For Your Good Friday Night at the Movies

It’s Good Friday, and again I am presenting a film that I’ve only recently discovered. In truth, it is a television show, dating from back in the 1970′s. But as the main character is G.K. Chesterton’s beloved character named Father Brown, I gave it a look and enjoyed this episode immensely. I think you may enjoy it too. [Read more...]

Without Neil Young, Musical Jeremiads Like This…

wouldn’t have been made. Neil doesn’t use Jim Marshall’s amplifiers. They didn’t give him the same sound, the same gravitas, to move folks to acknowledge the truth that he sings about here. [Read more...]

New Memo from the Bishops Says HHS Mandate “Radically Flawed”

From the National Catholic Register yesterday, details of a March 29 memorandum addressing the problems with the HHS Mandate.

The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious-freedom concerns. [Read more...]

Jim Marshall, Requiescat In Pace

Last week, we lost Earl Scruggs. Today, news of the passing of another giant of the music industry. [Read more...]

A Petulant POTUS, or an All-Powerful Genie?

Here’s hoping he’s both. In the “petulant President” department, John Fund, a writer based in New York, and the author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, has a pretty good recap piece over at National Review Online from this weeks’ Presidential Follies regarding the Litigator-in-Chiefs’ constitutional law gaffs.

What follows is the part of Funds’ piece that hits home with me, [Read more...]

Spam Bots Now Know…

…that my investment insights are as invaluable as the sorcerers stone, and likely to enrich their masters beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. They appreciate, see, the depths of my knowledge in the dark arts of money making so much that they paid me homage in an attempt to enter the combox. [Read more...]

Five Reasons Why I Voted For Cardinal Dolan to Make the TIME 100

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

I just voted “Definitely” to include Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the upcoming TIME Magazine 100 most influential people list. Here’s why. [Read more...]

Quote of the Week: Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Faith, if practiced only in the confines of a church, synagogue, or mosque, demonstrates weakness, fear, or a lack of conviction. As such, it renders faith mediocre and lukewarm. —Fr. Leo Patalinghug [Read more...]

POTUS, SCOTUS, Healthcare law, the HHS Mandate, the Bishops and Catholic Social Teaching. Oh My!

When you have a post with a title with two acronyms, a healthcare law, a bureaucratic mandate, the USCCB, and the Social Doctrine of the Church, you have to be prepared for one thing, and one thing only: not pleasing everyone.

That’s why this is an interesting time to live, see? And it’s Holy Week too? [Read more...]

G.K. Chesterton on “The Penance of Boredom”

Last year on this day, I shared an off-the-wall poem about Palm Sunday penned by G.K. Chesterton. This time around, I’d like to share the prologue to his collection of four novellas that were published and entitled as, “The Four Faultless Felons.” Tying it all together is a prologue and epilogue on a model of virtue know as Count Raoul de Marillac.

As always, GKC has a way of turning matters on their head, and looking at them upside down in a way that is uniquely Catholic. The Prologue of the Pressman does just that. Reading it, I can’t help but think he was on to something here, with asceticism turned on its head as “the penance of boredom.” Don’t judge a book by its cover… [Read more...]


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