About Pat McNamara

Catholics in the Movies: Pedro de Cordoba (1881-1950)

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Born in New York City to a French mother and a Cuban father, Pedro de Cordoba was a solidly reliable character actor in American films from the silent through the sound era. Between 1915 and 1951, he appeared in some 125 movies. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says of him: “A tall, somewhat frail-looking man, [Read More...]

Anti-Catholic Cartoon of the Week

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The Rail Splitter was one of several anti-Catholic publications that gained a wide circulation in the 1910′s and 1920′s. This cartoon from its pages shows a cassocked priest replete with horns and tail knocking at the door of the American public school system. (In many remote rural areas of the South, priests, and Catholics in [Read More...]

Catholics in Public Service: Senator Francis Kernan, New York (1816-1892)

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As Americans go to the polls today, we profile the first Catholic to represent New York in the United States Senate. The following is taken from the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia: Lawyer, statesman; born in Steuben County, New York, 14 January, 1816; d. at Utica, New York, 7 September, 1892; son of General William Kernan, who [Read More...]


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