Sunday 18th February 2018

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A Book Review… A Prominent Catholic Historian Stumbles In New Book

February 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Prominent Catholic Historian Stumbles In New Book

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Catholic historian James Hitchcock has been one of my favorites. When I first read his Catholicism and Modernity, I invited him to address a groundbreaking conference called to defend the family, held 40 years ago in Rockford, Ill. Several of his books line my shelf, and warm memories abide of his leadership roles in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, where his erudition was always appreciated.
Some ten years ago, Dr. Hitchcock published a series of articles in the Human Life Review (HLR) which have now been developed into a book-length account (Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics, Transaction Publishers [now the Routledge imprint of Taylor and Francis]. Routledge currently lists these prices: Hardback $100 [sic]; Paperback $44.95.)
In this book, Hitchcock offers his thumbnail analysis of the pro-life movement since before Roe v. Wade, with a parallel focus on two publications which he considers central to that history, the National Catholic Reporter and The Wanderer.
Hitchcock’s 2007 HLR article attacked The Wanderer with vigor. Its rancorous tone surprised this longtime admirer, so I immediately called and offered him an open-ended interview, resulting in a 3,000-word front-page Wanderer article where he calmly aired his views in his own words. A year later, he launched another attack in HLR. At that point, Maria McFadden, the editor of Human Life Review, graciously offered me the opportunity to reply. Hitchcock’s third article, addressing my response, appeared some months later, entitled “I Object.” … Continue Reading

Pope St. John Paul II… The Church’s Teaching On The Worthy Reception Of Holy Communion Can Never Change

February 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope St. John Paul II… The Church’s Teaching On The Worthy Reception Of Holy Communion Can Never Change

By JAMES MONTI

Those of you who read my preceding Restoring the Sacred essay of two weeks ago may recall that repeatedly I cited Marian passages from a 2003 encyclical of Pope St. John Paul II entitled Ecclesia de Eucharistia. Frankly I must admit that prior to the preparation of my last essay I was not previously familiar with this amazing text, penned by Pope John Paul toward the twilight of his pontificate. Perusing this text has proven to be a journey of spiritual discovery for me, and I return to it now to share with you the insights it offers regarding the fitting celebration of the sacred liturgy and the “hot button” topic of the worthy reception of Holy Communion.
Ecclesia de Eucharistia proved to be Pope John Paul II’s final encyclical, written just two years before his death. Despite the fact that His Holiness was already beset by physical infirmity, the text bristles with that same apostolic intensity that marked his reaffirmations of Catholic doctrine throughout his pontificate. … Continue Reading

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput… Reminds Men’s Conference Of Gospel Responsibilities

February 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput… Reminds Men’s Conference Of Gospel Responsibilities

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The archbishop of Philadelphia reminded a sold-out men’s conference here to stand strong for the work of the Gospel despite allurements of the passing age.
“Just as memory anchors each person’s individual story, history plays the same role for cultures, nations and communities of faith. History is our shared memory,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap.
“When we Christians lose a strong grasp of our own history — our own unique story and identity — others will gladly offer us a revised version of all three — a version that suits their own goals and bigotries, and not necessarily the truth.”
Chaput was one of the speakers to an audience gathered at Xavier College Preparatory school for the Catholic Men’s Fellowship Conference here on February 3.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 attended, according to the hosts of The Catholic Man Show, Oklahomans Adam Minihan and David Niles, who brought their program for the day out from Tulsa to join in the faith-building activities and enthuse about the sunny, warm weather. … Continue Reading

Trump — Middle American Radical

February 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump — Middle American Radical

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party.
Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk, or William F. Buckley.
In the primaries of 2016, all his rivals claimed the mantle of Mr. Conservative, Ronald Reagan. Yet Trump captured the party’s heart.
Who, then, and what is Donald Trump?
In a Federalist essay, “Trump Isn’t a Conservative — And That’s a Good Thing,” Frank Cannon comes close to the mark.
Trump, he writes, “would more accurately be described as a ‘radical anti-progressive’” who is “at war with the progressives who have co-opted American civil society.” Moreover, Trump “is willing to go further than any other previous conservative to defeat them.”
Many “elite conservatives,” writes Cannon, believe the “bedrock institutions” they treasure are “not subject to the same infectious politicization to which the rest of society has succumbed.” … Continue Reading

Ontario Court… Assisted Suicide Trumps Doctors’ Conscience

February 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Ontario Court… Assisted Suicide Trumps Doctors’ Conscience

