From the category archives:


Sts. John and John Paul

April 27, 2014

Today witnessed a historic canonization ceremony in which two former popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005), were canonized as saints with two living popes, Pope Francis and the retired Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), on hand.  Here is a clip from the canonization ceremony at the Vatican earlier today: Pope John XXIII is [...]

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Happy Easter!

April 20, 2014

From all of us here at AOR, may you and your family have a Happy Easter!

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Vatican Chief to Obama Administration: You are “Hostile Towards Christian Civilization”

March 24, 2014

Vatican chief justice Cardinal Raymond Burke said the following when asked about the Obama Administration in an interview for a Christian magazine: It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life [...]

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Disillusionment, Where I’ve Been, and Why I’m Back

February 24, 2014

So like my co-blogger Mike, I’ve been remiss in posting to this site for quite some time, for a host of reasons.  The primary reason is that for the last couple of years, my personal life has undergone a sweeping change.  Back in the summer of 2012, Mrs Sal started our family by adopting a [...]

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Obamacare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor

January 4, 2014

Just to review, the First Amendment to the Constitution states in its first clause: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; … That second part makes some very uncomfortable, and often is ignored in the courts. That being said, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t approve of [...]

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2013: The Year that Was

December 29, 2013

2013 is nearing its end — let’s take a look back. According the AP, here were the top 10 news stories of 2013: The awful Obamacare rollout Boston Marathon Bombing Pope Francis takes charge Congress’ low approval ratings NSA spying Gay marriage Nelson Mandela Typhoon Haiyan The Syria debacle Three missing women found At the [...]

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Searching For the Mystery Priest

August 11, 2013

Although this story has been out there for a few days, it seemed to me to fit better on a Sunday.  The gist is that a 19-year old Katie Lentz was trapped in her car after a horrific accident last week on a long stretch of road in Missouri.  As rescue workers were trying to [...]

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The Catholic Church is Wrong on Illegal Immigration

June 30, 2013

There I was, minding my own business during Sunday morning mass, when my priest referred to a little prayer in the bulletin for what he called “comprehensive immigration reform.”  He went on to suggest that it should be put on our refrigerators to remind us of the issue.  The prayer, called “A Prayer for Immigrant [...]

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Movie Review — Man of Steel

June 16, 2013

There’s no denying that we’re in the film age of the prequel and reboot – Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman, and countless horror movies, etc.  Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel is an attempt to reboot the Superman franchise into something a little more modern, with edge, grit, and a bit more character depth.  Here’s the trailer: [...]

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Happy Easter!

March 31, 2013

If it’s the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of Spring, it must be Easter! Hope you and your family have a great one! Unfortunately for Christians nowadays, we live in perilous times.  Not only is the Obamacare contraception mandate a brazen attack on religious liberty, the language all over social [...]

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What is Pope Francis Up To?

March 27, 2013

Pope Francis was only elected two weeks ago and he has already captured the attention of the world.  In these two weeks, one thing I’ve noticed among people I know is that some Catholics who don’t accept the teachings of the Catholic Church have cited Pope Francis’ humility and willingness to put faith into action [...]

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A Random Thought on Some Christians Who Aren’t Acting Very Christian

March 19, 2013

I was just reading some of the threads over at Free Republic and stumbled upon a comment by Freeper ThinkThenPost (Comment #12) that was so spot on I just had to share it.  It’s a quote about religion by some guy named Emo Phillips that humorously, yet sadly captures many of the attitudes currently out [...]

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope; Chooses the Name Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

Earlier today, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  From this day forward, he will be forever known as Pope Francis.  The new Pontiff was elected on the 5th ballot, which occurred on the second day of the Conclave. As someone who was only a [...]

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Papabiles: A Known Unknown

March 11, 2013

The Papal Conclave is scheduled to begin tomorrow and I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation.  As someone who grew up with Pope John Paul II leading the Church for over a quarter of a century, a new Pope isn’t something I’ve seen very often in my lifetime. Like many Catholics, I’ve had [...]

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Pope Benedict Resigns

February 11, 2013

At 5:30am there are some news alerts one is ready for at that hour — a natural disaster, some national security issue — and others you don’t see coming. So, when news came that Pope Benedict XVI is going to resign the papacy at 8pm on February 28, I was truly completely shocked.  This marks [...]

