The Thinking 

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

March 17, 2017


REFLECTIONS on the mission of St. Patrick by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira can be found at Tradition in Action. The words of St. Patrick’s Lorica, the prayer which is the basis of the song in this video, are available here. The great saint’s militance and his love for a particular land are inspiring. Here is an account of his confrontations with Druid priests and here is the story of how he baptized the daughters of King Laeghaire. As Dr. Thomas Droleskey says, “Saint Patrick was not concerned about finding ‘common ground’ with the Druids.” Listen to an audio biography of the saint here.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock. Read More »


St. Patrick, Pray for Us

March 17, 2017



St. Patrick’s Day

All praise to Saint Patrick, who brought to our mountains
The gift of God’s faith, the sweet light of His love!
All praise to the shepherd who showed us the fountains
That rise in the heart of the Saviour above!
For hundreds of years, in smiles and in tears,
Our Saint has been with us, our shield and our stay;
All else may have gone, Saint Patrick alone,
He hath been to us light when earth’s lights were all set,
For the glories of Faith they can never decay;
And the best of our glories is bright with us yet,
In the faith and the feast of Saint Patrick’s Day. Read More »


Christian Zionism: The War-Based Religion

March 17, 2017


CHARLES CARLSON, a Baptist deacon who is “pro-peace and pro-life,” was recently interviewed by Judith Sharpe of In the Spirit of Chartres about his work against Christian Zionism. Carlson is part of the organization We Hold These Truths. The interview is available this month to listeners for free. I am a big fan of Mrs. Sharpe’s interviews.



The Idol of Diversity

March 16, 2017

It is one thing to acknowledge that racial and cultural diversity exists, that it poses challenges to any social order, and that we must deal with it as best we can. It is quite another thing to claim that diversity is the highest good, to be pursued as an end in itself. The former position leads to a realistic response to the circumstances in which we find ourselves; the latter to a quest for utopia that must involve the total reconstruction of the existing society.

— Lawrence Auster, Our Borders, Our Selves: America in the Age of Multiculturalism Read More »



March 15, 2017

16GAYMOJI2-master768TECHNICAL wizardry and sexual decadence are made for each other.

“Gay” is a particularly inapt misnomer for a way of life marked by sin, loneliness, and self-disgust, not to mention disease and early death.

— Joseph Sobran


An Alternative Health Plan

March 15, 2017

THE Anti-New York Times suggests alternatives to the Obamacare Lite proposal supported by Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration:

1. Limit malpractice lawsuits against doctors and hospitals by establishing award limits. Cap lawyer fees at 10% and place the burden of proof on the plaintiff. …

2. Give doctors and hospitals a partial or full income-tax / corporate credit for treating those too poor to afford health insurance. Read More »


Hail Mary

March 14, 2017



Madonna with Angels Playing Music, Pere Serra; 1390

HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

(Image courtesy of It’s About Time)


Bolsheviks at the Bergoglian Vatican

March 14, 2017



THE Occupied Vatican recently celebrated the Communist holiday, International Women’s Day.


Terror as Theater

March 14, 2017


CHRISTOPHER Bollyn, author of Solving 9/11: The Deception that Changed the World, gave this recent talk in Jacksonville, Florida.


Trump’s War

March 14, 2017

RON PAUL writes in his weekly column:

President Trump’s escalation in Syria is doomed to failure. He is being drawn into a quagmire by the neocons that will destroy scores of lives, cost us a fortune, and may well ruin his presidency. He must de-escalate immediately before it is too late.

The president has also escalated military involvement in Yemen. Read more here. Daniel McAdams writes:

[A]lthough the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.


