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The Saint Who Was Never Born

September 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO St. Raymond Nonnatus came into the world in the early 13th century (1200 or 1204 according to scholars) in Portello, Catalonia (Spain). His appended name, in Latin, means “not born.” He was taken from the womb of his mother by caesarean section after her death. Shakespeare used this notion of not being born as an important dramatic device in Macbeth. In act IV, an Apparition tells the play’s principal character that “none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth.” Not mindful of caesarean section, Macbeth takes false security in this prophecy. In the last act, before he meets his doom, his nemesis informs him that “Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d.” If Macbeth had much to fear from…Continue Reading

Bluster And Bluff In The Baltic

September 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. . . . Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if . . . you ever ask again, ‘who’ll come to help,’ you’ll know the answer — the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America.” That was Barack Obama in Tallinn, Estonia, last week, reissuing a U.S. war guarantee to the tiniest of the Baltic republics — which his Cold War predecessors would have regarded as certifiable madness. From 1945 to 1989, no president would have dreamed of issuing a blank check…Continue Reading

One Thing Hillary Clinton’s Memoir Doesn’t Explain About Benghazi

September 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY In her memoir, Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton included a chapter on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. But she failed to specifically explain why Ambassador Chris Stevens was there that day. “U.S. ambassadors are not required to consult or seek approval from Washington, when traveling within their countries, and rarely do,” she wrote. “Like all chiefs of mission, Chris made decisions about his movements based on the security assessments of his team on the ground, as well as his own judgment,” she said. “After all, no one had more knowledge or experience in Libya than he did. He was well aware of the lawlessness…Continue Reading

Violence Begets Violence

September 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Is it me or is violence becoming more prevalent across our society? Is it because most people have a cell phone nowadays with a camera and are able to share these ever-increasing acts of violence across cyberspace on social media? Perhaps it’s a little of both, but it’s definitely a lot more violence. For the past six months, there has been a constant stream of beheadings and mass executions of Christians, all caught on video for the world to see. What kind of sick people not only commit these crimes, but videotape them as if it was their kid’s little league game? Just in the past week I have watched videos of what appears to be a…Continue Reading

Birth Statistics Show Collapse Of The Family

September 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column; all rights reserved.) + + + If you count a generation as spanning 20 years, then approximately 36 percent of the American generation born from 1993 through 2012 — which has begun turning 21 this year and will continue turning 21 through 2033 — was born to unmarried mothers. That does not count the 40.6 percent of babies born in 2013 who were also born to unmarried mothers. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 40 percent of the babies born in each of the last six years — 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,…Continue Reading

Deacon Describes Last Hours… Convicted Killer In Prolonged Execution Was Baptized

September 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although most news attention focused on the nearly two hours it took for a convicted Arizona double murderer to die during the execution by lethal injection in July, he had been baptized a Catholic not long before, according to a deacon who helped Joseph Wood prepare for death. Ed Sheffer, a deacon with the Diocese of Tucson who has ministered to death-row inmates at the state prison in Florence, Ariz., for ten years, wrote an account that appeared in the August 21 issue of the Phoenix diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Sun. “We spent a little over an hour together that morning” of the July 23 execution, Sheffer wrote. “We spoke about the two-plus year journey…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A “Better Life Index” That Ignores What Makes For A Better Life

September 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… The Weeping Madonna Of Syracuse

September 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This little-known event involves a small plaster figure of our Lady showing her Immaculate Heart, which wept tears on numerous occasions in the city of Syracuse (Siracusa), Italy, for four days from August 29 to September 1, 1953, attracting thousands of pilgrims. Although not an apparition as such, this seems to have been an important development in the history of Marian prodigies and it was quickly recognized by the Church as authentic. Syracuse is in Sicily, the large island at the foot of Italy, and in one of its poorest parts lived a young couple, Angelo and Antonina Jannuso. They were given a small plaster plaque of our Lady as a wedding present, and fixed it…Continue Reading

One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Common Core Opponent Wins Surprise Statewide Victory

September 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Last winter a woman with a low public profile was turning up at local conservative meetings around here, hoping to stir some interest in her identity and her candidacy. Was the task hopeless, like trying to sell snow shovels in Phoenix? Her message? I’m Diane Douglas, I’m against Common Core, and I’m asking for your vote to be Arizona’s next superintendent of public instruction. Her snowstorm came in on August 26 when the mild-seeming Republican candidate buried the GOP incumbent under a blizzard of ballots in Arizona’s primary election. It wasn’t even close. Douglas beat State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, 57.99 percent to 41.27 percent. There also was less than one percent of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Origins Of Pro-Abortion Slogans In The Birth Control Review”

September 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, which is organized by topic, e-mail him at + + + Most of us have heard all of the tired old pro-abortion slogans many times. When we hear people start to chant them again, we usually roll our eyes and think, “I’d sure give a lot to hear something original!” It turns out that these pro-abortion slogans are even more unoriginal and unimaginative than we thought. Reformed abortionist Bernard Nathanson recounts how he spent his time plotting the future course of the pro-abortion movement…Continue Reading