Resurrected Messianic Obama and “Being Apocalypse” – UPDATED

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An interesting resurrection is taking place: the re-emergence of the Messianic Obama theme from the tomb to which it had been consigned.It began rather modestly, with the release of The Gospel According to Apostle Barack. But that was a mere gospel. Jamie Foxx then upped the ante by referring (ironically?) to "our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama!" and today Drudge is featuring this story about a 2009 painting depicting a Messianic Obama who is "The Truth"The truth painting is old … [Read more...]

Come, Pray the Luminous Mysteries with Me!

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Aside from being aggravated by some minor, but continual, issues with my computer today, I'm feeling pretty peaceful about the election, in general. I have no idea who will win, although I suspect Romney is in a stronger position than poll purchasers wanted to see, but I could be wrong.Either way I am at peace. Perhaps it's because of my conversation with this man -- which in part inspired this column -- but I prayed the Office of Readings today and look forward to praying Vespers in about … [Read more...]

The Appeal of Fulton Sheen

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I like Pat McNamara's look into the background of Ven. Fulton Sheen:Growing up on an Illinois farm, a neighbor had told his father: "Newt, that oldest boy of yours, Fulton, will never be worth a damn. He's always got his nose in a book." Born May 8th, 1895, he was named Peter but called Fulton (his mother's maiden name) throughout his life. From childhood, he knew two things: he hated farm life and he wanted to be a priest.At St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, he joined the debating … [Read more...]

Is it too late? Are we “past” civility? – UPDATED

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I meant to link to this piece by Lisa Hendey yesterday, but the day got away from me. In it, she is asking if it is possible to eliminate political vitriol online?Isn’t it our right as Americans to employ our rights to freedom of speech to say what we feel? Yes, certainly. And yet, I’m also cognizant that my presence — and yours — in venues like Facebook and Twitter is a component of the New Evangelization. When my non-Catholic friends (for whom I am perhaps the only Catholic they will ever k … [Read more...]

Obama channels Dubya at UN but to Change Paradigms

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So Dana Milbank noticed that President Obama by-passed an opportunity to meet with world-leaders visiting our country, yesterday, so he could hang out with the gals on that execrable program, The View. Milbank, while raising an eyebrow at Obama's priorities, carefully manages to mention that Mitt Romney and his wife have also done the silly shows.As Ed Morrissey points out, that false equivalence is pointless; moreover until yesterday, the American President did not blow off meeting with … [Read more...]

MSM Holds Its Freedom Cheap; Ours, Too

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(Neveshkin Nikolay / Shutterstock.com)My column at First Things this week chronicles the almost surreal behavior of the mainstream media as they do whatever they can to propel Obama and their preferred narrative forward.When the State Department threatened to go into a bureaucratic swoon of Judy-Garlandesque proportions if forced to answer questions about the attack, the press offered a thoughtful cold compress to soothe its frazzled brow, and then closed the door softly, as it made its … [Read more...]

Quick Chick-fil-A Roundup – UPDATES

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker went to a Chick-fil-A yesterday in a cassock, and he says yesterday was a revolutionary day in protest-theory:Yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was the sort of ‘revolt’ this country needs, but it was even better than the non violent revolutions and peaceful protests which have changed the world because it was so ordinary. It was just plain, ordinary Americans getting in their cars and doing a plain, ordinary American thing: going out for lunch to a fast food joi … [Read more...]

A Divided Church and a Movement with Momentum

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(Image courtesy of shutterstock.com)Over at Egregious Twaddle, Joanne McPort asks (and answers) whether the church can survive the times:The received narrative paints a Church disproportionately and irreconcilably divided between The People, a vast international sea of those who reject doctrinal pronouncements, tradition, and authority in favor of relevance, inclusivity, and individual conscience, and The Bishops (among whom the Pope is just one of the boys), a tiny aged and withering … [Read more...]

Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church."We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]

The Alleluia that Defeats the Chill of Evil – UPDATE

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A friend of mine sent me this piece from the WSJ on the "rapid descent" of the Aurora shooter, pointing to one paragraph, in particular:On June 25, the Lead Valley Range received Mr. Holmes' online application with answers to basic questions about age, gun ownership and drug use; all seemed normal, said range owner Glenn Rotkovich.Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an "incoherent, bizarre" voice-mail message, which he described as "very guttural." … [Read more...]


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