Quotes Suitable for Framing: Glenn Reynolds

Wednesday, July 26, AD 2017

 

Trump, as I keep saying, is a symptom of how rottenly dysfunctional our sorry political class is. Take away Trump and they’re just as awful and destructive. He just brings their awfulness to the fore, where it’s no longer ignorable. Now they’re willing to play with fire, risking the future of the polity over little more than hurt feelings, in a way that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

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  • Countless people believe Trump to be nothing but a button, a circus sideshow who is incapable of holding any public position higher than streetsweeper.
    Those on the Left who persist in this have proven this to be true about themselves. The DC cesspool of the Deep State despise Trump and all who support him. He isn’t one of them and that’s all that matters. Criminals, chronic liars and buttons who are lifelong members of the DC septic tank get a pass, as do the Hollywierdos.

  • Sobering. Very sobering. Thank you. Sobriety sucks sometimes. But the alternative is worse.

  • It isn’t Trump. Trump is a reaction to over 100 years of “progress.”

    Peter Berkowitz: “…incompetence ranging from mismanagement of the economy and immigration to botching diplomacy and the conduct of war; politicization of the administrative state as illustrated by IRS targeting of conservatives during Obama’s first term; and the elite media’s use of double standards in reporting and opining about left and right. Underlying it all is the corruption of liberal education, which has become boot camp for progressivism, and of graduate and professional schools, which provide advance training in the progressive exercise of power. To play the vital role contemplated for them by our constitutional system, intellectual and political elites have a long way to go in regaining the people’s trust.”

  • Kurt Schlichter: “Look Democrats, you’re doing great. After a half year of Trump and several special election moral victories – which are the best kind of victories – America is digging your vibe. Everyone loves the Democrats and their can-do message of opposition to Trump, entitlement to our money, resistance to Trump, demands for even more of our money, and dog-whistlin’ about murdering Trump and anyone else who doesn’t hate Trump or want to give Democrats our money.”

    Truth is hate. And, America’s dirt-bag left pathology in one sentence from Bookworm Room.. “Remarkable, really, that a group of people who measure intellect by knowing who Buzz Lightyear is and who trade in personal insults as a form of political commentary, think that they’re America’s ‘elite.’”

    Why didn’t Obamacare make Americans healthy? It was not designed to do that. ObamaCare concentrated more more money and more power in Washington, DC.

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July 26, 1945: USS Indianapolis Delivers Hiroshima Bomb to Tinian

Wednesday, July 26, AD 2017

 

The delivery of the Hiroshima bomb by the crew of the USS Indianapolis to Tinian on July 26, 1945 received screen immortality in Quint’s (Robert Shaw) speech in the movie Jaws (1975).  Although historically inaccurate on several points, the scene has an understated power that makes it a gem of the filmmaker’s art:

 

“Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We’d just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes.

Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that shark he go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.

Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… ’til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those sharks come in and… they rip you to pieces.

You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin’, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist.

At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol’ fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.

Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”

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  • Shaw helped write the monologue. IIRC, he was also one of the reasons they added it in the first place. He, like Carl Gottlieb, was bothered that Quint had no real motive in the book (in the novel, Quint is just a mean SOB who charters fishing excursions). At least Hooper had some reason to be interested in Sharks. So they came up with this. Several drafts were considered, but it was Shaw’s final version that ended up being used. Also Dreyfuss, who didn’t get along with Shaw, admitted that when they filmed this, he was legitimately captivated. He said in an interview that he wasn’t acting – each time Shaw delivered that it was as spellbinding as the last.

  • It is absolutely terrifying how well the late Robert Shaw could act, when one recalls that he was usually doing it in the midst of a severe hangover, Shaw being a serious alcoholic.

  • Yes, Dreyfuss said that Shaw was deathly sick one morning that they were shooting. He didn’t speculate why, but I had a feeling. It’s the scene where Shaw is first trying to hook the shark, and Hooper is at the helm. Shaw looks over his shoulder and yells ‘Hooper ya idiot. Starboard. Ain’t you watchin’ it?’. Dreyfuss said the camera literally rolled for that one line. Shaw was barely able to sit up, then Spielberg said action, Shaw belted out the line, Spielberg said cut, and Shaw all but keeled over from his sickness.

  • May God bless and keep them.

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PopeWatch: An Authoritative Churchman

Wednesday, July 26, AD 2017

 

Sandro Magister publishes this from a source he describes as “an authoritative Churchman”:

 

 

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EVERYONE IS RESPONDING TO THE “DUBIA” EXCEPT FOR THE POPE. THIS TIME IT WAS SCHÖNBORN’S TURN

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On July 13, 2017 Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, spoke for four hours in two conferences and a question-and-answer session at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.

The Austrian cardinal spoke in the context of the event “Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family,” which is part of a series of assemblies organized in preparation for the world meeting of families (1), under the direction of the dicastery for the laity, family, and life, which will be held in Dublin from August 21 to 28, 2018.

After reading the reporting on the event offered by the main specialized media outlets (2), I cannot help but note that when it comes to the “dubia” submitted to the pope by four cardinals, everyone is answering them except for him; and that in this way to the chaotic chorus of the most disparate comments and interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia” – which do anything but clarify for the faithful and confessors the problems raised by the document – there has been added a new voice, or better, a new fog.

This because the arguments offered by the archbishop of Vienna – at least according to how they have been reported by the most reliable media – are anything but convincing. Let’s take a look at the main ones.

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  • Schönborn sounds more like a Jesuit than a Dominican. He appears to have “grown” (in the Anthony Kennedy sense of the word) since his days of working with Cdl. Ratzinger to write the Catechism.

