Postpartum depression is a family affair — and dads can get it, too — Aleteia

Is that what I was feeling all those times?

If I had only known.

Later: Kidding, you know. Never had a nanosecond regret.

Feulner: “Give the Border Patrol a Break” | The White House

A dire situation.

A new report from the U.S. Border Patrol proves that only the willfully ignorant can doubt that we’re dealing with an immigration crisis.

“The entire system right now is at full capacity,” agent Manuel Padilla said. “Actually, it’s overwhelmed.”

Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 66,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexican border in February. That’s the highest total for a single month in almost a decade.

So what does this agent know about it?

Trump stamps veto on ‘reckless’ attempt to stop wall construction – Washington Times

Another chess game. Makes life interesting for lower-case democrats.

Texas, Indiana, Louisiana AG’s all in for emergency declaration

Contrasting his actions to those of his immediate predecessor, the one who bragged that Congress had no control over him because he had “a pen and a phone.” Arrogant former community organizer that he was.

This morning, three state Attorneys General explained the Constitutional authority President Trump used in declaring the national emergency.

“Unlike President Barack Obama, who unlawfully used executive power to create new laws or rewrite laws Congress enacted, President Trump is lawfully using executive power to address a crisis worsened by congressional inaction,” Ken Paxton (R-TX), Curtis Hill (R-IN), and Jeff Landry (R-LA) write.

T. is the anti-O. It’s a major aspect of his appeal.

Scathing Letter Sent to Cardinal Cupich From Seminary Advisory Board – NBC Chicago

The heavy hand of the dictator cardinal lands yet again.

Cardinal Blase Cupich’s decision to close St. Joseph College Seminary is creating sharp disagreement from the seminary’s advisory board.

In a scathing letter obtained by NBC 5, sent this week to Cupich, the 12-member board called the announcement to close the seminary “unexpected and disturbing.”

Cupich told the board the the number of seminarians were too low – 20-plus current students, however the board responded “we’ve been more focused on the quality of young men over quantity” and “we, as a board, expected more from you than just an 11-minute announcement with no warning or dialogue.”

The actions of an edict-prone prelate:

The advisory board says they were totally disregarded and added: “The complete lack of transparency surrounding this decision (neither the Board nor the Rector were consulted) seems symptomatic of many issues currently affecting the church. Aside from the horrible impact this decision will have on the Seminarians and our church in the future, we feel compelled to tell you that this unfortunate approach to decision-making is driving people away — not encouraging opening and healing to a broken church.

Your unidentified “advisors” who apparently recommended this abrupt action court have considered the effects of this unfortunate decision. When veiled in complete secrecy, how can we, as a Board of Advisors with years of dedicated service and millions of dollars raised conclude anything other than this was a decision bereft of objective criteria and prayerful discernment? While talk about “transparency and accountability” is a noble goal, here there was neither.” [emphasis added]

Not to worry, says the spokesperson:

“It is clear there is a need for clarification on the decisions made with regard to the seminary,” she said. “He looks forward to providing that information to them.”

Eagerly, of course.

Question, besides the above: In an age of declining candidates and priests, why this? Also: what’s the recruitment and training program now? Incredible.

New Oxford Book of Christian Verse as sermon fodder . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Novus Ordo (re)considered

 . . .  as using George Herbert’s “Redemption,”  — on a platter for the inventive preacher — which 

condenses Christian teaching about redemption in Christ’s death on the Cross into a single image of a tenant seeking a new lease from his lord.

 “Single image,” yes. Every preacher wants that.

In the poem drawing on Luke’s parable of the tenants but with a twist, namely that this tenant is not wicked, but 

recognizes his own fruitlessness, and seeks out his lord.

And, seeking Him out,

journeys to heaven, then to the wealthy on earth, but [only] among sinners finds his lord dying, and receives his new lease.

 On life, yes.

