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Pope Francis And Phil Robertson In Context

January 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Francis And Phil Robertson In Context

By JOHN J. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The statements of Phil Robertson, whose name I had never heard before the Duck Dynasty controversy, are being compared with those of Pope Francis in a way that is not fair to either party. For someone who may read this in an archive sometime well beyond 2013, Phil Robertson became “news” when GQ, a men’s magazine, published an interview in…Continue Reading

Questioning Parental Values

January 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Questioning Parental Values

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am a great admirer of the columns of Dennis Prager. He fights the good fight for traditional values, taking head-on the politically correct leftists in the media and the academy. His recent column on the plight of conservative parents finding their values being undermined by their children’s teachers is no exception. He urges parents to confront the fact that virtually “every institution outside the home has been captured by people with left-wing values; specifically the media (television and movies) and the schools (first the universities and now the high schools).” Nothing to take issue with there. But I would argue that when Prager seeks to underscore his point by quoting James O. Freedman, president of…Continue Reading

Make This The Biggest Ever March For Life

January 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Make This The Biggest Ever March For Life

By REY FLORES On January 22, 2014, hundreds of thousands of Americans will once again converge on our nation’s capital to protest against abortion and the overall culture of death, which has killed so many already. The date was chosen 40 years ago by the march’s founders to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade. To this day, it remains the largest annual gathering of Americans in Washington, D.C., but one would never know it by the deliberate omission of reports by the pro-abortion news propagandist media. God forbid that the average American might realize that so many Americans are opposed to the widespread systematic murder of the unborn! Last year, over 600,000 showed up, even though it was…Continue Reading

A Route To National Immorality

January 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Route To National Immorality

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON For most of its history, the United States has had a legal system that promoted a Christian moral culture. As recently as the early 1960s, it was illegal in the United States to have or to provide an abortion, to engage in homosexual acts, and in many states even to disseminate information about contraceptives. Then, with a heightened “sensitivity” toward discrimination and an errant notion of equality, the courts discovered an unstated right to privacy and used it in a continually expanding fashion to invalidate laws prohibiting many immoral behaviors. In fewer than 50 years, actions that were illegal have become not only lawful, but personal rights. Privacy is a concept that was virtually unknown in…Continue Reading

Fr. Robert Nugent Dies… He Championed Homosexualism In U.S. Church

January 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. Robert Nugent Dies… He Championed Homosexualism In U.S. Church

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Fr. Robert Nugent, SDS, an influential priest who did more to bring about widespread acceptance of the homosexual agenda in the U.S. Church and broader society, as co-founder of New Ways Ministry in 1977, with Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SSND, died January 1 at a hospice in Milwaukee. He was 76. Fr. Nugent had been suffering from cancer. For more than 25 years, Nugent and Gramick campaigned across the country, in dioceses and numerous Catholic venues, including seminaries, convents, universities, colleges, chanceries and pastoral centers, conferences and congresses, in an effort to change the beliefs and attitudes of Catholics toward homosexual behavior and relationships. A key component of this agenda was language manipulation, and convincing Catholics that “homophobia”…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Marvel To Behold

January 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Marvel To Behold

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN A Sense of the Sacred: Roman Catholic Worship in the Middle Ages, by James Monti (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2013), 684 pp.; $34.95. Available through www.igna tius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. A monument of meticulous historical scholarship, a Herculean work of research in ancient liturgical texts, and a comprehensive account of medieval manuscripts, missals, and manuals, this book scrupulously documents the riches of the Catholic Church’s traditions that form the rubrics of the sacraments, the holy days of the liturgical year, and the other rites of the Church celebrated in events like the election of a Pope, the canonization of saints, and the consecration of virgins. The riches of symbolism, the beauty of language, the holiness of ceremonies,…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Heinrich Pesch And Solidarism: Time To Be Rediscovered?

January 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Heinrich Pesch And Solidarism: Time To Be Rediscovered?

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason 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. He is the author of several books, including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisis magazine.com and the Krason column appears monthly in The Wanderer. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The passing of the eminent American Catholic economist, Dr. Rupert J. Ederer, at…Continue Reading

Are We All Equally Equal?

January 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Are We All Equally Equal?

By DONALD DeMARCO The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has awarded three Muslim workers nearly $100,000 because a certain restaurant “made the workplace intolerable for each of the applicants.” The tribunal found that the trio was mocked for conversing in Bengali, treated in a dehumanizing manner, and threatened to be replaced by “white” staff (The Toronto Star, December 18, 2013). Here is a case in which a Human Rights group is defending the notion that all human beings should be treated precisely as human beings. In so acting, it honors the principle that all human beings are equal insofar as they are human beings. This is surely a laudable principle and one hopes that the day will come when it…Continue Reading

40 Film Raises The Pro-Life Bar

January 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on 40 Film Raises The Pro-Life Bar

By REY FLORES “As wolves attack their helpless prey, So Herod holds his murderous way, And hopes, but oh! he hopes in vain, To mingle Jesus with the slain. “The cradles flow with infant blood, But God his fury hath withstood; The Lord alone he sought to slay, The Lord alone escapes away. “Ye mothers, let no tears be shed,— Yea, weep not, though your babes be dead, For now they stand around the Throne, And Jesus counts them as his own. “The Father’s name we loudly raise, The Son, the Virgin-born, we praise; The Holy Ghost we all adore, One God, both now and evermore.” +    +    + The above is an English translation from Latin of the old…Continue Reading

What Lies Beyond Stardom

January 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on What Lies Beyond Stardom

By DONALD DeMARCO At the end of each year, the media brings to our attention a chronicle of movie celebrities whose lives came to an end during that particular year. The list of these celebrities who passed from this world in 2014 is, as it always is, disquieting. So many lives, so vibrant on the screen, now extinguished. We always experience a certain shock, along with a piercing sadness when we learn of their demise. Did not Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar appear to be immortal in celluloid? Did David Brenner, Joan Rivers, and Bob Hoskins have any premonition that their lease on life would suddenly expire? We watched Eli Wallach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Harold…Continue Reading