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Who Were The Colombian Martyrs Beatified By Pope Francis?

September 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Who Were The Colombian Martyrs Beatified By Pope Francis?

By ELISE HARRIS ROME, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — During his six-day visit to Colombia, Pope Francis beatified martyrs Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve and Fr. Pedro Maria Ramirez Ramos, who provide testimony as the country heals from decades of conflict. Bishop Jaramillo was killed by Colombian Marxist guerrilla forces in 1989, while Fr. Ramirez was murdered at the start of the Colombian Civil War in 1948. The two were recognized as martyrs by the Vatican earlier this year. Given the nature of their deaths, the two can be seen as belonging to a new wave of “modern martyrs” Pope Francis has often referred to, killed by oppressive regimes of their time such as Nazism, Communism, and other brutal dictatorships. Born…Continue Reading

20 State Attorneys General Lauded… For Opposing Pro-Abortion Judge Orrick’s Gag Order Against CMP

September 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on 20 State Attorneys General Lauded… For Opposing Pro-Abortion Judge Orrick’s Gag Order Against CMP

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “It is definitely very encouraging, and it’s great news” that 20 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the gag order against videos by pro-life investigators, an official with one of the law firms representing David Daleiden and the California-based Center for Medical Progress (CMP) told The Wanderer. This pro-life citizen journalism exposing traffic in baby organs has been under withering attack by San Francisco pro-abortion federal Judge William Orrick III, nominated by previous President Barack Obama, a pro-abortion radical. Orrick had bundled donations for Obama. In July 2015 The Federalist website reported that Orrick was “a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He…Continue Reading

Preparing To Enter Into The Awesome Mystery Of The Mass

September 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Preparing To Enter Into The Awesome Mystery Of The Mass

By JAMES MONTI For every Catholic, there can be no more important event in one’s spiritual life than Holy Mass. For in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist we encounter our God in a more intimate manner than in any other sacrament, sacramental, or form of prayer. I recall hearing of a modern writer who has claimed that for those who have reached the highest states of prayer the Holy Eucharist is of lesser importance; this is utter and arrogant nonsense. The presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a presence par excellence surpassing any other experience of the presence of God that we can have in this life. If you really want to ascend Mount Carmel as…Continue Reading

Moral Judgments — Facts Or Opinions?

September 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Moral Judgments — Facts Or Opinions?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + Allan Bloom began his Closing of the American Mind with this memorable observation: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” College education does not make these students relativists — they come to university that way. This is what I have seen myself from high school students for over the last ten years. This becomes evident during an exercise I give to them in which they are asked to distinguish “facts” from “opinions.” I give them…Continue Reading

The Complete Thinker

September 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Complete Thinker

By DONALD DeMARCO “The Complete Thinker” is borrowed from the title of Dale Ahlquist’s 2012 book, the subtitle of which is The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton. “Thinking,” for Chesterton, “means connecting things.” Ahlquist regards G.K.’s thinking as “complete” in the sense that it deals with a wide variety of subjects and integrates them in a consistent pattern. It is as if Chesterton has conducted a symphony in which all the instruments are playing in perfect harmony. Chesterton credits Catholicism for assisting him in the valuable exercise of thinking. In The Catholic Church and Conversion he stated: “To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think.” Catholic universities have always stressed the importance…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima: The August Apparition

September 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima: The August Apparition

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + During the entirely misnamed age of the “Enlightenment,” movements to dethrone prominent Catholic monarchies began to spread throughout Europe. Both absolute monarchy and the fixed dogmas of the Catholic Church were the primary targets of the philosophes who achieved their most striking victory in 1789 when the King of France was dethroned. The revolution embroiling France did not really end when the monarchy was completely abolished in August 1792. Revolutionary fervor continued even into the 18th and 19th centuries and…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Building Up The Nonprofit Sector

September 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Building Up The Nonprofit Sector

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 a 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 the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are The Public Order and the Sacred Order; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; and Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + A few years ago, as Obamacare was being put in place, Republican Gov.…Continue Reading

Are There Answers For Human Life Apart From Science?

September 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Are There Answers For Human Life Apart From Science?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + There are always students at the beginning of my Moral Theology class who wonder why the course matters. To them, “moral theology” is perhaps a pretentious way of getting immersed in a set of rules dictated by the Church. For a significant number of these students, science offers real knowledge and real answers about the world — definite, quantifiable, and widely accepted. But is important for them to understand that science cannot provide all the answers necessary for human life. Any science textbook worth reading will help the student to see this important point.…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Pursuit Of Happiness

September 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Pursuit Of Happiness

By MITCHELL KALPAGIAN Finding True Happiness, by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D. (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2015), 312 pp., $19.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or 1-800-651-1531. A work of both practical commonsense advice and spiritual wisdom, this book defines four types of human happiness that conform to human nature and mark the human condition, a hierarchy of values that ascend from the first level of happiness provided by the enjoyment of pleasures and the comforts of material possessions to the highest level of transcendence in which man experiences a loving relationship with God and contemplates the meaning of the One, the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. As man graduates from the first to the fourth level, he experiences a sense…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Europe Is Committing Suicide

September 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Europe Is Committing Suicide

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Murray, Douglas. The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. 352 pp. Given the widespread publicity accorded this volume by major print media, its principal thesis is well known. Douglas Murray, associate editor of the Spectator, argues in plain English, “Europe is committing suicide.” Its leaders have betrayed their peoples by their failure to acknowledge the Islamic threat. “As a result, by the end of the lifespan of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world they have to call home.” That a state of cultural and political disorder exists within the Europe and the United States is…Continue Reading