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Sunday, August 2, 2015

David Clayton - The Nature of Beauty and Sacred Art - Part 2 of 2



David Clayton is a professor at Saint Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, where he has designed the Way of Beauty program which focuses on the link between Catholic culture and liturgy. He also wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011. Before moving to the U.S., he taught at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England where he designed, along with the staff at the Institute, their art theory course: "Art, Beauty, and Inspiration from a Catholic Perspective." His artistic training is in both the Byzantine iconographic style, and in Western classical naturalism, which he studied in Florence, Italy. He has illustrated books for children including God's Covenant With You, written by Scott Hahn. David was received into the Church in London in 1993.

Clayton's lecture is part of an ongoing series sponsored by The Institute of Catholic Culture, an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission by offering education programs structured upon the classical liberal arts and by offering opportunities in which authentic Catholic culture is experienced and lived.


Illumination - Peaceful Gregorian Chants - Dan Gibson's Solitude [Full Album]



Friday, July 31, 2015

Pat Buchanan: Now the Turks Are All In



By Patrick J. Buchanan
 
All through the Cold War, the Turks were among America’s most reliable allies.

After World War II, when Stalin encroached upon Turkey and Greece, Harry Truman came to the rescue. Turkey reciprocated by sending thousands of troops to fight alongside our GIs in Korea.

Turkey joined NATO and let the U.S. station Jupiter missiles in their country. When JFK secretly traded away the Jupiters for removal of the Soviet missiles in Cuba, the Turks went along.

Early this century, under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey seemed to be emerging as a major power, a land bridge between Europe and the Islamic world, a friend to its neighbors, and future member of the EU.
 
But, recently, a U.S. diplomat blurted, “The Turks are out of their lane!”

And that describes the situation succinctly and well.

When rebels rose up to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, and Assad elected to fight not quit, Erdogan turned on him and began to permit jihadists to enter Syria.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

North Carolina Congressman Calls for Removal of John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) filed a resolution to declare “the office of Speaker of House of Representatives vacant,” effectively stripping Boehner from his Speakership.
 
A brave and righteous Member of the House of Representatives has begun a process to remove John Boehner as Speaker.

Rep. Mark Meadows a North Carolina Republican, who had a subcommittee gavel taken away and then given back to him last month,  has submitted a motion to declare the House Speakership vacant.  The motion has been referred to the Rules Committee, which is tightly controlled by the Speaker.  Nevertheless, if 218 Members were to support the proposal, a discharge petition would bypass the Rules Committee and bring the question to the floor of the House.

It is thought that Representative Meadows chose this particular time to submit his resolution so that Members of Congress could hear from constituents during the August recess.

We heartily encourage support for this resolution.  Much as we liked John Boehner initially, it has become clear that the President's golfing buddy has also become his chief enabler.

Republicans were granted control of the House and then the Senate because Americans want their representatives to stand up to and oppose the tyrannous disregard that the President has shown toward the United States Constitution.  They want Obamacare reversed, they want the Export-Import Bank disbanded, they want Planned Parenthood defunded, they want criminal behavior at the State Department and the IRS prosecuted, they want our borders secured, they want the illegal invaders deported, they want ruinous, totalitarian policies at the EPA curbed, they want unconstitutional Executive Orders reversed, and they want the scope, jurisdiction and outlandish decisions of a highly politicized Supreme Court brought into line with the Constitution and the will of the American people.

The tools for restoring Constitutional checks and balances, provided by the founding fathers, have grown rusty from neglect, but it is not too late for a real leader, committed to freedom and individual liberty, to take up those tools, and with support from a vast number of American patriots, to restore the old republic and make America great again.

Please call your Congressman or woman and urge support for Representative Meadows' motion.  The full text of the resolution follows:

Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;
Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People;
Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;
Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;
Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American People, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;
Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;
Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process;
and Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof:
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

David Clayton - The Nature of Beauty and Sacred Art - Part 1 of 2


David Clayton is a professor at Saint Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, where he has designed the Way of Beauty program which focuses on the link between Catholic culture and liturgy. He also wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011. Before moving to the U.S., he taught at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England where he designed, along with the staff at the Institute, their art theory course: "Art, Beauty, and Inspiration from a Catholic Perspective." His artistic training is in both the Byzantine iconographic style, and in Western classical naturalism, which he studied in Florence, Italy. He has illustrated books for children including God's Covenant With You, written by Scott Hahn. David was received into the Church in London in 1993.

Clayton's lecture is part of an ongoing series sponsored by The Institute of Catholic Culture, an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission by offering education programs structured upon the classical liberal arts and by offering opportunities in which authentic Catholic culture is experienced and lived.  



The Cambridge Singers - "Look At The World" - John Rutter



Friday, July 24, 2015

Pat Buchanan: ‘A New Dark Age’

 

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“If God does not exist, then everything is permissible.”

Ivan Karamazov’s insight came to mind while watching the video of Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood describe, as she sipped wine and tasted a salad, how she harvests the organs of aborted babies for sale to select customers.

“Yesterday was the first time … people wanted lungs,” said Nucatola, “Some people want lower extremities, too, which, that’s simple. …