Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lafayette At The Rider Tavern Septermber 1 - Live Blogging

Today we commemorate Lafayette's Farewell Tour specifically his stop at the Rider Tavern in Charlton.  I'll be live blogging as time permits.

11:50 Earlier this morning was at Sturbridge Host with American Friends of Lafayette who are now at the Worcester Art Museum checking out its Lafayette collection.  Evie and I hosted Julien Icher who is documenting the trail last night.

Arrived at Rider Tavern around 10:00 AM final arrangements with Frank Morrill.  Chairs and podium in the militia field and weather looks promising.

Film crew started coming in a half an hour ago and are setting up.

Frank is back on the scene.

Looking good.


Evie reports AFL done at museum and heading to lunch

12:23 Flags are set.  And Charlton Historical here in force

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lafayette In Charlton On September 1 2018 - Press Release

Contact: Peter J. Reilly
Phone: 774-364-2595
Email:                                                For Immediate Release

September 1  - Commemoration of General Lafayette’s stop at the
Rider Tavern in Charlton Mass on his 1824-25 Farewell Tour -
Rain Or Shine
Tours of Rider Tavern (255 Stafford St) from 1:30 to 3:00.  Event 3:00 to 6:00

Julien Icher documenting Lafayette Trail with Frank Morrill of Charlton Historical Society at Rider Tavern

The Charlton Historical Society and the American Friends of Lafayette will join with
other community groups in commemorating the reception of
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette.  Known to
Americans simply as ‘Lafayette’ or sometimes ‘the Marquis,’ a title he had renounced,
Lafayette was considered the “hero of two worlds” as he played a critical role in the
successes of both the American and French Revolutions.

Invited by President Monroe to visit the republic as it approached its 50th birthday,
his reception in America was like nothing before or since.  Everywhere he went
he was mobbed by crowds and entertained with great ceremony.

In celebrating Lafayette, who turned 67 during the tour, making him the only
surviving Major General who had served under George Washington, Americans
were celebrating their experiment in government by the people with the veterans of the
Revolution still among them.  Divided by one of the most bitter Presidential contests in
our history, they put aside differences to celebrate Lafayette and freedom.

Among those greeting Lafayette (portrayed by Ben Goldman)  will be:

Alan Hoffman - President American Friends of Lafayette and translator
of Lafayette In America
Julien Icher - Developer of Lafayette Trail App - Julien accompanied President Macron on his
White House visit.
Bud Holland - Bud is a World War II veteran credited with service in the
Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland Campaigns including the Battle of The Bulge
Senator Anne M. Gobbi and other public officials
Frank Morrill - Former President of Charlton Historical Society

Among the organizations sending contingents to greet Lafayette are

Colonel Henry Knox Regimental Color Guard - Sons of The American Revolution
General Ebenezer Learned Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution
Colonial Craftsman of Colonial Massachusetts
Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Spirit Of 1824

... there never was nor will be such a meeting in this or any country ,,,
Salem Towne Junior July 25, 1824

Salem Towne Junior wrote those words to encourage his wife to come to see
how Lafayette was greeted in Boston.  I haven’t found out whether she managed
it, yet. But Mr. Towne might not have realized that there would be a chance to greet
Lafayette in his native Charlton.  Had fortune favored Charlton with an overnight by
the General, he might well have stayed at Salem Towne’s impressive house. It
was a relatively quick stop, so he was at the Rider Tavern on Stafford Street, a
remnant of the Stafford Turnpike, then the main drag connecting Worcester to Hartford.
You can still visit the lovely Towne house, but you have to go to Old Sturbridge Village,
where it was moved in 1952.

Rider Tavern is still where it was though, across from the militia field, which the town
of Charlton has preserved.

And Towne’s prediction that there never will be “such a meeting in this or any
country” holds to this day nearly 200 years later.  Depending on our age we will
each be able to tell a story about exactly where we were when we heard of certain
events and there was a great sense of unity among all of us.  