  • Can Schonborn go to hell for any soul? Schonborn removed the exercise of Capital punishment for homicide in the first degree from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Two years later the Catechism had to be revised returning capital punishment for homicide in the first degree..
    Priests make their conscientious objection known when they leave the political state for the service of God as ordained ministers of the Catholic Church. The Principle of separation of church and state makes itself known here, in that men of the cloth do not partake of the death penalty.
    The priesthood of the laity does not have that authority from the church to partake of the ministerial priesthood.
    Conscientious objection is a personal choice made individually by the sovereignty of every person.
    This has escaped Schonborn and Francis who impose their morality or rather immorality on individual persons under the guise of Faith from Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
    “If thou be perfect come follow me.” Jesus Christ is a virgin. Married folks must practice chastity and avoid the vice of lust in their marriage bed. Married folks must pick up their cross, whatever it be, and follow Jesus Christ into heavenly joy.
    Defending the immorality of falsehood leads the faithful into perdition. Schonborn is defending the path into perdition.

  • Company Man, thy name is Schönborn. With the orthodox he is orthodox, with the casuists he is casuistic, with the captious he is captious.

    That’s really all you need to know.

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The Man Who Helped Convert General Rosecrans

Tuesday, July 25, AD 2017

 

As faithful readers of this blog know, I have often written about General William Rosecrans, Union general and zealous Catholic convert.  One of the men who helped in the conversion process was Julius Garesché, who would serve under Rosecrans in the Civil War.

Rosecrans was fighting a huge battle at Stones River, go here to read about it, in Tennessee that would last from December 31, 1862-January 3, 1863. He succeeded in defeating Bragg’s Confederate Army of Tennessee and drove him from central Tennessee. It was an important victory, a needed shot in the arm for the Union after the disaster of Fredericksburg. Lincoln wrote to Rosecrans:

“You gave us a hard-earned victory, which had there been a defeat instead, the nation could scarcely have lived over.”

During that battle he was a man on fire, constantly charging to points of danger, heedless of risks to himself, rallying his men, inspiring them and beating off Confederate charge after Confederate charge. Rosecrans was in the maelstrom of particularly vicious fighting when his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Julius  Garesché , a fellow Catholic who had been made a Knight of Saint Sylvester by Pope Pius IX, warned him about risking himself to enemy fire. “Never mind me, my boy, but make the sign of the cross and go in!” A moment later, a cannon shell careened into the general’s entourage, beheading Garesche and spraying his brains all over Rosecrans’ overcoat. Rosecrans’ mourned his friend, as he mourned all his brave men who died in that fight, but that didn’t stop him an instant from leading his army to victory.

I was going to do a blog post on Garesché, but I decided that I could not improve on the one done by Pat McNamara at his blog.  Go here to read it.

According to an article written by the late Dr. Homer Pittard, his death at Stones River had been prophesied by his priest brother:

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  • I do not comment on many of your history posts, Donald, but they are always a source of fascination and great interest for me. Thank you.

  • How thought-provoking to know that the namesake of Ft. Rosecrans Natl. Cemetery was a righthander of the highest caliber—his cemetery in my opinion being the most tranquil, scenic, and contemplative outlook over San Diego Bay, as the warships ceaselessly martial in and out, and the final surrealy serene resting place of Navy SEAL Charles Keating, IV (d. Iraq, May 3,2016), SEAL. and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Mansoor (d. Iraq, Sept. 29,2006); Lt. Albert David of the destroyer escort USS Pillsbury, who fearlessly led a boarding crew and captured the U-505 off West Africa in June,1944, the first boarding and capture of an enemy vessel since 1815; my very non-illustrious grandfather Daniel T. Malloy, Sr., but most sacred of all, SEAL Ty Woods, who along with fellow SEAL Glen Daugherty, defended and saved nearly 30 American lives who would have otherwise been mercilessly tortured and killed had they been captured that night of Sept. 11-12, 2012, when they were abandoned in Ben-Ghazi, Libya.

  • There’s also a street named Rosecrans in the same part of town (the Point Loma area) as the Ft. Rosecrans Cemetery. It takes you right into the submarine base and continues for about two miles until it dead ends at the sea wall.

  • There is a town named Rosecrans in Illinois.

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PopeWatch: Hostility

Tuesday, July 25, AD 2017

 

Good news:

 

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.”

The term “high and low” suggests the author had in mind clergy ranging from senior bishops to ordinary parish priests.

“The clergy is holding the people back, who should instead be accompanied in this extraordinary moment,” said the article by Italian Father Giulio Cirignano, a native of Florence and a longtime Scripture scholar at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy.

The piece appeared in the weekend edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, under the headline of “The Conversion Asked by Pope Francis: Habit is not Fidelity.”

It comes a little over a week after the publication of an essay by Italian Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Argentine Protestant Marcelo Figueroa, two close friends of Pope Francis, in the Jesuit-edited journal La Civilità Cattolica. In it, Spadaro and Figueroa described what they see was a “Manichean vision” underlying growing closeness in America between Evangelicals and “Catholic Integralists.”

Cirignano’s piece didn’t focus on the United States, and appeared to be more concerned with Italian realities, though he didn’t specify which country or region he was addressing.

“The main obstacle that stands in the way of the conversion that Pope Francis wants to bring to the Church is constituted, in some measure, by the attitude of a good part of the clergy, at levels high and low … an attitude, at times, of closure if not hostility,” Cirignano wrote.

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  • The real hostility comes from post Vatican II liberal progressive clerics against traditional orthodox Catholic laity. Let me give an example. Back in January or so I began attending a Bible stuudy at a local Catholic parish. During the study as the instructor asked questions, the people sitting around the table could not answer. That’s typical of the average Catholic nowadays – bone ignorant of Scripture. So of course I would answer, and since the class was on a New Testament book, I would cite the origiinal Greek or maybe something St. John Chrysostom wrote on the subject (yes, he’s one of my favorite writers on Sacred Scripture). Eventually, even though others could not respond, I was told to “muzzle” it. My answers didn’t fit the liberal progressive social justice, common good, peace at any price paradigm. So I left and I shall never turn back. Screw Novus Ordo and this sickening, weak-kneed, ignorant liberalism.

  • This Pope has an agenda, that is certain, but because it is incoherent it
    lacks the attractiveness of truth. Who could be won over to such a view
    of man, God and the Church? Who would give their life to spreading such
    a mess of pottage? Perhaps a careerist, looking to please superiors, but
    no sincere Catholic would hitch his wagon to such bilge. I imagine that’s
    why this Pope is so authoritarian, so brutal with those who aren’t on board–
    he cannot persuade, he can only coerce.

