Sunday 30th April 2017

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Facing The Future With Faith

April 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Facing The Future With Faith

By REY FLORES

The British news tabloid The Daily Star published a report last week about a “clairvoyant” who predicts that on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal, World War III will start.
This same “messenger of God” claims to have also predicted President Trump’s victory in last year’s presidential election. He also predicts that World War III will end on October 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the last apparition in Fatima, but after much “devastation, shock and death.”
While we as Catholics are not to believe in clairvoyance, divination, and other supernatural dark arts, we do believe in the Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima and her very own words. “Russia will spread her errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”
Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta on six occasions, and on her last visitation on October 13, 1917, she announced: “The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.”
What do you think? … Continue Reading

Bumbling With The Federal Budget . . . While Pols Try To Drive Away Their Own Voters

April 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bumbling With The Federal Budget . . . While Pols Try To Drive Away Their Own Voters

By DEXTER DUGGAN

As both major political parties maneuvered during complex last-minute negotiations over the federal budget, they also threatened to deprive their own ranks of supporters.
Fighting over spending figures was traditional. Trying to create a deficit among their own membership numbers was unsustainable.
In late April the Democratic Party’s new chairman, radical leftist Tom Perez, who served as Barack Obama’s secretary of Labor, said every Democrat has to be pro-abortion; it’s not negotiable to take any other stand.
Using standard leftist code because Democrats often are ashamed of their own abortion stand, Perez said, “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”
His meaning was unmistakable. … Continue Reading

Patron Of Cancer Patients . . . The Miraculous Cure Of St. Peregrine

April 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Patron Of Cancer Patients . . . The Miraculous Cure Of St. Peregrine

By RAY CAVANAUGH

Standing for long periods of time as a penance, St. Peregrine Laziosi (b. 1265) developed a severe infection in his right leg. However, the night before his scheduled amputation, he had a vision of Jesus coming down from the cross to touch his leg, and proceeded to find his leg cured forever.
Peregrine is now revered as the patron saint of cancer patients and others facing serious health issues. His liturgical feast day is May 4 (though he is celebrated by some — such as those in his northern Italian hometown of Forli — on his May 1 date of death).
There was a time when he had been stridently opposed to the Church. In the turbulent political climate of 13th-century Italy, some communities were opposed to papal authority. When the official papal ambassador — Philip Benizi, who later became a saint in his own right — visited the city of Forli in 1283 to try to sway public opinion, he met with physical violence. … Continue Reading

Is Macron The EU’s Last Best Hope?

April 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Macron The EU’s Last Best Hope?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.”
Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France’s national elite.
Marine Le Pen of the National Front ran second with 21.5 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron of the new party En Marche! won 23.8 percent.
Macron is a heavy favorite on May 7. The Republicans’ Francois Fillon, who got 20 percent, and the Socialists’ Benoit Hamon, who got less than 7 percent, both have urged their supporters to save France by backing Macron.
Ominously for U.S. ties, 61 percent of French voters chose Le Pen, Fillon, or radical Socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon. All favor looser ties to America and repairing relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. … Continue Reading

Faith On Trial… Neil Gorsuch, Meet Scrap Tires

April 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Faith On Trial… Neil Gorsuch, Meet Scrap Tires

By DEACON MIKE MANNO

(Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.)

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We don’t normally think of scrap tires as having much to do with religious liberty, but this month they do and will provide a good test of newly confirmed Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch’s First Amendment jurisprudence.
New to the court, and immediately after a controversial confirmation process, one of the first cases in which Justice Gorsuch will take part pits a failed nineteenth-century constitutional amendment, the State of Missouri, a church-sponsored day care, and religious freedom over access to, of all things, scrap tires.
A little background: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources operates a grant program that assists qualifying entities to obtain scrap tire material to surface playgrounds. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia applied for the grant to resurface a playground adjacent to its licensed preschool and daycare, called The Learning Center. The Learning Center has an open admissions policy but does incorporate daily religious instructions into its program. … Continue Reading

American Education: Quo Vadis?

