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Conflicting Rights In A Divided Nation

November 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Conflicting Rights In A Divided Nation

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON The Senate Judiciary hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court were brutal to his personal reputation, devastating to the comity of the congressional body, and inflammatory in an already divided nation. Protesters shouted in the hearing room, had sit-ins in the hall, accosted a senator in an elevator and another while he was with his wife in a restaurant, put legislators’ personal information on the Internet, and later assaulted congressional candidates, while receiving encouragement from legislators who opposed the appointment. The arguments against confirmation centered on an uncorroborated allegation of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old high school student, and whether the unsupported assertion should outweigh his denial and…Continue Reading

The Paradox Of The Person

November 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Paradox Of The Person

By DONALD DeMARCO The first law of nature is self-preservation. The highest law of morality is self-sacrifice. What the content these two sentences makes abundantly clear is that the life of the human being is one of perpetual tension. Self-preservation and self-sacrifice are not exactly on the same page. However, it is important to note that this tension is not a contradiction, but a paradox. A contradiction would make man an absurdity, continually and incurably at odds with himself, as several atheistic existentialist philosophers have contended. He would be a being without hope. A paradox appears to be a contradiction but conceals a deeper truth. Indeed, “truth consists of paradoxes,” wrote Carl Sandburg. But he was eager to point out…Continue Reading

Mass Migration: Mortal Threat To Red State America

November 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Mass Migration: Mortal Threat To Red State America

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media elite. Warning of an “invasion,” he pointed to the migrant caravan that had come out of Honduras and was wending its way through Mexico. He then threatened to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship. As other caravans began to assemble in Central America, Trump said he would send, first 5,200 and then 15,000, troops to the border. This ignited the predictable hysteria of the media elite who…Continue Reading

Shawnee State . . . Professors Must Speak Contrary To Their Beliefs Or Be Punished

November 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Shawnee State . . . Professors Must Speak Contrary To Their Beliefs Or Be Punished

CINCINNATI — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Shawnee State University officials Monday, November 5 on behalf of a professor that the university punished because he declined a male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, with feminine titles and pronouns (“Miss,” “she,” etc.). Although philosophy professor Dr. Nicholas Meriwether offered to use the student’s first or last name instead, neither the student nor the university was willing to accept that compromise, choosing instead to force the professor to speak and act contrary to his own Christian convictions. “Tolerance is a two-way street,” said ADF Senior Counsel Travis Barham. “Universities are meant to be a marketplace of ideas, not an assembly line for one type…Continue Reading

Trump Administration… Announces New Conscience Exemptions For HHS Mandate

November 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump Administration… Announces New Conscience Exemptions For HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the HHS contraception mandate. Under the new rules, organizations and individuals objecting to the controversial mandate’s provisions on either religious or moral grounds will be exempt. According to a press release from HHS, the new rules “provide an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities and individuals that object to services covered by the mandate on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.” “Thus,” the release said, “entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs against providing contraceptive services (or services which they consider to be abortifacients) would be exempt from the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Zen… Vatican Is Badly Mishandling China Situation

November 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Zen… Vatican Is Badly Mishandling China Situation

HONG KONG (CNA) — The recent agreement between the Vatican and China is a step toward the “annihilation” of the Catholic Church in China, Joseph Cardinal Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on Wednesday, October 24. Zen, who has been openly critical of Vatican’s approach toward China in the past, did not hold back in his assessment of Pope Francis’ new deal and in offering his views on communist governments. A September 22 agreement between the Holy See and Beijing was intended to normalize the situation of China’s Catholics. The Church in China has been split between the “underground” Church, in full communion with Rome, and the state-run Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association…Continue Reading

Despite Vatican-China Agreement . . . Chinese Authorities Destroy Two Marian Shrines

November 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Despite Vatican-China Agreement . . . Chinese Authorities Destroy Two Marian Shrines

By MARY REZAC BEIJING (CNA) — As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this past week. The move comes just one month after the Chinese government signed an agreement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of bishops. According to reports from AsiaNews, government authorities destroyed the Marian shrines of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dongergou (Shanxi), and Our Lady of Bliss, also known as Our Lady of the Mountain, in Anlong (Guizhou). The shrines were pilgrimage sites for both the official Chinese Catholic Church and the “underground” Catholic Church in China. Authorities claim that the shrine in Anlong was destroyed because it lacked the necessary building…Continue Reading

The Art Of Being Tactful

November 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Art Of Being Tactful

By DONALD DeMARCO Tact is a way of making a point without making an enemy. It is correcting a friend without bruising his ego. And we all know, or at least should know, how fragile the ego can be. Tact is being sensitive to other people’s sensitivities. We need to be tactful so that our friends, relatives, colleagues, or associates do not remain in error. Tact is the delicate art that involves the proper balancing of respect, support, counsel, correction, and even kindness. “The greatest kindness one can render to any man,” wrote St. Thomas Aquinas, “consists in leading him to truth.” The transition from error to truth, however, is often stubbornly resisted. People, as a rule, would rather save…Continue Reading

Could It Be The Curriculum?… Why Don’t Students Remember Anything?

November 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Could It Be The Curriculum?… Why Don’t Students Remember Anything?

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.) + + + We readily bemoan the fact that students do not seem to retain what they have learned. This becomes painfully evident when we survey college freshman in their knowledge of history, literature, and science. Students cannot remember the author of Great Expectations or Oliver Twist, the significance of the Federalist Papers or the Nuremberg Trials, even the chemical formulas for water or salt. But the problem is not the intelligence of these students. They are the victims of a system that tries to do too much. Consider by contrast the classical education that…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Playing With A Net

November 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Playing With A Net

By JEFF MINICK When I was teaching homeschool students in AP Literature, I would on occasion ask them to write a sonnet. The first time I did so, I promised to write a sonnet with them. That composition hooked me, and I eventually produced around thirty such poems. Below is one of them, To My Errant Cousins. Robert Frost, who famously said that free verse is like playing tennis without a net, provided my inspiration. Most poets now eschew — how that chew fits! — The waltz and formal sway of metered lines; Their neoteric noses twitch at rhyme; Their guts are churned by reading lyric lit. Sestinas, sonnets, villanelles galore Beget from modern pens frenetic raves; Shall I compare…Continue Reading