On Suffering, St. Bartholomew & the Murder of James Foley

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 St. Bartholomew by Rembrandt van RijnPerhaps it is time for us to reflect on St. Bartholomew. For just a moment. Given what is happening in the world, I would argue that it is a perfect time. Selfishly, it is appropriate because Bartholomew serves as the patron saint of my home parish. And, on a larger scale, the Catholic Church just celebrated his Feast Day on August 24th. But perhaps the execution of journalist and devout Catholic James Foley should call to mind just who St. … [Read more...]

ISIS, Evil & the Crisis of Moral Relativism

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Lucifer by Gustave Dore (Dante's Inferno)"The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." - Charles Baudelaire "For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind." - G.K. Chesterton"That's my boy!" A beaming father tweeted a photo of his seven year-old son. But this tweet was not about his son's game-saving catch or fierce landing of a king salmon or even his strong finish in the local spelling bee. No, Khaled Sharrouf attached this praise to a … [Read more...]

Toppling ISIS & the Tyranny of Guilt

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"But what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be." - G.K. ChestertonIn the last 48 hours, the United States has become involved in attempts to stop the ruthless barbarism of ISIS in Iraq (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now known as Islamic State, but for simplicity further referred to as ISIS in this piece). This radical Islamic movement has spread … [Read more...]

On ISIS and the Fearsome Rhyming of History

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 Warning: Some pictures in this post have scenes that are unsettling.“History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.” - Mark TwainIt had been nearly two years. And it was bloody. Very, very bloody. In June, 1941 the National Socialist (Nazi) state of Germany sat on top of the world. Emerging from the humiliating ashes of World War I and the economic devastation of the Great Depression, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party saw themselves transformed from a fringe party to the … [Read more...]

ISIS, President Obama & One Simple Truth

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 If you haven't heard the name ISIS (also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL and recently renamed, the Islamic State), then welcome back from the planet Mars. The marauding Islamic jihadist blitzkrieg killing its way across Iraq has made itself known largely for its brazen violence and its ruthless intolerance of anything that approaches apostasy. And who is deemed an apostate? Any non-Sunni who disagrees with the draconian … [Read more...]


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