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Wellington Mara… A Pro-Life Giant

July 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Wellington Mara… A Pro-Life Giant

By DONALD DeMARCO An unexpected gift arrived in the mail some time ago — a copy of Judie Brown’s autobiography, courtesy of Wellington Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants. It was on the basis of my friendship with Mrs. Brown and the fact that I was seen as “a co-worker in her mission to protect God’s preborn children” that I became the beneficiary of his generosity. But I was also the beneficiary of his humility-inducing magnanimity. He was truly a giant of a man. Wellington Timothy Mara was born in Rochester, N.Y., on August 14, 1916, the youngest son of Tim Mara, who founded the New York Giants football team in 1925. That was the year Wellington entered…Continue Reading

Alliance Defending Freedom… Condemns ABC’s “Journalistic Malpractice”

July 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Alliance Defending Freedom… Condemns ABC’s “Journalistic Malpractice”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel and Director of Communications Kerri Kupec commented July 13 on ABC News’ abandonment of objectivity in repeating false accusations against ADF made by the ultra-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at an Alliance Defending Freedom meeting on July 11, “and some in the media treated it as if he spoke before the Klan,” in the words of Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. ABC News released a story headlined, “Jeff Sessions Addresses ‘Anti-LGBT Hate Group,’ but DOJ Won’t Release His Remarks.” It referred to ADF as “an alleged hate group,” citing as its source the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing activist group. Kupec said in…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Non-Polemical Study The Third Secret Of Fatima

July 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Non-Polemical Study The Third Secret Of Fatima

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima, by Kevin Symonds (En Route Books and Media, 2017, 582 pages, $35.00 paperback, $10.05 Kindle). On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima is a quite comprehensive treatment of this difficult subject, and one based on extensive documentation and copious footnotes. Some people might find that off-putting, but it is worth persevering with this book because it breaks significant new ground with regard to the third part of the secret of Fatima, a subject over which conspiracy theorists have burned much midnight oil. The Secret as a whole was given to the Fatima seers during the July 1917 apparition. The first part was the terrifying vision…Continue Reading

A Pope Who Understood The American Vision

July 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Pope Who Understood The American Vision

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + It was a bright April day in Washington, D.C., when a large crowd gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to greet a man celebrating his 81st birthday. The president of the United States introduced him. Then he gave a brief address — still viewable on C-SPAN — that focused on the greatness of America. Pope Benedict XVI understood this nation’s vision. “From the dawn of the Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Disturbing Portrait Of The Present-Day American Left

July 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Disturbing Portrait Of The Present-Day American Left

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 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 is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, the forthcoming Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a recently published Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + I’ve argued in previous columns that at bottom line the problem…Continue Reading

Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

July 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Thought was the title of a highly respected Fordham University quarterly, published from 1926 to 1992. During that period, its website tells us, it published 267 issues containing over 5,000 English-language contributions by philosophers, theologians, literary intellectuals, and others. Among its well-known contributors were Dietrich von Hildebrand, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Maritain, Walker Percy, and Karl Rahner. The journal was named appropriately for it carried essays that could not be classified strictly as theology or philosophy in spite of their subject matter, and others that fell short of the scholarly apparatus demanded by technical journals such as The Modern Schoolman or Speculum. As a student I valued my subscription. Many years later I was sad to see the…Continue Reading

Even If You’re Not Charlie Gard… Look How Government Likes Having Its Hand At Your Throat

July 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Even If You’re Not Charlie Gard… Look How Government Likes Having Its Hand At Your Throat

By DEXTER DUGGAN What a nice surprise. Walking home from Mass on my birthday morning in June, I found a package left at my front door by one of the major private delivery services. Gotta be a birthday present. Not at all. The house number on the address label was exactly right. But the street name was three streets south of mine, for a very different man. No surprise gift for me, but a problem easily solved. I took the package to the stranger. No forms to fill out or judges’ approval needed to correct the misdelivery. It’s when power over the solution is removed from our hands, and fixing the problem doesn’t really matter to another individual or authority,…Continue Reading

Why Fatima Is More Crucial Than Ever

July 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why Fatima Is More Crucial Than Ever

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Our Lady of Fatima had a particular focus on the rosary in her message to the seers, and in fact, on every one of her six apparitions she specifically asked for the rosary to be said. This aspect of her message could not have been more emphatic. On May 13, 1917 she said, “Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and an end to the war,” and these twin themes were repeated by her over the summer, culminating in her October 13 apparition when she said, “I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the rosary every day.” Why this focus on the rosary? For her to emphasize it…Continue Reading

Fr. Ted Colleton… A Radical Priest For Life

July 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. Ted Colleton… A Radical Priest For Life

By DONALD DeMARCO What does it mean to be a “radical”? One might think of the sixties when hippies identified themselves in this manner. In addition, radicals are usually understood as people who have “leftist” views. Fr. Ted Colleton, C.S.Sp., was an orthodox Catholic priest and resolutely pro-life. Could he ever see himself as a radical? The question haunted him when a newspaper reporter asked him, “How do you feel about being considered a radical?” Like a good soccer player, he sidestepped the issue: “Most people who call us radicals do absolutely nothing themselves. It is merely a copout.” Later, alone in prayer. Fr. Ted put the question to himself: “Am I a radical?” Well, he thought, “radical” refers to…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Catholic Writer Allows Grown-Up Children Of Divorce To Tell Their Stories Of Suffering

July 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Catholic Writer Allows Grown-Up Children Of Divorce To Tell Their Stories Of Suffering

By DEXTER DUGGAN Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak, edited by Leila Miller, LCB Publishing, Phoenix, Ariz., ISBN 978-0-99798-931-1, 313 pages paperback, $17.95, 2017, primalloss@gmail.com. We know automobile accidents are going to happen, but we still want to prevent as many of them as possible. However, there’s a different attitude to divorce in modern culture, yes? Sort of like thinking that having guardrails for marriage interferes with the spouses’ freedom to drive. If you don’t know multiple families with divorce in their lives, that’s almost like saying you don’t know anyone who buys burgers at the drive-through, or watches movies. It’s just so common. Much like permissive abortion, another enemy of family and society, permissive divorce was sold…Continue Reading