Friday 28th November 2014

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Moral Befuddlement In Ferguson

November 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

“It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
Edmund Burke’s insight returned to mind while watching cable news coverage of the rampage in Ferguson, Mo., after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The rioting, looting, arson, and gunfire that began after McCulloch relayed the grand jury’s decision, a decision long predicted and anticipated, revealed the unspoken truth about Ferguson.
The problem in Ferguson is not the 53-man police department. The problem is the hoodlum element those Ferguson cops have to police, who, that Monday night, burned and pillaged the stores on the main streets of their own community. … Continue Reading

Omaha’s Pope Paul VI Institute . . . Brings New Beginnings To Women And Life To New Babies

November 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

 

By DEXTER DUGGAN

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OMAHA — A young Nebraska mother with a smiley eight-month-old baby boy at home listened with curiosity to remarks during an educational program here about natural fertility regulation and achieving pregnancy in difficult cases.
She and her husband initially hadn’t been successful at trying to conceive. Now she was learning there’s a medical institute right here in Nebraska’s largest city that she hadn’t been aware of, drawing clients from around the United States and beyond.
It’s the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, a professional pro-life academy that promotes women’s awareness of how their bodies work and is open to clients regardless of religious persuasion.
In harmony with the Catholic faith, the institute treats patients for problems including infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, premenstrual syndrome, and postpartum depression. … Continue Reading

The Catholic Who Made Thanksgiving Possible

November 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH

When thinking of religion and Thanksgiving, Protestant Puritanism naturally comes to mind. Many are unaware that Squanto, the native who made Thanksgiving possible, was Catholic.
In more recent times, there has been some cynicism directed at the story of Squanto and the Pilgrims. The original Thanksgiving has been dismissed by some as a happy-faced myth designed to sugarcoat (especially for youngsters) initial relations between whites and Indians, before the whites proceeded to steal all the land.
Looking at how history turned out, this cynicism is in some ways understandable. But, to Squanto’s credit, he was as helpful as the legend conveys. For evidence, we need only to turn to the journal, Of Plymouth Plantation, written by William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Colony and a Mayflower passenger. Bradford’s account says that Squanto “became a special instrument sent from God for [the Pilgrims’] good.” … Continue Reading

George Orwell Misses The Mark

November 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

George Orwell is among my favorite writers, top five maybe. His clear and unadorned writing style is one reason. You seldom have to read his sentences a second time to grasp their meaning. I also admire his decency and sense of fair play, which comes through in spite of his left-wing views. That said, there are times when his socialist leanings cloud his judgment.
His essay “Boys’ Weeklies,” written for the British magazine Horizon in 1940, is a case in point. It could have been written by what Orwell used to call a “parlour Bolshie,” one of the trendy leftists he spent much of his professional life denouncing for their disdain for the ordinary people of Great Britain.
Horizon published a response to Orwell’s essay by Frank Richards, a popular writer for one of the popular British boys’ weeklies that Orwell took to task. In my opinion, Richards carried the day, displaying an understanding of the healthy role that escapist literature — such as that found in the United States in the comic books and “Big Little Books” of the 1940s and 1950s — can play in the lives of young people, if written with a proper respect for traditional values. … Continue Reading

Visiting Nebraska’s Boys Town . . . A December Gift To Aid Troubled Youngsters Since 1917

November 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

BOYS TOWN, Neb. — Like a salvific event in a scruffy Middle Eastern manger centuries earlier, there was a modest beginning in far-eastern Nebraska in December 1917 that would go on to attract the mighty in awe.
No astrologer-kings on their camels searched for the Christ Child in the Cornhusker State, just west of the border with Iowa. However, a succession of human stars in the rising 20th century came to pay tribute to the work done for other children made in His image.
Movie, music, and sports personalities, a national humorist, a war hero, and a U.S. president were among those who came to this location on the west side of Omaha to recognize what was being accomplished after Irish-born Fr. Edward Flanagan opened a modest house in the city to a few troubled boys on December 12, 1917. … Continue Reading

A Catholic Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

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By REY FLORES

Before you get the idea that you will be reading a historical account of Catholics and the Thanksgiving holiday, forget it. This is simply one man’s way of being grateful for having been baptized a Catholic.
It kind of reminds me of those funny bumper stickers I see once in a while when I’m in the South that read: “American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.” Except in our case as practicing Catholics, it’s more like: “Catholic by birth, practicing by the grace of God.”
It’s one thing to be born into a Catholic family and baptized Catholic, but it really is by the grace of God that some of us out here can fully take advantage of all of the graces and blessings, because not every Catholic will do that. Just take a look at your Cousin Jimmy or your Aunt Mabel. In my case, it’s my sisters.
We all have those relatives whom we will be sitting next to at the Thanksgiving dinner who were baptized as Catholics, but have somehow lost their way away from the Church and are now full-fledged participants in secular society.
Don’t blame them entirely. It isn’t necessarily their fault. Sure, once we get past the age of reason, we are accountable for our actions and decisions, but formation, or the … Continue Reading

