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...]

Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Think I’m Religious. I Am Spiritual” UPDATED

On the heels of the faith affirming appearance of Mark Walhlberg on yesterday’s CBS This Morning show, where he talked of prayer, and the New Translation of the Mass, etc., here is another celebrity Christian whose breaking-news faith story is not as satisfying. [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...]

Thank God for Truth Telling Fools

Like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Because nowadays, evidently, only satirical comedy shows can provide the low-down on what our Ruling Elites are up to. Like this quickie you never saw on the Sunday Morning Talking Heads shows. Besides, Brian Williams isn’t allowed to analyze news. Not like this, anyway. [Read more...]

A Quick Primer on Politics, Circa 1936

As Decision 2012 looms before us, and as we are asked by all the candidates to please check our brains at the door, I’m happy to share a video that serves both as a wake-up call, as well as to the fact that there is, as my friend Qoheleth said many moons ago, nothing new under the sun. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to St. Joan of Arc

600 hundred years ago, the Maid of Orleans was born. True, her Feast Day is on May 30th, but today is her birthday all the same. Happy Birthday Joan…I’m glad you were on the planet!

Many of us can’t get behind “crazy” people who hear voices and form impromptu armies and such, can we? But that is what Joan did. She must have been at the right place and at the right time, God willing, because folks listened to her and followed her into battle. [Read more...]

A Bishop Has Children Out of Wedlock…Updated!

 

So you wanted to just be a simple Catholic man. One who tries to walk the Way, as difficult as it is, and mind your own business. Mind the planks in your own eye, and ignore the mote in the eyes of others. But you like to keep up on spiritual stuff, and you appreciate the encouragement you get from others making the same solitary slog to heaven as you are.

You find many interesting posts over on New Advent, for example, that help you along in this matter. And sometimes (quarterly, it seems), splashing across the marquee, there is something weird and scandalous, like this headline: [Read more...]

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...]

Speaking of Errors and Being “In the Know,”

Am I alone here in thinking it’s about time our elected representatives in Congress, as well as our elected (President/Vice-President) Executive and his “Czars”, and appointed members to the Supreme Court too, should be required to place their assets in “blind trusts?” Would it do anything to blunt the unholy alliance between Big Government, Insider Trading, and Big Mammon?

From the Wall Street Journal, a crying crocodile tears alert for you,

Boy...I could have made this many ($millions)


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