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Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

December 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are committed to a new relationship. Not only was this initiative defensible, it proved successful. Putin accepted the loss of his diplomats and country houses on Long Island and the Eastern Shore. Rather than expel U.S. diplomats in retaliation, he invited them and their families to the Kremlin’s New Year’s parties. “Great…Continue Reading

May One Do Evil That Good May Come Of It?

December 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on May One Do Evil That Good May Come Of It?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that a “good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just” (n. 1753). In teaching this, the Catechism reaffirms the teaching of St. Paul, as St. Thomas explains: “Someone might steal to feed the poor; his intention is right, but he is lacking the requisite good will. So no evil can be excused because it is done with a good intention (Romans 3:8): ‘Those who [say we] say “Let…Continue Reading

Reclaiming Christmas

December 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Reclaiming Christmas

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Two thousand years ago, Rome was the center of the civilized world — economically, commercially, socially, militarily. Its material greatness, however, was accompanied by moral depravity. Prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, same-sex unions, other lustful perversions, and suicide were accepted. Does not the permissiveness of that ancient culture appear familiar? As we in America — and indeed the West — strive for material greatness, are we not recreating a pagan moral climate? The Roman world changed, however. On a day now known as Christmas, the “Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” God came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, the Second Person of God…Continue Reading

The Modern Tower Of Babel

December 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Modern Tower Of Babel

By SHAUN KENNEY The Tower of Babel has always been one of my favorite stories of the Holy Bible. A bunch of people literally build a skyscraper in the desert only for God to confuse their speech, thus rendering the project useless for the simple reason that no one can communicate. Of course, Google Translate isn’t perfect, but the degree of interaction we enjoy by means of the Internet has certainly edged us closer to the idea of a Babel. Perhaps this is where the interest in the story becomes the interest of the modern day. Babel was the birth of nations, and perhaps was even the birth of the ancient city of Babylon where the Ziggurat — a 300-foot-tall…Continue Reading

A Scouting We Will Go…Or Not

December 4, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Scouting We Will Go…Or Not

By MIKE MANNO “Our greatest responsibility as a church is to the children and young people in our care. We have a limited time and number of opportunities to impact the formation of our young people. It is essential that all youth programs in our parishes affirm virtues and values consistent with our Catholic faith.” So said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kans., announcing his decision to terminate the archdiocese’s relationship with the Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) in a statement May 1. Fifteen months earlier, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson made a similar decision — not banning the scouts — but asking pastors which allow Girl Scout troops to meet on parish property to review concerns arising out of…Continue Reading

Janet Napolitano Scandal . . . Another Look At Elite’s Heavy Back-Scratching Leaving Nation Bleeding

December 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Janet Napolitano Scandal . . . Another Look At Elite’s Heavy Back-Scratching Leaving Nation Bleeding

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Sometimes it helps to be up close to understand a situation. As Thanksgiving approached, the international news agency AFP ran a weather story about the U.S. Southwest being expected to “sizzle” for the holiday, with Phoenix to “swelter” at 88 degrees. Maybe 88 sounds bad at the U.S. news-editing desk back in humidity-heavy Washington, D.C., but that temperature is a November delight with sunny skies in usually low-humidity Phoenix. Most of November 2017 here had highs in the 80s, and residents were smiling. Getting this kind of reward is the reason we’re willing to suffer through the summers. Summer weather has highs 20 or more degrees above 88, and often higher humidity. But if you…Continue Reading

Two Great Books For Christmas

December 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Two Great Books For Christmas

By CHRISTOPHER MANION (Editor’s Note: For readers looking for a good book to give as a gift for Christmas, Christopher Manion offers two suggestions below.) + + + A Detailed Approach To Finding The Best Catholic College The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (Manassas, VA: The Cardinal Newman Society, $24.95. Visit cardinalnewmansociety.org or call 703-367-0333 ext. 117). This latest edition of a perennial favorite offers indispensable resources for families looking for an orthodox college education. And these schools aren’t carbon copies at all; as the introduction tells us, “the fine institutions recommended in this Guide are unique, each with [its] own special charism, approach to education, and campus culture.” These considerations — orthodoxy combined with a variety of…Continue Reading

Why Roy Moore Matters

December 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Roy Moore Matters

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls December 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they need only two more to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bork. Today, the GOP, holding Congress and the White House, has a narrow path to capture the Third Branch, the Supreme Court, and to dominate the…Continue Reading

Washington Metro Catches Catholic Church Sending Message

November 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Washington Metro Catches Catholic Church Sending Message

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Just over a month ago, an organization sent the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority an advertisement it was ready to pay good money to post on the backs and sides of Metro buses. The ad used only four words: “Find the Perfect Gift.” These words were spelt out in the main message of the proposed ad as well as in a web address (FindThePerfectGift.org) printed beside it. Two of the words also appeared in a social-media hashtag printed at the bottom of the ad (#PerfectGift). Now had this advertisement been produced by Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Target…Continue Reading

The Passing Of A Christian Poet

November 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Passing Of A Christian Poet

By DONALD DeMARCO “Publishing a book of poetry,” said Don Marquis, a poet of distinction in his own right, “is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” Poetry seems sadly out of place in a fast-paced world that is dominated by technology. The poet is not lauded in our time and his passing occurs with little public fanfare. Yet, poetry, as Robert Frost reminds us, “is a way of remembering what it would impoverish us to forget.” What is so vitally important can be so easily neglected. We might add that it would impoverish us not to know what our contemporary poets are trying to tell us. Richard Purdy Wilbur, a name that…Continue Reading