Monday 29th May 2017

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The Round Table Is Broken

May 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Round Table Is Broken

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I don’t think it is nostalgia that leads me to believe that the hostility between Americans on the left and the right has never been as intense as it is today. I can imagine Robert Taft and Adlai Stevenson discussing in a civil manner the issues that divided Republicans and Democrats back in the 1950s. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill were able to do that in the 1970s.
But can you picture Susan Rice and Donald Trump in such a setting? Or Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher? I can’t. Rice would look as if her hair were on fire. These days, conservatives and liberals don’t like each other, don’t respect each other, don’t trust each other.
In an essay in the current issue of Modern Age, the journal’s new editor, Peter Augustine Lawler, captured the breadth of the division:
“What conservatives call tradition, progressives call the legacies of oppression. What conservatives call manners, progressives call patriarchal stereotyping. What conservatives call the personal identity we’ve been given by a relational God and a purposeful nature, progressives call outmoded and illusory barriers to autonomous self-expression.” … Continue Reading

Losers Vs. The World

May 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Losers Vs. The World

By REY FLORES

If Islamophobia is the fear, intolerance, or hatred of Muslims and Islam, and anti-Semitism is the fear, intolerance, or hatred of Jews and Judaism — then what do we call the fear, intolerance, or hatred for Christians and Christianity?
In 2012, Mark Movsesian, director of the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University, wrote an interesting piece titled “Christianophobia,” for The Institute of Religion and Public Life’s First Things blog:
“The hostility to Christianity one encounters in the West is mostly ideological. What we have is a struggle between competing worldviews, one of which seeks to win by excluding the other, which it sees as irrational, from public debate. This strategy is illiberal, ill-informed, and childish, but it is not really ‘phobic’ in the way we normally use that term. It reflects not so much a visceral antipathy to Christians as people as a desire for Christians to keep quiet and stop retarding social progress.”
He continued, “Maybe the ideological struggle in the West is becoming a personal one, in which Christians are seen as comparable to racists. I don’t think we’re there, yet, but I concede there’s evidence we may be heading that way.”
Since Movsesian wrote that article five years ago and said that we are “heading that way,” I believe that in 2017, we are already there. … Continue Reading

President Trump’s Peace Mission . . . Challenges Ancient Faiths To Unite Against Terror

May 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on President Trump’s Peace Mission . . . Challenges Ancient Faiths To Unite Against Terror

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

Donald Trump stepped into land-mine land seeking a future where buried but boiling animosities would be disarmed.
On his first foreign trip as president, Trump purposefully traveled a peace crescent from Saudi Arabia through Israel to the Vatican in late May, seeking to unite against modern terrorism the three major ancient faiths all recognizing the rise of their religions just east of the Mediterranean Sea.
The tousle-haired Trump who, left-wing media babble, hates Muslims, carried himself with executive bearing among Arab and other Muslim-majority nations’ leaders at a regional summit in Riyadh, urging their unity in the effort.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” the Voice of America service quoted him in a May 21 report. … Continue Reading

A Special Prosecutor for Criminal Leaks

May 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Special Prosecutor for Criminal Leaks

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Who is the real threat to the national security?
Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners?
Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew?
President Trump has the authority to declassify security secrets. And in sharing that intel with the Russians, who have had airliners taken down by bombs, he was trying to restore a relationship.
On fighting Islamist terror, we and the Russians agree.
Five years ago, Russia alerted us that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a violent radical Islamist. That was a year and a half before Tsarnaev carried out the Boston Marathon bombing. … Continue Reading

Conquering Addiction Through Faith And Willpower

May 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Conquering Addiction Through Faith And Willpower

