Flag Revolution

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.

Justice Felix Frankfurter



I loved this station sign off back in the seventies.  May God bless America and may America become worthier of that blessing.  Instead of Flag Evolution I would call this Flag Revolution.  The American Revolution is ongoing, as our experiment in democracy continues down the years.

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23 Responses to Mark Shea Demonstrates How Not to Respond When a Democrat Fanatic Attempts to Murder Republican Congressmen

  • Mark Shea – MOLON LABE – come take!

    See if you can take my gun from me!

    I dare you!

    Come! Take!

    What a freaking nit wit! That murderous deranged Democrat nut case would have used a bomb or a knife or a bow and arrow or whatever were guns unavailable! Cain used a stone ot murder Able! It’s not gun which kill nor spoons that make people fat (looking your way, Shea!), but insane crazy self will run riot!

  • Mac, Did your confessor assign as a penance reading Mark-who? The Second Sorrowful Mystery, THE Scourging At The Pillar; I Desire A Spirit Of Mortification.

    It’s dishonesty/diversion/distraction.

    Only in America can a liberal unsuccessfully attempt to massacre lawmakers with whom they differ and the liberals scream that conservatives need to be disarmed.

    I took inventory. I have more guns than I have tightey-whiteys (you didn’t need to know that). I have as much cold steel – bayonets, K-Bar, kukri, etc. Unlike the typical liberal, I know how to use them and live to fight another day.

    Let’s Roll! Stay low. Move fast. Shoot first. Die last. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your planning was faulty.

    You bet that’s s call to arms: civil war. They started it.

  • FWIW, Rob’s comment was deleted. Others, including those yucking it up saying the GOP deserves what it gets, the NRA!’ are left up. A sad state for a once celebrated Catholic author who helped me into the Church. Mark is quickly giving voice to the worst of the radical alt-left.

  • Too true, Dave G. One commentator over there asked Mark if he was comfortable with the kind of commentators and discussion he was allowing and fostering.

    Mark’s reply:
    “Aside from jh (who I rebuked) who do you mean? The people who are rightly saying that gun cult rhetoric is false? That health care is good? I’m not interested in Tone Policing on behalf of a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    “Blood on their hands” huh? Guess we know how happy his spirit will be when the next shooting occurs. And he was all about tone policing when an abortion clinic was shot up (twice!). I guess conservative lives and souls just matter less to him.

  • I’m not interested in Tone Policing on behalf of a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    He manifests here three pathologies of prog-trash politics: (1) no sense of personal agency and (2) an affection for sociological nonsense in service to (3) sticking the bill for social pathology with a set of preferred bogies. In this case, hobbyists largely resident in exurbs, small towns, and the countryside (which have homicide rates around about 2 per 100,000) are held responsible for the fruits of the slum honor culture (which breeds homicide rates of 35 per 100,000). If you want to contain the social damage done by the slum honor culture, you might just…police the slums with ample manpower making use of best practices. You do that correctly, and Harlem has a homicide rate of 8.5 per 100,000 and a great many young people who might have ended up dead at 25 get to shuffle into middle age. However, it’s much more fun to cast aspersions on a gun collector in Greene County than to endorse addressing the problems Harlem has had.

    After some time reading the occasional blurts of a Catholic writer who fancies himself this generation’s Dorothy Day, it occurred to me that the man hated cops, and, indeed, anyone who defends himself with force and is capable of doing so. Mark Shea talks more an more like that man. What do you figure lies behind that?

  • If you want to contain the social damage done by the slum honor culture, you might just…police the slums with ample manpower making use of best practices.

    Nah if you REALLY want to contain the problem of the slums, you get fathers back into the homes. But how to do that is a big question that ain’t easy to answer.

    As for Mark & cops… it’s weird. One day he’ll post something against them, then the next day will post

    The three guys in London were dead within eight minutes of the attack and could only kill seven people for one reason: they lacked guns and were massively outgunned by cops who had them.

    So does he really hate cops or not? I get the feeling he’s really in favor of some platonic ideal of a cop that all the real flesh and blood ones keep failing to live up to and it’s those he really hates.

    Maybe. He’ll probably change his mind tomorrow.

  • “. . . .a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    I’m old enough to remember when Hitler used that same argument to kill 6,000,000 Jews.

  • I think we should all borrow a trick from the left and each one of us make a donation to the NRA or a similar organization in Mark Shea’s name.

  • Nah if you REALLY want to contain the problem of the slums, you get fathers back into the homes.

    To which the Mayor of Philadelphia responds, “Who me? Oh, I’ll get right to it…”.

    We might just do something about violent crime in the slums (successfully addressed in New York) in lieu of twiddling our thumbs for six or seven generations until some spontaneous Great Awakening causes the problem to disappear.

  • “Maybe. He’ll probably change his mind tomorrow.”

    Nate, unfortunately inconsistency is one of Mark’s biggest problems. Part of it he’s ultimately an amateur, with no real accountability. Take those horrible days after Sandy Hook. He took a few days away from blogging – and that was certainly understood. But when he came back, it was NRA=Nazi and gun regulations now! all the way. And woe betide those who dared even think about asking him to unpack some of what he said, or critique his non-particulars. He said we must do whatever or else, and that was that. Except for some of his buddies, representing a more pro-gun rights viewpoint. Even though they were echoing some of what the rest of us were saying (and getting blasted by Mark and his more left leaning readers for doing so), Mark gave them great praise for their thoughtful questions and concerns. Because, well, they were buddies and pals. That was a key moment in my following of Mark. But then I find that those who wish to somehow compromise with the forces of modernity begin struggling in the consistency department.

  • The fact that I’m commenting tells you how bloody useless my life is.

    Do gun regulations work? Maybe, but the facts (guys like Mark-who are allergic to the facts) tell another tale. In the past ten years, national violent crime numbers declined 50% while private gun ownership numbers (Obama was the world record gun salesman) rose by 100%.

    Guys like Mark-who? climb on the broken, little bodies, and wave the bloody shirts, and throw hate at whole classes of people for the massacres.

    Look! I feel horrible about 23 little children being massacred. But, it wasn’t me.

  • “But, it wasn’t me.”

    Not sure if I’m reading you right, but you appear to be saying take comfort, at least I wasn’t massacred. Which, if that’s what you’re saying, I fear is all too true. I call it the modern golden rule: do unto others as long as you don’t do unto me. Of course when it’s applied is, like most things nowadays, radically inconsistent. Take unarmed blacks shot by cops. I have no reason to think it will happen to me – not being black – and yet I”m told to care and care passionately. But terrorism? That’s when it goes back to ‘as long as terrorists kill someone else, since nothing else matters but that it directly benefits me, it’s a sacrifice I”m willing to make.’ Altogether chilling, except for how many Christians are now jumping on the bandwagon.

