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Catholic American Thinker.

Vic Biorseth,

The Reference Material page lists all the information sources that form the foundation for the arguments and positions set forth in this site.

The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Ignatius, Catholic Edition, Catholic Biblical Association

  • The most orthodox Roman Catholic English language translation available; the one quoted by the Catechism, Rome and the last Council documents.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, U.S. Catholic Church.

  • Infallibly defined in Fidei Depositum by John Paul the Great as a "sure norm" for orthodox teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.

Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures, Pope Benedict XVI

  • Opposes radical secularism and all that it sponsors: contraception, abortion, euthanasia, indifferentism, militant atheism, etc.

Values in a Time of Upheaval, Pope Benedict XVI

  • On the need for objective and fixed truths as anchor, sail and rudder amid the winds, tides and shoals of ever changing culture.

Truth And Tolerance: Christian Belief And World Religions, Pope Benedict XVI

  • What meaning or purpose does any religion, belief or even life itself have if not connected with any external objective Truth?

The Road to Serfdom: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, F. A. Hayek

  • Dedicated 'to Socialists of all Parties', THE classic warning against the dangers to freedom inherent in grand social planning.

Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman

  • As government bureaucracy, regulations, economic controls and spending increase, all freedom and wealth correspondingly decline.

Democracy in America (Signet Classics), Alexis de Tocqueville

  • In 1835 Tocqueville determined that what made America great was the Christian goodness of her people. Two interdependent things.

The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library), Adam Smith

  • 1776 by Divine Providence brought us our Declaration of Independence, and Wealth of Nations; Representative Government, Free Market Capitalism, and Freedom.

Scepter RSV Bible, Catholic Edition

  • Scepter RSV Bible, Catholic Edition. My personal favorite model: leather bound, gilt edges, indented index tabs. Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition.

1984, Orwell

  • Orwell's 1984, written in 1949, still excellent. What happens when all power rests with government, and none with the citizen.

Animal Farm, Orwell

  • Orwell's Animal Farm: How anti-tyranny revolutionaries can themselves become totalitarian tyrants.

Goodbye, Good Men, M. S. Rose

  • Goodbye, Good Men - M. S. Rose, shows how MOST American Catholic bishops employ Gate-Keeping stratagems to keep the most orthodox Catholic men out of Catholic ministry.

The Ratzinger Report: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

  • The Ratzinger Report: A future pope forthrightly addresses the multiple crises in the post-Vatican II Church.

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

  • The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, classically presents correspondence between Wormwood, a temptor-demon-in-training, and his mentor, Screwtape, a Senior Demon.

Vietnam Under Communism, Nguyen Van Canh

  • Nguyen Van Canh's Vietnam Under Communism describes the judicial murders, the bamboo gulag, the re-education camps and all the predictable results of America's betrayal of South Vietnam.

And That's The Way It Isn't, Brent Bozell

  • Brent Bozell's And That's The Way It Isn't shows how very little of anything you ever read, saw or heard as mainstream media 'news' was un-spun, not propagandized, and true.

Hollywood Vs America, Michael Medved

  • In Hollywood Vs America, Michael Medved explores how show-biz pursues it's own dark, amoral fantasies versus what the public wants, even to the detriment of profit.

The Counter Revolution of Science, F.A.Hayek

  • F.A.Hayek's Counter Revolution of Science describes Scientism: the un-empirical, purely subjective, elitist, collective, 'popular composite' approach used by today's so-called scientists.

Hoodwinking The Nation, Julian Simon

  • In Hoodwinking The Nation, Julian Simon systematically destroys media-popularized social myths, re human population, limited resources, environment, pollution, food production, etc.

Politics of the ACLU, William Donohue

  • William Donohue's Politics of the ACLU. A better name would be Anti-CHRISTian-Litigation-Union, as it systematically opposes our clearly defined Constitutional right to free Christian exercise and expression in the open public square.

The Secret World of American Communism, Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, Fridich Igore Firsov

  • The Secret World of American Communism uses released Soviet Union archives to document the massive subversive activities that went on in the USA. (If they're really out to get you, you're not really paranoid.)

Darwin On Trial, Phillip Johnson

  • Darwin On Trial, Phillip Johnson, systematically proves that Evolution Theory is based solely upon Faith in Naturalism. Refuting all empirical, scientific evidence for Darwin’s theory is quite easy - none exists.

Darwin's Black Box, Michael Behe

  • Darwin's Black Box, Michael Behe, shows via mathematical laws of probability that the entire universe has not been in existences long enough for even the simplest of evolutionary events to possibly occur.

