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After 41 Years . . . Supreme Court’s Abortion Mandate Still Not Viable

January 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on After 41 Years . . . Supreme Court’s Abortion Mandate Still Not Viable

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — After 41 long years, the U.S. Supreme Court should see that its pro-abortion miscarriage of January 22, 1973, still has no viability. Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton still are under continued conscientious attack, but the court somehow hopes if it can keep delaying the inevitable, someday everyone will just settle down and accept its lawless, unconstitutional usurpation mandating nationwide permissive abortion. The latest instance of unreality was on January 13, when the High Court declined to review a decision by the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against a 2012 Arizona law restricting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The law acknowledged the ability of older preborn babies to feel pain and the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis And “Unbridled Capitalism”

January 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Francis And “Unbridled Capitalism”

By JOHN F. 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.) +    +    + I thought that the fuss about Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) had died out, but The Cincinnati Enquirer recently devoted a full-page story (January 7, 2014) headlined, “Papal shot at unbridled capitalism stirs debate.” Coming more than six weeks after the publication of the apostolic exhortation, the content of what the Pope said was no longer…Continue Reading

ADHD: A Manufactured Epidemic?

January 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on ADHD: A Manufactured Epidemic?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It was about 20 years ago that the discussion took place. It was a Sunday morning and I was sitting and counting the weekly collection with the parish committee that opened the envelopes and prepared the money for deposit in our local bank. Somehow the topic came up of school nurses dispensing drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin for students said to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Someone in the group said he saw nothing wrong with the practice; that it was a sound way to treat a disability, in much the same way that glasses are used to treat nearsightedness. An Irish priest who was assigned on a temporary basis to our parish was…Continue Reading

The Pope’s New Cardinals

January 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on The Pope’s New Cardinals

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. This story first appeared in The Moynihan Report [TheMoynihanReport.com]. It is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) +    +    + VATICAN CITY — On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12, Pope Francis announced the names of 19 new cardinals, 16 “electing” cardinals under the age of 80, and three “honorary” cardinals above the age of 80, and so not eligible to vote in a conclave. The ceremony to create these news cardinals will be in Rome on February 22, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. It will be the…Continue Reading

Duck Dynasty

January 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Duck Dynasty

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I think it safe to assume that there is no need to recap the brouhaha that developed over the comments of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on homosexuality. Egads: The man got more coverage than Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber combined during the last weeks of 2013. Everyone knows how he was suspended from the show by the executives at the A&E Network, but then brought back after an avalanche of support for him fell upon the network and the program’s advertisers. The statement that led to Robertson’s suspension was his paraphrasing of a passage from Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy,…Continue Reading

A Blank Check For War On Iran

January 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Blank Check For War On Iran

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization. Among them will be the “blank check” Kaiser Wilhelm II gave to Vienna after the assassination by a Serb terrorist of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand. If you decide to punish the Serbs, said the Kaiser, we are with you. After dithering for weeks, Austria shelled Belgrade. Within a week, Germany and Austria were at war with Russia, France, and Great Britain. Today the Senate is about to vote Israel a virtual blank check — for war on Iran. Reads Senate bill S. 1881: If Israel is “compelled to take military action in…Continue Reading

From Acquiescence To Support Of Immorality

January 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on From Acquiescence To Support Of Immorality

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON In the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has systematically and consistently ruled to disestablish the legal basis for a moral society. (See my article in The Wanderer dated January 16, 2014, p. 4A.) The court legalized the use of contraception for married couples in 1965, for unmarried persons in 1972, and then made abortion a right in Roe v. Wade in January 1973. The judicial instrument for this statutory disassembly was a created “right to privacy,” an amorphous concept that has been continually expanded to legalize more and more formerly illicit acts. The enlargement did not end with Roe. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in 1992, the court, addressing a woman’s right to an abortion,…Continue Reading

Holy Father Says… The Path To Humiliation Leads To Jesus

January 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Holy Father Says… The Path To Humiliation Leads To Jesus

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN (CNA/EWTN News) — In his daily Mass homily January 7, Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false, emphasizing that the way of Jesus is always one of “humility.” “That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement, humility, humiliation as well,” the Pope said. “If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, is from Jesus.” Focusing on the Apostle John’s words “remain in the Lord” from the day’s first reading, Pope Francis told those gathered in the chapel of the Saint Martha guesthouse that this expression is a “counsel for life.” John, the Pontiff noted, displays for…Continue Reading

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