  • Re Sandy Hook: preventing a Sandy Hook massacre would require mass gun confiscation or putting armed guards with almost nothing to do in exurban elementary schools. Nancy Lanza owned four guns and was in compliance with Connecticut law. They kept in a safe in her home. He murdered his mother in order to get hold of the key to the safe and then committed suicide after he’d finished his massacre at the school. Clayton Cramer’s complaints about free-range mental patients are not readily applicable. Unlike Cramer’s brother, Adam Lanza did not have a history of violence that anyone knew about and Nancy Lanza was in the process of attempting to have her son placed in an institution. The one recent case where a deficit of custodial care for schizophrenics seems spot on as a source of trouble would be that cinema shot up in Aurora, Colo.

    Trouble is, it’s a big country and any big country has a non-zero population of utter kooks you really cannot identify beforehand without a boatload of false positives.

  • The more he posts, the more he corroborates the National Catholic Register’s decision: http://the-american-catholic.com/2016/08/22/reports-that-mark-shea-has-been-fired-by-national-catholic-register/

  • Patheos ought to be driven into the dirt for sponsoring that blowhard windbag. Kellogg’s opened their mouths badmouthing Breitbart and it bit them in the rear end. Sponsor or peddle crap and you deserve to get clobbered in the wallet.

    ESPN is spiraling down the drain by being a bunch of SJWs instead of covering sports. The NFL saw its ratings plunge because a half black talentless quarterback named Colin Kapernick refused to stand for the National Anthem. Shea knows less about being Catholic than I do but some outfit saw fit to give him a forum for his crummy writing. Patheos deserves to bite the dust and Shea needs to find honest work.

  • David G. – It wasn’t me shooting.

    Art D. Immediately (as legislatures operate) CT and NY banned/confiscated all assault weapons. The day after the laws went into effect, approximately 800,000 CT and NTY residents were made felons. I believe the NY law (S.A.F.E. Act) specifically prohibits obtaining or maintaining statistics on compliance.

    Two things in conclusion re the Hodgkinson attack: It was a quick and easy transition from “Punch a Nazi!” to “Assassinate a Republican Congressman!” This is not about guns.

  • The top three nations for per capita gun ownership are, in descending order,
    the United States, Serbia, and Switzerland. The rates of gun-related homicides
    per 100K for each nation are:

    USA: 3.43 gun related homicides per 100,000 residents. (2014 statistics)
    Serbia: 0.61 per 100K (c. 2012)
    Switzerland: 0.21 per 100K (c. 2015) In 2014, that figure was even lower– 0.09.

    What to make of these statistics? Serbia is not a particularly stable country,
    but even with the high number of guns per capita, it has a markedly lower
    rate of gun-related homicide than we do. In Switzerland militia training is
    mandatory and reservists are encouraged to keep their government-issue
    weapon (usually a Sturmgewehr 90 assault rifle) in their homes. Guns are
    almost everywhere, and shooting clubs are common. That nation has about
    2.5X the population of Chicago, which has very strict gun control laws.
    Yet in Chicago last year there were over 450 gun-related homicides. And
    in all Switzerland in 2015 (the most recent stat I could find) there were… 17.

    What to make of all that? I’m sure there are many variables behind the
    differences in gun homicide rates between the three countries, but it seems
    clear to me that the relatively low rates of gun homicide enjoyed by both
    Serbia and Switzerland, despite their high number of guns per capita, means
    that our higher rate of gun violence has causes other than just the availability
    of guns. People (*ahem*, Mark Shea) who harp on the need to reduce access
    to guns are ignoring the actual causes of gun-related violence in this country,
    whatever those actual causes might be. Shea and his ilk would do well to get
    past their obsession with gun control and try to address the true causes
    of our nation’s gun-related violence. (And yes, as Penguins Fan stated above,
    Shea is a blowhard windbag).

  • We also have the fact that the most well-armed, per capita, regions of the country, invariably rural, have European levels of homicide rates. Death by homicide in this country is largely an urban problem and usually associated with drugs and gangs.

  • I have more guns than I have tightey-whiteys (you didn’t need to know that).

    Only 20 years late to the “boxers or briefs” question….

    A thing to look out for on statistics– not all countries figure homicide the way we do, and age is an important consideration. Guys between the ages of 16 and 30-something are involved in most crimes. (Which makes sense– it’s really dumb for, oh, a grandma to try intimidating people in a robbery!)

  • and usually associated with drugs and gangs.

    The homicide rate in my hometown is bad (20 per 100,000, or 35 per 100,000 in the core of the city) with little in the way of organized gangs. A great many slum homicides are inter-personal disputes between troublesome and impetuous people. (Or, as the disreputable Mr. Sailer puts it, “the Dominican guy shoots the Puerto Rican guy in a dispute over a plate of chicken”. The social control established by amply staffed police forces (including and especially incapacitation of a smalll selection of youth) cuts way back on this. Laws requiring registration of pistols and prohibiting licenses to juveniles or people with convictions for certain offenses are a component of these efforts at social control, because you can stop and frisk and then jail people you find with unlicensed firearms. This sort of thing is remote from mass confiscation. Also keep in mind that long guns are used in only about 3% of all homicides.

  • You look at the Democratic Party and you figure that one-third to two-thirds vote regularly but otherwise do not pay much attention to public affairs. As for the remainder, they make their voice heard here:


  • Shea’s problem is that deep down, he’s still suffering from the Protestant heresy. Converts like him haven’t really completely converted to the Catholic Church, but rather a Protestant-like church with sacraments. He claims to know and accept all that the Catholic Church teaches, and that very well may be true, but that doesn’t mean he practices the faith. We should pray for the man, but also warn others that he is a danger to their soul.

  • Shea’s problem is that deep down, he’s still suffering from the Protestant heresy. Converts like him haven’t really completely converted to the Catholic Church, but rather a Protestant-like church with sacraments.

    His problem is that he’s emotionally disturbed, and has a portfolio of stock characters from outside the Church who are his hate objects. That he was once an evangelical is perfectly irrelevant to his problem.

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Eisenhower on Lee

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017



Hattip to Michael W. Lively.  It has become fashionable to denigrate Robert E. Lee and to call for the removal of all statues honoring him.  57 years ago President Dwight Eisenhower answered such an attack:


August 1, 1960
Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower
White House
Washington, D.C. 

Dear Mr. President: 

At the Republication Convention I heard you mention that you have the pictures of four (4) great Americans in your office, and that included in these is a picture of Robert E. Lee. 

I do not understand how any American can include Robert E. Lee as a person to be emulated, and why the President of the United States of America should do so is certainly beyond me. 

The most outstanding thing that Robert E. Lee did, was to devote his best efforts to the destruction of the United States Government, and I am sure that you do not say that a person who tries to destroy our Government is worthy of being held as one of our heroes. 

Will you please tell me just why you hold him in such high esteem? 

