“Dagger John” was no pacifist Catholic bishop. A lesson for our time?

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Archbishop John Hughes of New York, universally known to friend and foe as Dagger John, was  a very tough and fearless man.  After the anti-Catholic riots in Philadelphia in 1844 he called on the mayor of New York, an anti-Catholic bigot, and informed him that if a single Catholic church was touched in New York, New York would be a second Moscow.  (The reference was to the burning of Moscow in 1812 during Napoleon’s occupation of the city.) Not a Catholic church was touched.  On another occasion when a threat was made to burn Saint Patrick’s cathedral the Archbishop had it guarded within hours by 4,000 armed Catholics.  He earned his nickname!

Among his many accomplishments was his success in leading the New York Irish out of poverty.  It is a fascinating story and relevant to our time.  In 1997 in City Journal, William J. Stern wrote an article on how Dagger John did it…

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Much like Joseph Stalin, Sonia Sotomayor says she is hostile to the Church because of her early experiences as a Catholic.

The high court, as it has been for many years, is narrowly split along ideological lines, with Justice Anthony Kennedy the powerful swing vote, lately found mostly in the conservative camp. Six of the court’s members are Catholics: Chief Justice John Roberts, Kennedy, Sotomayor — who was appointed by Obama in 2009 as the first-ever Hispanic Supreme Court justice — and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

But none of her fellow Catholic justices have ever made public the kind of bitterness toward the institutional Church found in Sotomayor’s just-published New York Times No. 1 bestseller “My Beloved World.” According to The New York Times, Sotomayor says she modeled the book “after President Obama’s ‘Dreams From My Father,’” another bestseller.

The main source of the hostility is that as a child, her local Irish priest, a Father Dolan, failed to pay a visit to her grief-stricken Puerto Rican mother after the death of Sotomayor’s alcoholic father. “His refusal,” Sotomayor writes, “enraged me, all the more so because of the reason: my mother didn’t go to church on Sunday.”

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Editor’s  note: If Sotomayor wrote this about a Jewish rabbi she would instantly be labeled an anti-Semite. Sounds like a simple case of anti-Irish, Puerto Rican racism to me. Based on the admissions contained in her book, Sotomayor should recuse herself from all HHS Mandate deliberations. But she won’t.

Who would have thunk it: James Bond – a Catholic?

Pierce Brosnan admits that he might not have learned all he needed to know about math from the Christian Brothers in Ireland, but the teachers imparted one thing that has stayed with him to this day – his Catholic faith.

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Reader laments lack of TV coverage of Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Ed S. writes:

It was very sad to see that the TV coverage of the St Patrick’s day Chicago Parade was shown at 11 pm at night; after reducing the playing time to 1 hour; in years past it was the full two hours. The canceled South side parade was was also televised in years past.

Why couldn’t the Public TV stations run the parade, rather then running their “money classes”; instead of asking for Government money. I am sure the Irish would be financially grateful.

Is the media unconformable with the Irish large and strong family’s, with 2 parents?

Why wasn’t the new mayor at the Parade? Does he feel the Irish are yesterdays news paper?

I was happy to see that many Suburbs had their own parades and support Irish pro life family values.

Editor’s note: This is probably because gay pride marchers are not allowed in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

No more Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald: New study illustrates the drop-off of Irish in the U.S. Catholic Church.

The author of “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” has said that 60% of Catholic Mass goers under 30 in the United States are Latinos.

David Campbell said, “It’s an interesting story because having diverse ethnic groups within the Catholic Church — that’s nothing new. The Catholics have welcomed immigrants from around the world for generations. What’s new is that it used to be the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Italians and the Irish.”

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Democrats In Disarray – Discover Obama Is Not Irish

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According to confidential sources within the Democartic Party, several high ranking Democrats were stunned when they finally got around to scrutinizing President-Elect Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and realized that there was no apostrophe between the “O” and the “B”.

The inauguration will reportedly still go on as planned.