The Thinking 

“Fight Sedevacantophobia!!”

August 15, 2015

A POPE who ain’t Catholic ain’t a pope.

It’s elementary, my dear Watson. See more at Novus Ordo Watch.


“Marriage Inflation”

August 15, 2015

“WHEN everything is a marriage, nothing is a marriage.” Consider more reflections by Edward Feser.


Why Isn’t This a National Holiday?

August 15, 2015

THOMAS DROLESKEY writes at Christ or Chaos:

Today’s Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption ought to be a major national holiday in all of the countries of the world. Our Lady is the Queen of Heaven and of Earth. Her Divine Son is meant to be honored as the King of all men and of all nations. Each country, without exception, is meant to be confessionally Catholic, thus giving God His due and affording men an opportunity to fulfill the duties of their states-in-life with a view to their eternal destiny, all aspects of national life being referred to our First Cause and our Last End. What redounds to Christ the King is to be given to the Queen Mother, that is, public honor and recognition, especially through her Most Holy Rosary and public processions and pilgrimages in her honor. No man can get to Heaven without Our Lady. No country serves God truly except by means of giving public honor to His Most Blessed Mother. God will never truly bless any country that does not honor His Most Blessed Mother, Assumed body and soul into Heaven on this very day.

Orestes Brownson’s essay, Moral and Social Influence of Devotion to Mary, speaks of this exact point. No society is “civilized” unless it refers all of its actions to the Mother of God, she who was assumed body and soul into Heaven:

The whole order of Christian civilization is founded on humility, and on respect for the humble and compassion for the poor and friendless, the needy and the helpless. The Greek and Roman civilization was founded on pride, on respect for the successful, and favored only the favorites of fortune. Read More »


August 15, 2015


Madonna and Child, Master of Flemalle or Robrt Campin; ca. 1375



Toys and Television

August 15, 2015

ALAN writes:

Toys representing monstrous and ugly creatures “should be banished from every toy box and tossed into incinerators,” you wrote in “The Occult in Children’s Toys.” Am I alone among your readers in suggesting that the same advice may apply to television?

“It would be better to play with sticks and mud” than with such toys, you wrote.

Precisely correct.  Children must be made stupid; they are not born that way.  And contrary to what many parents believe, “child’s play” is not frivolous.  It is serious business to children, and properly so.  They will make toys of what nature provides for them—sticks, mud, trees, hills, sand, flowers, snow, animals—and of common things in daily life—boxes, paper, crayons, rags.

Thirty years ago, Erma Bombeck wrote: Read More »


Assumption of Our Lady

August 15, 2015


Ancient Prayer


(Translated from the Irish of the Eighth Century.)

Mary, greatest of Marys,
Most great of women,
Queen of the angels,
Mistress of the heavens,
Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
Blessed and most blessed,
Mother of eternal glory,
Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
Mother of love and indulgence,
Mother of the golden light,
Honor of the sky,
Harbinger of peace,
Gate of heaven,
Golden casket,
Couch of love and mercy, Read More »


Japan, 1549

August 15, 2015



It was on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1549, that the Basque Jesuit priest, the future St. Francis Xavier, came ashore at Kagoshima on the southern island of Kyushu of Japan; the first of many missionaries who came afterwards. For nearly 50 years, Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries converted untold tens of thousands of Japanese, including “daiymos” or feudal lords. Those conversions angered the “bafaku,” or Shogun, for he sensed that Christian Japanese, including the daiymos and their samurai followers, would offer their primary allegiance to the Church. The Shogun, Hideyoshi, then began the relentless persecution of Christians (there were no Protestant missionaries at the time), and in February, 1597, he ordered the crucifixion of 26 Catholics, including several missionaries. Read More »


August 14, 2015

Bust of the Virgin; ca. 1390–95. Bohemian.

Bust of the Virgin; ca. 1390–95. Bohemian.


Skyscrapers That Did Not Fall in Seconds

August 14, 2015


One Meridien Plaza, Philadelphia; 1991

One Meridien Plaza, Philadelphia; 1991

IN a short video, the organization Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth shows raging fires in skyscrapers around the world that did not result in buildings collapsing:

This three-and-a-half-minute video — “9/11 In Perspective”— presents footage of eight buildings, ranging from nine to 62 floors, that have been either partially or fully engulfed in flames and yet remained standing despite massive internal destruction. Their major fires shown in these clips range from 1988 to 2008, and took place in U.S. cities (Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) and abroad (Caracas, Madrid, Beijing, Delft).

