Category Archives: Politics and Society

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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Doing God’s Will

In his most important book, Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism, the great Spanish Catholic diplomat, statesman and political thinker Juan Donoso Cortes (1809-53), often called “the Spanish de Maistre,” wrote: “Governments seem to be endowed with an unerring instinct which teaches them that they can only be just and strong in the name of God. Thus it happens that whenever they commence to secularize, that is … More →

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The Globe’s Kevin Cullen Defines Once Catholic Ireland as “Backward”

In a metro column of The Boston Sunday Globe of August 24th, serial Catholic basher Kevin Cullen wrote about the controversy in Ireland over the discovery of unmarked graves of children at the site of a maternity home in Tuam administered bythe Bon Secours Sisters. Though disturbing questions remain, the affair has been characterized by hysterical press coverage and extravagant claims, almost all of which … More →

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Victory for School Choice in New Hampshire

(Cato Institute) Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants … More →

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Feminized Clergy and Young Men

This is an issue that we have touched upon many times on this site. (ChurchMilitant.TV) One survey after another keeps coming out showing how young men are in increasing danger. In danger that is, of losing any sense of who they are, of their masculine identity – that is, what little of it the prevailing liberal culture will let them maintain – which is to … More →

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Catholic Action League Condemns New Buffer Zone Law

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the Commonwealth’s new buffer zone statute, which was signed into law this afternoon by Governor Deval Patrick. The Senate and the House of Representatives passed the measure for enactment yesterday. As the legislation has an emergency preamble, it will take effect immediately. Under the new law — the third buffer zone law in force in the Bay State since 2007 — a single … 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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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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Catholic and Patriotic

Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love one’s fatherland. This means that it is to love the land of the people that sired you. Patriotism is a natural overflow of the virtue of piety — that is, the virtue of the home. As piety would have us rendering what is due in justice to parents and other family members, patriotism … More →

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Papal Blasts From the Past

Leaving my apartment building last February 18, I fell on the icy front steps and broke both bones of my right forearm, the radius and ulna, about two fingers below the wrist bone. It wouldn’t be until six weeks later that I could hold a pen and another two before I began to use it. As for typing, I’m still not up to speed and … More →

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This Ad Rem is a brief introductory speech I gave at IHM School’s graduation on Trinity Sunday. As Prior, I am expected to say something; mine is not the main feature. Readers should know that our school in rural southern New Hampshire is very small, hence the two graduates.  Good afternoon, Reverend Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Ladies, and Gentlemen. It is my task to welcome you to … More →

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Washington’s National Cathedral Goes Beyond

You know what they say about the Episcopalians. “Boldly going where no ecclesial communion has gone before.” The latest frontier they’ve gone beyond?  The Washington Times tells it: The most visible Episcopal church in the U.S. is hosting its first openly transgender priest this month. The Rev. Cameron Partridge is set to give the June 22 sermon at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest. We know that “transgenderism” is gaining ground in the … More →

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‘Transphobia’ Means Fear of the Other Side

“Transphobia” means fear of the other side. Remember that. “Homophobia” means fear of self (or of something similar to you). Remember that. So, when you read a headline like, “UNIV. OF CHICAGO STUDENTS OFFENDED BY GAY ACTIVIST’S ‘TRANSPHOBIC SLUR,’” you will know to place the story in the nonsense category. (Thankfully, the publication running the piece seems to understand that the headline bespeaks nonsense.) Note that it … More →

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Are The Media Defaming the Irish Church and Irish Sisters?

(Gloria.TV News) At the moment, hundreds of media outlets worldwide are libeling the Church with an alleged discovery of a burial place for 796 children next to a big Catholic orphanage in Tuam, Ireland, closed in 1961. The impression is given that the children were murdered by the nuns who ran the place and then hidden away. In reality, the existence of the burial place … More →

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Holy Cross College Honors Obama Speech Writer

Last Friday, May 23rd, the Jesuit administered College of the Holy Cross in Worcester conferred an honorary degree on Jon Favreau, who delivered the commencement address to graduating seniors and their families. Favreau served as White House Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that, Favreau was a speechwriter for the Obama campaign, and a deputy speechwriter for the 2004 presidential … More →

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