Man With Black Hat

“Many hot dogs are within you.”

by David L. Alexander at his blog,
January 27, 2013 Anno Domini

Several years ago, I was at a two-day crash course known as “Video Boot Camp” when the instructor, a New York City-based TV producer-director of some repute, told me I had what it took to do voice-overs. People had told me before that I had a voice for radio (if not the face for television), but never a guy who made a living saying it. And since my superiors were in the room, I ended up for a while doing voice-overs at my (day) job for internal use.

I was reminded of this yet again tonight, in a conversation on Skype, with this commercial as a case in point. (Emphasis ours..WE SAID HE SOUNDED JUST LIKE THE SQUIRREL!)

Continue after the jump, HERE!


Voris Revisited (or, do “combox jockeys” wear black hats?)

January 11, 2012

When is having “jurisdiction” like not having “jurisdiction”? When having it … DON’T … MEAN … DIDDLEY! when the rubber meets the proverbial road.

Image not actual vid; it's just MWBH's very funny & accurate take on RCTV'S situation. Good one, Davey!

If you’ve been following the discussion at What Does The Prayer Really Say?, you know of the news that the Archdiocese of Detroit has determined that Michael Voris and his apostolate, Real Catholic TV (which is actually owned and financed by another individual and parent entity in another diocese, possibly making it someone else’s problem), has been determined as not being sanctioned for the use of the word “Catholic” in its name. Dr Edward Peters, a renowned canon lawyer, author of the blog In the Light of the Law, and father of Thomas “Not Your Average Catholic” Peters, is dedicated to explaining the complexities of ecclesiastical jurisprudence with respect to important issues facing the Church today. He has attempted to explain, with what appears to be no small amount of frustration, that the location of the owner of the apostolate does not affect jurisdiction for the Archdiocese.
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Memo to Detroit: Get REAL!

January 10, 2012

We here at mwbh have been waiting for Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV (RCTV) to respond to an (ostensibly) official statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit, where Voris and his production are domiciled, that he is not sanctioned by the local church (that is, the Archdiocese) to use the name “Catholic” to identify his apostolate, as would be required in the Code of Canon Law. In what has become a question of jurisdiction, Voris has recently pointed out that the operation itself is actually based in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, the domicile of the owner-financier of RCTV, Mark Brummer. As reported in

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Blognic at the Vatican (and why we should give a rat’s …)

April  11, 2011


To coincide with the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II (sometimes referred to as “John Paul the Great” by those with misinformed enthusiasm), the Vatican has decided to invite a convocation of weblog authors — “bloggers,” if you will — to the Eternal City on May 2. Katrina “The Crescat” Fernandez is actively engaged in a campaign on Facebook to be invited, and wants you to send them an e-mail and get them to invite her. Her cause may be lost, as events like these are generally reserved for what we could call “the usual suspects” — bloggers who are either priests, well-established authors in print, or authors of dramatic conversion stories who know how to “speak to the kids of today.” Groovy.
Read on at MWBH…



“I’m (still) on a mission from God!” (or, Why I Am Not Giving Up Blogging For Lent)

March 9, 2011

“Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.”

By now, any number of participants in the Catholic blogosphere have announced, with some measure of fanfare, that they are giving up blogging for Lent. We’re supposed to admire them. You’re welcome to if you’d like (and in reading some of them over the years, they’d be doing us all a favor), but as for me, what follows is why I’m not giving up blogging for Lent. In addition, while not a complete treatise on the subject, this piece will serve to clear up some heretofore little-known aspects of the season.

The Christian calendar has traditionally had numerous periods of fasting in anticipation of great feasts. In some parts of Europe, the “Saint Martin’s Fast” would begin on the 11th of November (“Martinmas”), and continue until Christmas. Officially, however, the Roman (Latin) tradition would not begin the penitential season until the four Sundays before Christmas, the time of which is known as “Advent,” or “the Coming.” There were also the “Ember Days,” three days of penance each occurring on a quarterly basis throughout the year. But it was the season of Lent which is known as “The Great Fast” of the Year of Grace.

