PSA: Charlie Rose Interviews Syrian President Assad on PBS Tonight, 9PM Eastern

I don’t normally tune in to Charlie Rose on PBS, but seeings how tonight’s guest is Bashar al-Assad, I will be. Tune in, as it should be an interesting conversation. Hopefully my local PBS station will be carrying it, but you never know.

I want to get a look at the bad guy, and here what he has to say to Charlie. Lord knows I’ve heard about as much about the Syrian Free Army as I can stand. Did you hear what the rebels did to several of the ancient and beautiful churches in the city of Maloula, about 45 minutes north of Damascus?

Just one more reason not to support military action in Syria.

Locals protesting outside the Federal Courthouse today…

Trappist Nuns in Syria to President Obama: Send Us Your Prayers, Not Your Missiles UPDATED

We heard from Pope Francis earlier today, but how about testimony from folks who are a little closer to the action? Catholic World Report has a letter from Cistercian nuns who moved their monastery to Azeir, in Northern Syria, back in 2005. Here’s a snippet from an open letter they wrote to the world a few days ago. [Read more…]

G.K Chesterton Appears on Breitbart? Would That Count As A Miracle?

I’m where you least expect me to be. Huzzah!

I’d count it as a minor one, at least. Take a look at Kate O’Hare’s piece, G.K. Chesterton: Making the Case for Sainthood in Hollywood.

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I Could Listen to Seamus Heaney Reading “Beowulf” For Hours (Requiescat In Pace) UPDATES


I shared what follows last summer. I’m sharing it with you again because this morning I learned that Seamus Heany has crossed over from death into eternity. Here’s a snippet from the obituary posted by the BBC. [Read more…]

USSCB Chair to Secretary of State John Kerry: Use Diplomacy, Not Air Strikes

What a surgical strike looks like to the patient.

What follows is the letter addressed to the Secretary of State in it’s entirety.

Dear Secretary Kerry: [Read more…]

Joseph Bottum Writes “The Long Goodbye” UPDATES

Or is it “Farewell My Lovely?” Those are the titles that came to my mind as I read his essay today over at Commonweal.

No disrespect to Raymond Chandler intended for thinking of his titles, but I will never get back the hour I lost reading Bottums’ essay, where  he makes his personal case for coming out in favor of Same Sex Marriage, or of not fighting it anymore. [Read more…]

Why The Seven-Headed Dragon of Lying Will Never Be Slain

And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. –Revelation 12:3

Because Satan!

Just look at the image above, and note that one of the creatures represents the Father of Lies while the other represents Our Mother unstained by sin. She is in heaven now.

And the beast? [Read more…]

Someone Send Governor Christie A Catechism. Please.

By just perusing it briefly, see, he could learn a lot of neat things. You know, like how the Church teaches that homosexuals are no more sinful than folks who are not homosexuals. [Read more…]

This Is The Kind Of Chart One Can Stare At For Hours…UPDATED

I found it folded neatly in the back of volume one of Philip Hughes’ A History of the Church: An Introductory Study. I picked it up for $2.00 at the public library’s used book sale earlier this year.

Here on one piece of paper is all that was happening between the time Sts. Peter and Paul were martyred, up until the Edict of Milan. Sorry it’s a little cock-eyed, but this is the best I could do. [Read more…]

Salman Rushdie on the “Culture of Offendedness,” and Thoughts of Other Authors Whose Names Start With “S”

From The Independent, with a dateline out of Edinburgh, the noted author observes that we’re all too offended nowadays. What? You hadn’t noticed? [Read more…]