    The dismantling of the FFI, the chicanery used to advance his predetermined
    agenda behind the Synod on the Family, the (deliberately) ambiguous language
    of Amoris Laetitia and the refusal to answer the Dubia, the
    gutting of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the sidelining of the CDF, the
    abrupt and often deliberately humiliating dismissals of orthodox prelates
    from Burke to Muller— all of these are the acts of a man who cannot persuade
    with truth and reason. Instead he must advance his agenda with confusion,
    ambiguity, behind-the-scenes manipulations, and appeals to his own authority.
    No wonder there are people are “closed” to Francis’ agenda– good men will
    always resist coercion, and as I said earlier, Francis cannot persuade, he can
    only coerce.

  • @LQC-have you the opportunity to attend Liturgy at a Byzantine Rite parish? Or are you able to assist at a Tridentine Mass?

  • Good answer Clinton!
    ( that’s what the family team says on “family Feud”) I think you nailed it.

  • Hostility towards the devil inspired “vision” of a Marxist church based on the ‘Brotherhood of Man for Peace and Prosperity’ is most welcome news. All means and efforts of resisting the Pope’s modernistic agenda should be supported. I’m sure that blogs such as American Catholic are helping keep this devil at bay.

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Army Vietnam Studies

Monday, July 24, AD 2017

 

“The internet has changed everything” is a trite saying, but in regard to historical research it is also true.  Travel and expense were often the lot of historians as they chased documents.  Now, so much is available free with a few mouse clicks.  Case in point is the Army series Vietnam Studies, twenty-six volumes that examine the Army’s role in Vietnam.  A feast for historians or those who simply want a detailed look, for example, at Army air mobile operations in Vietnam.  Each volume is now available free in PDF downloads.  Go here to access them.

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PopeWatch: Down Argentine Way

Monday, July 24, AD 2017

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis is still popular in Argentina, but not quite as popular as he used to be:

 

More than four years since his election, although most Argentinians, Catholic and non-Catholic, still celebrate Pope Francis’ style and message as a blessing, enthusiasm has dimmed in some sectors of the population. A poll published in the mass-circulation Clarin newspaper in March last year suggested that his popularity had dipped to its lowest point, of 75 per cent. A recent poll taken in Buenos Aires and its province lifted the figure to 82 per cent. However, this was still lower than the approval ratings of well over 90 per cent that he enjoyed in the first months after his election.

The fact that a global spiritual leader is a fellow countryman was always bound to be a refreshing experience, as well as a source of genuine pride, for a country that previously counted football stars – Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi – as its most popular international exports.

Francis’ many admirers see a reassuring familiarity in the humility that characterised Jorge Bergoglio’s years as their archbishop and his devotion to the poor and those on the “peripheries”. They have warmed to his readiness to reform the Church and to open up the discussion of controversial issues. However, he also faces criticism.

Politically conservative and traditionalist Argentinian Catholics see him as too radical and as unsound in theology. Over dinner in fashionable restaurants, they whisper about his reliance on instinct and charisma, like his childhood political idols, General Juan Perón and his wife, Evita. Social media is sometimes excoriating.

More measured doubts are aired in conservative parishes or in informal conversations at which government officials or business executives are present. Occasionally, a sceptical journalist or politician gingerly advances their views in public, as did Elisa Carrio, a conservative Catholic ally of the current centre-Right government of President Mauricio Macri.

After Milagro Sala, an indigenous community activist in northern Argentina, was arrested last year on charges of fraud, extortion and illicit association, Carrio described Francis’ gift of a rosary to her as a “grave error of judgement”. As Jose Maria Poirier, editor of the Catholic magazine Criterio, commented: “The waters are rather divided. There seems to be two perceptions of the Pope Francis: an international, and a national one – and they are very different.”

Concern that Pope Francis is being unwittingly drawn into Argentina’s politics as the nation gears up for mid-term congressional elections in October recently led Jorge Lugones, Jesuit bishop of the densely populated Buenos Aires diocese of Lomas de Zamora, to lament that Francis “was so valued and loved around the world yet so questioned in his own country”.

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  • The current Pontiff quite enjoys the power he wields at the moment. He appears to be more of a politician than a religious leader.
    How often did Bill Clinton go back to Arkansas? Or Obama Chicago? Not much.

  • He doesn’t want to go back because they hate him. Pretty simple, actually…

  • The Pope has no interest in measures which would be tonic for Argentina. That’s true in the realm of social teaching and in every other realm.

  • Not a single member of the Lavender Mafia is a priest in good standing, that is, not excommunicated, by his rejection of Jesus Christ’s virginity.
    And consider this: Men who are complicit in the crime of assault and battery known as the addiction to sodomy cannot receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, no more than a female can be ordained.
    The Holy Spirit not embraced is an impediment to the Rite of Ordination, Jorge Bergoglio among them.

  • I think Penguins Fan’s observation is very pertinent. How often after achieving power and fame did Bill and Hillary Clinton return to Arkansas to thank those who gave them their start? How often did Barack Obama return to his old stomping grounds in Chicago to thank those who gave him his start? Jorge Bergoglio is of the same cloth: nothing but a worldly politician occupying the See of St. Peter. More and more I am coming around to the viewpoint held by a certain Mundabor over at his blog by the same name. As I go to Novus Ordo Masses and converse with the average Roman Catholic, I become more and more disgusted at the ignorance of Scripture and Tradition held and even practiced where the effeminate gospel of social justice, the common good and peace at any price replace the authentic Gospel of conversion and repentance, righteousness and holiness, manliness and womanliness. A pox on this Pontiff and all his works. May he be quickly and summarily deposed and anathematized along with all the lavendar mafia clerics whom he has appointed both in Rome and abroad!

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  • Pope Francis is a political opportunist. Perhaps he thinks there is nothing to be gained by a visit to his home country.

  • Simple – they do not like bergoglio in argentina because they know what he is like.