Read on at MWBH…



Mr Christie Goes to Washington

Man With Black Hat February 18, 2011

There has been a lot of talk about the “Tea Party” message, the one that people want to send to Washington. This past week, the Governor of New Jersey came to the Nation’s capital to send a message of his own — if the newly elected “young turks” in Congress want to make a difference, they’ll have to take some very big risks, the kind that won’t win any friends. They will have to decide what the American people can live without. It only gets better…run over to MWBH


Dick Cheney: The Man Behind The Legend

Man With Black Hat October 13, 2010

When I was studying Web Design at the Art Institute of Washington, one of the interactive works being touted for its excellence was a glowing tribute to Che Guevera. When I stated some concern about enabling the glorification of a mass murderer, I got a lot of flack from my professor, with the words “CIA” sprinkled in here and there (as if we should have sent in the Girl Scouts to finish the job, I imagine). Had I stayed another year, I would have submitted a similar tribute to this man — not because I agree with him on everything (his apparent moral justification of torture, for instance), but simply to mess with the heads of those poseurs masquerading as a forum of academia. And from what Matt Latimer writes for The Daily Beast, it would have served them right.

Over the past decade, Cheney’s public relations have been the political equivalent of the Hindenburg crashing into the Titanic while passengers watched a Detroit Lions game. What especially rankles those who have watched the creation of his Dr. Evil caricature is that so little of it is actually true.

Read on at MWBH


Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)

Man With Black Hat September 30, 2010 Perhaps the finest columnist of our generation.” — Patrick J Buchanan I have just been informed that Joe Sobran, syndicated columnist and former contributor to the National Review, fell asleep in the Lord today, shortly before three in the afternoon. He slipped away quietly as the Hour of Mercy approached, surrounded by family and close friends. Earlier that day, a priest was there to administer the last rites. Read on at manwithblackhat ….

The Warning

Man With Black Hat August 16, 2010 Note: This piece was originally published Nov.17,2008, appropriate for NOW If you can watch this entire video clip, you are made of stronger stuff than I am. A man and his wife, who years ago set off explosives, at the same Federal buildings in Washington that were known targets of foreign terrorists on “9-11,” and who nonetheless sleep pretty well at night in their Hyde Park mansion, had the audacity to get on television and fawn over the election-night love-fest in Chicago. David Horowitz is a writer and activist. The son of two life-long members of the Communist Party, Horowitz was once leader of the 1960s “New Left,” and an avowed Marxist. He later renounced this philosophy to became an advocate for conservatism. In 2001, following the attacks in New York and Washington, he wrote the following:

In my experience, what drives most radicals are passions of resentment, envy and inner rage. Bill Ayers is a scion of wealth. His father was head of Detroit’s giant utility Commonwealth Edison, in line for a cabinet position in the Nixon Administration before his son ruined it by going on a rampage that to this day he cannot explain to any reasonable person’s satisfaction (which is why he has to conceal so much). It could be said of Bill Ayers that he was consumed by angers so terrible they led him to destroy his father’s career. But in the 10 hours I interviewed him I saw none of it. What I saw was a shallowness beyond conception. All the Weather leaders I interviewed shared a similar vacuity. They were living inside a utopian fantasy, a separate reality, and had no idea of what they had done. Nor any way to measure it. Appreciating the nation to which they were born, recognizing the great gifts of freedom and opportunity their parents and communities had given them, distinguishing between right and wrong – it was all above their mental and moral ceiling. In the days ahead, this is one of the dangers we face.


Life After Helen Thomas

There is an effort underway to influence the White House Correspondents Association, in the matter of filling the front-row-center seat once occupied by Helen Thomas. You may remember how she laid a sizable egg earlier this summer, by suggesting that the Jews leave Israel for parts of central and eastern Europe — you know, where their parents and grandparents were gassed to death, right? More…..

Divorce: Outside the Box(es)

I’ve gotten a number of responses about my three pieces last week that dealt with Catholics and divorce. About half of those responses have been private. One of them was from a man, an active Scout leader and practicing Catholic, who was told by another Catholic man: “My kid will never be in your troop because you aren’t married.” A lot of Catholics are just idiots, who can’t think outside the box — literally. And until science finds a cure, I don’t know what we can do about them.

Maybe just slap them around. Sofia’s Note:ManwithBlackHat will not be happy with me for not linking half the article back to him soooooooo please click the link and go leave a comment so he doesnt whine at me….. LOL!


