85 Years Ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers

“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation - the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is always right and the old wrong. And now that they are old men themselves, they have naturally nothing whatever to say or do. Their only business in life was to be the rising generation kno … [Read more...]

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“Internet Catholics be Crazy”: Anchoress at America Magazine

Yes, I said it, but I count myself among the mad, so that's okay.I said it, and a lot more, to America magazine's Sean Salai, S.J., even though -- and this is the honest truth -- I'm not sure how I even got on his radar. Following his terrific interviews with Camille Paglia and Romanus Cessario, I feel very much like an off-speed pitch.[Aside - Yes, I know I've been using a lot of baseball analogies, lately; I'm hankering for it and this winter must end!]Still, I enjoyed getting … [Read more...]

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BREAKING: Black Mass Satanic Temple Walks Back: Do They Mean It? STAY TUNED

Earlier this morning, I contacted Priya Dua, a spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, and she confirmed for me that the organization's May 12 "Re-enactment of a Satanic Black Mass" would involve the use of a Consecrated Host.Shortly after our conversation, I was put in touch with Lucien Greaves, who appears to be a lead spokesperson for the group. I asked him how the Host had been obtained, and why such an effort had been made. He seemed unsure that one had been obtained, at all.During our … [Read more...]

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“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to "research this," saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, o … [Read more...]

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No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

I saw this last night at the Women of Grace site, and was skeptical. I remain so today: The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host.According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and pra … [Read more...]

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Putting Away the Labels to Hear/See Each Other

Under it's new editor, Matt Malone, S.J., America Magazine is doing a very good thing:America aspires to nothing more than to live up to the fullest meaning of our motto, to pursue the truth in love, for as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written,“The only strength with which Christianity can make its influence felt publicly is ultimately the strength of its intrinsic truth.” The fundamental truth of Christianity is personal, the person of Jesus Christ, the one for whom love and for … [Read more...]

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Aurora Victim: “I do forgive him…”

A remarkable take-back of power:Within just a few short hours of surgery on his foot Monday, Aurora, CO shooting victim, Pierce O’Farrill tells nationally-syndicated radio host, Todd Schnitt, that he wants to talk to the shooter, James Holmes.In the exclusive “Schnitt Show” interview, O’Farrill, who was shot three times, recalls the horror in vivid detail and says,“I would like to talk to him. I do forgive him.”Mr. O'Farrill is in better shape than other victims, but this reminded me … [Read more...]

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What the CO shooting “says about us”

Jack Shafer with a thoughtful piece: . . . attempts at pattern recognition are as inevitable as they are necessary. Philosophers may be capable of throwing the null set at a suburban bloodbath. For the rest of us, attempts at finding causation – however tenuous – helps settle the mind. The shooter did it because he was crazy, we say. He did it because he was evil. He did it because we (or somebody else) made him that way. He did it because guns make it possible. Any explanation that will hel … [Read more...]

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Peek-a-Boo, Mr. President. We see you.

Back in October of 2009 I asked, Does Obama Know Who We Are?Obama is an American President who is not particularly American in character or disposition. He seems not to really understand Americans, or their way, which is a way peculiar to the rest of the word, at once shallow and heroic, capable of great materialism and breathtaking self-sacrifice. [...] The American mind is a duality of sorts. A country founded by displaced nobles and built by the strongest and most resourceful commoners … [Read more...]

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Mandates, the IDEA of America and the Worrisome Line

Someone wondered why I seem less plugged in to the "Fortnight for Freedom" than he had expected me to be. I'm not sure why he is surprised; I've never been much of a joiner.But he's right. I am lukewarm on the F4F, because I am a little uncomfortable with it.I certainly am in complete agreement with the bishops that the HHS Mandate is an assault on our first amendment right to Freedom of Religion -- and that it concerns all believers, not just Catholics.And I agree with Russell … [Read more...]

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