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By RAY CAVANAUGH

An incorrigible alcoholic and estranged Catholic, Dublin laborer Matt Talbot finally reached a point where he felt he had no choice but to abandon the bottle and return to the Church.
The remaining four decades of his life were marked by hard work, prayer, and daily Mass. More than 90 years after his death, his story of redemption has inspired people on both sides of the Atlantic. June 19 marks his day of commemoration.
The second of twelve children, Talbot was born on May 2, 1856. Both his schooling and sobriety ended at age twelve. His first job entailed delivering messages for a company that handled the bottling tasks for Guinness.
Enjoying the perquisites, he came home inebriated and received a beating from his father, who also found him a different employer. But with the change of workplace, young Talbot switched to harder liquor. … Continue Reading

Bishop Of Manchester… There Is “No Justification” For Horrific Attack

May 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishop Of Manchester… There Is “No Justification” For Horrific Attack

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (CNA/EWTN News) — After a terrorist attack killed 22 people — mostly youth — at a theater in Manchester the night of May 22, local Bishop John Arnold condemned the act, saying there is no justification for such violence.
“The citizens of Manchester and members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Arena. Such an attack can have no justification,” Bishop Arnold said in a May 23 statement via the diocese’s Twitter account.
In a series of tweets, he thanked the emergency services “for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives. We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy.”
The bishop stressed that “we must all commit to working together, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.” … Continue Reading

Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

May 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is often said by liberal commentators that Americans on the right are being “alarmist” when they argue that the social programs of the Democratic Party will put us on a slippery slope toward totalitarian socialism. They insist that there is no reason to assume a socialist endgame at work when proposals are made to help the poor through, say, food stamps or increased spending on education.
Fair enough; we can’t read minds. But that does not mean we should ignore the track record of liberal Democrats. It never fails. They are never satisfied. They — always, continually, persistently — push for greater control over our lives by government officials.
They may do this with good intentions, with proposals to help the needy, the downtrodden, those who hunger and thirst for justice’ sake. But the point is that they are never satisfied. They are driven by the urge to redistribute wealth, with the government assuming more and more control in areas that few thought required government intervention in the past. And that is a classic slippery slope, a progression that leads to authoritarian socialism. … Continue Reading

Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

May 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t see stories on my Internet homepage from commentators, on both the left and the right, designed to convince voters who voted for Donald Trump that they have been “had”; that they voted for an incompetent and unprincipled con man who has no idea what he is doing in the White House.
They will tick off the “broken promises” on tax reform, repealing Obamacare, building the wall on the Mexican border, and an avoidance of overseas military interventions.
National Review and The Weekly Standard lead the charge on the right; MSNBC and CNN on the left. Serious discussions are featured in these venues on the upcoming impeachment of Trump. They interview people who voted for him in the hope of finding a groundswell of defections.
So far, there is no such groundswell in sight.
Why not? Permit me to take a stab at the question.
I am among those who have not a trace of buyer’s remorse over the decision to vote for Trump. I was never a Trump enthusiast. I can see the man’s failings. … Continue Reading

Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

May 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

By REY FLORES

There’s a little story I probably have shared in this column at least once or twice, but because I love the lesson I learned by it, I will share it once more.
When I visited with the Sisters of Life in New York City about five years ago, one of the sisters asked me how I liked the city so far. I told her that it was as big, noisy, and dirty as any big city is expected to be. I did also share that I was somewhat shocked by some of the barely there immodest fashions some women were wearing in public.
She told me, “Rey, you are allowed that first look because you weren’t expecting to see a woman so immodestly dressed. But after that, you are aware of it and responsible to remain vigilant of your eyes and thoughts.” Boom! … Continue Reading

Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

May 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A dominant left-wing U.S. media hungry to destroy Donald Trump will whip up issues from nothing against him, including the so-called scandal that he had two scoops of ice cream for dessert when other diners got just one dollop.
Trump’s just lucky that he didn’t have whipped cream on top. In these hysterical media days, it’s not hard to imagine the headline, “Trump had chef beaten.” Huh? Oh, it’s the cream that was tortured? Huh? Oh, the cream was whipped. It’s all the same! Impeach this man who eats tortured animals. Well, the cows were killed, then ground up, then roasted. Monster! Cannibal!
But we recall when Barack Obama passionately wanted thousands of babies brutally whipped every day. Well, actually, aborted to death. Which is even worse than being whipped. Media were swell with that. And actually screamed against pro-lifers who said this was bad.
As for the fact that Obama back in Illinois fought against allowing medical care for babies who survived abortion, and he gave the excuse that saving their lives would discourage abortion — and all the dominant media said was hush-hush-hush, don’t perturb poor, sweet baby Barack. He needs his beauty sleep! … Continue Reading

Trump Is Pushed and Pulled on Climate Change, A Year After Pledging to Cancel Paris Deal

(CNSNews.com) – Exactly one year after pledging in a speech to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, President Trump will attend a Group of Seven summit Friday in Sicily where he’s expected to come under sustained pressure from his counterparts to…Continue Reading

St. Louis archbishop resists law requiring Catholics to hire abortion activists: ‘We will not comply’

LOUIS, Missouri, May 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, led by the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, has drawn a line in the sand for the protection of innocent human life. In February, the city…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it. At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will…Continue Reading

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak…Continue Reading

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), as ambassador to the Holy See, the White House announced Friday. The nomination comes just five days before Trump is set to meet with Pope Francis…Continue Reading

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 19, 2017 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop’s martyrdom. Because of an amnesty law that prohibited…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label. Here’s Why

The “pro-choice” label has not been working out so well for the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The labels pro-choice and pro-life have been used for decades to help identify people’s positions on abortion, but young adults seem to be moving…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley: The Pro-Choice Political Dictatorship of Relativism

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would soon be elected Pope Benedict XVI, preached that “we are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and…Continue Reading

These Republicans Voted Against the Bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday voted for a Reconciliation bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s…Continue Reading

Cecile Richards Comes Unglued After House Defunds Planned Parenthood: Republicans Hate Women

Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards it’s not happy that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood. The main response of the CEO of the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate can be summed up in three words:…Continue Reading

Despite pro-life provisions, healthcare bill raises serious concerns

Vatican City, May 4, 2017 / 05:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for…Continue Reading

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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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US bishop says Trump budget at odds with Catholic, American ideals

Louisville, Ky., May 26, 2017 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The former head of the US bishops decried President Trump’s budget plan, claiming its cuts to social services conflict with both the Catholic faith and American principles. “Whether through Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps or foreign aid, our nation has recognized that our worth is judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky said in a May…Continue Reading

Cardinal Müller on Amoris Laetitia, Paul Ehrlich, Antonio Spadaro and the Three Dismissed Priests

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Yesterday, 25 May, the Catholic channel EWTN aired an interview of Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over which was conducted a week ago with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). In this interview – which was conducted in English – the German cardinal touches upon several important matters which are of interest to the larger Catholic world. When Raymond Arroyo asks Cardinal Müller about the post-synodal exhortation…Continue Reading

‘Comfortable’ Catholics are ‘unwilling’ to see dangers facing Church: Scholar

ROME, May 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Too many Catholics are caught up in a “comfortable” Catholicism that makes them unwilling, and even unable, to see the “grave problems” currently besetting the Church, said a renowned theologian and one of the world’s top Catholic experts on the Church Fathers. “Most Catholics seem to live their life on a sort of comfortable zone, just the way that a lot of bishops live in a sort of safety-first…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops denounce a Trump budget championed by Mulvaney – a lifelong Catholic

On the day that President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis in Rome, a top administration official defended a proposed budget that America’s Catholic bishops have strongly criticized for hurting the poor. The Trump administration official in the hot seat: budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a lifelong Catholic who grew up in Charlotte. Speaking Wednesday to the House Budget Committee, Mulvaney called Trump’s budget plan a “moral” document that puts “taxpayers first.” And he defended the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Receives US President Donald J. Trump

Pope Francis received President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, today, May 24, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace, before Francis’ weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The meeting was broadcasted by Vatican Television and can be watched via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVCm1-toVFg According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about 30 minutes, were cordial.

