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Beltway Wizards… Deepen Cynical Swamp By Promoting Porous-Borders Candidate As A Hard-Liner

July 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Beltway Wizards… Deepen Cynical Swamp By Promoting Porous-Borders Candidate As A Hard-Liner

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The depth of the establishment swamp that still needs to be drained can be illustrated amid some bone-dry patches of cynicism around Arizona. Here’s some classic political bait-and-switch that had so frustrated voters, they turned to Donald Trump for president in 2016, but the Manhattan multibillionaire hasn’t managed to put an end to all the crabby shell games yet. Can yet another “moderate” Republican U.S. Senate candidate with an open-borders tilt successfully convince voters that she’s a toughie against illegal immigration, win her election, then expect smooth sailing in the swamp as she reverts to her true beliefs while the public is expected to stomach the deception? As for supposed toughness, this candidate, Arizona’s Second…Continue Reading

Counteracting The Protestant Formation Of Our Catholic Youth

July 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counteracting The Protestant Formation Of Our Catholic Youth

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.) + + + Anyone involved in catechizing the young in our schools and parishes on the sacraments must always remind themselves that they are not writing upon blank slates — there is a formation already there, and that formation is usually Protestant. The loss of distinctive Catholic signs and symbols has had, over the decades, the cumulative effect of making our children default Protestants. Several examples should make this fact evident. Our young people believe that everyone is a child of God. Being a “child of God” is, for them, a natural quality of humanity.…Continue Reading

Who Put The Wall Between Church And State?

July 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Put The Wall Between Church And State?

By MIKE MANNO During the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot about walls and whether one is going to be built along our southern border. But as we settle into the confirmation fight over the appointment of another Supreme Court justice, we’re likely to hear about another wall, the wall between church and state. This will be especially so as there is a continuing national divide over the concept of religious liberties following the attack on them during the eight years of the Obama administration, as well as the noise from the “progressive” left, which tries to subordinate religious liberty and conscience rights to the latest leftist whim. This takes place over abortion, same-sex marriage, and, more recently,…Continue Reading

Court Choice Kavanaugh… Faces A Leftist Minefield Where Tolerance Isn’t Tolerated

July 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Court Choice Kavanaugh… Faces A Leftist Minefield Where Tolerance Isn’t Tolerated

By DEXTER DUGGAN Just before President Trump chose highly placed federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s vacancy on the Supreme Court, aggressive political leftists had forcefully demonstrated their intolerance for tolerance and civility by chasing Trump administration officials away from public accommodations. Strident Cong. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) was one of the rabble-rousers helping stoke the dangerous fires by urging that “you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.” Now where did we ever hear before that people shouldn’t be able to sit at a public lunch counter in peace? Oh, that sorta had something to do with the Ku Klux Klan having infused the…Continue Reading

On Interpreting The Constitution

July 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on On Interpreting The Constitution

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” — Thomas Jefferson, 1798. + + + These days the simple truths of Humanae Vitae are constantly challenged by an avalanche of conflicting and confused federal court decisions that assail life, marriage, and the family. We have a right to be bewildered, and we have a duty to understand how the once-flourishing legal field of freedom and the rule of law got turned into a fetid swamp. Let’s start with the Constitution. In introducing Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, President Trump said,…Continue Reading

First Teachers… The Hope For Victory

July 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on First Teachers… The Hope For Victory

By SHAUN KENNEY For those of you firmly in the Catholic pro-life movement, Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League cautions the great many who cheered the pending resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Even if we manage to nominate and appoint a rock-solid pro-life member to the bench? It will not be a victory, merely the hope for a victory. Consider first things. Our public education system is in a shambles, and our Catholic education system with notable exceptions here and there is just as bad. Instead of teaching Catholicism in the home and in the parish, we have handed this duty off to rigid classes in the imitation of mainline Protestantism, hoping against hope that maybe our experience will…Continue Reading

At National Priests’ Conference… Fr. Richard Rohr Says He Can Make Mistakes — And Does

July 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on At National Priests’ Conference… Fr. Richard Rohr Says He Can Make Mistakes — And Does

By DEXTER DUGGAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An audience member rose with a question for Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, during the latter part of the internationally known priest’s freely expressing his views from the lectern for more than four hours over two days at the seventh annual national conference of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) that met here June 25-28. The audience member said he’s a member of Democrats for Life and asked, “How do we pull these two poles together spiritually?” Rohr had been speaking of oppositions and contrasts in society. People all are addicted to their own way of thinking, Rohr said a few moments earlier, both Republicans and Democrats, and this gets nowhere. The appearance by…Continue Reading

No Party for Old White Men

July 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on No Party for Old White Men

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who had aspired to succeed Pelosi and become speaker of the House. The No. 4 House Democrat, Crowley, 56, had not faced primary opposition since 2004. He outspent his opponent, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was tending bar a year ago, by 10 to one. The son of an Irish immigrant, Crowley was leader of the Queens Democratic Club. He had the unions’ support. So confident was he…Continue Reading

The Liberal Stampede To “Abolish ICE”

July 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Liberal Stampede To “Abolish ICE”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “No Borders! No Nations! No Deportations!” “Abolish ICE!” Before last week, these were the mindless slogans of an infantile left, seen on signs at rallies to abolish ICE, the agency that arrests and deports criminal aliens who have no right to be in our country. By last week, however, “Abolish ICE!” was no longer the exclusive slogan of the unhinged left. National Democrats were signing on. Before his defeat in New York’s 14th Congressional District, Joe Crowley, fourth-ranked Democrat in the House, called ICE a “fascist” organization. After Crowley’s rout by a 28-year-old socialist who called for killing the agency, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) declared ICE to be “a cruel deportation force (that) we need…Continue Reading

Bye, Bye Channel 5

July 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Bye, Bye Channel 5

By MIKE MANNO I saw something that bothered me last night on the 10 o’clock news. Here in Des Moines we have three network affiliate newscasts: CBS, Channel 8; NBC, Channel 13, and the perennial also-ran, ABC, Channel 5. I usually like to click around the dial and not settle or depend on just one. For the last few months, however, I’ve been regularly watching the also-ran, Channel 5. I liked 5; the graphics were clear and easily readable, it had some very good feature stories, and it followed our local Iowa talent, Maddie Poppe, on her road to becoming this year’s American Idol. At 10 p.m., I’d turn from what I was watching to the Channel 5 “We Are…Continue Reading