By MIKE MANNO

On the last day of January the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario unanimously held that policies promulgated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) requiring doctors to either provide suicide assistance for patients, or refer them to another doctor that will, trumped the religious rights of the doctors.
After the adoption of the policies, it wasn’t long before a collation of several Christian medical groups and several individual providers filed suit, alleging that the policies violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“I find that the objective of the Policies is of sufficient importance to warrant overriding the Individual Applicants’ rights of religious freedom,” wrote Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel for himself and two other members of the court.
“It is important in this context to note that there is no constitutionally protected right to practice medicine,” the court wrote.
At issue were policies adopted by CPSO, the governing body for the Ontario medical profession, which stated, “Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care for reasons of conscience or religion, an effective referral to another health-care provider must be provided to the patient. … Continue Reading

Coming To America No More A Dream . . . Time For McCain To Make His Peace, Become “One Of Us”

February 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Coming To America No More A Dream . . . Time For McCain To Make His Peace, Become “One Of Us”

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — In 1981, handsome national pop icon Neil Diamond’s powerful, pounding, proud Coming to America was released as a single and shot up the charts.
Not considered a bit controversial, the song hailed the historic, healthy immigration experience of the United States and left so many in the audience cheering, or with tears in their eyes.
The next year, 1982, Vietnam War celebrity and political novice John McCain was elected to his first term as a congressman from Arizona’s First District.
A bit controversial, McCain was criticized by some as a carpetbagger for moving to the Grand Canyon State with political ambitions. If he wasn’t so healthy, he’d been tortured in Asia. … Continue Reading

Two Constitutions In Peril

February 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Two Constitutions In Peril

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The recent revelation of malfeasance by the FBI and Justice Department dating from the Obama administration are unfortunate but unsurprising. When unchecked by civic virtue and personal morality, the temptation to use of power and position for personal agendas can seem irresistible. And, once embraced, the bad habit of abuse of power is hard to break, especially when unchecked by exposure and stern punishment.
Today, as far as the U.S. government’s permanent bureaucracy is concerned, members of Congress and the Senate are just political appointees who come and go. Even the president qualifies as little more than a temporary employee — a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.
Cabinet secretaries are quickly brought to heel by their “career” staffs, affirming James Burnham’s classic analysis 75 years ago in The Managerial Revolution: As bureaucracies grow ever stronger, he predicted, bureaucrats will become increasingly more loyal to colleagues in their various professions than to the employers who pay their salaries. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Erdo… “It Is Difficult For the State To Decide What Is Good For Man”

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By ROBERT MOYNIHAN

(Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine [https://insidethevatican.com/product/magazine]. This story first appeared in The Moynihan Letters. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.)

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January 30, 2018, Tuesday

“Even the majority can end up with wrong or harmful decisions, especially if the concept of the common good becomes uncertain, because there is no consensus even on the anthropological foundations of law. That is why it is difficult for the State to decide what is good for man” — Peter Cardinal Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungry, in his magisterial Brampton Lecture January 29, in the Low Library at Columbia University in New York City.
In his talk, attended by about 300 people, Erdo, who holds doctorates in theology and in canon law, explored the question of “Church and Religion in the Secular State.”
His chief point: that modern secular, “post-Christian” society in the West, and globally, faces a grave and growing crisis of trust in the justice and goodness of its laws, and that this crisis can be faced and overcome only if society returns to the presently discarded wisdom of the great religious traditions of mankind, and to the wisdom of Christianity in particular, to provide a solid and just support for the laws which govern society. … Continue Reading

How President Trump Has Re-Energized The Pro-Life Movement

February 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on How President Trump Has Re-Energized The Pro-Life Movement

By FR. FRANK PAVONE

(While reporting January 27 on The San Francisco Walk for Life, Dexter Duggan spoke with Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life. Fr. Pavone offered the comments below on President Trump and the pro-life movement.)

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The pro-life movement, as evidenced again by the March for Life last week and the Walk for Life this week, is encouraged and energized.
A large part of the credit for that goes to President Trump and his administration. I am privileged to serve on two advisory commissions for the president, one that handles Catholic issues, and the other which handles pro-life issues. From the beginning, I was told that Donald Trump, if he were elected, would “do everything that previous pro-life presidents have done, and more.” That has proven true.
The first and greatest thing he did for the pro-life movement was to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House!
Before we consider policy advances, which are many, we should consider how the Mr. Trump — both on the campaign trail and once he became president — has strengthened and encouraged the pro-life movement just by the way he speaks about abortion. The way he describes the procedure (such as during his third debate with Hillary, talking about ripping the baby from the womb), and challenges the extremism of the other side is exactly what is needed. Because he is a fighter who speaks his mind directly, he cuts through the evasion and vagueness that so characterizes the way so many deal with the abortion issue. … Continue Reading