Sincerely yours,

Leon W. Scott

Eisenhower responded:

2 Responses to Eisenhower on Lee

  • How is it one can honor a military officer who betrayed his oath to defend the US? He admittedly did so reluctantly. Did he repent his betrayal? I will grant he had many noble qualities. I can understand why a fellow general could admire him, but still, he fought against his country.

  • “I can understand why a fellow general could admire him, but still, he fought against his country.”

    What the country consisted of was what the Civil War was all about. If the Confederacy had prevailed, I assume the usual analysis would be that the Union troops were brave but foolish, attempting to keep people part of a nation that they no longer belonged to. The Civil War answered a lot of questions, and the answers were by no means clear prior to the War.

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PopeWatch: Unchanging

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017


PopeWatch has long believed that the key to understanding Pope Francis is his life in Argentina, and, above all, this event:


A titanic struggle for the soul of Catholicism ensued. Bergoglio had strong support within the Jesuits when he became provincial superior in 1973. But by the time he ended his leadership role as rector of Buenos Aires’s Jesuit seminary in 1986, those who loathed him had begun to outnumber those who loved him. By 1990, his support within the order had been eroded by his authoritarian style and his incorrigible inability, in the words of the Jesuit, Father Frank Brennan, “to let go the reins of office once a [Jesuit] provincial of a different hue was in the saddle.” Another senior Jesuit told me: “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

10 Responses to PopeWatch: Unchanging

  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    If my own experience is any guide, the propensity of management to push that line is inversely proportional to the actual skills possessed.

  • “His view that it is his way or the highway as a young man remains the exact mode of operation of his Papacy.”

    Wait till the Lord Jesus Christ deposes him and one day He shall. This dictatorial Latin American Peronist will have much to answer for.

  • “What Pope Francis learned from this is that the left is stronger than the right in internal Church struggles, and from then on he was going to ally himself with the left.”

    Looks like practically every bishop learned that same lesson and took it to heart. As I have said before, Pope Francis is not as much the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church’s power base, but the product of it.

  • Practically every bishop in the west that is.

  • John Paul II did not learn this lesson and neither did Pope Benedict. Pope Francis is most definitely the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church as we will see after his successor takes office.

  • Well, Donald, JPIi and Benedict XVI did unwittingly set the table for much of what we are seeing now. In the case of JPII, in the latter part of his pontificate took positions on issues like capital punishment in a manner that an honest critique would demand to regarded as irresponsible. As for B16, although he didn’t enshrine his views on the “climate change” hoax in an encyclical, he was clearly in the Al Gore like camp on that issue. And the bishops they picked are clearly leftist, even the orthodox ones. Unless Church teaching explicitly forbids it, these bishops are not only leftist, but hard left. And judging from the tone of their statements, they are more concerned about “social justice” than they are anything else.

    Against this backdrop, it was only a matter of time that someone like Bergoglio got elected.

  • Pope John Paul II also helped to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe, chastised the Sandinistas to their face and was a champion of orthodoxy. Likewise Pope Benedict was a champion of orthodoxy, was alarmed by the threats to religious freedom in the US from the Obama administration and fought the normalization of homosexuality. Compared to Francis, either one was Reagan in a cassock.

  • Of course, I am not denying the good these popes did. In fact, I think especially JPII was a great pope. But in some areas, he did things that were harmful.

    Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is. And given the fact JPII was a Pole, that would have put both the Polish government and the Polish bishops in a bad position because they take a very politically incorrect, but correct, position on that issue. That’s why Poland doesn’t have a problem with Islamic terrorism.

    And yes, compared to Pope Francis, they were Reagan in a cassock. But considered who Pope Francis is, that in itself isn’t really saying much, is it?

  • Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is.

    Not so sure about that:


    “When no solution is foreseen, these same institutions should direct those they are helping, perhaps also providing them with material assistance, either to seek acceptance in other countries, or to return to their own country.”

  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    Let us hope the Cardinals will soon say that they too have had “Enough”.

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8 Responses to President Trump on Scalise Shooting

  • Good speech. However, the parts about people in DC loving and being devoted to America are not true for Democrats. They hate America and have for a half century. They are the reason this shooting happened. They portrayed Trump decapitated and then they portrayed Trump as Julius Caesar assassinated. They are just like Muslim Jihadists in sentiment and this barbaric shooting proves what they are capable of doing. We will find ourselves in the same situation as the Maccabean brothers if they ever regain power.

    PS, for the record: I voted 3rd Party – Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party – last November. I wanted someone better than either Trump or Hillary. That however is not what the people decided. Now that Trump is elected, he should be respected. The Democrats refuse to respect him and go out of their way to malign and ridicule him at every opportunity. Enough is enough. I am sick of them and I am very, very angry, not because I lie Trump but because the Democrats are committing violence against anything and anyone remotely conservative and Constitutionalist. That anger is very bad for me because it stops me from seeing that Democrats are human too. It has transformed into hate and Jesus said we are to love our enemies, not hate them.

    🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Hodgkinson, Griffin, Theater in the Parka re only the tip of the liberal violence iceberg.

    “Strong hatred defender of peoples.” Iliad Book XXI.

    In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”

    In three days, the left (academia/Hollywood/media) will redouble the campaign to fabricate the vilest lies about President Trump and we the deplorable, 63 million Americans that voted for him.

    It wasn’t me. They started it. It’s too late to apologize.

  • Hodgkinson was the typical American assassin, or would be assassin: a loser and very marginal figure who suddenly lashes out. I would not view him as a forerunner of signs of a coming Civil War. Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

  • When Donald McClarey posts a song like “It’s Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration,” then you know it’s serious – Domine Deus, miserere nobis et totius Americae!

    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground
    Screaming ‘cross the waves
    You can’t hear a sound
    There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties
    No tea
    We’ve colonized America; we won’t stand for tyranny,
    Oh king

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts
    And they just won’t do
    We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true
    All men were created with certain

    Unalienable rights
    Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
    Of happiness

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late apologize
    It’s too late

    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah

    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground

  • T. Shaw: “In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”
    Patton hated what some Germans were doing. There was a wonderful German underground resistance to the Nazis. Claus von Stauffenberg, Robert Bosch and the Lutheran minister executed by Hitler whose name escapes me now.
    The one line that makes me love Patton is : Kill them with kindness”
    Individuals who refuse to love our Constitution, who would deny due process of law and civil rights to people ought to be exiled as ‘persona non grata’ and enforced as ‘men without a country”

  • Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

    The Netherlands split the difference: Pim Fortuyn’s murderer has been paroled (he was detained for 12 years) but Theo Van Gogh’s has not.

    I suspect a fragmentary legitimation of crimes approved of by people like Barack Obama and his social circle. (See Bergdahl and Manning). That will eventually include the murder of political opponents.

  • By their words and actions extreme Leftists have murder in their hearts as they are primarily influenced by the devil. I am not so sure the same can be said about extremists on the Right.