20 Years Revisited

Man With Black Hat July 21, 2010 VIDEO: Tammy Wynette performing a song which needs no introduction. Date unknown. Sunday’s piece entitled “20 Years After: Divorce and the Culture of Death” is getting quite a response, with nearly two hundred and fifty visits on the day following that of its issue, and about half that number yesterday. For this blog, that’s pretty good any time of year, but it’s phenomenal for the summer. One comment was particularly moving. “Angel” writes: I was abandoned by my adulterous husband. I had 4 children under the age of 8 when he left. I had been out for the workforce for about 8 years and would stay out another 7 to raise our children alone … Now, I know what you’re all thinking. “Hey, Mister Black Hat Guy, this guy is a jerk. He’ll never be played by Julia Roberts in a major motion picture.” (See previous reference.) I rest my case. Last December, I wrote “Christmas 1990” about my first holiday season alone in Georgetown. It included advice for people in the same situation. (If you are currently in that situation, stop what you’re doing and read it. Now.) Unfortunately, people left to raise children don’t have the luxury of falling into depression, and can’t live the “crazy time” experience associated with the aftermath. They have to be the rock of stability for the little ones, who often don’t have a grasp of what’s going on. In my case, I was able to tap into a network of activity, mostly among the folk music and dance crowd. (See “My Gypsy Moment” from April 2008.) I was lucky in that way. Even today, my involvement in Scouting is somewhat impeded because I’m not a “family man” in the usual sense. (It also doesn’t help that Scouting in areas like this one is dominated by Mormons, but that’s another story, no offense to any Mormons.) I should also clarify something. My wife left in 1990. The divorce itself didn’t happen until two years after that. Virginia requires one year of legal separation before filing if there are children involved, six months if there are not, making it one of the more conservative states where family law is concerned. (That, and the tendency to believe anything the woman says, to the extent of perjury.) I did not participate in the proceedings, as my presence was not ordered by the court. To tell the truth, the legal action was rather anticlimactic. In fact, I didn’t find out about it until about two months after the papers were ready for me to sign, and that was only because the cake-eater she hired as her attorney finally wanted to know why I wasn’t making the checks out in her maiden name. For the price of keeping two lawyers busy, she finally spit it out. What a goober! Okay, okay, enough out of Peyton Place; we need to focus here. The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks with severity on the issue: Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death. Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. …(#2384) Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society …(#2385) Fortunately, it does not stop there. More…

20 Years After: Divorce and the Culture of Death

by Man With Black Hat July 18, 2010 He was a friend from my childhood. We attended the same school, and we were in Boy Scouts together. His mother was a striking woman, with a face that one might imagine portraying a life of glamor, as if on a magazine cover. But the life she was handed took its toll on that face. The other guys in the neighborhood said that her husband was a drunk. I didn’t know what to make of that, but I used to see her every morning, faithfully taking her place in the pews when I was serving daily Mass. It might surprise some people that a divorced man such as myself would actually disapprove of divorce. These would be the same people who didn’t know, or for whom it doesn’t seem to matter, that it was the mother of my son who left me. (No kidding, I have actually met “devout Catholics” who didn’t know the difference.) It was twenty years ago today, that I came home from work, and found a note in the place of my wife and son. If you want to know the extent of the damage that divorce can cause, you can read this piece by one of my favorite Catholic writers, Anthony Esolen …

He could have abandoned her years before — not for another woman, but for what the world calls peace. Dad is not a Catholic, so he had no Church precept to warn him against divorce. He didn’t need any. “You never know what you’ll get in life,” he put it to me once. “You have to do the right thing, because if you don’t, you’ll probably make things worse.” So he never left, and at the last moment of Esther’s life he was there, fulfilling a patient vigil, his eyes red with weariness and loss.

… or I can tell you what it cost me. Had we stayed together, and in the same house, the mortgage would already have been paid off, and I could have retired from the Government at the end of this year, having just turned 56, with enough years left to take a job in the private sector for half my government salary. Instead, the house was sold as part of the settlement, and my obligations to child support prevented me from buying a house again until 2005, just before the housing boom went bust. I will never live to see the mortgage paid off. It is more likely that I will be working full time until I’m 70 — nearly twice the age I was when she left. The good news is, I love my work. I am forever proud of my son, all that he has accomplished, all that he has overcome. But it was his mother who taught him how his father should be treated. This poses a challenge for both of us. But the real price to pay will be his, when he has children of his own, and they learn from him how he should be treated. It could turn out very well, and I hope that it does, but only if he challenges what he was taught, culminating in a dreaded admission. There are only three good reasons to get a divorce. • The first reason is adultery, since marriage is not only a covenant with another human being, but with God. A spouse who defiles the marriage bed in this way, not only commits sacrilege, but can never be trusted again, and even canon law makes some allowance for those who leave for this reason. • The second reason is domestic abuse, to the point of imminent danger to oneself, and/or one’s children. We are, in the words of the Psalmist, “beautifully and wonderfully made.” God’s creation must be kept from harm. We owe this to ourselves, and those who love us — even when they don’t know how. This step requires complete honesty with oneself, as in a surprising percentage of such cases, the wife is the actual abuser. • The third reason is alcohol or substance abuse, as it is only when an addict loses everything that he or she can come to terms with the need for recovery. This is often a very costly solution, one that entails a great deal of risk. The only thing worse may be not going through with it, especially if children are involved. More….

