Friday 21st July 2017

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The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

July 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC?
And until last week, the answer was “no.”
As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians . . . there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. . . . There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark.”
Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russians — in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
While not a crime, this was a blunder. For Donald Jr. had long insisted there had been no collusion with the Russians. Caught in flagrante, he went full Pinocchio for four days. … Continue Reading

The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

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By ALBERTO CAROSA

In his homily at Santa Marta on June 26, Pope Francis called upon faithful to be open to “God’s surprises,” and certainly he knew what he was talking about, if we think at the “surprise” appointment of the first Scandinavian cardinal in the history of the Church.
The bishop of Stockholm, Carmelite Anders Arborelius, an ethnic Swede who could not have been a more ideal representative of what Pope Francis uses to term the “Church of the Peripheries,” received his red hat in the consistory on Wednesday, June 28, in Rome, the eve of the solemn feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
The Church in Sweden has been in the news on a number of occasions recently.
One occasion was June 2016 canonization of Mother Elisabeth Hesselblad, the Bridgettine nun who revived and brought the order back to Sweden in the 19th century after it was suppressed following the Reformation. … Continue Reading

The Trinity Lutheran Case

July 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Trinity Lutheran Case

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Earlier this spring, we featured a discussion in First Teachers of the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, which was scheduled at the time to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The verdict is in. The court issued a 7-2 decision favoring Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26; it should be of great consequence in the debate over taxpayer-assistance to students who attend schools run by religious groups.
Before discussing the court’s decision, let’s review the specifics of the case. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., operates a day care and preschool. The school applied to a state grant program that helps nonprofit institutions pay for the installation of rubber playground surfaces. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources denied Trinity Lutheran’s application, contending a provision in the Missouri state constitution bars the state from providing funds to religious entities.
Trinity Lutheran sued in federal district court, arguing that its exclusion was a violation of free-exercise and equal-protection rights, and that it was being singled out among nonprofit groups solely because of its religious affiliation. … Continue Reading

The Age Of Autonomy

July 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Age Of Autonomy

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

If you have not yet discovered the writings of Andrew J. Bacevich, you owe it to yourself to look into them. Do an Internet search; you will find dozens of his articles and columns that you will be able to download, in publications as diverse as The American Conservative, Commonweal, and The Nation.
You will not always agree with what you read. Bacevich is an independent thinker, but always informative and thoughtful, worth your while. He is a retired Army officer who served in both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, the author of several books and numerous articles, also a professor emeritus from Boston University. He identifies himself publicly as a “conservative Catholic.”
Bacevich’s most recent article — entitled “The New Normal: Social Changes That Trump Hasn’t, Won’t, and Can’t Affect” — appeared in the July 7 issue of Commonweal. If you are a supporter of Trump you may be put off by what Bacevich has to say about the president. … Continue Reading

Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

July 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

By DEXTER DUGGAN

UPDATE: The Charlie Gard hearing was expected to continue beyond July 13. The London-based Daily Mirror reported that Justice Nicholas Francis called it “extremely unlikely” a conclusion in the case would be reached that day, and that a “quick decision must not be at the expense of fairness.”
Earlier in the day, Baby Charlie’s parents angrily left the courtroom after the judge referred to something he contended the parents said three months ago. Father Chris Gard reportedly exclaimed, “I thought this was supposed to be independent” — apparently referring to the new hearing not being held to “rake over” past proceedings.
When the parents returned to the courtroom, the judge apologized to them and said they would not be misquoted, the Mirror said.