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Gunning for Republicans

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017


Partisan hatred was taken up a few notches this morning:



The gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice session on Wednesday morning, injuring four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has been named as James T. Hodgkinson.  

The shooter from Belleville, Illinois, fired up to 100 rounds from a high powered rifle from the third base dugout at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, as the group practiced batting at around 7:00 a.m.

He was eventually shot by two U.S. Capitol Police officers who were accompanying Scalise. They were both wounded as they exchanged gunfire. 

Hodgkinson is now in custody and undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

A congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams was also shot. Senator Rand Paul, who was at the scene but was not injured, described it as a ‘killing field.’

A man thought to be the shooter asked if the group were Republicans or Democrats before opening fire, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said. North Carolina Rep. Mike Walker told NBC News the ‘gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.’

16 Responses to Gunning for Republicans

  • Liberalism is a mental illness.

  • A gather from another site on which I am a participant, that the MSNBC talking points to be used by partisan Democrats this morning are to rail at Republicans about ‘assault rifles’.

  • Gee, when you call your opponents nazis and evil monsters literally trying to kill people, who could have foreseen this?

  • Corruption personified himself, Terry McAuliffe, said, “There are too many guns on the street.”

    Wrong! There are too many hateful, violent liberals on the streets.

    It’s so dangerous out there I wouldn’t leave the house unarmed.

    This level of rhetorical hatred and political violence was last experienced in the years immediately prior to the US Civil War.

  • Killing people because of their political affiliations is the height of tyranny. We are all under siege. Freedom of association is no longer. Denial of God is the root of murder.

  • I can hardly wait for the tolerant left late night suck-ups to gloss this over… Jimmy Fallon & Steven Colbert can use this event as material in their on going smear on Republican leadership. President Trump being the punching bag of choice.

    The face of the participants in the 2017 Festival of the Inbreeds is the American Liberal. Add Hodgkinson’s to this despicable list. Sick puppies all!

    I can imagine Fallon saying that the shooting was a good start.

    Colbert? He will say it was a false flag event that was organized by the Trump team to discredit Liberals.

    But hey…the poor bastards gotta​ make a buck somehow.

  • Hmm. If this had been a Trump supporter the MSM would go nuts, but since it’s a Clinton supporter,,, well…
    it’ll be interesting to see how the MSM reacts. I’m sure they will find a way to blame Trump.

  • I don’t know, there’s some pretty rank and scary rhetoric coming from the alt-left on this one. From trying desperately to say the GOP deserves it, to deflecting back at Conservatives, to yucking it up because a bunch of righties got pinged, there’s some serious Himmler signaling going on here. And some of it on Catholic sites no less.

  • The level of hatred is an outgrowth of the politics of emotion: it is impossible to argue rationally with people that no longer believe that there is any objective truths to be found in reasoned discourse. Religious leaders and educators have refused to Catechize or educate for fear of being labeled reactionary. Logic and reason are beaten by emotion and the distraught are deaf to reason– pray for our country and carry when in public.

  • “but since it’s a Clinton supporter”

    No, he was a hardcore Bernie Bro and had blasted Hillary as “practically Republican,” or something similar — IOW she was not leftist enough for his taste.

  • Expected outcome of the rage and mindless hostility of the left, especially, their ongoing effort to depersonalize their ideological opponents—e.g., Rachel Maddow ‘s nightly shrill denunciations of Trump; the unfunny Kathie Griffin depicting a decapitated Trump about 10 days ago; then, a very bloody and diabolical graphic execution of a Trump character at “Shakespeare in the Park” in NYC only 3 days ago.

    It is like a countdown beat of a coming very violent war.

  • The only surprise I have is that this has not happened more often. The shooter is a nutcase.

  • Credit where credit is due– the left-wing politicians, including Bernie, have all responded quite honorably.

  • Oddly enough, the day before all this happened I mentioned over at Hoyt’s that I was very worried about the normalization of violence.
    Then some guy who by his posting is not out of keeping with any other Facebook Warrior tries to kill a bunch of people for being in the wrong party.

  • abortion, assisted suicide, assassination and atheism perfect together.

  • Abortion, assisted suicide, assassination and atheism perfect together is exactly right Mary. It is spiritual insanity.

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1917: The Star Spangled Banner

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017


Thomas Alva Edison, among his many other achievements, was the first entertainment mogul in the United States which was only fair since he invented the motion picture camera.  His favorite singer was soprano Anna Case, who appeared on Edison records frequently, and who in 1917 gave the rendition of The Star Spangled Banner above.  Born in 1888, she would live until 1984.  An ardent patriot, in 1917 she lent her talents to selling Liberty war bonds and volunteered to sing the national anthem to troops waiting to ship out for France.

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  • From the movie, “The Sand Pebbles” Lt. Collins’ Flag Day Speech…

    “Today we begin cruising to show the flag on Tungting Lake and the Hunan Rivers.
    I want all honors rendered smartly.

    “At home in America, when today reaches them it will be Flag Day. For us who
    wear the uniform every day is Flag Day.

    “It is said that there will be no more wars. We must pretend to believe that.
    But when war comes, it is we who will take the first shock, and buy time with
    our lives. It is we who keep the Faith…

    “We serve the Flag. The trade we all follow is the give and take of death.
    It is for that purpose that the people of America maintain us. And anyone of
    us who believes he has a job like any other, for which he draws a money wage,
    is a thief of the food he eats, and a trespasser in the bunk in which he lies
    down to sleep.”

  • Here on Flag Day apparently a Democrat has tried to murder a GOP lawmaker and his aides:


    It looks like that portray of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar play in NYC where Trump is Caesar is having its intended effect. Civil War is coming. God help us. The Democrats won’t stop just as the Muslims won’t stop.


  • T. Shaw.

    Excellence and purity of speech from your quote from Lt. Collins.

    Thank you kind sir.
    Beautifully written.

  • The American Flag belong to each and every citizen in joint and common tenancy. and NO, it is not freedom of speech to burn the American Flag. It is an act of violence against peaceable assembly to petition the government for redress of grievances.
    So, how did we come this far from reverence and respect for ourselves?

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Father and the Flag

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017

One of the most highly decorated chaplains of World War II, Father Elmer W. Heindl used to joke that his decorations were simply due to him being in the wrong place at the right time.  Born on June 14, 1910 in Rochester, New York, the oldest of six children, Heindl decided at an early age that he was meant to be a priest and was ordained on June 6, 1936.  He said that being born on Flag Day indicated to him that during his life he would do something to honor the Stars and Stripes.