There are not that many though and they are mostly tragic. We can talk about
them some other time. And the reaction went on for days or weeks not a whole year.
Lafayette’s tour lasted a year, but of course for each town he stopped at it might be just
an hour or less.  But when you look you will find that it was the biggest thing that
happened in that town in that decade or more.  People fortunate enough to have had
some role in the greeting of Lafayette would remember it as one of the high
points of their life and it would likely be mentioned in their obituary decades in the future.

On September 1, 2018 at Rider Tavern, we will try to recapture the spirit of the
crowd greeting Lafayette.   The event will not be an attempt at reenactment,
you should go to Old Sturbridge Village on September 2 for that.  (Really you should
go. It is going to be great.) At the Rider Tavern event, time will be a little more fluid.
It will be 2018 and then it will be 1824.  And it might be 1781 when combined
American and French forces defeated Cornwallis at Yorktown. And it might even
be 1944, as striding off the pages of history comes one of the many thousands of
Americans who helped liberate France, just as France helped the United States
achieve Independence.

Among the people greeting Lafayette in 1824 were the first generation to have been
citizens of the United States of America and, pretty far along in years, veterans
of the Revolution.  There were still people alive who had been involved in writing the
Constitution, but that did not prevent contemporaries from arguing as vigorously as we
do now about exactly what it meant and what it did or did not allow.

And perhaps most salient, Lafayette had landed in America during one of the most
divisive and bitter presidential campaigns in the nation’s history even to this day.  
For the first time, the President would not be one of the Founding Fathers, since of
course the few that survived were quite old. There was talk of a military coup, in the
event that the election was “stolen” from General Jackson, which in the eyes of some
it was in a “corrupt bargain” between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay,
as the presidency went to Adams and Clay was named Secretary of State.

Calmer heads prevailed as Lafayette’s secretary remarked in his account of the tour
quoting a strong Jackson partisan:
“ We were, indeed, very busy shouting; but our adversaries did not take account
of it, and they were right; they have judged us better than we would have wanted
them to. Now that the law has spoken, we have only to obey it. We will second Adams
with the same zeal as if we had supported him; but at the same time, we will shine a
light on his administration, and according to whether it will be good or bad, we will
defend it or attack it. Four years are passed very soon. And the consequences of a bad
election are very easy to repair. –
“Yes,” I said to him, “easier than the consequences of legitimacy or heredity.
– They left me while laughing, and on the following day, no one spoke of the
election any more.”

Even during the campaign, the divisiveness was put aside when Lafayette,
came to town, because they all felt that they shared with Lafayette an
attachment to the principles of the Declaration of Independence
-------Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to or to abolish it ……
………………………….Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

And the Declaration of the Rights of Man

The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly,
believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the
sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have
determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, unalienable, and
sacred rights of man   ………..
1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions
may be founded only upon the general good.
2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and
imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and
resistance to oppression.
3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation.
No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not
proceed directly from the nation.  ……………………………….They were aligned
against the “crowned heads of Europe” who did not believe that the people were fit
to govern themselves.  

We sometimes judge the Founders harshly, because there were things that
they sanctioned that deserve harsh judgement.  But those things, like slavery
and the oppression of women, were generally from too narrow a definition of who
was included when they referred to “the People”. Standing on the shoulders of giants
we might see further than they did but we should not congratulate ourselves too
much nor be blind to their breakthrough, as on that day, they celebrated the
hero of two worlds, Lafayette, who having played a key role in two revolutions
still had one more in him as he would in 1830 urge France into an experiment
in constitutional monarchy.

Children and grandchildren of the people present at the Rider Tavern that day
in 1824, would march from Charlton and be buried in places like Antietam,
Gettysburg and Vicksburg.  Go to the center of town and read their names some time.

