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Can I?

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I have a question for my friends on the Left. Most of you are for building the mosque at Ground Zero. Most of you do not understand why most Americans oppose this. A really large number of you are atheists so I don’t even get your interest.

(I stipulate that they have the right to build the mosque.)

So here’s my question: Can I build a Catholic church in Mecca?

Can I?

But let me turn it around. Had twenty Catholic terrorists been behind the events of 9/11, would those of you on the Left be defending the building of a Basilica on Ground Zero?

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September 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

Richard John Neuhaus, R.I.P.

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Father Richard John Neuhaus has died, succumbing to the cancer he has fought for many years.

I discovered his magazine, First Things, in the early 90s, and it had a significant influence on my intellectual development at that time. I always tried to read it cover to cover, but never missed Fr. Neuhaus’s section at the back. It was the dessert at the end of a satisfying repast.

I never met him, though I did see him once as we walked past each other near Park Square in Boston. I almost turned around to speak with him, but I didn’t. There was a time when one of my friends was a celebrity of sorts (she was in a soap) and we couldn’t go out with her in public without someone accosting her. She never seemed to mind, but I did. And so I respected the privacy of a public figure who happened to be out in public, something I’ve done quite a few times over the years.

I’m not sure what I would have said in any event. Probably thank you for making me think, and sometimes laugh. We’re going to need that more than ever in the next few years, and this will make Fr. Neuhaus’s absence more poignant.¬†

More here from Joseph Bottum, editor of First Things.

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January 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

John Paul the Great

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Today is the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, the first pope to be acclaimed “Magnus” by the people in some fourteen centuries (he joins Leo the Great and Gregory the Great as only the third pope so honored by his flock).

It’s still hard to imagine he’s gone. For twenty-seven years, this man was our shepherd, and for many, he was the only pope they had ever known. I myself was born in the pontificate of Paul VI, but he was a distant figure in Rome when I was a child. I didn’t fully appreciate who (or even what) he was. John Paul I went by in a wink of an eye, so even for me, John Paul II was really the only pope. If others have a similar experience, that means a sizeable percentage of the population simply had no idea what the Catholic Church was like without John Paul II at the head.

It’s been a long year in some ways. At first, despite my very positive reaction to the election of Benedict XVI, it seemed as if the house was empty. It was with surprise each Sunday for almost a year that I heard not “John Paul our Pope” but “Benedict” at the consecration. I watched the new Pope with approval, but still it seemed less somehow. And it was. We have lost something we’ll never get back – a truly saintly man, a truly great man, and a truly humble man. Two out of three ain’t bad, as they say, but for a while – a generation – we had all three. That legacy can take the Church far I suspect – beyond any of us now living. I’m still digesting the notion that we witnessed one of those rarest of things – a truly transformative pope. He is missed.

While we’re at it, George Weigel has written an excellent book on the last days of John Paul II, the conclave that elected Benedict XVI, and his take on this present Pontificate. It’s called God’s Choice and it’s a must read for anyone interested in this topic.

My take last year on John Paul II’s death and my own encounter with a living saint.

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April 2, 2006 at 12:26 am

Posted in Church, History, Leadership

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Thoughts on a Cardinal-Designate

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Our Archbishop, Sean O’Malley, otherwise known as the man with the worst job in the Catholic Church – Archbishop of Boston – has been named a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI and will be elevated tomorrow. I wasn’t planning on writing about it, and now that Sissy Willis has done so, I don’t need to. It’s a lovely piece – go check it out.

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March 23, 2006 at 9:32 am

Posted in Boston, Church

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Feast of St. Benedict

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Also noted in passing, today is the Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, founder of western monasticism. It was his spritual descendents who preserved the store of knowledge during the Dark Ages, were suppressed by Henry VIII, and have provided inspiration and solace to countless people over the centuries. Their motto, “ora et labora” (prayer and work) sums up the values of these men and women who devote their lives to Christ.

St. Benedict’s life here. His famous rule, and information about Benedictine houses can be found here.

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July 11, 2005 at 2:06 pm

Posted in Church, History

A New Twist on the Nigerian Scam

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Though it may be from someone else. Either way, from time to time a new twist on the Nigerian ‘deposed African dictator’s widow needs help getting gazillions of dollars’ shows up. This one has the virtue of proper spelling, although grammar, syntax, and word choice leave something to be desired. I reproduce it in its entirely (except for links) below, and it’s amusing in its audacity, if nothing else. Enjoy!

Attn: Your Humble Goodself.


Greetings to you from the office of the Holy Father of the Vatican Church, Vatican City, Rome Italy.

We are writing this letter to you today as a Holy offer/opportunity to work for the Vatican Church, Vatican City Rome Italy, as our only official secret distributor of charity funds to our several registered charity organizations around this global earth with topmost secrecy.

