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An Accusation Is Not A Conviction

June 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on An Accusation Is Not A Conviction

By DONALD DeMARCO An accusation is not a conviction any more than a hypothesis is a proof, or being a suspect is the same as being a criminal. This notion is indispensable for the carrying out of justice. It is associated with the use of words which can range from reckless name-calling to naming something rightly. Thus, we can sin against justice by using words unjustly. This point was brought to my attention recently when I read a response to an article I had posted on the Internet. In my article, I had said that whereas language should unify people by directing them to a common reality, words are now often used in a way reminiscent of the linguistic confusion…Continue Reading

A Protestant Views The Filioque

June 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Protestant Views The Filioque

By JAMES LIKOUDIS A recent article in Christianity Today (January-February 2014) by a Protestant of Lebanese descent, Bradley Nassif, a professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University in Chicago, attracts attention to one of the major historical and dogmatic differences between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, namely whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone (as the separated Orthodox hold) or from the Father and the Son (as Catholics believe with their inclusion of the word “Filioque” [“and the Son”] in the Latin text of the Creed). Over a thousand years of theological controversy regarding the orthodoxy of the “Filioque” has served to embitter relations between Catholics and Orthodox to this very day…Continue Reading

America Is Falling Behind In Human Rights

June 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on America Is Falling Behind In Human Rights

By DONALD DeMARCO The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), established in 2006, is a confederation of national trade union centers, each of which links the trade unions of that particular country. It has 325 affiliated organizations in 161 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 176 million people. The ITUC has specialized offices in a number of countries around the world, and has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ITUC is an international watchdog that is primarily concerned with the rights of workers. It operates under the principle that when workers enjoy the freedom of a collective voice and can bargain for safe workplaces, fair wages, and conditions…Continue Reading

No Intervention In Iraqi Civil War Without Congressional Authorization

June 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on No Intervention In Iraqi Civil War Without Congressional Authorization

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) +    +    + On January 12, 1991, with 370,000 U.S. troops already deployed near Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, and a UN deadline for Saddam Hussein to withdraw from that country only three days away, the U.S. Congress voted on whether to authorize President George H.W. Bush to use force to reverse Iraq’s annexation of its neighbor. The Senate voted 52 to 47 for war — with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa among those voting no and Democratic Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee among those voting yes. The House voted 250 to 183 for war — with three…Continue Reading

San Francisco Archbishop . . . Stands Up Against Pols Who Urge Him To Deny Marriage Truth

June 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on San Francisco Archbishop . . . Stands Up Against Pols Who Urge Him To Deny Marriage Truth

By DEXTER DUGGAN Aggressive “new morality” politicians like Nancy Pelosi who claim to be faithful Catholics may have been surprised when San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wouldn’t let them bully him out of participating in a June pro-marriage rally in Washington, D.C. When Pelosi and kindred spirits recently tried to hector Cordileone away from standing up for historic marriage, the archbishop, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, replied strongly in a June 16 letter. Noting the pressures being used against defenders of traditional, historic marriage, Cordileone wrote: “Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and…Continue Reading

Liberal Media Bias: Exhibit A, Hillary Clinton

June 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberal Media Bias: Exhibit A, Hillary Clinton

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK “Liberal media bias”: It is one of the most frequently used expressions of our time. Conservatives maintain it is real and a frequent occurrence, a fact of life. Liberals deny its existence, insisting that journalists are professional and dedicated to the pursuit of the truth, wherever it leads them. Recent weeks have given us an example of why the conservatives are right on this one, an example of how liberals in the media can shape the public’s view of an issue without actually lying. I have in mind the media’s reaction to Monica Lewinsky’s June Vanity Fair article about what happened with President Clinton and her between 1995 and 1997. The media are circling the wagons,…Continue Reading

Violent Death At Church . . . Phoenix Priest Follows Christ All The Way To Calvary

June 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Violent Death At Church . . . Phoenix Priest Follows Christ All The Way To Calvary

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Mater Misericordiae Mission here, just north of the complex of Arizona state-capital office buildings, is a good place to see babies, toddlers, and kids, brought to the Traditional Latin Mass of 1962 by their parents. It’s the type of faith community where hope and trust in the future seem to inspire confidence to have larger families, and where God’s guidance is still assumed. On Father’s Day, June 15, a poster in the foyer of the adjoining church hall advertised a late-summer pilgrimage to visit sites of the English martyrs. While a trip to the United Kingdom would consume thousands of miles, a modern martyrdom occurred here the night of Wednesday, June 11, perhaps 50 steps…Continue Reading

What Was (Is) Wrong With Martin Luther’s Thinking?

June 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on What Was (Is) Wrong With Martin Luther’s Thinking?

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM (Editor’s Note: Fr. Deutsch is a retired Maryknoller who served in Tanzania.) +    +    + When Martin Luther broke away from the Church in 1517, he defied the authority of the Pope and the Church. He went off on his own, not only in the matter of indulgences, but also in some very basic concepts of Church teaching. For example, he began to believe that he could not overcome concupiscence (man’s inclination to evil). In fact he called these appetites and desires “invincible concupiscence,” that is, they cannot be conquered, so therefore, give in to them and don’t worry about them, for we are saved not by “good works,” but by “faith alone.” He based…Continue Reading

Kerygma, Didache, And The New Evangelization

June 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Kerygma, Didache, And The New Evangelization
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By PHILIP TROWER Some of the things our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has been saying since he became Pope about the way the faith should be presented and taught as a preamble to the new evangelization have unquestionably ruffled a few feathers. However, I have increasingly come to think that there would be less misunderstanding if more people were aware of a development that has been taking place in the Church’s thinking and teaching on this subject over the last 50 years. This development seems to have begun at the time of Vatican II, and, in a modified form, has been accepted by subsequent Popes and episcopal synods. But only, I would say, in the last few years has a…Continue Reading

The Endgame

June 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Endgame

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The liberal establishment in the media and the academy react with disdain toward those who contend that the objective of homosexual activists is to one day make it illegal to make public statements in defense of traditional Christian views on sex and marriage. They call those who fear that such a day will come “kooks,” “extremist,” and “paranoid.” Recent events in Canada illustrate that there is good reason to suspect that the endgame for the secular left is precisely that: to drive the biblical understanding of marriage from the public square and to cast those with traditional beliefs on this matter in the same category as flat-earthers and religious eccentrics not to be taken seriously by…Continue Reading