The results of the 1860 election were not greeted with an attitude of let’s
see what happens and fix it in four years.  The appeal that Abraham Lincoln
made then went unanswered yet it evokes the spirit at the Rider Tavern on that day
in 1824, when they put their differences aside, to celebrate
Lafayette, the Revolution veterans and themselves and their new way of life –

“We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not
break our bonds of affection.The mystic chords of memory, stretching from
every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all
over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched
as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Peter J Reilly is a resident of North Oxford MA, birthplace of Clara Barton, a member of the
Charlton Historical Society and vice chair of the Farewell Tour Bicentennial Committee of the
American Friends of Lafayette

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Lafayette On The Stafford Turnpike

I am involved in the planning for an event this coming Labor Day weekend.  It is the beginning of a long term project to celebrate the bicentennial of Lafayette's Farewell Tour 1824-1825.  I don't intend to make WFG all Lafayette all the time, but you will be seeing quite a bit more about him.  I wrote this for the American Friends of Lafayette who will be in Central Mass this Labor Day weekend.


                September 1 to 2 Save the Dates

Join us this Labor Day weekend in historic Sturbridge Massachusetts where we will party like it is 1824 again including dinner at the Publick House Historic Inn where Lafayette stopped as he made his way from Boston to New York in 1824.  The dinner will cap the festivities as we welcome the Nation’s Guest in the authentic setting of Old Sturbridge Village.

When Lafayette began his visit to the United States in 1824, he was not quite certain how long he was going to stay.  His epic reception in New York and the cheering crowds as he went through various towns on the way to Boston and his reception in Boston, where he was invited to be present at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument nearly a year later probably made him realize that it would be a while.

There has been no celebratory event that has so brought Americans together on such a grand scale as Lafayette’s visit.  It gave them the opportunity to celebrate a nation founded on ideas.  There was an extremely divisive election going on as for the first time the Presidency would not be held by one of the Founding Fathers.  For the first time the Constitution would be tested as the election went to the House of Representatives with the office going to John Quincy Adams in what opponents called a corrupt bargain. But there was no controversy about Lafayette.  Just a competition for every place he visited to greet him in a grander manner. Although the story of Lafayette’s visit is enshrined in national history, the real magnitude is buried in local history. Here is Levauseur’s account of the beginning of his trip from Boston back to New York

“September 2 – Upon leaving the ball, we boarded the carriage to return to Boston, where we awaited our companions for the trip to New York. Having arrived at two o’clock, we set out again at four, making our way by Lexington, Lancaster, Worcester, Tolland and Hartford. In each of these places, General Lafayette received displays of affection from all the citizens, which touched him deeply, but to which he had hardly the time to reply, so swiftly did we travel.”

Despite all that swift traversing, there are detailed accounts of Lafayette’s stops however as he proceeded on the Worcester-Stafford Turnpike – Opened in 1810, the Worcester-Stafford Turnpike was one of a number of toll roads built by private investors with the purpose of broadening business opportunities.Used primarily for commercial travel, passengers along the turnpike were charged 25 cents per coach and 4 cents for each man and horse at tollhouses built approximately 10 miles apart where horses would have to be changed during the 12-hour ride from Worcester to Hartford.

    One such tollhouse was an inn that stood adjacent to the Sturbridge Town Common that has long outlived the very road it was built to serve. That tollhouse, now known as the Publick House, is still a favored destination for travelers and diners alike.

So join us this Llbor Day weekend as we follow Lafayette and cheer him as he goes from Worcester to Connecticut.

Lafayette reenactor Ben Goldman will portray the elder Lafayette as he is greeted at in Charlton at the still extant Rider Tavern, which has a collection of Lafayette memorabilia that will be open by special arrangement with the Charlton Historical Society

Ryder Tavern (Julie Icher in the foreground)

Julien Icher at Rider Tavern

            The high point of the weekend will be Sunday afternoon when Lafayette is greeted at Old Sturbridge Village.  There is probably not a better venue anywhere than OSV for capturing the look and feel of a small town greeting the Nations Guest. Old Sturbridge Village is the largest living museum in New England covering over 200 acres and including 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills and a working farm.  It recreates life in rural New England from 1790-1840.  We have been working with the OSV staff to make the reception of Lafayette a memorable event.  Our members will be mingling with the general visitors and militia contingents welcoming Lafayette.

Accommodations will be at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center a short distance from both OSV and the Publick House.  We have obtained a favorable group rate at the hotel

Sturbridge Mass is extremely easy to reach.  At the junction of I-84 and I-90 (Mass Turnpike), it is an hour or less from airports serving Boston MA, Worcester MA, Providence RI and Hartford CT .

