude that the accusation is a political plot that lacks any real basis that could incriminate the Pope and that profoundly harms the communion of the Church. May God allow a prompt reparation of this flagrant injustice so that Pope Francis can continue to be recognized for who he is: a true shepherd, a resolute and compassionate father, a prophetic grace for the Church and for the world. May the Holy Father carry on, full of confidence and joy, the missionary reform he has begun, comforted by the prayers of the people of God and the renewed solidarity of the whole Church, together with Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary!

Marc Cardinal Ouellet

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops,

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7th 2018.”

Go here to read the rest.  PopeWatch assumes that lying remains a sin, although one would not know that from reading the letter of Cardinal Ouellet.  PopeWatch charitably must infer that the Cardinal is simply unaware of the large amount of evidence that had been amassed at the Vatican about McCarrick long before Pope Francis was elected, and that he must also somehow be unaware of how Pope Francis took McCarrick from retirement and made him one of his right hand Cardinals, especially in regard to his monstrous China policy.  Back to reality, this letter is an insult to the intelligence of every sentient Catholic.

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Columbus, Catholicism and Courage

 

“This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky. “

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

This is one of those years in which the government decreed Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, does not fall on October 12, the date, under the Julian calendar, when Columbus discovered the New World.  Columbus Day is observed also in Spain as Dia de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional and as the charmingly unpc Dia de la Raza in most Latin American nations.

In this country Columbus Day used to be an uncomplicated celebration, especially for Italian Americans.  Now it has become controversial with Columbus blamed in some quarters for genocide against Indians and being the founder of the American slave trade.  As Dinesh D’Souza pointed out in this article in 1995 in First Things, the condemnation of Columbus today tells us far more about current political battles than it does about the historical record of Columbus.  From a modern standpoint there is indeed much to criticize Columbus for since, in most ways, he was a typical man of his time, as we are, in most ways, typical children of ours.  Among other views inimical to our time,  he saw nothing wrong about establishing colonies and bringing native peoples under the rule of European powers.  He had little respect for the religions of native people and wanted them to be Catholic, as, indeed, he wanted all the world to be Catholic.  (I see nothing wrong in this myself, but rest assured most of our contemporaries in this country would.)

Prior to ascending the pulpit to launch a jeremiad against someone of a prior time however, it might be useful to consider the criticisms that Columbus might have of our time.  The embrace of nihilistic atheism by so many in the West in our time would have appalled him. The easy availability of the most degrading types of pornography would have sickened him.  Our weapons of mass destruction he would have seen as a sign of the reign of the Anti-Christ.  Ecumenicalism he would have viewed as a turning away from the True Faith.  The celebration of abortion as a right would have seemed to him as the ultimate covenant with death.  The Sixties of the last century popularized the term generation gap, describing the difficulty that parents and their teenage offspring had in understanding each other.  Between our time and that of Columbus there is a generations’ chasm and the use of Columbus as a whipping boy in current political disputes only increases our problem of understanding him and his time. Continue Reading

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For Hate is Strong

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (1863)

 

 

 

The above is a tweet by a writer for Stephen Colbert’s show, the same show that some Catholics, looking at you Bishop Barron, have been blind enough to praise.  Go here to read about the tweet.  After the tweet raised a storm, she locked her twitter account, deleted it and eventually apologized.  The tweet in itself is unimportant but it does reveal the depth of hatred that has found a home on the Left in this country, and that is beginning to find a home on the Right.  God help us all.

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October 7, 1571: Victory at Lepanto

 

“The Turks, swollen by their victories, will wish to take on our fleet, and God—I have the pious presentiment—will give us victory. Charles V gave you life. I will give you honor and greatness. Go and seek them out!”

Pope Saint Pius V to Don Juan of Austria

 

 

On October 7, 1571, four hundred and forty-seven years ago, the forces of the Holy League under Don Juan of Austria, illegitimate half brother of Philip II, in an ever-lasting tribute to Italian and Spanish courage and seamanship, smashed the Turkish fleet.  This was the turning point in the centuries-long struggle between the Christian West and the forces of the Ottoman Empire over the Mediterranean.  The Holy League had been the work of Pope Saint Pius V and he proclaimed the feast day of Our Lady of Victory to whom he attributed the victory.

Last Wednesday my bride and I  helped lead a Rosary of the elementary and middle school students at the CCD classes held by our parish.

