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.”

Scorecard for the Visionaries of Medjugorje

Basic Fact Sheet for the Visionaries of Medjugorje Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic: the Gospa has so far confided nine secrets to her. For her, the daily apparitions have not yet stopped since June 24, 1981, according to the Visionaries of Medjugorje website. Ivan Dragicevic: the Gospa has confided nine secrets to Ivan. The Gospa has appeared to him every day since June 24, 1981, according to the Visionaries … More →

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Israel Continues to Slaughter and Offer Lies to Justify It

Each day the horror gets worse. The slightest provocation from mostly peaceful demonstrators, as we see today n East Jerusalem (demonstrators protesting the killing of their civilian population, women, and children) brings forth a barrage of bullets. How dare you have “rage”! Israel has the ammo; throw a rock at their taunting, self-righteous, racist police and many will die from their guns. Israeli killers calls the hits … More →

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Encounter With Muslims

This is an encouraging personal story by a good friend of SBC, “Aged Parent.”  It appears on his blog here. I had arrived in London in the Spring of 2008 and was in the process of spending the first day there applying my usual remedy for jet-lag.  Forcing ourselves to stay awake so that our body clocks would re-set my wife, daughter and myself did … More →


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Credo in Resurrectionem Mortuorum et Vitam Aeternam

Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side (John 20:19). The Qualities of the Glorified … More →

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The Church in Korea, Founded by Sages, Not Missionaries

Of course, the missionaries came soon after the true Faith took root. And, for the Faith to grow, the blood of martyrs provided the nourishment. Sometime in the mid-eighteenth century, Korean ambassadors working in China came across Catholic books in Beijing that the Jesuits had distributed there going back to the mission days of Matteo Ricci (1597-1610). The ambassadors were of the noble class, well-educated, … More →

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Media Bias in Coverage of Buffer Zone Ruling

Local media coverage of the United States Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley — which struck down the 2007 Massachusetts law imposing a thirty-five foot so-called buffer zone around Bay State abortion clinics — provided compelling evidence of the intense, reflexive, and seemingly pervasive bias of the news media, both print and electronic, when it comes any issue which touches the third rail of … More →


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Patricia Ireland is Sick

You don’t have to be a Fox News fan to enjoy this. (The New American) The National Organization for Women has put The Little Sisters of the Poor on a list of “Dirty 100″ organizations waging legal battles against the federal mandate for contraceptive coverage in health insurance provided by employers. The designation has caused no small amount of controversy, most notably on The Kelly File on … More →


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In Gratitude for Venerable Dom Prosper Guéranger

R. Jared Staudt has written an excellent tribute to the great liturgical reformer, restorer of Gregorian Chant, and defender of the Faith, Dom Prosper Guéranger. I did not know that that the prolific abbot was first a diocesan priest before becoming Benedictine and restoring monastic discipline in post-Napoleonic France. He had almost everything in this world against him. Monasticism had been outlawed for almost half a century by the … More →

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In Brazil, Bread and Circuses, while Lions Eat Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria

The indignation expressed by Rorate Caeli deserves to be echoed. We are not a serious people. It’s one thing to have legitimate diversions, recreations, pastimes, and hobbies. It is quite another when games of football become an obsession and “news,” especially when our Catholic brothers and sisters are being butchered by the Prophet’s fanatical minions, mostly due to the foreign policy of our own nation, … More →


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Our Mother of Perpetual Help, She Is Always There Leaving No One Unaided Who Comes to Her

Friday, June 27, was the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I prefer the title “Our Mother of Perpetual Help.” The great feast came about on account of a miraculous icon  of the Blessed Mother holding her divine Child. I am sure you are all familiar with this painting. It is very powerful and the original was the source of many miraculous cures, physical … More →

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Saint Pope Leo II, Peacemaker Who Anathematized Pope Honorius

Today, July 3, is the feast day of Pope Saint Leo II (It used to be June 28). He succeeded another saint, Pope Agatho, in the Petrine office in the year 681 on January 10, although he was not consecrated for another nineteenth months.  He died only ten months after his consecration. Leo was a peacemaker, keeping the Church free from the ecclesiastical interferences of … More →

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Catholic Action League Exposes Planned Parenthood’s Fraudulent Claims

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the claims made by Marta Walz, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, about public safety conditions in front of Bay State abortion clinics. In a press conference held in the State House this afternoon announcing plans to impose new restrictions on pro-life expression outside of clinics in response to McCullen v. Coakley, Walz claimed that the U. S. Supreme Court … More →


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No Church, No Jesus

Without the Church, we have no Christ.  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the last before the suspension of the event for the summer. The Holy Father dedicated his catechetical reflections to the second installment in his series on the Church. Specifically, Pope Francis focused on the Church’s public and universal nature, and in particular on the importance of … More →


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For the Record: Pope Francis on the Church

(Vatican.va) Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that God gathered a people to himself in the Old Testament and in the fullness of time sent his Son to establish the Church as the sacrament of unity for all humanity. God calls each of us to belong to this great family. None of us become Christians on our own; … More →


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Father Nicholas Viel, First Canadian Martyr

When the Eight North American Martyrs are praised for their apostolic zeal, holiness, and fortitude, we honor their memory: Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf, Rene Goupil, Antoine Daniel, Noel Chabanel, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Jean de Lalande, all of whom were martyred between 1642 and 1649. Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Lalande, and Rene Goupil were martyred in what is now New York … More →

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