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O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
Saturday, December 24, 2016, 11:59 PM

A perfect, if imperfectly recorded, masterpiece of choral interpretation:

God bless us, everyone!

Sound the Alarm on the NIH’s Chimera Research
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 1:16 PM


It has just been announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek to amend Section IV and Section V of the NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research to include creating ‘Chimeras;” that is, combination of Human and Animal cells: Next Steps on Research Using Animal Embryos Containing Human Cells.

This is obviously an abomination.

The NIH is taking comments from the public for the next 4 weeks—make yours one of them.

The public comment form is located here: NIH consideration of certain research proposals involving human-animal chimera models

The deadline is September 4th, 2016.

The Ugly, Ugly Realities of the Common Core
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:04 PM

Dr. James (“Duke”) Pesta is a tenured professor at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, a Christian, the head of the Freedom Project Academy, and a particularly eloquent critic and explicator of Common Core educational “standards”, a hard-left initiative bent on destroying the family, the culture, and the church. This is an excellent talk, delivered to a Roman Catholic(?) parents group, and is time well spent for Christians, home educators, and those wanting to preserve the minds and morals of their children. I guarantee you will emerge illuminated.

shorter interview between Dr. Pesta and Stephan Molyneux concentrates on the cultural ramifications of CC and its effects on Christianity and is also very much worthwhile, if you haven’t two hours to spare on the video above.

One Random Thought
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 10:55 AM

The headline reads: Harvard Prof Urges Liberals to Treat Evangelical Christians Like Nazis.

Hyperbole, to be sure; pariahs would have been more accurate.

What Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet actually suggested in a recent post on his personal blog (“Abandoning Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism“) was this (emphasis, mine):

The culture wars are over; they lost, we won. Remember, they were the ones who characterized constitutional disputes as culture wars (see Justice Scalia in Romer v. Evans, and the Wikipedia entry for culture wars, which describes conservative activists, not liberals, using the term.) And they had opportunities to reach a cease fire, but rejected them in favor of a scorched earth policy. The earth that was scorched, though, was their own. (No conservatives demonstrated any interest in trading off recognition of LGBT rights for “religious liberty” protections. Only now that they’ve lost the battle over LGBT rights, have they made those protections central – seeing them, I suppose, as a new front in the culture wars. But, again, they’ve already lost the war.). For liberals, the question now is how to deal with the losers in the culture wars. That’s mostly a question of tactics. My own judgment is that taking a hard line (“You lost, live with it”) is better than trying to accommodate the losers, who – remember – defended, and are defending, positions that liberals regard as having no normative pull at all. Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown.

First, as I struggle to overcome my amazement at a Harvard law professor relying on Wikipedia, I dispute Professor Tushnet’s characterization of Liberal Constitutionalism as ever having been in a ‘defensive crouch’. Not in my lifetime, fella. In truth, it has been running amok through the halls of power for these last many years like a battalion of armed dervishes under the influence of mushroom tea. And it has destroyed virtually every law that once made America unique. Religious freedom is but one constitutional precept. Pah! Destroy them all. Leftists have ganged up on the ‘living’ Constitution and inflicted 1000 wounds, and the republic is now bleeding out. American citizens can no longer claim any of the Constitutional rights they enjoyed even as recently as 10 years ago. Tushnet declares victory from the pinnacle of a vast, smoking heap of trash.

The tone of his post is troubling coming from a law professor of his stature: Originalist opinions on matters Constitutional are to be put down bluntly and vigorously, with who knows what result. I wonder what the professor would have to say if the situation were reversed—if a solid originalist interpretation of the Constitution were currently holding sway. “Never give up, comrades. Die on the ramparts!” is my guess. His attitude reminds us that there really is no liberality in what passes for so-called Liberalism these days: irritation, disgust, arrogance, self-righteousness, and a desire to punish, but no liberality. For those of us for whom the destruction of our Constitutional rights holds ‘no normative pull’—so to speak—the Culture Wars are not over. They will never be over.

The professor may wish to refresh his memory about the terms of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of WWI, and the events in Germany after it suffered harsh, unrelenting reparations for 20 years. British Prime Minister Lloyd-George had counseled magnanimity, but French Prime Minister Clemenceau held out for punishment. Punishment won the day.

And we know where that led.


Christ is Risen!
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 9:31 AM

In honor of Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter), which falls on May 1 this year.

O death, where is thy sting?

O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!

Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is risen, and life reigns!

Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

(From the Paschal Homily of St John Chrysostom.)

A Great Tempest
Monday, April 11, 2016, 11:31 AM
brant ship of fools square A Great Tempest

Ship of Fools – Brandt

The astonishing secular-relativist content of Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, released Friday, threatens to drown traditional Roman Catholics in a flood of despair. Do not succumb to it. At moments like this, it is well to remember that this is not the first time the Church has been run aground at the helm of lesser men.

