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NYTimes Bestsellers and 3 Pinpricks of Fascism

Okay, I'm not a Ted Cruz fan, (I'm not an anyone fan, at the moment), but that doesn't mean I am not curious as to the NY Times so-called "standards", here: The New York Times informed HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz's new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times' bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned.Cruz's A Time for Truth, published on June 30, … [Read more...]

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Old Altar Boys at Mass: A Bold Witness

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 6:25 AM: In the palest light, I follow footprints left in the season’s first frost, just a few minutes behind the regulars. The church’s glaring overhead lights are softened by the flame-glow of a few dozen candles --real wax, seven-day candles that burn a constant supplication --and by the shimmer of one gloriously large and eye-catching Icon of the Crucifixion scene. I wait to stand my candle as a slope-shouldered older man first places his own and then remains a few mom … [Read more...]

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Wuerl: “Disagreement is not discrimination”

This is from April, but I only saw it last night, and the sentiments bear noting, so...Cardinal Donald Wuerl, joined here by John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, makes an important and perfectly true distinction, here: Disagreement is not Discrimination:Recent laws enacted by the D.C. Council would have us believe otherwise. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act purport to address “discrimination” by ins … [Read more...]

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2 Men Might Make a Lady, but Never a Woman

Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins might have made a lady out of Eliza Doolittle, but together they could not have made the woman. Guest post by Russell ShawDoes Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it’s well worth considering what Higgins has to tell us.In “My Fair Lady” Professor Higgins sings a song called “Why Can’t a Woman Be Like a Man?”. … [Read more...]

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Summer Reading List for 2015

With the 4th of July behind us, we are now wholly and fully into summer, and looking for the best reads to take to the beach or, if you're like me, to the front porch. Over at National Review, they've collected some titles for us to peruse, and invited me to include a few ideas.This summer, I am picking up classics: The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. A mystery novel unlike any I’ve ever read: an injured police detective lies in a hospital bed, from which he attempts to solve a 15th c … [Read more...]

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Bishop Murphy Eliminates Annulment Fees

This is really good news. In a letter to the priests of his Rockville Centre diocese -- that would be Long Island, east of Brooklyn and Queens, (population 7.5 million, 1.7 million Catholics) -- Bishop William Murphy writes: My dear brother priests:It pleases me to write you on this Solemn Feast of the great Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul. You and I share their zeal for the Gospel, and are renewed each year in this great celebration. . . .The preparation for the Synod of the Family, in the … [Read more...]

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Happy 4th: A Nation Pulling Apart and Norman Rockwell

TRUE STORY: This morning I awoke from a dream whereby the Supreme Court had been called into some sort of emergency session, and in order to get to their bench, they had to pass through some lobby I was standing in. One of them -- a rather short, jolly man (capable of using the phrase "argle-bargle", but not Scalia) -- got his robe caught on the buckle of my shoe, and after I released him, he thanked me and said, "a good day for thanks, in general."And I held him by the shoulders and said, … [Read more...]

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Of Otherness, Gay Marriage, Rights and Offices

The headlines of the past two weeks have given me a lot to process, and this weekend is a good time to think on things. Since the Obergefell decision, there are fights breaking out all over the internet, between Gays and Straights and Christians and Other Christians, and even between Catholics and Other Catholics.The idea of the "Other" got me thinking about a piece I'd written a while back at First Things, one that -- to my surprise (but then I never know how groups of people are going to … [Read more...]

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Why Proselytizing Doesn’t Work, in One Photo

Once before I wrote that Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and Cardinal Dolan were right, when they said that proselytizing was folly, and that "you're going to hell if you don't straighten up and fly right", was not the best way to greet people.That made a lot of people mad. So mad, that I lost a few regular readers over it because they were convinced I was spouting heresy.But here, in one photo -- a grab from a you tube video, but believe me, it's going to quickly become an iconic photo -- … [Read more...]

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