Of Bridges, Boethius, Medals, And Martyrs

February 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Of Bridges, Boethius, Medals, And Martyrs

By SHAUN KENNEY

Fr. James Martin, SJ, was politely uninvited from a talk at a parish in New Jersey this February, for the predictable reasons. His book Building a Bridge continues to be panned despite his efforts as an olive branch to the LGBT community, plus Qs and Is and plus signs and other letters of the alphabet in alliance.
Characteristically, Fr. Martin lashed out at those behind the undoing of this particular lecture, specifically Michael Voris over at Church Militant and the good folks at Tradition, Family, and Property, whose banners at the March for Life in Washington are instantly recognizable. “Hate mongering and online bullying” were the words Martin used to describe the petitions used to pry his presentation out of a parish and into a conference hall, his opponents driven by nothing but fear, homophobia, and hate.
It has been noted elsewhere that Fr. Martin’s “bridge” is called a confessional. That’s not the point I would like to belabor here. Rather, it is Martin’s uncharitable reaction to his opposition. Do you remember that verse in the Gospels where Christ instructed the apostles to call their opponents haters and homophobes driven by fear? … Continue Reading

Pope Francis says Paul VI will be canonized this year

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his annual Lenten meeting with the priests of Rome last week, Pope Francis confirmed that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be made a saint sometime this year. “Paul VI…Continue Reading

Pope reappoints O’Malley to head further work of safeguarding commission

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, also reconfirming seven members…Continue Reading

The Latest: Trump to visit Florida after school shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 11:36 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’ll visit Parkland, Florida, the site of Wednesday’s shooting that killed 17 people. Trump said from…Continue Reading

U.S. bishops: federal budget should not be balanced ‘on backs of the poor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposal on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging for a budget that shows greater concern for “‘the least of these” and warning that the U.S. “must never seek…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sticker stirs controversy at Connecticut Catholic high school

A Connecticut high school student may have to decide whether to remove a Planned Parenthood sticker on her laptop or leave her Catholic school after administrators told her to remove it, her parents said. Sophomore Kate Murray’s parents told the Greenwich Time that…Continue Reading

Fr. James Martin: ‘People take the Bible…out of context’ on homosexuality

February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts should be taken in “context” with Biblical times, Jesuit Father James Martin toldGeorgetown University students recently. Martin said as well that Catholics who support gay “marriage” should have no problem…Continue Reading

Mississippi state house votes to ban abortion after 15 weeks

JACKSON, Mississippi, February 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill banning abortion on babies more than 15 weeks old passed the Mississippi state House today 79-31. House Bill 1510 would make Mississippi the state with the most pro-life laws if it…Continue Reading

All But Three Democrats Voted to Allow Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

Just three Democrats in the U.S. Senate supported a bill on Monday that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which has strong public support from Republicans…Continue Reading

Athanasius Schneider invites world’s bishops to sign Profession of Immutable Truths

ROME, January 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In an exclusive interview two weeks after issuing a profession of immutable truths about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider is inviting his brother bishops around the world to join in raising a common voice…Continue Reading

Cardinal Eijk Asks Pope to Clarify Questions About “Remarried” Divorcees

As Katholisch.de, the official website of the German bishops, reports today, Cardinal Willem Eijk, the Dutch cardinal and Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht, requested that Pope Francis bring light into the confusion concerning the question as to how to deal with…Continue Reading

Where are all the Catholics at the nation’s largest Catholic school

When Selena Miller, a practicing Catholic, applied to DePaul, she had no idea it was a Catholic university. Damita Meneves, another practicing Catholic, said she has met only one other Catholic student in her first year at DePaul. DePaul is…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: It is a “source of anguish” to hear suggestions “that I would lead a schism”

His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, spoke recently with Thinking with the Church, hosted by Chris Altieri, who is also a regular contributor to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Burke responds to questions regarding the interpretation and reception of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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Planned Parenthood Sues President Trump After He Defunded Its Programs Pushing Sex on Kids

There’s nothing, it seems, that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood won’t sue over. On Thursday, affiliates of the abortion chain in seven states sued the Trump administration for cutting funding for their questionable teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Daily Nonpareil reports the lawsuits argue that the Trump administration wrongly cut their funding prematurely and without cause. Nine groups, including Planned Parenthood affiliates in Washington, Iowa, North Carolina, South C

Scholar stumps Cardinal Cupich, asks if Pope’s ‘paradigm shift’ means ‘radical’ doctrinal change

