By DEXTER DUGGAN
PHOENIX — Arizona’s entrenched establishment was prepared to do serious economic damage to its own Grand Canyon State in order to win what it wanted with massive lies.
That’s the worrisome conclusion after Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on February 26 amid gales of false assertions that the bill would mean widespread, unconstitutional discrimination against homosexuals, thus setting off “devastating” economic repercussions to Arizona.
It was an “anti-gay bill” whose bigotry affronted business executives and potential tourists by allowing religious extremists simply to refuse to give homosexuals any customer service, the establishment claimed — and the liberal national media echo chamber reverberated.
“I know the entire business community is galvanized, in a way that I’ve never seen, against this legislation,” Arizona’s senior U.S. senator, “maverick” Republican John McCain, was quoted widely. … Continue Reading
By DONALD DeMARCO
I may be pegged as being ultraconservative for saying this, but, nonetheless, I dare to say that the primary purpose of words is to express thought. “One of the disadvantages of wine,” Samuel Johnson once remarked, “is that it makes a man mistake words for thought.”
The inebriate spouts drivel, even though he may be deluding himself into thinking that he is waxing eloquently. It may also be said that one of the disadvantages of supporting an unsupportable ideology it that it, too, makes a man mistake words for thought. Thus, gobbledygook substitutes for thoughtful expression.
“Choice” is not a thoughtful defense of abortion. “Compassion” does not justify euthanasia. “Equality” does not give legitimacy to same-sex “marriage.” These terms are designed to prevent thoughtful communication. Such thoughtless words, in turn, tag all dissenters as, respectively, “anti-choice,” “lacking in compassion,” and “bigoted.” The dialogue is over before it ever gets started. In the standoff, the ideologists carry off the flag of victory. … Continue Reading
By REY FLORES
Earlier this week, there was a big kerfuffle about the Traditional Latin Mass being prohibited at the very traditional Fisher More College by newly appointed Bishop Michael Olson in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas.
The initial reports in cyberspace had Bishop Olson painted as a Latin Mass-hating bishop, taking orders from the Vatican and its allegedly left-leaning Pontiff.
Later reports had the president of the college, Michael King, as a scoundrel who made a bad real estate deal that left the school with the proverbial barrel and suspenders around the remaining student body and faculty.
As of my writing this column, there is still much speculation, as well as hard feelings and a damaged Catholic collective. … Continue Reading
When has going to any Mass been considered a problem? The mission of the Church is the salvation of souls in Jesus Christ which, practically speaking, means getting them to Mass where He is truly present in the Eucharist and speaks in the Word through the Holy Spirit. But at a small Catholic college in Fort Worth, Texas, this appears in the eyes of the bishop to be a problem, not a solution.
The episcopal crackdown on Fisher-More College became public last week in a post on Rorate-Caeli.blogspot.com. The ordinary, Bishop Michael Olson, has demanded that celebration of the Extraordinary Form Mass offered daily at the college chapel for years cease immediately and that only priests approved by him are to celebrate Mass there and then only in the Ordinary Form Rite. Why not both? … Continue Reading
By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK
I don’t know why the supporters of Obamacare’s mandate requiring Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortifacients have not been forced in public to defend the stark inconsistency of their position. You would think the liberals who support Obamacare would be scrambling to explain their double standard. It is, after all, the American left that has been defined for nearly a half-century now by their stand for dissent and the rights of the individual.
They were the ones who told us that opponents of America’s military campaigns around the world should not be forced to serve in those wars; who told us that Jim Crow laws need not be obeyed by those who objected to them for moral reasons, and that censorship laws were a violation of the freedom of conscience of individuals whose moral codes clashed with those in authority. … Continue Reading
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Find below an English translation, by Catholic News Agency’s Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
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Q. Holy Father, every once in a while you call those who ask you for help. Sometimes they don’t believe you.
A. Yes, it has happened. When one calls, it is because he wants to speak, to pose a question, to ask for counsel. As a priest in Buenos Aires it was more simple. And, it has remained a habit for me. A service. I feel it inside. Certainly, now it is not that easy to do due to the quantity of people who write me.
