From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:
There was some exciting news for Game of Thrones fans who also happen to love Jesus today after EWTN announced that they are set to premiere their brand new epic, Game of Papal Thrones.
“The launch of the new GoPT series will truly be a global Catholic television event,” said Jonathan Nunez, Associate Producer of the series based on the bestselling novel, A Gregorian Chant of Ice and Fire. “Game of Thrones is already a worldwide phenomenon and so is Jesus Christ. We’re hoping to baptize, so to speak, the series made famous by HBO.”
The series, which details the power struggle for the papal throne (Cathedra Romana,) tells the story of eight men and one woman fighting for control of the newly restored Papal States. Political and chaste intrigue is pervasive. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Prince of the Apostles, asks his old friend Cardinal Robert Sarah to serve as Hand of the Pope, the highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Sarah accepts in order of business to investigate further. Meanwhile, “the mad sister” Marcia Allen and her religious family, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the deposed family, the Burke’s, are scheming to take the throne. The friction between houses Sarah, LCWR, Bergoglio, and Burke and with the remaining great houses Chaput, Mahoney, Ratzinger, and the incompetent yet powerful and conniving Chaldean Patriarch Raphael “Littlefinger” Sako leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest east. Amidst the war and pontifical confusion, a neglected order of monks, the Benedictines of Fontgombault, is all that stands between the realms of men and fiery horrors beyond.
The series is set to premier this September.
Squadron Leader Adams: Well, at least the rockets won’t happen.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: Of course they’ll happen. But they won’t start tomorrow, or this month or on D-Day, and that’s important.
Squadron Leader Adams: Then what’s it all add up to? All their sacrifice?
Air Vice Marshal Davis: A successful operation.
Squadron Leader Adams: But they’re probably all dead. All 633 Squadron.
Air Vice Marshal Davis: You can’t kill a squadron.
Ending, 633 Squadron (1964)
Something for the weekend. The theme song from 633 Squadron. In my misspent youth I spent endless hours watching old war movies on TV. One of my favorites was the British flick 633 Squadron (1964) which recounted the fictional tale of a British Mosquito bomber squadron and their self sacrificial attempt to take out a well-defended Nazi V2 rocket fuel plant in occupied Norway. The film won praise for its aerial sequences, cutting edge in 1964, and George Lucas has cited the squadron’s attack on the plant as influencing the trench run sequence attack on the Death Star in Star Wars. Continue reading
Father John Hollowell of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis calls out Cecile Richards, head of
Planned Parenthood Worse Than Murder, Inc.
The money quote:
“We have no doubt that in 20 or 50 or 100 years, other societies and other civilizations will look back and will lump your organization in with the slave traders, the Nazis, the communists, all those groups that have always sought to oppress people.”
Optimism for the future and a fighting spirit: ever the authentic voice of the Church Militant. Bravo Father Hollowell!
Strong language advisory as to the above video.
Well, what do you know, the Hillary Clinton people at the just concluded Democrat Convention, were taking no chances regarding the Sanders delegates booing during Queen Hillary’s speech:
Where the Bernie people were crammed into was a pre-planned section by the DNC that happened to have a white noise generator behind them. That’s fancy talk for loudspeakers that are controlled by the convention sound board so that if there are any troublemakers booing or carrying on during Hillary’s speech, the speakers with canned crowd noise are instantly brought up to drown out the protesters.
Now when Hillary Clinton did mention having the need for having the strongest military in the world, you could hear the Bernie people starting to ramp up. But they instantly got drowned out. Now we know why.
Poor, delusional Bernie people. They never had a chance from start to finish. Never. Continue reading
As faithful readers of this blog know, I have many times on this blog published posts written by Christopher Johnson of Midwest Conservative Journal. A non-Catholic, he has taken up the cudgels so frequently in defense of the Church that I long ago dubbed him Defender of the Faith. Sadly, Christopher has fallen on hard economic times. He lost his job as a librarian back in 2012 when his position was cut. He is of my vintage, and in your late fifties it is not easy to find employment. (I thank God almost every day that I have been self-employed since 1985.) I think you could count on the fingers of one hand the times over the past eight years that I have asked the readers of this blog to contribute to anything. I am doing so now, however. If you can afford it, please go to his blog and make a donation to him through Paypal. I would regard it as a personal favor. I, of course, have already made a donation. Let us demonstrate that we Catholics remember our friends in their hour of need. Go here to make a donation.
