Sunday 11th December 2016

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Patriotism Applies To Business, Too

December 11, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Patriotism Applies To Business, Too

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY
It is your hometown. You have lived there for decades and raised your children there.
A few blocks from your house, in an open-air shopping center, two restaurants sit next door to each other. One is an outlet for a massive chain that is a subsidiary of a public-stock multinational corporation.
It has unisex bathrooms and willfully hires immigrants here illegally to clean them — and serve food.
The top managers of the corporation that owns the chain have never visited your hometown — and never will.
The other restaurant is owned by a family that lives in town. They worked and saved for years to collect the capital to start their own business. At least one member of the family can be found working in that restaurant every day of the week — from the moment it opens to the moment it closes.
They have never employed an illegal immigrant. But they do employ legal immigrants — as well as local high school and college students.
They have separate bathrooms for the separate sexes — and those bathrooms are always clean.
These old-time American capitalist entrepreneurs are part of your community. Some of their kids (they have several) went to school with your kids. They played football, basketball, and baseball together. … Continue Reading

Donald Trump And The Elephant In The Room

December 10, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Donald Trump And The Elephant In The Room

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

We are being hit with a deluge of articles attempting to explain Donald Trump’s victory in his run for the presidency. Some of the most insightful are appearing in the online edition of National Review, whose editors and contributors led the right-wing campaign against Trump. They were proud Never Trumpers.
They are eating their crow in an admirably honest manner. Rich Lowry and Jonah Goldberg have been especially impressive. They still don’t like Trump, but they are making a sincere effort to understand why so many on their side of the ideological fence voted for him. It would be well worth your time to spend some time examining the website (nationalreview.com) on the days immediately following the election, especially the article entitled “American Nationalism Returns” by John Fonte and John O’Sullivan.
Fonte and O’Sullivan see Trump’s election as an event of great importance in our history, a sea change, as they say. I am convinced that even many of Hillary’s voters would respond favorably if they could somehow be persuaded to read and ponder what Fonte and O’Sullivan have to say. I don’t put in that category the hardcore leftists in Hollywood, the media, and the academy. They are not likely to be won over. … Continue Reading

Obama, Trump Face Their Futures . . . While Dishonest Media Stories On Church Prove Trump’s Point

December 9, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Obama, Trump Face Their Futures . . . While Dishonest Media Stories On Church Prove Trump’s Point

By DEXTER DUGGAN

What is to become of Barack Obama?
Much news coverage now is focused on the incoming Donald Trump administration, but Obama may be planning more political activism and playing less golf than when he was expected to do his job in the Oval Office.
And part of Obama’s future probably will aim at thwarting Trump’s.
Obama’s life largely has been spent as an Alinskyite organizer, rubbing resentments and upending expectations as ordinary people just tried to live their busy lives. That’s Obama’s résumé.
Why should he be expected to learn a different trade past age 50? That’s just for older guys who’ve been thrown out of work by the steely cogs of Obama’s globalist corporatist friends.
Trump, at age 70, happens to be an older guy who, too, could get thrown out of work if those unreconciled to his presidential win still have a chance to say, “You’re fired!”
An article posted November 25 said, “President Obama is over. He knows that. There are still … Continue Reading

Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?

December 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to President-elect Donald Trump illuminated the Asian landscape.
We can see clearly now the profit and loss statement from more than three decades of accommodating and appeasing China, since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger made their historic journey in 1972.
What are the gains and losses?
Soon after Nixon announced the trip in July 1971, our World War II ally, the Republic of China on Taiwan, was expelled from the UN, its permanent seat on the Security Council given to the People’s Republic of China’s Chairman Mao, a rival of Stalin’s in mass murder.
In 1979, Jimmy Carter recognized the regime in Beijing, cut ties to Taipei, and terminated the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty of 1954. All over the world countries followed our lead, shut down Taiwan’s embassies, and expelled her diplomats. Our former allies have since been treated as global pariahs.
During the 1990s and into the new century, Republicans, acting on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable, voted annually to grant Most Favored Nation trade status for China. They then voted to make it permanent and escort China into the WTO.
What did China get out of the new U.S. policy? Vast investment and $4 trillion in trade surpluses at America’s expense over 25 years. … Continue Reading

Ideas Have Consequences

December 7, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Ideas Have Consequences