In August 9 1903 when Giuseppe Sarto assumed office as the second pope of the Vatican Church Vatican city as Pope Pius PP. X, he included a new amendment to the constitution of the Vatican Church, which relates that as a result of the continuous rising several cases of corruption and mis-use of the funds allocated by the Vatican Church to charity organizations, via the power of the Cardinals of the Vatican Church, the appointment of the official distributor of funds allocated by the Vatican Church for distribution to registered charity organizations, MUST be secretly issued to a non Vatican Church individual/personnel, who must be unknown by all living person’s except the office of the Holy Father and the official holy Treasurer of the Vatican Church, in-order to curb and eliminate the continuous rising several cases of corruption and mis-use of the charity funds, since without the knowledge of the official distributor by any other personnel of the Vatican Church except from the office of the Holy Father and the official holy treasurer of the Vatican Church, the corruption cases would be brought to an immediate halt, and this new measure worked perfectly well from that time till this current time frame.

In the Addendum of this new amendment contained in the constitution of the Vatican Church, it is also clearly stated that every new Pope assuming office in the Vatican Church, must select a new official secret distributor for his regime, and upon his death, his selected official secret distributor must immediately have his/her post terminated, with the replacement of a new official secret distributor, secretly chosen by the new governing Pope only.

And with the passing away of our previous Pope, Ioannes Paulus PP. II Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II on April the 2nd of 2005, and with the recent appointment of I Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedictus XVI on April the 19th of 2005, the previous secret distributor in Pope John Paul II time has been relieved of his position, and as a result a new secret distributor is immediately required without delay to serve till my regime is over via death.

In the light of the above related sentences, you have been nominated by this Holy office of the Holy Father of the Vatican Church Vatican City, to be our secret distributor of charity funds to our several registered charity organizations around this global earth SECRETLY with topmost secrecy, in which you would be continually paid a commission of 10% only, of every total amount of funds released to your goodself every four (4) months by the reputable funds organization the Vatican Church holds its charity funds in, for immediate distribution to our several registered charity organizations around the world, as charity funds from the Vatican Church Vatican City.

In-order to pre-qualify for this secret official Holy post in the Vatican Church, you must satisfy our basic requirements below;

1. You must be a honest, straightforward and God fearing individual.

2 You must be an aristocrat or an influential rich individual with a designated bank account in a reputable Bank, which can completely and always accommodate the released charity funds to your goodself, without the need of questioning by relevant authorities.

3. You must be 100% fully ready and oblige to keep your post as our only official secret distributor of charity funds as Topmost secret, and guide this secret post in the Vatican Church Vatican City with your life.

4. You must not for any reason perform as not required by the office of the Holy Father i.e embezzlement and mis-use of charity funds.

5. You must at all time adhere fully and promptly to the instructions furnished your goodself by the office of the Holy Father of the Vatican Church.

Please kindly note that, Age, Sex, Religion, and Nationality, does not in any way affect your qualification eligibility, so if your humble goodself is confident and eligible for this secret holy post in the Vatican church, please kindly respond immediately to this electronic message by sending your personal response to our direct secret email address at (popebenedictusxvi2 at from your private/personal email address without delay, and we shall guide you through the mandatory required steps to attain the secret holy post.

Thank you for your time as we expect your goodself to keep this electronic contact as topmost secret, in-order to protect the interest of the Vatican Church, Vatican City, Rome Italy, while we await your personal response from your personal email address to our secret email address.

Remain blessed and best regard’s from the office of the Holy Father of the Vatican Church and please take time out to visit our official website at (vaticanchurchDOTorg) and to view our profile please kindly visit (vaticanchurchDOTorg/holy_father/benedict_xvi/index.htm)

God Bless you.

Office of the Vatican Church,

Pope Benedictus XVI

Joseph Ratzinger

Pope, Vatican Church, Vatican City.

Rome, Italy.

Website address: vaticanchurchDOTorg

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July 10, 2005 at 8:39 am

Posted in Church, General, Idiotarians

Benedict XVI on Judaism

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I’ve been looking into some of the writings of our new Pope, Benedict XVI. In an interesting little book written while he was still a cardinal called “Many Religions – One Covenant,” I found this gem on pp. 45-6:

Jews and Christians should accept each other in profound inner reconciliation, neither in disregard of their faith nor in denying it, but out of the depth of faith itself. In their mutual reconciliation they should become a force for peace in and for the world. Through their witness to the one God, who cannot be adored apart from the unity of love of God and neighbor, they should open the door into the world for this God so that his will may be done and so that it may become on earth “as it is in heaven”: so that “his kingdom come.”

Funny, doesn’t sound like a Nazi. Do you think those calling him that might not know what they’re talking about?

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May 30, 2005 at 9:05 am

Posted in Church

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