Roberto de Mattei says it all at Rorate Caeli:
“How many deaths are needed, how many heads decapitated, for the European governments to understand the situation the West finds itself in?” asked Cardinal Robert Sarah.
What is it going to take, we add, for Cardinal Sarah’s confreres in the College of Cardinals, starting with the Supreme Head, the Pope himself, to understand the terrifying situation in which not only the West finds itself in, but the entire Universal Church? What makes this situation so terrible are the politics of do-goodism and false mercy with regard to Islam and all of the Church’s enemies. Certainly, Catholics must pray for their enemies, but they also have to be aware that they have them, and they mustn’t limit themselves to praying for them, but have the duty to fight them. It is the Catechism of the Catholic Church which teaches this in n.2266, when it says that legitimate defence may also be a grave duty for those responsible for the lives of others: “Preserving the common good of society requires rendering the aggressor unable to inflict harm.”
Pope Francis was said to be “especially upset by this act of violence which took place in a church during the liturgy of the Mass and implored the peace of God for the world”, once again refusing to call the assassins by name. Pope Bergoglio’s silence is parallel to that of Muslims from all over the globe who don’t denounce forcefully and in an unanimous, collective manner, the crimes committed in Allah’s name by their co-religionists. Yet, even the President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, in his discourse to the nation on Tuesday evening, spoke of France’s open war against ISIS. Continue reading
The first trailer for the movie Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s tribute to conscientious objector, and Medal of Honor awardee, Desmond Doss. The film is out in November. Go here to learn more about Doss. In an election year it is easy to get cynical about humanity, but when we contemplate a man like Doss we begin to understand why God bothered to make us in the first place.
Like her hubby, I decided that the time I would have devoted to watching her speech was best used by me for sleep. I did joke with my son that if we ever had to inflict torture on adversaries in some sort of Mad Max post apocalyptic society, we could probably do worse than tying them up, placing them in a room, put the video of this speech on a recurring loop, and come back after twenty-four hours. In any event post your reactions in the comboxes. I have heard that she attacked Trump which strikes me as necessary but probably the wrong strategy. Attacking Trump will allow him to dominate the next news cycle with answers, and if there is one thing I have learned about Trump this year, he thrives on bad publicity that would devastate other politicians.
Juan and Eva were pikers compared to Bill and Hillary and their Clinton Foundation. Go here to watch the movie Clinton Cash which demonstrates how the Clintons became rich while being “public servants”.
Farewell Mr. Garibaldi. Continue reading
More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And if it is round, will the King’s command flatten it? No, I will not sign.
Robert Bolt, A Man for all Seasons
The Pope gave yet another interview in the air as he was traveling to Poland. (When the history of this pontificate is written, these airline interviews will loom large.) The choice bit:
Referring to recent acts of violence including the killing of a priest in France, Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the world is at war but stressed “it is not a war of religions but for power.
“There is one word I wish to say to clarify.” “When I speak about “war” I’m speaking about a war for real, not a “war of religions.” It is,” he continued, “a war about (economic) interests, money, natural resources and the domination of peoples.” All religions, he said, “desire peace. Other people want war.” Right!” The Pope was speaking to journalists accompanying him on the plane from Rome to Krakow in Poland. Continue reading
Here’s a comment I found at RedState:
Ted Cruz would have never had to explain why he didn’t explicitly endorse Trump in that speech the next day had the RNC/Trump campaign not orchestrated the booing and outrage from the convention crowd.
Imagine if instead they rallied the crowd to cheer Cruz, and Trump then walked out and shook Cruz’s hand, padded him on the back, embraced him, and thanked him for his kind and inspiring words. Imagine if then Trump addressing the audience said “Ted nailed it. If we stand together on those principles, then Hillary doesn’t have a chance. We will win and win big.”
