Wednesday 20th August 2014

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Did Obama Ask Himself . . . What Right Does The U.S. Have To Take Other Countries’ Children?

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — When conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe released a dramatic video on August 11 of a rubber-faced terrorist easily wading across the Rio Grande River into Texas, there was another touch he could have added but didn’t.
O’Keefe could have floated some little rubber ducks on the river separating the U.S. and Mexico and labeled them “fierce alligators.” Remember when Barack Obama pledged in 2011 that the border already was secure, but, the president said, some picky critics wouldn’t be satisfied until there were alligators on patrol?
Some little duckies on the Rio would have had all the bite of Obama’s toothless border security. … Continue Reading

Chicago’s Gang Murders … Letting A Crisis Go To Waste?

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been associated with the phrase “Never let a crisis go to waste” since his days as President Obama’s chief of staff. Emanuel explained, “What I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you could not do before.” Which means expanding the size of government and increasing taxes. That’s not an accusation. It is what modern liberals do, whenever they get the chance, because they are convinced the state is the primary vehicle for achieving a just society.
OK. But why, then, is Emanuel not doing more to solve the major problem facing his city? Night after night, weekend after weekend, we are hit with the stories of children being gunned down on Chicago’s streets. Coming up with a workable program to solve this crisis would be the perfect way for liberal Democrats to demonstrate to voters that they are willing to get tough with criminals and shake themselves loose from the “soft on crime” label which has long been — unfairly or not — associated with liberals. The political dividends would be enormous.
We know what Rudy Giuliani would be doing if he were major of Chicago: We would see him on the nightly news in a police cruiser, in charge of police teams rounding up gang leaders and drug lords, confiscating their guns and frog-marching them off to prison, at press conferences where he would call upon prosecutors to throw the book at suspected thugs and express outrage at the criminal element that is taking the lives of many Chicagoans and spreading fear among far more. … Continue Reading

Reflections On Today’s Christian Persecutions

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By REY FLORES

“The violent attacks that are sweeping across northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes” — Pope Francis in a recent letter to the United Nations.

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Sing a Little Louder is a story and pamphlet that many of us may already be familiar with. It is a story about an older man recounting a tale about his boyhood in Nazi Germany.
In short, he tells about the church he attended being near railroad tracks where trains transporting captured Jews would pass by on their way to the death camps. During their church services, the cries of the train passengers could be heard, so to keep from hearing the death trains pass by, the congregation would simply sing their hymns louder, sometimes at the top of their voices.
The story concludes with this very disturbing passage: “Their screams tormented us. . . . If some of their screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder.” … Continue Reading

Is ISIS “An Existential Threat”?

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By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

U.S. air strikes since Friday, August 8 have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan.
The Kurds, whose peshmerga fighters were sent reeling by the Islamic State the previous week, bolstered now by the arrival of U.S. airpower, recaptured two towns. But the peshmerga have apparently lost the strategically important town of Jalawla, 20 miles from Iran, the furthest east that ISIS forces have penetrated.
The gains by the Islamic State caused Republican hawks to flock to the Sunday talk shows.
“ISIS is a direct threat to the United States of America,” said Cong. Peter King.
John McCain called for bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
But using airpower to prevent ISIS from seizing the Kurdish capital of Irbil and Baghdad is not enough, said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “We need to go on offense,” he told Fox News. “There is no force within the Mideast that can neutralize or contain or destroy ISIS without at least American airpower.” … Continue Reading

United But Highly Divisible

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By DONALD DeMARCO

Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Temple Beth El, in Providence, R.I., no doubt felt that he was not in violation of the U.S. Constitution when he offered a two-minute invocation and benediction to the graduates of Nathan Bishop middle school.
For many years it had been the policy of the Providence School Committee and the superintendent of schools to permit principals to invite members of the clergy to give invocations and benedictions at middle-school graduations.
Furthermore, Rabbi Gutterman had studied the “Guidelines for Civic Occasions,” prepared by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. According to those guidelines, public prayers at a nonsectarian civic ceremony should be composed with “inclusiveness and sensitivity” in mind. … Continue Reading

The Destruction Of Morality

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By JOHN YOUNG

We are witnessing today, particularly in the Western world, the wholesale destruction of moral values. It is not just that people have gone astray in the application of true principles, while still accepting the principles.
For instance, if I engage in some petty pilfering from my employer this doesn’t necessarily imply that I think stealing is moral. I may be sure that stealing is wrong, but kid myself that I’m not really stealing in this case — perhaps I tell myself the boss is underpaying me, so I’m entitled to make up the difference.
What we are confronted with in modern society is a radical rejection of basic moral principles. And these are rejected because the very nature of reality is questioned or denied. God’s existence, or at least His involvement, is dismissed: which means the world is left unexplained, with no fundamental reason why things should be this way rather than that. All is assumed to be due to blind evolution. … Continue Reading