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The Lion’s Brood

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017

 

Theodore Roosevelt had advocated American entry into World War I, and wanted to fight himself.  Being denied that privilege by President Wilson, he took solace in the fact that each of his sons volunteered for the War.

His son Archie would be a decorated, and wounded, veteran, serving as an officer with the 16th and 26th Infantry.   He would serve in combat in the Pacific during World War II.  He would have the distinction of being determined to be 100% disabled from war wounds in both World Wars.

Theodore Jr, who would attain general rank in World War II and earn a Medal of Honor, also served as an officer in the 26th and would be gassed and wounded.

Son Kermit served as a Captain in the British Army, serving in combat in Mesopotamia (Iraq), and then transferred to the US Army serving as a Captain of artillery during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.  In World War II he would serve again in both the British and American armies.

Son Quentin, age nineteen, the baby of the family, sailed for France on July 23, 1917 with the 95th Aero Squadron.  His parents and his fiance saw him off.

Not only the Roosevelt brothers saw service in the War.  Sister Ether was the first to see service in the War, as a nurse in the Ambulance Americane  Hospital where her husband served as a surgeon.

 

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Life in a Time of Tares

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017

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Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13: 24-30

 

 

In any farming community, farmers being human, feuds will sometimes grow up between farmers and their families.  The Romans understood this, and so they had a law forbidding anyone from sowing tares, darnel, in a wheat field.  A ryegrass, darnel is indistinguishable from wheat in the early stages of development and only when they are both mature can wheat be readily distinguishable from tares.  It takes little imagination to see Jesus as a boy, working in the carpenter shop of Saint Joseph, and hearing one of the farming clients of Joseph ranting about how an unknown enemy of his had ruined his wheat field by planting darnel in it.

Christ has shaped out of this unpleasant example of rural life, a parable which says much about the human condition.  It would save time if we all wore signs saying “good”, “evil”, “both”, “making up my mind”, but we do not.  Until revealed by deeds, the side chosen by each of us each day remains a deep secret, often to the person making the daily choice, sense the capacity of man to deceive himself is bottomless.  But God knows, and ultimately we each reap the harvest of our deeds.  So with us individually, so our societies, our political institutions, our churches and all the other manifold ways in which we humans gather together.  Enough wrong choices and the tares are in charge, lording it over the wheat.  Saint Augustine noted this long ago:

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  • AMEN! Often the parable is misread as “we are the wheat” and “our evil neighbors are the tares”. But it’s the wheat and tares within our own life choices that our Lord leaves us to work out until the end, when, both throughout our lives on earth and in purgatory, the “tares” are burned and the “perfect wheat” is gathered into His Barn!

  • St. Augustine’s Sermon 23 on the New Testament – thanks!

    http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/160323.htm

    The message at Mass today was also pretty good. My commentary is here, but as you all know I am not politically correct. Forewarned is forearmed.

    http://prognosticis.blogspot.com/2017/07/triticum-et-zizanium.html

  • “Let the good tolerate the bad; let the bad change themselves, and imitate the good.” St. Augustine. Amen to that.

    And a parallel quote: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

    And another: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

    And last: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20

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Our Under Studied Civil War

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017

 

 

It seems shockingly counter-intuitive to suggest that the Civil War is under studied.  Beginning while the War was being waged, and continuing to the present day, there have been an avalanche of books about that conflict.  However, certain aspects of the War have been understudied.  With the advent of almost cost free e-publishing, the legions of amateur Civil War scholars can help rectify this situation.  I expect to retire in approximately a decade.  If God grants me a long life and good health after retirement I will attempt to aid in shedding light and analysis on facets of the War which have received comparatively little scholarship.  Here are ten such areas.  I would note that the inclusion of an area for further work does not mean that books and articles have not been written on the subject, but that they are comparatively sparse, especially in reference to topics that receive endless treatment.

  1. The Trans Mississippi– Both the Union and the Confederacy frequently used the conflict beyond the Mississippi as a dumping ground for failed and/or troublesome generals and that perceived taint has apparently descended down the years to make this the most ignored theater of the War.  This has helped give a false impression of the War overall.  In the far West the War was fought to the knife and the knife to the hilt, engendering hatreds that lingered for generations after the last shot was fired.  The conflict was important with the Union dedicating manpower and resources against local Confederate forces that could have been better spent elsewhere.  If the Union had lost the War, the conflict in the Trans Mississippi might well have been blamed for being a drain on Union military and naval resources.
  2. Jefferson Davis-Unsurprisingly, the scholarship on Davis is infinitesimal when compared to the mountain of studies on Lincoln.  That imbalance will never be addressed, nor should it be.  However, the day to day activities of Jefferson as commander in chief do need a serious and comprehensive study.
  3. United States Colored Troops-Some 180,000 blacks fought for the Union, most in the United States Colored Troops.  The scholarship  on this organization is limited, weak and much of it dated.
  4. Regimental histories-In the decades immediately following the Civil War, many regimental histories were written, most by former members of the regiments.  Although there is valuable history contained in these tomes, the scholarship usually ranged from non-existent to shoddy.  Modern regimental histories, in the mode of the pioneering history of the 20th Maine, are needed.  Here, especially, amateur scholars could be quite helpful.
  5. Alcohol and the Civil WarAlcohol tends to be mentioned in most Civil War histories only in reference to General Grant.  It was a hard-drinking time and drunkenness was a common problem among officers and men.  Alcohol and its impact on the Civil War awaits good, and detailed, studies.
  6. Artillery-Compared to the infantry and cavalry, books on Civil War artillery have been relatively few in numbers.  The men who served the king of battle deserve better.
  7. Logistics-Serious consideration of logistics and its impact on Civil War operations tends to be scarce in most histories.  A logistical history of the Civil War needs to be written.
  8. Foreign Volunteers-For decades after the Civil War Heroes von Borcke proudly flew the Stars and Bars from the battlements of his Prussian estate, a memento of his service under Jeb Stuart.  Considering how many of them there were, the foreign volunteers who fought for the Union and the Confederacy have received little attention in most histories.
  9. Staff work-Ah, the Remfs, always unloved by the frontline soldiers in every conflict.  Nonetheless, staff work often determines the success or failure of most military operations, and the scholarship devoted to this important topic is minuscule.
  10. War Governors-Considering the key role they played, the war governors, Union and Confederate, have received, the majority of them, relatively little scholarly attention.