This Labor Day special is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with Lafayette and to get a real sense of how he was received in small town America.  Look for details and registration materials soon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kent Hovind Critic Deborah Henderson Weighs In On Holy Cross New Testament Controversy

Holy Cross in the news. Senior Elinor Reilly's article in The Fenwick Review made a splash first in the right wing blogosphere and then the mainstream media leading to out of town demonstrators descending on the College and the Bishop of Worcester issuing  a stern warning to the College.  I reached out to logical sources and have coverage here and here

I couldn't resist reaching out to other members of my theological brain trust.  Covering the tax woes of young earth creationist Kent Hovind has introduced me to a number of interesting people with strong view on biblical matters.

One of the most interesting is Deborah Henderson - Domineering Deborah.  DD has managed to alienate people by giving them handles that they find insulting.  I decided to just embrace that tendency.  I gave her a handle and requested that she upgrade mine.  She kind of likes the "Domineering Deborah" moniker and upgraded me from "Pansy Pete" to "Impertinent Peter".

Deborah was active on youtube, but has slacked off of late.  Here is an example

She recently told me that I am somewhat to blame for her most recent conversion.  I asked her where she stood on a few issues that roil around in Hovind territory.  She checked off a belief in young earth creationism and the King James only view on bible translations.  She was against vaccines and in favor of geocentrism. She wasn't sure about flat earth though and my questioning of her made her look into it more.  So now she is in the flat earth crowd too.

At any rate I thought her thoughts on the Holy Cross matter would be really interesting.  The executive summary is more or less - Jesuits! What else will you have but awful heresy, but that doesn't do her response justice, so here it is.  

JUST TO BE CLEAR - views below are those of Deborah Henderson not We Are The Future Generations or Peter J Reilly.


The origins of the jesuits was for control of the masses, to lead them away from God and believe the strong delusion God warns us about. Catholic authority has been burning and torturing Christians alive with their Bibles from the origins of this demonic Babylonian religion. Constantine first formed this abomination by pulling a reece's peanut butter cup, mixing pagan religion with Biblical Christianity. AND NO, PETER WAS NOT THE FIRST POPE, I REPEAT PETER WAS NOT THE FIRST POPE.

This is not surprising to me in the least to hear a jesuit say such blatant blasphemous things about my Jesus. Most, if not all jesuits are sodomites and only the mind of a reprobate sodomite could think and say such things. The god they worship is lucifer, the light bearer. They truly believe this baphomet will conquer the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the great 'I AM.' This is also the reason for the surge in the androgynous movement.  

Romans 1:26-32 KJB
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The Olympics are a huge pagan celebration for their gods, which they believe are half man and half woman. They have fallen for satan's lie he first told Eve in Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

In order to have wealth and fame, you must bow down to satan, and he has disguised himself as an Angel of Light to those who have sold their souls, Jesuits, celebrities, athletes, presidents, etc. The devil does everything backwards, therefore, he requires you to become a sodomite and trans your gender.

As for the controversy of the college paper being named 'The Crusade,' who cares, when there are so many issues facing our youth today. The Holy Cross will be destroyed by God himself, in the meantime He is separating the wheat from the tares, the goats from His sheep. People are waking up, yet more people have been duped into believing the 'strong delusion' and woest unto them.  

500 ad to 1500 ad civilized civilization was controlled by Rome.
A globe earth is unproven pseudo-science but is believed worldwide. It is a huge lie that has taken on a life of it’s own, being passed from generation to generation. Anyone who dares question it is mocked and ridiculed. Vladimir Lenin reportedly observed: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Catholic authority were tying Bibles around Bible believing Christians and tortured and burned them alive. The Catholic hierarchy was presented with a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a worldwide deception to bear fruit in the final generation. The deception required a small, globe earth, spinning through vast, limitless reaches of space, a space inhabited by aliens and other sentient life forms. This created doubt in the Bible as the inspired Word of Jesus, for the Bible presents the earth as unmoving. It also removed the Creator far away from His creation by presenting a universe unimaginably vast. The change agent to engineer this transformation in belief was the newly created Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits.

The Jesuit order was established in 1540 under the approval of Pope Paul III—the very pope with whom Copernicus had corresponded regarding calendar reform and to whom Copernicus dedicated his book, Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies!

Guided and inspired by supernatural demonic intelligences, the Jesuits became infamous for their adeptness at deception and subterfuge; their ability to infiltrate governments and institutions of learning, and the influence they wielded, standing as advisors to kings and leaders in education. Working through government entities and education, they have been able to guide scientific research to further their own ends and present the biggest lie of all time: a globe earth.

As long as people accepted Scripture’s cosmology of the earth as a fixed, immovable mass under a protective covering, there was no foundation on which to build lies designed to make the human mind doubt the word of Jesus. By decreasing people’s trust in the dependability of the Bible, it curiously increasedconfidence in the pope as Heaven’s appointed authority on what to believe. The Jesuits have always been enemies of the Bible. Since the Catholic Church ranks papal decree and tradition above the Scriptures anyway, decreasing confidence in Scripture increases confidence in pastors, priests and the pope as authorities that know more than the common man can.

“The Big Bang Theory is [today] the leading explanation about how the universe began. At its simplest, it talks about the universe as we know it starting with a small singularity, then inflating over the next 13.8 billion years to the cosmos that we know today.”7 The Big Bang Theory is atheist science’s answer to Genesis 1.

That is correct. The author of the Big Bang theory was none other than the Jesuit-trained priest, Father Georges LemaĆ®tre.Follow from cause to effect: without a globe earth circling the sun through the far reaches of space, you do not have the Big Bang. Without the Big Bang, you do not have evolution. Without evolution, you are more likely to accept creation as an act of intelligent design by a divine Creator. The Roman Catholic Church does, in fact, accept evolution. In her report, Kerr further stated: “The pope said it is possible to believe in both, insisting God was responsible for the Big Bang from which all life evolved.”

NASA’s public releases of information, promoting the idea of an ever larger, expanding universe of incomprehensible size, has led naturally to the supposition that there must be alien life on other celestial bodies. After all, if the same serendipitous events that produced life on earth, existed everywhere due to the Big Bang, why couldn’t intelligent life have evolved elsewhere as well? In combination with Hollywood and the science-fiction genre, NASA has created an environment in which contact with extraterrestrial life forms is as desired as it is feared.

The Catholic hierarchy was presented with a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a worldwide deception to bear fruit in the final generation. The purpose for this entire intricate, multi-layered deception spanning centuries is to deceive the world’s masses in order to create a desired outcome.

This deception would never work if people knew the true shape of the earth and the universe. Hence, the need for a massive re-education program.

For 500 years, this Jesuit conspiracy has taught a globe earth, circumnavigating the sun—itself spinning around the center of an immense galaxy that is likewise speeding through limitless space. Within this immense realm, it is presumed there are other species of intelligent life that inhabit other worlds. These lies will culminate in the climactic “alien invasion” prophesied in Revelation 9. The ultimate deception will occur when the pope negotiates a peace treaty on behalf of the human race with demons. As Satan’s representative, he will assume leadership of the world and, in the person of the pope, Satan will have achieved his long-desired goal as ruler of the earth.


I realize that many people might think it irresponsible of me to give a platform to far out of the mainstream views, but I think it is important that you be aware of what is out there and I kind of like Deborah.  -PJR

Prominent Historian Weighs In On Holy Cross Queer Theory Uproar

When I looked into the flap surrounding an article in The Fenwick Review by Holy Cross senior Elinor Reilly - New Ways in Theology at Holy Cross-, I reached out to David O'Brien who retired as Loyola Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Professor O'Brien is an authority on the history of American Catholicism. It seemed like I was not the first person to ask as he had a two page response.  I am delighted that he agreed to let me publish it here.

Professr O'Brien had some brief comments on my post on the topic which I will resist calling QueerJesusgate, tempting as that might be.  I  will share some of them at the end.  Here is Professor O'Brien:

Might Jesus have been gay? And how might gays, lesbians and transgendered people encounter Jesus in the Scriptures? At Worcester’s College of the Holy Cross controversy has exploded around such questions. A student journalist discovered a ten year old academic publication that offered some speculative ideas about Jesus and sexuality. The scholar who wrote that paper was then in California and is now at Holy Cross. The College President and Provost have praised the professor’s teaching, scholarship and character, and they have properly reminded everyone of the importance of academic freedom. Some Catholics, including Worcester’s bishop and some devoted alumni of the College, are not persuaded. They claim to be “outraged” at the very idea that a professor at a Jesuit and Catholic college would speculate in public about Jesus’ sexual orientation. They are particularly offended by the scholar’s admittedly provocative use of language, language made familiar in recent years by newly assertive gays and lesbians. Upset critics probably have heard these words before but they apparently worry that these ideas might endanger the faith of Holy Cross students and even “blaspheme” against Christian faith itself.

Of course these same church leaders and well educated Holy Cross graduates would surely agree that Jesus was fully man and well as fully God, and, as a man, he was probably subject, like all human beings, to emotions, even desires, including the desire to love and be loved. Some Christians might quickly respond that, “well, Jesus was like us in all things but sin”, suggesting it seems that sex and the emotions associated with sex are in themselves sinful, and therefore not part of the humanity of Jesus. All of us, and especially Catholics, might think about that for a while.

As for deliberately provocative language, we might recall what Catholic leaders at the very highest level of the Church said just a few years ago in instructing the faithful about homosexuality.

“Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder”. Of course violence against homosexual persons should be condemned, but “the proper response to such attacks should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase.”

One does not have to look far, probably not far from one’s own parish or family, to find good people who have been deeply hurt by the contempt communicated by this presentation of church teaching. At a key moment of public discussion in our country that language about gay love gave legitimacy to extreme anger leveled by some at “out-of-the closet” gay men and lesbians. More broadly it raised questions about whether or not such men and women could be fully members of the Christian (or any other) community if they acknowledged their “disordered” orientation, much less acted on it. In my own work with the contemporary American Catholic church I encountered priests, even a bishop or two, who were disciplined because they offered Mass for gays and lesbians and their families or, even worse, allowed out-of-the closet gay and lesbian Catholics to meet on church property.

 As a retired Holy Cross Professor I can assure friends of the College that the faculty and administrators who hired this professor did so with due deliberation, weighing the problems that would unfortunately arise if this earlier essay became widely known against the quality of his overall body of work. They must have determined that he would make an important contribution to the “conversation about basic human questions” that is central to the Holy Cross mission. I know and love Holy Cross graduates and the College’s many friends, and I believe deeply that Christian intelligence and imagination are invaluable to people of all sorts and to our diverse and often contentious human family. But I also know that our faith communities have long histories of opposition to homosexuals, often expressed in languages of contempt that would make this professor’s flip phrases look benign. Even now Catholic and wider Christian discussion of gay sex and gay marriage centers almost exclusively on sex, not love, even though we Christians all believe that love alone gives deep meaning to sex, and to life for that matter. Our church most of the time teaches that genuine love more than anything else makes God present in our world. I am confident that the Holy Cross community, which has welcomed and now supports this professor, is deeply committed to teaching and research that leads to truth, and to love for the world and all people. In this and much else it is as Catholic as it ever was.


Professor O'Brien's comment on my piece - How Obscure Article By Holy Cross Prof Made It Into The Right Wing Outrage Factory -was "a good job as far as it goes"/  Considering the source I take that as high praise.  He also told me that when he was at Holy Cross he found The Fenwick Review deplorable, but never missed reading it. 

 Commenting on how The Fenwick Review piece ended up on Breitbart he wrote that in the seventies and for a while after the left and center were organized and networked, while now the right has the organization and networking while left and center are fragmented.

More background- according to its website, The Fenwick Review was founded in 1989 by Father Paul Scalia son of the late Supreme Court Justice, who I can never resist pointing out was a graduate of Xavier High School.


Peter J Reilly CPA writes about taxes on

Here is Professor O'Brien giving a lecture on Catholic social teaching.