We can take comfort in knowing God uses these occasions to purge, purify, and renew His church. The cure may be unpleasant—even deadly—but it is applied in proportion to the severity of the disease, and this is a very serious disease, indeed. I believe it’s a powerful combination of Relativism and Marxism—two delusions that so easily allow men to justify sinning while believing they do no harm, but I leave it to better minds than my own to provide the final diagnosis.

Happily, the faithful are certain that the patient shall, in God’s time, be restored to full health. Now is the time for determination, not despair. Nothing—absolutely nothing—is capable of destroying the Church.

For more information on the content and implications of the 260-page Exhortation, I recommend your attention to the following pages, especially those of the inestimable Roman Catholic blog, Rorate Caeli:

Full text of Amoris laetitia (Vatican)


And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep. ~ Matthew 8:24

Prayer Requests
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 10:02 AM

Pediatricians Issue DNR to Minors Without Parental Permission

Kansas parents that we have been conversing with about an important new bill, Simon’s Law, are absolutely stunned to discover that a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) or DNAR (Do Not Attempt Resuscitation) order can be placed in a child’s medical chart without the permission of any parent. (Lifesite)

Marquette Professor Won’t Apologize and Won’t Go Quietly

The story began almost two years ago when McAdams publicly defended a student who was told by a teaching assistant that his Catholic views on man-woman marriage were “homophobic” and not welcome in her ethics class. (Breitbart)

China’s Catholics: ‘Rome may betray us, but I won’t join a Church which is controlled by the Communist Party’

“We are suffering like Jesus on the cross. We fight for religious freedom and follow the Gospel – but we are not supported by either Rome or China.” (UK Telegraph)

Texas family: We’re getting death threats for not baking a cake for same-sex ‘marriage’

“Our [17-year old] son got a call … where they threatened to burn our house down and violate him with a broken beer bottle,…” (Lifesite)


Father Thomas Uzhunnalil Not Crucified by ISIS but Alive and ‘Safe,’ Indian Minister Says

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was previously feared to have been crucified by the Islamic State on Good Friday, is alive, safe, and efforts are being organized for his release. (Christian Post)

Thanks be to God!


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Prayer Requests
Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15 AM

ISIS ‘crucifies Catholic priest on Good Friday’

Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, 56, was taken by Islamist gunmen, reportedly linked to ISIS, who attacked an old people’s home in Aden, southern Yemen, killing at least 15 people, on March 4.

The terrorists reportedly carried out the heinous murder on Good Friday, after threatening to do so earlier in the week, according to the Archbishop of Vienna

Lahore Bombing: Suicide Attack Kills 72 in Park on Easter Sunday

“Mostly women and children are killed and injured in the blast,” Lahore Police Chief Haider Ashraf said, adding that the park was busier than usual as Easter Sunday was being celebrated. “He chose a soft target and that’s why went towards women and children in the park.”

Easter Sunday 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016, 11:47 AM

O Filii et Filiae

1 O sons and daughters of the King,
whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
today the grave has lost its sting.

2 That Easter morn at break of day,
the faithful women went their way
to seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

3 An angel clad in white they see,
who sat and spoke unto the three,
“Your Lord has gone to Galilee.”

4 When Thomas first the tidings heard
that some had seen the risen Lord,
he doubted the disciples’ word.
Lord, have mercy!

5 At night the apostles met in fear;
among them came their Master dear
and said, “My peace be with you here.”

6 “My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
and look upon my hands, my feet;
not faithless but believing be.”

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
he saw the feet, the hands, the side.
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried.

8 How blest are they who have not seen
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win.

(Jean Tisserand, O.F.M. – d. 1494 )

Prayer Requests
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 3:11 PM
Canada Proposes Forcing Doctors and Nurses to Euthanize Patients

Based on government and medical association proposed guidelines, Canada’s euthanasia regime will soon include:

  • Death on demand for those with medically diagnosed serious sicknesses;
    Death on demand for those with disabilities;
  • Death on demand for those with  medically diagnosed mental illnesses.
  • Death on demand for “mature” children with the above conditions, perhaps with parental consent required;
  • Nurses ordered to participate in euthanasia under the direction of a doctor, normalizing killing as an answer to suffering and making it easier for doctors to avoid the dirty work of homicide;
  • Government-paid euthanasia.
Obama Admin Exempts 100 Million from HHS Contraception Mandate — but Not Little Sisters of the Poor

Approximately 100 million Americans do not have health insurance plans covered by Obamacare’s HHS contraception mandate because the Obama administration has exempted plans for big corporations, large cities, and the U.S. military.

The same administration, however, insists that a group of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor provide its employees free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization procedures–all of which are against its faith–or be forced to pay $70 million in punitive fines.

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