How does he DO that?

by Man With Black Hat May 27, 2010 Probably with a lot of help from someone, but if we think about it, so do the rest of us. And unlike Nick Vujicic, a native of Melbourne, Australia, most of us have both arms and legs. (And here I am complaining that my left knee is bothering me lately.) With degrees in both accounting and financial planning, Nick spends much of the year as a motivational speaker. This clip shows the effect he has upon young audiences. For more information about Nick, and how he pulls it off, visit M/T to Manwithblackhat for the “Rocky” story of the week!

California Schemin’

by Man With Black Hat May 7, 2010 Hey, kids, remember the day before yesterday, when we mentioned that the fifth of May is only a minor holiday in Mexico; that in fact, it’s not even obligatory? More…


by Man With Black Hat April 28, 2010 PHOTO: Author tries to stay awake during procession. Palm Sunday, 2009. (Sarah Campbell*) We here at man with black hat (mwbh) would like to welcome any new readers to this corner of the blogosphere, especially those who found us through the “On Faith” column of the Washington Post, as well as our learned Jesuit colleague from Seattle who is the author of Liturgy Reflections. We should also welcome readers of, as well as @tweetcatholic. If you read our tagline above (“the daily musings …”), and that part of the sidebar entitled “Reason D’Etre,” you have an idea of what this endeavor is about. More… * Sarah Campbell on photo credit is Our CatholicTeen on and @CatholicTeen on Twitter

“You read it here FIRST, d@##it! ”

by Man With Black Hat April 27, 2010 Earlier this year, I made a rather bold forecast regarding the scandal of clerical sexual abuse, one which I had already been sharing with others for several years. It was completely ignored by the entire Catholic blogosphere. I predict that in the coming decade, bishops will no longer limit themselves to turning on their priests, but will begin to turn on one another. I was quite shocked, to be perfectly honest, that no one else would even link to this news. But here is what has happened since. Those of you who followed events related to the recent Pontifical Mass at the National Shrine here in DC, are aware that His Eminence Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos was originally slated to be the celebrant. Then a letter was disclosed to the press from 2001, wherein Cardinal Castrillón commended a French bishop for refusing to turn a priest over to authorities, who had been engaging in impure behavior with children. The outcry from both victims advocates and the press was sufficient, that in the space of less than one week, a decision was made for another prelate to come in his place. (Father Zuhlsdorf at WDTPRS has already reported extensively on this story.) Now, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter (the only journalist in that rag worthy of the job title) has discovered an unsettling trend. More

Editor’s Note: The day that manwithblack posted his original piece, “The drowning man … I was in the process of putting up and working as a research assistant for manwithblackhat. This piece really affected me considering the possibility of the prediction. What confused me even more was that NO ONE linked or even commented on such an edgy post. Today, after reading John Allen’s piece in NCR it seems as if he had been privy to mwbh’s most inner thoughts. I’m not saying in any way, that Mr.Allen’s piece is not original. I am saying in fact, that his article is the result of a few more months of information to be able to come to the same conclusion that mwbh came to back in March. Read mwbh’s original piece after reading this post and Mr. Allen’s contribution. Then decide, maybe it’s time to bookmark this mwbh guy. God Love you, Sophia

“Stairway to Heaven”

by Man With Black Hat April 25, 2010 PHOTO: The faithful at the National Shrine before the Pontifical Mass begins. (Tina Hertz Evans) Yesterday, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was the setting for a Pontifical Solemn High Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the first Traditional Mass to be celebrated at the Main High Altar in nearly half a century. I was there to assist at the altar as one of several dozen altar servers, gentlemen of all ages. My particular role was that of a “paten bearer” — one who assists a priest in the administration of Communion. A liturgy of this scale required sixteen of us in that role. All this had been in the works for some time. Until now, I have written nothing of it here. And there’s a reason … + + + More