April 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on American Education: Quo Vadis?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The term “quo vadis” is often associated with a 1951 movie of that name, with Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr playing Roman Christians persecuted during the time of the Emperor Nero. The origin of the term is the scene in the apocryphal Acts of Peter wherein Peter meets the risen Jesus on a road outside Rome and asks our Lord, “Quo vadis?” (In English, “Where Are You Going?”)
I don’t come across it much any longer, but there was a time when the term was used as a colloquial expression among Catholics, referring to where an individual stood in his life’s journey in the faith.
J.M. did not use the term specifically in his recent correspondence, but it came to mind as he explored the course of issues that have arisen in recent months in First Teachers, as if he were asking, “Quo vadis, education in the U.S.?”
J.M. starts by referring to recent First Teachers’ columns discussing the proposals for free college by liberal Democrats such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. He asks us to consider these proposals in light of “an article by Walter Williams in which Williams points out that in 2015 only 37 percent of high school graduates were proficient in reading and 25 percent were proficient in math. The H.D. Woodson High School in D.C. had a 76 percent graduation rate on time, but only a one percent proficiency rate in math and 4 percent in reading. … Continue Reading

Piling On Sean Spicer

April 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Piling On Sean Spicer

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There are two logical ways that Sean Spicer could have responded when he was attacked for his statement, “Even Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II,” which Spicer made during his condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of poison gas against his own people. The first is the way Spicer did respond; the second is the way I think he wanted to respond.
The critics piled on Spicer. They accused him of anti-Semitism, of insensitivity, with being ignorant. They demanded his resignation, contending that only an evil man or a dunce could have said what he said in light of Hitler’s use of poison gas in the concentration camps against European Jews. Some accused Spicer with being a Holocaust denier.
An Associated Press story observed, “The Nazis killed millions of Jews and others in gas chamber,” in contrast to the “eighty-seven people, including children, who were killed in last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.” Barbra Streisand jumped in: “Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on ‘his own people.’ You mean 6 million Jews don’t count?” … Continue Reading

Loving Our Teenagers

April 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Loving Our Teenagers

By REY FLORES

When our daughters were still little, my wife Mary and I swore up and down that we would never refer to our children as “teenagers” once they reached their teenage years. We both got it in our heads and pontificated to anyone who would listen that we would teach our children to be “young adults” instead of “teenagers.”
The term “young adult” seemed to carry a sense of responsibility with older generations — before the term “teenager” came into the modern vernacular. As children in past generations hit puberty, they also were expected to start behaving more like young ladies and gentlemen.
The Baby Boomer generation was the first generation to be labeled as teenagers. They are the children of the “Greatest Generation,” children who were basically spoiled by parents who had lived through or fought in two World Wars and had also survived the Great Depression. … Continue Reading

Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

April 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The 12-month calendar on your kitchen wall probably didn’t have space enough on the little square for the 18th of April to enter everything happening that day to help the conservative agenda of Donald Trump.
Not only did the president underline his positive pro-American economic agenda by traveling to a Kenosha, Wis., manufacturer to speak, but also the anti-Trump media’s swooning love song for a liberal political hopeful in Georgia hit a sour note when Democrat Jon Ossoff was forced into a June runoff election for a U.S. House seat.
The same day, an unfortunate double reminder of the dangerous times of terrorism that Trump fights against occurred when a gunman with a Muslim name and rhetoric allegedly killed three men in Fresno, Calif., while French police arrested two men identified as radicalized Muslims, with a cache of firearms and explosives, who allegedly planned a violent attack as French presidential voting loomed.
Like the United States, France and other nations have been the scenes of radical Islamist deadly assaults. … Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

April 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“Bob was a hopeful man. Of course, he wasn’t an optimist” — Fr. Paul Scalia, presiding at the funeral of Judge Robert Bork (December 22, 2012).

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As prefect for the Congregation of the Faith, Gerhard Cardinal Müller bears the responsibility of defending the truths of the Magisterium from error. In recent years, that task has become more difficult, for reasons addressed in The Cardinal Müller Report (Ignatius Press, $17.95: visit www.ignatius.com, or call 1-800-651-1531), which appears this month.
First, some background. In 1985, Ignatius published the powerful Ratzinger Report, an extended interview by Vittorio Messori with the then-cardinal prefect of the same congregation. The Müller Report follows the same format, as an interview with Fr. Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos (BAC), the highly respected publishing house known the world over for its critical editions of Catholic classics.
This marvelous book is the result of one weekend of conversations, for which Fr. Granados prepared for weeks. Clearly Cardinal Müller had been preparing for a lifetime. In fact, the German Cardinal knows Spanish so well that the interview was conducted entirely in that language in December 2015, after the Synod on the Family but before the publication of Amoris Laetitia in March of 2016. … Continue Reading

Raymond Desouza . . . Shield of Faith PART 5

Chris Manion . . . European Union's Demographic Whimper; Vatican Hosts The Enemy; Can Rogue Federal Judiciary Be Controlled?

