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Politics and Society

Christendom no longer exists, but, nevertheless, Catholics must be active members of their respective societies and agents of justice in a world bereft of moral values. We must know history, not merely current events. European history, after the conversion of the nations, was the history of the Church. This history is certainly important to know. But, as Americans, we cannot afford to be ignorant of our own history. The virtue of patriotism, which is actually a natural manifestation of the supernatural gift of piety, demands that we have an appreciation for whatever is good in the history of this land of ours, not just after 1776, but since events were recorded here. The virtue of patriotism also obligates us to recognize the sins of our nation. “My country right or wrong,” is an evil axiom that changes patriotism into self-adulating nationalism.

As Catholics, we ought to be justly concerned about world events, especially about the persecution of the Church that is going on in other countries. Advantage ought to be taken of the many good Catholic outlets of information that are available today. Our website is a good source of the news that counts. From our religious perspective, we are able to bypass the useless information and disinformation that fills the major media, and provide the news that affects our lives as members of the Church militant. If it doesn’t help anyone sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity) we don’t post it.

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Evelyn Waugh in East Africa

By considering the refreshingly candid insights to be found in A Tourist in Africa (1960) — Evelyn Waugh’s last book of travel — we may also thereby shed valuable light on the current challenges and limits to be faced by discordantly multi-cultured and overloaded Europe, given the stark underlying realities of geography and of demography (births, deaths, and migrations). In order to keep manageable proportions, … More →

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Antonin Scalia Viewed as a Liberal

When U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died last February 13, I was shocked, as one always is by the news of an acquaintance’s unexpected death, but not surprised. You had only to look at him and see that he had probably never met a bowl of pasta or piece of cake he didn’t love, and also that he had probably never seen the … More →

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Catholic Action League Calls upon Attorney General to Initiate Hate Crimes Investigation in Vandalism of Catholic Churches

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today wrote to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, Maura Healey, asking her to open a hate crimes investigation—under Chapter 265, Section 39 of the General Laws—regarding the ongoing vandalism of Catholic churches. Since December, four Catholic parishes in the Bay State have been the target of malicious property destruction of religious statues and stained glass windows by nocturnal vandals, three in the last … More →

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Two Boston Area Churches Vandalized: Desecration of Mary Statues Shows Diabolism

First a Catholic Church in Norwood, then a Catholic Church in Burlington, Massachusetts, have had property vandalized. A sign of the diabolical influence on the perpetrators is the desecration of statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary in both locations. Parishioners at Norwood’s Saint Catherine of Siena Church witnessed a statue of Our Lady splashed with black paint. The Faithful who worship at Burlington’s Saint Margaret’s … More →

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More Than 5,800 Catholics Sign Petition to Remove Saint Patrick’s Name from South Boston Parade

As of this morning, more than 5,800 concerned Catholics have now signed the online petition—sponsored by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and MassResistance—to remove the venerable name of Saint Patrick from the South Boston parade, which will be held tomorrow, on Palm Sunday.    The petition is a response to the decision by the parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council, to permit, for the second year … More →

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Urge Parade Organizers: Stop Dishonoring Saint Patrick!

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, in conjunction with Mass Resistance, is urging the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade—to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the event, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic Religion of the Apostle of Ireland. [Sign the Petition Here!] Having succumbed to political pressure orchestrated by … More →

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Our Wrong Economics

The nation’s quadrennial election charade is upon us once again, and once again there is no major-party candidate a Catholic can support with a completely clear conscience, not if he is serious about pro-life, peace instead of perpetual war, and economic justice as its main lines were laid out by popes before unity of the Faith broke down into liberal, conservative and traditional camps in … More →

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Two months ago I wrote for the SBC website about God or Nothing, a recent and inspiring book that offers the record of conversations between a journalist and Robert Cardinal Sarah, who hails from the West African nation of Guinea and is Prefect of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. I quoted the Cardinal saying that the promotion … More →

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The Crusades: Just Wars?

[How and when to listen to my show, ‘Reconquest.’ Also: Listen to past episodes.] A typical catalogue of the supposed historical crimes of the Catholic Church — or of Western men in general — would include the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. Just as the latter has its received history, known as the Black Legend, that provides the modern “thinking man” with his talking points, … More →

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The Crime that Led to U.S. Defeat in Vietnam

The majority of today’s Americans aren’t old enough to have an adult memory of the Vietnam War from its beginning in the 1960s to the Communists’ victory in 1975. However, most everybody is aware, even if it has never been and never will be officially acknowledged, that it was in Vietnam that the U.S. met its first defeat in a foreign war. Why were we … More →

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Roberto de Mattei on Liberal Westerners Not Getting the Paris Massacres

Professor de Mattei condemns the foolish maneuvers of liberal Western powers (the U.S., France, etc.) in causing the Paris massacres of 13 November, 2015. Included in the historian’s denunciation are both the domestic idiocy of liberalism (embodied in the diabolical trinity of liberté, egalité, fraternité) and the foreign policy idiocy of supporting jihadists in a “democratic revolution” against Arab/Muslim leaders the West does not like. The liberal mind either does … More →

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Catholic Author Exposes Bigotry of The Boston Globe

The Hollywood formula film Spotlight, which celebrates The Boston Globe for its campaign to bring down the Catholic Church by revealing that hundreds of minors in the Archdiocese of Boston were molested by perverted priests—who are always carefully described as pedophiles and sexual abusers, rather than what they actually were, homosexual predators—opened today in Boston and throughout the nation. Predictably, the intrepid reporters of Morrissey … More →

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Leo McKinstry: ‘Mass Immigration Is on the Verge of Destroying Europe’

Says the British journalist and author, “SEVERAL millennia were required to build European civilisation but its impending destruction has been the work of just a few years, carried out by a cadre of irresponsible, unpatriotic and deluded politicians led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.” His words ought to be pondered. But a weakness can be seen in his thinking: As the social revolution accelerates traditional … More →

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Forty Years After Franco’s Death

A young American male traveling in Spain in the early 1960s, as I was and did, would notice that women did not sunbathe topless on the country’s beaches the way many did on the French Riviera. There weren’t even any bikinis. An American who lived in the country explained to me that the body-covering one-piece swimsuits I saw everywhere were “required.” I was also told … More →

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Planned Parenthood Abortionist Strives for Intact Heads

AUSTIN, Oct. 27 (Center for Medical Progress) — The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting. Dr. Dermish admits she was … More →

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