On Border Chaos . . . USCCB Casts Its Lot With Obama, Not The U.S. Voter

November 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — To hear the dominant media and other elites tell the story, the Republicans were on the wrong side of issue after issue leading up to the midterm elections, including immigration, environmentalism, and “health care.”
However, reality-based voters in November rewarded the GOP with bigger numbers not only in the U.S. House and Senate, but also at state capitol executive offices and legislative chambers. The Democratic Party grew weaker.
Voters rejected the illegality, deceit, and disorder that Barack Obama’s political party clearly represents on a number of fronts, including repeated serious lies about Obamacare and defiant massive illegal immigration that places the overwhelming burden on the United States, not native countries, to embrace wanderers careless about respecting U.S. law. … Continue Reading

Omaha’s Pope Paul VI Institute . . . Brings New Beginnings To Women And Life To New Babies

November 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Part 1

OMAHA — A young Nebraska mother with a smiley eight-month-old baby boy at home listened with curiosity to remarks during an educational program here about natural fertility regulation and achieving pregnancy in difficult cases.
She and her husband initially hadn’t been successful at trying to conceive. Now she was learning there’s a medical institute right here in Nebraska’s largest city that she hadn’t been aware of, drawing clients from around the United States and beyond.
It’s the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, a professional pro-life academy that promotes women’s awareness of how their bodies work and is open to clients regardless of religious persuasion.
In harmony with the Catholic faith, the institute treats patients for problems including infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, premenstrual syndrome, and postpartum depression. … Continue Reading

Playing With Constitutional Fire

November 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

This past week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down.
Can he legally do that?
To address that question, we need to start with the principle that a presidential action may be lawful at the same time that it is unconstitutional. The president has the legal power to defer deportations. The power is called prosecutorial discretion. This is a power traditionally recognized as inherent in the presidency that enables him to defer or modify all federal law enforcement. … Continue Reading

The Oil Weapon In America’s Hands

November 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

In July of 1941, after Japan occupied French Indochina, the Roosevelt administration froze Japan’s assets in the United States.
Denied hard cash, Japan could not buy the U.S. oil upon which the empire depended for survival. Seeing the Dutch East Indies as her only other source, Japan prepared to invade.
But first she had to eliminate the sole strategic threat to her occupation of the East Indies — the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor.
FDR’s cutoff of oil to Japan was thus a primary cause of WWII in the Pacific, which led to hundreds of thousands of U.S. war dead, the destruction of Japan, Mao’s triumph in China, and a U.S. war in Korea.
A second stunning use of the oil weapon came in 1973. Arab members of OPEC imposed an embargo in retaliation for Nixon’s rescue of Israel with an airlift in the Yom Kippur war. Long gas lines helped to bring Nixon down.
Now the oil weapon appears to be back in America’s hand. … Continue Reading

Chaput: It Isn’t Possible To Be Pro-life And Simultaneously Forget The Cries Of The Poor

Interview with the Archbishop of Philadelphia who is preparing to receive the Pope for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015: defending the unborn child is a vital part of the social doctrine of the Church. We need to…Continue Reading

Homosexual Activist Organization in New York Receives Catholic Grant

Washington, DC—The Lepanto Institute issued a report exposing the activities of an organization which received a $35,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  According to the report, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) launched its…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Church teaching on sexuality must be clarified, and only Pope Francis can do it

In an interview with Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTE, one of the Catholic hierarchy’s most outspoken defenders of life and family and the Church’s sexual moral teachings again indicated Pope Francis needs to “clarify” that divorced and remarried Catholics, and active…Continue Reading

Pope Appoints New Bishop For Gary, USA

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has named an Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Donald J. Hying as the new Bishop of Gary, USA. He succeeds Bishop Dale J. Melczek, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted upon having the age limit. On Monday…Continue Reading

TOP CATHOLIC BISHOPS AIDE ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY: OBAMA’S ‘LAST CHANCE TO MAKE GOOD ON PROMISE’

In a statement last Friday in the New York Times, the top aide on immigration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said that executive amnesty is President Barack Obama’s “last chance to make good on his promise…Continue Reading

Catholics Want To Learn More About Their Faith, Bishops Report

BALTIMORE – For three and a half years, members of several U.S. bishops’ committees have been trying to pinpoint what Catholics in the pew are thinking and why they accept or reject church teachings. To this end, they have conducted…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal: Catholic charity ‘is not only giving food … but giving God’

The Vatican cardinal who oversees the Church’s charitable initiatives has emphasized again that Catholic charities cannot be satisfied with meeting the material needs of those they serve. “Charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity…Continue Reading

Prof at Catholic university tries to justify same-sex ‘marriage’ acceptance from Scripture

Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota recently published a piece for The Christian Century utilizing the writing of St. Paul to create an argument legitimizing acceptance of same-sex marriage. In light of Schlabach’s article, The Cardinal Newman Society…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Group: “We Will Not Obey the Obamacare HHS Mandate, Not Today, Not Ever”

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that…Continue Reading

Court Says Obama Admin Can Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that…Continue Reading

Where Are Our Young People Going?