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A 71-year-old Manhattan multibillionaire now living elsewhere and an 11-month-old English infant forced where his parents didn’t want him to be both posed dangers to powerful establishments.
Puissant Donald Trump beating his chest in Washington, D.C.’s, halls and peewee Charlie Gard breathing ventilator oxygen in a London hospital barring his exit, a strong man and a weak baby, had the potential to make pillars quiver in false temples. … Continue Reading

It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

July 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

By REY FLORES

And He said to His disciples: “It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come.”
“It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones” (Luke 17:1, 2)
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For several years now, many of my Catholic and pro-life colleagues and friends have been writing about the ongoing diabolical campaign by the sex-obsessed secularists and homosexual radical left to introduce young people and children to acts of sexual depravity and eternal damnation.
The most popular book utilized by purveyors of evil like Planned Parenthood and the National Education Association has been a book titled It’s Perfectly Normal. In 2012, Michael Hichborn, then with American Life League and now heading the Lepanto Institute, released a terrific video exposé titled Hooking Kids on Sex, exposing how sinister, vile, and disgusting this book truly is. … Continue Reading

Saving Magisterial Truth

July 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Saving Magisterial Truth

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Since the election of Donald Trump, officials at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have commended the president’s actions on six specific issues: religious liberty, the HHS mandate, UN abortion funding, Planned Parenthood funding, the Mexico City policy (regarding U.S. funding of international abortions), and “transgender” student regulations.
Since last November, USCCB officials have also attacked the president’s positions on over a dozen key issues, including health care, the travel ban, refugee policy, Cuba policy, the Paris Agreement, the death penalty, global warming, the environment, migration, immigration, foreign aid, sanctuary cities, deportations, and border security.
In both cases they have done this formally and publicly, citing the authority of Catholic social teaching and their authority as bishops.
What the reader might notice, and what the bishops don’t mention, is this: While all those positions commended by the bishops address magisterial issues involving objective goods and objective evils, all of the Trump policies condemned by the bishops entail what the Church calls “prudential issues.”
What’s the difference? … Continue Reading

Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

July 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade.
Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? Are his warnings valid? Is not the Obama-Merkel vision of a New World Order a utopian fantasy?
At the monument to the patriots of the Warsaw Uprising, Trump cited Poland as exemplar of how a great people behaves in a true national crisis.
Calling the Polish people “the soul of Europe,” he related how, in the Miracle of the Vistula in 1920, Poland, reborn after 12 decades of subjugation, drove back the invading Red Army of Leon Trotsky.
He described the gang rape of Poland by Nazis and Soviets after the Hitler-Stalin pact. He cited the Katyn Forest massacre of the Polish officer corps by Stalin, and the rising of the Polish people against their Nazi occupiers in 1944, as the vulturous legions of Stalin watched from the safe side of the river. … Continue Reading

The Cost Of Catholic High Schools

July 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Cost Of Catholic High Schools

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The June 15 edition of this column centered on the difficulty that Catholic families face these days because of the high tuition costs at Catholic high schools. I used as examples two high schools in the area of Connecticut where I live: the Jesuits’ Fairfield Prep, with tuition around $20,000 per year and Notre Dame of West Haven, operated by the Holy Cross Brothers, which costs close to $15,000 per year. I asked our readers to give examples in other parts of the country to see if the situation in Connecticut may be an anomaly.
It is not an anomaly. D.A.I. of Bethany Beach, Del., tells us that her grandson’s tuition “at Georgetown Prep in D.C. is over $33,000 per year. His sister in the eighth grade is next door at Stone Ridge Academy where the tuition is $30,000 per year.” Stone Ridge describes itself as part of “the Sacred Heart Network of over two hundred schools.” D.A.I suggests jokingly that she suspects that her “son-in-law must rob banks for a living” to be able to afford these costs. D.A.I. notes that when she was a girl in the 1950s her Catholic grade school “was free,” and that Notre Dame Prep, her high school, “charged $260 per year.” … Continue Reading

Creation, The CCC, Evolution, And Angels

July 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Creation, The CCC, Evolution, And Angels

