Three Cheers for the Separation of Powers! UPDATED

SCOTUS Unanimous for Religious Freedom!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

In honor of this decision, I share with you good people Federalist Paper # 51. This was written by James Madison, and published on a cold Wednesday nearly 224 years ago. Writing anonymously as  “Publius,”  he explains this concept, dare I say it, grounded in the natural law, and why it was deemed necessary for the success of the Republic if it was to be one of laws, and not one of men. To be one of Liberty, and not of Tyranny. [Read more...]

“Marky Mark” Grew Up And Digs the New Translation

Among other things. Mark Wahlberg, see,  was interviewed on the CBS This Morning show today. Can he say, Consubstantial on the air? Yes.he.can. [Read more...]

A Message From A Renowned War Hawk To the “War Parties” of Today: Peace Out!

Unlike that eevil librul Stephen Colbert, I like books. And I especially like history books. Even better are personal memoirs and biographies. Google Books is one of my favorite tools, and that is where the volumes which comprise the the YIMCatholic Bookshelf (see link under the banner above) came from and are stored.

I shared a few weeks back that I’ve been reading about politics viewed from the perspective of Catholic thought. Last night, I came across a quote in John Courtney Murray, SJ’s We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition, attributed to John C. Calhoun. [Read more...]

Soldiers and Artist’s Should Be Friends?

Of course they should. Because oftentimes, they are the same people. My civilian brother, Max Lindenman, elaborates.

Here’s my brief take on the subject. Many Marines I have known over the years have been great artists, and I mean across the entire spectrum too. This idea that you are only “one thing,” and that thing being a stereotype of what you happen to be doing for a living, is a fallacy. In fact, since it stems from some version of the truth, it is a heresy. A heresy that doesn’t factor in the full spectrum of the human being’s experience, but instead attempts to pigeon hole folks as mere widgets.

Here’s a museum specializing in just this type of art and artist. Which is where Maurice Costello’s art (showcased above) can be found.

A Contrarian Way To Invest Like A Catholic

See what I discovered: God made man simple, but they get lost in their many thoughts.—Ecclesiastes 7:29

Just in time for the year-end wrap ups, I saw an article the other day over at Our Sunday Visitor about Investing with a Clear Conscience (and earlier this year over at Crisis Magazine was a similar one called How to Invest Like A Catholic, to which this post was initially addressed). Being a former stock broker, one who let my Series 7 License (and all the rest of my assorted licenses) lapse as soon as I left that field (1995!), Joe Six-Pack, USMC knows a little bit about investing. So reading the articles, to me it sounds more like “How to be neurotic about investing, like a Catholic.”

As if there weren’t enough things to get ulcers about. [Read more...]

The Problem With the “Status Quo” in the Holy Places

Is summed up nicely by St. John in his first letter.

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. [Read more...]

I’ll See Mark Shea’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moment…

And raise it. Sing it, Remy!

That is truth and genius, all wrapped up in a seven-layer dip of Awesome.

H/T to Blessed is the Kingdom and The Independent Institute.

To Cultivate the Desert in this Jungle of Words

Words can be tricky things. Words spoken. Words written. Words thought of. Words acted upon. Words seemingly written in clarity. Words being read in a fog of misunderstanding. Words with only one meaning. Words with many meanings. A writer’s or blogger’s stock-in-trade is words. And words are the ultimate double-edged swords. [Read more...]

North Korea in 1000 Words

Satellite photograph of the two Korea’s at night. On the plus side, I guess, the carbon footprint of North Korea is very low, yes? Or “black out” curtains and strict adherence to “war-time” black-out conditions are mandatory. What are the odds that their new ruling god will unleash his peoples’ creativity and bring them out of the “dark ages?” [Read more...]

Because Christ and His Church Are the Light of the World

No longer does the Church exercise temporal powers over domains. The Papal States are back in the hands of secular powers. The saintly soldiers of the military orders have all laid down their arms. Rendering to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, then, what is the role of the Church in the world today? [Read more...]


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