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Make A Church Post Satan’s Phone Number?

March 20, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Make A Church Post Satan’s Phone Number?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate, www.creators.com, distributes his column.) + + + Jerry Brown once said he saw “the killing of the unborn as crazy.” This was just after the once-and-future pro-abortion governor of California returned to the United States in 1988 after spending three weeks working at Mother Teresa’s Home of the Pure Heart in Calcutta. The fact that “this country and Europe see the need to kill so many unborn does not seem justified,” Brown told the National Catholic News Service in an article published February 19, 1988, in the newspaper of the Miami Archdiocese. “It is just that we’ve organized society to be anti-life,” he said.…Continue Reading

A Decision From Outer Space

March 19, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Decision From Outer Space

By DONALD DeMARCO A number of science-fiction movies, especially those from the 1950s when the threat of an atomic attack loomed, revolved around a decision made by highly intelligent beings from outer space to destroy all human life on planet Earth. The usual reasons put forth for the destruction were that human beings were violent, warmongering, and irreformable. Besides, they were polluting their gene pool as well as their own habitat. Moreover, the planet was viewed as little more than an inconvenient speck set within a vast if not limitless cosmos. I would be remiss if I did not mention the 1945 motion picture, The Horn Blows at Midnight, in which angel Athanael, played by Jack Benny, is sent to…Continue Reading

Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns The Future?

March 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns The Future?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: “There shall be open borders.” Bartley accepted what the erasure of America’s borders and an endless influx of foreign peoples and goods would mean for his country. Said Bartley, “I think the nation-state is finished.” His vision and ideology had a long pedigree. This free trade, open borders cult first flowered in 18th-century Britain. The St. Paul of this post-Christian faith was Richard Cobden, who mesmerized elites with the grandeur of his vision and the power of his rhetoric. In Free Trade Hall in Manchester, January 15, 1846, the…Continue Reading

The Stoneman Douglas Shootings And Divine Providence

March 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Stoneman Douglas Shootings And Divine Providence

By C.F. MONTESANO (Editor’s Note: C.F. Montesano is vice president with a maritime trade association in Virginia. He serves as a lector at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C. Last summer, he was selected by Signum University to be a presenter at its annual “Mythmoot” conference for enthusiasts of J.R.R. Tolkien.) + + + The overwhelming response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy has been: What is to be done? How that question came to be asked, however, appears to be less important than it being asked. As the cameras roll, the spotlights shine, and social media crackles with opinions, nothing has changed the incontrovertible truth that 17 children were murdered — and that the families…Continue Reading

Key Abuse Charge Against Cardinal Pell Withdrawn

March 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Key Abuse Charge Against Cardinal Pell Withdrawn

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS MELBOURNE, Australia (CNA/EWTN News) — An Australian prosecutor on March 2 withdrew a charge of abuse against George Cardinal Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial in Australia for accusations of past sexual abuse. The charge was dropped by Prosecutor Mark Gibson March 2 after its key complainant died in January. It is only one of the charges brought against Pell, though the total number of charges and details is not yet public. The next stage of the case began March 5, with a four-week long preliminary hearing in Melbourne. The hearing, at which Pell will be present, will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to hold a jury trial for the charges of abuse brought against…Continue Reading

Fatal Delusions Of Western Man

March 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Fatal Delusions Of Western Man

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We got China wrong. Now what?” ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. “Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?” asked Charles Lane in his opening sentence. America’s elites believed that economic engagement and the opening of U.S. markets would cause the People’s Republic to coexist benignly with its neighbors and the West. We deluded ourselves. It did not happen. Xi Jinping just changed China’s constitution to allow him to be dictator for life. He continues to thieve intellectual property from U.S. companies and to occupy and fortify islets in the South China Sea, which Beijing now claims as entirely its…Continue Reading

The Holy Week Tradition Of Tenebrae

March 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Holy Week Tradition Of Tenebrae

By JAMES MONTI As many of our readers know, for at least thirteen centuries, and very probably longer, there has existed in the Roman liturgy a uniquely ceremonial recitation of the offices of Matins and Lauds from Holy Thursday to Good Friday known as Tenebrae (“Darkness”). The thirteenth-century prelate and liturgist William Durandus of Mende (+1296) observed that during these three days the Church celebrates the “funeral rites” of Christ (Rationale Divinorum Officiorum, book 6, chapter 72, n. 2, in A. Davril, OSB, and T.M. Thibodeau, editors, Guillelmi Duranti: Rationale Divinorum Officiorum V-VI, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis, 140a, Turnhout, Belgium, Brepols Publishers, 1998, p. 336). It was this perception of the Triduum that has imparted to the office of Tenebrae…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Florida School Shooting, Gun Control, And Trust In Government

March 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Florida School Shooting, Gun Control, And Trust In Government

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly]. 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. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + Crisis articles by Regis Nicoll and John Horvat II in the aftermath of the Florida school massacre identified well the fundamental causes of what have now become…Continue Reading

Ahistorical Nonsense… Why Is The GOP Terrified Of Tariffs?

March 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Ahistorical Nonsense… Why Is The GOP Terrified Of Tariffs?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. And, as the party of high tariffs through those seven decades, the GOP was rewarded by becoming America’s Party. Thirteen Republican presidents served from 1860 to 1930, and only two Democrats. And Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson were elected only because the Republicans had split. Why, then, this terror of tariffs that grips the GOP? Consider. On hearing that President Trump might impose tariffs on aluminum and steel, Sen. Lindsey Graham was beside himself: “Please reconsider,” he implored the president, “you’re making a huge mistake.” Twenty-four hours…Continue Reading

Janet Smith… Humanae Vitae Needed Now More Than Ever

March 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Janet Smith… Humanae Vitae Needed Now More Than Ever

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Internationally recognized Humanae Vitae expert Dr. Janet Smith delivered a lecture at Christendom College on Monday, February 5, speaking on “Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later: Progress or Regress?” Smith engaged her audience throughout the talk, as she spoke on the roots of Humanae Vitae’s groundbreaking publication and why the encyclical matters now, more than ever. “The Church has realized that if it doesn’t fight for religious freedom in regard to contraception, it won’t be able to fight for any religious freedom,” said Smith. “Places like Christendom would not be able to exist without Humanae Vitae.” Smith, the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, began her talk by taking the audience back to the 1960s —…Continue Reading