Aylan, Gassed Refugees: A Pivotal Moment for Civilization

The crisis of Syrian refugees is coming to a head. We've all seen the awful pictures and even drawings and artwork covering little Aylan Kurdi's tragic death.On August 26, there were reports of a tear-gassing of refugees, in Hungary. It is dramatic and hard to watch.These are human beings, and how Europe deals with such a humanitarian crisis is going to matter a great deal; it is going to tell us where the future of Western civilization -- a civilization built on Christian principles - … [Read more...]

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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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Pope Francis Not Stupid; Knows What Marriage Is

If you can see something that's obvious, it's a pretty sure bet that the Pope can see it, too.:In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.He warned against the common v … [Read more...]

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Reconcile Yourself to Resurrection!

And be renewed!I'll be there, tomorrow, please join me! It has been two months since my last confession, and more than past-time for me to again avail myself of the soul-settling power and grace of this sacrament.And this confession will include -- among my copious other sins large and small -- "I yelled at a guy on the radio and was full of anger and uncharity, when I really did know better, but nobody steps on a nun in my town..." and "I went to Mass unwillingly because sometimes, … [Read more...]

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French Kids Rescued from “the tyranny of their own desires…” – UPDATED

My Photo, 1991 Over on Facebook, Melanie Bettinelli -- the wise and graceful blogress at The Wine Dark Sea -- posted this article from Psychology Today on Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD, or at least not the way American kids seem to have it.To the extent that French clinicians are successful at finding and repairing what has gone awry in the child's social context, fewer children qualify for the ADHD diagnosis. Moreover, the definition of ADHD is not as broad as in the American system, … [Read more...]

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“A Question of Liberty Allowing us a Religion”

We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we want is a religion that is right where we are wrong. In these current fashions it is not really a question of the religion allowing us liberty; but (at the best) of the liberty of allowing us a religion. These people merely take the modern mood, with much in it that is amiable and much that is anarchical and much that is merely dull and obvious, and then require any creed to be cut down to fit that mood. But the mood … [Read more...]

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Would US Elections Still Astound de Tocqueville and Chesterton?

If you're not subscribing to The Catholic Answer, perhaps the September/October issue running up to the elections will get you to consider it.There, along with some excellent regular columns and the very help Q&A's that define the magazine, you'll find Russell Shaw writing about how Catholics should prepare to vote, and hitting on five notions: 1. Voting is a moral act — don’t vote frivolously or selfishly.2. Don’t compartmentalize politics and morality.3. Don’t absolutize po … [Read more...]

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Chesterton and Lewis on the Tyranny of Bloomberg

G. K. Chesterton's assessment of fundamental liberty: "The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35 Nanny Bloomberg is now going after popcorn and milk products, because he's very enlightened, as is our self-congratulatory and appallingly smug 21st … [Read more...]

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Chesterton and Tea Parties – UPDATED

It cannot be too often repeated that all real democracy is an attempt (like that of a jolly hostess) to bring the shy people out. For every practical purpose of a political state, for every practical purpose of a tea-party, he that baseth himself must be exalted. At a tea-party it is equally obvious that he that exalteth himself must be abased, if possible without bodily violence. Now people talk of democracy as being coarse and turbulent; it is a self-evident error in mere history. Aristocracy … [Read more...]

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Sarah Palin is Alive! – UPDATED

Longtime readers know that, while there is much that I admire about Sarah Palin, I am still on the fence about any notion that she should run for president.My reservations stem in part from some of Palin's own moves, but it may be her base that really sours me on her; not even mild and constructive criticism, rendered with a dollop of sympathy can be endured by some members of Palin's over-protective base.I understand why they are overprotective; no politician in my memory has ever been … [Read more...]

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