Thursday 21st February 2019

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Do Catholic Schools Need To Teach That Theology Is Knowledge?

February 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Do Catholic Schools Need To Teach That Theology Is Knowledge?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + The chemistry teacher stood by the copier and saw that the religion teacher was copying an article from the Summa. “Is theology a science?” (Ia Q.1, art. 2). The chemistry teacher made a face of amused contempt. “Theology is not a science,” she pointed out. The religion teacher responded, “Theology is not an experimental science, but it is still a body of knowledge, and that is what St. Thomas is arguing.” The chemistry teacher remained unimpressed. This little exchange would be more common only if more religion teachers were using St. Thomas!…Continue Reading

In Arizona… Questions Still Raised Over Tactics Used By Supervisor Of Voting

February 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on In Arizona… Questions Still Raised Over Tactics Used By Supervisor Of Voting

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Some national news topics were in the air when the Arizona Project Tea Party gathered here for its regular Monday evening meeting. At the lectern, the group’s chairman, Ron Ludders, noted that embattled Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said he wanted to be a healer. But, Ludders asked on February 11, “How can you be a healer and kill a newborn?” He referred to Northam’s shocking casualness in a recent radio interview when mentioning setting aside an aborted infant while deciding what to do about this new life. Later during the Tea Party meeting, during questions from the audience, Veronika Corcoran, a woman who said she was born in Slovenia, and had the appropriate accent,…Continue Reading

The Epidemic Of Assisted Suicide Spreads

February 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Epidemic Of Assisted Suicide Spreads

By MIKE MANNO While the “life” arguments these days seem to center around abortion, both pre-birth and post-birth varieties, there are other anti-life currents stirring the progressive winds of change, one of them being physician-assisted suicide, or, as I prefer, doctor-prescribed death, which, incidentally, includes euthanasia. During the run of my old radio program, Faith on Trial, we covered the issue extensively and had numerous guests, including medical practitioners, disability and elder advocates, pro-life attorneys, as well as leaders of anti-suicide organizations. It was, to me at least, appalling how quickly the clamor, the demand, and the justification for such an idea spread. It was disheartening to see voters approving pro-suicide legislation. We’ve come a long way since Dr. Kevorkian…Continue Reading

The Day Will Arrive . . . When The Wicked Reign Of Abortion Must End

February 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Day Will Arrive . . . When The Wicked Reign Of Abortion Must End

By DEXTER DUGGAN The only land where evil lasts forever is Hell, and our Lord came to build a wall between it and us in hopes that we don’t try to jump over the barrier. Every other land afflicted with evil, being temporal, will have a reign of wickedness come to an end, although we don’t know the timetable. God is the Lord of the Future that we can’t see, but is revealed to us as time passes. Once-endurable Venezuela seemed on a never-ending descent to destruction as pathological socialism sank its fangs ever deeper when vampires Hugo Chavez then successor Nicolas Maduro went for the neck. But today, almost bled-dry Venezuela may be on the verge of repelling the…Continue Reading

On The Proper Meaning Of Words

February 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on On The Proper Meaning Of Words

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Just a year ago this week, we reviewed Jim Hitchcock’s book, Abortion and the Catholic Right. The book was both a surprise and a disappointment: The esteemed historian had left professional standards behind and produced a rant attacking pro-lifers who disagreed with him politically. Some of those pro-lifers often appear in these pages, but the most prominent of them was Donald Trump. “The Trump movement was in many ways an ecumenical manifestation of the Wanderer Catholic underground of conspiracy theories, old religious and ethnic grudges, economic ignorance, resentment, and alienation from the entire modern world, an amalgam that for a time saw Ron Paul as its messiah and that above all yearned for the emotional release that…Continue Reading

Time for Truth: All Abortion Is Infanticide

February 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Time for Truth: All Abortion Is Infanticide

By SHAUN KENNEY One of my favorite lines in all of film comes from the epic miniseries Sharpe! where the protagonist Richard Sharpe asks a loyalist British officer whether or not he is from America. “No sir,” the officer replies, “I’m from Virginia!” It is the long-held conceit amongst those of us native to the soil of the Old Dominion that you never want to ask folks where they are from. If they are from Virginia, we will tell you so and if not? One simply doesn’t want to embarrass them. . . . . . . . At least, that was true until a few weeks ago. Let’s review. Virginia lawmaker Delegate Kathy Tran (D., Fairfax) proposed legislation that…Continue Reading

Did Pope Francis “Apostasize” In Abu Dhabi?

February 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Did Pope Francis “Apostasize” In Abu Dhabi?

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS A storm worthy of the windswept sands of Arabia was immediately whipped up in the media last week by Pope Francis’ signing of a document along with Ahmad Al-Tayyab, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, an institution widely regarded as the most authoritative source of Sunni Islamic theology. This joint declaration, “On Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” was signed on February 4 in Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates. While much of the document is fairly uncontroversial for Catholics — it emphasizes the need for mutual tolerance between Christians and Muslims and an end to terrorism and violence initiated in the name of God — the eye of…Continue Reading

Catholic Medical Group . . . Hears Of Growing Risk Of Illicit Drugs Including Fentanyl

February 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Medical Group . . . Hears Of Growing Risk Of Illicit Drugs Including Fentanyl

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Notorious Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell first got into really hot water — hotter than a lax abortionist might use for sterilizing instruments — when investigators suspected he was running a pill mill out of his office. He was, but their raid in 2010 also exposed his baby-killing kinkiness. In a July 2013 news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Gosnell pled guilty to running the pill mill. It added: “Gosnell went from writing several hundred prescriptions for controlled substances per month filled at pharmacies in 2008 to over 2,300 filled at pharmacies in January of 2010.” His increased business in dangerous substances was to foreshadow growing…Continue Reading

An Address For The Ages . . . President Trump’s SOTU Lets Our Voices Be Heard

February 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on An Address For The Ages . . . President Trump’s SOTU Lets Our Voices Be Heard

By REY FLORES As I was watching the State of the Union address being so powerfully delivered by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, I thought to myself that he is a kind of Moses for our times. What he said — and how he said it — was exactly what the petulant, prideful, and arrogant socialist Democrats needed to hear. The president delivered his America First message to these rude and obnoxious Democrats with the swiftness of a father’s hand to his child’s rear end when the child misbehaves. Before the start of his speech, news media cameras were broadcasting the interactions of all parties present. There were a lot of smiles as the Capitol was filled with an electricity…Continue Reading

Ghoulish, Grisly, And Gruesome

February 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Ghoulish, Grisly, And Gruesome

By MIKE MANNO A few years ago I was part of a parish group that provided hot lunches to the needy in downtown. We did so in conjunction with several other churches, both Catholic and non-Catholic, so that each would serve one day a month. One day some of the ladies began discussing politics and the upcoming visit by then-Sen. Barack Obama. One by one, those engaged in the conversation indicated their support for his presidential campaign. After half listening, I turned to the group, all Democrats, and asked why they supported Obama since he was an ardent supporter of abortion. I was shocked by the reply. “Yeah, but abortion is just one issue.” Just one issue? I met with…Continue Reading