In March of 1942 he joined the Army as a chaplain.  Assigned to the 2nd Battalion of th 148th infantry attached to the 37th Division, he served on Guadalcanal, New Georgia and in the Philippines.  He quickly gained a reputation for utter fearlessness under fire, giving the last Rites, tending the wounded and rescuing wounded under fire.    In regard to the Last Rites, Father Heindl noted that he did not have time to check dog tags to see if a dying soldier was a Catholic.  “Every situation was an instant decision.  You didn’t have time to check his dog tag to see whether he was Catholic or not. I’d say, in Latin, ‘If you’re able and willing to receive this sacrament, I give it to you.’ And then leave it up to the Lord.”

He earned a Bronze Star on New Georgia when on July  19 and July 23 he conducted burial services, although in constant danger from Japanese sniper fire.  The citation noted that his cheerful demeanor and courage inspired the troops who encountered him.

During the liberation of the Philippines, Captain Heindl participated in the bitter fighting in Manila.  He earned a Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award in the United States Army for valor, during the fighting at Bilibid prison to liberate American and Filipino POWs who had been through horrors at the hands of their Japanese captors that I truly hope the readers of this post would find literally unimaginable.  Here is the Distinguished Service Cross citation:

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  • When I read stories likes this, I wonder what exactly Protestant preachers and minsters have to offer the dying on the battlefield. The answer of course is nothing. Oh, there were many brave Protestants on the battlefield. Desmond Doss of Hacksaw Ridge fame comes to mind – a subject of a previous post here. But he wasn’t a preacher. Dietrich Bonhoffer, a Lutheran pastor and an anti-Nazi spy in WW II also comes to mind, but did he give spiritual aid and comfort to the dying on the battlefield? I just wonder: what logic is there in a Protestant preacher being on the battlefield when he doesn’t believe in the power of the Sacraments for the dying?

  • Am reading (started 2014 and going 100 years ago daily) Kipling’s The Irish Guards in the Great War, he writes how the chaplains were so important to troop morale/unit cohesion that the brass tried to order them to stay back. The priests’ response was “What is a wound when a soul is to be saved?”

    Born on Flag Day! The only better birthday would be the Independence Day.

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  • Thank you for another example of heroic faith and cheerfulness, always ready to give an explanation of why hope and optimism flow out from a wellspring that is the water never leaves one thirsty..a water the Samaritan woman heard about from the source itself. May we all have Fr. Heindl courage and Faith. God bless him!

    Thanks again.
    Great story.

  • Happy Birthday Father Elmer W. Heindl

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PopeWatch: Bad Joke

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017


Further evidence that this current pontificate is a bad joke:


Among the 45 new members Pope Francis has appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life is an Anglican minister who has argued that abortion should be legal until “18 weeks after conception.”

University of Oxford Professor Nigel Biggar, who was appointed to the Academy for a five-year term, stated in a 2011 dialogue with pro-infanticide ethicist Peter Singer that a preborn baby is “not…the same kind of thing as an adult or a mature human being” and therefore does not deserve “quite the same treatment.”

“I would be inclined to draw the line for abortion at 18 weeks after conception, which is roughly about the earliest time when there is some evidence of brain activity, and therefore of consciousness,” he said as reported by Standpoint magazine.

Then, one year later, when he was the keynote speaker for an event at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, he said that “it is not true that all abortion is equivalent to murder.”


Go here to read the rest.  Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because the Church sure will not be.

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  • A pro-abort at the Academy for Life. There’s an oxymoron for you!

  • He is on a mission….. unfortunately;

    (An except from your article)
    Pope Francis began his overhaul of the Academy last year by creating new statutes, that among other things, no longer required that members sign a declaration to uphold the Church’s pro-life teachings. The Pope’s next move was to then remove all of the academy members while promising to make new appointments himself.

    Former academy member Judie Brown wrote in an article earlier this year that she was shocked by what she called Francis’ move to “deconstruct” the Academy that was once considered a bastion of orthodoxy.

    “The Pontifical Academy for Life is undergoing an overhaul by Pope Francis and his political operatives within the Vatican’s hierarchy, and it is one of the most heartbreaking events I have seen in my lifetime. But given the politics of the Vatican, it is not surprising,” she wrote at that time.

    Bad joke indeed.
    I can’t help but see a Martin Luther wannabe​ sitting in the Chair of Peter.

    The Chastisement us well underway.

  • The chastisement IS well….not us.
    Excuse my typo please.

  • The Eye of the Tiber and actual news are confused with this Pope.

  • “Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because the Church sure will not be.”

    I would amend that to say:

    “Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because neither this Pontiff nor his lackeys surely will.”

    That Argentinian Marxist Peronist heretic and his limp-wristed effeminate lavendar clothed yes-men of demonic doom do not define the Church. When God has had enough of them, He will ensure that they go to exactly where they have by their actions always shown where wanted to go in the first place.

  • Scientific DNA tells us that the human being begins at fertilization. Mary, the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION tells us that her life began at conception. The human soul being scraped from the womb is murder, a violation of the Fifth Commandment. Pope Francis has to work every hard to maintain that kind of ignorance. Maybe Pope Francis will get overtime pay from the devil, a couple of extra years in hell after eternity.

  • It won’t be long before Pope Francis re-defines Pro-Life to include environmental and economic concerns. Maybe he already has?

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The Man Without a Country

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017


Today is Flag Day.  Edward Everett Hale, in his short story A Man Without A Country, reminds us that patriotism is a very powerful form of love.  Hale, a great nephew of Nathan Hale who died on a British scaffold and uttered the deathless  “I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country.”, wrote the story in the midst of the Civil War in 1863 to help inspire patriotism.

The story is a simple one.  Philip Nolan was a young artillery lieutenant in the United States Army.  He became involved in the  vague scheme of Aaron Burr to detach some territory from the  United States and form an independent nation.  All the big fish escape conviction, but Lieutenant Nolan does not.  At his court martial the following takes place:

One and another of the colonels and majors were tried, and, to fill out the list, little Nolan, against whom, Heaven knows, there was evidence enough,–that he was sick of the service, had been willing to be false to it, and would have obeyed any order to march any-whither with any one who would follow him had the order been signed, “By command of His Exc.A. Burr.” The courts dragged on. The big flies escaped,–rightly for all I know. Nolan was proved guilty enough, as I say; yet you and I would never have heard of him, reader, but that, when the president of the court asked him at the close whether he wished to say anything to show that he had always been faithful to the United States, he cried out, in a fit of frenzy,–

“Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!”

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PopeWatch: Not a Liberal

Tuesday, June 13, AD 2017



Mathew Walther insists at The Week that Pope Francis is no liberal:


Indeed, I would go so far as to say that both of his predecessors, St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, had more of the saccharine “Spirit of Vatican II” about them than Francis has. The current pope is a hard-headed practical man, with no illusions about human nature. Nor is he much of an intellectual, though his environmental encyclical Laudato si’ is one of the most important pieces of theological writing to have appeared in my lifetime.