By PHILIP TROWER

My purpose in writing this article is twofold: in the first place, to look at what the new Catechism has to say on its subject, and secondly to see whether it is possible to throw any light on why there has been suffering and disorder in nature not only since the fall of Adam and Eve, as was once thought, but seemingly since the creation of the first living beings.
As St. Paul puts it in his Epistle to the Romans: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail until now; and not only the creation but we ourselves.” As for the reason he only makes the mysterious statement: “for the creation was subjected to futility not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope.” Meanwhile, “it waits with eager longing for the adoption of the sons of God,” when “it will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-23). In other words, that will be at the end of time and the Second Coming.
The apostle does not, here or anywhere else, tell us when he thought nature began to groan, but as a man of his time, he would presumably have believed in a creation lasting six 24-hour days and attributed any suffering in nature outside the Garden of Eden, like everything else that had gone wrong, to our first parents’ sin. They were expelled from the garden into a world that had only just begun to groan. Before that, like the rest of his Christian and Jewish contemporaries, he would presumably have believed that it had been, if not in a paradisal state (it needed in some way “subduing” or tilling), at least in a state that excluded “groaning” and suffering. … Continue Reading

Bishops to Trump: Don’t abandon young people to deportation

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the Trump administration, said the U.S. Catholic bishops this week. “These…Continue Reading

Facing outrage – Facebook unblocks Catholic pages

Dozens of Catholic Facebook pages have been blocked, according to several Catholic news organizations. UPDATE: Facebook has unblocked more than 20 Catholic-interest pages – blaming the issue on a technical glitch. “All Pages have now been restored,” a Facebook spokesperson…Continue Reading

Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 14, 2017 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah wants ‘liturgical reconciliation’ between old and new forms of Mass

Sarah says phrase ‘reform of the reform’ should no longer be used but wants ordinary version of Mass to be more like the extraordinary form The Cardinal leading the Vatican’s divine worship office has called for a truce in the…Continue Reading

Video game store promotes graphic animated porn to 35 million child users

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2017 (NCOSE) – A mainstream online video game store, with an estimated 35 million users under the age of 18, is facilitating gamified sexual coercion and animated pornography featuring genitalia, ejaculation, to users of all ages. This…Continue Reading

Trump: ‘If We Do Not Have Strong Families and Strong Values…We Will Not Survive’

(CNSNews.com) – The values that bind America and Europe together – freedom, faith and family — are threatened from the outside by common enemies and from the inside by bureaucracy, President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd of Poles in…Continue Reading

House Republican says health care bill in jeopardy over Planned Parenthood

Rep. Trent Franks said Wednesday that if Planned Parenthood funding is added to the GOP health care bill, numerous Republican senators will no longer support it. “I think a lot of us are ‘no’ votes,” the Arizona Republican said. “We can’t continue…Continue Reading

Müller has a clear criticism of Francis

Critical criticism of Pope Franziskus was voiced by the Kurien Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller. He told the “Passauer Neuen Presse” (Thursday) that Pope Francis Francis had informed him of the decision not to extend his office as a prefect of the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals, has died aged 83

Former German Bishops’ Conference president and Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner has died at the age of 83. Cardinal Meisner served as Archbishop of Cologne for 25 years. A spokesman for the archdiocese said he died on Wednesday morning…Continue Reading

Vietnamese Catholic blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court sentenced a Catholic blogger to 10 years in prison for propaganda against the Communist government. Rights activists described the sentence as “heavy.” Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, also known as “Mother Mushroom,” was tried…Continue Reading

‘It’s not all black and white’: New cardinal criticizes 4 cardinals asking Pope for clarity

ROME, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — One of Pope Francis’ newly appointed cardinals is already calling out fellow cardinals who are questioning the new direction in which the Pope is trying to move the Church. Archbishop Juan José Omella of…Continue Reading

Vatican’s Cardinal Pell charged with sex abuse, vows to defend himself in Australia

Australian police on Thursday charged Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, with multiple historical sex crimes, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican. As Vatican economy minister, Pell is the highest-ranking Church official…Continue Reading

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Pro-Life Group Slams Republican Opposing Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senator Shelly Moore Capito is one of three Republicans in the Senate who opposes the Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. She has flip-flopped from suporting the bill to opposing it — but her political calculations are not playing well at home. The junior senator from West Virginia previously voted to repeal the failing ObamaCare legislation but did so expecting a certain veto from then President Obama. Now, it appears that Capito…Continue Reading

In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2017 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Pierangelo Pietracatella and Fr. Hans-Peter Fischer are the newest members of the Roman Rota, and mark the latest in a string of appointments Pope Francis has made this summer as part of his ongoing effort to restructure the Roman Curia. Hailing from the northern Italian diocese of Toronta, Fr. Pietracatella, a member of the Rota, has been named as it’s new Chief of Office.…Continue Reading

Archbishop Chaput Responds to Vatican Magazine Attack On Pro Trump Supporters . . .

