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Lindsey Graham’s Unjustifiable Call for War

June 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Lindsey Graham’s Unjustifiable Call for War

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Question: Has North Korea reinvaded South Korea since it signed an armistice 65 years ago suspending the Korean War? Answer: No. Question: Why? Answer: It has been deterred. Question: Would it make sense for the United States to initiate a new war against North Korea even if North Korea did not invade South Korea or attack the United States? Answer: No. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, however, takes the opposite point of view. Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, June 10, Graham argued that Congress should authorize President Donald Trump to…Continue Reading

Love And Cruelty In Ireland

June 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Love And Cruelty In Ireland

By DONALD DeMARCO On the night of August 21, 1879, Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to a group of ordinary people in the village of Knock, County Mayo. She was flanked by St. Joseph on her right and St. John the Evangelist on her left. She said nothing and was described as being deep in prayer, her eyes lifted to Heaven. Those who witnessed the apparition stood or knelt in the rain for nearly two hours reciting the rosary. The site became a national shrine. Each diocese in Ireland now arranges an annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine while the nine-day novena at Knock attracts around 10,000 pilgrims each August. On the centennial anniversary of the apparition, Pope John…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Exploring The Goodness, Truth, And Beauty Of Narnia

June 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Exploring The Goodness, Truth, And Beauty Of Narnia

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia, by Joseph Pearce, TAN Books, hardcover, 216 pages; $24.95 at www.tanbooks.com; Kindle version available at amazon.com for $9.98. The Chronicles of Narnia, the seven books written originally for children by the celebrated Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, are among the most popular books ever written, and in Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia, author Joseph Pearce sets out to explain why this is, and why they aren’t just for children, but like all traditional “fairy stories,” they have an important message for adults, too. On this point, he quotes G.K. Chesterton, who said, “Civilization changes: But fairy tales never change” — that is, they have…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan Says… Let’s Not Capitulate To The Abortion Culture

June 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan Says… Let’s Not Capitulate To The Abortion Culture

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — Responding to Fr. Thomas J. Reese’s recent suggestion that the pro-life movement abandon efforts to make abortion illegal and focus instead on reducing the number of abortions, Timothy Cardinal Dolan voiced grave concern with the proposal. “As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, I want to indicate my serious reservations about Reese’s strategy, considering it a capitulation to the abortion culture, and a grave weakening of the powerful pro-life witness,” the cardinal archbishop of New York wrote in a June 8 opinion piece at RNS. “Catholic tradition and basic human rights teach us that every human being has an inalienable right to life that must be recognized and protected…Continue Reading

Love And Cruelty In Ireland

June 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Love And Cruelty In Ireland

By DONALD DeMARCO On the night of August 21, 1879, Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to a group of ordinary people in the village of Knock, County Mayo. She was flanked by St. Joseph on her right and St. John the Evangelist on her left. She said nothing and was described as being deep in prayer, her eyes lifted to Heaven. Those who witnessed the apparition stood or knelt in the rain for nearly two hours reciting the rosary. The site became a national shrine. Each diocese in Ireland now arranges an annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine while the nine-day novena at Knock attracts around 10,000 pilgrims each August. On the centennial anniversary of the apparition, Pope John…Continue Reading

Christians In India Protest Attacks By Hindu Extremists

June 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Christians In India Protest Attacks By Hindu Extremists

By MURCADHA O’FLAHERTY LONDON (ACN) — A senior Church figure in India has praised Christians for refusing to resort to violence when protesting against a growing wave of attacks by religious extremists who support the ruling nationalist party. Bishop Thomas Paulsamy of Dindigul, Tamil Nadu State, southern India, told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the state authorities have sided with militant Hindu aggressors rather than victimized religious minorities. In Tamil Nadu alone, there have been more than 15 violent attacks against Christians so far this year. About 20,000 Christians from at least 16 towns in the region have taken to the streets to demonstrate against sustained aggression directed at the faithful. The bishop described the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… More On Feminist Ideology And Sexual Harassment

June 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… More On Feminist Ideology And Sexual Harassment

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, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists [SCSS] and a lawyer. (In 2012, the Society awarded him with its Pope Pius XI Award for his contributions to Catholic social science scholarship. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; and Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. He…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Without Humility, No One Can Love God

June 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Without Humility, No One Can Love God

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Humility: Wellspring of Virtue, by Dietrich von Hildebrand (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH, 1997), 109 pp. Paperback; $5.95. Available from www.sophiainstitute .com or call 1-800-888-9344. The Christian virtue absent in the ancient world of Greece and Rome until taught and embodied by Christ in the example of washing the feet of the disciples (“For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also”), humility, like love, protects all the moral virtues from losing their intrinsic goodness and attraction. Without humility, good works acquire various symptoms of pride that taint every virtue with aspects of self-righteousness, spiritual pride, complacency, and legalism. This book plumbs the depths of humility’s spiritual richness.…Continue Reading

Boehner’s Right — It’s Trump’s Party Now

June 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Boehner’s Right — It’s Trump’s Party Now

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party,” John Boehner told a Mackinac, Mich., gathering of the GOP faithful the past week. “The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old party’s pulse, for the Bush-Boehner GOP may not just be napping. It could be comatose. Consider. That GOP was dedicated to free trade, open borders, amnesty, and using U.S. power to punish aggressors and “end tyranny in our world.” That GOP set out to create a new world order where dictatorships were threatened with “regime change,” and democratic capitalism was the new order of the ages. Yet, Donald Trump captured the Republican nomination and won the…Continue Reading

Why Are They Cheering?

June 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Why Are They Cheering?

By DONALD DeMARCO On October 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. Cameras were placed in a shelter for abused black women to capture the reaction of these women at the very moment television informed them of the verdict. On hearing the news, the women burst into wild applause and loud, affirming cheers. A little over a year later, on January of 1997, a civil court found O.J. Simpson liable for deaths of Nicole and Ron, and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the families of the two victims. In hindsight, the cheers were emotional, premature, and ill-considered. In May of 1962, in Liège, Belgium, Suzanne van de Put fed…Continue Reading