What's Wrong With Freud? Allers

  • Allers' What's Wrong With Freud? highlights the preposterous premise that the unconscious mind could be detected and studied, and its uncritical acceptance by the 'scientific' community.

Psychological Seduction, William Kilpatrick

  • Psychological Seduction, William Kilpatrick, documents an overarching attempt at creating THE Secular Religion. Aren't psychology and religion two paths to get to the same place? No, they are not.

Victims Of Memory, Pendergrast

  • Victims Of Memory by Pendergrast shows how psychology-gone-berserk powerfully induced memories of past events, WHICH DID NOT OCCUR, solidly into the minds of “patients”, who were, in fact, victims of this “treatment”.

Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences, Reisman

  • Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences, Reisman: Scientific fraud, perverse group sex and even criminal sexual acts involving hundreds of infants and children, to produce the famous Kinsey Report. That's the way they do science at Indiana University.

The Ultimate Resource 2, Julian Simon

  • In Ultimate Resource 2, Julian Simon refutes the notion that we're running out of anything. In free markets, cost of anything IN CONSTANT DOLLARS is now lower or nearly the same, measuring from any past point in history. Yes, that includes oil. (This rule is NOT true in UN-FREE markets.)

Ecoscam by Ronald Bailey

  • Ecoscam by Ronald Bailey methodically deconstructs various Eco-Doom predictions. And, it warns of social and ecological harm to expect if we listen to the Eco-Nazi doomsayers.

Myth of Heterosexual Aids, Fumento

  • Fumento's Myth of Heterosexual Aids shows how the Hetero-AIDS story was fabricated by the MSM for sensationalism and by our Public Health officials for money, power, and growth of their bureaucracies.

Rethinking AIDS, Fumento

  • Rethinking AIDS by Fumento- Question: Where's the empirical evidence for any link between HIV and AIDS? Answer: There isn't any. And there never was.

Inventing The AIDS Virus, Duesberg

  • Duesberg's Inventing The AIDS Virus provides the scientific evidence debunking the complete Socio-Political-Scientistic myth of 'infectious' AIDS. A Virologist discusses the non-viral nature of AIDS.

Infectuous AIDS, Duesberg

  • Infectuous AIDS by Duesberg. A purely scientific approach to Infectuous AIDS shows, with unimpeachable scientific evidence, that IT DOESN'T EVEN EXIST.

AIDS, Duesberg, Yiamouyiannis

  • AIDS by Duesberg & Yiamouyiannis. As the jacket says: The good news is HIV doesn't cause it. The bad news is that 'recreational drugs', and medical treatments for AIDS, like AZT, do indeed cause it.

Poison By Prescription, John Lauritsen

  • John Lauritsen's Poison By Prescription documents the absolute toxicity of AZT to bone marrow and to the immune system. This is a MUST READ for anyone diagnosed with AIDS, or with infection from the perfectly harmless HIV retro-virus. Your “treatment” can kill you.

The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World, Serge Tridkovic

  • Islam's Two Domains: House Of Submission (Islam), Vs. House Of War (Infidels). Islam’s whole goal is to expand the first at the expense of the second. Guess which one you live in.

Islam Unveiled, Robert Spencer

  • Islam Unveiled explores Islam's fixation on violence, Jihad, murder or subjugation of all non-Moslem individuals and populations, and fundamental, basic, Koranic intolerance of all other options.

Islamic Invasion, Robert Morey

  • Islamic Invasion directly compares the Bible to the Koran; Moses, Jesus and Mohammed; YWH versus Allah; history if Islam; Islamic views on women, equality, freedom, etc.

New Jerome Biblical Commentary, R. E. Brown, J. A. Fitzmyer, R. E. Murphy

  • New Jerome Biblical Commentary- Best commentary, with major insights into Biblical-era culture. But- written in a cold, aloof, disbelieving style, as scholarly authors play-act at being pure materialist ‘scientists’. Still, it’s the best cultural and historical reference around. The culture of the era is important.

Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church

  • Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church. Sources of teaching: Extraordinary Magisterium, and Ordinary Universal Magisterium; Councils; Canons; Pronouncements; Encyclicals.

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Ludwig Ott

  • Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma; Ludwig Ott. All Catholic teaching compressed into one outstanding go-to source; from Tradition, Scripture and Reason, all points of Catholic teaching are addressed.

An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Newman

  • Newman's Christian Doctrine. Research for this ‘essay’ turned Newman into a Catholic. Research of doctrine back through history into Biblical times proved conclusively that NO UNIVERSAL CHURCH TEACHING ON FAITH OR MORALS EVER CHANGED.

The Code of Canon Law

  • The Code of Canon Law; A Text And Commentary. Everything the Church says is first produced in Latin. This is purported to be the very best English language treatment of Canon Law, sacrament, ministry.

Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton

  • Chesterton's Orthodoxy. When asked 'Well then, what, precisely, is a man to believe in, if not in himself?' Chesterton replied ‘I shall write a book in response to that question.’ This is it. Classic Chesterton.

Mere Christianity, C.S.Lewis

  • C.S.Lewis' Mere Christianity. An Anglican essayist/commentator addresses broader Christianity. If you’re trying to understand Christianity but your intellect is getting in the way, read this book.

The Popes and Slavery, Panzer

  • The Popes and Slavery by Panzer shows how the Roman Catholic Church has clearly and doctrinally opposed enslaving and selling of human beings from the day it was introduced into Western Civilization.

The Pope Encyclopedia, Bunson

  • The Pope Encyclopedia contains the good, the bad and the ugly. All Popes, including the ones we Catholics are the least proud of. Even contains fictional popes invented by anti-Catholic detractors.

History of the Popes, Sir Nicolas Cheetham

  • Sir Nicolas Cheetham's History of the Popes provides biographical and historical insight into the oldest uninterrupted and unbroken continuously existing human institution on Earth, by far.

Pope Fiction, Patrick Madrid

  • Patrick Madrid's Pope Fiction. Paraphrasing the author, this book provides measured Catholic responses to 30 anti-Papal and anti-Catholic arguments that mythed the mark. (Ain’t that cute?)

The Pope And The Holocaust, John S. Rader

  • The Pope And The Holocaust takes place in that terrible time when Marxism gave birth to Fascism, Nazism and Communism. The single, solitary voice in the world defending the Jews was that of the Pope.

Greatness Dishonoured, O'Carrol

  • O'Carrol's Greatness Dishonoured deals with Leftist flat out lies perpetrated against a truly holy and heroic man, Pius XII, who saved more Jews during WW II than any man, nation, entity or group.

Common Sense & Rights of Man, Thomas Paine

  • Common Sense & Rights of Man by Thomas Paine, arguably the most fiery, revolutionary and eloquent spokesman for Liberty and human rights in America’s 18th century Founding era, or, perhaps, ever.

The Theory Of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith

  • In his Theory Of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith, who wrote Wealth Of Nations in 1776, first described ‘Trickle Down’ from the ‘Invisible Hand’ contributing to founding-era economic thought, true in Smith’s day, in Reagan’s day and our day.

The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison, Jay

  • Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison and Jay argued for the need of a central, national government in America’s first political debate regarding the framing of our Constitution and the make-up of our government. The narrowly winning argument.
The Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Anti-Federalist Papers present the losing arguments of such as Patrick Henry and John Dewitt in our nation’s first major political debate. They came so close to winning that their arguments are still very important today. Had they won, we would have been an alliance of independent states, not unlike the then existing Iroquois League of seven Indian tribes.

The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Alexander Roberts

  • Ante-Nicene Fathers presents Church history from the first 'Fathers Of The Church' from before the First Great Council. These bishops were contemporary or within a few generations of the original Apostles.

The Nicene And Post-Nicene Fathers, Phillip Schaff, Henry Wace

  • Nicene And Post-Nicene Fathers takes up where the Ante-Nicene Fathers left off; continuation of Church History in the words of the Church Fathers, in defense of the faith and development of doctrine.

The Death Of Common Sense, Philip K. Howard

  • Death Of Common Sense documents the over-legalization of everything in America, with rules replacing thinking, and a near banning of human judgment; a process that began with the sixties upheavals.

The Culture of Disbelief, Stephen L. Carter

  • Culture of Disbelief calmly and rationally addresses clearly anti-Constitutional legal, political and popular trivialization, marginalization and prohibition of free Christian religious exercise, or even open Christian religious expression of any kind.

Godless: The Church Of Liberalism, Ann Coulter

  • Godless: The Church Of Liberalism, in which conservative Christian fire-brand Ann Coulter INFURIATES today’s overwhelmingly Leftist Democratic Party by simply telling the truth about their anti-Christian positions.

New Media Monopoly, Bagdikian

  • This book and predecessor Media Monopoly describe a continually shrinking number of print and broadcast corporations controlled by a shrinking number of men, all of whom know each other and share radical Leftist leanings.

Illiberal Education, D'souza

  • D'souza's Illiberal Education describes the Leftist political-correctness mine-field of the campus, where you leave all Constitutional rights behind in a Neverland of Utopian Idealism. American academia equals Marxist Heaven.

Weapons Of Mass Distortion, L. Brent Bozell

  • Weapons Of Mass Distortion solidly documents the Leftist bias the media denies, how they use the Hate Speech they condemn, their opposition to the American ideal, and their awesome political influence.

