Tuesday 25th April 2017

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Piling On Sean Spicer

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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

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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

Will Christianity Perish In Its Birthplace?

April 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Christianity Perish In Its Birthplace?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) Those are among Jesus’ last words on the cross that first Good Friday.
It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm.
And today, in lands where Christ lived and taught and beyond where the Christian faith was born and nourished, the words echo. For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.
President Donald Trump, outraged by pictures of infants and children who had perished in the nerve gas attack in Syria, ordered missile strikes on the airbase from which the war crime came. … Continue Reading

In Mali . . . Four Arrested In Kidnapping Of Nun

April 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on In Mali . . . Four Arrested In Kidnapping Of Nun

BAMAKO, Mali (CNA/EWTN News) — Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing.

According to the Associated Press, a judge in the country charged four individuals the first week of April.
Sr. Cecilia Argoti Narvaez was originally from Colombia but worked in Mali until she was kidnapped earlier this year. Her fate is still unknown.
Armed men kidnapped Sr. Cecilia in the southern Mali city of Karangasso on February 7. The men forced Sr. Cecilia to hand over the keys to the community’s ambulance. The vehicle was later found abandoned. Three other sisters were present at their house but escaped.
A member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Cecilia had served in Mali for 12 years. Her community administers a large health center in the country, as well as a home where they care for some 30 orphans between one and two years of age.
The religious sisters teach literacy to some 700 Muslim women. They are working on a barn project for times of food shortages, as many mothers in the region die from malnutrition. … Continue Reading

Mike Pence And Sr. Mary Francis

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

One of the topics that comes up frequently on social media is the high school dances chaperoned by the nuns back in the 1950s and 1960s. You frequently see comments about how the nuns would roam the dance floor making sure that couples were not dancing too close during the slow dances, instructing them to “leave some room for the Holy Ghost.”
I am not sure if these comments are made good-naturedly in fond recollections of the innocent days of the past, or in criticism of the “prudish” attitudes of the nuns. Probably both perspectives are in play.
I must say, though, that when I see these comments, I can’t help but wonder what the people who are critical of the nuns’ strait-laced demands would say if they saw the grinding — “twerking” — that goes on at modern high school dances. I bet that they would want someone like “Sr. Mary Francis” patrolling the dance floor if one of their granddaughters was participating in the simulated sex. … Continue Reading

The Great Divorce… Vladimir Putin And The American Left

April 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Great Divorce… Vladimir Putin And The American Left

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I never thought I would see anything like the hostility between the American left and Vladimir Putin. For my entire life I have listened to liberal Democrats, academics, and journalists criticize Americans who harbored an “irrational fear” of the former Soviet Union, who “saw Communists under every bed,” who suspected their fellow Americans of being “Communist sympathizers” without credible evidence.
That was Joseph McCarthy’s great sin, we were told, what made him a man “without decency” and a threat to our democratic values.
Yet now the leading liberals are saying the same things about Russia and Putin. They charge him with undermining our elections, of suborning operatives in the Trump campaign for the presidency, of manipulating politics in both Europe and the United States for his and Russia’s advantage. … Continue Reading

The Not-So-Friendly Skies

April 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Not-So-Friendly Skies

By REY FLORES

Being merciful and practicing charity are both easier said than done. Anyone who travels through airports and on airplanes knows this all too well. It is one thing for passengers to be impatient, rude, and ornery, but when any professional staffers at an airport or on an airplane get heavy-handed, that’s a whole new ballgame.
You have probably already heard all about the United Airlines passenger who was asked to deplane last week because the airline needed seats for four of its employees. When the passenger refused to exit, he was literally dragged off the plane, kicking and screaming.
This whole fiasco was caught on video and of course spread virally online. In the video captured by another passenger, we see a 69-year-old man being forcefully dragged away and bloodied by Chicago Department of Aviation security officers.
You can hear the gasps and comments of other passengers who were shocked and in disbelief that something like this could happen to a fellow passenger. … Continue Reading

Not A Butterfly World . . . Will Trump’s New Foreign Path Follow Ruts Of Others’ Failures?

April 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Not A Butterfly World . . . Will Trump’s New Foreign Path Follow Ruts Of Others’ Failures?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Walking to church for evening stations of the cross on a Lenten April 7, I saw two tiny white butterflies playfully circling each other as I waited for the stoplight before crossing a busy street.
Like my sister, I think of a butterfly sighting as a little reminder from God for carefree trust, often hard to attain in a world shuddering under the Devil’s thrusts. Regardless of whatever is actually in the colorful bug’s minuscule mind, its fluttering from flower to flower in apparent abandonment to the moment suggests faith and assurance.
And this Friday sighting was even better because there were two of the little fellas in tandem. Fanciful thoughts occurred of a boyfriend and girlfriend off on a date for some honey. But the happy vision quickly turned into whatever horror an adult male can feel over the fate of two bugs whose wingspan was no more than the breadth of a man’s thumbnail.
Instead of staying with the flowers, they headed into the street, not far above the asphalt. As they fluttered around each other, traffic zoomed toward them. A pickup truck rushed by and they were gone. … 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?

