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The Ten Virtues of Mary

July 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Ten Virtues of Mary

By DONALD DeMARCO Most Catholics, if asked how many virtues there are, would reply by saying “seven.” They would come to this number by adding the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude) to the three supernatural virtues (faith, hope, and charity). Then again, they might add the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to the three evangelical virtues to get ten. But there is another way of enumerating virtues, one concerning which Catholics should be more familiar: the Ten Virtues of Mary. They correspond to the decade one recites when praying the “Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.” These virtues are recorded in various passages in the New Testament where Mary personifies…Continue Reading

Did Putin Persuade You To Vote Against Hillary?

July 28, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Did Putin Persuade You To Vote Against Hillary?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate, www.creators.com, distributed this column.) + + + “We all know the Russians interfered in the last election and the question is: Are they going to do it again?” That is what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, July 24 before he laid down a red line: “They better not do it again.” Reasonable people cannot disagree with McConnell on this. But less-than-reasonable people may not put it in context. On July 31, 2016, the FBI started its investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The FBI team running that investigation had one remarkable characteristic: Many had just finished working together on “Midyear…Continue Reading

In Defense Of Trump With Putin

July 27, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on In Defense Of Trump With Putin

BY JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table. After I found out what the litigants truly wanted and I did some pushing and shoving and jawboning, more often than not, agreements were reached. The threat of an imminent jury trial — with its expenses, complexities and uncertainties — was often enough to bring the parties to a quick, sensible and relatively inexpensive resolution. Occasionally, flattery — even fatuous flattery…Continue Reading

After Spring Teacher Strike… Maneuverings Have Taken No Summer Vacation

July 26, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on After Spring Teacher Strike… Maneuverings Have Taken No Summer Vacation

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When the free-market Goldwater Institute based here issued an education policy memo in late June, that was only one result of the widespread Arizona teacher strike staged shortly before summer vacation began. The strike was heralded by its organizers as a foretaste of activism to be used against conservative states. Maneuverings following that strike have taken no vacation at all, with leftists hoping their activism will prove rewarding by raising taxes and defeating Republicans in Grand Canyon State November elections, and those on the other side cautioning about damage from that activism. The #RedForEd movement deprived about 850,000 Arizona public-school students of their classes from April 26 to May 4, even though Republican Gov. Doug…Continue Reading

Trump Calls Off Cold War II

July 25, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump Calls Off Cold War II

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency. He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment. In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of…Continue Reading

U.S.-Russian Relations As A Domestic Political Weapon

July 24, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S.-Russian Relations As A Domestic Political Weapon

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators.com distributes his column.) + + + Former CIA Director John Brennan never accused his old boss Barack Obama of “treasonous” behavior. But when Brennan was serving as Obama’s homeland security adviser in March 2012, Obama met in South Korea with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and had an exchange that suggested Obama was asking for a favor. Medvedev was a lame duck at the time — a leader whom the Congressional Research Service would later politely describe as Vladimir Putin’s “handpicked successor for one-term.” “Putin served eight years as president before stepping down in 2008, in compliance with constitutional limits on successive terms,” CRS explained. “His…Continue Reading

The Contraception-Abortion Connection… Pope John Paul II And What Pro-Life Means

July 23, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Contraception-Abortion Connection… Pope John Paul II And What Pro-Life Means

By FR. PAUL MARX, OSB (Editor’s Note: Below we reprint our historic article from Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, recounting his 1979 visit with Pope John Paul II, when the Holy Father told him “you will be doing the most important work on earth.” The Pope and Fr. Marx, who died just short of his ninetieth birthday in March 2010, agreed that widespread contraception always leads to massive abortion. (In this article, Fr. Marx, the founder of Human Life International, calls on priests to “learn and preach the prophetic Humanae Vitae, and speak out against contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization.” + + + On November 17, 1979 I discussed the pro-life movement with Pope John Paul II. He had just returned from…Continue Reading

Does God Have Rights?

July 22, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Does God Have Rights?

By DONALD DeMARCO God certainly had the opportunity to create whatever He wanted to bring into being. But was that opportunity also a “right”? Was it the right thing to do? What could justify creation? We can answer this in the positive because God is also good and what He created is good, as is stated in Genesis. Various thinkers throughout history have assigned God’s freedom a greater status than His goodness. William of Ockham, in his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, maintained that murder, fornication, robbery, and other vices would be moral if they conformed to God’s Will. Therefore, God was at liberty to command anything He so desired, irrespective of its objective value. In this view,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… How To Build A Counterculture

July 21, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… How To Build A Counterculture

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher (Sentinel, 2017); 304 pages; available at amazon.com in hardback, paperback, and Kindle. The Benedict Option is a book that’s received a lot of praise, and also some criticism. It is composed of ten chapters covering areas such as roots of our present societal crisis, the need for a new kind of Christian politics and culture, and the importance of a truly Christian approach to education. This book essentially contains Rod Dreher’s views about the future of Christianity in the West. He sees a need for believers to become proactive, but in a countercultural way, by returning to the…Continue Reading

Catholic Charities Sues Near-Bankrupt St. Cloud Diocese

July 20, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Charities Sues Near-Bankrupt St. Cloud Diocese

By KEVIN JONES ST. CLOUD, Minn. (CNA/EWTN News) — The fate of a children’s home is the subject of a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minn., by the diocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate, which fears the diocese’s planned bankruptcy could disrupt services at the facility. “We continue to support the mission of Catholic Charities, and we know they continue to support the mission and ministries of the diocese,” Joseph Towalski, director of the Office of Communications at the Diocese of St. Cloud, told Catholic News Agency July 11. “We believe the complaint will be properly resolved through the judicial process.” Towalski said the complaint is under review by legal counsel and the diocese would not comment on it at…Continue Reading