Ms. as the Standard

March 14, 2017

DAN R. writes:

Does the White House spokeswoman and married daughter of the strong social conservative Mike Huckabee really prefer to be called Ms. Sanders (example within link), as per the New York Times stylebook? Seemingly a small matter, and no doubt a complaint “a day late,” the use of the thoroughly modern term to the exclusion of the traditional Mrs. and Miss has become ubiquitous in mainstream media. It continues to rankle each time I notice it. In the case of the Times it is an annoyingly obvious measure of their dedication to political correctness. In the bigger picture it demeans and almost unconsciously alters the status of marriage, contributing to the overall rot. Taking it to the absurd, the worst-case example I can recall is in the credits of a movie remake, where the 14-year-old star is referred to in one of the credits as “Ms.” I think it’s safe to call it Gloria Steinem’s greatest “accomplishment.” Read More »


A Plague of Subjectivism

March 13, 2017

STEPHEN IPPOLITO writes from Australia:

When I was just 17, many years ago, I met a very wise man who was then almost 100 and whom, unfortunately, I was only ever to meet that one time.

Rudolfo Cafiero came to Sydney in what was then still the British colony of New South Wales in the late 1890’s,  just a few years before federation, from his native Meta di Sorrento, on the Bay of Naples. He had been a ship’s captain like many in his wider family, but his own branch had traditionally been avvocati (lawyers), and magistrates. Each of his father and grandfather had served their community in both capacities.

After retiring from work, Rudolfo thereafter spent most of every day in his library. He was a noted recluse. On the day that I met him, he had come to our house because there was a party to celebrate my matriculation and my becoming the first in my family to win a place at University where, he had heard, I would study law. It was the legal connection that drew him.

Rudolfo spoke little to anyone but towards the end of the evening he approached me and said: “Stefano,” (35 years later and he remains the only person to have ever called me that) “Let me give you the same advice my father gave me as I set out on my path as a young man. He himself received the advice from his own father and it will aid you both as a lawyer and as a man.”

Rudolfo continued: “In all things in life be guided by the answer to the old riddle: If you count the tail as a leg, how many legs does a donkey have?” I  answered, “Five.” Read More »


Brats and Rules

March 11, 2017

ALAN writes:

In “When Feminity was Cherished” (March 6), you wrote that colleges once provided a setting that depended on strict rules. As a matter of fact, that is true. As a matter of morality, it was valid.

There is another setting that involves strict rules. It is called Life.  Life will not appease 18-year-olds who do not possess good judgment. Life is harsh. The conditions of life—“the rules” of life—will not accommodate the whims of spoiled brats.

There are two kinds of people:  Those who find life acceptable or even delightful and try to accommodate themselves to its conditions—its “rules”;  and those who resent the rules of life and try to make those rules accommodate their whims and fantasies. Read More »


Two Women, Two Worlds

March 11, 2017



Ellie Wilkinson in the role of Nancy in 1910

IN CHAPTER 60 of Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twisttwo very different women come together. They are Rose Maylie, the refined and beautiful adopted daughter of a prominent family, and Nancy, a prostitute who has lived on the streets of greedy London for most of her life. Nancy was trained at a young age to be a thief and is a member of Fagin’s pickpocket gang.

Nancy has come to see Rose in an effort to rescue Oliver from Fagin’s gang and the same life she has led. She knows she may be killed for doing so. As the type of person she is portrayed to be, she might have felt nothing but envy toward the beautiful Rose Maylie. But instead she is not too proud to be touched by the gentlewoman’s kindness. Rose could have felt nothing but disgust for a street walker, but instead her heart breaks with compassion.

It is a meeting between two entirely different worlds joined by something universal and eternal. They are both striving to be good. They both desire justice. They are both inspiring, without any of the neurotic narcissism of characters in modern novels and moviesNancy’s words are a moving condemnation of the evil spirit of deformed capitalism which Dickens, perhaps more than any other author in the modern world, captured so well:

‘Oh, lady, lady!’ she said, clasping her hands passionately before her face, ‘if there was more like you, there would be fewer like me,—there would—there would!’

Nancy is subsequently murdered. Rose goes on to a brilliant marriage.

Here is the scene in its entirety:

The girl’s life had been squandered in the streets, and among the most noisome of the stews and dens of London, but there was something of the woman’s original nature left in her still; and when she heard a light step approaching the door opposite to that by which she had entered, and thought of the wide contrast which the small room would in another moment contain, she felt burdened with the sense of her own deep shame, and shrunk as though she could scarcely bear the presence of her with whom she had sought this interview.

