The Thinking 

The Crocus and the Daffodil

March 26, 2015


A POEM by Mark Signorelli .


“Is Youth Made for Pleasure or Heroism?”

March 26, 2015


Dr. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira’s essay on youth can be found here.


The Perfect Topping for Fresh Greens

March 25, 2015

GRETCHEN writes:

As you are an undisputed expert on the subject of the Pizza Industrial Complex, I send you this exciting news:  Pizza-flavored salad dressing is here!!


“How Jews Think”

March 25, 2015

BROTHER NATHANAEL, a Jewish convert to “Orthodox” Christianity, writes about the interior world of Jews in a three-part series called “How Jews Think.” Obviously, these are generalizations, and generalizations are what they are, they don’t apply to everyone:

HAVING GROWN UP AS A JEW and having gone to an upper middle class synagogue throughout my childhood up through my young adult years, I am uniquely qualified to do an expose on the inner workings of the Jewish mind. Now that I am an Orthodox Christian, having converted in 1971 to Christianity, I can see very clearly how the Jew thinks:

1. The Jew is a perpetual outsider. The Jew is a ceaseless “observer” and consequent “actor” & “reactor” upon the world’s stage. The Jew seeks to impose his will upon the Gentile whom he looks down upon as being inferior in intelligence and activism to him. Read More »


Hail, Bright Star

March 25, 2015



The Annunciation by Bl. Fra Angelico at the Convento di San Marco, Florence

FEMINISM, which is the hatred of womanhood and manhood embodied in the myth of feminine infallibility, could never take root in a culture that truly loved and honored the Mother of God. Feminism has been the most virulent in those nations — Britain, America and Russia — which have spurned Mary and rejected national veneration of her. Feminism could never reconcile its theories of history and male oppression with true devotion to this one woman or explain why women were queens and abbesses, virgins involved in great charitable and intellectual enterprises and mothers who owned property and businesses during the age when Mary was accorded the most respect. She is the lodestar of feminine excellence. Her humility is towering strength. It crushes the serpent underfoot.

Today, on the Feast of the Annunciation, we honor the day when this poor Jewish girl was approached by an angel and assented to the unimaginable. “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” she would later say to her cousin, Elizabeth. Is there any greater rebuke to feminism’s claims? Read More »


A Nation without Fasting

March 24, 2015


A FEW DAYS ago, on Sunday, I was driving on a highway about an hour away when I passed by one of those mega-sized Protestant temples, a mammoth structure surrounded by acres of parking. It was one of those places where the sanctuary is filled with seats like they have in movie theaters and on the stage there’s a screen with a large image of a cross.

Almost immediately afterwards, I passed two billboards. One was for bariatric surgery. That’s the procedure whereby doctors mutilate the intestines to try to save the patient from gluttony. The other was an enormous billboard for chicken wings. It was a vivid image of chicken wings, somewhat like the one above but even more vivid.

It occurred to me then, as I thought of that temple filled with people who believe Lenten fasting is unnecessary and even decadent because once you believe in Jesus Christ you are SAVED no matter what you do, no matter how many chicken wings you cram down your throat, that Protestantism leads to a culture of obesity. People who are so large that they must travel the aisles of Walmart in scooters are the victims of a theological hoax. They have not been told the truth about gluttony and salvation and have probably never been encouraged to fast not to lose weight but to please God.

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He Begged for His Life

March 24, 2015


JAMES STUHLMAN, 51, was walking his dog at 8:30 p.m. in the evening last week in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia when he was approached by three black teens with a gun and the intent to rob someone. The married father begged them not to shoot him but one of the boys did, repeatedly. Stuhlman was pronounced dead a short time later. Read More »


What Happened to those Urban Enclaves?

March 24, 2015

SJF writes:

Alan’s recollections of St. Louis are some of my favorite postings on TTHW site, although they break my heart.  When I lived as a young man in Chicago, I would travel throughout the city armed with a book, “Ethnic Chicago,” that described in detail the history of each neighborhood. My yuppie friends in Lincoln Park would not accompany me to these “bad” neighborhoods.  In fact, even though they were natives of the city’s suburbs, they had never been to neighborhoods on the south or west sides of the city (Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Jackson Park, South Shore, Bucktown, Pullman, Logan Square, Pilsen). Read More »


Passion Sunday

March 22, 2015


“During the preceding four weeks, we have noticed how the malice of Jesus’ enemies has been gradually increasing. His very presence irritates them; and it is evident that any little circumstance will suffice to bring the deep and long-nurtured hatred to a head. Read More »


Why Good People Don’t Always Get to Heaven

March 21, 2015

8e39aea7a3c5de6f637015418a740045THE VAST majority of people in our world have retained some kind of conviction, however shadowy, in the immortality of the soul. “Well, wherever he is now, I’m sure he’s happy,” people might say at a funeral (or a “celebration of life,” as they call funerals today). This conviction is the legacy of centuries of Catholic civilization. Very few Westerners believe in reincarnation or total oblivion.

However, most also believe that it is only just and fair that someone who was basically decent should be happy in the afterlife. By basically decent, I mean someone who fulfilled many duties to family and friends, never broke the law, had minor defects but was good-hearted. It greatly offends modern sensibilities to think that this kind of niceness and decency is not rewarded by God or that it is even punished.

The problem with this view is twofold. Number one: It’s not what God has revealed about eternity. It substitutes human judgment for divine reason.

Secondly, it doesn’t make sense. Read More »


Bergoglio Sends More Signals to the “Gay Community”

March 21, 2015

SOME PEOPLE maintain that “Pope” Francis is dumb. He is not an articulate man, but he is most certainly not stupid.

Take, for example, his visit to a prison in Naples today in which he will reportedly meet with 90 prisoners, ten of whom are transsexuals. Read More »


Future American Doctors and Tech Experts Take High School Exams

March 20, 2015


PARENTS and friends scaled the school walls to provide students in India with cheat sheets.


Drive-by Toothpaste

March 20, 2015


JEANETTE V. writes:

Look at the photos of the art recently installed in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s hideous. It looks like toothpaste squeezed from a tube.


Federal Government Stacks the Deck Against Accused Male Students

March 20, 2015

HANS BADER writes about the Office of Civil Rights and its blatant encouragement of civil rights violations at colleges:

Thanks partly to OCR stacking the deck, it can be much cheaper for a college to expel a possibly innocent student than to find him not guilty. Even before OCR’s recent rules changes, colleges had massive incentives to suspend or expel students who might be guilty of sexual assault or harassment. Read More »


The Logical End Point of an Environmentally Pure Life

March 20, 2015

KARL D. writes:

It appears even the dead are not safe from the Eco-Warriors. A disgusting idea has been born called the “Urban death project.” It proposes erecting a giant, tower-type structure that will essentially be used in an industrialized system to turn your dead loved ones into mulch to replenish the earth. The grief-stricken can be given a small box of human mulch!! Read More »