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A Potpourri… System Building, Conversion, And Other Matters

August 31, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Potpourri… System Building, Conversion, And Other Matters

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Chesterton once remarked that angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. This suggests some thoughts regarding the philosophical systems produced by modern intellectuals. The Germans’ idealist tradition is especially notorious for producing these systems, but it is far from unique in this regard. The kind of thought I have in mind here is characterized by huge labyrinthine systems. Those of us so unfortunate as to have attempted to read the works of these thinkers get hopelessly lost (reminding me of a remark I once made about Proust’s sentences — that you can get lost in one of them and it will take hours to find your way out — if you are lucky). I would…Continue Reading

When Trump Doesn’t Win… At Least President Keeps Political Audience In Suspense

August 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on When Trump Doesn’t Win… At Least President Keeps Political Audience In Suspense

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Developer Donald Trump sold himself as a can-do business executive to enough voters in 2016 that he won some new land to build dreams on, the White House acreage as home to the development of his presidential agenda. There was a fast, promising start when Trump took over. He stopped tax money for international organizations providing or promoting abortion, successfully filled a Supreme Court vacancy with a judge with a conservative record, Neil Gorsuch, assembled a cabinet said to be even more conservative than Ronald Reagan’s, and began regulatory reforms. If this was the start, the sky seemed to be the limit. Well, slow down and think again. Every administration produces some zigzags instead of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Finding Meaning In Historic Suffering

August 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Finding Meaning In Historic Suffering

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Leaves Are Falling, by Lucy Beckett (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2014), 314 pp. $19.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or 1-800-651-1531. A beautifully crafted novel, work of profound human interest, and a moving story about Josef Halpern (Joe), a Jewish refugee and an orphan who witnessed the mass executions perpetrated by both Hitler’s army and Stalin’s Russian forces, The Leaves Are Falling begins with an 82-year-old man who narrowly escaped death, left Poland at age 17, and lived in England for the remainder of his life. Remembering his tragic past, Joe constantly recalls the traumatic events he witnessed that have gone unknown, unrecorded, and untaught in history classes. Throughout the novel he ponders many questions about the cause…Continue Reading

William E. May… Dissenting From The Dissenters

August 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on William E. May… Dissenting From The Dissenters

By DONALD DeMARCO After the release of Humanae Vitae in 1968, dissent became rampant in the Catholic Church, especially in America. Undergirding dissent was the presumption that dissenters were expressing their freedom and their courage in speaking out against traditional Church teaching. These two presumptions, however, must be called into question since the dissenters, if they were sincere, would have extended these two qualities to anyone who expressed his freedom and courage to assent to Church teaching. Such, to a large extent, was not the case. Dissent was not only allowed but applauded if it opposed the Magisterium. But dissenting from the dissenters, in many cases, was a punishable offense. In fact, dissent became the litmus test for job security…Continue Reading

Freedom For The Speech We Hate

August 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Freedom For The Speech We Hate

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The past weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va., when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public place. For some, Lee is associated with the military defense of slavery. For others, he is associated with the military defense of the right of states to leave the union — a union they voluntarily joined. For the organizers of the Charlottesville rally, the removal of the statue provided a platform to articulate crudely their view that the Caucasian…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Fine Book On The Avignon Papacy

August 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Fine Book On The Avignon Papacy

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Falkeid, Unn. The Avignon Papacy Contested: An Intellectual History From Dante to Catherine of Siena. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017. 269 pp. Cloth, $49.95. This is the story of the Avignon Papacy (1309-1377) and of the seven Popes who governed the Church from Provence in southern France, but it is more than that. It is a chronicle of warfare, civic decay, and intellectual conflict in Europe as a whole. It is the period of war-torn Italy and of the Hundred Years’ War between France and Germany. Early in the volume, Unn Falkeid identifies the chief protagonists of her narrative as Dante Alighieri, William of Ockham, Marsilius of Padua, Francis Petrarch, Birgitta of Sweden, and Catherine of…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah… “We Are Called Today To Witness, Which Means Martyrdom”

August 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah… “We Are Called Today To Witness, Which Means Martyrdom”

(Editor’s Note: Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, gave the following homily at a Mass on August 12 at France’s historical theme park, the Puy-du-Fou, Vendée, France (His Eminence, in denouncing the international anti-family agenda, said that “Africa, like the Vendée, will resist!” (LifeSiteNews provided the text of the homily. All rights reserved.) + + + This evening, we offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of the souls of all of the volunteers of the Puy-du-Fou who have died since the beginnings of this beautiful work, 40 years ago. Every night, all of you who are gathered here, awaken the memory of this place through your work. The castle of…Continue Reading

The Silent Witness Of Europe’s Medieval Past

August 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Silent Witness Of Europe’s Medieval Past

By JAMES MONTI “The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it” (Matt. 12:41). Our Lord’s haunting words to the people of first-century Israel were by no means meant for them alone; these words echo across the centuries as a challenge to every age of unbelief, and most especially, it would certainly seem, to our own. But it will not only be the men of Nineveh to condemn our time. Our generation will also be answerable to the medieval citizens of Chartres, Reims, Amiens, Paris, York, Canterbury, and Salisbury. For at the preaching of Christ they built from stone imperishable monuments of faith, Gothic cathedrals, still standing centuries later amid a modern wasteland of…Continue Reading

Randi Weingarten Bites The Bullet

August 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Randi Weingarten Bites The Bullet

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A few weeks back we pointed out in this space that you don’t hear liberals accusing parents who send their children to private schools of racism as much as in the past. We speculated that liberal politicians and leaders of teachers unions have intuited they would lack credibility if they made that charge, considering the large number of politicians and teachers who send their children to private schools to avoid dangerous and dysfunctional local public schools. It looks as if we spoke too soon. Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, seems to have decided that she had to bite the bullet and take a position in public for which she knows she…Continue Reading

The Greatest Football Coach

August 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Greatest Football Coach

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + If you are going to be a student athlete, the coach said, there are only two things you can do: Be a student and an athlete. You won’t have time for anything else, he said, if you want to excel at both. That, as I recall, was the first lesson Gil Haskell imparted to the 1975 St. Ignatius football team when we met to discuss offseason workouts. Haskell understood what high school football was about. The immediate goal was winning on the field, but the ultimate goal was winning in life. One of the first steps…Continue Reading