In regard to America’s greatest war, much work remains to be done.  Scholars, to your key boards!

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  • “5. Alcohol and the Civil War–Alcohol tends to be mentioned in most Civil War histories only in reference to General Grant. It was a hard-drinking time and drunkenness was a common problem among officers and men. Alcohol and its impact on the Civil War awaits good, and detailed, studies.”

    Under the circumstances of the oceans of bloodshed—how many accounts of so many battles, such as Antietam, Cold Harbor, Devil’s Den at Gettysburg, etc—literally describe the fields and rivers running with men’s blood—plus the maimings, the amputations, the bodily destruction—so that, despite not really being a “useful therapeutic option” at all, men during the Civil War being prone to abuse alcohol is an almost-rational response to a mind-shattering day-to-day reality.

  • Another aspect of the Civil War that I believe does not get enough attention is the fact that the divisions among the American people were not as cut and dried as we are led to believe. For example, not all slave owners were secessionists, nor were all secessionists in favor of slavery.

    If you like audio podcasts I recommend the Church history podcasts by Msgr. Michael John Witt, a former Christian Brother and now professor at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He has one series that addresses the role of Catholics in the War and explains all the different issues involved; you can find it at his website, http://www.michaeljohnwitt.com. Click on the link for “St. Louis: The Lion and the Fourth City, Vol. 2” and the links to each episode (usually 22 to 25 minutes long) will appear on that page. Those that deal with the Civil War are labeled as such. The “Lion”, by the way, was Archbishop Peter J. Kenrick, whose episcopal motto was “Noli irritare leo” or “Don’t mess with the lion.” 🙂

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Anthony Esolen

Saturday, July 22, AD 2017

 

The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion. High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts, experiences, and most treasured beliefs to the searching scrutiny of reason. What is valued then? Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism. You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason. Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper. They might well be healthier, too.

Professor Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes

Hattip to John C. Wright.

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  • Anthony M. Esolen’s prose is poetic

  • Perfect definition of political correctness: “…a new orthodoxy…(that) seeks to render itself immune to criticism.”

  • I don’t know what we are going to do about the generation now coming out of our elementary and high schools, let alone our colleges. They are trained to hate American history, to believe the USA was built upon being a slave Kingdom, that only the wealthy rule America, but worst of all, to hate anyone who disagrees with them with a furious bitter hatred.

    They will risk nothing for a noble cause; serve nothing, except themselves; and cannot seem to measure themselves by avoiding cheating stealing and lying. It is a grim outlook.

  • People who are taught lies can always be taught truth. I have hope in the young.

  • Hillsdale College is my oldest son’s top college choice. He attended their Liberty and Learning Youth Conference earlier this summer.

  • Jay Anderson.

    Thank God.
    Ave Maria University, Hillsdale college these are the antidote to the poison that is being happily distributed through out the world. God bless your eldest son’s top pick.
    I hope he enters in.

  • Anthony Esolen is one of the few orthodox Catholic intellectual leaders of our time. Show your appreciation by buying his book ‘Out of the Ashes’ and maybe subscribing to Touchstone magazine for which he is a writer and edits.

  • Dr. Esolen had a long history at Providence College. Toward the end of his tenure there, he was subject to a campaign of vilification from the usual suspects there, a campaign endorsed by the college administration. The whole mess left a bad taste in his mouth and when a job offer came over the transom from a serious Catholic college in New Hampshire, he took it. Providence College is run by the Dominican order. I’m sure there’s a religious order of some vintage which isn’t a scandal. I’m not sure which though…

  • Esolen is of course on target about the need to find a restoration of fundamental moral and societal values, but there is abundant reason for pessimism.

    Close to “home” here in the SF Baytheist Area, the product of the k-12 public school system, filled with teachers staffed for decades by radicals from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, the violence is reflected in the utterly amoral attacks on ordinary citizens in the BART public transit system that have been suppressed by the BART authorities and the media:
    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/11/bart-official-we-withheld-crime-data-to-protect-minorities-from-criticism/
    Masses of “youths” — let’s be blunt, black teenagers in the Oakland and Richmond areas—have turned criminal attacks into a sporting event. Although the most attention was given to an April 2017 incident, these are regular events and near-events, now, everywhere here. Specifically with regard to BART, people avoid the system if they are wise. But it is all over the area, now, the Lord-of-the-Flies feral youth.
    Now, the most outrageous attack to date occurred this past Thurs, July 20th, at the Richmond BART station, and was witnessed from a train car by, of all people, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt—who to his credit, unlike Mayor Ed Lee (SF) or Sam Liccardo (San Jose), doesn’t try to suppress the exploding crime wave sweeping the Bay Area by “youths” .
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Richmond-mayor-witnessed-mob-attack-outside-BART-11305657.php

    Even while a single man was attacked—who by the way, was a young black guy on his way to work in SF—at least two orange-and-yellow uniformed BART facility personnel watched the attack impassively from their truck nearby—and did nothing. Tom Butt was astounded at the callousness of everyone. When BART police were called by 911, BART police argued that the site of the assault was in Richmond’s jurisdiction. You have to remember, they have been Ferguson-ized, after the Oscar Grant shooting a few years ago, when a BART policeman killed a black hoodlum in the BART Oakland station.

    So, this is the context in which I say that the youth emerging from our public schools today at least in the SF Bay Area, are now the most feral, violent, and conscience-less, that I have witnessed in my lifetime.

  • I have always been a big fan of the Order of Preachers, having been brought into the Church in a Dominican parish in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (covering roughly the northeast and mid-Atlantic, including Providence College). I have a number of Dominican friends, including one who was once the Chaplain at Providence. Let’s just say I lost a LOT of respect for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in general and for Providence College president Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., in particular, over their treatment of Prof. Anthony Esolen. I wouldn’t send any of my kids to Providence College under ANY circumstances.

