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Catholicism In New York City

January 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholicism In New York City

By JIM GRAVES (Editor’s Note: The following interview is reprinted with permission from The Catholic World Report) + + + Rev. George William Rutler 69, is pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City. He was raised in the Episcopal tradition while growing up in the Northeast, and served nine years as an Episcopal priest. He converted to Catholicism in 1979, and was ordained a priest in 1981. He has served in a variety of parishes in New York, and as chaplain for many organizations, including Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. He has served as a retreat master for religious orders, including the Missionaries of Charity. He is a sought-after lecturer, had a television program…Continue Reading

Video Warnings Against Sex Abuse Spin Away From Key Fact

January 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Video Warnings Against Sex Abuse Spin Away From Key Fact

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The male sex predator leers at a computer monitor, then tells his young female target whom he’s “grooming” for abuse, Let’s talk about sex. This isn’t a scene from a PG-13 movie at the local mall multiplex, or a Planned Parenthood video forced into your neighborhood schools. It was in the Catholic “safe environment” training video I was required to watch as a parish volunteer last November — a volunteer role not even involving special contact with minors, but as a eucharistic minister with Catholics generally at regular Masses, a service I’ve performed for a decade. In a society overrun with wall-to-wall entertainment and high-tech graphics, did some diocesan official decide that only vivid dramatizations…Continue Reading

The Shifting Common Ground

January 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Shifting Common Ground

By DONALD DeMARCO Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, who brought abortion to his country, is campaigning to become prime minister of Canada. In an apparent attempt to bolster his chances, he has produced a memoir entitled, Common Ground. Jean Chrétien, a former prime minister of Canada, produced Straight From the Heart, a memoir that came straight from the pen of a ghostwriter. One does not put much stock in the sincerity of political memoirs these days. One reviewer compares Trudeau’s book to what has been said of President Obama’s oratory: “It sails because it has no weight.” It is platitudinous, vague, and rhetorical. But these are not its major weaknesses. It is essentially contradictory with a degree of transparency…Continue Reading

Scholar Says . . . Sectarian Violence Endangers Egyptian Heritage

January 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Scholar Says . . . Sectarian Violence Endangers Egyptian Heritage

By ANN SCHNEIBLE ROME (ZENIT) — The increase in sectarian violence against Egypt’s Christian communities endangers not only the country’s ancient Christian heritage, but also the cultural, social, and political dimensions of society. This was one of the assertions made by political scientist and sociologist Mariz Tadros, one of the 30 experts invited to speak on the theme of religious freedom at an international conference: “Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” The conference, which took place over the weekend of December 14, was organized by Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project, in collaboration with the Acton Institute, and hosted by the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.

Obama Throws Fidel A Rope

January 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Obama Throws Fidel A Rope

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami told you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross before his Communist jailers killed him, along with an American spy, in exchange for three members of a Cuban espionage ring. Had we left it at that, the deal would have been fine. But Obama threw in an admission that all nine presidents before him pursued a “failed policy.” Calling for recognition of the Castro regime as the legitimate government of Cuba, Obama said, “Isolation has not worked.” “Not worked”? What is he talking about? Isolating…Continue Reading

The Knockout Game

December 31, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Knockout Game

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you are a viewer of the Fox News Channel — the programs hosted by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, and Greta Van Susteren, especially — you know what the “knockout game” is. The station has given great emphasis to the video clips of young black men approaching white passersby and knocking them to the ground with a single blow to the face; the objective of the assailants is to prove their manhood and earn some chuckles from their peers by rendering the victim unconscious with one sucker punch. Yeah: real tough guys. The film clips are available because the assailants post the videos on the Internet, in an attempt to garner admiration for their…Continue Reading

How Much Of Your Life Should Government Track?

December 30, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on How Much Of Your Life Should Government Track?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The zeal and expertise of the federal government in using modern technology is not evenly distributed across all its functions — legitimate and otherwise. Our government cannot build a web site to efficiently sell insurance to people whom it has compelled by law to buy insurance, but it can collect the domestic phone records of Americans and store them for years in a massive database. That database is theoretically so efficient — as opposed to the Obamacare web site — that the government can use it to track down terrorists operating clandestinely in the United States. “Through targeted computerized searches of those metadata records, the NSA tries to discern connections between terrorist organizations and previously unknown…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Fatally Flawed Portrayal Of Jesus

December 29, 2013 Frontpage 1 Comment

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Killing Jesus: A History, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Henry Holt and Company (New York: 2013); 304 pages. The authors of this bestseller are the well-known TV pundit of The Factor on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, and screenwriter Martin Dugard who have collaborated on the bestsellers Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. In Killing Jesus, they confess themselves Catholics who were educated in religious schools and say they are “historical investigators” who have written a “fact-based book” on Jesus of Nazareth, having sought, moreover, to “separate fact from myth” (p. 273) in the life of “the most influential man who ever lived” (p. 1). They declare: “We have the narrative of the Gospels. But this is not…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Doctor Shows . . . How Abortionists Toss Facts In Trash Along With Babies

December 28, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Pro-Life Doctor Shows . . . How Abortionists Toss Facts In Trash Along With Babies

By DEXTER DUGGAN In the blood-drenched world of permissive abortion, suppression of fact is as routine as destruction of innocent human life. While its aging defenders say abortion helps their daughters and granddaughters, they never seem to notice that tens of millions of the aborted infants are female, too — their own granddaughters and great-granddaughters, who don’t benefit at all from the procedure. Nor does it seem to occur to the abortion champions that they, too, once were unborn babies whose lives, to listen to their own words, were of no consequence whatever, valueless, and could have been terminated at the snap of a finger. Could they actually believe that about their own existence? The abortion movement, much like the…Continue Reading

The Greatest Gift

December 27, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Greatest Gift

By REY FLORES Alcoholism is a killer, as many Catholic heroes have told us while providing the answers to the problem through their own lives and examples. For many of us during the holidays, we are invited to parties, get-togethers, and other events where alcohol may be served, and that is fine for some, but definitely not for all. For the alcoholic, it’s always “the holidays” — no party invitation needed. Alcoholics don’t need an excuse or a reason to drink. Drinking is many times the only option, or so some like to think. We might say, “I’m stressed,” or “it helps me deal with a problem,” or “nobody understands me,” as excuses, weak ones at that, to overindulge in…Continue Reading