HISTORY: 158 Years Ago, Lincoln Threatens Emancipation, on September 22, 1862

HISTORY: 158 Years Ago, Lincoln Threatens Emancipation, on September 22, 1862

“God bless you and all with you,” wrote Lincoln to McClellan after the Battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam). “Destroy the rebel army if possible.” But September passed, and McClellan still did not pursue Lee. On October 1, Lincoln ordered McClellan to pursue Lee. McClellan obeyed — but only after another 18-day delay. Though not a…
Saint vs. Congresswoman:  After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

Saint vs. Congresswoman: After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

CNA—A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after an outspoken congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”  St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa…
HISTORY: The Holy Roman Empire’s Quiet End on August 6, 1806

HISTORY: The Holy Roman Empire’s Quiet End on August 6, 1806

With war threatening the French empire, Napoleon backed off from dealing with the pope for awhile.  At this point other matters occupied his mind, such as securing the crown of the Holy Roman Empire for himself.  Pictured to the left (or above), the crown of the once-mighty Holy Roman Empire was in use from the…
St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

While we were watching fireworks on TV, or in the backyard, or, this July 4th, groaning at the onslaught of nonstop mortars and fireworks in our local cities, the beloved statue of Saint Junipero Serra was being torn down at California’s state capitol; a state that in large measure was uniquely formed by his hand,…
Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

A Spanish bishop recently celebrated Mass in the church where St. Junipero Serra was baptized, defending the saint’s legacy against those who have accused him of racism. Bishop Sebastià Taltavull of Mallorca, Spain, recently visited Petra, on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, the hometown of St. Junipero Serra. A great injustice He said the saint…
California Council Votes to Remove Statue of Spanish Priest Canonized by Pope Francis

California Council Votes to Remove Statue of Spanish Priest Canonized by Pope Francis

Newsweek—(reporting includes a video that will make your heart cry—CBJ ed.)  A California city council voted unanimously to remove a statue of a Spanish priest who Pope Francis had canonized. The Ventura City Council cast a 6–0 vote during its meeting Wednesday night to remove a statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its city…
July Fourth Trivia: The Original and Fascinating History of July 4th

July Fourth Trivia: The Original and Fascinating History of July 4th

At the outbreak of fighting in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain. Those who did were thought to be radical. By the middle of the following year, however, sentiments had shifted and many more colonists now favored independence. Then, in August 1775, a royal proclamation from Great Britain declared that the…
Defending American History from Angry, Violent Mobs

Defending American History from Angry, Violent Mobs

Personally, I am not a fan of “Executive Orders,” regardless of which U.S. President issues them.  However, when our national historic heritage is at stake and when local police and city officials do NOTHING to stop mad mob destruction of our historic monuments,  maybe I’ll make an exception, especially if a bill is also introduced…
Perspective: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and 3 short well-researched videos

Perspective: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and 3 short well-researched videos

Patheos—[As my colleague] Philip wrote last Friday, “With all the unavoidable news right now about disease and epidemics, it’s an obvious temptation to look back to past eras to see how they coped with such things, culturally as well as medically.” Indeed, as I get more and more emails from my employer, our kids’ school,…
HISTORY: German Catholics Fight for Religious Freedom

HISTORY: German Catholics Fight for Religious Freedom

It was perhaps the final insult for German statesman Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck and Duke of Lauenburg—who was known as Otto von Bismarck (view image to right, below). Ultimately this statesman is credited with masterminded the unification of Germany in 1871. He served as its first chancellor until 1890, in which capacity he…
HISTORY MATTERS: Triumph of the Führer: January 30, 1933

HISTORY MATTERS: Triumph of the Führer: January 30, 1933

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of the German republic, but how could such a man gain such power? Hitler’s message of social justice appealed to workers and the lower middle class. Since Hitler knew what it was to struggle to make a living, they thought they had found in him a…
HISTORY MATTERS: The Pope Escapes Napoleon: January 23, 1814

HISTORY MATTERS: The Pope Escapes Napoleon: January 23, 1814

Napoleon’s victories and his defeat at Leipzig came as distant rumors to Pope Pius VII at Fontainebleau. Because the pope was undergoing a bitter struggle of his own, he had cared little for such news. In January 1813, nine months before the Battle of Leipzig, the pope had received a sudden visit from Napoleon. The…
The History of Thanksgiving

The History of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect). They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of…
History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

Today, October 14, is a long-established U.S. national holiday in honor of the Catholic Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus who was the first to discover and bring settlers to the new world of what just a few centuries later became the United States of America. There’s much more to the story that you and I learned…
New cardinal says he relied on Eucharist, Mary during time in Soviet prison camp

New cardinal says he relied on Eucharist, Mary during time in Soviet prison camp

Kaunas, Lithuania, CNA – One of the newest cardinals of the Church says he drew strength from the Mass and the Blessed Virgin during the decade he spent in a Soviet prison camp in Siberia. Sigitas Tamkevicius, archbishop emeritus of Kaunas, Lithuania, was elevated to the rank of cardinal in the Oct. 5 consistory. As…
CA Business professionals: Tracing the Footsteps of Saint Junipero Serra: 21 Missions in 21 Days

CA Business professionals: Tracing the Footsteps of Saint Junipero Serra: 21 Missions in 21 Days

Pro-active Catholic business professionals in California, some of them connected with The Year of Prayer, partnered with seasoned Catholic organizations—Knights of Columbus, Blue Army, Knights of Columbus of California, Catholic Action for Faith and Family, to name a few— to jointly sponsor and coordinate and promote not only a year of prayer but more immediately…
Historic mission bell removed from California college

Historic mission bell removed from California college

CNA—A university in California removed a bell last week after a Native American group claimed the historic piece was disrespectful to their heritage.  Catholic Business Journal wonders what this or that group’s “offense” and “disrespect” have to do with objective historic fact and feat at all. History is, well, just that, history — an objective…
History Matters: The Fall of Constantinople: May 29, 1453

History Matters: The Fall of Constantinople: May 29, 1453

You and I grew up learning that Istanbul as the capital of Turkey. We don’t give it a second thought. But Istanbul used to be called Constantinople, once a fortress of Christianity thanks to the remarkable and radical faith conversion of the Emperor Constantine the Great. Famed for its massive and complex defenses, including a…
Lawsuit calls for POW Bible to be removed from VA hospital display

Lawsuit calls for POW Bible to be removed from VA hospital display

CNA—A Bible once carried by a World War II prisoner of war is the center of a legal fight at a veterans’ medical center in New Hampshire. The Bible was part of a “Missing Man” table display, honoring prisoners of war and missing soldiers, placed at the entrance of the Manchester Veterans’ Administration Medical Center.…
More Wondrous than the latest Royal Birth: What Prince George can do that no English monarch has done for 350 YEARS

More Wondrous than the latest Royal Birth: What Prince George can do that no English monarch has done for 350 YEARS

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan on the birth of their first child, now named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, as congratulations are in order for any couple welcoming a child into the world!  What we found especially delightful amid our current deadly age of abortion “rights” and legalized infanticide is the utter joy of Prince Harry…