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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Blind Faith Beliefs Of The Secular Culture

May 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Blind Faith Beliefs Of The Secular Culture

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. 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 All rights reserved.) +    +    + Secularists are known for dismissing religion as merely espousing a set…Continue Reading

Finding The Truth At Benghazi

May 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Finding The Truth At Benghazi

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO When the White House, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the fearless private watchdog group Judicial Watch, turned over an e-mail about constructing the appropriate narrative response to the tragedy at Benghazi written by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama, and investigators from the House of Representatives realized that they had subpoenaed that e-mail and not received it, they knew that there was far more to learn about the affair than met the eye. The affair consisted of an organized fatal assault on the American consulate in that Libyan city that resulted in the deaths of the American ambassador and three State Department contractors assigned to…Continue Reading

Paying College Athletes

May 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Paying College Athletes

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK At first glance one would think there is no moral dimension or “Catholic angle” to the question about whether college athletes should be permitted to unionize, or to whether they should be paid above and beyond the tuition, room, and board scholarships that are currently given to them. But that may not be the case. Catholic colleges are among the schools with big-time athletic programs, especially basketball. Any dishonesty that is embedded in the current system, or in proposals to change it, involves them. This issue came out front and center in recent weeks because of a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that gave college football players the right to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Devotion To Our Lady Of Fatima

May 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Francis’ Devotion To Our Lady Of Fatima

By DONAL FOLEY This May 13 is the 97th anniversary of the first apparition of our Lady to the shepherd children at Fatima in May 1917, an event which took place at the height of World War I. The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, is due to preside over the May 12-13 celebrations in Fatima this year, but in three years’ time, in May 2017, it will be the centennial of the 1917 apparition, and there are expectations that Pope Francis will go to Fatima for this. It is thought that he could possibly canonize the two youngest seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Fatima in May 2000. As part…Continue Reading

A False And Pernicious Ideal

May 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A False And Pernicious Ideal

By DONALD DeMARCO A distinguished television personality has complained that Ten Commandments are far too many. He wants the number to be reduced to one: “Don’t hurt anybody.” This sentiment fits nicely into the national phobia of offending anyone or making anyone feel bad. What seems to be a kind and humanistic ideal, however, is really not only false but pernicious. Take the case of eight-year-old Stephanie Templeton. She is a third-grade student at a Toronto elementary school. Considering her tender age, she exhibits a remarkable and most admirable sensitivity to the needs of others. During a canned-goods drive conducted over the Christmas Season at her school, Stephanie was most eager, in her father’s words, “to help people who are…Continue Reading

Obama Does His Best . . . To Ensure Dangerous Aliens Remain Free Within U.S.

May 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Obama Does His Best . . . To Ensure Dangerous Aliens Remain Free Within U.S.

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Political appointee Jeh Johnson, Barack Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, expressed perplexity at the idea his department isn’t doing its job, the Washington Examiner reported. The Examiner posted on April 27 that Johnson had just told ABC’s This Week: “I don’t understand those who say we are not enforcing the law. We are enforcing the law every day.” However, at the beginning of April, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in Arizona’s most populous county, had written directly to Johnson to complain that his federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) wasn’t doing its job at all, with illegal aliens here repeatedly arrested for serious offenses. Arpaio told Johnson on April 1 this was placing his…Continue Reading

Is America Still A Serious Country?

May 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Is America Still A Serious Country?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Well, it looks like Donald Sterling will not be getting that NAACP lifetime achievement award he was set to receive at the civil rights organization’s 100th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in May. Allegedly, Sterling’s 30-something girlfriend, a model who goes by the name of V. Stiviano, whom Sterling’s wife of 50 years is suing, taped these remarks of the 80-year-old owner of the L.A. Clippers: “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it…and not to bring them to my games. “. . .Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to…Continue Reading

An Evening At The Movies: Moms’ Night Out

May 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on An Evening At The Movies: Moms’ Night Out

By MARY FLORES (Mary Flores is a home-schooling mother of six children and blessed to be married to her “path to Heaven,” Rey, for 14 years. She welcomes your comments at +    +    + I was excited to find that my husband had another movie to review. Rey and I both enjoy this little perk of freelance writing. With six children 13 and under, we rarely go out to a movie, so I look forward to movie reviews. Most of the movies Rey has reviewed have been pretty good. After watching the trailer for Moms’ Night Out, I had my doubts. In fact, I told him I didn’t want to watch it. I finally gave in. Within the first…Continue Reading

Canonized Popes Serve As Models For Francis’ Church

May 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Canonized Popes Serve As Models For Francis’ Church

By FRANCO PISANO VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews) — Canonizing “them both together will be, I believe, a message for the Church: These two were wonderful, both of them,” said Pope Francis on July 29 of last year, on the plane that took him back to Rome after World Youth Day. His words illustrate why he decided to canonize John XXIII and John Paul II on the same day, April 27. Pope Francis’ decision to emphasize to the whole Church the example of two “wonderful” Popes who experienced holiness is not only the natural conclusion of the canonical process started well before he began his pontificate, but it is also the expression of a “relationship” with the two Popes that Francis has…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: UNICEF”

May 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: UNICEF”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For documentation and a much more detailed dossier on UNICEF, e-mail him at +    +    + Many of us remember little ghosts and goblins appearing on our front porch every Halloween with their plastic UNICEF baskets in hand. Today, UNICEF fundraising has evolved, and almost all international airports have large clear UNICEF plastic bins for travelers to deposit their unusable foreign currency. In many developing nations, the UNICEF logo is almost omnipresent — on billboards, on UNICEF vehicles, in the papers, and, most important, in people’s minds. UNICEF was enormously successful at accomplishing its original mission of providing emergency…Continue Reading