  • Michael Dowd, thanks for the tip on “Touchstone”, now being edited by Esolen. I will subscribe today.

  • Also, @ Jay Anderson:

    I used to regularly support the Dominican Province of St Joseph (141 E 65th St, NY, NY – HQ), until the literature they began sending me with their requests for financial support including the full Frankenchurch in display and they as proud standard-bearers. (They didn’t have the good sense to hoodwink me into thinking they remained the way previously had been at Providence and elsewhere. Oy vey. )

  • I believe Prof. Esolen was hired by Thomas More College in Texas, not New Hampshire. There is a Thomas More College in New Hampshire, also.

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PopeWatch: Let God Sort ‘Em Out

Saturday, July 22, AD 2017

 

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

 

VATICAN––The Vatican this morning is announcing that every pope that has ever lived, including ones still living, is to be canonized by the end of the year, sources are confirming.

The news comes just a week after John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized, and a day after it was announced that Paul VI was to be beatified later this year.

A Vatican insider told EOTT today that Pope Francis awoke earlier this morning shouting, “Canonize them all! Canonize them all!”

“He woke up in hysterics, telling everyone he passed that he wanted to canonize all the popes who came before him,” the insider said. “He said that by knocking out all the popes at once, that it would give him time to focus all his energy on the Church Militant.”

Speaking from his grave this morning, Pope Alexander VI, known by many historians to be the worst pope of all time, said that he couldn’t believe the news when he heard it. “Get the hell out of here! Oops, sorry about that. But seriously?”

Although the date of the canonizations has yet to be announced, Vatican officials said that since the requirement for miracles had been waived, they hope to canonize everyone by November.

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Jews Praying At The Temple Mount

Friday, July 21, AD 2017

It’s a little complicated, and they’re not SUPPOSED to be allowed to, but…they are.

Israeli police were still ordered to stop non-Muslim prayer, but many Jews took advantage of the opportunity to pray; Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, co-founder of the Land of Israel Network, emulated Jews of 2,000 years ago and prostrated himself on the stones; the Israeli police removed him from the site.

He told Breaking Israel News, “Bowing down on the stones is a Torah commandment, precisely like in Temple times, and in a way we aren’t able to do when the Waqf guards are here. I couldn’t resist. I felt like every prayer, every mitzvah (Torah commandment) done at the Temple Mount opened the door to geula just a little more.”

I’m sure I’m supposed to be horribly upset or something.

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PopeWatch: Dictatorship of the Zeitgeist

Friday, July 21, AD 2017

 

There has been a lot written about the message sent by the Pope Emeritus in regard to the funeral of Cardinal Meissner.  Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus, has denied that the statement was in way aimed at Pope Francis.  Here is a translation of the entire statement.  You be the judge:

 

In this hour, when the Church of Cologne and believers further afield take their leave of Cardinal Joachim Meissner, I am with them in my heart and thoughts and am pleased to accede to Cardinal Woelki’s wish and address a word of reflection to them.

When I heard last Wednesday by telephone of the death of Cardinal Meissner, I could not believe it at first. We had spoken to each other the previous day. From the way he spoke he was grateful to be on holiday now, after he had taken part the Sunday before (25th June) in the beatification of Bishop Teofilius Maturlionis in Vilnius. His love for the neighbouring Churches in the East, which had suffered persecution under Communism, as well as gratitude for endurance in suffering during that time left a lifelong mark on him. So it was certainly no accident that the last visit of his life was made to a confessor of the faith.

What struck me particularly in the last conversations with the Cardinal, now gone home, was the natural cheerfulness, the inner peace and the assurance he had found. We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist, fully resolved to act and think from a faith standpoint. Yet I have been all the more impressed that in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.

There were two things which in this final period allowed him to be increasingly happy and assured:

– The first was that he often related to me that what filled him with deep joy was to experience, in the Sacrament of Penance, how young people, above all young men, came to experience the mercy of forgiveness, the gift, in effect to have found life, which only God can give them.

– The second, which again and again touched and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration. This was the central theme for him at World Youth Day in Cologne – that there was adoration, a silence, in which the Lord alone speaks to hearts. Some pastoral and liturgical authorities were of the opinion that such a silence in contemplation of the Lord with such a huge number of people could achieve nothing. A few were also of the opinion that Eucharistic adoration as such has been overtaken, because the Lord wanted to be received in the Eucharistic bread and not be looked at. Yet the fact that a person cannot eat this bread as just some sort of nourishment, and that to “receive” the Lord in the Eucharistic Sacrament includes all the dimensions of our existence – that receiving has to be worship, something which has in the meantime become increasingly clearer. So the period of Eucharistic adoration at the Cologne World Youth Day became an interior event that has remained unforgettable, and not only to the Cardinal. This moment for him was subsequently always present internally and a great light for him.

When on the last morning Cardinal Meissner did not appear for Mass, he was found dead in his room. The breviary had slipped from his hands: he died while praying, his face on the Lord, in conversation with the Lord. The art of dying, which was given to him, again demonstrated how he had lived: with his face towards the Lord and in conversation with him. So we may confidently entrust his soul to the goodness of God.

Lord, we thank you for the witness of this your servant, Joachim. Let him now intercede for the Church of Cologne and for the whole world.

Requiescat in pace!

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  • Pope Benedict XVI was wrong to have resigned, and is wrong in his idea of a bifurcation of the Papacy – one part contemplative and spiritual, and another part active and engaged in the world. Many people thing Jorge Bergoglio is an interloper and Benedict still the real Pope. Whatever the truth is, Bergoglio fits the definition of one of the little antichrists in the 1st Epistle of St. John.

  • “……..the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.”

    “…..and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration.” Pope Emeritus

    For this observer, Pope Emeritus is making his point. Francis is a big boy. His take on the letter is what I’d like to know. After all. He is in charge of this listing ship.

    The increase in P.E.A. is a GREAT sign!
    Christ is being adored and His leadership is bailing out the sea water….the corrosive sea water that’s​ akin to the smoke of Satan.