 

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

A bishop urges priests to encourage reception of Holy Communion on the tongue, kneeling. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Last night, Tuesday in Holy Week, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Bishop of Madison, celebrated the Chrism Mass.  The bishop blessed all the special oils used during our sacred rites in the upcoming year.  Customarily,…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton Trashes Pro-Lifers: Just “Men Sitting Around a Table Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood”

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lobbed criticisms at pro-lifers again this week during a women’s conference in New York City. Clinton, who ran on a radical pro-abortion platform that called for taxpayer funding of abortion and legalized abortion for any…Continue Reading

Rome Conference of Laity to Call for Clarity on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Laypeople from around the world will hold a Rome conference at the end of this month aimed at helping to bring clarity to a controversial chapter of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The one-day April 22 conference, hosted by the…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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A Short Summary of the 22 April Lay Conference on Amoris Laetitia

Yesterday, 22 April, there took place the important lay conference in Rome which was organized by the Italian publications La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and Il Timone and which was dedicated to a public critique of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Already today, there have been several articles about this event published, among them by Dr. Sandro Magister, America Magazine, and La Stampa. Mr. Andrew Guernsey already posted Professor Claudio Pierantoni’s own speech in English translati

Cardinal Müller on Medjugorje, Amoris Laetitia and radical Islam

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POLAND — The head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, traveled to Poland on April 19 for a conference honoring the 90th birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The theme of the conference was “The Concept of the State in the Teaching of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI.” Aleteia spoke with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the offices of the Polish Bishops

Top Papal Adviser Insults the Four Dubia Cardinals

Several Catholic outlets around the world – including Infovaticana and Chiesa e postconsilio – have reported that Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the pope’s “council of nine“, has made some condescending and disrespectful remarks about the four dubia cardinals. The moderate and characteristically gentle Italian journalist and Vatican specialist Marco Tosatti went so far as to say that the elderly Honduran cardinal and papal adviser “attacked” these faithful cardinals “with great violence”. On 25 March, Maradiaga gave an interview…Continue Reading

New Republican Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Emerges

Republican members of Congress appear to have a new deal to repeal Obamacare and the legislation also retains language to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Last month Republicans pulled a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare because not enough Republicans were on board with the package. Some Republicans voted against the bill — with more Liberal Republicans opposing the portion that would defund the major abortion business in the country and conservative…Continue Reading

Dublin archbishop calls Catholicism a ‘harsh,’ ‘judgmental’ ‘religion of fear’ in Holy Week homilies

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – During Holy Week and on Easter, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin blasted the Church for its “harsh exclusion” and “judgmental” treatment of “gay and lesbian people” at “various times in history, and not only in a distant past” and making people “oppressed by guilt.” “For many, Christianity has been experienced in precisely the opposite sense” of being “a faith of new life and of liberation,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism’s Search For Godhood

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 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “There is no time to wait for Darwinian evolution to make us more intelligent and…Continue Reading

A Tax Reform Plan That May No Longer Work

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + My father, who was born in 1922 and lived his teens and early twenties during the unfortunate reign of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whimsically embraced a tax reform plan that he sardonically…Continue Reading

Purity Vs. Prudishness

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND My Dear Friend: A young acquaintance of mine, who seems to have a serious religious vocation, told me that her “friends” accused her of prudishness because of her systematic refusal to get involved in what are called “affairs.” Someone even urged her to undergo psychiatric treatment. It never occurred to these…Continue Reading

Dietrich Von Hildebrand . . . A Man of Leonine Character

By DONALD DeMARCO Alice von Hildebrand titled the biography of her husband, The Soul of a Lion (2000). In the foreword to the book, chronicling the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest Catholic philosophers, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) refers to an “epiphanous” moment when Dietrich von Hildebrand first realized the…Continue Reading

Underground Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin Seized By Police

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA ROME (AsiaNews) — The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), the Most Rev. Peter Shao Zhumin, was seized by police and taken to an unknown location. The incident occurred April 12. Public security agents, however, have allowed the faithful to bring them some clothes to hand them over to the prelate, a sign…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World . . . “You Seek Jesus Of Nazareth”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “. . . The crucified. He has been raised; He is not here.” In the night-watch of vigil, enveloped in the darkness of death and confusion, a single gleam which pierced the gloom has spread to become a profuse glow, a fire great enough to embrace every soul all over the world. The Source of…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… Christ The King

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 A few years ago a low-budget movie caused a sensation among faithful Catholics: It was titled For Greater Glory. Although the story was not complete, it portrayed important aspects of the oppression of the Church in Mexico by the pro-Communist and Masonic government of an extremely evil man, named Plutarco Calles. The resistance…Continue Reading

Holy Communion

By DON FIER The Holy Eucharist, as we saw last week, is a sacrament three times over. As St. John Paul II pointed out in his first encyclical Redemptor Hominis, not only is it a Sacrifice-Sacrament and a Presence-Sacrament, but also a Communion-Sacrament. In this third dimension, the Eucharist is rightly referred to as the Paschal Banquet “in as much…Continue Reading

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Q. When I was young, the Fifth Sunday of Lent was Passion Sunday and the Sixth Sunday was Palm Sunday. Now the Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Why the change? — T.L.H., Massachusetts. A. The change came about in 1970 when the two feast days were combined into one. According to the…Continue Reading

On The Road To Emmaus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 The passage we hear in the Gospel today about the two disciples of our Lord going to Emmaus is one of the favorites of many people. The charity of the two disciples is almost as amazing as their blindness. I have…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

Catholic Heroes… St. Hermenegild

By CAROLE BRESLIN Martyrdom, the crown of Christian perfection, usually happens slowly, beginning with a dying to self and a living for Christ. Some Christians pray for martyrdom with confidence, knowing that God provided the grace to many in the past and does so now around the world. To prepare for martyrdom, many saints began lives of deprivation, of saying…Continue Reading