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK
We continue this week with the discussion begun by our readers in last week’s edition of First Teachers. The discussion centers on whether Catholics with traditional views deserve to be charged with hypocrisy for opposing politically correct professors and administrators who prohibit conservative speakers and right-to-life representatives on campus, when we call for Catholic college administrators to not permit pro-abortion politicians such as President Obama and Joe Biden to speak on campus and call for an end to performances of The Vagina Monologues.
In other words, how do we answer the charge that our side opposes censorship by the politically correct academics of today only because they disagree with us, but that we are fine with it when we are in charge?
W.W. writes to encourage Catholics serious about their faith not to get into the weeds about whether we favor censorship or not. He argues that that debate is over. He correctly notes that the politically correct leftists, whether they admit it or not, now favor censorship, as their efforts to prohibit conservative and pro-life speakers on campus make clear.
W.W., who describes himself as a “husband, father, and grandfather” and “Jesuit-educated former Marine officer and retired businessman,” stresses it is not the process of censorship, but what is being censored, that is the key. … Continue Reading

One Every Five Hours: NYC Late-Term Abortion Capital

December 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on One Every Five Hours: NYC Late-Term Abortion Capital
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By TERENCE P. JEFFREY

In New York City, where the Statue of Liberty stands, 1,752 unborn children — at least 21 weeks of age and still in their mother’s wombs — were killed in 2013.
That means, on average, someone in New York City killed one of these unborn children every five hours.
Legal abortionists were the perpetrators. Elected officials, Supreme Court justices, and elites who condone and rationalize such killings were the co-conspirators.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the number just before Thanksgiving.
New York City has become the nation’s late-term abortion capital — at least among those jurisdictions that actually report their abortions and do so by gestational age.
The entire states of New Jersey and Georgia each reported that 705 unborn children at least 21 weeks of age were aborted within their borders in 2013. They led all 39 states that reported their abortions by gestational age.
But their combined 21-weeks-and-later abortions (1,410) did not equal the 1,752 done in New York City alone. … Continue Reading

The Right-Wing Media Swamp

December 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Right-Wing Media Swamp

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Before going further, let me make clear that I concede that there is an ugly extremist element on the American right, our version of the left’s Occupy Wall Street and the Black Muslims, if you will. There were mornings when I couldn’t believe the dishonest stories about Hillary and the Obamas that were posted on the Internet.
Even if some of these stories, such as those about Obama’s ties to Arab extremists and Bill Clinton’s involvement with sexual activity with underage girls, turn out to be true, the point is that we have no proof at this point. It discredits the American right to be associated with those making the charges. There were some on the right during the last election campaign whose public statements were indistinguishable from what we see on the front page of the tabloids at the supermarket checkouts.
That said, where do we turn now? What will be the next step for the Never Trumpers? The election is over. The Donald won, surprising many, including me. I had predicted that he would drop out of his run for the Republican nomination after a few months on the campaign trail. The Never Trumpers predicted a civil war in the Republican Party, centering on a push by mainstream Republicans to weed out the “extremist elements” on the right who were the driving force behind Trump’s candidacy. … Continue Reading

The Left’s Manufactured Racism

December 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Left’s Manufactured Racism

By REY FLORES

Before we proceed any further with the topic in our headline, let’s explore some terms and definitions to make sure there is no confusion in our column.
Racism is a prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. So racism is having intolerant beliefs based on our geographic, cultural, ethnic, language, and skin color differences; yes?
We, of course, all belong to the human race, so the “racism” we hear so much about should actually be known as “ethnicism,” given the different ethnicities which make up the human race, be it Africans, Arabs, Asians, Caucasians, and others.
Now a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Therefore, if someone is labeled an Islamophobe or a xenophobe, that means that this person is being accused of having an “extreme” or “irrational” fear of Muslims and Islam altogether, while the xenophobe is just someone who fears or dislikes foreigners.
How about if someone either fears or hates Christians? Could such a person be called a “Christianophobe”? … Continue Reading

Dems Expect Rewards Out Of Thin Air . . . GOP Expects Good Results From Santa Trump

December 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Dems Expect Rewards Out Of Thin Air . . . GOP Expects Good Results From Santa Trump

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties were taking things on faith as November ended. But there’s a difference between a child’s faith that gifts from Santa appear under the tree after her parents buy them, and a bad boy’s expectation that gifts materialize from nowhere on a dead-end street after he runs away from home. Sometimes one expects just too much.
Republicans were learning to trust President-elect Donald Trump because he seemed to have a way of making results take root under the tree. Democrats seemed determined to keep going down the loser’s cul-de-sac by retaining failed leadership in power but hoping this would bring rewards.
After Trump picked some personnel that represented the sort of establishment he campaigned against, his incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, was reported by the Washington Examiner on November 30 as saying Trump still was committed to ordinary people.
“Priebus said on MSNBC . . . that Trump’s appointments of Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, both billionaires who are enmeshed in Wall Street, to Treasury secretary and Commerce secretary respectively, are not signs he’s turning his back on the working class already,” the Examiner said, quoting Priebus: … Continue Reading

