Father Edward Hinds Found Slain In Rectory

Saturday, October 24, 2009 \PM\.\Sat\.

Father Edward “Ed” Hinds, the pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Chatham, New Jersey, was found slain early Friday Fr. Edward Hinesmorning by parishioners in the rectory when he failed to celebrate the 8:00am Mass.

This morning there was a congregation of roughly 300 parishioners that attended the 8:00 am Mass the day after the slaying.  It was a somber and quiet mood as the parish remembered their dear priest who was the only pastor at the church and he also worked at the parish school.

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Year In Review Of The American Catholic

Saturday, October 24, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

We here at the American Catholic are celebrating our one year anniversary by reflecting on our favorite posts of the last 12 months.

Today it is my turn to contribute my favorite postings.

Enjoy!

What Is An American Catholic – Zach

The Scary Thing Is: We Really Mean It – DarwinCatholic

Fr. Emery of the 10th Tennessee Regiment – Donald McClarey

Being Reasonable Doesn’t Always Work – Chris Burgwald

Moloch: A Call for a More Sensitive Reappraisal – David Curp

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The Flames of Dissent and Discord

Saturday, October 24, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Patrick Kennedy

Politicians make asinine statements all the time, but sometimes there is one that stands out from the crowd for its sheer cluelessness, duplicity and perversity.  Patrick Kennedy, yep, one of Teddy Kennedy’s sons, a Democrat member of Congress from Rhode Island, lambasted the Church for not falling into line behind ObamaCare. Here is a statement that he made  to CNSNews.

“I can’t understand for the life of me how the Catholic Church could be against the biggest social justice issue of our time, where the very dignity of the human person is being respected by the fact that we’re caring and giving health care to the human person–that right now we have 50 million people who are uninsured,” Kennedy told CNSNews.com when asked about a letter the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had sent to members of Congress stating the bishops’ position on abortion funding in the health-care bill.

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The British Grenadiers

Saturday, October 24, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.   I have always found this tune to be catchy, even though more than a few of my ancestors fought against British Grenadiers!  In the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries a grenadier was a soldier who carried little bombs, think stereotypical black anarchist bombs, and threw them at enemy positions, often in sieges.  The bombs eventually fell out of military use, until they were revived in the hand grenades of the Twentieth century.  However grenadiers,  the tallest and strongest men in a regiment, were still usually grouped together into an elite company and were often held in reserve until their use was needed to turn the tide of a battle.  Whole regiments of grenadiers, most notably in the Royal Army the Grenadier Guards, were sometimes formed.    The song The British Grenadiers is a fitting tribute to those men who were often involved in fighting of the most desperate sort.

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules
Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these.
But of all the world’s great heroes, there’s none that can compare.
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers.

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