Bishops On Wrong Side Of The Fence?… Polls Show Growing Opposition To Illegal Entry

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — As Arizona’s August 26 primary election approaches, Republican candidates know the public wants a firm stand against illegal immigration. GOP hopefuls don’t dare send campaign mailers bragging that they support the lax border policies of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
And, regardless of their party, few candidates want to go into November’s general election boasting of favoring massive unauthorized entry. This is increasingly true around the nation, too.
One would hope USCCB officials finally sit down seriously and acknowledge they need to back away from their “comprehensive immigration reform” policies that give illegal immigrants false hope, encourage massive border violation that includes violence and death, and immerse the bishops year after year into futile politics. … Continue Reading

Facing A Bad Fate In November . . . Pro-Abort Democrats Try To Hush Up The Facts

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a liberal Democrat representing high-rolling Nevada and low-balling Obama, is a downcast sort of politician who gives the image of undertakers a bad name.
Funeral directors may speak softly and do the best they can to comfort the unavoidably bereaved. But the sometimes lifeless-seeming, murmuring Sen. Reid takes custody of legislation and either passes it with prettified, rouged-up lies — think of “cost-cutting” Obamacare — or smothers Republican bills in the crib. On occasion, just about literally so.
Last year the Republican-led U.S. House passed and sent to Reid’s Senate a bill to restrict horrifying late abortions, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The hollow Reid just set the measure aside, gasping for breath in Reid’s closet, as he often does when legislation would embarrass or trouble the left-wing radical Senate Democrats he leads and their grievance-filled commander, Barack Obama. … Continue Reading

Dat’s Nuthin

August 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

For most of my married life I was a member of a parish located about 50 miles north of Manhattan. A large percentage of the parishioners were like my late wife and me, émigrés from apartments in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. But there was also a generous sprinkling of people from upstate New York and points further west, many of them employees of one of the IBM facilities in the area.
One night while working on a parish committee with a man from the Buffalo area, he said something I had not thought of before: “I like people from New York City, but one thing bugs me. No matter what you say, they always think that they have a better example of what you are talking about.” … Continue Reading

Rebranding Abortion Changes Nothing

August 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By REY FLORES

One thing I have said time and again is that no matter how hard anyone tries, no one can ever sugarcoat abortion and change the horrible and heinous act that it truly is.
Ad Week Magazine recently published an article titled, “How 6 Ad Women Would Rebrand Pro-Choice, Updating a label that’s not resonating with younger women,” and The New York Times also published “Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message” in late July.
The mere fact that the abortion industry is trying its hardest to repackage their product, which is infanticide, is absolute proof that more and more young women are coming to the realization that abortion is nothing more than a euphemism for child murder.
The abortion industry and their well-paid lobbyists and politicians are tripping all over themselves and each other on how to rebrand something that has been exposed for what it is. Thanks to stories like Kermit Gosnell’s infamous “house of horrors” in Philadelphia and the ever-growing number of stories about women being injured and sometimes killed during abortion procedures at facilities across the nation, people are finally waking up. … Continue Reading

The present, future, and quality of Catholic online education

An interview with Patrick Carmack, President of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program, about Catholic online education, technology, and Great Books August 15, 2014 07:48 EST Patrick S. J. Carmack, J.D. is the President of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program, and the founder…Continue Reading

Pope makes silent anti-abortion statement in South Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong,…Continue Reading

Pontifical Council For Interreligious Dialogue Slams Islamic Caliphate Crimes And Barbarism

Caliphate militants are responsible for inhumane actions like public executions, humiliation of women, and terror towards Christians, Yezidis and members of other religions. The Vatican body calls on Islamic religious leaders and governments to condemn these crimes and prosecute their…Continue Reading

Incoming Roman Catholic Springfield bishop on gay marriage: ‘God made us male and female’

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will be installed as the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, on Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, with a public reception at…Continue Reading

Liberia: Nun dies of Ebola virus, two missionaries ill

A nun working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus. Sister Chantal Pascaline worked with the Hospitaller Brothers of St John of God. She died in Monrovia on Saturday. Two colleagues from the same order, Spanish priest Father Miguel…Continue Reading

Kurtz: New Catholic Teachers Shouldn’t Be Afraid

A group of about 750 Catholic school teachers, principals and Jefferson County school officials crammed into pews and chairs at St. Gabriel Parish in Fern Creek Friday morning for a mass service to ready the staff for the coming year.…Continue Reading