Christmas: A Profound Event

December 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas: A Profound Event

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

Christmas is rapidly approaching. It is a time when we experience the joy and peace of God’s presence. The crèches in our homes, the decorations and tableaux in the churches, the sermons and joyous music help us recall the most memorable day in human history — when God became man.
We are very familiar with the story of our Lord’s birth, especially as related in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke: the census, Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, the rejection at the inn, finding room in the stable, the angelic hosts, the guiding star, the shepherds and wise men, and most of all the babe lying in the manger wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Yet, the images, as beautiful as they are, are almost too familiar so that we do not fully appreciate the meanings they present.
Christmas marks a turning point in human existence, a new era for the human race. Some 2,000 years ago, the Second Person of God came to Earth and assumed the nature of man. His birth changed our relationship with our Creator. God was no longer an unseen, eternal, infinite, omniscient spirit that our reason could not comprehend. God as a Divinity is a mystery. … Continue Reading

Pope Francis: rigidity, worldliness a disaster for priests

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, focusing his remarks following the readings of the day on the need for priests to serve as authentic mediators of God’s love, rather…Continue Reading

Hopes for transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s body high despite emergency ruling

Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a November 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese…Continue Reading

A Plea Against an Unprincipled Papalism

Editor’s note: The following is a guest essay from Dr. Markus Büning. Dr. Büning was born 1966 in Ahaus (Westfalen, Germany). He studied Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the University of Münster. After graduating in 1990, he studied Law in Münster…Continue Reading

At The Request Of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops . . . Hudson church considers taking in 21 Syrian refugees

Church leaders and members of St. Patrick Parish in Hudson have been praying overtime in the past couple of weeks as they decide whether to welcome five Syrian refugee families into their community next summer. The Rev. John Gerritts The…Continue Reading

Catholic Scholar Attacked for Catholic Views at Catholic College

Prominent Catholic scholar of Renaissance literature Anthony Esolen is under attack for daring to talk openly about the teachings of the Catholic faith. The orthodox professor at the Dominican-led Providence College in Rhode Island is the author of many books,…Continue Reading

Congress doubles budget for investigation of Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Congress voted to double the budget of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, meaning the panel will continue investigating Planned Parenthood and the sale of aborted baby body parts through 2016. Republicans…Continue Reading

Catholic church prepares to fight ‘grave evil’ of mass deportations

American leadership in the Catholic church laid low during the presidential election but San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is now making clear that if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on campaign promises of mass deportations of unauthorized immigrants, the church is prepared to take…Continue Reading

Fake Catholic Groups and the “Catholic Spring” Emails

Beginning in 2007, orthodox Catholic writers including myself wrote dozens of articles in an attempt to expose the funding and duplicitousness of two fake Catholic groups: the OSF funded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. (For…Continue Reading

Rubio on Castro Condolences: Obama’s Response ‘Pathetic’; My Catholic Faith Does Not Bind Me to Pope’s Foreign Policy Stances

(CNSNews.com) – Asked Sunday about Pope Francis’ expression of sorrow on the death of Fidel Castro, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that as a Catholic he believes in the Pope’s theological authority but his faith does not bind him when…Continue Reading

Head of Vatican Court: Cdl. Burke Could Be Stripped of Red Hat

The Dean of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s top canonical court overseeing marriage, is issuing an ominous warning to Cdl. Raymond Burke that he may be stripped of his cardinalate for allegedly causing “grave scandal.” Speaking Tuesday at a lecture at the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell defends four cardinals for asking ‘significant’ questions

Cardinal George Pell has come to the support of the four cardinals who have submitted dubia about the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. Following an address to an audience in London, the Australian cardinal was asked whether he agreed with the…Continue Reading

Third bishop backs four Cardinals: I was ‘overwhelmed’ with similar questions

POLAND, November 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A third bishop has now publicly risen in defense of the four Cardinals who have been vilified by influential prelates after going public with their request that Pope Francis clarify whether or not his…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

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23 scholars sign letter supporting four Cardinals, warn of ‘metastasizing crisis’ in Church

December 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-three prominent Catholic academics and pastors released a letter Thursday expressing their “profound gratitude and full support” of the dubia four cardinals sent to Pope Francis asking for moral clarification on Amoris Laetitia. “As has been widely publicized, these cardinals have formally submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify five fundamental points of Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline, the treatment of which in Chapter 8 of the recent Apostolic Exhortation…Continue Reading

Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, said the Congregation for Clergy. Updating 1985 guidelines for preparing men for the Latin-rite priesthood and ensuring their continuing education, training and support, the Congregation for Clergy Dec. 7 released “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation. The updated…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider likens treatment of four Cardinals to Soviet regime: ‘We live in a climate of threats’

ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. “When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism…Continue Reading

Magisterium ‘debased’ by pope’s ‘refusal to answer’ four Cardinals: famed German philosopher

December 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The foremost Roman Catholic philosopher in Germany has come out in support of the four Cardinals who asked Pope Francis to clarify ambiguities in his Apostolic Exhortation regarding the sacraments for divorced and remarried Catholics. “It is deplorable that only four Cardinals have taken the initiative regarding this topic,” Robert Spaemann said in defense of the dubia voiced by four Cardinals. In an interview with the Italian Nuova Bussola Quotidiana…Continue Reading

Vatican Spin Machine Intensifies . . . From L’Osservatore Romano

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When speaking of God, the descriptive language that we adopt is love. And when speaking of love, the fundamental dimension that we attribute is divine. This is why the Apostle of Love defines God as love. (1 John 4.8) When our dear brother and Bishop of Rome, His Holiness Francis, issued his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia earlier this year, it was around the time that we jointly travelled to the island of Lesbos in Greece,…Continue Reading

In Praise Of Clarity

By DONALD DeMARCO A hostess sent out party invitations to her friends that requested RSVPs. When she received a completely illegible response from a particular doctor, she asked her husband what she should do. Upon his advice, she brought the indecipherable letter to a druggist since members of the pharmaceutical profession are reputed to be…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Missing Joe Sobran

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Joseph Sobran’s Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society, $27.00; Hustler: The Clinton Legacy, $23.00 — both available postpaid from the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, 713 Park St., SE, Vienna, VA 22180, 1-877-726-0058. Or online at fgfBooks.com or at Amazon.com. When Al Matt asked me some ten years ago to take over…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Beauty Of Purity

By JAMES MONTI Advent is a season we journey though in the company of our Lady. For her sacred pregnancy was indeed the first Advent, an Advent of nine months that culminated in the first Christmas. The Advent Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe testifies to this association, for the miraculous image of Guadalupe, revealed…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Proclaim The “Great Story Of Jesus Christ”

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell, Our Sunday Visitor, 224 pages; paperback, $16.95 plus shipping. See: https://www.osvcatholicbook store.com. The subtitle of Forming Intentional Disciples is, “The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus,” and that sums up what the book is about since we will…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “You are a member of the first generation of doctors in the history of medicine…Continue Reading

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What Is Faith?… God’s Creation And Purpose

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 15 I think of the word “gullible” whenever I hear the words “Big Bang” mentioned to explain the origin of the universe. We are supposed to believe that in the beginning there was nothing and then, somehow or other, a huge condensed solid mass of matter came out of the nothing, and without anybody doing…Continue Reading

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fortitude

By DON FIER An underlying principle that sums up why the gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary for the attainment of eternal life is that the natural instincts of mind and will — even elevated by the infused theological and moral virtues — cannot always cope with critical situations or problems that present themselves during life’s journey. As expressed…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent question about omission of the Epistle and Gospel at a Latin Mass, M.C. of Michigan sent the following by e-mail: “I have been going to Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form with some regularity ever since Pope St. John Paul issued his indult, both in my home state of Michigan and on trips to at…Continue Reading

The Obedience Of Faith

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matt. 1:18-24 In the second reading today St. Paul says that he was made an apostle in order to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of the Name of Jesus. It is this obedience to which every single person on Earth is…Continue Reading

Advent As A Liturgical Season

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Below is a ZENIT column by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University. ZENIT News Agency published the column. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. May you help me on the issue of Advent season, since we are approaching it? What is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Damascene

By CAROLE BRESLIN “The Fathers of the Church were those saintly writers of the early centuries whom the Church recognizes as her special defenders of orthodoxy. And the Patristic Age is the period during which they lived. “It is generally held that the last of the Western Fathers (Latin) was St. Bede the Venerable (673-735), and the last of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Peter Fourier

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Catholic Church, there are many examples throughout history of religious orders that have been reformed or have been in need of reform. After many years the members of religious orders tend to relax rules until they do not live much differently than the laity. It seems that discipline and fervor are closely related — without…Continue Reading