For a good overview of the battle of Lepanto read this review by Victor Davis Hanson here of  The Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto by Niccolò Capponi.

Before the battle Don John of Austria went about the ships of his fleet and said this to his crews:  ‘My children, we are here to conquer or die. In death or in victory, you will win immortality.’  The chaplains of the fleet preached sermons on the theme:  “No Heaven For Cowards”.    Many of the men were clutching rosaries just before the battle.  Admiral Andrea Doria went into the fight with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe aboard his ship.  Back in Europe countless Catholics were praying rosaries at the request of Saint Pope Pius V for the success of the Christian fleet.  (I explained this history to the kids at the Rosary.  We Catholics have a grand history, but it is meaningless if we do not convey it to our young.)

At the hour of the battle, and this fact is very well attested, the Pope was talking to some cardinals in Rome.  He abruptly ceased the conversation, opened a window and looked heavenward.  He then turned to the cardinals and said:   “It is not now a time to talk any more upon business; but to give thanks to God for the victory he has granted to the arms of the Christians.”  So that Catholics would never forget Lepanto and the intercession of Mary, he instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory on October 7th of each year, changed by his successor in 1573 to the feast of the Holy Rosary, and in 1960 Pope John XXIII renamed the feast again to Our Lady of the Rosary.  To aid in this remembrance of Lepanto G. K. Chesterton in 1911 wrote his epic poem Lepanto:

White founts falling in the courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard,
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips,
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross,
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass;
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass;
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.

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Saint of the Day Quote: Our Lady of Victory

And so Dominic looked to that simple way of praying and beseeching God, accessible to all and wholly pious, which is called the Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which the same most Blessed Virgin is venerated by the angelic greeting repeated one hundred and fifty times, that is, according to the number of the Davidic Psalter, and by the Lord’s Prayer with each decade.  Interposed with these prayers are certain meditations showing forth the entire life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thus completing the method of prayer devised by the Fathers of the Holy Roman Church.

This same method St. Dominic propagated, and it was, spread by the Friars of Blessed Dominic, namely, of the aforementioned Order, and accepted by not a few of the people. Christ’s faithful, inflamed by these prayers, began immediately to be changed into new men.

The darkness of heresy began to be dispelled, and the light of the Catholic Faith to be revealed. Sodalities for this form of prayer began to be instituted in many places by the Friars of the same Order, legitimately deputed to this work by their Superiors, and confreres began to be enrolled together.

Following the example of our predecessors, seeing that the Church militant, which God has placed in our hands, in these our times is tossed this way and that by so many heresies, and is grievously troubled and afflicted by so many wars, and by the deprave morals of men, we also raise our eyes, weeping but full of hope, unto that same mountain, whence every aid comes forth, and we encourage and admonish each member of Christ’s faithful to do likewise in the Lord.

Given at Rome at St. Peter’s, under the Fisherman’s ring, 17 September 1569, in the fourth year of our Pontificate.

Pope Saint Pius V, Consueverunt Romani Pontifices

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Meuse-Argonne Offensive: Second Phase

 

The second phase of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive opened on October 4, 1918 and would continue to October 28, 1918.  During this period the Americans cleared the Argonne Forest but incurred high casualties due to a reliance upon frontal assaults.  No American troops have fought better than the doughboys who slugged their way through the Meuse-Argonne, but the field generals who led them ranged from mediocre to abysmal.  As for the commander in chief, Pershing had great strengths as a commander, but skillfully directing operations was not one of them.  In that he was akin to Eisenhower in the Second World War, but his generals had not a fraction of the talent of Eisenhower’s generals.

A  German assessment of the shortcomings of the AEF in the Meuse-Argonne was all too accurate:

The initial attack was carried out according to schedule but the successive waves showed great ineptitude in following up the advance. Officers as well as men did not understand how to make use of the terrain. Instead of seeking protection when they encountered opposition they merely fell back. To crawl backward or forward on the ground or to advance in quick jumps does not seem to by understood by the Americans. They remain lying on the ground for the time being, and then just stand up again and try to advance.

Neither in mass formations nor individually do the Americans know how to conduct themselves in an attack.