Seeing the stubborn resilience of these high-rise steel structures makes one question the U.S. government’s contention that the Twin Towers were leveled by jet crashes and kerosene-fueled fires, and that a third building, World Trade Center 7, was destroyed by fires alone on September 11, 2001.


The Sterile, Over-Planned Suburbs

August 14, 2015

A writer at Henry Makow’s website argues that suburbs are “sinister places” because they offer so little meaningful social interaction.


The Cult of the Virgin Mary

August 14, 2015


Sandro Botticelli (Italian artist, 1445-1510) Virgin & Child

Sandro Botticelli (Italian artist, 1445-1510) Virgin & Child

TOMORROW is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, so I thought I would, for the sake of those who mistakenly believe that Catholics practice idolatry in their devotion to Mary, post this clear and brief explanation of the reasons for veneration of Mary. This is by Adolphe Tanquerey in A Manual of Dogmatic Theology (quoted here):


843 A. State of the Question.

1. Errors. The cult which Catholics pay to the Blessed Virgin Protestants bitterly attack as superstitious, illusive, even idolatrous.

2. Catholic doctrine. The cult of the Blessed Virgin is not the cult of latria, which is due to God alone, nor is it the simple cult of dulia due to the saints. But it is the cult of hyperdulia because of her singular supernatural superiority. Therefore devotion to Mary embraces:

1) Veneration and reverence because of the dignity of the divine maternity conferred on her and because of her outstanding holiness; Read More »


The Occult in Children’s Toys

August 13, 2015



FOR many years now, major toy manufacturers have been producing demonic “action figures” for children, particularly for boys. This is not a new story. But it is still a shocking story.

Just to give you an idea of the latest, here are a few figures that Walmart recommends for children between the ages of two and four. In other words, these are recommended for toddlers.

What are we to think of these hideous “toys?” We are to think of them as child abuse. They desensitize children to extreme ugliness, impoverish their imaginations and acclimate them to the satanic. It would be better to have no toys at all. Read More »


Fetal Parts, Humanized Mice

August 12, 2015

CHERYL SULLENGER at Tradition in Action writes about the “full, uncut video of the undercover visit to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston, Texas.”

“That longer video contains new revelations that some aborted baby remains sold by Planned Parenthood go to biotech companies for the purpose of creating ‘humanized’ mice.”


Kali on the Empire State Building

August 12, 2015



The Hindu goddess Kali projected on the Empire State Building

WILLIAM writes from the Netherlands:

After the unveiling of the satanic ‘Baphomet’ statue in Detroit, people can now also rejoice in the projection of the Hindu goddess Kali on the Empire State Building.

The Kali projection was part of a visual show on the building’s exterior last weekend, a display on threats to endangered species and Kali was included for “giving mother nature a fierce avatar against pollution.’ I suppose the fact that ‘mother’ nature pollutes the world much more than humans by way of volcanic eruptions or that humans, in the modern view, áre nothing but mammals, i.e. themselves part of ‘mother nature,’ does not make anyone pause for a second.

So now we have the goddess Kali to project ‘change.’ Her name means “black, time, death, destruction” and could be connected with “hell” and the Germanic goddess ‘Hella’ or ‘Holda.’ She, like Kali, was a goddess of death and associated with the (skin) colours blue and black, being the same in ancient understanding.

In recent years, the people who have tatto-ed or body-painted themselves with skeletal features have increased tremendously and Hella was often half skeletal. There is a skeletal goddess or aspect of Kali in Hinduism too (Chamunda). Read More »


“The Scientific Management of Children”

August 11, 2015

THE former public school teacher and well-known anti-school crusader, John Taylor Gatto, explains his views of mass schooling. The primary purpose of modern schools, he argues, is not knowledge, but social engineering. There are many other videos of his talks here and here. I don’t understand his points about eugenics, but his general idea of the industrializing of schools is his most important criticism.