His is a decidedly peasant spirituality of intense Marian devotion. He loathes pomposity with the fervor of his ascetic namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. While he is famous for not getting on well with mainstream traditionalists like me, the so-called rigorists and doctors of the law whom he has subjected to endless (and sometimes deserved) ridicule, he clearly has a soft spot for the much-maligned Society of St. Pius X, whose founder was shamefully — and perhaps invalidly — excommunicated by John Paul II. His gradual reintroduction of these battered and pious misfits into the wider life of the Church is the answer to many prayers.

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  • Pope Francis has confused orthodoxy, orthodox doctrine, with doctors; principles with persons. Pope Francis has banned the priests and sisters of the Immaculate Conception for whatever reason, for which he is embracing the Society of Pius X. It would appear that a Pope devoted to Our Lady would embraced the priests and sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Francis isn’t an ideologue since he is completely a-ideological. He could just as easily function in a country that is ruled by generals like in Argentina (where he got along swimmingly – biggest problems for him were the Catholics who didn’t like his holyman/shamanism/prophet schtick) as he can with the Leninist/Stalinists/Maoist like he is presently with the Chinese government.

    Francis is all about power. He will do whatever he needs to do to attain it and then keep it.

    So in fact, what Francis is is a Machievellian.

    And if you don’t believe me, go read the joint statement that he put out with the Russian Patriarch Kirill in Cuba.

  • I stopped reading Mr. Walther’s piece at “…(Pope Francis’) environmental encyclical
    Laudato Si’ is one of the most important pieces of theological writing to have appeared
    in my lifetime”.
    Whatever the man might have to say after a howler like that, I know
    I cannot take seriously. I actually did a double-take to make sure this wasn’t a satirical
    article reposted from Eye of the Tiber.

  • A great deal of topical commentary (by experts and aspirant experts) is fundamentally self-aggrandizing. What is the function of intellectuals, but to tell us that things are not as ordinary people see them? I’m hoping as one trods through middle age one acquires the talent to recognize this dreck fairly reliably from the appearance of a few predictable phrases, because I’m very unmotivated to read it any more. Oh no no no. If you were sophisticated you’d see the subtelty or the deeper problem or the root cause or the unnoticed antecedent ka blah ka blah ka blah. Everything that needs to be said to Mr. Walther is said by John Cleese at the 0:30 mark.


  • Jorge Bergoglio is a heretic. Further, I agree with Clinton. Laudato Si is a piece of liberal progressive eco-wacko, enviro-nazi pagan nonsense best reserved for the incinerator.

    This Pope must be deposed and anathematized! The sooner the better!

  • We learn a lot about Mr. Walther and his dislikes in this piece. He’s certainly not *that* kind of traditionalist.

    Not so much about the Pope, alas.

  • Man that bugs me. He does not seem a very good person.

    At the end of the article is this:
    “Ostensibly traditionalist Catholic journalists subject the pope’s every utterance to a kind of graspingly paranoid scrutiny; the most innocuous line from a homily is taken as evidence of a sinister mission to undermine and ultimately destroy the Church.”
    Mr. Walther’s article is a round-house wind up ending in a smack down of the faithful Catholic who is caught in the maelstrom of Francis. Sort of a tricky way of using fine language but jabbing us in the stomach at the same time. .

  • In the article Walther badmouths an excellent new book: The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives, a new book by an American journalist called George Neumayr.

    Do yourself a favor and buy it.

  • Alain Badiou, the Grand Old Man of the French Left, would certainly agree that Pope Francis is no liberal.

    Badiou described the Holy Father as “a typical petit-bourgeois Social Democrat. In other words, he is someone who wants a decaffeinated Revolution – 1789 without 1793 or the October Revolution without the Red Terror”

  • Ah French lefties, thahk God that since the Commune they have usually lacked the power to carry out their blood drenched schemes. Of course in regard to Badiou he is hampered by the fact that no one, including himself, understands what he is saying which has been described as bursts of metaphysical gibberish.

  • Badiou described the Holy Father as “a typical petit-bourgeois Social Democrat. In other words, he is someone who wants a decaffeinated Revolution – 1789 without 1793 or the October Revolution without the Red Terror”

    I think if Ted Cruz or William Voegli were to describe Francis in terms of his disposition toward the Constitution of 1789, people would generally say that was silly.

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  • The Berlin Wall kept people from their freedom. The Mexican Wall will keep American citizens in their freedom.

  • Reagan was a man of character and conviction. The best work he did in his life came near the end of his life. You never know when your labors will have the greatest impact.
    I attribute to God that Reagan lived to see the fall of the Communists in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union.

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C&C: Angels

Monday, June 12, AD 2017

You’ve probably heard about that baby girl who survived a car accident that killed her mother, hanging in her car seat for 14 hours until emergency personnel showed up. The first responders say they heard someone– not the baby, but either a woman or a child– yelling for help, which gave them the strength to flip the car over; they were shocked to find her mother had been dead since the accident. You may even have seen the video. I know some folks have suggested that her mom came back as an Angel to save her child.

For shock value, I really should write something like “that’s nonsense,” to get your attention with a nasty splash of cold water. All the style guides I’ve read support it– but it’s not nonsense, it’s a minor misunderstanding or miscommunication in the course of grasping for something wonderful in the middle of a tragedy that could have been so much worse. It’s also rather rude to manipulate folks to get a reaction, rather than trying to convey information. I don’t know what the folks at the rescue heard, but I definitely get chills thinking about it, and I think it’s interesting enough to stand on its own just fine.

The Misunderstanding

When someone says “angel,” they’re usually picturing something like the classic painting, “Guiding Angel”– a guardian angel with robes and wings, hovering protectively behind two children that are crossing a bridge. Depending on the context, harps may be involved. They might think of popular movies and shows, like the entire genera of “Archangel Michael on earth and probably falling in love” movies. Maybe images of a warrior of God with a flaming sword, smiting the devil. For gamers, they might picture Tyrael of the Diablo games. On a more personal level, they may think back to a lost loved one they were told is an angel, now.

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  • Blessed Mother once said that she can only appear at the will of God. So, too angles may only be messengers of God. Disembodied souls have returned.
    The baby’s Guardian Angel, the mother’s soul and the mother’s Guardian Angel, the patron saints of both mother and child, divine Providence and all.
    You are correct, Foxfier, angels never had human bodies. Only souls have had human bodies. God wanted the child saved.

  • The Holy Angel of Portugal taught the Fatima children prayers that set the stage for Our Holy Mother Mary’s arrival.

    We pray one of them daily within our Holy Rosary….”O my Jesus forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven especially those who are in most need of thy Mercy.”

    Please visit the site provided and consider going to a retreat given by Fr. Wolfgang.
    He was our substitute Priest for the past two weeks while Fr. Libby was overseas.


    Thanks for your considerations.

  • It is also written that some have unknowingly entertained angels in their presence. Would seem that angels have a few more duties than we are generally aware of. Through the ages many individual encounters have been recorded but, of course, can not be verified by physical means.