    Good things await Holy Church!
    The owner of the ship will see to it.

    Jesus I Trust in You.

  • There you have it. Archbishop Ganswein can’t read. Because there is no way the Pope Emeritus was talking about the Church historically. Francis is the dictator from the zeitgeist.

  • Whether else you may think about him, Joseph Ratzinger is an extremely intelligent man with an almost atomically precise gift for language. If (per Ganswein) he had wanted to make some general statement about the eternal mission of the Church, he would have done so. Instead, he deliberately invoked the current crisis:

    We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist…

    …in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.

    Add to that his closing remarks on Eucharistic Adoration–again, in a time when the reigning pontiff repeatedly demonstrates his indifference toward the Blessed Sacrament–and there’s simply no mistaking his meaning. Of course he was referring to Francis, and the squeals of outrage from the Bergoglian Minion Brigade indicate that he struck home.

  • The diagnosis of the Emeritus hit the mark, but it will be of no avail in correcting the disastruous and self-destructive course of the Vatican under Francis. The overwhelming majority of the hierarchy is simply modernist and this won’t change for generations.

  • LQC ” – one part contemplative and spiritual, and another part active and engaged in the world.” does not mean deluded nor separated from God.

  • Like so much of Benedict’s it is too subtle to engage many. My opinion is that what he said was aimed at Francis, but not exactly a rallying cry for a palace revolt.

  • There is a old saying, which is NOT to be considered an incitement to violence by some dunderhead, “If you aim at the king, make sure you kill him.” This is such weak tea that IF Benedict truly intended this to be some sort of coded message in a matter of such importance, I would prefer Francis, who at least lets everybody know where he stands. The truth is way too much is being made of this.

  • “The truth is way too much is being made of this.”

    Disagree my bruin friend. The Church hasn’t seen anything like this since the Great Schism of 1378.

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July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run-Lessons to Learn

Friday, July 21, AD 2017

 

The First Battle of Bull Run, or First Manassas, was the first major battle of the Civil War.  A Confederate victory, it gave lessons to those paying attention:

1.    It amply demonstrated the hazards of sending half-trained troops into combat.  Both the Union and Confederate armies were green, and it showed in clumsy battlefield maneuvers and  an inability to coordinate attacks.

2.   An early indication that it was much easier to defend and counter-attack than to launch an initial attack in the Civil War.

3.    Rifled muskets were going to make this an exceptionally bloody war.  5,000 Union and Confederate casualties resulted from this battle, just slightly below the total American killed and wounded for either the entire War of 1812 or the entire Mexican War.

4.    One able general, Stonewall Jackson in the case of Bull Run, could seize the initiative and turn the tide of a battle.

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  • The Manassas battlefield site is well worth the visit. It is in a fairly compact area and can be easily covered on foot in a couple of hours.

  • Also, isn’t this battle the near-epitome of a devastating loss as a result of “still fighting the last war”?

    The now-75-year-old Gen. Winfield Scott, over 300 lbs and unable to mount a horse and really “see the action”, insisted on maintaining brigades, instead of divisions, relying on his experience in the Mexican-American War. But the army of the Potomac now had become enormous (65,000 men?), 3 times as large as all the forces engaged in Mexico, and McDowell as commander found it unwieldy as well as insufficiently battle-ready.

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Mark Shea and Charlie Gard

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017

 

 

Hattip to commenter Nate Winchester.  An example of how far down the dark path Mark Shea has gone:

With supreme cynicism, the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Congress of Trump takes a step to grant Charlie residency for a sketchy experiment that holds extremely little promise of hope–by attaching it to a bill funding Trump’s idiotic border wall designed to maximize waste for the taxpayer and cruelty to refugees:

The amendment has been added to a controversial bill that includes money for US President Donald Trump’s border wall and enhanced immigration enforcement, which could take a significant amount of time to be voted into law, if it is at all.

In other news, a hard-working taxpayer and father of four who has committed no crime other than being brown is being deported to Mexico to the orgasmic cheers of Christians for Cruelty, aka, Trump Defenders.  His name is actually “Jesus” and still these Pharisees applaud without irony.  Convinced that petty rule-keeping is their real savior, they hide behind paperwork while families are viciously destroyed and admire their righteousness in punishing the least of these.  And they dare to call themselves “prolife”.

 

So, let’s see:  efforts to help Charlie Gard’s parents defy the edicts of courts in Europe that they cannot give their son treatment, and that he must die, are futile and efforts to enforce our immigration laws, laws that every nation on Earth have, are racist.  Right.

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  • It sounds like Mark Shea (a white man) hates his own race (the white race). Suicidal. But such is liberalism.

    For the record, I am a white man married to a brown skinned legally immigrated tax paying Asian woman who works her pretty little butt off helping me to pay the bills and keep the household running. And damn straight I am racist! My race is human, but I wonder about Shea! A pox on him! Let him be anathema!

  • Why can’t the father of four take his children with him to Mexico? I understand that the native born children can choose to return to America when they are emancipated.
    Charlie Gard’s permanent residency is called political asylum from the death peddlers and humanity.

  • Mary, you are talking common sense and people like Mark Shea being liberal eschew common sense.

  • Shoot, could you imagine how much this fella’s grocery bill would increase if all those ag jobs were filled with documented workers?

    Why do our bishops and other leftists desire to see the exploitation of brown skinned folk?

  • This may seem like an impertinent observation, but I will make it nonetheless. Mark Shea is not a part-time writer. In other words, he ostensibly foreclosed full-time and more secure employment in some other endeavor in order to become a full-time writer and apologist. This was by no means an ignoble pursuit – just the opposite, in fact. We need men and women devoting their lives to spreading the Gospel.

    And yet, how much of his public ministry has been devoted to this pursuit? He has written about eight or nine books. I’ve read one of them, and it was quite good. But that’s over a 20-30 years as an active, full-time writer. He has written blog posts and contributed to other online publications, of course, but many of these, especially in recent times, are more political than apologetical. Even if you want to include his blog and Facebook writing as works of apology in a certain sense, the ways in which he has engaged his audience in these public fora are hardly constructive for evangelization purposes.