Fr. John Paul Erickson… Calls On Catholics To Live The Cardinal Virtues

By PEGGY MOEN MINNEAPOLIS — “There was always something,” Fr. John Paul Erickson told his audience of 150 at the Church of St. Helena on May 18. “Always a struggle between light and darkness” ever since Adam and Eve took the apple and we’ve never had “a golden era.” With gender ideology and other aberrations,…Continue Reading

Serious Hitchcock Errors… Mean That Book Must Be Corrected

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — I loved to read St. Louis, Mo., historian James Hitchcock’s opinion column some decades ago in the National Catholic Register, when I also wrote for that paper. I was pleased, of course, when he occasionally referred favorably to something I’d written. In his August 30, 1981, Register column, Hitchcock cited…Continue Reading

The Blessed Virgin And St. Joseph… A Marriage Truly Made In Heaven

By JAMES MONTI For several centuries there was on the liturgical calendars of several religious orders a feast day that few know of today — Desponsatio beatae Mariae Virginis — the Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a celebration of the marriage of Our Lady to St. Joseph. Although the Sacred Scriptures recount scarcely more…Continue Reading

A New Birth Control Commission?

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: At this point, reports about a possible new birth control commission are unconfirmed. This commentary first appeared on http://nfpandmore.org/wordpress/.) + + + The week of May 13th started wonderfully with widespread efforts to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. The work week was quickly dimmed,…Continue Reading

Wanda Poltawska… The Stubborn Insistence On Being Human

By DONALD DeMARCO The city was Toledo, Ohio. The year was 1990. The venue was the dining room in a private home. The audience consisted of several pro-life people, including myself. The speaker was Wanda Poltawska who was relating a series of events in her life that we were most privileged to hear. In 1962,…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… The Most Awkward Conversations Are The Most Important

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There’s nothing more intense than being invited to share in the most intimate details of the life of another soul or family. Of course it is not done gratuitously. When a person is distressed or grieving and reaches out for help, it is often the priest to whom they turn for healing. Most commonly people…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… The Redemption

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 In his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II made a few interesting statements about Islam, which I quote in the following two paragraphs: “Whoever knows the Old and New Testaments, and then reads the Koran, clearly sees the process by which it completely reduces Divine Revelation. It is impossible…Continue Reading

Penance As A Laborious Kind Of Baptism

By DON FIER Sin, its dire consequences, and man’s continual need for conversion are realities that are often dismissed or even outrightly denied in modern secularized societies enamored, as they are, with materialistic pursuits. As noted last week, recent Roman Pontiffs, beginning with Pope Pius XII in 1946, cite as an underlying reason for this troubling phenomenon a “loss of…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: In his parish bulletin recently, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City recalled the famous words of the great jazz singer Al Jolson: “You ain’t heard nothing yet” and compared them with the words of Jesus: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John…Continue Reading

Discover God’s Gifts And His Will

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Pentecost Sunday (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the first reading today we hear about the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles as they were gathered in prayer. The event was marked by some extraordinary phenomena: the noise like a driving wind filling the house and the tongues of fire.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Sanz And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1748, the Viceroy of Peking with great frustration asked, “What are we to do with these men? Their lives are certainly irreproachable. . . . Their jailers and their families become their disciples and embrace their religion. To prolong this state is only to give them the opportunity of increasing the number of Christians.” Thus Peter…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Celestine V

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the death of Pope St. John Paul II, faithful Catholics rejoiced at the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next Vicar of Christ. The German prelate took the name of Benedict XVI for two reasons: in memory of Pope Benedict XV who led the Church during the turbulent times of World War I, seeking peace…Continue Reading