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Listen to Dr. Benjamin Carson

February 9, 2013

This week at the National Prayer Breakfast Dr. Benjamin Carson, standing right next to the President, hit the room with this attack on political correctness. Here’s the full speech, where Carson hits the national debt, taxation, ObamaCare, and more all in the presence of Dear Leader.  It’s about a half-hour, but those of you stuck [...]

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Merry Christmas!!!

December 25, 2012

From all of us here at AOR, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Catholic Civil Disobedience

November 15, 2012

Now that ObamaCare is going to be coming into effect, the Catholic Church has a tough decision to make in regards to their hospitals.  Because ObamaCare mandates that health plans contain contraceptive coverage and the Catholic Church considers contraception to be morally wrong, the Church is in a tough spot.  The Catholic Church represents 12.5% [...]

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Muslim UK Cabinet Minister Tries to Spread Christmas Cheer

November 12, 2012

When I went to London three years ago, I was stuck by the Christmas decorations because they actually referred to Christmas.  Although like our country, the UK is no stranger to political correctness, it was reassuring to see a society that wasn’t so hypersensitive about the possibility of offending those who are offended by the [...]

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Movie Review — Cloud Atlas

October 27, 2012

The buzz over the film Cloud Atlas is that you will have a love-hate attitude towards this book-to-film adaptation by the Wachowski’s (the brain children of the Matrix).  Some even considered the source book “unfilmable.”  Nonetheless, Cloud Atlas has an all-star cast and seems to have a novel and ambitious plot line.  So, I had [...]

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God Returns to Democrat Platform

September 5, 2012

After yesterday’s crazy exchange between Senator Dick Durbin and Fox’s Bret Baier, the Dems must have thought about the political fallout from the DNC’s exorcism of the word “God” and omitting the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from their official platform. So, God’s been resurrected by the delegates, eliciting boos from a crowd that [...]

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US Debt Tops $16 Trillion as DNC Gets Under Way

September 4, 2012

On the first full day of the 2012 Democrat National Convention, the Treasury Department says that our national debt will eclipse the $16 trillion mark today. That number looks like this: $16,000,000,000,000.00 That’s fitting since Obama has added roughly $5.4 trillion to that number — more than any President ever.  He inherited TARP, passed the [...]

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Jesus Votes Republican… or Does He?

August 17, 2012

Who would Jesus vote for?  The Blaze website had a little fun with that today.  Who the heck knows?  I thought Obama was Jesus: I kid. I’m thinking Jesus would have asked each of us to be the best person we could be by following God’s law and to help others if we can.  The [...]

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The Catholic Church Strikes Back

May 21, 2012

The Catholic Church is not a fan of the contraception mandate required under Obamacare.  So, they recently decided to take action.  Forty-three organizations have filed twelve separate lawsuits against the provision.  Two Catholic universities have decided that the extra insurance cost warrants dropping student coverage altogether!  Here’s the beginning of the First Amendment (my emphasis [...]

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“War on Women” Charge Backfiring

April 12, 2012

In an early January debate, George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney a totally irrelevant question about the issue of birth control which the Supreme Court settled in 1965 and whose proposal was not on any state ballot.  Then, within a month or so the Catholic outcry over Obamacare and whole Sandra Fluke-thing broke commencing the Dems [...]

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Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

On behalf of all of us here at AOR, I want to wish everyone a happy, festive, and holy Easter!

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Catholic Bishops Rail on Obamacare

February 5, 2012

I have to admit that while I’m more than a C&E (Christmas/Easter) Catholic, I do tend to attend mass only sporadically.  Well, I HAD to attend mass this weekend to hear what my priest was going to say about the Obamacare mandate forcing religious groups to violate their consciences or be forced to only provide [...]

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Fixing the MLK Memorial

January 14, 2012

After much protest, the Interior Department has decided to fix the newly dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  The part in question deals with Kings famous “Drum Major” quote, which was merely paraphrased on the statue.  The National Park Service plans on altering the quote to make it historically accurate, and make King sound less [...]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

On behalf of all of us here at AOR, let me express our firm wishes that you and your family have a very Merry (and potentially holy) Christmas!

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Memorializing Martin Luther King Without God

October 16, 2011

Today will be the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, which was postponed from August 28 because of Hurricane Irene.  President Obama will be attending and speaking at the ceremony along with many others.  The memorial has stirred some controversy, as some hope for a correction to a [...]

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