CAMBRIDGE, England, February 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A respected Catholic historian and philosopher challenged Cardinal Blase Cupich during a lecture last week about Pope’ Francis so-called “revolution of mercy” that has caused what many are defending as a “paradigm shift” in Catholic practice. Professor John Rist, after listening to a February 9 lecture at Cambridge Universityin which Cardinal Cupich praised Pope Francis’ “paradigm shift” in Catholic practice, asked the Cardinal at the end of the lect

Cardinal Schönborn outraged at bishop’s critique of blessings for homosexual unions

VIENNA, Austria, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Austria’s bishops, led by Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, are indignant over a retired bishop’s passionate defense of Catholic teaching in opposing Church “blessings” for homosexual unions. After Bishop Andreas Laun, the retired Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg, Austria, published Monday his strong rebuke of the German bishops for proposing to bless homosexual couples, there has been an inten

The Clarity of Cardinal Cupich

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is all for clarity. It has been a consistent theme, as when in September of 2017 he issued a decree banning guns in all parishes, schools and other facilities across the archdiocese “so there would be absolute clarity on our position.” His official statement put “clarity” in italics. When he was bishop of Rapid City, he called for “civility and clarity” in discussing legislation that would limit abortion, but he…Continue Reading

Catholics warn of church schism if Vatican makes a deal with China

BEIJING — A group of influential Catholics published an open letter Monday express their shock and disappointment at report that the Vatican could soon reach a deal with the Chinese government, warning that it could create a schism in the church in China. The Holy See has been in negotiations for several years with the Chinese Communist Party and is now belie

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President Trump Bans U.S. Aid for International Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Within a week of taking office on January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, now called the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which bans U.S. funding for abortions overseas. The expanded policy prohibits $9 billion in U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform or…Continue Reading

Approval Of Miracle Opens Door To Paul VI’s Canonization

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A Catholic Reaction To Trump And The Media

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

Priest Says… Excommunicate 14 Catholic Senators Who Voted Against Late-Term Abortion Ban

By LISA BOURNE (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews ran this story on February 5.) + + + A Catholic priest is calling on bishops to excommunicate the 14 Catholic-identifying U.S. senators who voted two weeks ago against banning late-term abortions. He is also calling on priests to deny the Catholic pro-abortion senators Holy Communion. “Today is the…Continue Reading

Limbo And Eastern Orthodoxy

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The centuries-old theological debate concerning the existence of Limbo for unbaptized babies (the limbo puerorum as a state of natural happiness) led to the 2007 publication of the document The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized by the International Theological Commission (ITC). The commission concluded there are “serious…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Effects Of The Sacrament Of Matrimony

By DON FIER For a variety of reasons (a defect of consent, a diriment impediment, or a defect of the required form), many supposed modern-day marriages entered into by Catholic persons are invalid from their origin in the eyes of God and the Church. However, as we saw last week, depending on the circumstances, the Church has procedures by which…Continue Reading

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Q. Concerning what our Blessed Mother said in Fatima about the rosary, I am confused as to whether or not she meant us to meditate on the mysteries while we are praying the Hail Marys or whether she meant us to meditate on the mysteries right before we say the Hail Marys. The consensus seems to be that we are…Continue Reading

Abraham Had To Be Tested

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Lent Readings: Gen. 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 In the first reading today we hear about Abraham’s nearly incomprehensible act of faith and love for God shown in his willingness to sacrifice his own son. We have to be careful not to read this in a vacuum. This test, which…Continue Reading

Questioning Humanae Vitae?… The Vatican Has Already Had Its Say

By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI (Wanderer Editor’s Note: Catholic News Agency on February 3 published a commentary concerning a 1989 Vatican response to dissent against Humanae Vitae. Below is an excerpted version of that commentary. Following that, we reprint the full text of the 1989 Vatican response, which, as the CNA commentary explains, is now available on the Vatican’s website. Please also…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Bishops Promote Sin “In Some Cases”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A joke sometimes recounted among clergy goes along these lines: Someone greets a wise old priest by asking, “What’s new?”, and he responds, sagely, “Christ is risen!” The humor here is less about what’s new than about the fact that everything, other than the only true revolution of Christ’s Incarnation and triumph over death, is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Cortona

By CAROLE BRESLIN Great sinners make great saints. It takes a strong-willed child to become a saint. These are statements which would easily fit saints such as Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine. In the thirteenth century, a young lady free in spirit and strong in will led such a life that she was essentially driven from her home village, but…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Joseph Allamano

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the lives of the saints one thing is very common: They have such a strong desire to do God’s will that nothing will hinder their work. Many saints, despite illness, weak health, or many other obstacles achieved their goals. Frequently the amount of work accomplished by such individuals seems humanly impossible — and, of course, it…Continue Reading