The Christ the Lord Series

Sunday, January 10, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

If you have followed Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord series, there is a possibility that it won’t continue.

I have received many inquiries by letter and on Facebook as to when the third Christ the Lord book will appear.  I can tell you now that it will not be published in 2010, and perhaps not in 2011 either.  I hope that the first two books can stand alone as an imaginative and reverent treatment of Our Lord’s private years. The third book will have to address Our Lord’s public life, the territory covered so richly in the Four Gospels.  It presents a whole range of difficulties which I did not face with the earlier two books, and it requires much prayer, meditation, gospel reading and study.  It may turn out that my particular fictional approach is not appropriate for the years of Our Lord’s public ministry.  I must confront the difficulties and the challenges honestly.  I thank you for your support of the first two novels, and for your very encouraging letters.  I hope that before the end of 2010, I will have something to announce with regard to the continuation of the series. Anne Rice (From

Simpson’s 20th Anniversary

Sunday, January 10, 2010 \AM\.\Sun\.

The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary show is on tonight.  Although I think the show has declined in the last few years, it can still manage to be funny, although almost always in questionable taste.  Among the guests appearing tonight will be Bill Donohue of the Catholic League which has taken the show to task in the past.   L’Osservatore Romano published a positive piece on the Simpsons last December;   a rough google translation is here.  In regard to the Catholic Church, the references to it on the show have ranged from benign to gutter anti-Catholic.  Here is one of the benign references.

We Still Love Ya Joe!

Sunday, January 10, 2010 \AM\.\Sun\.

Well what do you know?  Who knew that this Saturday Night Live skit during the campaign accurately reflected Obama’s fears?  Apparently Obama was greatly alarmed during the Fall in 08 at his running mate’s unending propensity to open his mouth and say something stupid.

The relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden grew so strained during the 2008 campaign, according to a new book, that the two rarely spoke and aides not only kept Biden off internal conference calls but refused to even tell him they existed…

[W]hen Biden, at an October fund-raiser in Seattle, famously predicted that Obama would be tested with an international crisis, the then-Illinois senator had had enough.

‘How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?’ he demanded of his advisers on a conference call, a moment at which most people on the call said the candidate was as angry as they had ever heard him…

Speaking to his own staff, Biden insisted that it hadn’t really been a gaffe. And feeling a bit defensive, he invoked one of the worst memories of Obama’s primary campaign.

‘I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t say anything about bitter people who cling to their guns and religion,’ Biden cracked, the authors paraphrase. Read the rest of this entry »

The Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

Sunday, January 10, 2010 \AM\.\Sun\.

A moving video of the Irish Brigade at the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, based on the movie Gods and Generals.  It was criminal military malpractice for Burnside, perhaps the most incompetent general in the war, to assault the fortified Confederate positions, but his idiocy does not derogate in the slightest from the extreme heroism of the Union troops who suffered massive casualties while attempting to do the impossible.

The Irish Brigade was one of the units called upon that day to do the impossible.  One of the regiments in the Brigade was the  69th New York, the Fighting 69th as they would be designated by Robert E. Lee for their gallant charge at this battle, a unit faithful readers of this blog are quite familiar with.   This day their chaplain personally blessed each man in the regiment.  They called him Father Thomas Willett.  That was as close as they could get to pronouncing his actual name. Read the rest of this entry »