 

Pope Francis: Don’t be ‘more Papist than the Pope’

ROME, Italy, April 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) –  Pope Francis spoke critically again of the faithful who have a strong embrace of Catholic doctrine, resorting to pejorative terms he has often used such as hypocritical and phariseeism. “You cannot be more…Continue Reading

Trump appoints pro-life leader to top Health and Human Services spot

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump appointed well-known pro-life activist Dr. Charmaine Yoest to be Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The man Yoest is replacing is now a…Continue Reading

Advisor close to Pope Francis accuses dubia cardinals of ‘a new pharisaism’

April 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The leader of the Pope’s Council of Nine cardinals said the dubia cardinals haven’t read Amoris Laetitia and wondered why they haven’t “said anything about those who manufacture weapons.” Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga made these remarks during a radio interview…Continue Reading

NYC Catholics accuse Cardinal Dolan for ‘playing both sides’ as shuttered churches open doors to illegal immigrants

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The banner was a line from Matthew 25, in which God will speak to those who cared for their neighbor. The scripture states: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by…Continue Reading

Iowa lawmakers pass bill defunding Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Iowa House of Representatives and the state Senate voted this week to deny $400,000 to 12 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state and redirect patients to other federally-qualified community health facilities.…Continue Reading

Black Abortionist Calls Pro-Life People Racist Because We’re Upset Black Babies Are Aborted

Abortionist Willie Parker seems to thrive on making nonsensical and outrageous statements that get him attention. Often, the southern abortion practitioner likes to say he is a Christian who performs abortions because of his faith. But this week, he turned…Continue Reading

Confirmed: Pope will canonize Fatima visionaries in May

VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, the two siblings who witnessed the Virgin Mary’s appearances at Fatima, during his upcoming visit to the site of the apparitions on…Continue Reading

The Catholic Church still cares about Latin

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless,…Continue Reading

Trump signs law allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump signed a law today overturning a last-minute Obama-era regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business. The regulation, which pro-life groups call former President Obama’s “parting gift” to…Continue Reading

French presidential hopeful slams Pope Francis for welcoming migrants

ROME (RNS) France’s National Front presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, slammed Pope Francis for welcoming migrants and attacked the Catholic Church for meddling in French politics. With just over a week to critical national elections, the far-right candidate said Friday…Continue Reading

GOP Leaders to Drop Funding for Border Wall from Budget – Paul Ryan Says Maybe Next Year

GOP leaders are ready to burn President Trump and remove funding for the Trump border wall in order to woo Democrats in the Senate. Republicans hold a majority in both the US House of Representatives and US Senate. And –ALREADY–…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Will Give Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton Its “Champion of the Century” Award

Hillary Clinton will receive a consolation prize from one of her top supporters, Planned Parenthood, in May. The abortion chain announced Thursday that it chose the failed presidential candidate to receive its “Champion of the Century” award for “her 40…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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In Trump’s first 100 days, Catholics find a mixed bag

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2017 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders have found cause for both praise and concern after the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. “Catholics have reason for optimism. But like the first 100 days, the road ahead remains difficult,” Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said on the organization’s scorecard for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. Abortion Pro-life leaders have found a lot to like from the…Continue Reading

Enough with the liturgical translations!

The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” That was my first reaction to the news that a new Vatican commission had been established some time back to consider—again—the question of liturgical translations. Really, you can’t help wondering if another round in the debate about the words of the Mass is exactly what disputatious Catholics—already arguing amo

Trump admin keeps Obama rule requiring Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception … for now

April 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) caused surprise today by signaling that it intends to continue the Obama administration’s court battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups over the HHS contraception mandate, at least for the time being. While Trump had promised on the campaign trail to drop the provision, the DOJ has now asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for 60 more…Continue Reading