Witness To Hope, Weigel

  • Witness To Hope is Weigel's biography of John Paul The Great, arguably the most influential mover and shaker of culture of his day. He (and Reagan and Thatcher) actually brought down the Iron Curtain.

The Way to Christ. Pope John Paul the Great

  • Taken from his many sermons and retreats when he was bishop and cardinal. John Paul The Great stresses the immediacy of Christ and his Gospel, the sacred miracle of life, the sins of men against women.

Memory And Identity John Paul The Great

  • In Memory And Identity John Paul The Great’s towering intellect simplifies questions surrounding Good and Evil, emphasizing philosophy over theology, pointing the way to Ultimate Good, which is God.

Crossing The Threshold Of Hope, John Paul The Great

  • In Crossing The Threshold Of Hope John Paul The Great, the ‘Be Not Afraid!’ pope, on the eve of a new millennium, addresses pain, suffering and evil juxtaposed against Life Everlasting, and Hope.

The Splendor Of Truth, John Paul The Great

  • In Splendor Of Truth John Paul The Great expounds and defends Objective Truth against philosophical and moral relativism & the modern denial of absolute Truth. GREAT theological & philosophical work.

Prayers And Devotions of John Paul The Great

  • Prayers And Devotions of John Paul The Great is a devotional you may read through once, but will then use as a daily devotional. Topics as diverse as Life itself, authored through a truly great and holy mind.

The Gospel Of Life, John Paul The Great

  • Gospel Of Life is the challenge of John Paul The Great: sanctity of life; Culture Of Life Vs. Culture Of Death; establishing Christianity’s unalterable opposition to the secularist culture of “choice”.

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, John Paul The Great

  • Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, the closing work of John Paul The Great. In parts biography, theology, philosophy, sermon, life-advice, devotion- ALL of it is inspirational, uplifting and challenging.

The Encyclical Letters of John Paul The Great,

  • All the Encyclical Letters of John Paul The Great, in one package. Papal teachings from one of the most prolific writers and towering intellects of the current and last century, holding to the Truth.

The Wisdom Of John Paul II

  • Wisdom Of John Paul II collects in one volume the teachings on faith, theology, conscience, ethos, culture, life, from encyclicals, sermons, retreats of the most engaged and engaging mind of our time.

Faith And Reason, John Paul The Great

  • In Faith And Reason John Paul The Great stresses return to metaphysics, the reality of fixed, objective yet knowable Truth, return to Reason, and turning from Doubtfulness and the Crisis of Meaning.

Ecclesia De Eucharistia, John Paul The Great

  • Ecclesia De Eucharistia by John Paul The Great sets Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharistic Bread and Wine of the Altar as the source, summit and center of Catholic culture and Christian life.

Rosarium Virginis Mariae, John Paul The Great

  • In his Rosary Letter, John Paul The Great gives the world five new Rosary Mysteries: The Baptism of the Lord; The Wedding at Cana; The Proclamation of the Kingdom; The Transfiguration; The Eucharist.

The Great Terror, Robert Conquest

  • The Great Terror thoroughly documents the madness, sadism, mass murder and horrors perpetrated by Lenin and Stalin that would come to typify Communism everywhere applied as Lenin & Trotsky’s ‘remedy’ for Capitalism and self-rule.

Harvest Of Sorrow, Robert Conquest

  • Harvest Of Sorrow documents the atrocities, collectivization, and state-induced terror-famines perpetrated upon the Soviet peasantry by the Communist Party, which killed more people than World War I.

The Quality Of Mercy, William Shawcross

  • William Shawcross' The Quality Of Mercy reports the predictable, horrible way that Communism treated the people of Cambodia & the shameful world response to more terror, famine, atrocity and human holocaust.

The Diseasing Of America, Peele

  • Diseasing Of America presents a controversial & powerful argument against the disease-theory of addiction, against establishment theory on which careers are built, emphasizing personal responsibility.

The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, Von Mises

  • In Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Von Mises notes all the passionate anti-Capitalist diatribes that merely advertise the program they attack, there being no rational and viable substitute for a free market economy.

Bureaucracy, Ludwig Von Mises’

  • Ludwig Von Mises’ Bureaucracy is the prophetic work of a great economist describing ‘Bureaucratism’ as the political command system of the Socialist state damning all future generations to subservient lives.

Capitalism And Freedom, Friedman

  • Capitalism And Freedom presents the preeminent economist and the founder of Monetarism Milton Friedman’s direct economic linkage of free markets to man’s freedom through representative government.

