Newt Gingrich Opens Up On Catholic Conversion

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Newt Gingrich

Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News & World Report had an interesting exchange with recent Catholic convert Newt Gingrich.  The  former House speaker who converted last March was on his way to Europe working on a documentary* on Pope John Paul II’s 1979 trip to Poland where Mr. Gilgoff asked if “he expected this trip to be different from previous visits”:

I don’t know that it’s much different. That’s part of what led to my conversion is the first time we [he and Callista**] went to St. Peter’s together. It’s St. Peter’s. I mean, you stand there and you think, this is where St. Peter was crucified. This is where Paul preached. You think to yourself, two thousand years ago the apostles set out to create a worldwide movement by witnessing to the historic truth they had experienced. And there it is. The last time we were there we were allowed to walk in the papal gardens and you get this sense that is almost mystical.

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“Hope and Change” Lizards

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Hattip to the ever reticent lads and lasses at Lair of the Catholic Cavemen.  The original V series was a fun, if ludicrous, science fiction invasion of earth tale which ran from 84-85.   We were expected to believe that Lizard-like aliens could be made up to look like humans.  After it was discovered what they really looked like, and that they planned to make Lizard happy meals out of humanity, they continued, for no discernable reason other than the wardrobe budget, to disguise themselves as human.  With the mind parked in neutral it was a lot of fun, especially observing the battles between Lizard-uber vixens, Diana, portrayed by Jane Badler, and Lydia, portrayed by June Chadwick, to see who would be Queen Lizard.   Dallas meets the “To Serve Man” episode from the Twilight Zone.  One of the more off-beat TV offerings in the 80’s.

Diana

Lydia

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The “Brothers” and “Sisters” of the Lord

Monday, May 25, 2009 \PM\.\Mon\.

The perpetual virginity of Mary has always been reconciled with biblical references to Jesus’ brethren by a proper understanding of the meaning of the term “brethren.” The predominant view in Latin Christianity is the “cousins theory” mentioned by Eusebius of Caesarea as a belief of some Christians, but more widely supported by St. Jerome in De Viris Illustribus in the 4th century, as he sought to defend the doctrine of Mary as Ever-Virgin.  This biblical interpretation found favor with the Pope at the time and became widely promulgated, eventually becoming the non-official, but majority view of the Roman church.

With great respect and love of St. Jerome, a celebrated saint and Father of the Church, dare I say, I would like to boldly make a theological argument against his position and that of the majority of Catholics and delineate a just as valid, but arguably more reasonable theological opinion.

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Memorial Day 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, let thy protection be upon all those who are in the service of our country; guard them from all harm and danger of body and soul; sustain and comfort those as home, especially in their hours of loneliness, anxiety, and sorrow; prepare the dying for death and the living for your service; give success to our arms on land and sea and in the air; and grant unto us and all nations a speedy, just and lasting peace. Amen.

— Prayer in Time of War


Father Corby Remembers Gettysburg

Monday, May 25, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

Father William Corby

Irish Brigade

In light of all the controversy regarding Notre Dame over the shameful honoring of Obama on May 17, 2009, it is important to remember that many Notre Dame students, faculty and graduates were appalled by this, and also to remember that Notre Dame has in the past been a great Catholic university, and may be so in the future.  This heritage of greatness was exemplified by the third president of the University, Father William Corby.

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Jesuit Grunt

Sunday, May 24, 2009 \AM\.\Sun\.

Father Aloysius P. McGonigal

On this blog I have often criticized current follies of the Society of Jesus.  However, I would never deny that the Jesuits in the past rendered brilliant service to the Church and were fearless in their determination to carry the Gospel of Christ into the World.  The history of the Church has many a glorious page detailing the deeds of the sons of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and on one of those pages we will find the story of Aloysius McGonigal.

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Catholic Chaplains

Saturday, May 23, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

  

One of my goals at American Catholic is to do my small part to ensure that the faith and courage of Catholic Chaplains who have served in the American military will never be forgotten.  I have written several posts about some of these remarkable men, and I trust, God willing, that I may write about many more of them in the future.  I thought this Memorial Day weekend it would be appropriate to have a post where I listed all of these prior posts for anyone caring to read them and to remember just who we honor on this long weekend.

1.       Dominus Noster Jesus Christus Vos Absolvat

2.       Father Emery

3.       Father Duffy and the Fighting 69th

4.       The Other Father Duffy

5.       Father Major General

6.       Four Chaplains

7.       Ladder to Heaven

8.       The First

9.       Sunday in Paradise

10.     The Mass on Mount Suribachi

11.     Priest of Andersonville

12.     POW Servant of God

13.     Hill 875