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President Trump Bans U.S. Aid for International Abortions

February 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on President Trump Bans U.S. Aid for International Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Within a week of taking office on January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, now called the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which bans U.S. funding for abortions overseas. The expanded policy prohibits $9 billion in U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning, according to Liberty Counsel. The pro-life policy applies global health assistance funding for international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health, but not for abortion. Government grants to 733 organizations were up for renewal, and the organizations had to demonstrate compliance with…Continue Reading

Approval Of Miracle Opens Door To Paul VI’s Canonization

February 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Approval Of Miracle Opens Door To Paul VI’s Canonization

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a unanimous vote February 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his approval, with an official decree from the Vatican. Then the date for the canonization can be set. The miracle attributed to the cause of Paul VI is the healing of an unborn child in the fifth month of pregnancy. The case was brought forward in 2014 for study. The mother,…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A Catholic Reaction To Trump And The Media

February 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A Catholic Reaction To Trump And The Media

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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are The Public Order and the Sacred Order; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; and Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + It is not an overstatement to say that the time of the Trump presidency has been one of protracted…Continue Reading

Priest Says… Excommunicate 14 Catholic Senators Who Voted Against Late-Term Abortion Ban

February 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Priest Says… Excommunicate 14 Catholic Senators Who Voted Against Late-Term Abortion Ban

By LISA BOURNE (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews ran this story on February 5.) + + + A Catholic priest is calling on bishops to excommunicate the 14 Catholic-identifying U.S. senators who voted two weeks ago against banning late-term abortions. He is also calling on priests to deny the Catholic pro-abortion senators Holy Communion. “Today is the day for their bishops to issue a formal statement acknowledging that these men and women have publicly denied their Catholic faith, and if not formally, then have informally excommunicated themselves,” Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote in a recent blog post. Many bishops often refuse to publicly correct pro-abortion politicians who say they are Catholic. Of these, a small number prefer to be more “pastoral,” handling the…Continue Reading

Limbo And Eastern Orthodoxy

February 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Limbo And Eastern Orthodoxy

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The centuries-old theological debate concerning the existence of Limbo for unbaptized babies (the limbo puerorum as a state of natural happiness) led to the 2007 publication of the document The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized by the International Theological Commission (ITC). The commission concluded there are “serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptized infants who die will be saved and enjoy the beatific vision.” There immediately followed misleading and erroneous press reports that the Catholic Church had “abandoned” or “abolished” the notion of Limbo. Such statements which disturbed many Catholics were belied by statements in the document which admitted: “The Church does not have sure knowledge about the salvation of…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… Samson: A Real Hero

February 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review… Samson: A Real Hero

By REY FLORES If I could do a one-word review of Samson, that one word would be “Wow!” This is one action-packed film that had me gripped from beginning to end. Thanks to this great new film from Pure Flix, our younger generations can learn about real heroes like Samson, not just fictional ones in bodysuits and tights. Based on Samson, the man chosen by God to deliver the Chosen People of Israel from the Philistines, actor Taylor James gives a great portrayal in not only the strength, muscle, and the long hair which are things we all know about Samson, but James has a great likability factor — the kind of guy that the ladies want to be with,…Continue Reading

The Role Of The Heart In Catholic Education

February 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Role Of The Heart In Catholic Education

By DONALD DEMARCO I was watching the telecast of a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees. The Twins’ first baseman, Joe Mauer, was at the plate. The pitch count ran to 3 and 2 whereupon the unrelenting batter continued to foul off pitch after pitch. When the 13th pitch was about to be delivered, the broadcaster informed his audience that this is the greatest number of pitches ever thrown to Joe Mauer in a single at bat. During his 14-year career with the Twins, he has had 7,417 plate appearances. I was amazed that this bit of information, which scanned a prodigious mass of data, could be retrieved so quickly. But this is the modern…Continue Reading

Young Eastern Europeans… Come To U.S. To Study Free-Market Ways With “Project Arizona”

February 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Young Eastern Europeans… Come To U.S. To Study Free-Market Ways With “Project Arizona”

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Before he started bringing young Eastern Europeans to Arizona to study America’s economy-liberating free-market practices, Jacek Spendel was making money off Arizona — that is, selling the “Arizona” pizza popular at his Xpress Pizza store in Katowice, Poland. The pie had mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and the Southwest’s jalapeno peppers, Spendel told The Wanderer after six young Europeans under his wing had made another stop on their three-month visit here to look into the customs and practices they’re hungry to take back to their countries previously sickened by indigestible Communism. They spent a couple of evening hours at the offices of the Arizona Project Tea Party in north Phoenix on February 5, speaking to and answering…Continue Reading

As Abortion Vote Is Set… Irish Bishops Encourage Respect For Life

February 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on As Abortion Vote Is Set… Irish Bishops Encourage Respect For Life

DUBLIN (CNA/EWTN News) — The Irish government announced January 29 that a referendum that could liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws will be set for a vote in late May or early June, sparking a call for respect for human life from the country’s bishops. “The innate dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death, is a value for the whole of society, rooted in reason as well as in faith,” stated Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, in a recent pastoral message. “The Catholic Church, in common with other people of goodwill, teaches that ending the life of an unborn child, like the taking of any other innocent human life, is always evil and can…Continue Reading

Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies.

February 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies.

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday, January 26 his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded. Erdogan’s foreign minister demanded concrete steps by the U.S. to end its support of the Kurds, who control the Syrian border with Turkey east of the Euphrates, all the way to Iraq. If the Turks attack Manbij, the U.S. will face a choice: Stand by our Kurdish allies and resist the Turks, or abandon the Kurds. Should the U.S. let the Turks drive the Kurds out of Manbij and the entire…Continue Reading