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The Optimist And The Activist

April 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Optimist And The Activist

By DONALD DeMARCO Before we were about to set forth on a three-week vacation, my wife and I thought we would make sure our house was secure by having our furnace and hot water heater checked. In these matters, my one-and-only and I differ considerably. Her motto is “Replace It,” while mine is “Let’s Wait.” She is pro-active; I am pro-crastinating. The duo of technicians who arrived on the scene presented us with some dire news. The furnace, being long in the tooth, was “tripping,” a condition, we were told, that could suddenly start a fire. We were advised to remove all flammable objects that were close to the furnace. I envisioned removing the house and then isolating the furnace…Continue Reading

Women Priests: Why Not?

April 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Women Priests: Why Not?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 2 God chose the men who were going to minister in His Temple, the Levites. They did not choose God. It was a calling, not a human right. God loved all twelve tribes of Israel, but only one received the privilege to be the cradle of the Messias. What did the tribe of Judah do to deserve that? Nothing. God freely chose it. The tribe of Judah is mentioned other times to indicate its uniqueness in God’s sight. For instance: After the schism following the death of Solomon, “There as none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only” (1 Kings 12:20). “Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and…Continue Reading

Glenn Beck Takes On The Culture

April 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Glenn Beck Takes On The Culture

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It appears that Glenn Beck is undertaking a project that has needed undertaking for a long time. My hunch is that Americans under the age of 50 will find it hard to believe that there was a time when the films and television programs with the largest audiences championed patriotism and traditional values. It was not always the case that the “heroes” were scruffy and peevish leftists and the “leading ladies” took off their clothes and slept with whatever passing man caught their fancy. The films of the past were not agitprop for the counterculture. And that fact helped make the United States a better country. Popular entertainment shapes attitudes, especially of the young. It can…Continue Reading

“Jamming”

March 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on “Jamming”

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Eileen Burke Miller of Damascus, Md., has forwarded to First Teachers a discussion she posted on the blog site Ordained Praise (http://ordainedpraise-homeschoolmom.blogspot.com/2014/01/disagreement-is-not-judgement.html). Mrs. Burke Miller’s column focuses on a tactic that homosexual activists are using in an attempt to disarm those with traditional beliefs in the debate about sex and marriage that is now center in the public square. It is a tactic that is likely to influence young people who have been surrounded their whole lives with the message that it is a grave injustice to be “intolerant” and “judgmental” of their fellow Americans. The implications are serious. No exaggeration: If the homosexual activists succeed, we will find it a hate crime to speak publicly…Continue Reading

The Ongoing Alinskyian Infiltration Of Our Parishes

March 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Ongoing Alinskyian Infiltration Of Our Parishes

By REY FLORES While we are once again distracted by the USCCB’s annual and troublesome Operation Rice Bowl, secular political operatives are running around parishes throughout the country corralling Catholics into voting for political candidates and agendas that defy the Catholic faith. In the latest reports coming into my inbox, we have the always troubling Pax Christi up to its usual shenanigans in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Here is exactly what one fellow Catholic shared with me in her reaction to the Pax Christi infiltration:

Women Priests: Why Not?

March 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Women Priests: Why Not?

  By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 On May 22, 1994, Pope John Paul II issued the apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, in which he closed down the debate on the ordination of women to the priesthood. It was the feast of St. Rita, the patroness of impossible cases, a great woman of faith and fidelity to God’s law and a lover of the cross of Jesus Christ. I was living in New Zealand in those days, and was able to witness the reaction to the apostolic letter launched by some disgruntled feminists. A leader of such a group of women unhappy with the Pope’s teaching was Dr. Anna Holmes, well-known in the Diocese of Christchurch.

The Pope, The President, And The Right To Life

March 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Pope, The President, And The Right To Life

By FR. FRANK PAVONE (Editor’s Note: Fr. Frank Pavone is the national director of Priests for Life. This commentary on the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama is reprinted with permission from priestsforlife.org. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Pope Francis and President Obama met in Rome today, and the meeting has naturally generated commentary, both before and after the fact, including by the president himself at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. I am confident that the meeting itself will bear good fruit. I am not so confident that the commentary about it will bear as much fruit. What I mean is that I believe we are heading for a media and blogosphere circus in which…Continue Reading

As We Seethe Against The Elite . . . Book Notes How Abortion Destroys Nations’ Values

March 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on As We Seethe Against The Elite . . . Book Notes How Abortion Destroys Nations’ Values

By DEXTER DUGGAN Like many others, observer Robert W. Merry is looking for the answer to “when will the American people rise up politically with a full-throated cry of ‘Give us back our democracy’? That, incidentally, is one of the most powerful recurrent themes of our history.” At The National Interest journal’s web site on March 24, its political editor, Merry, looking for the rise of “the political volcano,” wrote that “seldom in our history has there been such a gap between the sensibilities of the American people and the willingness of government officials to ignore and trample those sensibilities.” Also on March 24, at National Review Online, political writer Quin Hillyer reported that “on issue after issue nationwide,” Louisiana…Continue Reading

Bill De Blasio And Subsidiarity

March 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Bill De Blasio And Subsidiarity

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We are taught from childhood to not assume the worst about those who disagree with us; to consider the likelihood that they are motivated by good intentions, even when we are convinced that their recommendations would make things a mess. I have been trying to do that in regard to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign against New York City’s charter schools. (Charter schools are privately run but publicly financed schools, operating separately from the red tape and union rules that hamstring the public schools.)

The Importance Of March 25

March 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Importance Of March 25

By DONALD DeMARCO March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day that Mary said “yes” to conceiving Christ. Consistent with the inaugural day of Christ’s life in her womb, the Nativity, or birth of Christ, is exactly nine months later, on December 25. March 25, appropriately, is the International Day of the Unborn Child, in agreement with the notion that human life begins at conception. Also, on this date, March 25 (in 1995), Blessed John Paul II issued Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Toward the end of this most important encyclical, the Holy Father refers to Mary’s second “yes” that she made on the day of the cross. “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom…Continue Reading