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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic … Old And New Tyrannies Borne Of Lust

July 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic … Old And New Tyrannies Borne Of Lust

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: The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. His views, of course, are his own.) + + + We have seen one after another example of the tyrannical mindset of those who are at the forefront of this latter stage of the sexual revolution, led by…Continue Reading

A Book Review… What Man Does Not Reverence, He Will Profane

July 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… What Man Does Not Reverence, He Will Profane

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Society and Sanity, by Frank Sheed (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2013), 261 pp. $17.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or at 1-800-651-1531. This new edition of Sheed’s 1953 classic work of apologetics brings to mind the famous myth of Procrustes’ bed. The wicked king captures his victims then tortures them if their legs do not fit his notorious bed. If they are too short, he stretches them; if too long, he cuts them to fit the size of the bed. Rather than build a bed to accommodate the variety of human beings, he twists and distorts the given, normal, natural sizes of human legs to force them to a prefabricated construction that does not respect or fit the nature…Continue Reading

How Vice Can Absorb Virtue

July 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on How Vice Can Absorb Virtue

By DONALD DeMARCO Just as the Devil is at war with God, so too, vices are at war with virtue. The Devil wants people to believe that God does not exist. He also wants people to believe that neither does virtue exist. He would like to demolish virtue. One way of achieving this is to convince people that virtue is really vice. According to this strategy, vice absorbs virtue into itself. Therefore, virtue is merely a pretense, or a fraud and really belongs to the category of vice. Here are ten examples of how the Devil attempts to carry out this sinister strategy. First, love is really a form of lust. Love is a virtue that promotes the good of…Continue Reading

Henan, China… New Limits Imposed On The Religious Freedom Of Catholics

July 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Henan, China… New Limits Imposed On The Religious Freedom Of Catholics

BEIJING (AsiaNews) — The Chinese government is approving increasingly restrictive measures against Catholics in the central province of Henan. As Eglises d’Asie reports, five new rules have been imposed which include the requirement of religious working in the province to collect data and information on their faithful. A priest from the Diocese of Zhengzhou reports he has received the order to register and declare the number of faithful and their respective socioeconomic conditions. According to the religious, this “census” could be “dangerous for the poorest families.” In fact, another consecrated person of the same province claims to have received the municipal authority’s order to collect data on the composition of the community, especially those of poor families. “It is totally…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Solzhenitsyn Remembered

July 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Solzhenitsyn Remembered

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Congdon, Lee. Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West. DeKalb, Ill.: NIV Press, 2017; 163 pp. This book is descriptive of the prophetic voice of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), who was convinced that the West has set out on a road similar to that which “led Russia into the abyss.” Solzhenitsyn first came to attention of the Western literati in 1962 with the publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the only book he was allowed to publish while in the Soviet Union. That was followed years later by his acclaimed Gulag Archipelago. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature “for the ethical force with which he has pursued the…Continue Reading

Where’s #MeToo For Women Killed By Botched Abortions?

July 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Where’s #MeToo For Women Killed By Botched Abortions?

By REY FLORES Women who die from botched abortions will never have the ability to do anything anymore, let alone use some stupid, trendy #MeToo hashtag on social media. Who speaks out against the abuse and death inflicted on women through abortion? Why aren’t the militant, pro-abortion feminists decrying one of the most heinous of crimes against women — botched abortions? Elisa Martinez, a strong leading pro-life activist based in Albuquerque, N.M., speaks out — that’s who. She runs the terrific organization New Mexico Alliance for Life. Recently Martinez and I spoke at length about Albuquerque’s notoriety as one of the nation’s hotspots for a late-term abortion. More specifically, we talked about the 2017 death of a healthy 23-year-old Albuquerque…Continue Reading

Catholic Activist… Challenges Organization’s Call For Women Deacons

July 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Activist… Challenges Organization’s Call For Women Deacons

By DEXTER DUGGAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An East Coast Catholic activist made his first trip to New Mexico to counter the call by a progressive priests’ organization for women Catholic deacons. Michael Hichborn, founder and president of the Lepanto Institute (lepantoinstitute.org), gave a June 25 talk here citing Scripture, history, and Church councils to illustrate there never was a recognized female equivalent to ordained male deacons. He spoke in a meeting room just down the hotel hall from the seventh annual national conference of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP). AUSCP told The Wanderer it had asked the U.S. bishops formally to discuss the possibility of permanent women deacons. An outdoors rosary procession went around the hotel grounds before…Continue Reading

Fr. Weinandy Discusses “Gnosticism Today”

July 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. Weinandy Discusses “Gnosticism Today”

By J.D. FLYNN DENVER (CNA) — Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap., is a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, an accomplished professor of theology, and a prolific author. His most recent book is Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels. Catholic News Agency Editor-in-Chief J.D. Flynn interviewed Fr. Weinandy about “Gnosticism Today,” an essay published in June at The Catholic Thing. + + + Q. Your essay, “Gnosticism Today,” says that the attitude commonly described as neo-Gnosticism has “little to do with its ancient antecedent.” What is Gnosticism? What is the origin of the Gnostic heresy? A. As I said in my essay, Gnosticism is basically the notion that one is saved by “knowledge” (gnosis). While,…Continue Reading

Out Of Body Experiences?

July 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Out Of Body Experiences?

By JOHN YOUNG It is often claimed that some people, when seriously ill, have had out of body experiences. People have testified that they seemed to be looking down on the operating theatre, seeing their body and the doctors and nurses. Some speak of bright lights and of a feeling of great peace. Others have allegedly reported accurately events outside the operating theatre, events which they could not have known naturally. These experiences are sometimes quoted as evidence that we are more than our bodies, that we have a spiritual component which survives death and which can know and love. The experiences are given as an argument against materialism. I believe this conclusion does not follow, and to put it…Continue Reading

Vatican Publishes Norms On Consecrated Virgins

July 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Vatican Publishes Norms On Consecrated Virgins

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Almost 50 years after the Church published the new Rite of Consecrated Virginity, the Vatican has issued an instruction on the state of life, its discipline, and the responsibilities of diocesan bishops toward the vocation of consecrated virgins. The instruction was created in response to requests from bishops for clarity on the role and mission of consecrated virgins, especially following an increase in the number of women discerning the vocation since the revision of the Rite of Consecration, published in 1970 with the approval of Pope Paul VI. A consecrated virgin is a never-married woman who dedicates her perpetual virginity to God and is set aside as a sacred person who belongs…Continue Reading