God's Invisible Hand, Arinze

  • God's Invisible Hand collects interview sessions into a gripping biography of the holy and brilliant Nigerian prelate, Francis Cardinal Arinze, quite possibly a future pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Answers Not Promises, Mother Angelica

  • Answers Not Promises encapsulates the wisdom from Mother Angelica for the living of life and the rewards of living it well, by America’s greatest orthodox public teacher of faith since Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.

The Life Of Christ, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

  • The Life Of Christ by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen is a beautiful and inspiring Christology taught with passion by a teacher enflamed with love of his subject, which is, the most beautiful human life ever lived.

Up From Liberalism, William F Buckley

  • William F Buckley's Up From Liberalism illuminates the new meaning of the word Liberal and provides food for young minds seeking political meaning and direction, as only a truly wise master word-smith could do it.

Nearer My God, William F Buckley

  • Nearer My God is the ‘autobiography of faith’ of William F. Buckley, perhaps America’s most distinguished word-smith, author and conservative thinker; on life, Catholic controversy, depths of faith.

Religions Of Man, Smith

  • Smith's Religions Of Man presents excellent introductions to the major religions of the world, including all the major Protestant denominations. Balanced, historically accurate, neutral without fluff.

Handbook Of Denominations, Mead

  • Mead's Handbook Of Denominations in the United States is an objective and reliable source of information on over 200 recognized religious bodies in the USA. Histories; descriptions; headquarters; etc.

The Last Days Of Socrates. Plato

  • The Last Days Of Socrates is the classic story of one of history’s greatest thinkers, who, among the ancient Greeks, may be thought of today as a founder of orderly thought in the quest for Truth.

Plato's Republic

  • Plato's Republic is the eternal classic emphasizing the individual and collective soul, and a sense of justice – goodness – rather than a soldierly class or a ruling class by which to order society.

Complete Works Of Aristotle

  • Complete Works Of Aristotle bring together the notes of the most famous student of Plato, who was the most famous student of Socrates; Aristotle would surpass them both. A seeker of wisdom, or, Truth.

On Rhetoric, Aristotle

  • Aristotle's On Rhetoric establishes rational argument appealing to ethos (integrity of speaker,) logos (logic) and pathos (sympathy or empathy of the listener.) Reasoned argument as a path to Truth.

Before And After Socrates, Cornford

  • Cornford's Before And After Socrates provides a condensed overview of the Greek philosophers with Socratic thought as the lynchpin. Develops themes from Ionians through Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Collected Dialogues Of Plato

  • Collected Dialogues Of Plato from the 19th century has some problems; however many of the dialogues provide introduction to Aristotle, to know thyself, to the unexamined life is not worth living, etc.

Confessions of St. Augustine

  • Confessions of St. Augustine is part biography part philosophy; one of the greatest books of Christendom, with psychology and theology of the soul, on the importance of finding meaning for one’s life.

City Of God, St. Augustine

  • St. Augustine’s City Of God: tombstone for the descending Roman culture & foundation stone for the ascending Western Civilization. History and philosophy, opposes any worldly Utopia for the New Jerusalem.

Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas remains the central masterpiece of Christian theology, treating God, Trinity, Christ, psychology and nature of the person, nature & mission of the Church, much more. The first Catechism.

Arise From Darkness, Groeschel

  • Groeschel’s Arise From Darkness: what to do when life doesn’t make sense; why do bad things happen to good people, etc., from a priest & psychologist drawing on Augustine & Acquinas rather then Freud.

Spiritual Passages, Groeschel

  • Groeschel’s Spiritual Passages describes the various stages in spiritual growth with sound Christian theology combined with human psychology. It is an appropriate guide even for non-Christians who have serious questions about life.

God Is Near Us, Ratzinger

  • Ratzinger’s God Is Near Us; a future Pope’s teaching on Eucharist- the summit to which the whole Church is directed, the center of liturgy, theology, psychology, etc.; merging with the body of Christ.

Mary, John Paul The Great

  • John Paul The Great’s letter on Mary with intro by Cardinal Ratzinger: Mary as the Mother Of The Redeemer, Mary’s ‘Yes’, Mary in the Mystery of Christ, Mary in the Pilgrim Church, Mary’s Mediation.

God Is Love, Benedict XVI

  • God Is Love, Benedict XVI’s first encyclical teaching, distinguishes between eros and agape; Christ as Love Incarnate; the Love Commandment; call to acts of justice and charity for person and Church.

The Great Heresies, Hilaire Belloc

  • Hilaire Belloc examines 5 Great Heresies: Arianism, Mohammedanism, The Albigensians, Protestantism, and Modernism, with affects on culture, then, now, and to come. A highly prophetic work.

