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The Challenge Of Being A Catholic American

January 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on The Challenge Of Being A Catholic American

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Our nation was established by people who desired freedom — freedom in both their private and public lives, freedom in their homes, churches, enterprises, and associations. They wanted a person’s conscience to be held inviolable so that individuals could freely express themselves on political and social matters and worship the Almighty as they choose. The genius of the Founders lies in the basis they pronounced for that freedom. In the England they had left, liberties and rights were granted by the king and a parliament. In the France they knew so well, liberties and rights were rooted in the will of the majority of the populace and set forth in a constitution. But views can change…Continue Reading

Noted Liberals… Seem To Think Pope Francis, Not LBJ, Began “War On Poverty”

January 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on Noted Liberals… Seem To Think Pope Francis, Not LBJ, Began “War On Poverty”

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — It was an all-star panel of leading national liberals come out west to Phoenix to reflect on “economic justice.” Local liberal Lutheran clergyman Rev. Jan Flaaten noted from the stage that the day was January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany — “the coming of wise people from the East,” he said. The audience of nearly 500 people laughed appreciatively in the Great Hall at the Jesuits’ Brophy College Preparatory school. The “Community Conversation on Economic Justice” highlighted Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, commentator and former editor of the Jesuits’ America magazine; Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of the liberal lobbying group NETWORK and author of A Nun on the Bus, and John Carr, veteran…Continue Reading

What Freedom Of Speech?

January 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on What Freedom Of Speech?

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday, January 11 with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers’ comrades. The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of freedom of speech in the West; yet it hardly could have been held in…Continue Reading

A Triumph Of Terrorism

January 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on A Triumph Of Terrorism

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism. Isn’t it pretty to think so. Unfortunately, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins, and their blazing end in a shootout Friday, January 9 was a triumph of terrorism not seen since 9/11. Unlike the Boston Marathon bombing where the Tsarnaevs did not know or care whom they maimed or killed, the attack on Charlie Hebdo by the Kouachi brothers was purposeful and targeted terrorism.

GOP Majority . . . Gets Its Chance To Defang Obama’s War Against Women

January 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on GOP Majority . . . Gets Its Chance To Defang Obama’s War Against Women

By DEXTER DUGGAN Those who urge that the new Republican majority Congress should concentrate on modest, bipartisan measures and avoid getting in fights with Barack Obama are rejecting the message of last November’s “wave” election. The majority of voters, disgusted with Democrat Obama’s lawless agenda, empowered the GOP to fight for them, not to have deceptive garden parties on the White House lawn where politicians blur essential differences and put off decisive reforms forever. That would be more of the smoke and mirrors that left the voters choking in outrage. To give one example, the new Republican Congress should have a bill on Obama’s desk by the beginning of February that repeals the staggeringly awful Obamacare.

The Wanderer Interviews . . . His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke Part ll

January 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on The Wanderer Interviews . . . His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke Part ll

Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo., and as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, during which time he founded the Shrine. His Eminence granted an interview to The Wanderer on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe during which he shared his insights on a variety of topics, including the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family and on the New…Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Notre Dame’s Administration

January 12, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on An Open Letter to Notre Dame’s Administration

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK John Lyon, a retired professor and university administrator with many years of experience, has agreed to share with readers of First Teachers portions of a letter he sent to the administration and board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame. Lyon is an alumnus of the university. His letter addresses the document issued by Notre Dame that established its “Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students.” Lyon argues that Notre Dame is attempting “to negotiate an impossible geometry between the square of Church teaching and general natural law argument about homosexuality, and the circle of pastoral care for the aberrant. To complicate the negotiation, it takes place against the…Continue Reading

“Emangelizing” With Cardinal Burke

January 11, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on “Emangelizing” With Cardinal Burke

By REY FLORES It’s been a growing problem that men have taken a back seat to being the spiritual heads of their own households. This is no accident. This is the result of the rampant social engineering that hates marriage, families, and human life itself. I call it the “Homerization” of our nation, where men are portrayed in popular culture as useless dolts who care for nothing more than their own selfish desires and needs. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: We went from “Father Knows Best” to “Father Knows Nothing.” We have become a soft-in-the-middle army of Homer Simpson-like cartoon characters, asleep on the couch with a TV remote in our hands, as the souls of…Continue Reading

Reflections On Self-Love

January 10, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on Reflections On Self-Love

By ALICE VON HILDEBRAND How should one relate to oneself, being oneself? In other words, what is the love we should have for ourselves and how does this love differ from our love for God and for our neighbors — that we are commanded to love as ourselves? It is a huge topic. All I intend to do is to share a few thoughts that might throw some modest light on this crucial question. One thing is clear: Our relationship to ourselves differs radically from our relationship to God and other persons — all of them being characterized by their I-thou character. Being myself, I cannot possibly have an I-thou relationship with myself. On the other hand, a love of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Condemns “Abhorrent” Terrorist Attack In Paris

January 9, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope Francis Condemns “Abhorrent” Terrorist Attack In Paris

By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Pope Francis denounced the January 7 attack by terrorists at the offices of Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo in a statement released by the Holy See Press Office. The bishops’ conference of France also released a statement condemning the deadly attack. Two hooded men, armed with Kalashnikov submachine guns, stormed the offices and opened fire at journalists, murdering 12. The attack is believed to be in retaliation for caricatures of the prophet Muhammad printed three years ago. A cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was tweeted earlier before the attacks.