“Speak, Lord, thy servant is listening.”

by Man With Black Hat April 21, 2010 Today is the eighty-seventh birthday of Rita Antoinette Rizzo, known better to the world as Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation. Or maybe just Mother Angelica. Hers is a remarkable story. Most people who endured what she did would have ended up hating the Church. But not Miss Rizzo. She knew what really mattered, despite everything. The American bishops started the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America in the early 1980s. They spent a gazillion dollars in YOUR collection plate money to keep it going. At about the same time, Mother Angelica started the Eternal Word Television Network working with a single video camera out of a converted garage. Guess which one eventually tanked. More

Life on Duke of Gloucester Street

by Man With Black Hat April 19, 2010 Like I said, “Sal” has been after me to take her to Williamsburg for over a year. After all, now that she’s an American citizen, she wants to take in the full experience of her newly-found heritage, as well as add to her refrigerator magnet collection. But it’s not my fault. She just loves taking on extra work, including weekends. Maybe if I had gone without her on one of those weekends, she would have gotten the hint. Nah, maybe not. But about a month ago, she managed to find a crowbar to dig into her schedule for an opening, and I made the arrangements. So when this weekend came, there was no turning back. Williamsburg is less than three hours from DC with a good tailwind, and more than three hours if everybody else has the same idea as you do. This weekend was a beautiful one, so they did. Williamsburg is one of three small towns in the Tidewater region of Virginia, east of Richmond, which includes Jamestown and Yorktown, which figure prominently in colonial American history. It was also the capital city of the Virginia colony, until it was moved to Richmond during the Revolution. The place was gradually allowed to go to ruin in the decades that followed, until the early- to mid-20th century, when I believe one of those Rockafellers decided to bankroll its restoration. Others followed, and now a private foundation is dedicated to preserving it. If you stay at the Marriott Residence Inn just northwest of “See Dubya” (the locals’ term for the historic district), you are greeted in your suite by a swan fashioned from a towel, by one of the more talented members of the housekeeping staff named Vanessa. (You go, girl!) Of course, we arrived early in the afternoon, a little late to be catching a lot of the sights. Fortunately, we passed by a Prime Outlets shopping complex, and Sal never met an outlet mall she didn’t like. Come Sunday, we headed into town. Duke of Gloucester Street is the main drag in “Colonial Williamsburg.” It doesn’t cost you anything to watch the fife and drum corps doing their marching thing on the lawn near the Magazine (which is what they call the armory; don’t ask me why), or to walk through the lovely gardens in the yards of the restored homes. But if you want to go into the historic tradesmen’s shops, you have to get one of those day passes. I managed to convince my travelin’ buddy that we should both get them, in light of what was to follow. I had already convinced her that the natives were friendly. What young man wouldn’t want to pose with the likes of her, I ask you? More

Life on Earth

by Man With Black Hat April 13, 2010 Thomas Peters of American Papist (the one who is “not your average Catholic” and I have no idea what that means), and his parent site, is engaged in an ambitious and vigorous campaign to eliminate legalized abortion in the USA. According to Peters:

I’m gradually coming to agree with those who strongly believe that, in my lifetime, we will see Roe v. Wade overturned. So I am beginning to try to prepare for the national debate that reversal promises to spark. Why do I think we are being successful in killing abortion? Let’s take a quick tour … This campaign will culminate on Earth Day, the 22nd of April, when Catholics will be called upon to take a break from dancing naked in a circle around the Goddess Tree to celebrate the usual Earth-Mother-Spirit-Rising, and “celebrate Nature’s Greatest Gift.” Gloria.TV reports: “The authors hope this will create a positive conversation about the relationship between caring for the Earth and caring for the most vulnerable on the earth – like the unborn who will be the future custodians of the Earth.” The transit bus billboards should be appearing in Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. Any day now. (UPDATE: More about the video at

Holy Saturday

by Man With Black Hat April 3, 2010 Something strange is happening — there is a silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and Hell trembles with fear. He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, He who is both God and the Son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone, “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. “I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in Hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in Me and I in you; together we form one person and cannot be separated. More…

Hey, it’s not like she was carrying aspirin, ok?

by Man With Black Hat March 25, 2010 If you are a young parent whose child attends a public school, you have never really had your intelligence insulted, until the administration of that school tries to tell you that, with their experience in teaching and caring for hundreds of children, they know better than you what’s good for your own child. But that’s exactly what happened to us when Paul attended Oakton Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the late 1990s. (Sometimes I’m just in the mood for naming names. Deal with it.) So I shouldn’t really be surprised, when I read stuff like this:

When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy. “She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center,” she said. “Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion.” Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.