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  • John-Paul II wrote a marvelous Catechesis on the Angels, linked below :

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Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 12, AD 2017


Theodore Roosevelt had two heroes:  his father and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1905 he wrote this introduction to a collection of the writings of Lincoln:


Immediately after Lincoln’s re-election to the Presidency, in an off-hand speech, delivered in response to a serenade by some of his admirers on the evening of November 10, 1864, he spoke as follows:

“It has long been a grave question whether any government not too strong for the liberties of its people can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. On this point, the present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test, and the Presidential election, occurring in regular course during the rebellion, added not a little to the strain…. The strife of the election is but human nature practically applied to the facts in the case. What has occurred in this case must ever occur in similar cases. Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged…. Now that the election is over, may not all having a common interest reunite in a common fort to save our common country? For my own part, I have striven and shall strive to avoid placing any obstacle in the way. So long as I have been here, I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man’s bosom. While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think for their own good, it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the result.”

This speech has not attracted much general attention, yet it is in a peculiar degree both illustrative and typical of the great statesman who made it, alike in its strong common-sense and in its lofty standard of morality. Lincoln’s life, Lincoln’s deeds and words, are not only of consuming interest to the historian, but should be intimately known to every man engaged in the hard practical work of American political life. It is difficult to overstate how much it means to a nation to have as the two foremost figures in its history men like Washington and Lincoln. It is good for every man in any way concerned in public life to feel that the highest ambition any American can possibly have will be gratified just in proportion as he raises himself toward the standards set by these two men.

It is a very poor thing, whether for nations or individuals, to advance the history of great deeds done in the past as an excuse for doing poorly in the present; but it is an excellent thing to study the history of the great deeds of the past, and of the great men who did them, with an earnest desire to profit thereby so as to render better service in the present. In their essentials, the men of the present day are much like the men of the past, and the live issues of the present can be faced to better advantage by men who have in good faith studied how the leaders of the nation faced the dead issues of the past. Such a study of Lincoln’s life will enable us to avoid the twin gulfs of immorality and inefficiency—the gulfs which always lie one on each side of the careers alike of man and of nation. It helps nothing to have avoided one if shipwreck is encountered in the other. The fanatic, the well-meaning moralist of unbalanced mind, the parlor critic who condemns others but has no power himself to do good and but little power to do ill—all these were as alien to Lincoln as the vicious and unpatriotic themselves. His life teaches our people that they must act with wisdom, because otherwise adherence to right will be mere sound and fury without substance; and that they must also act high-mindedly, or else what seems to be wisdom will in the end turn out to be the most destructive kind of folly.

Throughout his entire life, and especially after he rose to leadership in his party, Lincoln was stirred to his depths by the sense of fealty to a lofty ideal; but throughout his entire life, he also accepted human nature as it is, and worked with keen, practical good sense to achieve results with the instruments at hand. It is impossible to conceive of a man farther removed from baseness, farther removed from corruption, from mere self-seeking; but it is also impossible to conceive of a man of more sane and healthy mind—a man less under the influence of that fantastic and diseased morality (so fantastic and diseased as to be in reality profoundly immoral) which makes a man in this work-a-day world refuse to do what is possible because he cannot accomplish the impossible.

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Sarah

Monday, June 12, AD 2017


PopeWatch has long thought that the alleged amity between the Pope Emeritus and his successor is basically a sham.  The flap over Cardinal Sarah’s book might be evidence of this:


“The arrogance, the violence of language, the disrespect and the inhuman contempt for Benedict XVI are diabolical and cover the Church with a mantle of sadness and shame,” Cardinal Sarah said.

“These people demolish the Church and its profound nature,” he added.


Critics of Benedict XVI have complained that the former Pontiff meddled in Church affairs by contributing the afterword to the German edition of the book, in which Benedict praises Cardinal Sarah and thanks Pope Francis for appointing the African prelate to his current post as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

In his afterword to Cardinal Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Benedict XVI wrote that the liturgy is in “good hands” with the Guinean cardinal, while also praising Sarah for his prayer life.

Sarah, Benedict writes, speaks “out of the depths of silence with the Lord, out of his interior union with him, and thus really has something to say to each one of us.”

“We should be grateful to Pope Francis for appointing such a spiritual teacher as head of the congregation that is responsible for the celebration of the liturgy in the Church,” Benedict writes.

The last line of the afterword reads, “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.”

Critics were quick to accuse the former pope of interfering in Church politics and trying to undermine Pope Francis.

One, the Italian liturgist Andrea Grillo, a longtime detractor of Pope Benedict, claims that the former pope has behaved in a “scandalous way” by writing the afterword in praise of Cardinal Sarah and his book, accusing him of “clericalism” and “hypocrisy.”

“It’s as if Ratzinger suddenly renounced his renunciation and wishes to influence the decisions of his successor,” Grillo declared.

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  • Benedict’s rather effusive praise of his successor in his post pontificate interview with Peter Seewald suggests he is playing both sides against the middle. I think B16 giving interviews and writing afterwords to books is a bad idea in my opinion. I think it would be best if he said nothing at all.

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is still a bishop, and is still entitled to speak as he thinks fit – because he has handed over the papacy does not remove his right and duty to speak as any other bishop has the right to do.
    I am part way through reading Cdl. Robert Sarah’s book, “God ro Nothing” – and I cannt help but be hugely impressed by this amazing man. I will be getting his new book, and pray that he will be elevated to the papacy on the passing of Pope Francis. We would then get clear and definitive speaking, and most certainly in line with Church doctrine – not the confusing and obfuscating language we get now.

  • We don’t know what a former Pope is supposed to do or not do. None of us have any experience with this. The best we can do is by analogy and it seems to me that the closest parallel is with retired bishops. Here in Philadelphia, we have had a lot of retired bishops around and their conduct was as they see fit. Some were really vocal like Krol. Some were dead silent like Bevilacqua. My point is only that there does not seem to BE a standard, a general view of of how retired bishops should behave. Against that backdrop, I think that Benedict should be given some latitude. Expecting him to remain silent as everything he believes about the liturgy and the importance of theology to the life of the Church is torn asunder is unreasonable.

  • “He is not going to express himself directly for fear of bringing about a formal schism.”
    Pope Benedict should speak truthfully, forcefully and frequently. If this results in a schism so be it.

  • As a human being, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is free to speak his opinion. Pope Benedict’s opinion said nothing against anyone, but only in praise of Cardinal Sarah. Those who would find fault where there is no fault are seeking to inflict their opinion by intimidation.

  • The pope ought to have taken the name, Boniface IX.

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I Have Made a Dreadful Mistake

Sunday, June 11, AD 2017

The young recruit is silly — ‘e thinks o’ suicide.
‘E’s lost ‘is gutter-devil; ‘e ‘asn’t got ‘is pride;
But day by day they kicks ‘im, which ‘elps ‘im on a bit,
Till ‘e finds ‘isself one mornin’ with a full an’ proper kit.

