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Senate In Argentina Defeats Pro-Abortion Bill

August 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Senate In Argentina Defeats Pro-Abortion Bill

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Senators in Argentina voted August 9 against making abortion on demand legal. Abortion is only legal in Argentina when the life or health of the mother is in danger or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. Abortion advocates have pushed the government to introduce a “right to abortion,” which could deny medical professionals the right to conscientiously object to participating in abortions. “Argentina has embraced life despite huge international pressure to give up existing legislation protecting life and freedom of conscience,” said ADF International Senior Counsel Neydy Casillas. “Every human life is valuable. As a society, we should support all pregnant women, especially those in difficult circumstances. Argentina’s Senate affirmed this support. They voted…Continue Reading

Bishop Olson Of Fort Worth . . . Hold McCarrick And His Enablers Accountable

August 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishop Olson Of Fort Worth . . . Hold McCarrick And His Enablers Accountable

By KEVIN JONES FORT WORTH, Texas (CNA) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged crimes might merit removing him from the clergy entirely — and they require accountability for all Church leaders who knew of his alleged misconduct and did nothing, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, has said in a letter to the faithful of his diocese. “The Church needs to do more than have a serious conversation about these issues, it needs to discern in light of the Truth and to act intentionally,” Olson told Catholic News Agency July 28. “If conversation does not lead to decision, it quickly devolves into chatter.” “An important ministry for us as bishops is to ‘see, judge, and act.’ It’s not…Continue Reading

A Book Review… How To Start A Program For Youthful Perseverance

August 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… How To Start A Program For Youthful Perseverance

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Fritz, Everett. The Art of Forming Young Disciples: Why Youth Ministries Aren’t Working and What to Do About It (Sophia Institute Press, 128 pages, Paperback and Kindle). This slim volume is divided into three parts, namely understanding youth ministry generally; looking at the Catholic youth ministry problem; and an outline of the twofold solution which the author, Everett Fritz, is advocating. The book has come out of Fritz’s experience as a youth minister, as he realized that the approach he had taken up to that point was not really working. Of the young people who had gone through programs he had led, only a relatively small number of them had continued to practice the faith in…Continue Reading

Catholic Education And The Totalitarian State

August 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Education And The Totalitarian State

By DONALD DeMARCO Although the distinguished Catholic historian Christopher Dawson produced The Crisis of Western Education in 1961, his thoughts are just as relevant today as when they appeared in print more than 50 years ago. The reason for this is that the author is dealing with timeless factors: the education of man, spiritual values, materialism, technology, and the ever-constant threat of totalitarianism. The education of the whole person, which includes the inculcation of spiritual values, cultivates the free man who shares the wealth of his knowledge with others in the community as he directs himself to his ultimate end, which is not exclusively of this world. Secularism, being bound to this world, is committed to serving the materialistic needs…Continue Reading

Did Tariffs Make America Great?

August 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Did Tariffs Make America Great?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Make America Great Again!” will, given the astonishing victory it produced for Donald Trump, be recorded among the most successful slogans in political history. Yet it raises a question: How did America first become the world’s greatest economic power? In 1998, in The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy, this writer sought to explain. However, as the blazing issue of that day was Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, it was no easy task to steer interviewers around to the McKinley Tariff. Free trade propaganda aside, what is the historical truth? As our Revolution was about political independence, the first words and acts of our…Continue Reading

A Lesson From The Book Of Tobit… Heathens Come Together For Lust, True Lovers For Children

August 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Lesson From The Book Of Tobit… Heathens Come Together For Lust, True Lovers For Children

  By PETER KWASNIEWSKI (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published this essay by Peter Kwasniewski on July 25. Dr. Kwasniewski is a freelance author, public speaker, editor, publisher, and composer. All rights reserved.) + + + It takes no special observational skills to see that the world around us is saturated with sex. But is it saturated with love? In some ways, it seems that the two are inversely proportional. The more untethered, aimless, and hyperactivated the sexual drive, the less room there is for personal love, that is, a friendship between persons for their own sake and not for the gratification they deliver. Chastity — that is, the virtue of controlling the sexual appetite for the sake of developing well-rounded human…Continue Reading

Lepanto Institute… Asks Bishops To Withdraw CRS From Anti-Values “Family Planning” Group

August 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Lepanto Institute… Asks Bishops To Withdraw CRS From Anti-Values “Family Planning” Group

By DEXTER DUGGAN A national group that defends orthodox Catholic teaching has asked U.S. Catholic bishops to have their Catholic Relief Services (CRS) withdraw from membership in an international organization promoting “family planning” efforts that are contrary to Church standards. The Virginia-based Lepanto Institute (lepantoinstitute.org) asked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to have their international aid and development agency, CRS, immediately withdraw its dues-paying membership in InterAction. A Lepanto news release, describing InterAction as “a lobbying agency which attacks pro-life and pro-family efforts,” said that it, “among other things, has urged Congress to expand access to abortifacient contraception and has called for Congress to block any attempt to reinstate the Mexico City policy and pass legislation for its permanent…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Not Leftovers, But Full Meals Of Doctrine

August 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Not Leftovers, But Full Meals Of Doctrine

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN That Nothing May Be Lost: Reflections on Catholic Doctrine and Devotion, by Fr. Paul D. Scalia (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2017), 190 pp. $17.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. In the miracle of the loaves and the fish, Christ instructs His disciples to “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost,” a simple request that reveals, as Fr. Scalia explains, the Lord’s attention to detail, the importance of little things like sparrows and lilies, and His loving desire that nothing essential remain unfinished. In the spirit of preserving everything and omitting nothing, the Church imitates the example of Christ by transmitting the entirety of Christian teaching in matters of faith and morals because…Continue Reading

An Antipope And A Saint

August 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on An Antipope And A Saint

By RAY CAVANAUGH Though the title of “antipope” sounds heretical and ominous, not all of them were bad people: Some were merely the puppets of leaders at odds with the Church. And then there is the curious case of Hippolytus, who in the year 217 became the first antipope, and later became a saint — the only antipope to do so. August 13 is his feast day. Hippolytus was born in Rome in AD 170 Information about his early life has proven difficult to access and is probably no longer extant. An added source of confusion is that this particular Hippolytus has been mixed up with others of the same name. As a sign of the vagueness of much of…Continue Reading

Celebrating The Sacred Liturgy With The Utmost Magnificence And Splendor

August 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Celebrating The Sacred Liturgy With The Utmost Magnificence And Splendor

By JAMES MONTI In the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I), amid the Old Testament sacrifices it cites as prefiguring that of Christ on Calvary, we find the sacrifice of Abel. At the dawn of human history, two sacrifices were offered to God, both by sons of Adam, but only one of these found favor with Him. For Abel offered to God the very best He had to offer, “the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions” (Gen. 4:4). But Cain offered the bare minimum, “the fruit of the ground” (Gen. 4:3), and nothing more. Abel’s oblation was pleasing and acceptable to God; Cain’s was not. From the abundance of God’s creation Abel took abundantly and gave abundantly —…Continue Reading