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Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!

July 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION This week we celebrate the 49th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the brave and beautiful encyclical of Blessed Paul VI promulgated on July 25, 1968. Brave? Absolutely. This eloquent articulation of the teaching of the Church and the fundamentals of the Natural Law constituted a direct challenge to what Pope Benedict has called “the spirit of the age.” And the reaction of that decadent and resentful age demonstrates just how brave it was — Francis Cardinal Stafford, a young Baltimore priest in 1968, describes the pain suffered by the defenders of the faith that year as “Gethsemane.” And beautiful? How could it not be? The gentle, clear, but firm unfolding of the mystery of sacramental marriage and its…Continue Reading

You Might Be A Liberal If…

July 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on You Might Be A Liberal If…

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have no idea if Jeff Foxworthy is displeased with all the take-offs on his popular “You might be a redneck if . . . ” one-liners that float around the Internet. The versions that I see most often are entitled something like “You might be a liberal if . . .”, or “You might be a Democrat if . . .” Perhaps Foxworthy likes the publicity. Or he could resent the manner in which political views that may not be his own are linked to him. I can’t imagine that Foxworthy would want to alienate half the people of the United States. His digs at working-class Southerners, found in his best-selling books and standup comedy…Continue Reading

For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?

July 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?

By REY FLORES Pontius Pilate once asked, “What is truth?” Today I ask you, “What is wealth?” Forbes magazine just released their list of the wealthiest counties in the United States. In their report titled, “Greater Washington has half of the nation’s richest counties,” coming in at number one is Loudon County in Virginia. Not surprisingly, it’s a short 36 miles away from Washington, D.C., the capital of the entire Free World. Not trailing too far behind are Falls Church, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties respectively, and Howard County, Md. — also all a stone’s throw away from Washington, D.C. The remaining richest counties on the Forbes list are Douglas County in Colorado, Los Alamos County in New Mexico, Williamson County…Continue Reading

Will Dems Warn GOP To “Honor John”?. . . McCain’s Medical Surprise Adds Turmoil To Senate Ills

July 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Dems Warn GOP To “Honor John”?. . . McCain’s Medical Surprise Adds Turmoil To Senate Ills

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Politics shouldn’t take too long to give its twist to the surprise announcement here that Sen. John McCain has aggressive brain cancer. Although initial reaction from both sides of the aisle praised McCain and expressed hopes for his recovery — sometimes even sincerely — how long could it be before Republicans were warned by liberal Democrats to truly honor the Arizona senator by working with them to improve, not replace, Obamacare? A quick look around the web after the cancer announcement was made later in the day on July 19, Wednesday, didn’t show this line was being pushed yet. But it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t be taken up shortly, even before this hard-copy issue…Continue Reading

The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

July 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians . . . there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. . . . There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark.” Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russians — in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton’s…Continue Reading

The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

July 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

By ALBERTO CAROSA In his homily at Santa Marta on June 26, Pope Francis called upon faithful to be open to “God’s surprises,” and certainly he knew what he was talking about, if we think at the “surprise” appointment of the first Scandinavian cardinal in the history of the Church. The bishop of Stockholm, Carmelite Anders Arborelius, an ethnic Swede who could not have been a more ideal representative of what Pope Francis uses to term the “Church of the Peripheries,” received his red hat in the consistory on Wednesday, June 28, in Rome, the eve of the solemn feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The Church in Sweden has been in the news on a number of occasions…Continue Reading

The Trinity Lutheran Case

July 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Trinity Lutheran Case

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Earlier this spring, we featured a discussion in First Teachers of the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, which was scheduled at the time to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The verdict is in. The court issued a 7-2 decision favoring Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26; it should be of great consequence in the debate over taxpayer-assistance to students who attend schools run by religious groups. Before discussing the court’s decision, let’s review the specifics of the case. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., operates a day care and preschool. The school applied to a state grant program that helps nonprofit institutions pay for the installation of rubber playground surfaces. The Missouri…Continue Reading

The Age Of Autonomy

July 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Age Of Autonomy

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you have not yet discovered the writings of Andrew J. Bacevich, you owe it to yourself to look into them. Do an Internet search; you will find dozens of his articles and columns that you will be able to download, in publications as diverse as The American Conservative, Commonweal, and The Nation. You will not always agree with what you read. Bacevich is an independent thinker, but always informative and thoughtful, worth your while. He is a retired Army officer who served in both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, the author of several books and numerous articles, also a professor emeritus from Boston University. He identifies himself publicly as a “conservative Catholic.” Bacevich’s…Continue Reading

Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

July 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

By DEXTER DUGGAN UPDATE: The Charlie Gard hearing was expected to continue beyond July 13. The London-based Daily Mirror reported that Justice Nicholas Francis called it “extremely unlikely” a conclusion in the case would be reached that day, and that a “quick decision must not be at the expense of fairness.” Earlier in the day, Baby Charlie’s parents angrily left the courtroom after the judge referred to something he contended the parents said three months ago. Father Chris Gard reportedly exclaimed, “I thought this was supposed to be independent” — apparently referring to the new hearing not being held to “rake over” past proceedings. When the parents returned to the courtroom, the judge apologized to them and said they would…Continue Reading

It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

July 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

By REY FLORES And He said to His disciples: “It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come.” “It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones” (Luke 17:1, 2) + + + For several years now, many of my Catholic and pro-life colleagues and friends have been writing about the ongoing diabolical campaign by the sex-obsessed secularists and homosexual radical left to introduce young people and children to acts of sexual depravity and eternal damnation. The most popular book utilized by purveyors of evil like Planned Parenthood and the National Education Association…Continue Reading