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Bibi Backs Trump — On Putin

September 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Bibi Backs Trump — On Putin

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated. Arriving on Capitol Hill to repair ties between Trump and party elites, Gov. Mike Pence was taken straight to the woodshed. John McCain told Pence that Putin was a “thug and a butcher,” and Trump’s embrace of him intolerable. Said Lindsey Graham: “Vladimir Putin is a thug, a dictator…who has his opposition killed in the streets,” and Trump’s views bring to mind Munich. Putin is an “authoritarian thug,” added “Little Marco” Rubio. What causes the Republican Party to lose it whenever the name of Vladimir Putin is raised? Putin is no Stalin, whom FDR and Harry…Continue Reading

Sex On The Brain

September 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Sex On The Brain

By DONALD DeMARCO The late Malcolm Muggeridge, who, in his later years, had some sensible things to say about human sexuality, lamented that people “have sex on the brain, and that’s an unhealthy place for it to be.” What he meant by this remark was based on his observation that sex, which is a natural inclination toward another, is commonly short-circuited by being lodged in the brain, or, if you will, stymied at the starting gate. The prime example of this phenomenon is the young man who prefers the company of images of voluptuous women rather than taking the pains to cultivate a truly personal relationship with a real woman. The former, “a harem of imaginary brides,” to borrow a…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Bridge Between Abortion And Euthanasia

September 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Bridge Between Abortion And Euthanasia

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Speaking at a conference of the Hemlock Society — an organization whose primary purpose is the legalization of death by choice — Dr. Joseph Fletcher, the “father of situation ethics” who died in 1991, reminisced about the days when both he and Margaret Sanger joined the Euthanasia Society of America, “thus linking the two [abortion and euthanasia] causes so to speak — the right to be selective about parenthood and the right to be selective about living.” Fletcher…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… At The Hour Of Our Death

September 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… At The Hour Of Our Death

By JAMES MONTI The onset of autumn has deeper lessons to offer than merely the return of students to their classrooms for another semester of studies. Our Lord Himself told us to derive spiritual instruction from even the change of seasons when He compared the budding of leaves on the fig tree that presage summer to the signs that will precede His return in glory at the end of the world (Matt. 24:32-33). So too, the dying foliage and waning sunlight of the fall image the approach of death that we will all someday face. In an October 1589 letter of spiritual admonition addressed to his elderly father, the English Jesuit martyr St. Robert Southwell (1561-1595) writes, “Remember I pray…Continue Reading

Last Chance For The “Deplorables”

September 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Last Chance For The “Deplorables”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton gave New York’s social liberals what they came to hear. “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” smirked Clinton to cheers and laughter. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” They are “irredeemable,” but they are “not America.” This was no verbal slip. Clinton had invited the press in to cover the LGBT gala at Cipriani Wall Street where the cheap seats went for $1,200. And she had tried out her new lines earlier on Israeli TV: “You can take Trump supporters…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Limitless Wisdom Of The Parables

September 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Limitless Wisdom Of The Parables

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Hints of Heaven: The Parables of Christ and What They Mean for You, by Fr. George Rutler (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2014), 151 pp.; $14.95. Available through www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. A collection of short meditations on the 24 parables that appear in the Gospel, this book relates these stories to the moral laws of the Catholic faith and to two central themes in Christ’s teaching: the nature of the universal Church He founded and the Kingdom of Heaven He has prepared for all who follow His teaching and enter His one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. Familiar as the parables are, their wisdom — God’s word — has no limit and always allows for new, fresh…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Cost Of Assimilation

September 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Cost Of Assimilation

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Shaw, Russell. Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation From John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016; 141 pp. This is a delightful book, to say the least, in part because Russell Shaw has a way of uncovering facts you wish you had known all along. The book follows upon and reinforces Shaw’s previous work, American Church. In the preface to the volume, Shaw suggests that the Church may need to reassess its former policy of unconditional assimilation into American secular culture. The cost of assimilation, he believes, has grown unacceptably high as secular culture has become increasingly hostile to Catholic life. He was not the first to pass such a judgment. Orestes…Continue Reading

What Is The FBI Hiding?

September 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on What Is The FBI Hiding?

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Earlier this past week, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress took the FBI to task for its failure to be transparent. In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee accused the FBI itself of lawbreaking. Here is the back story. Ever since FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 he was recommending that the Department of Justice not seek charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a result of her failure to safeguard state secrets during her time in office, many in Congress have had a…Continue Reading

Stop Big Government, Seek Bigger Growth

September 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Stop Big Government, Seek Bigger Growth

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Seventeen years ago, near the close of the 20th century, the typical American household had a higher income than it did in 2015. The Census Bureau’s annual report on income and poverty in the United States, released this past week, did not focus on that fact. But it did note that real median household income was higher in 2015 than in 2014. “Median household income was $56,516 in 2015, an increase in real terms of 5.2 percent from the 2014 median of $53,718,” the report said in its “Highlights” section. “This is the first annual increase in median household income since 2007, the year before the most recent recession,” the report said. In 2007 — nine…Continue Reading

The Case Against The Preposterous

September 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Case Against The Preposterous

By DONALD DeMARCO It would seem unnecessary to build a case against the preposterous. It would seem like arguing against things that are self-evidently foolish, moronic, or idiotic. Yet, there is a certain proclivity alive in society for doing things that are preposterous, a phenomenon that warrants both attention and correction. This problem came to my attention many years ago when I was teaching a philosophy course to undergraduates. I knew that many of them were in love with what I call “incomplete ideas.” Such students championed freedom, but not responsibility, justice, but not truth, and sex without the complications of personal attachment and pregnancy. My challenge was to wean them of their affection for singularity, that is, the mistake…Continue Reading