But I have in mind a selective reading of the poem, aiming at driving home a general point — note well, one general point — planting perhaps a seed of wonder at what God hath wrought for those…

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Sung Latin Mass Saturday March 16, St. Ita’s Chicago

From Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritas — the True, the Good, the Beautiful:

Discover the Latin mass.  You’re invited to a SUNG LATIN MASS, 1962 Roman Missal. Antonio Lotti’s Mass for Three Voices. Saturday March 16, 2 PM

Site also has list of events, mostly sung masses as above, in or centering on churches throughout the archdiocese since October, 2017.

Quite an operation, bearing unmistakable organizational and doctrinal-fidelity mark of Opus Dei, which operates almost always under media radar, relying on focused communication.

Go here for Facebook and here for Twitter elaborations.


Later: I have it on reliable information that my above speculation maybe was a good try, but no cigar. Info has it that a different group has organized and I am pleased about this. Opus D. is in a lot of places but not here, I am now convinced.

Yet later: The only group that organized is made up of three young individuals, with one of whom I chatted after the mass — which was marvelous, to be followed by a similar mass on June 15th at Marytown in Libertyville, 1:30 p.m.

Why the Left Can’t Stand The New York Times

Writer, a self-identified ‘“big S” Socialist,’ favors instead “the pink paper of liberal capitalism,” Financial Times, and not for its politics, needless to say.

Compared to the Times, the reporting is usually more in-depth; the reporters generally have more expertise; the coverage is more comprehensive both geographically and substantively; even the op-eds are better (likely because they are far fewer, and they’re not used to pad the paper with “content”—confessionals, puff pieces, listicles—rather than reporting).

Most refreshing, the FT does not lose itself in the mire of myopic American culture wars, which very rarely breach the surface of material politics and/or economics. When it does run soft news, it’s higher quality (Rana Foroohar’s “Lunch with the FT” with Rebecca Solnit, for example, transcends the genre of fawning celebrity profile into an understated but scathing critique).

I get that, especially the “expertise” part. So it is with your everyday college-educated reporter, who learns on the fly and even if becoming serviceably knowledgable, has an audience on whom the expertise would be wasted.

As for her “big S” socialism, it means she’s feeling the Bern. And she’s a Marxist, she says, which means she endorses the Manifesto of 1848, “a plainly awful book, packed with hatred and, frankly, stupidity” of frightening relevance to today’s leftism, as explained just yesterday at a Catholic Citizens of Illinois monthly luncheon at the Union League Club by Paul Kengor.

More later about the Manifesto . . .

Dems on anti-Semitism pull back from repaiting a breech. Afraid to lose anybody, you know.

Muslim newbie smacks at Jews, her Dem confreres seek to control the damage, fall on faces.

A new resolution is scheduled for a vote March 7. It will be more expansive, condemning anti-Muslim bias as well. It may even be stretched to include all expressions of bigotry.

This is pure politics. Widening the scope of the resolution has the effect of diluting the seriousness of what drove this issue in the first place, namely anti-Semitism.

And Catholics? While yr at it, everybody else who ever got picked on. Tripping over one’s own feet. Get in line.

Brendan Eich’s “Brave” Web-Browser

Interesting story here of a victim of social justice warfare and his browser . . .

S y d n e y T r a d s

brave software buttonIn late February this year, we called out to the technosphere of neoreaction with a plea to urgently create alternative social media platforms so that the specter of the ‘great shuttening’ can be circumvented by the dissident right. Despite some within this community claiming that projects are presently on foot to address precisely this, there does not seem to be any solution to the FaceBook/Twitter hegemony on the immediate horison. The search-result algorythmic ‘fiddling’ at Google has also vexed many of us who see the progressive narrative constantly reinforced, often in ways that are undetectable unless one knows what to look for. We hope that a competitive suit of platforms and programmes will eventually reclaim the internet for the arena of free expression it was originally designed to be. And we hope this happens sooner rather than later.

In the mean time, we mention Brendan Eich’s new web-browser: Brave

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