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A Book Review… The Sacred Heart Vs. Secularism

November 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Sacred Heart Vs. Secularism

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed, by Roger Buck (Angelico Press, 2016, 482 pages; $21.95 paperback, $10.12 Kindle). The Cor Jesu Sacratissimum of the title is the Latin for “Sacred Heart of Jesus,” and the premise of Roger Buck’s sizable volume is that the Sacred Heart is both the Heart of the World and the Heart of the Church. But as he points out, this fact has become more and more obscured in our age, and so he sees his mission as one of disclosing and addressing the forces that have brought this about. He particularly points to the New Age movement, our globalized secular culture — which grew out…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Questions In The Aftermath Of The Las Vegas Tragedy

November 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Questions In The Aftermath Of The Las Vegas Tragedy

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, and most recently Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + While there is not so much mention of it in the media anymore, the American public is still reeling from the inexplicable massacre in…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “The Star” Shines For Christmas

November 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review… “The Star” Shines For Christmas

By REY FLORES As children, many of us grew up watching television, particularly memorable special broadcasts of The Wizard of Oz, Rankin and Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and of course, all the holiday-themed Peanuts animated specials. My favorite was A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where Snoopy and his little bird friend Woodstock fix a Thanksgiving dinner of buttered toast, jellybeans, and popcorn, much to the dismay of Peppermint Patty. While we have certainly had our fill of animated movies from the likes of Disney Studios, movies like Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and so on, few animated films deal with Jesus. This holiday season, Sony, Columbia, and Jim Henson Productions among others have teamed up to…Continue Reading

Saints Francisco And Jacinta Of Fatima

November 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Saints Francisco And Jacinta Of Fatima

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the tenth 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.) + + + So far in this series of articles published in commemoration the centenary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, we have reviewed the historical context of the Fatima event, as well as the three apparitions of the Angel of Peace and the six apparitions of the Mother of God. We will now review what happened to the three little visionaries, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, after the last apparition when the famed “Miracle of the Sun” occurred. As was foretold by our…Continue Reading

Mary Ann Glendon… A Voice For The Voiceless

November 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Mary Ann Glendon… A Voice For The Voiceless

By DONALD DeMARCO Mary Ann Glendon was born on October 7, 1938, in Dalton, Mass., a small town nestled in the Berkshire Hills. Her father was an Irish Catholic, her mother a Yankee Congregationalist. She learned a great deal from her mother’s religion about social organization and from her father, how Catholicism “enlarged the spirit, gave wings to the imagination, and lent meaning to suffering.” Catholic ceremonies, as she wrote, “spoke to me of a history before Plymouth Rock, and its liturgy linked me to every living Catholic on Earth.” This openness to the lessons of history and the dignity of all human beings set the tone for her subsequent career in comparative law and as an advocate of universal…Continue Reading

A Summary Of The Events… Centenary Renews Fatima Prophecies

November 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Summary Of The Events… Centenary Renews Fatima Prophecies

By JOHN BURKE (Editor’s Note: John Burke, a journalist in England, has followed Fatima’s centenary events since his mid-May visit there.) + + + The shrine at Fatima begins its pastoral year with Advent, so the centennial celebrations of the six Marian events in 1917 can now be reviewed. What will remain for Catholics the greatest hundredth anniversary of this century has not made as much impact worldwide as it should have, partly because some churchmen also focused on interdenominational commemorations of Luther’s revolt 500 years ago. Yet the apocalyptic message of Fatima is being passed on to another generation. That is thanks largely to the visits of various prelates to the Portuguese shrine; the Marian consecration of various dioceses;…Continue Reading

Josef Seifert Launches International Pro-Life Academy

November 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Josef Seifert Launches International Pro-Life Academy

By KEVIN JONES VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — A former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has launched an independent organization he claims will work to “unfold the splendor of truth about life and family.” Josef Seifert, president of the new lay-run John Paul II Academy for Human Life and Family, announced the academy October 18 in Rome at a conference on the topic of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. “The academy’s aim is to clarify, to teach, and to spread that part of the truth about man and about God that serves human life and the natural family, and, through serving these, serves and glorifies God,” said Seifert. Seifert, a philosophy professor from Austria, has taught at…Continue Reading

Red Lines & Lost Credibility

November 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Red Lines & Lost Credibility

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable, and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes the survival of his dynastic regime depends upon them. Hence we are headed for confrontation. Either the U.S. or North Korea backs down, as Nikita Khrushchev did in the Cuban missile crisis, or there will be war. In this new century, U.S. leaders continue to draw red lines that threaten acts of war that the nation is unprepared to back up. Recall President Obama’s, “Assad must go!” and the warning that…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred Getting Our Liturgical History Right

November 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred Getting Our Liturgical History Right

By JAMES MONTI So much of modern and post-modern liturgical thought centers on the premise that for the liturgy to be authentic it must be “neo-primitive” — that it must replicate as closely as possible what the very earliest liturgies were supposedly like, fantasized as liturgies of undogmatic, free-spirited, casual spontaneity, and that the liturgy must also be purged of medieval and Baroque era accretions that allegedly dogmatized, ritualized, and solemnized in a heretofore unprecedented manner the forms of Christian worship. This fundamentally flawed premise was masterfully critiqued by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2000 book, The Spirit of the Liturgy: “As I see it, the problem with a large part of modern liturgiology is that it tends to recognize…Continue Reading

Faithful Stewardship Requires An Authentic Catholicity

November 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Faithful Stewardship Requires An Authentic Catholicity

By SHAUN KENNEY While most of the nation is happily recovering from (or still celebrating) the 2016 presidential election season, Virginia and New Jersey have the wonderful Jeffersonian tradition of off-year elections. And by wonderful, I mean the “wow did we get our backsides walloped” sort of tradition. Now, of course, in the sense that I mean “we” one should interpret this in a strictly Catholic sense of the word. For those who have read this column under my stewardship, one is aware that I am intensely conservative and traditionalist in my outlook. Rum, Romanism and Rebellion sound like a great time. Frankly, I would rather settle for coffee, books, and my farm. So when it comes to the things…Continue Reading