The deal was, if she kept the parents out of it, the whole thing would be paid for. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air believes that the school put pressure on the girl to get the abortion. He thinks he has an idea how. But wait, this gets better.

T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department, which administers the school-based programs for the health department, says it’s always best if parents are involved in their children’s health care, but don’t always have a say. “At any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy,” he said

The most adamantly pro-choice among us should be outraged at the school, and at the system that enables it. Even if you think abortions should be free for everybody for any damn fool reason, and completely paid for by tax dollars, the fact remains that it is an invasive medical procedure that is not without some risk. Just ask the several hundred women in the USA who die from LEGAL abortions every year. (Oh wait, that’s right. They’re dead. Never mind.) Any institution that has that kind of control over your own children, is an institution that is unaware of any limits to its domain. You can NEVER assume that you will be okay with every decision they make. Indeed, such an institution is either to be feared, or stopped, even to the point of shutting it down. Hopefully, some stalwart pro-life attorney will take the parents’ case to court pro bono. It’s a long shot, because taking on the public school, means taking on the state. Even in cases like this. Even in cases where your kid gets roughed up in the locker room. Even when it’s the coach of the freshman football team at Oakton High School during the 2000 season. (Go Cougars!) Besides, every lawyer who’s ever felt his heart quicken at the sound of an ambulance knows, that the real money is in going after Catholic schools.

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Go to Joseph

by Man With Black Hat Today, the western Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, and foster-father of the Christ Child. The scriptures say little about him. We know him to have been “a just man,” who when learning that Mary was with child during their betrothal, was prepared to divorce her rather than have her punished for adultery by stoning. But an angel came in a dream and set him straight. Catholics believe that “he did not know her until she bore her firstborn son,” but the word “until” in this context does not imply that they consummated their union afterwords, thus Mary retained her perpetual virginity, and they essentially “lived as brother and sister.” The last we hear of him was when Jesus was twelve, and Joseph and Mary found Him in the Temple after thinking He was lost. An ancient legend says that Joseph was an old man of ninety years when he married Mary. She was likely only sixteen, maybe even fourteen, which would not have been unusual for the time. Another legend says that Joseph was a widower when he married Mary, and that he had four sons and two daughters from the previous union, one of those sons later becoming an apostle, “James the brother of Jesus.” While upheld as a pious tradition by Orthodox Christians (who remember Joseph on the Sunday within the octave of Christmas), James was most likely a cousin of Jesus, such distinctions within a household being uncommon back then. Joseph was a carpenter in Nazareth, a remote village (what we would call a “hicktown” today) in Galilee. There is some indication that Jesus learned His father’s trade. It is likely that Joseph died at some point during Jesus’ early adulthood, leaving Him to take over His father’s trade, and care for His mother alone until He began his public ministry at thirty years of age. Homily by Father Franklyn McAfee on March 22, 2009 Devotion to Saint Joseph is very popular among traditional Catholics. You can learn about customs associated with his feast at You are also welcome to listen to a homily given by Father Franklyn McAfee on March 22, 2009, entitled “Go To Joseph.” As is customary for a Traditional Mass, the Gospel is read in the vernacular preceding the homily.

Another “No Spin” Zone by Man With Black Hat I was going to wait on this, but NBC News and the National Catholic Reporter can’t seem to help themselves today, in spreading drivel that has already been authoritatively refuted. A segment of this video clip, from today’s edition of News, is enough to set the record straight. Below is a transcript of what is said in the second segment of the report (beginning at 00:47), for the attention-span challenged among our readers. Stay with me now … Germany: Journalists have used a sex-abuse case in the Munich archdiocese in order to form a direct link to Pope Benedict XVI. But emerging details of the case show that the future Pontiff was not involved in appointing the accused molester to do parish work. The priest in question belonged to the Essen diocese, when he was first accused of sexual misconduct in 1980. At the time then-Cardinal Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich. He approved the priest’s transfer to Munich. The journalist did however not report the crucial fact that this transfer did not imply parish work but entrance into a counseling program in Munich. The priest was given a parish assignment in September 1982 – 7 months after Cardinal Ratzinger had left to Rome to become the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. You wanna speak truth to power? … fine! … but do it with the TRUTH!


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