Category Archives: Columns

From the Laptops

“From the Laptops,” the section of our site with opinion and commentary columns, is so named as a tribute to our old journal, From the Housetops (back issues still available). If checking back here every day becomes tiresome, you can subscribe to RSS feeds of “From the Laptops.”

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Prayers of the Pharisees

I wrote this satire a couple of weeks ago and held off posting it. My more grounded co-workers here found it too subtle. One advised me that a preparatory explanation would give readers a handle lest they think someone spiked my Cheerios or that I just needed a vacation. Well, the explanation that will, unfortunately, undo the challenge for attuned minds that can sniff spoofery … More →

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A Special ‘Thank You’ to Mike Church

It is only right that I publicly thank someone who has given a huge boost to our apostolate by way of promoting the important work of Brother Francis. Mike Church is Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and a radio talk show personality, who hosts Satellite Radio’s longest running talk show since 2003, the Mike Church Show. He has recently made a massive on-air and online promotion of Brother Francis’ course of … More →

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CA Senate Votes to Pull Statue of Blessed Junipero from Capitol Hall

And after that will the Hawaii senate vote to have Saint Damien removed from the Capitol Statuary hall too? And will Wisconsin turn on Pere Marquette, and Arizona on Father Kino? All of these great men, honored by their states with a statue at the Capitol, were missionaries to the American Indians. Are they now an embarrassment to our nation? Will the state of Washington topple Mother Joseph … More →

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Brother André Marie to Speak in Napa, CA This Saturday

On Saturday, April 25, Brother André Marie will be speaking at the 2015 Napa Valley Catholic Men’s Conference. He will be one of three speakers at this one-day event that draws hundreds of Catholic men annually.  Brother’s talks will be “Montfortian Manliness” and “Religious Liberty vs. Religious Right.” For details, go here: Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Is President Obama the Anti-Christ?

One of our tertiaries sent me a link this morning with a video provocatively entitled, “Did Jesus Give us the Name of the Antichrist?” He asked my opinion on it, and this is my reply (which will not make sense unless you see the 4 minute video, which I could not imbed in this posting for technical reasons) … Dear Sam, This is typical hysterical nonsense … More →

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Are You Called to Be a Teaching Brother?

Do you have a vocation to teach? Do you have a vocation to be a religious Brother? Not sure, but wish to discern? Then consider becoming an intern working in our school while exploring the life of a Brother in the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Delayed vocations (men in their 30s or 40s), who are degreed and have teaching experience are also welcome to look into … More →

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Cardinal Kasper Honored by CUA With the Quasten Award

This was back in November 2014, but I just now came across the news of it. Oddly enough, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was the featured speaker for the ceremony. And, on that score, I thought that CUA president, John Garvey, was a voice for orthodoxy among the liberals in “Catholic” academia? Well it all goes to show … More →

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Episcopal Clergyman Insults Catholics on Good Friday

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the Associate Rector of Boston’s historic Trinity Church, the Rev. William W. Rich, for insulting Catholics on Good Friday. During the church’s annual “Stations of the City” walk, while stopped in front of the Central Reform Temple of Boston, Rev. Rich asserted to his followers that in the past, some Catholics murdered Jews on Good Friday. Rich offered … More →

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IHM School Open House

All potential IHM School students and their parents are encouraged to attend IHM School open house days on April 16 and April 23. During these days, visitors can observe and participate in the school day at IHM, including classes, lunch, and breaks. Come and see for yourself what IHM is like. Contact the School if you would like to attend. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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10th Anniversary: The Killers of Terri Schiavo, God Help Them

This is an agonizing account to read, written by Terri Schiavo’s brother on the tenth anniversary of her murder. The murderer was her husband, Michael Schiavo, and his accomplice was Judge George W. Greer. Another accomplice was the liar, Attorney for the killer Michael Schiavo, George Felos, a right-to-die litigator, who petitioned the court for his “share” of Terri Schiavo’s medical trust fund, which was $800,000.  Felos … More →

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Blessed Nykyta Budka, Bishop of Canada, Martyr

A Ukrainian martyr, Blessed Nykyta Budka,  who served as the first Greek Catholic bishop in Canada, is hardly known outside the Ukrainian Catholic Church, yet he was one of the most formidable bishops to grace not only the Church in Canada but the Church in Austria-Hungary and Ukraine. Born in 1877 in Dobromirka (then part of Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine), he was ordained in 1905 in … More →

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Cardinal Koch Dares to Play the ‘Nazi’ Card (and Well)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis. We learn from An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that … More →

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It’s March 25: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

At the risk of upsetting my good friend Gary Potter, who does not care much for Twitter,  I’m going to quote a couple of “tweets.” Fear not, it is to a good purpose. Yesterday, in advance of today’s sublime Festival, I tweeted this: March 25, Feast of the Annunciation: This is the Greatest of All Days in the History of the World via @SBC_Catholic — … More →

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To Be the Handmaid of the Handmaid of the Lord

“What manner of salutation is this”? Luke 1:29) Our Lady, with wonderful modesty and humility, related today’s event to the Evangelist, Saint Luke. The account is so chaste, so simple, so childlike. We begin with an angel, Gabriel the Archangel. He is sent by the Lord God to a house in Nazareth, in Galilee, to a Virgin espoused to a man named Joseph. Luke then … More →

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Catholic Action League Questions Parade Organizers’ Naiveté

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is reacting with skepticism to claims by Brian Mahoney, Commander of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—that the veterans, in approving the application to march of Boston Pride, were actually unaware that it was one of the state’s leading homosexual advocacy organizations. In a column in the March 19th SOUTHBOSTONTODAY, portions … More →

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