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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Truth: The Casualties In The Current Controversies

October 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Truth: The Casualties In The Current Controversies

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 and a lawyer. (Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. His views, of course, are his own. (This particular column was written and first published before the U.S. Senate vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh…Continue Reading

Setting Things Right

October 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Setting Things Right

By DONALD DeMARCO An ancient Chinese proverb reads as follows: “If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” We could add to this kernel of wisdom St. Teresa of Calcutta’s “business card”: “The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” We cannot choose peace directly, we must start with the…Continue Reading

Casualty Lists From The Kavanaugh Battle

October 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Casualty Lists From The Kavanaugh Battle

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in on Saturday, October 4 and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his High Court nominees from lists prepared by such judicial conservatives as the Federalist Society. He…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ezzati . . . Declines To Answer Questions In Chilean Abuse Probe

October 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Ezzati . . . Declines To Answer Questions In Chilean Abuse Probe

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNA) — Ricardo Cardinal Ezzati of Santiago has exercised his legal right to silence after being summoned for questioning by a state prosecutor. The intended questioning was likely to be focused on what the cardinal knew about his former archdiocesan chancellor, Fr. Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was arrested July 12 following allegations he sexually abused seven minors. Munoz has already admitted to sexually abusing one minor, but investigators believe the archdiocese may have been aware of as many as four of his victims. Ezzati was called as prosecutors consider his involvement in a potential cover-up of Munoz’s crimes. Ezzati was scheduled to appear at the prosecutor’s office on August 21, but his defense team requested more time to…Continue Reading

Judge Kavanaugh… The One Right That Matters To The “Pro-Choice” Crowd

October 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Judge Kavanaugh… The One Right That Matters To The “Pro-Choice” Crowd

By JACK KENNY Watching and listening to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island incredibly grill Judge Brett Kavanaugh, line by line, over the contents of the latter’s high school yearbook, is to recall the words written by William Faulkner and revived a few years ago by Barak Obama. “The past is not dead. It isn’t even past.” And apparently, high school never ends. And in the United States Senate, mendacity knows no bounds. Democrats cry there is too much at stake to allow Brett Kavanaugh, intelligent conservative and Jesuit-educated Catholic, to sit on the highest court in the land. And while it is not exactly true that with Kavanaugh on board, the Supreme Court will surely vote to overturn the…Continue Reading

Archbishop Chaput… Youth Synod Depends On Faith, Not Sentimentality

October 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Archbishop Chaput… Youth Synod Depends On Faith, Not Sentimentality

ROME (CNA) — In an op-ed column published September 29, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia restated his concerns about the then-upcoming Synod of Bishops on young adults and faith and vocational discernment, which began October 3. The column was published in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio. According to Chaput, after the Pennsylvania statewide grand jury report, and abuse problems in Chile, Germany and elsewhere, “the Church is in turmoil.” “In this turbulent environment, the Holy See will host a world synod of bishops, October 3-28, in Rome. Keyed to the theme of ‘young people, faith, and vocational discernment,’ a more ironic, and more difficult, confluence of bad facts at a bad time for the meeting can hardly be imagined.” The…Continue Reading

A Book Review… An Account Of De Gaulle Equal To The Man Himself

October 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… An Account Of De Gaulle Equal To The Man Himself

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Jackson, Julian. De Gaulle. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018; 887 pages. Julian Jackson ends part one of this hefty volume with a quotation: “Without the Peloponnesian War, Demosthenes would have been an obscure politician, without the Norman Invasion, Joan of Arc would have died peacefully at Domrémy, without the Revolution, Carnot and Napoleon would have finished their existence in low rank, without the present war, General Petain would have finished his career as the head of a brigade.” The words are taken from a lecture by Charles de Gaulle. Then Jackson adds his own thought: “Without the fall of France, de Gaulle would have become a leading general of the French Army, probably a minister of defense,…Continue Reading

The Divine Samaritan: The Church’s Knight In Shining Armor

October 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Divine Samaritan: The Church’s Knight In Shining Armor

By JAMES MONTI We have all heard and read countless times our Lord’s Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) with its obvious message of duty to those in need, a message that has made the expression “Good Samaritan” a household word even among non-Christians. Clearly our Lord intends us to understand from this parable that in attending to the needy and the suffering we are attending to Him — that the dying man by the side of the road in the parable is Christ Himself. Yet there is another less obvious dimension to this narrative by which our Lord reveals His own mission to us — that the Good Samaritan is Christ and the dying man by the wayside…Continue Reading

Catholic Morality: Some Helpful Definitions

October 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Morality: Some Helpful Definitions

By DONALD DeMARCO In the interest of clarity, it is necessary to define what we mean by the words “Catholic” and “morality.” “Catholic” is used in two different senses. The first is what we may call the “sociological” meaning that conceptualizes “Catholic” in terms of how Catholics behave. In this sense, Catholics who are living their faith and those who are not are mixed together. “Catholic” becomes an umbrella term that applies to any Catholic who calls himself a Catholic. Here, practice is separated from any unifying standard. The second meaning, which is the proper one, views Catholics as those who are living their faith and abiding by the teachings the Church has honored throughout her history. A Catholic, then,…Continue Reading

New Ordinations In Finland… This Country Shows Remarkable Catholic Growth

October 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on New Ordinations In Finland… This Country Shows Remarkable Catholic Growth

By ALBERTO CAROSA HELSINKI, Finland — August and September are bound to go down in history of Catholic Finland as two important months for the growth of the Catholic community in this Nordic country, with probably one of the fastest growing local churches, both in terms of conversions and of vocations. On August 11, Tuomas Nyyssola was ordained as the ninth native priest since the Reformation in the ancient and imposing church of St. Lawrence in Lohja, about an hour’s drive east of Helsinki. Over 600 Catholic and non-Catholic attendees witnessed his Ordination. The Ordination liturgy was graced by the presence, in the first pew, of a number of representatives of the Order of the Most Holy Savior of St.…Continue Reading