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Piling On Sean Spicer

April 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Piling On Sean Spicer

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There are two logical ways that Sean Spicer could have responded when he was attacked for his statement, “Even Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II,” which Spicer made during his condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of poison gas against his own people. The first is the way Spicer did respond; the second is the way I think he wanted to respond. The critics piled on Spicer. They accused him of anti-Semitism, of insensitivity, with being ignorant. They demanded his resignation, contending that only an evil man or a dunce could have said what he said in light of Hitler’s use of poison gas in the concentration camps against European Jews.…Continue Reading

Loving Our Teenagers

April 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Loving Our Teenagers

By REY FLORES When our daughters were still little, my wife Mary and I swore up and down that we would never refer to our children as “teenagers” once they reached their teenage years. We both got it in our heads and pontificated to anyone who would listen that we would teach our children to be “young adults” instead of “teenagers.” The term “young adult” seemed to carry a sense of responsibility with older generations — before the term “teenager” came into the modern vernacular. As children in past generations hit puberty, they also were expected to start behaving more like young ladies and gentlemen. The Baby Boomer generation was the first generation to be labeled as teenagers. They are…Continue Reading

Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

April 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

By DEXTER DUGGAN The 12-month calendar on your kitchen wall probably didn’t have space enough on the little square for the 18th of April to enter everything happening that day to help the conservative agenda of Donald Trump. Not only did the president underline his positive pro-American economic agenda by traveling to a Kenosha, Wis., manufacturer to speak, but also the anti-Trump media’s swooning love song for a liberal political hopeful in Georgia hit a sour note when Democrat Jon Ossoff was forced into a June runoff election for a U.S. House seat. The same day, an unfortunate double reminder of the dangerous times of terrorism that Trump fights against occurred when a gunman with a Muslim name and rhetoric…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

April 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “Bob was a hopeful man. Of course, he wasn’t an optimist” — Fr. Paul Scalia, presiding at the funeral of Judge Robert Bork (December 22, 2012). + + + As prefect for the Congregation of the Faith, Gerhard Cardinal Müller bears the responsibility of defending the truths of the Magisterium from error. In recent years, that task has become more difficult, for reasons addressed in The Cardinal Müller Report (Ignatius Press, $17.95: visit www.ignatius.com, or call 1-800-651-1531), which appears this month. First, some background. In 1985, Ignatius published the powerful Ratzinger Report, an extended interview by Vittorio Messori with the then-cardinal prefect of the same congregation. The Müller Report follows the same format, as an interview with…Continue Reading

Will Christianity Perish In Its Birthplace?

April 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Christianity Perish In Its Birthplace?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) Those are among Jesus’ last words on the cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm. And today, in lands where Christ lived and taught and beyond where the Christian faith was born and nourished, the words echo. For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin. President Donald Trump, outraged by pictures of infants and children who had perished in the…Continue Reading

In Mali . . . Four Arrested In Kidnapping Of Nun

April 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on In Mali . . . Four Arrested In Kidnapping Of Nun

BAMAKO, Mali (CNA/EWTN News) — Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing. According to the Associated Press, a judge in the country charged four individuals the first week of April. Sr. Cecilia Argoti Narvaez was originally from Colombia but worked in Mali until she was kidnapped earlier this year. Her fate is still unknown. Armed men kidnapped Sr. Cecilia in the southern Mali city of Karangasso on February 7. The men forced Sr. Cecilia to hand over the keys to the community’s ambulance. The vehicle was later found abandoned. Three other sisters were present at their house but escaped. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate,…Continue Reading

Mike Pence And Sr. Mary Francis

April 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Mike Pence And Sr. Mary Francis

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One of the topics that comes up frequently on social media is the high school dances chaperoned by the nuns back in the 1950s and 1960s. You frequently see comments about how the nuns would roam the dance floor making sure that couples were not dancing too close during the slow dances, instructing them to “leave some room for the Holy Ghost.” I am not sure if these comments are made good-naturedly in fond recollections of the innocent days of the past, or in criticism of the “prudish” attitudes of the nuns. Probably both perspectives are in play. I must say, though, that when I see these comments, I can’t help but wonder what the people…Continue Reading

The Great Divorce… Vladimir Putin And The American Left

April 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Great Divorce… Vladimir Putin And The American Left

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I never thought I would see anything like the hostility between the American left and Vladimir Putin. For my entire life I have listened to liberal Democrats, academics, and journalists criticize Americans who harbored an “irrational fear” of the former Soviet Union, who “saw Communists under every bed,” who suspected their fellow Americans of being “Communist sympathizers” without credible evidence. That was Joseph McCarthy’s great sin, we were told, what made him a man “without decency” and a threat to our democratic values. Yet now the leading liberals are saying the same things about Russia and Putin. They charge him with undermining our elections, of suborning operatives in the Trump campaign for the presidency, of manipulating…Continue Reading

The Not-So-Friendly Skies

April 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Not-So-Friendly Skies

By REY FLORES Being merciful and practicing charity are both easier said than done. Anyone who travels through airports and on airplanes knows this all too well. It is one thing for passengers to be impatient, rude, and ornery, but when any professional staffers at an airport or on an airplane get heavy-handed, that’s a whole new ballgame. You have probably already heard all about the United Airlines passenger who was asked to deplane last week because the airline needed seats for four of its employees. When the passenger refused to exit, he was literally dragged off the plane, kicking and screaming. This whole fiasco was caught on video and of course spread virally online. In the video captured by…Continue Reading

Not A Butterfly World . . . Will Trump’s New Foreign Path Follow Ruts Of Others’ Failures?

April 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Not A Butterfly World . . . Will Trump’s New Foreign Path Follow Ruts Of Others’ Failures?

By DEXTER DUGGAN Walking to church for evening stations of the cross on a Lenten April 7, I saw two tiny white butterflies playfully circling each other as I waited for the stoplight before crossing a busy street. Like my sister, I think of a butterfly sighting as a little reminder from God for carefree trust, often hard to attain in a world shuddering under the Devil’s thrusts. Regardless of whatever is actually in the colorful bug’s minuscule mind, its fluttering from flower to flower in apparent abandonment to the moment suggests faith and assurance. And this Friday sighting was even better because there were two of the little fellas in tandem. Fanciful thoughts occurred of a boyfriend and girlfriend…Continue Reading