Characters Of The Reformation, Hilaire Belloc

  • Characters Of The Reformation describes the major characters, emphasizing England as Protestantism could not have survived without England, and not without the distraction of the onslaught of Islam.

How The Reformation Happened, Hilaire Belloc

  • How The Reformation Happened by Hilaire Belloc, the great historian, tells how the original split by Luther was unintended, the English revolt was due to a political accident, and yet, here we are.

The Crusades, Hilaire Belloc

  • Belloc's The Crusades records the epic war between Western civilization and Islam as represented by ‘the Turk’- Mongol tribes out of Asia. Engrossing history of glory, failure, and prophecy come true.

INQUISITION, Edward Peters'

  • Edward Peters' INQUISITION demystifies historical Inquisitions that existed and THE Inquisition which did not. Fascinating objective study of the blending of history and myth into dominant perception.

The Facts About Luther, Ohare

  • The Facts About Luther uses Luther's own words to show him to be exactly opposite of his Protestant image; a horrible person AND theologian. Exceptionally well documented, if a bit over-passionate.

Protestant Reformation In England And Ireland, Cobbett

  • Protestant Reformation In England And Ireland is a history of the events and the negative consequences for England as well as for the entire world. From today’s view it’s all quite obviously negative.

The Stripping Of The Altars, Duffy

  • The Stripping Of The Altars solidly documents, first the vibrant religiosity of the pre-Reformation laity, then the suppression of lay religiosity, and then the resurgence of the old heresy of iconoclasm and the systematic destruction of the finest art in existence.

The Fourth Crusade, Donald E. Queller

  • The Fourth Crusade: They were excommunicated before they went 300 miles; they sacked and burned a major Christian city; they never even made it to the Holy Land; HOLLYWOOD couldn’t have made this up.

Galileo In Rome, William R. Shea

  • Galileo In Rome: an honest history of Galileo’s arrogant confrontations with peers, patrons and even theologians. If he had stuck to science only, there would have been no trial and no Church blunder.

Giants Of Science, Philip Cane

  • Giants Of Science by Philip Cane presents brief biographies of the most influential scientists of history, along with their discoveries, developments and contributions to thought and to mankind.
A Brief History Of Time, Hawking
  • A Brief History Of Time from the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking. Once upon a time, there was nothing. Time, the absolutely required medium for cause and effect, once did not exist, and doesn’t exist in a black hole. So - how did the Big Bang happen?

Black Holes & Time Warps, Kip S. Thorne

  • Black Holes & Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne is the best treatment of black holes I have found for the layman. If I can understand it, you can probably understand it. Engrossing exploration of modern physics. Exceptionally well written.

Anti-Catholicism In The Media, Riley Shaw

  • Anti-Catholicism In The Media documents clearly biased public treatments in common practice that would never be either perpetrated or tolerated if against Jews, Moslems or any other religious group.

Anti-Catholicism In American Culture, Lockwood

  • Anti-Catholicism In American Culture: in today’s theoretically religiously tolerant society, when the target is the Church, the rules change, re stereotyping, false history, misrepresentations, etc.

Everything Starts From Prayer, Mother Teresa

  • Everything Starts From Prayer by Mother Teresa: a deceptively short, profound guide to living life richly even though in worldly ways you may be poor. How-to-live wisdom from one who lived life well.

The Simple Path, Mother Teresa

  • A Simple Path; Mother Teresa. No complex theology; no real doctrine; no preaching; a simple reminder of the definition of love. Opposition to self; becoming selfless in the service of the other: LOVE.

Meditations From The Simple Path, Mother Teresa

  • Mother Teresa’s Meditations From A Simple Path: Startlingly simple, inspired, and deeply profound. Inspirational meditations built upon a life of service to the Least Of His, and to human dignity.

Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton

  • Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton: Moving beyond reflection and meditation to the higher level of contemplative prayer is a movement into silent openness and entry into a new form of ‘reality’.

Celebrating The Holy Eucharist, Arinze

  • Arinze’s Celebrating The Holy Eucharist illuminates the Mass as not only the summit of Catholic life and center of public worship, but our deepest prayer, involving actual Communion with God Himself.

Turning Towards the Lord, Lang

  • Lang’s ‘Turning Towards the Lord’ presents good historical and theological argument for Eastward (toward Jerusalem) liturgical orientation, for church architecture, congregation, priests & servers.

The Spirit Of The Liturgy, Ratzinger

  • Ratzinger’s The Spirit Of The Liturgy: a GREAT exposition of orthodox Catholic Liturgy, in Essence, in Time and Space, in Art, and in Form. A turn away from banality in the TRUE spirit of Vatican II.