But struggling with these better feelings was pride,—the vice of the lowest and most debased creatures no less than of the high and self-assured. The miserable companion of thieves and ruffians, the fallen outcast of low haunts, the associate of the scourings of the jails and hulks, living within the shadow of the gallows itself,—even this degraded being felt too proud to betray a feeble gleam of the womanly feeling which she thought a weakness, but which alone connected her with that humanity, of which her wasting life had obliterated so many, many traces when a very child.

She raised her eyes sufficiently to observe that the figure which presented itself was that of a slight and beautiful girl; then, bending them on the ground, she tossed her head with affected carelessness as she said: Read More »


The Meaning of “Holocaust”

March 11, 2017

TIM writes:

Whenever the topic of the so-called Holocaust comes up, it is useful to remind (usually inform) the speaker that the word holocaust is an Old Testament term that refers to sin offering, or blood offering, as atonement to God.

These Old Testament references presage the ultimate holocaust, that of the torture and murder of the Messiah for the redemption of mankind. This clarification of terms usually puts a damper on the conversation.

This then begs the question: for whom were the Jews offered as a sin offering?

The answer to this question is found in the new theology: Christ’s sacrifice is now replaced by man’s sacrifice; God is superseded by man; the Rights of God are replaced by the Rights of Man.

Incidentally, there are 162 references to holocaust in the Old Testament found in the Douay-Rheims Bible, which is still the only official Church translation of the bible from the original Latin into English. Beautiful use of the English language. Read More »


Censorship and the “Holocaust”

March 10, 2017

AMAZON HAS has banned books about World War II that question scientific and statistical details of the reported gas chambers and the “Holocaust.” The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum was among the organizations that pressured Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to remove the books. The company is, of course, perfectly free to determine which books it wants to sell. But given the retailer’s reach this is a significant form of censorship.

This censorship is a discredit to Jews who died or otherwise suffered in concentration camps during World War II, whose memory can never be honored by any association with book-banning or intellectual bullying. It is a discredit to Amazon, which has published books in favor of Satanism and a long list of moral crimes. It is a discredit to Jewish leaders who ironically have compounded the impression that they have something to hide and who by advocating this step persecute marginalized historians who have little or nothing to gain personally. It is a discredit to Jews who believe in open debate. Among the books that have suddenly disappeared from the online retailer is Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by author Gerard Menuhin, Stanford-educated son of the late Jewish violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

Some books that question the events of the “Holocaust” are apparently still available on Amazon, at least for now, probably because they are not books exclusively on that subject. They include the excellent book on Jewish power in America, Synagogue Rising by the Catholic author Hugh Akins, a Vietnam veteran who calls the Holocaust debate “the supreme controversy of modern times.” He writes on p. 490: Read More »


Thugs and the Liberals Arts

March 10, 2017

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MODERN academia is founded on the belief that there is no objective reality, especially in moral matters. Therefore, sooner or later it was bound to devolve into brawls, even at colleges with smart, generally law-abiding students.

Peter W. Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, writing at The Federalist, examines the recent riot at Middlebury College during a visit by the author Charles Murray. Wood alleges the college president and faculty encouraged the bullying protestors and have fostered an atmosphere of intolerance:

We have a generation of college students who reframe any idea they disagree with as “hate,” and declare that “Your message is hatred. We cannot tol-er-ate it.” Read More »


The Necessity of Self-Mortification

March 8, 2017

FROM AN 1855 sermon:

In the first place, then, my brethren, as men, as the offspring of a corrupted stock, self-denial is indispensably necessary for us. No sooner did our first parents transgress the divine command than labours and sufferings were declared to be their inseparable lot. Their descendants, born in pangs and in sorrow, were to eat their bread in the sweat of their brow: the earth was to yield them thorns and briars; and all nature was in some measure to disclaim the sovereignty of its fallen lord. But, if the effects of man’s disobedience were thus widely felt in the objects around him, it was in his own breast, that his transgression occasioned the most baneful revolution. From that moment, a furious and interminable war arose within him. His inferior appetites, rebellious to reason, incessantly demanded gratification at the expence of duty. All the powers of his soul were corrupted and brutalized. Read More »