    This is a very long way of saying that this guy supposedly dedicated himself to evangelizing, yet it seems most of his public life is spent on petty political arguments. What a waste.

  • Gee, how much “hope” was there that Terry Schiavo would recover from her infirmity if her parents were allowed to tend to her? Yet Shea was bellowing like a goaded steer about how infamous for courts to order her death. But now that some Bergoglio-appointed punk has declared that death is the best thing for the feeble, Shea falls right in line and can’t wait until they off the kid.

  • I seem to recall he really began to go off the rails around 2005. The reasons for that are occult (I suspect, to anyone not familiar with him face-to-face).

    I think his first book hit the presses in 1996. Eight or nine books in 21 years is adequate. I doubt you can make much of a living off the audience for that sort of literature and I suspect it’s almost always a bad idea for people to pursue creative occupations professionally.

  • Shea has become a pathetic shell of the pathetic shell he already was.

  • If Mr. Lopez was, indeed, on a legal work permit, then he made an agreement– sending him home after he broke it is simply not cruel. Him setting his kids up like that? That might be cruel.
    He screwed up, and there are consequences. He got to spend two decades in the US without bothering to go through the legally required steps for those advantages.

    Want to hear about cruelty, look at what the coyotes do to the people they smuggle across.

  • What specific aspect of “illegal” does Mark-who not understand? IN any case, tehse ignorany, mendacious liberals have no clue as to how angry Americans are with the mass, illegal alien invasion and the dastards (anti-Americans liberals and chamber of commerce Republicans) that promote it.

    I daily perform numerous penances for my uncountable sins. However, reading that nut-job’s liberal crap is not one of them.

  • Dr. Mabuse: Terry Schiavo was a ward of the court since Michael Schiavo tried to deny her her Right to Life. Shrugging off their duty to protect Terry Schiavo’s life annihilated the Court and anyone who supported their dereliction of duty.
    A person must first discard the Holy Spirit to embrace the zeitgeist. A person who discards the Holy Spirit discards God and may not be called CATHOLIC

  • What specific aspect of “illegal” does Mark-who not understand?

    To T.Shaw, foxfier, and others. Shea will say it over and over again: “The law was made for man, not man for the law.” Essentially if a rule makes him feel bad enough (because it would break up families! or send people back into danger! etc), then it should just be ignored or not enforced.

    And yes, it is hilarious to see him advocate for things like living wages, gun control, and universal health care with “man was not made for the law” in mind.

  • It Takes A Village To Raise A Child. Totalitarian translation: It Takes A Village To Take A Child. Guy McClung, Texas

    “Precious Child”

    by Guy McClung
    Catholic Lane site, Feb 11, 2017

    If we wants the child,
    The precious,
    Get it from mommy and daddy,
    How can we does it?

    We hides us,
    We sneaks around,
    Near the ground,
    And we calls us, “Village”.

    We means “steal,” but we says “raise”.
    “Village” is good, “raise” is good.
    Takes a village to raise a child!
    We gets the precious child !

    The child loves us, Village,
    And hates mommy
    Hates daddy.
    We gets the child to dead them all.

    Dead the mommy and the daddy ,
    Dead the aunties and the uncles.
    Dead the brothers and the sisters, and
    Grandma and Granddad, dead.

    All done dead, the family – dead.
    Us Village alive.
    The precious, the child,
    Ours.

    Copyright © Guy McClung 2017

  • So our actions, violating the just laws of the country to maintain it’s borders, has no consequences. We are now the church that promotes the idea there are never any consequences for our actions. Do what you want, and the church will back you.

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  • Guy McClung Precious Child.

  • The speed with which so many Catholics who went to the mattresses over Terri Schiavo are suddenly saying the kid is a hopeless case, so the State should step in and insist the parents let him die is breathtaking. I understand it’s a complex problem. I know that the child’s suffering, as Terri’s, is worth considering. I just can’t help but notice the change. And it’s a change that is quite consistent with how so much of the Church appears to be embracing.

  • Nate- heck, that would be an argument worth respecting. Man is NOT made for the law, but law for the man– so the burden is to show that the law is working against man, rather than “this law is bad because I say so.”

  • The really dangerous line is this so called line of reasoning is that “suffering” is something without purpose that is to be avoided if at all possible. That’s how the whole “Life Unworthy of Living” thing got started.

  • *sad* Explain how the judges’ statement doesn’t boil down to “life unworthy of life.”

    I’ll wait.

  • That and the whole all your babes are belong to us vibe.

  • Charlie’s parents just announced that they are ending their legal battle. The latest MRI, done at the behest of his American doctors, shows it is too late for the experimental medical treatment. Was Charlie given a death sentence by his genes, or by the 5 month delay caused by the hospital and their lawyers?

  • Very sad news today. But what gets me the most about it is the number of people in this country — including some allegedly pro-life Catholics — who actually defended the government’s decision to deny the parents their parental rights to seek healthcare alternatives. I can only assume they felt inclined to defend it so as not to reflect negatively on the future prospects of government-run health care in this country.

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for single-payer?

  • Indeed Jay. The grief of Charlie’s parents is unimaginable except for parents who have lost a child. They will need all our prayers.

  • It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for single-payer?

    It’s doubtful the cost allocation was ever the issue here. This issue here was the authority of cadres over parents. Some variation of that is commonly the issue in this day and age.

  • Single payer, single decider.

  • “Single payer, single decider.”

    This. And the decider is NEVER going to be the parents. When Big Govt pays, Big Govt has the final say.

  • The government of course having a vested interest in shutting down treatment that is expensive and experimental, especially when the treatment will not restore to normal but leave someone potentially dependent upon the State for life.

  • Shea’s latest comment on the matter.

    You know… Mark wouldn’t have to have a conversion to the side of reality and sanity. Just some ACKNOWLEDGEMENT from him that oh, maybe government healthcare can have downsides and trade offs once in awhile would be a major improvement from him.

    But no, anything less is just executing people. As if the government could legislate death away.

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