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Teachable Moments Slipped Past… Until Death Climbed Back In The Saddle

November 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Teachable Moments Slipped Past… Until Death Climbed Back In The Saddle

By DEXTER DUGGAN Breaking bread together often is thought of as building ties of friendship, but two meals 22 years apart showed how division deepened. At the National Prayer Breakfast in February 1994 in Washington, D.C., diminutive giant Mother Teresa peeped out through the microphones at the lectern to defend unborn children at length and to denounce abortion. She repeatedly was applauded by national powerbrokers there, and at her conclusion received a standing ovation lasting nearly a minute. “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion,” Mother Teresa said. She added later: “Please don’t…Continue Reading

The Fine Art Of Dino Carbetta… Bringing Religious Art Into Today’s Reality

November 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Fine Art Of Dino Carbetta… Bringing Religious Art Into Today’s Reality

By REY FLORES If there is any Heaven-like beauty in this world, aside from human life and nature, it is found in the timeless sacred art within many older traditional Catholic churches everywhere. Starting from the tabernacles and monstrances holding the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and then going to the frescos, statues, and crucifixes, all remind us of the eternal destination we must strive to attain. While most of us within the Church can and do appreciate traditional sacred art, most religious art from the last fifty years or so tends to be modern and with subject matter that is much less reverent. Many of today’s newer Catholic parishes incorporate a bland and neutral…Continue Reading

More Silence From Rome!

November 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on More Silence From Rome!

Looks like more stonewalling from the Vatican regarding sex abuse scandal judging from this CNA report today. By Ed Condon Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2018 / 07:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis. The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14. The instruction to delay consideration of a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct came directly from the Holy…Continue Reading

“Sex” Vs. “Gender Identity” And Title VII

November 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on “Sex” Vs. “Gender Identity” And Title VII

By MIKE MANNO There is an interesting case out of Michigan that has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court that has the potential to determine whether the word “sex” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act also refers to “gender identity” for purposes of anti-discrimination enforcement. Courts have been split on the issue and this case, with its unusual mix of facts and law, might be the vehicle with which the top court finally decides the issue. To the facts: The defendant in a case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a Detroit funeral home, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes; the complainant is the former Anthony, now Aimee, Stephens. Mr. or Ms.…Continue Reading

Despite GOP Blue-Wave Fears . . . Trump’s Energy Still Manages To Salvage Republican Party

November 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Despite GOP Blue-Wave Fears . . . Trump’s Energy Still Manages To Salvage Republican Party

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Melissa Bowers was easy to spot in the hotel ballroom here packed with Republicans watching midterm election-night returns on the big Fox News screen, and by reporters watching the Republicans. Platforms for the media ran along two walls of the room in this Phoenix suburb, with at least 22 news cameras on them. Although some other people wore name tags or ID badges, Bowers carried a poster proclaiming herself a member of the growing WalkAway movement (walkawaycampaign.com) who’d departed the Democratic Party because of its increasing extremism. After being a Democrat for 26 years, Bowers told The Wanderer on November 6 that she left the party in 2008 because “I saw the handwriting on…Continue Reading

Bishops Offer Lots Of “Measures” — Where’s The Truth?

November 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops Offer Lots Of “Measures” — Where’s The Truth?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION When the USCCB meets next week in Baltimore, their website tells us they will “vote on a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” As usual, these “measures” comprise updated policies, protocols, programs, and procedures. Call them “The Four P’s.” That’s what the bishops voted on in their historic 2002 meeting in Dallas after all, and we’ve seen how well that worked. Under the guiding hand of then-Cardinal McCarrick, they adopted a “charter” designed to protect children — and themselves. In anticipation of their gathering next week, it is worth taking a look at some consequences of those “measures.” To bring that effort to bear on the local level, we will consider the policies…Continue Reading

Finding Time To Prepare For Eternity

November 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Finding Time To Prepare For Eternity

By JAMES MONTI Each year the month of November stands as a milepost along our earthly pilgrimage, reminding us of our mortality by the two liturgical commemorations with which it begins, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, with the theme of the latter, prayer for the faithful departed, pervading the rest of the month. The Scripture readings for Mass during November, which largely direct our gaze toward the end of time, likewise summon us to prepare for eternity. In the 1554 Spanish missal of Placencia there appears at the end of the book a “Mass for one celebrating his exequies before death” — a Mass for a dying priest to offer on his own behalf (Missale secundum consuetudinem almae…Continue Reading

Debasing The Currency Of Catholicism

November 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Debasing The Currency Of Catholicism

By SHAUN KENNEY To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart. This is a paraphrasing of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s commentary after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the book One Thousand Days, and as we are coming up on the fifty-fifth anniversary of that untimely event, perhaps it is worth reflecting on how the world has changed. Of course, for Catholics in America the world was much different. The Novus Ordo was still replacing the old Tridentine Rite Mass, our priests were revered and honored in American culture, our nuns taught our Catholic children and tended to our sick in Catholic hospitals. It was still a time when a Catholic…Continue Reading

White Mass Dinner . . . Hears Of How St. John Paul II Aided Development Of Humanae Vitae

November 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on White Mass Dinner . . . Hears Of How St. John Paul II Aided Development Of Humanae Vitae

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — St. Paul VI’s historic 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae featured more involvement in its development than often is realized by St. John Paul II while the future Polish Pope still was serving the Church in his homeland, a New Mexico diocesan official told the annual White Mass dinner for medical professionals here. Fr. Peter Short, one of two vicars general for the Diocese of Gallup, N.M., told the dinner that as he researched the topic of St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body and Humanae Vitae, “I found that there was a fascinating history behind the formulation of the encyclical within which the then-bishop and later Cardinal (Karol) Wojtyla…played a more important role than many imagined…Continue Reading

Living In The Age Of Hypersensitivity

November 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Living In The Age Of Hypersensitivity

By REY FLORES Life used to be much easier when people did not get offended at the slightest comment, joke, or just about any form of expression. Sure, we have always had to have certain content be restricted in all forms of media, be it profanity, pornography, racist epithets, or violence. There has always been an unwritten, but yet prevailing, code of conduct of societal decorum, which was all we needed. Today, one can’t even make a compliment to a woman without being accused of sexual harassment. I know for a fact that most thinking people do not abide by these modern sensitivities. Not only do we not live by these ridiculous snowflake rules, we laugh about them and mock…Continue Reading