Christian Prayer

  • Christian Prayer beautifully presents official Catholic prayer known as Divine Office and/or Liturgy Of The Hours; Morning, Daytime, Evening and Night prayers for each day of the year; needs separate annual guide.

Daily Roman Missal

  • Daily Roman Missal: in one volume, all daily liturgical Scripture readings for every day of the year including Sundays and Holy days and the full Liturgy of the Mass. Latin & English on facing pages. (Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass.)

St Dominic and the Rosary, Beebe

  • Beebe's St Dominic and the Rosary is an excellent book for youth (10-16) on the life of Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, credited with development of the modern Rosary, and of course, a Saint.

The Rosary Prayer By Prayer, Doyle

  • The Rosary Prayer By Prayer by Doyle: a beautiful & useful aid in properly praying the Rosary, with meditations & excellent art works as visual meditation aids as you pray each of the Mysteries.

The New Rosary In Scripture, Edward P. Sri

  • The New Rosary In Scripture: Ten Scripture verses for each of 20 mysteries; one for each Hail Mary bead, includes John Paul The Great’s new mysteries. My personal favorite prayer. GREAT meditation.

Deep Conversion Deep Prayer, Dubay

  • Dubay’s Deep Conversion Deep Prayer. For the already-converted, this is the next step. Radical & deepening conversion and growth in spiritual life, love of God and of neighbor. Prayerful path to God.

Fire Within, Fr Thomas Dubay

  • Fire Within by Fr Thomas Dubay is NOT light reading; excellent synthesis of Scripture and two great doctors of the Church, St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila; a good path to Christian mysticism.

Unabridged Christianity, Romero

  • Romero's Unabridged Christianity presents perhaps the best and most concise well documented defense of the most controversial of Catholic doctrines and teachings. Don’t let the small size fool you.

Yes Or No, Peter Kreeft

  • Yes Or No by Peter Kreeft is a thinking-man’s Catholic Apologetic set in the form of a dialogue between two protagonists. All questions are not answered; some are left open as thought provokers.

Catholic And Christian, Alan Schreck

  • Catholic And Christian by Alan Schreck presents an accurate explanation and exposition of the most misunderstood and misrepresented Catholic teachings; theology for Catholics, explanation for others.

Catholic Questions Catholic Answers, Fr. Kenneth Ryan

  • Catholic Questions Catholic Answers by Fr. Kenneth Ryan handles questions from Nostradamus to Purgatory to Mormonism to Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Holocaust to Medjugorje to Anti-Christ; well done.

Why Do Catholics Do That?, Johnson

  • Johnson’s Why Do Catholics Do That? De-mystifies the odd-looking or sounding rites, rituals and objects for the un-initiated. Eucharist, Rosary, Crucifix, Sign of the Cross, Catholic Culture, more.

Why Be Catholic?, Fr. William O’Malley

  • Fr. William O’Malley’s Why Be Catholic? is an excellent demonstration of how Catholicism is a thinking man’s religion. When you’re all done regurgitating Scripture and Theology, REASON leads you home.

The Essential Catholic Handbook, O’Conner

  • The Essential Catholic Handbook by O’Conner: more pastoral than academic, a good supplement to the Catechism, a good summary of Vatican II, and a terminology aid with the “WHYs” of Catholic practices.

Catholicism For Dummies, John Trigilio, Kenneth Brighenti

  • Catholicism For Dummies: Orthodox, down-to-earth intro to traditions, prayers, rites, beliefs, calendar, worship, hierarchy, Commandments, sacraments, +; each chapter independent, good for ALL of us.

Casti Connubi, Pius XI

  • Pius XI issued Casti Connubi in December 31, 1930 infallibly teaching the mortal sinfulness of artificial contraception and outlining its negative effects on the individual, the family and culture.

Humanae Vitae, Paul VI

  • With the issuance of Humanae Vitae in 1968 by Paul VI came the clear prophesy of the culture of death we are now experiencing. A second pope reiterates the unchanged Church doctrine on the mortal sinfulness of artificial contraception.

Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, Janet Smith

  • Janet Smith's Why Humanae Vitae Was Right shows, among other things, that legitimizing artificial contraception led to legitimizing ALL non-reproductive sexual acts, which means legitmizing all sexual perversions. Even abortion is now widely used as just another means of artificial contraception.

Vatican II

  • Vatican II provides the Council documents you can read for yourself. Heterodox Liberals defining “The Spirit Of Vatican II” widely and grossly miss-interpreted these teachings, documents and intents.

Mother Angelica, Arroyo

  • Arroyo's Mother Angelica is a biography of SOME KIND OF WOMAN; inspirational for Catholics & would-be entrepreneurs, a woman who openly challenged Cardinals, Networks & odds to electronically evangelize the WORLD.

