Saturday 22nd September 2018

Home » Frontpage » Recent Articles:

Women Priests…Why Not?… Understanding The Catholic Priesthood

April 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Women Priests…Why Not?… Understanding The Catholic Priesthood

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 Here in the United States, there was a time when slavery was legal. Slaves did not have the right to vote and to be voted into public office. With the end of slavery, in due course the ex-slaves were recognized as citizens and entitled to vote and be voted into public office. In the Catholic Church, women are not entitled to be ordained to the priesthood. Is this parallel correct? If this situation ever comes to an end, will they be entitled to be priests, bishops, and even. . . ? Here is the question: Is the Christian priesthood a human right, like voting in a republic, or is it a privilege, given…Continue Reading

Finnish Scholar In Rome . . . A Non-Catholic Sets The Catholic Record Straight

April 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Finnish Scholar In Rome . . . A Non-Catholic Sets The Catholic Record Straight

By ALBERTO CAROSA ROME — Villa Lante al Gianicolo, located on one of the many picturesque hills of Rome with a unique view of the eternal city, is probably one of the best-preserved Renaissance villas in the city and is the property of Finland. This stately mansion houses the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Finland’s cultural institute, and the Finnish Embassy to the Holy See. One of the main purposes of a cultural institute is obviously to arrange cultural events, such as the conference, “Pilgrims or Benefice Hunters? Ordination of Finnish Clergy in the Fifteenth Century Roman Curia.” It was held there February 19, under the auspices of the institute’s current director, Tuomas Heikkilä, a professor of history attached to the University…Continue Reading

Sticks And Stones Can Break My Bones

April 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Sticks And Stones Can Break My Bones

By ROBERT L. HALE (Editor’s Note: This article is copyright (c) 2014 by Robert L. Hale and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, fgfbooks.com. All rights reserved. Hale is founder and director of a nonprofit public-interest law firm.) +    +    + “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” That was what we said as kids in America’s insensitive days. Back then, we all learned that there are bullies, brats, smart mouths, and plain idiots in the world. And we simply ignored their foolish rhetoric and moved forward with our lives. Today, the politically correct — those with little or nothing to do — believe words are the most harmful, hateful, and dangerous things one person can…Continue Reading

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