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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

Is Putin One Of Us?

December 26, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Putin One Of Us?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative? In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us? While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president’s state of the nation address. With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered.” “They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views, and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Translation: While privacy and freedom of thought, religion, and speech are cherished rights, to equate traditional marriage and same-sex marriage is to equate good with evil.

Thank God For Christmas

December 25, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Thank God For Christmas

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It could be that I am thinking more about what we will experience in the afterlife now that I am over 70, but — you will have to take my word for this — it is something I have batted around in my mind since my early teens. I accept fully Jesus’ promise of an eternal reward for those who believe in Him and follow His word, in a place he described on the cross as “Paradise” to the Good Thief. (I accept as well His warning of an eternal punishment for those who reject Him and live evil lives.) But ever since some Dominican nun informed me in elementary school that it is not a…Continue Reading

Christmas 1945: Peace At Last

December 24, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas 1945: Peace At Last

By MICHAEL D. HULL Finally, as the Christmas season of 1945 arrived, the world was at peace. True, there would be many lesser conflicts and tensions in the coming decades, but World War II — the most far-reaching and devastating period in recorded history — had ended with victory for the Allied democracies. Spirits were high. Fifty-seven Allied and Axis countries had been involved, and the six-year war claimed an estimated 15 million military personnel killed and missing, and twice that number of civilian deaths from bombings, starvation, drownings, and murder.

Non-renewal of Burke and Rigali raises eyebrows

December 23, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Non-renewal of Burke and Rigali raises eyebrows

By Robert Moynihan (Reprinted with permission from Inside The Vatican Magazine) Pope Francis has Vatican-watchers turning somersaults as they parse his every decision in an attempt to gauge the direction he may lead the Church. Today those somersaults almost became back-flips, as a re-shuffling of the membership of the Holy See’s Congregation for Bishops — which chooses all Catholic bishops for the Latin rite around the world — sparked an outpouring of  analysis in the blogosphere. Much of this analysis centered on the non-renewal of the American cardinal, Raymond Burke, considered a liturgical “conservative,” as a member of the Congregation. Official Portrait of Cardinal Burke. source The conclusion tended to be that Pope Francis wants a more “progressive” Congregation in order…Continue Reading

Angels And Christmas

December 23, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Angels And Christmas

By MARIA J. CIRURGIÃO In preparation for this Christmas 2013, many of us will have engaged in traditional decorating — strings of lights, green trees, candles and pine cones, elaborate Nativity scenes. Certainly not forgotten are the angels, those celestial creatures we delight in visualizing as bridging the great divide between Heaven and Earth on a pair of wings. We know better, of course. “Angel,” from the Greek angelos, means simply “messenger.” There is no mention in the New Testament of celestial messengers equipped with celestial wings to navigate Earth’s atmosphere. (I’m excluding here the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, as best left to trained exegetes.) It is also worthy of notice that when, in her mature years, Sr. Lucia…Continue Reading

Garlands In The Sky

December 22, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Garlands In The Sky

By DEREK BECHER The winter winds blew early that year, bringing a record snowfall to Jubilee County. By November, the country roads were impassable, as frosty drifts gathered and grew along the roadsides, especially where the woods crept toward their shoulders. A week later, country residents had already assembled their horse-drawn wagons and sleighs for the first trips into town, which became less frequent because of the duration of the round-trip excursion to Merry Vale. Winter had indeed arrived early, and with the thick blanket of snow that it had brought, it was there to stay. For Marie and her brother, Matthew, that first snowfall brought dreams of Christmas, as always. Before long, their town would be decorated with the…Continue Reading

What Became Of Emperor Obamus . . . After He Closed The Inn That Wouldn’t Kill Babies?

December 21, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on What Became Of Emperor Obamus . . . After He Closed The Inn That Wouldn’t Kill Babies?

By DEXTER DUGGAN Mary and Joseph, tired from their wintry trip, were glad they had their confirmed reservations firmly in hand as they looked at the street signs to find 25 Bethlehem Avenue. Many travelers on the road for the census would be elbowing for room at the inns. With the worship of so many false gods spreading in the land, it was best to seek shelter at a six-star inn you could trust. “Look, Joseph, there it is,” said Mary, as the Child stirred in her womb. “But innkeeper Joshua is nailing his doors shut! What could be wrong?” “See here, we have proof of our reservations,” Joseph told the innkeeper.