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Restoring The Sacred . . . The Indissolubility Of Marriage, As Affirmed By The Liturgy

July 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI Later this year, as you may have already read, a revised edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony is going to be promulgated in the United States, featuring notably a new, more accurate translation of the Latin text revised according to the principles of the Holy See’s 2001 instruction Liturgiam Authenticam. Additionally, the revised rite will allow for the first time in English-language celebrations of matrimony, when one or both of the spouses is Hispanic, the introduction of the centuries-old Hispanic custom of the lazo, also called the jugalis, a ribbon or cord, or veil, placed round about or over the two spouses during the wedding ceremony as a symbolic expression of the indissoluble bond that the…Continue Reading

UN Court Rebuffs China’s Claims To South China Sea

July 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METLZER UNITED NATIONS — In a major legal setback for Beijing, an international tribunal has rejected and rebuffed many of Mainland China’s claims regarding exclusive sovereignty and rights in the disputed South China Sea. The mid-July landmark ruling in The Hague, by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, stated there was no evidence that China had exercised exclusive control over the region’s waters or resources. Whether this significant legal ruling defuses competing political claims or energizes Chinese nationalism toward the region remains unpredictable. The Hague ruling clearly favors the Philippines; the court ruled that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights. Beijing predictably bristled at the judgment which it calls “ill founded.” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Readings And Meditations For Praying The Rosary

July 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY How to Pray the Secret Rosary by Frank M. Rega OFS (CreateSpace, 132 pages, Paperback $11.43, ebook $6.30). Available at amazon.com. This slim paperback from Frank Rega gives guidance on how to pray the rosary when you aren’t necessarily able to pray with rosary beads — if you are doing household chores, for example. It has 15 chapters, and a three-part preface, with the first ten chapters focusing on what the author describes as “Aves” in which he looks at virtues such as humility, faith, and love, as well as the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. The themes of these chapters are then associated by the author with the ten Hail Marys of each of…Continue Reading

Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg?

July 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Her mind is shot.” That was the crisp diagnosis of Donald Trump on hearing the opinion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the possibility he might become president. It all began with an interview the past week when the justice was asked for her thoughts on a Trump presidency. Ginsburg went on a tear. “I can’t imagine what this place [the Supreme Court] would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.” Yet she had contemplated the horror of it all, as she quoted her…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Second Time Around: The Future Of Euthanasia In Holland”

July 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES “There will be casualties” — Australian euthanasia activist Dr. Philip Nitschke. + + + The Final Step: Accepting And Accommodating Evil After decades of struggling with the euthanasia issue, it appears that the government of the Netherlands is in the process of accepting reality. It has given up attempting to place any meaningful limits on either euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. This, sadly, is the inevitable and ultimate result of permitting “just a little bit” of evil at the beginning — it acts like a gallon of filthy black motor oil that is poured into a clear pond. Once the oil is out of its container, it spreads relentlessly until the entire pond is ruined, and there is…Continue Reading

New Film . . . Explores Jerome Lejeune’s Life And Work

July 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By MARY O’NEILL LE RUMEUR “To kill or not to kill; that is the question.” It is August 1969, in San Francisco, and Professor Jerome Lejeune is addressing the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Ten years before, in 1959, he had discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, when he saw under his microscope in a Paris laboratory the third little mark on the 21st chromosome. In 1962 he received the Kennedy Award from the hands of President John F. Kennedy for his work with handicapped children. But the drama of his life was that his discovery of trisomy 21 would lead to a medical holocaust, national health systems giving huge funds to track down and…Continue Reading

Lawyer Says . . . Not Even Kafka Could Write Something Like Obama’s Bathroom Edict

July 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Obama administration’s legal assault against sexual reality is something that not even novelist Franz Kafka could have written, an attorney representing the North Carolina legislature told a presentation at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Attorney Kyle Duncan made that comparison as he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke about states’ opposition to Barack Obama’s federal government trying to force them to wipe out traditional protections for sexual privacy or else lose billions of dollars in aid to schools. Kafka was a European writer born in the latter part of the 19th century whose work, according to Wikipedia, features “bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers.” Paxton and Duncan spoke at an hour-long…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… The Innocents: The Light Of Life

July 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Poland 1945 — cold, dark, and bleak. This is how The Innocents starts off, giving the viewer an idea of what the rest of the film will look like. But despite the grayish and neutral look of the movie, the light of life and faith in God radiates much brighter than if the film had been shot entirely in the sunlight. Based on a true story about some Polish nuns who were systemically raped and impregnated by Russian soldiers toward the end of World War II, The Innocents examines all of their bewilderment, fear, and anguish — and then the joy and beauty of womanhood as it is greatly tested, but redeemed in the end. Not knowing…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Clear Exposition Of Whitehead

July 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Malik, Charles. The Systems of Whitehead’s Metaphysics. Edited with an introduction by Habib Malik and Tony E. Nasrallah. Lebanon: Notre Dame Louaize, 2016. 436 pp. In the summer of 1937, having just received his doctorate at Harvard University under the direction of Professors Ernest Hocking and John Wild, Charles Malik devoted his energies to the production of the present volume, drawing upon his doctoral dissertation with a view to publishing it separately. Failing to get the support of Wild and others, he could not find a publisher. There may have been other reasons for their decline of support. Both Hocking and Wild were realists in the Aristotelian tradition, and one would think should naturally have supported Malik.…Continue Reading

Fatima June 1917 . . . A Vision Of Hell: A Great Sea Of Fire

July 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Last month’s article looked at the June 13, 1917 apparition of our Lady to the Fatima children, and particularly the promise of Heaven made to them by her. This month we’ll focus on the vision of Hell which was seen by them on July 13, 1917. This was revealed in Sr. Lucia’s Third Memoir, which was written in the summer of 1941, when she stated that she was going to reveal the first two parts of the Fatima secret, and that the first part of this secret was the vision of Hell. This is how she describes it: “Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in…Continue Reading