It's a Good Thing We Won World War II

Friday, July 02, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (59)

If we hadn’t, Europe might now be a socialist confederacy of nations dominated by a German economic powerhouse.  Hostility to Jews and Catholics might be rampant on the Continent at this hour.  A worldwide colossus dedicated to the abortion of the unfit and founded by a racist whose banner was “Eugenics: To create a race of thoroughbreds!” might, even now, be continuing Hitler’s work of killing millions.  Our culture, might, even now, be paying high honors to those who cherish the lives of animals over those of human beings just as Hitler loved his German Shepherd Blondi while ordering the unfit to be massacred.  Heck, we might even be torturing and experimenting on prisoners or adopting...READ MORE

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Normal Sane People Intrude on the Work of Bureacrats Again

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (13)

Here’s is a story from Provincetown, Massachusetts, which has morphed from Puritan stronghold to premier gay resort of the East Coast.  It seems that the local school district, in obedience to the libidinous culture in which it swims was faced with the problem that, for some mysterious reason, it’s elementary school children were getting sexualized at increasingly early ages.  What to do?  What to do?

Solution: have the schools hand out condoms to elementary school kids without consulting parents.


When the school board in Provincetown, Mass., voted unanimously on June 8 to provide free condoms to all students in the district without parental notification, no one in the...READ MORE

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All Politics is Local

Monday, June 28, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (5)

In Arlington National Cemetery a coalition of white businessmen from various southern states just put up a statue of Adolf Hitler on D-Day to commemorate his work in helping to create so many of the hallowed dead being honored there.  Some have objected to this controversial decision, but the businessmen have waved aside the complaints by saying that it was certainly not their intention to honor Hitler with the statue, merely to remind people that he too played an an important role in the history of the American military.

Oh!  Wait!  It wasn’t a statue of Hitler at all!  And it wasn’t in Arlington National Cemetery!  It was a statue of Joseph Stalin and it was unveiled at the National...READ MORE

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Abortion is the Pre-eminent Moral Issue of our Time

Friday, June 25, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (110)

...but not the sole moral issue of our time.  That’s why the Magisterium, to the great frustration of many Catholics, talks about all of the Church’s social teaching and refuses to talk simply and solely about abortion.  The reason she does so is illustrated in a comment I got recently from a reader, who summed up a very common notion one hears noised about in conservative Catholic prolife circles:

A political issue is also a moral issue only if it involves choices directly counter to an explicit Church teaching, otherwise it is only a prudential problem, so controversies like abortion and euthanasia are moral issues but health care and immigration are not.

This is, I am sorry to say,...READ MORE

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After my Glenn Beck piece of last week…

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:59 AM Comments (50)

A reader writes:

Many of my Catholic friends want “Good” alternative Books on U.S. History vs. the books being promoted by Glenn Beck? After sharing your blog But I Learn So Much from Glenn Beck! many people want good books about U.S. History.

Can you make any recommendations of good U.S. History books?

First, a caveat.  I would be as cautious about rejecting books just because they were mentioned by Beck as I would about uncritically embracing books promoted by Beck.  Beck may very well recommend books that are quite good, just as, for instance, many fundamentalists will constantly recommend the greatest book in the world, the Bible.  The problem is not with the book, but with who is...READ MORE

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Another Lame Naturalistic Explanation

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (3)

...for all religious experience.  Such explanations always seem to be favored by people with the sort of social skills you see in those who spend too much time on computers or wearing highwater jeans and tape on their glasses.  They tend to talk as though the rest of the human race is a different and inferior species and they explain their inability to get a date to the prom with the words, “I chose to remain at home thinking Great Thoughts!”  Looking to people who demonstrate remarkably little understanding of basic human interactions for understanding of the inmost workings of the human heart on the thing that matters to us most is generally inadvisable. Rule of thumb: if gags like this ...READ MORE

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Wishing Grey Was Black Ruins your Spiritual Health and Makes You Stupid

Friday, June 18, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (14)

Jimmy Akin has great fun with some crank’s biblical “proof” that Obama is the Antichrist. 

Then, sadly, a bunch of Catholics embarrass themselves hoping and speculating in the comboxes that he is Antichrist anyway.  Some of the commentary runs:

Well Mr. Akin… it crushed me… but I know you are right… I saw the title and was hopeful… alas, I was wrong…
Good work, even if it isn’t what I wanted to hear!
Aw, darn it!  Mr. Video Maker really “tickled my ears,” until I read what Jimmy had to say.  Now I just feel silly!
Barack Obama is not THE Antichrist but AN Antichrist like all the other Antichrist’s that have existed throughout the ages.
Nah, but I personally believe he...READ MORE

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Stephen Hawking is a brilliant physicist…

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (31)

and an absolutely room temperature average member of the British intelligentsia when he stops talking about his field of expertise and starts talking philosophy and religion.

What particularly amuses me is “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

Two things are funny about this.  First, is the suggestion that “religion” (and by that, members of the UK Chattering classes typically mean “Christianity and especially popery”) doesn’t “work”.  I have no idea what that is supposed to mean.  It’s true that religion doesn’t “work” if you are trying to use it to...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.