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History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the legend goes. In fact, there’s no evidence Lenin actually spoke those words, at least in public. But no one seems to care. It’s a compelling line,…Continue Reading

Vatican spokesman slams U.S. archbishop for defending Catholic teaching on LGBT

TORONTO, July 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica has penned a strongly worded defense of Fr. James Martin’s new pro-gay book Building a Bridge. In it, he slams Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, without specifically mentioning him by name, for issuing a correction to Fr. Martin for his abandonment of Catholic teaching on homosexuality. Fr. Rosica, a Basilian priest and CEO of the Canadian-based Salt and Light Media, wrote July 15 that he was filled with…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XVI says Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’

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July 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.” The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of…Continue Reading

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Alliance Defending Freedom… Condemns ABC’s “Journalistic Malpractice”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel and Director of Communications Kerri Kupec commented July 13 on ABC News’ abandonment of objectivity in repeating false accusations against ADF made by the ultra-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at an Alliance Defending Freedom meeting on July 11, “and some in…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Non-Polemical Study The Third Secret Of Fatima

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, by Kevin Symonds (En Route Books and Media, 2017, 582 pages, $35.00 paperback, $10.05 Kindle). On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima is a quite comprehensive treatment of this difficult subject, and one based on extensive documentation and copious footnotes.…Continue Reading

A Pope Who Understood The American Vision

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + It was a bright April day in Washington, D.C., when a large crowd gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to greet a man celebrating his 81st birthday. The…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Disturbing Portrait Of The Present-Day American Left

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 cofounder and president of…Continue Reading

Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Thought was the title of a highly respected Fordham University quarterly, published from 1926 to 1992. During that period, its website tells us, it published 267 issues containing over 5,000 English-language contributions by philosophers, theologians, literary intellectuals, and others. Among its well-known contributors were Dietrich von Hildebrand, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Maritain, Walker…Continue Reading

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Q. I never hear our priest talk about the Apostolic Pardon. Please explain this blessing to me and why I don’t hear much about it. — M.G., Alabama. A. Once the Sacrament of Penance has been given to a dying person, says the document Pastoral Care of the Sick (n. 201), “the priest may give the Apostolic Pardon for the…Continue Reading

The Pearl Of Great Price

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matt. 13:44-52 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like something that is hidden: a treasure buried in a field, a merchant searching for a pearl, or an item pulled ashore in a net.…Continue Reading

Maiorem Hac Dilectionem . . . A New Way Toward Beatification

(Editor’s Note: Below we publish the full text of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on a new way toward beatification, titled, Maiorem hac dilectionem. It takes its title from the words of our Lord as recorded in the Gospel According to St. John, “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends”…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Charlie Gard Case A Warning For Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The world has become embroiled in the story of Charlie Gard, the British infant caught in the web of the National Health System, the bureaucrats of which have decided that he must be denied any further help and “allowed to die.” Any further efforts of doctors to aid him are seen as the cause of…Continue Reading

The Church Of Jesus Christ… Christ Founded The Catholic Church

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Suppose that you meet a man from a country where Christianity is little known. He had heard about Jesus Christ, but in a rather vague manner. He was also told that Jesus founded a church, and that church was the one he should join if he wanted to be saved. Very well. But…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bonaventure

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many saints who have been called saints long before the formal process for canonization was put in place. Some of the names by which we know them may not be the names they were given at birth, but indicate their special gifts. For example, St. Veronica, known from the sixth station of the cross, may…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bridget

By CAROLE BRESLIN One of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s most quoted sayings would fit with this column’s saint, “God hasn’t called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.” What encouraging words for anyone seeking to do God’s will, knowing that the cross, the setbacks, and the obstacles are all part of working for the Kingdom of…Continue Reading