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Despite Torrents Of Criticism . . . Trump Keeps Surfing Along With His Winning Endorsements

August 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Despite Torrents Of Criticism . . . Trump Keeps Surfing Along With His Winning Endorsements

By DEXTER DUGGAN In mid-August dominant media obsessed for days over whether President Trump had used the racist N-word sometime in private. Around the clock, given current 24-hour news cycles, Trump-hating journalists bulged their eyes at that nasty possibility — just as they had glared throughout Trump’s presidency at one after another after another example of what they regarded as the president’s unforgivable and impeachable personality. Closer to home, though, vile attacks were hardly worth mentioning by the journos, and quickly to be forgotten. Their lodestar New York Times recently hired as one of its own opinion writers the aggressively racist Sarah Jeong, who had a history of publicly tweeting one despicable slur after another at white people, of which…Continue Reading

McCarrick And Power

August 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on McCarrick And Power

By CHRISTOPHER MANION On Sunday, April 3, 2005, the day after the death of St. John Paul II, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and at least a dozen other priests concelebrated the ten a.m. Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In attendance were, among other dignitaries, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Cardinal McCarrick came out to the pews before Mass, fully vested except for his chasuble, and greeted Sen. Kennedy warmly. After the Mass, as the celebrants processed out, Sen. Kennedy stood up and took Cardinal McCarrick’s arm. Beaming, they strolled arm in arm down the aisle toward the exit. At the time, I interpreted this charade as just another clever, cynical, and defiant public…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Language As A Political Tool

August 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Language As A Political Tool

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly] in Crisis. 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; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. His views, of course, are his own.) + + + I always recall the statement by the renowned international anti-euthanasia activist Rita Marker that…Continue Reading

Liberalism And The Crisis Of Catholicism

August 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberalism And The Crisis Of Catholicism

By PAUL KRAUSE (Editor’s Note: Paul Krause is a recent graduate of Yale’s Divinity School. His writings have appeared in Crisis Magazine, Forbes Online, and other publications.) + + + Can the Catholic Church be liberal? The answer to that question is probably self-evident to those with a strong knowledge of Church teachings and history. But given the current malaise and crisis facing the Church: loss of self-confidence, increasing self-doubt, retreat, and the clamoring to “get with the times,” we must understand the temptation that liberalism offers and crisis that it poses to the Church — especially in the United States but also much of the Western World. There are two basic understandings of liberalism. One is academic and philosophical,…Continue Reading

Fight For Flake’s Senate Seat… Candidates Eager To Win, But Seasoned Aide Cautions On D.C. Dirt

August 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fight For Flake’s Senate Seat… Candidates Eager To Win, But Seasoned Aide Cautions On D.C. Dirt

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “All candidates have warts. You have to find the less warty” among the hopefuls, an experienced political aide told a Tea Party group’s evening meeting here as Arizona’s upcoming primary election on August 28 had voters pondering whom to pick. Earlier during the July 30 meeting, Marcus Kelley, who worked both at the Arizona State Capitol and in Washington, D.C., expressed strong doubt that all political corruption can be swept away, although he didn’t defend it. “Just the thought we are going to clean up the corruption in Washington, D.C. — we are fooling ourselves,” said Kelley, the administrative assistant to conservative Republican Andy Biggs when Biggs was president of the Arizona Senate. Biggs subsequently…Continue Reading

Why We Need Trump’s Religious Liberty Task Force

August 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Why We Need Trump’s Religious Liberty Task Force

By REY FLORES Three weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the official announcement that President Donald J. Trump had asked him to create the Religious Liberty Task Force within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The Washington Times reported that the task force will be led by Sessions, and co-chaired by the associate attorney general, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, and members from other Justice Department divisions, including the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of Legal Counsel. Of course, the radical leftists have responded in their predictable, loathsome, and tiresome way. In a very “Chicken Little”-like reaction, NBC’s Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove wrote that Sessions’ task force is “part of a dangerous…Continue Reading

Reprinted From The Wanderer Newspaper June 21, 2007 . . . Dallas Charter, Five Years Later

August 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Reprinted From The Wanderer Newspaper June 21, 2007 . . . Dallas Charter, Five Years Later

Editors Note: This was reprinted from The Wanderer Newspaper, the issue dated June 21, 2007, on the 5 year anniversary of the Dallas Charter. We will be featuring these reprints on a regular basis on our website. By CHRISTOPHER MANION Five years ago this month, American bishops met in Dallas to address the scandal of clerical sex abuse and chancery coverups that had finally exploded into public view. It was a critical test for the bishops, as they confronted the greatest crisis in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. Sadly, they failed the test. Instead of apologizing and getting their house in order, they initiated a “ Charter” that placed heavy burdens on priests and laity,…Continue Reading

The Battle Of The Sexes — Twenty-First Century Style

August 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Battle Of The Sexes — Twenty-First Century Style

By MIKE MANNO Years ago the battle of the sexes was the conflict between men and women over their respective gender roles. Today the battle, in some respects, is still over gender roles but not necessarily between men and women but between the cis-gendered, a person who identifies with the sex of his birth, and the transgendered, those who don’t. And the worst part is that it is playing out in our schools. Back in the 1970s, Congress passed Title IX, a federal civil rights law, as part of the Educational Amendments of 1972. It was adopted to protect students from sex discrimination in educational programs that received federal funds. As issues involving persons with same-sex attractions and later those…Continue Reading

Who’ll Be Able To Brag Of Big Catch?. . . Fishing For Clues About What Elections Are Telling Us

August 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Who’ll Be Able To Brag Of Big Catch?. . . Fishing For Clues About What Elections Are Telling Us

By DEXTER DUGGAN Looking for definitive insights into early August U.S. election results may be like searching for a big fish hooked by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s dubious, unending probe of alleged Russian collusion to win the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump. Having landed nothing important yet, Mueller’s anglers swear the catch is right there below the surface. Just wait until it gets reeled in — if only the fish will please put the barb into its mouth and start yanking on the line. Like the elusive Russian collusion, the proportions of what mattered to voters in 2018 may not be plain until it’s flipping on the dock the evening of Election Day, November 6. There’s plenty of partisan…Continue Reading

Call Me Jerry

August 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Call Me Jerry

By CHRISTOPHER MANION A local pastor gave a surprisingly good sermon the other day. A short one, too (that’s why I remember it). “Don’t confuse the Church with the bishops, or even the Pope,” he said. “The Church is spotless, her teachings true, beautiful, and good. But bishops — even the Bishop of Rome — are sinful men like the rest of us. “At the same time, we must bear in mind that priests and bishops do possess real authority by the virtue of their Ordination and consecration. They defend the Church’s magisterial teachings on faith and morals in the face of a hostile world, and they teach them to us. That’s their divinely ordained role. But there’s a lot…Continue Reading