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and formally affirmed their desire to be confirmed. It was part of the preparation for…Continue Reading

US Bishops Elect New Secretary, Discuss Health Care Ethics Guide

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall…Continue Reading

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Pope Makes First Stop at Mausoleum of Atatürk in Turkey

Ankara, November 28, 2014 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves In his first stop on his Apostolic Visit to Turkey, Pope Francis visited the famed Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Upon his arrival, the Pope was welcomed by government and military authorities, as well as Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, Apostolic Nuncio. Shortly after landing, the Holy Father was whisked away to…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Depression And Hope

2014-11-27 Vatican Radio   (Vatican Radio) Reality can be ugly, but despite the suffering, corruption and indifference in today’s world as Christians we must hold our heads high in hope said Pope Francis at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Basing his reflections on the Readings of the Day, Pope Francis spoke of the fate of the two cities…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Europe is like a poplar tree that needs nourishment

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Tuesday told European leaders that the development of today’s societies and their peaceful coexistence require constant reflection on the tenets that form the basis of Europe: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.  Like a tree, Europe also needs care and nourishment for healthy growth.  In a wide-ranging speech to the Council of Europe…Continue Reading

Pope Urges A “lonely” “Self-absorbed” Europe To Recover Its Soul

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called on a “haggard” and “lonely” Europe to recover its role as a world protagonist, its identity as a defender of the transcendent dignity of man, the poor, the migrant, the persecuted, the old and the young, to recover its soul: Christianity. Emer McCarthy reports: In a lengthy address– the first of two on his one…Continue Reading

EWTN Brings Soldiers Of Christ To The Screen

By REY FLORES When I was given the opportunity to review this terrific new program produced by the StoryTel Foundation for EWTN, I knew right away that I would be writing a favorable piece because of my personal experiences with this wonderful order of holy priests. According to some of the promotional materials on the…Continue Reading

Laws Of Association And Their Contravention

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Contra Thomas Hobbes and his fictional state of nature, it is the family that is nature’s first form of association, for only within the family can human life survive. It is within the context of the family that the infant is nourished and for years provided with his basic needs, food,…Continue Reading

Are City Folks Less Christian?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Are the people who live in America’s cities less Christ-like than those who live in small towns and rural areas? Michael Rossmann, a Jesuit scholastic (a member of the order, not yet ordained a priest), does not say that, not in so many words. But he comes close. Rossmann is now…Continue Reading

Giving Thanks

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “thanks” is etymologically rooted in the word “thought.” With this in mind, G.K. Chesterton could say: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Chesterton had a genius for expressing expansive ideas in a concise way. Many of his…Continue Reading

Changing Their Tune

By PHILLIP DEAN (Editor’s Note: Music has always been especially important to Phillip Dean. Gifted as a singer and musician, the high school sophomore leads a Wednesday night youth band at his Rock Hill, S.C., church. And, though he completes his academic coursework online from home, he played for the last four years in the…Continue Reading

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Preparing A Way

By FR ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 In the first reading today God speaks to Isaiah telling him to give comfort to His people. This message comes at the end of a long period of suffering for the people of Israel during which their sins were expiated. Now…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Address At Colloquium . . . Complementary Is At The Root Of Marriage And Family

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ address in the Vatican at the opening of the “Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman,” November 17-19. In his talk, the Holy Father stated: “Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Some Bishops Are Beginning To Find Their Voice

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In recent weeks the Pope hosted the “Humanum” conference in Rome. In his remarks of welcome he clearly reiterated his commitment to the right of children to have both a mother and a father while stating that marriages and families cannot be redefined by or subject to manipulation by ideologies. (See p. 4B of this…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The visit I received from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs, for short) gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that repetitive prayer — especially the rosary — is entirely in line with Sacred Scripture. When they walked into my living room and did not miss the sight of my rosary on the mantelpiece, I knew…Continue Reading

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Catholic Heroes . . . St. Catherine Labouré

By CAROLE BRESLIN A miracle is a sensibly perceptible effect, surpassing the powers of visible nature, produced by God to witness to some truth or to testify to someone’s sanctity. During His life on earth, Jesus performed many miracles. Miracles did not end with Christ’s Ascension into Heaven. They have continued to be performed throughout the history of the Church.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Cecilia

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church has thousands of saints. For the last two millennia, people of great holiness, exemplifying heroic virtue, have been honored as saints, members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven giving honor and glory to God. Some have been formally declared saints by the Church, while others have been so honored from the beginnings of the…Continue Reading

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading