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Save The Date — International Pronouns Day!

October 2, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Save The Date — International Pronouns Day!

By MIKE MANNO October is that time when you will be assaulted by all sorts of political ads, battling politicians, and the ongoing battle between intra and interstate pigskin rivalries that give cover to fan boasts for the next year. To take our minds off the politicians — never off football — October also gives us the beautiful change of scenery as the fall foliage replaces summer’s growth. In October we also celebrate Columbus Day — a politically incorrect (not to me) remembrance of an Italian’s discovery of the New World. (Honesty requires me to note that Leif Erikson Day is also celebrated in October, but he only discovered Canada, so no big deal.) National Cat Day is also in…Continue Reading

Church Bureaucrats’ Bad Faith . . . Allows Anti-Kavanaugh Dems To Move Far From Their Morals

October 1, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Church Bureaucrats’ Bad Faith . . . Allows Anti-Kavanaugh Dems To Move Far From Their Morals

By DEXTER DUGGAN National Democrats and their allies grew increasingly incredible in attacking President Trump’s Catholic Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because, at the heart of their animosity, they feared his being pro-life. Strange but true that their virulent attachment to abortion arose in a political party with Catholic sympathies not so far in the past. However, various Catholic Church bureaucrats and bishops let those ties grow dim in recent decades even while the secular radicals who call the party’s tune today asserted themselves ever more forcefully within Democrat structures. Kavanaugh emerged intact from his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings in early September despite pro-abortion troops’ babbling efforts to damage him. Only after the time for presenting the evidence on…Continue Reading

Prelates And The Party: Some Considerations

September 30, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Prelates And The Party: Some Considerations

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Isn’t it amazing that the Catholic Church was once the Democrat Party’s strongest ally? In 1916, Democrats could rely on Cardinal Gibbons sternly to instruct Catholics to support U.S. entry into “the War to end all Wars,” even as Woodrow Wilson was promising to stay out of it (at least until he had won the 1916 presidential election). In 1940, Democrats could rely on Bishop Hurley of St. Augustine to advocate U.S. entry into another European war even as FDR was promising “again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” For the first sixty years of the last century, Catholic luminaries like Clarence Manion, Dean of Law at…Continue Reading

Soviet-Style “Psych” Tactics . . . Used Against Priests By Bishops

September 29, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Soviet-Style “Psych” Tactics . . . Used Against Priests By Bishops

By FR. JOHN ZUHLSDORF (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf posted this commentary September 25 on his blog, http://wdtprs.com/blog/. It is reprinted here with permission. See this week’s Newsnotes column for another view of St. Luke’s.) + + + What I am about to post, read carefully. Over the last few months I have been contacted by diocesan priests (and a religious) who were being sent by their bishops (superior) to be “evaluated” at one of these psych clinics for clergy. The most (in)famous of these in these USA is St. Luke’s in Maryland. The pattern is alarmingly similar. The priest has some sort of dust-up in the parish (or wherever). For example, a woman gets angry because he preached about…Continue Reading

What Precisely Is Pope Francis Driving At With Clericalism?

September 28, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on What Precisely Is Pope Francis Driving At With Clericalism?

By Shaun Kenney Pope Francis seems to be taking great aim at clericalism as of late. To an American ear, it sounds rather tinny, much like “gorn” has a sort of woody connotation (extra points if you get the reference). After all, the laity isn’t guilty of clericalism. We didn’t create this crisis in 2018, and we certainly didn’t bring this crisis to a head in 2002 during the “Long Lent.” So what precisely is Pope Francis driving at? One thing to consider is that, when mentioning clericalism, he is indeed taking direct aim at the American cardinals and speaking through history while doing so, and in a typically Jesuitical manner, taking out two birds with one stone. A short…Continue Reading

Andy’s “Swing Around The Circle”… And Its Possible Meaning For Today

September 27, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Andy’s “Swing Around The Circle”… And Its Possible Meaning For Today

By MIKE MANNO I’ve mentioned in these pages before that I’m a history buff; not an expert, not a historian, just a plain old buff. I love it, I read it, and I look for lessons from it. Some lessons are cautionary tales, some are not. Sometimes we only find out which after the fact. By my calendar there are only five weeks left before the 2018 midterm elections. The economy is great, the nation is prosperous, and we seem to be on the road to victory in numerous international challenges that seemed out of reach only a few short years ago. So why do the polls indicate that the Republicans may lose the House and perhaps the Senate as…Continue Reading

“A Republic — If You Can Keep It” — Benjamin Franklin, on leaving the Constitutional Convention, 1787

September 26, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on “A Republic — If You Can Keep It” — Benjamin Franklin, on leaving the Constitutional Convention, 1787

BY CHRISTOPHER MANION Every year on September 17, America celebrates Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of the Constitution in 1787. This year, Hillary Clinton used the occasion to complain that she would have won the presidency in 2016, had it not been for the Constitution. The Constitution, apparently, is undemocratic, and Mrs. Clinton champions democracy, “our birthright as Americans.” Of course, she ignores the Founding Fathers, who detested democracy. They believed that our birthright is liberty. They knew their Aristotle: in his Politics, he carefully explains how democracy, the rule of the mob, leads to the rise of the tyrant. Some 750 years later, St. Augustine discerned a simple truth that inspired Western Civilization for over a thousand years. Aristotle…Continue Reading

Debris From Hurricane Or Dems?. . . Foes Want To Prolong Foul Weather For Judge Kavanaugh

September 25, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Debris From Hurricane Or Dems?. . . Foes Want To Prolong Foul Weather For Judge Kavanaugh

By DEXTER DUGGAN Two major hurricanes scattered their damage along the East Coast as mid-September passed — Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Hurricane Christine in Washington, D.C. The Atlantic coast weathered many vicious swirling storms over the years despite their destructive force. Damaging sexual allegations against Republican nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court don’t have so long a history, but perhaps have a greater potential to change the nation’s course. Excitable Democratic Party meteorologists did their part to imitate a Weather Channel TV reporter in North Carolina. He heightened the drama on September 14 by appearing to stagger against monstrous winds at that moment even though two young men in the background casually strolled past without bracing their muscles…Continue Reading

The Death Of A Young Woman Shows… The Arrogance And Negligence Of The Abortion Industry

September 24, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Death Of A Young Woman Shows… The Arrogance And Negligence Of The Abortion Industry

By REY FLORES How many times have we heard the pro-abortion, third-wave feminists scream and cry about “safe and legal” abortions? We hear that all the time, especially when their precious Roe v. Wade appears to be under threat, imagined or not. What happened to a healthy 23-year-old woman in Albuquerque, N.M., last year should have never happened to her — or to anyone else. Of course, all abortions are unsafe, especially to the unborn child who loses his or her life. In regard to the safety and health of the mothers seeking an abortion, that’s a whole different story, particularly during a late-term abortion procedure. The later in the pregnancy, the higher the risks to a woman seeking to…Continue Reading

How Many Good Priests Did We Lose?

September 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on How Many Good Priests Did We Lose?

By SHAUN KENNEY On pilgrimage in Nazareth, I had the opportunity to spend time with Archbishop Joseph T. Ryan in 1999, just a year before he passed. Ryan was responsible for the construction of many of the refugee camps in the Holy Land during the 1950s with the Pontifical Mission for Palestine before eventually moving on to shepherd the Military Archdiocese of Washington. He was older, but still every bit the old Marine who stormed the beaches of Okinawa. Unfortunately, the hill that we had to walk to get to the Basilica of the Annunciation was too steep, and I and one other pilgrim stayed behind to sit in the shade and drink water. Ryan and I chatted for some…Continue Reading