Two Big Benefits of Education

07/09/2010 Comments (35)

Benefit #1:  You get more jokes.  I use this reason all the time with my kids.  Study hard.  Get educated.  Then, when somebody tells a good joke you’ll get the pun or the literary, political, theological, military, cultural or scientific reference and not feel dumb and left out.  The Simpsons will be ten thousand times funnier.

Benefit #2: You won’t waste time worrying about stuff you don’t have to worry about.  You won’t, for instance, fret that if you eat chocolate (or anything else) that is certified halal, you are committing the sin of idolatry

That’s because you will know

a) that our Church teaches that, like Jews, Muslims worship the God of Abraham and that “together with us...READ MORE

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African Ingenuity…

07/07/2010 Comments (21)

Finding a delightful and life-giving use for post-colonial Euro attempts at culling the non-white numbers so despised by white population planners whose motto is “Just Enough of Me.  Way Too Much of You!”  Go Africa!

White First World Population Planners are perpetually bent on reducing the carbon footprint of impoverished third world countries they deem to have “too many children”.  They have to fly all over the world on hundreds of jets every year to make sure that some guy burning a few sticks to cook his dinner in Kenya doesn’t suck up all the resources that are rightfully ours.

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Summer: A Reminder that Life is a Poem Before It's a Story

07/05/2010 Comments (7)

Blogging consists, in large part, of finding what journalists call “stories”.  The first rule of storytelling is this: A story is a war!  It requires conflict!  So I set out to write this blog as a war correspondent, looking for some conflict to get me and my readers worked up about. But….

The warm breeze sighed past me as I tried to get editorially righteous.  Should I pontificate about busted oil wells?  Well, pretty much everybody has done that to death over the past couple of months.  Put me down as “against busted oil wells.”  And gosh, but that breeze feels nice!  Glazed eyes go all heavy-lidded.

Back to reality!  Should I talk about the war(s) we are currently involved in? ...READ MORE

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It's a Good Thing We Won World War II

07/02/2010 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

06/30/2010 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

06/28/2010 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

06/25/2010 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…

06/23/2010 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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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.