FSSP Superior Distinguishes Fraternity from SSPX, Eschews “Traditionalist” Label

The usually cautious and reserved Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has now given its current opinion concerning the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and on its possible formal re-integration into the structures of the Catholic Church. Father Bernhard Gerstle – the head of the German district of the FSSP – just gave a 24 April interview to the German Bishops’ official website Katholisch.de in which he explains many of the positions and opinions…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah: Church is facing ‘grave risk’ of schism over morality

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Robert Sarah warned that the Church’s unity is being threatened by influential leaders within the Church who “insist” that national churches have the “capacity to decide for themselves” on doctrinal and moral matters. “Without a common faith, the Church is threatened by confusion and then, progressively, she can slide into dispersion and

Pope Names New Head Of Chicago Eparchy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has named Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, MSU, as bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians, in Illinois. Prior to the appointment, Bishop Aleksiychuk was an auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Lviv, Ukraine. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C., on April 20 by Archbishop Christophe…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The Hands Of A Queen

By JAMES MONTI When in His infinite wisdom and love God fashioned man in His image and likeness, He imparted to the human body a remarkable and matching pair of members specifically crafted to imitate the Creator in His work of creation — the hands. And when in the fullness of time Our Lord refashioned…Continue Reading

At The Supreme Court… How The Media Reported On Trinity Lutheran

By JAMES ARNOLD (Editor’s Note: This commentary originally appeared on the ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom] Blog on April 26, 2017. See www.adflegal.org. The article is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved. (James Arnold is the legal content manager for ADF. He wrote this post about Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., applying for a…Continue Reading

Helen Hull Hitchcock… A Woman For Faith And Family

By DONALD DeMARCO Helen Hull Hitchcock passed away after a brief illness on October 20, 2014 at age 75. Accolades poured in from around the globe in honor of this extraordinary woman. Mary Shivanandan, a retired faculty member at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and a longtime friend…Continue Reading

Fr. Jacques Hamel’s Cause Is Opened

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — The archbishop of Rouen, France, the Most Rev. Dominique Lebrun, confirmed the official opening of the Diocesan Cause of Beatification of Fr. Jacques Hamel, murdered by extremists while celebrating Mass in the church of St. Etienne du Rouvray, in Normandy. The archbishop made the announcement during the Chrism Mass over which…Continue Reading

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Our Savior And Redeemer . . . Prophet And Priest

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 So, Christ is our King. Being the eternal Son of God, He is King by natural right. As our Redeemer, He is King by acquired right, for He purchased us with His own Blood: “You were bought with a price,” “ransomed . . . with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Cor. 6:20;…Continue Reading

The Fruits Of Holy Communion

By DON FIER “The love of Jesus Christ reaches its highest perfection and produces the richest harvest of graces,” proclaims St. Peter Julian Eymard, “in the ineffable union He contacts with the soul in Holy Communion.” So inestimable is the value of Holy Communion worthily received, the great saint of eucharistic piety goes on to affirm, that “we profit more…Continue Reading

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Q. I am a high school student who has been hearing from a teacher about how women like the late Betty Friedan did so much to free women from being “stay-at-home mothers” so they could fulfill themselves in the workplace. How true is this? — Z.M., Massachusetts. A. Not true at all. In his excellent new book Out of the…Continue Reading

Entering The Lord’s Sheepfold

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 1 Peter 2:20b-25 John 10:1-10 In the Gospel reading today, we hear Jesus explaining to His disciples about the sheep gate and that anyone who enters through this gate is with the shepherd while anyone who enters into the sheepfold through another means is a thief…Continue Reading

“O Crux, Ave Spes Unica”… The Cross, The Only Hope Of The World

By FR. RANIERO CANTALAMESSA, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: Here is the Good Friday 2017 homily delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica by Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household. ZENIT News Agency made this text available; all rights reserved.) + + + We have listened to the story of the Passion of Christ. Apparently nothing more than the account…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Chanel

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are a number of small islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, many of them predominantly Catholic. About 2,000 miles east of Australia is a tiny island nation for which one man paid the ultimate price for its conversion from paganism to Catholicism. St. Peter Chanel left his home in France to fulfill a lifelong desire to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Conrad Of Parzham

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Francis Mary of Camporosso, St. Veronica Giuliani, St. Joseph of Leonessa, St. Leopold of Mandic, and St. Seraphin of Montegranaro are just a few of the 115 Capuchin men and women who have been declared saints or blesseds by the Catholic Church. There are so many that Pope St. John Paul II remarked, “They say you…Continue Reading