The American Catholics Top-10 Most Visited Articles

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \PM\.\Sat\.

Well we are approaching the end of our first anniversary here at The American Catholic website.  Many of us have provided our favorites and most thoughtful articles that caught our attention.  Now its the readers of The American Catholic’s turn.

The following articles are the most visited by our readers on The American Catholic.  They may not necessarily be the most popular, maybe they may be the most provocative that captured our readers attention.

So here are the Top-10 most visited articles these past 12 months:

1. Excessive Health Care Profits by DarwinCatholic on August 3, 2009 A.D.

2. Pro-life Ending for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show by Tim Shipe on May 30, 2009 A.D.

3. Russian Professor Predicts Breakup of US in 2010 by DarwinCatholic on December 29, 2008 A.D.

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Scozzafava Drops Out In New York 23rd Race

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \PM\.\Sat\.

New York 23 Race

I have to give credit to Dede Scozzafava for reading the handwriting on the wall which is more wisdom than most politicians show.

“Today, I again seek to act for the good of our community,” Ms. Scozzafava wrote in a letter to friends and supporters. “It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my party will emerge stronger and our district and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.”

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Nothing Is Scarier Than The Legislative Process

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

The ever watchable Mary Katherine Ham gives us a Halloween spoof on the movie Paranormal Activity, a la the machinations of Congress to produce a health care bill.  Frankly, if given the choice between real ghosts and goblins and the average legislative session, I’d pick ghosts and goblins any time!


Send in the Clowns

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.  Send in the Clowns sung by Barbara Streisand.  I like the song.  It is also useful due to so many singers having sung it over the years, as a google search of videos reveals.   It is a good vehicle for comparing singing and performance styles.  My favorite rendition is by Judy Collins.

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Vatican Condemnation of Halloween is False

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

[Updates at the bottom of this post.]

In what is a common occurrence that happens more than you think, the media again has done a poor job of reporting the news that emanates from the Vatican.  If it came from the Vatican at all.  The new one today is that the Catholic Church condemns Halloween, or some variation there of.

Various news outlets have reported that the Pope, the Catholic Church, or the Vatican have condemned, blasted, slammed, or as the Times of London said, “reserved their venom for the millions of parents who allowed their children to celebrate this “pagan” festival.”

And people say anti-Catholicism doesn’t exist?

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Funeral and Repast for Father Hinds Today

Saturday, October 31, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Father Edward Hinds

The funeral for Father Edward “Ed” Hinds will be celebrated today, Saturday, October 31,  A.D. 2009 at  10:00am.  The Mass will be the Rite of Christian Burial and simulcast live int he Saint Patrick Parish Center Gym, East/West Rooms, and Cafeteria.  Additional audio will be provided outside.

This will be followed by a private burial.

The Repast will be at 11:30am at the Corpus Christi Parish Center, 234 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, New Jersey.

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Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of the Diocese of Paterson where Saint Patrick’s at Chatham is located had these moving words to say concerning the death of Fr. Hinds titled, A Life Cut Short: The Mystery of Evil:

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Defender of the Faith

Friday, October 30, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

Defender of the Faith

For years I’ve read Christopher Johnson’s first rate blog Midwest Conservative Journal.  If you want to know what is going on in the Anglican world, his is the blog to read.  I have always been impressed by how frequently a man who says he will probably never convert to Catholicism has taken up the cudgels in defense of the Faith.  Recently Newsweek decided to give Richard Dawkins, an ignorant, in matters of religion, bigot, an opportunity to vent his hatred of Catholicism by asking him to comment on the Anglican initiative of Pope Benedict.  (That is akin to asking Madonna, the strumpet, not the Mother of God, to give her opinion on the Summa Theologica.)  Christopher gives his hate filled screed a fisking to remember here.  Bravo Christopher!  You may never swim the Tiber, but you will always have a cheering section on this side of the bank!