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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.

Catholics Must Reject Common Core

December 20, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholics Must Reject Common Core

By REY FLORES I always found it amusing how the Archie Bunker character in the old All in the Family TV sitcom used to refer to the adherents of modernist culture as either a “pinko” or a “commie.” The very liberal television producer Norman Lear presented the Bunker character as a bigoted and angry lout who represented the dying, intolerant, and ugly past, while his liberal son-in-law, the Meathead, represented a just new world, tolerant and diverse. While the Bunker character was neither Catholic nor even a practicing Protestant, Lear presented him as an out-of-touch Christian who hated anyone who wasn’t a WASP. While we are certainly no Archie Bunkers, the proponents of the new federal education curriculum known as…Continue Reading

Christmas: Peace Or Passivity?

December 19, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas: Peace Or Passivity?

By DONALD DeMARCO Peace, although universally desirable, remains intellectually problematic. I recall inviting a group of 25 or so university students to give me a working definition of peace. Despite their sincere and studied attempts, they could not offer me a single image of peace that was positive. Peace, for them, was the absence of war, strife, conflict, problems, interruptions, frustrations, and so on. Peace, according to their provisional definitions, was indistinguishable from anesthesia. It was a synonym for Requiescat in pace. Christmas is about peace in its positivity. Mary is the Queen of Peace. Her Child is a bearer of peace. At Christmastime, our hearts should be filled with peace. We may begin our understanding of the positive quality…Continue Reading

The Story Of The Star Of Bethlehem

December 18, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off on The Story Of The Star Of Bethlehem

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Around this time of year, articles and stories appear in the media on the subject of the Star of Bethlehem. Quite often they focus on the astronomical state of the heavens at the time of Christ’s birth and try to show that some natural phenomenon can be held to be responsible for the appearance of the star — a comet, a supernova, or a conjunction of stars or planets. If we examine the biblical text, however, it becomes clear that it isn’t quite so easy to categorize the Star in this way, and that the truth may well turn out to be far more intriguing. The references to the Star are found in St. Matthew’s Gospel,…Continue Reading