The higher command, also, did not understand how to grasp quickly the new situation and exploit it to the best advantage. After the infantry had reached its objective the higher command failed. They were not familiar with the tactical principles in the use of divisions and attack units for the destruction of the enemy. It was therefor possible for the [German] Army Detachment, under the most difficult conditions, to extricate itself from its precarious situation in one night, and, with only a short distance intervening between it and the enemy, to occupy new positions of resistance…

As the Offensive went on there were improvements.  Many of the more incompetent commanders were sacked, and the officers and men learned the hard and deadly way what worked in combat and what didn’t work.  However, considering the wealth of Allied experience in combat the Americans had to draw on, there is little excuse for the AEF’s failure to benefit from this experience.

In 1989 Army historian Colonel Rod Paschall summed up the situation:

 

There was no question that the individual American soldier [in the Great War] fought, and fought well. But the types of attacks they were conducting were extremely costly. Their leaders appeared to have no concern for losses. The American assault was little more than a human wave into the face of German machine guns, a weapon that the Americans treated with contempt. Their doctrine favored the rifle, yet except for a few highly skilled marksmen their use of that weapon appeared to be little different than that of their European counterparts. They insisted on huge divisions, perhaps because the knew they did not have the officers to direct a larger number of more reasonably sized units. However, [after the slow down in the Argonne ] they were in the process of reducing the size of these organizations. Pershing was also eliminating some of his more inept general. And, most important, they were attacking. Losses or not, the Americans kept coming on.

 

 

Here is General Pershing’s report on the second phase of the Offensive:

 

 

 

At 5.30 a.m. on October 4th the general attack was renewed. The enemy divisions on the front from Fresnesen-Woevre to the Argonne had increased from 10 in first line to 16, and included some of his best divisions.

The fighting was desperate, and only small advances were realized, except by the First Division on the right of the First Corps. By evening of October 5th the line was approximately Bois de la Cote Lemont-Bois du Fays-Gesnes-Hill 240-Fleville-Chehery, southwest through the Argonne.

It was especially desirable to drive the enemy from his commanding positions on the heights east of the Meuse, but it was even more important that we should force him to use his troops there and weaken his tenacious hold on positions in our immediate front. The further stabilization of the new St. Mihiel line permitted the withdrawal of certain divisions for the extension of the Meuse-Argonne operation to the east bank of the Meuse River.

On the 7th the First Corps, with the Eighty-second Division added, launched a strong attack northwest toward Cornay, to draw attention from the movement east of the Meuse and at the same time outflank the German position in the Argonne. The following day the Seventeenth French Corps, General Claudel commanding, initiated its attack east of the Meuse against the exact point on which the German armies must pivot in order to withdraw from northern France.

The troops encountered elaborate fortifications and stubborn resistance, but by nightfall had realized an advance of 6 kilometres to a line well within the Bois de Consenvoye, and including the villages of Beaumont and Haumont.

Continuous fighting was maintained along our entire battle front, with especial success on the extreme left, where the capture of the greater part of the Argonne Forest was completed. The enemy contested every foot of ground on our front in order to make more rapid retirements farther west and withdraw his forces from northern France before the interruption of his railroad communications through Sedan.

We were confronted at this time by an insufficiency of replacements to build up exhausted divisions. Early in October combat units required some 90,000 replacements, and not more than 45,000 would be available before November 1st to fill the existing and prospective vacancies. We still had two divisions with the British and two with the French.

A review of the situation, American and Allied, especially as to our own resources in men for the next two months, convinced me that the attack of the First Army and of the Allied Armies further west should be pushed to the limit. But if the First Army was to continue its aggressive tactics our divisions then with the French must be recalled, and replacements dust be obtained by breaking up newly arrived divisions.

In discussing the withdrawal of our divisions from the French Marshal Foch and General Petain, on October 10th, the former expressed his appreciation of the fact that the First Army was striking the pivot of the German withdrawal, and also held the view that the Allied attack should continue.

Gen. Petain agreed that the American divisions with the French were essential to us if we were to maintain our battle against the German pivot. The French were, however, straining every nerve to keep up their attacks and, before those divisions with the French had been released, it became necessary for us to send the Thirty-seventh and Ninety-first Divisions from the First Army to assist the Sixth French Army in Flanders.

At this time the First Army was holding a front of more than 120 kilometres; its strength exceeded 1,000,000 men; it was engaged in the most desperate battle of our history, and the burden of command was too heavy for a single commander and staff. Therefore, on October 12th, that portion of our front extending from Port-sur-Seille, east of the Moselle, to Fresnes-en-Woevre, southeast of Verdun, was transferred to the newly constituted Second Army with Lieut. Gen. Robert L. Bullard in command, under whom it began preparation for the extension of operations to the east in the direction of Briey and Metz.