Send An Email Or Write A Letter To The Mayor Of Oklahoma City To Protest Black Satanic Mass At Civic Auditorium

Here is a copy of an email sent to the Mayor of Oklahoma City.  I think this man did a great job and we can use it as an example of what we can send.  Thank you to all of…Continue Reading

ISIS Closes In On Christians in Dramatic Overnight Development

Pope, Iraq’s Chaldean patriarch issue emergency appeals. ISIS, the radical Islamist group that forced Christians out of Mosul with the threat of death, has taken control of most of the villages of the Nineveh Plain, the northern area where Iraqi…Continue Reading

The IRS’s God Complex

The tax agency signs a secret pact with atheists, promising it will investigate 99 churches. Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz: Synod can be “a catalyst” for renewal

August 04, 2014 USCCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will represent the US at the upcoming Synod of Bishops. The urgent challenges facing families—and how the Church can serve families better—will be the synod’s top priorities, he says. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,…Continue Reading

Vatican: The Sign Of Peace Isn’t A Liturgical “Good Morning”

Today the Vatican confirmed the authenticity of a letter on the “sign of peace” that was released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and appeared on the website of the Spanish bishops’ conference. Catholic News Service reportedly…Continue Reading

UK bishop warns of ‘inhuman ideology’ behind euthanasia on WWI anniversary

A Catholic bishop in the UK has compared the popular support for Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill with the widespread support for the First World War in the summer of 1914. Bishop Mark Davies of the northwestern diocese of Shrewsbury,…Continue Reading

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Pope Holds Press Conference On Flight Back From Korea

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2014-08-18 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) From the possibility of the unification of the Koreas to the idea of “just war”, from the situation of persecuted minorities in Iraq to the Pope’s upcoming journey to Albania: on the flight back from Korea to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions put to him by journalists travelling with him aboard the papal plane. In…Continue Reading

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Christians In The Mideast… Experience A Modern Calvary

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — The headlines seem from another era, if not century: that of Christian persecution by militant Islamists in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear ambivalent about what’s emerged as an organized attempt by the militant Islamic State to impose a caliphate both on…Continue Reading

America’s Question: Cut Or Crash?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY On the last day of July, with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives serving as copilot, President Barack Obama flew the United States past a dubious fiscal landmark on our way toward what increasingly looks like a crash landing. That day, the federal debt hit $17,687,136,723,410.59 — an increase of roughly $7…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Loss Of Non-Negotiable Truths

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture, by Sheila Liaugminas (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2014), 158 pp., $17.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. To make sense of the moral chaos, divisive political issues, and culture wars precipitated by the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it is essential to begin at the…Continue Reading

Jesus And Jeremiah Speak To Our Times

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Needed: A New Kind Of Politics For An Age Of Cultural Meltdown

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in the business of making Catholics, of proclaiming and calling all to the fullness of saving truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. Our mission to those who doubt or refuse some of our teachings is to call them to that fullness, whether Catholics already in our pews or Protestant brothers and sisters…Continue Reading

Is Mary The Mother Of God… Or Only The Mother Of Jesus?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 Responding to a common misconception among separated brethren and ill-informed Catholics: What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the divine Motherhood? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith in Jesus — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned…Continue Reading

I Believe — We Believe

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

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Over the years, we have tried to correct columns in the Boston Herald by Margery Eagan because they have greatly distorted Catholic teaching. Now we learn that the longtime Herald columnist has joined the anti-Catholic Boston Globe as a writer for its new Catholicism website, Crux. According to the press release from the Globe, Eagan will focus on…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Wisdom Of God

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matt. 16:3-20 Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! These words begin the second reading today as St. Paul marvels at the way God works. As we know, God’s ways are not our ways. Those who seek…Continue Reading

Cast A Gauntlet – Sola Scriptura: Part 1

Catholic Heroes . . . Pope St. Pius X

By CAROLE BRESLIN This month the Catholic Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope St. Pius X who had so many things in common with the last few Popes. Like Pope Francis, he had a special affinity for the poor — especially since he came from a poor family. Like Pope John Paul II, who updated the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Maximilian Kolbe

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the Final Discourse, our Lord speaks to His disciples at the Last Supper about union with Christ, union with the Father, and the coming of the Holy Spirit with the theme of love woven throughout the night’s sharing. “Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).…Continue Reading

What to Do If Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion?

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

It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

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

Why I am Pro-Life

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

Fathers . . . The Essential Role of the Father

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

How Much is One Billion Dollars?

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

Planned Parenthood

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

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

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