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Escape Poverty . . . Graduate, Work, Get Married, Have Kids

January 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Escape Poverty . . . Graduate, Work, Get Married, Have Kids

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Fifty years ago today, in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Over the next two years, he massively expanded the federal government, creating Medicaid, Medicare, and the food stamp program, and increased federal involvement in public education. What impact did this have on poverty? In the mid-1960s, as measured by the Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in poverty was on its way down, dropping from 22.4 percent in 1959 to 14.7 percent by 1966. Yet, since Johnson declared his war on poverty in 1964, the poverty rate has never dropped below 11.1 percent (the level it hit in 1973) and there has been…Continue Reading

Reconciling Acceptance With Transformation

January 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Reconciling Acceptance With Transformation

By DONALD DeMARCO A common complaint directed at Blessed John Paul was that his sentences were too long. In defense of the former Pontiff, his mind was philosophical and he wanted to express complete thoughts that were not subject to misinterpretation. The common complaint directed now at Pope Francis is that his sentences are too short and very much open to misinterpretation. In defense of the reigning Pontiff, he wants to speak to the common man and make his point sharply and succinctly.

No Need To Be Morally Disarmed: Say What You Think

January 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on No Need To Be Morally Disarmed: Say What You Think

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK You can see the reaction in politicians and clergymen, parents and educators, even in white students talking about their minority classmates: Whenever the difference in performance between blacks and whites and Asians on standardized tests comes up for discussion, middle-class whites tend to fidget a bit and look for a way to change the topic. It is not hard to understand why. There is a pattern: People are labeled as racists if they take note of the low scores of blacks and Hispanics on these tests as part of the explanation for the underperformance of these groups in class rankings and graduation rates. The black writer Thomas Sowell has come to the rescue of the browbeaten…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Lay Apostolate Defined

January 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… The Lay Apostolate Defined

By REY FLORES The Layperson’s Distinctive Role by Francis Cardinal Arinze. Ignatius Press: 2013, 118 pages. Available at ignatius.com or by calling 1-800-651-1531 as either a paperback or an electronic book download. Witness to Honest Living — “In many countries, corruption is becoming widespread in fields like high finance, politics, civil service, trade and commerce and even sports. This is a big challenge to harmonious living, mutual trust and steady economic development. Christians cannot remain indifferent in front of this virus. And it is the lay faithful who are in the front line to give witness to honest living. They can achieve much individually and in organized groups” — Francis Cardinal Arinze. +    +    + The above is an excerpt…Continue Reading

Inequality — Crisis Or Scam

January 5, 2014 Frontpage 1 Comment

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong — with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution — had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere. That is, until Pol Pot came along. There seemed to be no private cars on Beijing’s streets. In the stores, there was next to nothing on the shelves. The Chinese all seemed dressed in the same blue Mao jackets. Today there are billionaires and millionaires in China, booming cities, a huge growing middle class and, yes, hundreds of millions of peasants still living on a few dollars a day. Hence, there is far greater inequality in China today than in 1972. Yet, is not…Continue Reading

Looking Ahead at the World in 2014

January 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Looking Ahead at the World in 2014

By John J. Metzler BENNINGTON, Vermont — It’s that time to consult the snow globe and try to peer ahead at some of the key stories, crises, and opportunities which await the world as we prepare for a new year. Indeed 2013 has been marred by new levels of violence, humanitarian disasters, and a perceptible lack of leadership from the U.S. on the foreign policy front. So what are we looking at in the year ahead? Sadly the Middle East remains in the forefront of senseless and often sectarian violence. Syria’s civil war continues unabated, both as a nexus of competing proxy forces, Islamic fundamentalist fighters, and the widening humanitarian disaster befalling the civilian population. Though the Obama Administration nearly…Continue Reading

Does U.S. Foreign Policy Fuel Global Refugee Crisis?

January 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Does U.S. Foreign Policy Fuel Global Refugee Crisis?

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Throughout the nine months of his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of the growing global refugee crisis — a crisis which shows no signs of abating. According to the latest report by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNs’ refugee agency, released December 20, there are more than 45 million refugees worldwide, a jump of five million over the past year, and nearly three times the number in 1981 when the Pontifical Council Cor Unum addressed the growing problem in a message titled, Refugees: A Challenge To Solidarity. The UNs’ High Commission for Refugees warned that 2013 was set to be a banner year for refugees, with the “highest levels…Continue Reading

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