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Kavanaugh Fight Lessons

 

Well, it looks like Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be confirmed.  What are the lessons we can take away?

  1.  Democrats will go to any lengths over control of the Supreme Court.  For decades the Left has enacted its agenda courtesy of the Supreme Court.  Now, to enact their agenda, Leftists will have to do it the old fashioned way and win elections, and the Left hasn’t been very good at that lately.
  2. As if we needed further confirmation, the media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.
  3. The far Left is increasingly violent and unhinged.  Mark my words, we are not far from assassinations.
  4. You can be as establishment as you wish, with credentials brighter than bright, and if you are a Republican you still will always have a target on your back if you come between the Democrats and power.
  5. The Ford allegations were likely a set up, something that would have been quickly discovered if we still had a media actually concerned about, you know, news.
  6. Republicans grow a spine.  (Shocking I know!)  I am beginning to think that Trump is rubbing off on Republicans in Congress.  Who would have thought, in their wildest nice dreams, that Lindsey Graham would be the hero, and Susan Collins the heroine, of this confirmation fight.  I still can’t really believe it.
  7. Brett Kavanaugh saved the day.  If on the date of Ford’s testimony he had come across again as Mr. Unemotional Jurist, his cause would have been lost.  Instead, he came out swinging, an angry man accused of the most vile acts, and a loving husband and father sick of what his family was being put through.  Until a man or woman faces the type of hell that was thrown at him, you cannot really be sure of whether you can meet the test.  He did, and routed the Democrats by, in their hackneyed phrase, speaking truth to power loudly.  The Democrats realized this, and that is why after the event they falsely grumbled about lack of judicial temperament.   I have been around judges all my adult life, and there is no judicial temperament that covers being accused of being both a would be, and actual, rapist.
  8. Democrats always overplay their hand.  God bless the creepy porn lawyer!  His manifestly crazy sock puppet, with her absolutely no support ravings of gang rape parties that she mysteriously kept attending until she was gang raped, symbolized the over the top hysterical madness of this debacle that roused many average voters to a fury as they witnessed this high tech version of the Salem Witch Trials on their screens.
  9. Will Rogers used to say that he was not  a member of any organized political party, he was a Democrat.  I have long felt the same way about the GOP.  Now the Democrats have managed to unify, temporarily no doubt, the Republicans prior to the midterms.  Brilliant move Senator Feinstein.
  10. Credit where credit is due.  Trump stuck with Kavanaugh.  Any other Republican president of my lifetime, including my personal hero Ronald Reagan, would have almost certainly pulled the nomination.  My criticisms of President Trump remain endless, but he does not back down from a brawl.

Update I:  Justice Brett Kavanaugh has just been confirmed by the Senate.

Update II:  I would like to thank the hysterical Left wing protesters who have helped fire up the Republican base for the midterms.  I leave them with this closing thought from that great political strategist Conan the Barbarian:

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Ten Years of TAC: First Post

The American Catholic was born ten years ago on October 6, 2008.  It was a group blog formed by Tito Edwards.  Although the composition of writers has changed over the years, the blog has always remained a group blog.  Here is the first post of the blog by Tito Edwards, welcoming our readers to The American Catholic:

We are twelve Christians who love our Catholic faith looking to engage the world through our writings to better express the teachings of Jesus for the betterment of the common good.  American Catholic is the outward expression of this engagement with the world. 

 

The Second Vatican Council (1) directed the Catholic Church into a positive engagement with the world (2) and we twelve brothers in Christ want to continue this legacy.  We engage by bearing witness to our faith through our postings on this blog, American Catholic, addressing political and cultural issues important to America.  By participating in the public square, we want to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on American politics and culture, in order to form a more perfect union (3) by bringing the message of Christ (4) to the hearts and minds of the American populace.

 

We hope you join us in this ongoing dialogue on American Catholic by reading our posts, participating in this discussion through your comments, and hopefully having learned more about what it is to be an American living a Christian life as a Catholic.

Ten years is a long time for a blog, most blogs tending to be fairly ephemeral.  The last ten years have been turbulent for the Faith, for our Nation and for our World.  However, God remains God and The American Catholic remains The American Catholic.  With the grace of God, and a fair amount of good humor, we trust The American Catholic will have many more years of fulfilling our mission.  Speaking personally, so long as you are willing to read, I am willing to write.  God bless our contributors, commenters and readers.  The blog would not have been a success without you!