Catholic Shrines and Places of Pilgrimage in the United States, Keheler

  • Catholic Shrines and Places of Pilgrimage in the United States provides addresses, phone numbers, hours of just about all US shrines and monasteries. An excellent aid in planning trips and vacations.

Mary Of Galilee: a Trilogy, Buby

  • Fr. Buby’s three-volume Mary Of Galilee: a Trilogy. 1 Mary in the New Testament; 2 Woman of Israel – Daughter of Zion; 3 The Marian Heritage of the Early Church. Insights into Mary’s Yes, life, culture, historical context, importance.

A Right to Bear Arms, S. P. Halbrook

  • An excellent source of the legal history and specification of American citizen gun rights, not only those established in the federal Constitution’s Bill of Rights, but also in all of the various individual American state Constitutions.

Guns, Crime and Freedom, W. LaPierre

  • This book is an excellent exposition of evidences showing the relationship between rising crime rates and declining gun ownership. Wherever gun control laws increase, gun crime rates increase predictably and proportionately. Debunks the anti-gun arguments and examines anti-gun ownership motives.

That Every Man Be Armed, Halbrook

  • Halbrook’s That Every Man Be Armed presents a comprehensive treatment of the philosophy, history, legal precedent and current law under girding the Constitutional right of the American citizen to “keep and bear arms.”

The Fair Tax Book

  • Neal Boortz; Congressman John Linder. Presents a viable alternative to our monstrous tax code that, among other things, shields government growth and corrupt political pork barrel politics at the expense of proper and honorable government. Fair Tax eliminates that, along with a repeal of Amendment XVI, the infamous income tax amendment.

Fair Tax: The Truth.

  • Neal Boortz; Congressman John Linder. Systematically responds to objective criticisms, misinformed criticisms and false disinformation regarding the Fair Tax alternative to gigantic, complex government brought to us through a purposely over-complex tax code. If you hate doing your tax return every year, you have an interest in this topic.

Going Rogue; An American Life.

  • Sarah Palin. A really down-to-earth auto-biographical sketch of how an ordinary American woman reacted to extraordinary circumstances, conquering seemingly insurmountable challenges with faith, common sense and practicality. (When I say “ordinary,” you must remember we’re speaking about an Alaskan here; after reading this book I no longer think of Alaskans as ordinary Americans.) Good things always come out of independent minds, and Alaska may be the last stronghold of the true independent spirit. We have been tamed too much here in the lower 48.

White Ghetto; How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.

  • Star Parker. The noted author, commentator and speaker here reveals the relationship between the obvious decline of Americas inner city ghettos and the cities themselves, and the not-so-well studied decline of the larger American culture itself. The root cause: the decline of our morality – our common sense of right and wrong.

The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980) A Critical Analysis.

  • Carol Byrne. A solidly researched documentary describing the efforts of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin and their Catholic Worker Movement to sneak Socialism and Communism into Catholicism and into secular life under the disguise of "Christian Communism." Of the many similar treacherous efforts of Marxism, this may be the best effort yet at undermining the Christian foundation of Western Civilization and the Liberty of America.

The Keys Of This Blood.

  • Malachi Martin. The Struggle for World Dominion between Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev & the Capitalist West. The role of John Paul II in the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the new three-way geopolitical contest for global dominion: the contest between Marxism, Western Capitalism, and - surprise - Catholicism.

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General Commentary Pages
Various unrelated topics that stirred thought and provoked writing (or quoting) at one time or another. The Everything Else Bucket.

Undoing Evil: Unraveling the sly "Good Intentions" destroying the West. Undoing Evil means reversing Political Correctness and Amorality, and returning to Pure Meritocricy.

Letter to an American Warrior, from an old American Citizen, with Love. An old man's advice to a young man, sent in a letter to an American Warrior.

The Judas Complex: How a traitor may not recognized his own treason. The Judas Complex explains how Judas Iscariot - like many a modern day Bishop - compromised with the world.

Christmas 2014:  Hope is Reborn; Salvation has come into the world. The Christmas 2014 Turning Point:  The Kingdom is upon us; our King is among us.

A Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ deepens faith and faith commitment.  A Personal Relationship with America deepens love of country and patriotic commitment.

Work at home jobs that have had me. A long, costly and unsuccessful run at work from home jobs that didn't work for us.

Truth versus Agenda addresses the simplest of problems greatly complexified. Truth versus Agenda examines the contest between reality and its opposition.

Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.

My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.

A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.

Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.

Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.

Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.

The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.

On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.

On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.

Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.

The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.

Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.

Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce.

On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.

A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.

Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.

The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words.  The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."

Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again

Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.

Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot.  America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.

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