Rudyard Kipling, The ‘eathen




Ah, the first difficult day of military service.  You suddenly realize that military recruiters had better hope that lying is not a go to Hell sin.  Pride comes later.  Decades after the experience you realize, as the saying goes, that you would not repeat the experience for a million dollars, but you also would not take a million dollars and have the episode subtracted from your life.

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  • Anyhow, I feel sorry for Marine DI’s. The reason they need to scream so much is the typical marine recruit has the IQ of a bag of rocks. The DI’s are under a great deal of stress trying to teach them their left foot from the right.

    And, sometimes they forget to give them back their brains when they discharge them.

  • The reason they need to scream so much is the typical marine recruit has the IQ of a bag of rocks.

    The military is by law debarred from enrolling anyone who scores below the 9th percentile on psychometric tests an has had for a number of years a practice of not enrolling anyone below the 14th percentile. The median score for a recruit during the period running from 1992 to 2004 was around the 60th percentile of the general population.

  • T Shaw,
    You misunderstand the purpose of the yelling. Nearly every minute of training from the moment that DI steps onto the bus to the moment of graduation, has been studied and scrutinized to the nth degree. It is to maximize stress and reinforce to the recruit that they are no longer in control. The Army, which I am more intimately familiar with, uses similar techniques. EVERYTHING is planned, observed, and supervised.

    Look again at those men on the bus. Do they look like “typical” low IQ recruits? Do “low IQ people make it through? You bet. But they are more the exception rather than the rule. Even “knuckle-dragging” infantry and artillery personnel have many skills to learn, memorize, and be very proficient at.

    But that is just my view from my own foxhole.

  • Art and Arminius,

    I guess you should be Marine recruits because what I posted was a joke.

  • I wonder what kind of recruits Joshua got, and what kind of training he gave them for the invasion into the land of Canaan.

  • T. Shaw
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 4:45pm (Edit)

    MEMO FROM: God Almighty
    TO: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines
    RE: Which Service is Best

    I’ve been watching and here’s what I think. All branches of the United States Armed Forces are truly honorable, courageous, well-trained and capable.

    Therefore, there is no superior service.

    God Almighty, USMC (Ret.)

    Best PR dept. in the world . . . the Church ought to hire them.
    Donald R. McClarey
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 6:53pm (Edit)

    T. Shaw, I’m sending you the bill if I have to buy a new keyboard. I was drinking coke when I read “God Almighty, USMC (Ret.)”. 🙂
    T. Shaw
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 9:19pm (Edit)

    Sorry, Mac! I read that in a Christmas gift book. It hit me that way, too.

    Catholic Chaplains go at “it” with zeal for the salvation of souls. Not sure what motivates protestant padres.

    PS: I’m boycotting Pepsi products, too. That’d be about $1.50 less in annual sales.

    PPS: I bet dollars to donuts Michelle didn’t give Barrack “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces” as a kwanzaa gift. He might learn something.

  • A 40 year route march I believe.

  • I can’t honestly say the recruiters lied to me when I joined the Navy. Nothing they said could have dissuaded me from my naive preconceived notions as to what expect.

    Boot camp was actually one of easiest things I did in the Navy. After the first two weeks, we settled into a routine and since we were basically sequestered, there was nothing in the way of distraction.

    I found life aboard ship much more difficult. For one, a little freedom and the indentured servitude of military life is not an easy balancing act for an immature 19 or 20 something.

    I found marching, barracks and personnel inspections easier than crawling in and out of boiler drums, tanks, and cleaning somkestacks, as well as 16 to 20 hour days in 130+ degree heat often doing doing heavy manual labor. I never felt I ever got quite used to that, even five years of sea duty.

    Do I regret it? Hell, no! It was the formative experience of my life. The Navy let me see the world, perhaps a little more than I should have seen.

    But most of all, there is an inestimable satisfaction in knowing that I was able to serve this great country in such a way, although I didn’t see it that way at the time.

    As sailors, it our birthright to make fun of Marines, I have say that, at least as far as conventional forces go, they exceed the other three branches of service in terms of discipline and military bearing.

  • I come from a long line of veterans, most of them war veterans: WWI, WWII, Korea, up through Vietnam. My Dad ( who did his basic at Fort Knox) pushed for me to go to college instead. I would be the first on his side to go to college. I was thinking of joining, and was even in our local recruiter’s office. But my Dad wanted one of his kids to go to college, and so I walked. To this day, I sometimes wish I would have signed. Veterans are one of those rare groups who, in my view, begin with top respect in my book, and have to work backwards to lose it. And when I can, I’ll thank one if they have paraphernalia that says they served.

    Except once. We were at a local Irish Festival in 2001. We were in some Irish Heritage tent. I looked at an elderly gentleman and saw he had a cap that had some veteran designation. I walked around and saw that his hat said ‘U.S.S. Arizona.’ I was awestruck, but didn’t talk to him. I wasn’t sure if I should. A month hasn’t gone by that I don’t wish I had.

  • Greg Mockerige said, “I found life aboard ship much more difficult.”

    Life aboard a submarine was much more difficult than bootcamp.

  • If your dad did his job, one should find boot camp to be a delightful vacation. 😉 (that’s what I’ve joked with mine sometimes, drill sergeants would never let me get home sick)

    It’s a hard, mean, cruel world out there. Men have got to try and be harder and meaner without being crueler to survive. To all the new boots, don’t worry kid, you’ll live and become the best you ever. To all veterans, thank you – now and forever.

  • That first day of bootcamp was horrible– not because of anything that happened, but because there was no going back.

    After that, exhaustion took over for the next seven and a half years. *grin*
    I’m no good at explaining it, but the US doesn’t have four military branches. We’ve got the Army, the Navy, a social club and a cult.

    Going to pass on T. Shaw’s funny, too.

  • It’s a hard, mean, cruel world out there. Men have got to try and be harder and meaner without being crueler to survive.

    You don’t live in wartime Europe. You’re not an 18th century peasant, either. The world you live in is not hard, mean, or cruel. It’s just that your boss is not your mother. Neither is your landlord. Neither are police officers. Neither is the bank to whom you owe money.

  • Remember them.

    On 10 June, three American soldiers (our sons) “gave the last full measure of devotion” in the Peka Valley, Nangrahar Province, Afghanistan. The DoD released the names. Their family was called D (Dragon) Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Inf. Reg’t. (Rakkasans), 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Div. Ne Desit Virtus.

    My son commanded D Company until September 2015. He again worked with his “family” in 2016 at Fort Polk where he ran a task force team in their pre-deployment training (during Vietnam Fort Polk ran Tiger Land for deploying troops). Two of his former PL’s attended his wedding.

    Some of the older soldiers have done four, one-year deployments; some five.

    Tonight, I will remember them in my Rosary.

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