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The Vote On The Eighth Amendment . . . The Pro-Abortion Elites Are Active In Ireland

May 20, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Vote On The Eighth Amendment . . . The Pro-Abortion Elites Are Active In Ireland

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented May 14 on Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion.) + + + In 1983, Ireland passed the Eighth Amendment outlawing abortion in most cases. Its future will be decided in a May 25 referendum. Activists from both sides have drawn support from inside and outside the country. One of the most controversial issues to emerge in this protracted battle over the abortion law is the funding of Amnesty International by atheist billionaire George Soros. Ireland makes it illegal to accept all but a small amount of money from a foreign donor for political causes. Yet this hasn’t stopped Soros from giving Amnesty International $160,964 to fund its “My Body My…Continue Reading

What Greatness Requires

May 19, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on What Greatness Requires

By DONALD DeMARCO In a world such as ours, where mediocrity and confusion reign, where leaders mislead us and governments deceive us, the need for greatness is particularly critical. What is greatness, we may well ask? If we are not clear about the nature of this esteemed quality, how easy it is to settle for any number of its counterfeit forms. Count Henri Claude de Rouvroy de Saint-Simon, an eighteenth-century philosopher, provides us with an amusing, though unhappy example, of this type of mistake. As his rolling name suggests, he was an aristocrat. Each morning, as a youth, a valet wakened him to the words: “Arise, Monsieur le Comte, you have great things to do today.” More of an eccentric…Continue Reading

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Vetoes Ultrasound Bill

May 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Minnesota Gov. Dayton Vetoes Ultrasound Bill

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on May 16 vetoed the mainstream pro-life measure that would ensure pregnant women access to their ultrasounds prior to an abortion. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, is deeply disappointed with the governor’s action. “Once again Gov. Dayton has yielded to the extremes of the abortion industry, which actually lobbied against informed consent for women,” said MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau. “With this veto of the ultrasound bill, the governor has demonstrated profound disregard for the rights of Minnesota’s women.” SF 2849, authored by Sen. Michelle Benson (R., Ham Lake) and Rep. Abigail Whelan (R., Ramsey), would simply allow women to view their ultrasound prior to an…Continue Reading

At Commencement… Christendom College Honors Justice Clarence Thomas

May 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on At Commencement… Christendom College Honors Justice Clarence Thomas

By ZACHARY SMITH FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Christendom College celebrated commencement weekend on May 11-13, awarding 110 bachelor of arts degrees and honoring Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Clarence Thomas and Episcopal Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Arlington Fr. Paul Scalia. Justice Thomas was awarded the college’s Pro Deo et Patria Award and delivered the commencement address on Saturday, May 12. Fr. Scalia celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass on May 11 and was awarded the college’s St. Thomas More Medal. Justice Thomas spent all of May 12 with the graduates, processing across campus to commencement with them and taking the time to shake each of their hands as they crossed the stage to receive…Continue Reading

Who Misinformed Francis About Bishop Barros?

May 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Who Misinformed Francis About Bishop Barros?

By J.D. FLYNN VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Three Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse on May 2 held a press conference to discuss recent conversations with Pope Francis about the circumstances of their abuse. Juan Carlos Cruz, along with James Hamilton and José Andres Murillo, were sexually abused by Fr. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011 was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of sexually abusing minors during the 1980s and 1990s. Karadima was sentenced to a life of prayer and solitude. Karadima’s abuse has drawn recent attention because of long-rumored reports that his one-time friend, now-Bishop Juan Barros, helped to cover up the abuse or was a participant in it. Barros was appointed to lead…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Comments… New York AG Resigns After Abuse Accusations

May 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Liberty Counsel Comments… New York AG Resigns After Abuse Accusations

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after serious allegations that he physically abused four women. One of the women said, “All of a sudden, he just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear.” Manning Barish told The New Yorker, “It was horrendous. It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Harms Of Same-Sex Parenting: The Unmentioned Child Maltreatment

May 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Harms Of Same-Sex Parenting: The Unmentioned Child Maltreatment

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and such edited volumes as Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System and The Crisis of Religious Liberty.) + + + Recently, Utah found it necessary to put a law into effect that allows “free-range parenting.” That…Continue Reading

The Gift That Cannot Be Refused

May 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Gift That Cannot Be Refused

By DONALD DeMARCO Anna Jarvis inaugurated Mother’s Day in 1908 when she held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Church in Grafton, W.Va. Through her persistent efforts, by 1911 all states in the union observed Mother’s Day. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May as a national holiday to honor all mothers. As the foundress of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis insisted on two things that reflected her proper concern for motherhood. The first is that Mother’s Day should be known in the singular possessive form and not in its more generalized form as Mothers’ Day. In this regard, we might say, she was…Continue Reading

Marriage In UK Is Imperiled . . . But Is The Time Ripe For Openness To Church Teachings?

May 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Marriage In UK Is Imperiled . . . But Is The Time Ripe For Openness To Church Teachings?

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: Louise Kirk is an author and journalist in England, with specialties in Church teaching on the family and natural family planning. She covered the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 for The Wanderer.) + + + LONDON — Powerful voices in the UK are again calling for marriage reform and the Catholic world should be concerned. The close union between civil marriage and the Christian understanding on which it is based is crumbling, and too few people are noticing. What makes the case in the UK unusual is that one of the loudest voices for reform belongs to a passionate champion for marriage. Sir Paul Coleridge, formerly High Court judge on…Continue Reading

Commencement Season… Exposes “Huge Divide” In Catholic Education

May 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Commencement Season… Exposes “Huge Divide” In Catholic Education

(Editor’s Note: The staff of The Cardinal Newman Society researched and wrote this article, which first appeared at https://newmansociety.org/ on May 2. All rights reserved.) + + + The best and the worst of Catholic higher education are once again on public display, as America’s Catholic colleges announce their spring commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Several colleges — many of them recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity — have admirably chosen to honor Catholic leaders and faithful laypeople as commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Notable speakers and awardees include: Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles at The Catholic University of America (D.C.); Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee…Continue Reading