Q. And, is there a contact, an encounter that you remember with particular affection? … Continue Reading
By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON
(Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four articles concerning America’s cultural and moral decline. Lawrence P. Grayson is a visiting scholar in The School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America.)
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For nearly two hundred years from its founding, America could be considered a Christian society. Although church and state were separate, the public life of the nation was conducted in conformity with Christian principles: God was welcome in the public venue; actions of political and business leaders were guided by a common sense of virtue and morality that formed the ethos of the general public; churches were free to conduct their social and charitable works according to the norms of their religion. … Continue Reading
By TERENCE P. JEFFREY
Attorney General Eric Holder is now arguing that state attorneys general who refuse to defend provisions in their state constitutions restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman are following in the footsteps of the civil rights movement.
“Mr. Holder has said he views today’s gay-rights campaigns as a continuation of the civil rights movement that won rights for black Americans in the 1950s and ’60s,” The New York Times reported February 25.
Holder provided an example of what the Times was talking about when he spoke earlier in February at a dinner sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s most prominent advocate of same-sex marriage.
“Just as was true during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the stakes involved in this generation’s struggle for LGBT equality could not be higher,” said Holder. “Then, as now, nothing less than our country’s founding commitment to the notion of equal protection under the law was at stake.” … Continue Reading
By DEXTER DUGGAN
PHOENIX — What happened when a southern California photographer refused the business of a man because she disagreed with his lifestyle?
The rejected customer probably slammed a lawsuit onto her and denounced her bigotry at a packed media conference. By the next day, the photographer’s reputation was being flayed from coast to coast.
Actually not. Because in this case the customer was a national conservative leader, Alan Sears, head of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom.
Sears simply took his business elsewhere last year — he’d wanted to arrange a Christmas card photo with his family — and said he didn’t want to compromise the photographer’s conscience.
The incident was recounted in a January 23 story in the conservative Washington Times, “Conservative turned down by photographer but says it’s OK.” … Continue Reading
by Thaddeus Baklinski Mon Mar 10, 2014 15:07 EST LONDON, March 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amnesty International, an organization founded to defend those imprisoned for political crimes and to fight human rights abuses, launched a new campaign last…Continue Reading
DOUG ERICKSON | Wisconsin State Journal Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino, a staunch traditionalist with a national reputation for vigorously opposing abortion and same-sex unions, said he and Pope Francis are in sync and that the new pontiff has made…Continue Reading
Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis’ recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a…Continue Reading
New Orleans, La., Feb 15, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his approval has been backed by the national bishops’ conference.…Continue Reading
Closure of Beaumont, McAllen clinics leave 24 abortion facilities operating in Texas8 By Chuck Lindell American-Statesman Staff Thursday’s closure of abortion clinics in Beaumont and McAllen leaves 24 clinics operating in Texas, down from 36 in July, when Gov. Rick…Continue Reading
by Kirsten Andersen Thu Mar 06, 2014 19:07 EST OMAHA, NE, March 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has donated over $100 million to pro-abortion groups, many of which directly pay for women’s abortions, according to a new…Continue Reading
by John Jalsevac Tue Mar 04, 2014 18:29 EST PURCELLVILLE, VA, March 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a surprising last-minute turn-around, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that they are granting “indefinite deferred action status” to the Romeikes,…Continue Reading
In an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis says he is a normal person, not superman, and speaks about the family, child abuse, foreign trips, relations with the Orthodox, China, and how he governs the Church Gerard O’Connell…Continue Reading
By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter March 4, 2014|1:53 pm The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has called on the people to be ready to sacrifice their lives to protect the country’s freedom, as the threat of a Russian…Continue Reading
The CWR Blog March 03, 2014 10:22 EST By Michael J. Miller Bishop Michael Olson (CNS photo) The Traditionalist blogosphere is abuzz, again, with the story of the latest “injustice” done to Catholics who are devoted to Mass in the…Continue Reading
By Barbara J Fraser on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 As protests in Venezuela continued the country’s Catholic leaders have urged dialogue and respect for the demonstrators’ human rights. “We have called for the social and political leaders to engage in…Continue Reading
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2014-03-10 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is in the hillside town of Ariccia just south of Rome for a week-long Lenten retreat with members of the Curia. The Pope left the Vatican Sunday afternoon by bus – just a few hours after reciting the Angelus prayer with the faithful in St. Peter’s square. Breaking from a long-held tradition of…Continue Reading
We sadly report that our longtime news editor, Paul Likoudis, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He will be incapacitated for about six months as he undergoes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. His From the Mail column will be suspended. We ask your prayers for Paul’s full recovery. If you would like to help Paul with his overwhelming medical expenses, a…Continue Reading
By GEORGE A. KENDALL The Church has made some moves in recent years toward a restoration of Catholic tradition and orthodox teaching, but it strikes me that there is a bullet she has yet to bite — namely, open and uncompromising teaching in areas where Catholic teaching is widely rejected and hated, especially sexual ethics…Continue Reading
By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Our readers have responded to a variety of recent topics addressed in this space in recent months. They offer much food for thought. N.H., for example, points out that we should not assume that groups organizing against Common Core are doing so for the same reason as ourselves. He issues what…Continue Reading
By STATE SEN. AL MELVIN (Editor’s Note: Al Melvin is a Republican Arizona state senator and candidate for governor. He was the only Republican candidate to publicly support SB 1062, the religious freedom measure that the Arizona legislature sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for consideration in late February. Gov. Brewer vetoed it. Below is State…Continue Reading
By MAIKE HICKSON Part 2 (Editor’s Note: In this three-part article, Dr. Hickson details the life of the late Erwin Jöris, a prisoner of totalitarian regimes, and explains how his life offers lessons for us today. In the conclusion, part three, she comments on how his experiences show the need to resist gradual violations of…Continue Reading
By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did The New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples. Examples of intolerance provided by the Times:…Continue Reading
VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address during his weekly general audience on March 5. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today, Ash Wednesday, the forty-day lenten itinerary begins, which will lead us to the Easter Triduum, memorial of the Passion, deathm and Resurrection of the Lord, heart and center of the mystery of our…Continue Reading
By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 Sola Scriptura is wrong not only because it produced a cacophony of contradictory doctrines, creeds, sects, and denominations, where everyone, Bible in hand, defends his own interpretations. It is wrong not only because it is unscriptural from more than one point of view. It is also wrong because it is unhistorical, unreasonable, and…Continue Reading
By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which…Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: Regarding giving Communion to a non-Catholic, D.O. of Maryland illustrates beautifully why this is not a good idea by recounting a conversation that she had with a Jewish friend who was in the habit of going to Communion every time she went to Mass: Because my friend was Jewish, I told her that I intended to go to…Continue Reading
VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s continuing catechesis on the sacraments during his weekly general audience, February 26, at St. Peter’s Square. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to speak to you of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which enables us to touch with our hand God’s…Continue Reading
By CAROLE BRESLIN At the end of the patrician age, iconoclasm reared its ugly head in the Christian community. Iconoclasm “rejected as superstition the use of religious images and advocated their destruction . . .occasioned by the rise of Islam which considers all sacred images idolatrous” (Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John A. Hardon, p. 263). In defending the true teaching…Continue Reading
By CAROLE BRESLIN There was a child, comely in appearance, sweet of disposition, and a joy for the parents to behold. The father was a carpenter, the head of this small but devout family. They observed the religious practices of their time, bringing up their small child to know and appreciate the centuries-old traditions. This holy family was pleasing to…Continue Reading
by Krisi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/20/14 4:00 PM Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Note: This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. If you are a guy who is trying to find out how to stop an abortion, please see this article written for dads. 1. Stand your…Continue Reading
February 13, 2014 by Anthony Esolen It might have been worth repairing, if it had once been noble and beautiful, or at least conceived in an orderly way, for ordinary human purposes. But it wasn’t. It was constructed upon false principles. Its walls looked like those of a bad factory. It smelled like a warehouse. It could be terribly…Continue Reading
February 4, 2014 Pro-Lifers By Therese Recinella Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today. There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children…Continue Reading
Posted on February 10, 2014 by The Catholic Gentleman 13 Comments Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view…Continue Reading
This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills.…Continue Reading
This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941. (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in…Continue Reading
Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven…Continue Reading