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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

St. Paul's Choir School Releases Christmas CD

We have written previously about St. Paul's Choir School, an exceptional institution and one that is unique in the United States.  The Choir School has recently released a Christmas CD.  The story of this first CD and their announcement follows:

The boys of the St. Paul's Choir School proudly announced the release of their debut international recording, "Christmas in Harvard Square," on Oct. 7.

"When I came to St. Paul's Choir School, I knew we would have the opportunity to sing beautiful hymns at Mass," said Christian Landry, a seventh grader at the school. "But I never thought we would have the opportunity to be professionally recorded and to have a CD sold around the world. How many other students our age have that awesome opportunity?"

Ross Douthat: Why I Am A Catholic

Of all the columns I imagined writing when I started out at this job, it’s safe to say that Sunday’s piece, in which I suggested that conservative Catholics should “resist” their pope if he seems intent on leading the church off a doctrinal precipice, was not one of them. So it’s worth saying something briefly about my own personal religious perspective on the church to which I belong.

Benedict XVI Welcomes Growth of the Ordinariate in England

Benedict XVI attends a meeting of the elderly at the Vatican in September (AP)
Benedict XVI has welcomed the progress of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and has said he is “glad” that its church has been established on the site of the historic Bavarian embassy chapel in London.

Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory’s in Warwick Street is situated where the Bavarian embassy chapel, which was pillaged during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots in 1780, once stood.

The Pope Emeritus made his comments in a letter to the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in reply to Nicolas Ollivant, chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate, who had written to the retired pope to express his gratitude for the gift of the ordinariate. He had also sent Benedict a brief history of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory’s.

Read more at Catholic Herald (UK) >>

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pat Buchanan: Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self.

“Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a chance to acquire new elements of pride, confidence, hope, a sense of purpose, and worth by an identification with a holy cause.”

Such a man was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a criminal with a decade-long record of drug-dealing, assault and robbery, who shot and killed a guard at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and then burst into Parliament and shot two others before being cut down.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A President Who Doesn’t Seek Advice?

From The Center for Vision & Values, Grove City College
By Paul G. Kengor

The Government Accountability Institute reports that President Obama continues to skip the majority of his Presidential Daily Briefings. This is a stunning fact, first reported two years ago and now updated and reconfirmed. Worse, it was also just reported that Obama likewise doesn’t consult his White House predecessor. Altogether, this paints a very troubling picture.

To recap: In September 2012, the Government Accountability Institute released a study which revealed that our president failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the anniversary of 9/11, despite major eruptions in the Arab world, and despite the obvious fact that we were approaching another 9/11 anniversary (i.e., the highest level of security alert). And yet, President Obama didn’t attend a single briefing that week. In fact, Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his administration. For the year 2012, he attended a little over a third.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Choir of King's College, Cambridge - "My Song is Love Unknown"

The choir of King's College, Cambridge sing "My Song Is Love Unknown." The choir are joined by the congregation in singing Samuel Crossman's words to the beautiful melody "love unknown" composed by John Ireland.