Humility and kindness is all Trump needed to show, and everyone would have walked away thinking that the party was united and possibly Cruz just endorsed Trump in the same way Reagan endorsed Ford (without actually saying it).
Imagine if pigs could fly. Imagine all the people, living life in peace Continue reading
When talking about abortion, Democratic politicians and activists usually prefer to speak euphemistically: The dismemberment or lethal poisoning of a baby who hasn’t been born yet is almost always referred to as “reproductive health care” or “a woman’s choice.” The group NARAL, once known as the National Abortion Rights Action League, went so far as to change its name to NARAL Pro-Choice America so its supporters and allies could avoid saying the a-word.
But there’s been a growing push on the left to not only defend abortion as a necessary evil that should be “safe, legal, and rare” but to celebrate it as a positive good. (See the #ShoutYourAbortion Twitter campaign of 2015.) And so on Wednesday evening, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and told the story of the time she aborted her first child because it was an inconvenient time to become a parent.
“To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust, and the chance to chart our own path,” Hogue said during her DNC speech. “I was fortunate enough to have these things when I found out I was pregnant years ago. I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me—to have an abortion and get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community.” At this point, applause and cheers could be heard in the crowd. “Now years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children,” Hogue continued. Continue reading
There was a little discussion about when someone is called a saint, so I thought I’d dust off the article I did about this a while back– in honor of Father Jaques Hamel; please pray for us. -Foxfier
What is a saint?
Someone who is united with God; a holy one. English is actually a bit odd– we’ve got a lot of ways of saying things, and “saint” is a good example. Most languages, there’s no difference between how you say “holy one” and how you say “saint.” This can result in things that sound very strange to modern ears, like talking about “Saint Jesus.” Jimmy Akin has a great FAQ if you want to know more, but I’m going to steal from it shamelessly for a lot of this article so you might want to wait on that to avoid boredom. (Not that his writing is boring, but because reading more detail about something you’ve already read is more interesting than reading a little information about something you just absorbed a huge amount on.)
Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has a great post on how terrorist attacks have become part of our contemporary scenery:
On The Latest Terrorist Attack (Print Out and Save)
You know the one.
That awful one that just happened.
It all went down like this.
One or more young Muslim males killed some people while shouting Allahu’ Akbar.
The authorities pretended to be puzzled at this, as if such a thing had never before happened. Police went “searching for motives.” Oscar-worthy performances of utter cluelessness were delivered in a great production the Bear calls, “The West Rolls Over and Shows Its Belly.”
Every Social Justice Warrior from Archbishops on down to first year fine arts majors buffed their tolerance cred by making up excuses for the poor Jihad Joe, like he was “biopolar,” or abused by a Catholic priest as a lad, or something equally implausible.
And everyone lectured us on how great Islam is, and what a beautiful people Muslims are, and how, by, golly, they’re practically Catholics cuz OMG3greatabrahamicreligionssamegod, and how Islam is peaceful.
The word “backlash” was shrieked like an ululating Mahdist woman cutting choice parts from one of Kipling’s Tommies in the Sudan.
The young Muslim male did it for any reason except Islam (delicious to those of us with a sensitive palate for irony).
Other people saw it in their Facebook feed, or on the news, and were upset until shortly before bedtime. The next day there was some other damned thing and they forgot. They’re all named Mohammed, anyway, so there’s no way to even keep score. Neil Postman’s wonderful Amusing Ourselves to Death’s low information-action ratio is the iron law of our media age.
Or, to put it another way, everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it. Terrorism has become a part of the cultural weather, and is treated just the same.
Pope Francis warns against excessive use of social media:
In the document entitled Vultum Dei Quaerere (Seeking the face of God), the head of the Catholic Church told nuns to be wary of the dangers of social media and be careful not to “waste time” or use it to escape the demands of religious life.
While the Pontiff acknowledged that smartphones, laptops and tablets provided “useful help for formation and communication”, he said they could be time consuming and distracting.
“Nor should they prove harmful for your vocation or become an obstacle to your life wholly dedicated to contemplation,” he concluded. Continue reading