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Hope For The Dead

April 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom. Two acts of Parliament broke the bonds with the mother country irreparably. The first was the Stamp Act, which was enforced by British soldiers, who used general search warrants issued by a secret court in London to rummage through the personal possessions of any colonists they chose, ostensibly looking to see whether those colonists had purchased the government’s stamps. The second intolerable act was the…Continue Reading

Business: A “Noble Vocation”

April 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There are two ways for a publication to provide a forum for a point of view that challenges the views of its editors. One is to pick an article that casts the other side in an unfavorable light, as peevish, unenlightened, and narrow-minded, the proverbial straw man. The other is to present the opposition at its best, to be genuinely “fair and balanced,” as one popular cable news network describes itself, in the hope of stimulating a debate that will lead its readers closer to the truth about the issue at hand. To their credit, the editors of the Jesuits’ magazine America took the latter approach in their March 24 issue. They published an article entitled…Continue Reading

What God Has Put Together

April 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Every informed Christian is aware that even in the Catholic Church today there are significant efforts to undermine the teaching of Jesus about the permanence of marriage. Fortunately, the traditional teaching is being well defended by eminent Churchmen and theologians. What is not often pointed out is that the words of Jesus about marriage also help to illustrate the evil…Continue Reading

Communicating With C.S. Lewis

April 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is a parish priest in Greenville, S.C. Connect to his blog, subscribe to his weekly newsletter, listen to his radio show, browse his books, and be in touch at www.dwightlongenecker.com. (ZENIT News Agency made this text available. All rights reserved.) +    +    + “Have you heard? Fr. Longenecker advocates having séances and communicating with the dead!” So it might be assumed from the title of this article: “Communicating With C.S. Lewis.” Am I really huddled over a Ouija board in a dark room muttering incantations to summon up the famous Oxford scholar? No. This article is not about séances and C.S. Lewis. It’s about his advice on how to communicate the Gospel…Continue Reading

Contraception: The Ultimate Judas Kiss

April 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Every time a married couple engages in the act of coitus, that act signifies life. By the union of their flesh, they express without words not only their unity, but the sacrament of new life. But when they contracept with a contraceptive mentality, their motive is to use the act which expresses what it signifies, for an entirely interiorly, purely selfish reason. Contraception is an act of hypocrisy . . . contraception is like the kiss of Judas; it takes a sacred sign of intimacy and destroys it by its sinful inner motives. We need to decry this sin against marriage” — Fr. Paul Nicholson; see www.FatherPaulNicholson.com. I was originally going to include some of the Guttmacher…Continue Reading

After Calls To Prayer, Action . . . Radical Abortion Bill Dies In Colorado Senate

April 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By KEVIN JONES DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on Wednesday, April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state. “Lift up your hearts in gratitude to God,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila in a post on Twitter. “Blessings on everyone who prayed and contacted legislators! Stay involved!” The legislation had passed committee on a party-line vote. While the floor debate and vote were initially scheduled for April 15, they were delayed until the following day after Democratic State Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins went home sick. The Democrats control the Senate in the state by a single vote. On…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Devotion To The Sacred Heart: How It Began

April 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Part 1 This is the first article in a series of three concerned with the Sacred Heart Devotion. The origins of this devotion, which has proved so fruitful for the Church, go right back to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. In chapter 19 of St. John’s Gospel, we read of what happened after the crucifixion, after Jesus’ garments had been divided, after He had given Mary His Mother to St. John, and St. John to her. While His dead body was on the cross, one of the soldiers pierced His side — His heart — with a spear, and blood and water came out of the wound. St. John pointed to the prophetic significance of this…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “NSSM-200: Blueprint For World Depopulation”

April 17, 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 National Security Study Memorandum 200 and a detailed report on the document, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The National Security Council is the highest decision-making body in our government. In December 1974, it finalized a top-secret document entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200, subtitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” This document was written because the NSC saw rapid population growth in the less-developed countries (LDCs) as a major threat to our national security. Four decades later, NSSM-200 remains the foundational document on population control issued by the…Continue Reading

Politically Correct Hypocrisy On Parade

April 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have met liberal Democrats who insist that the inclusion of liberal Democrats Alan Colmes and Bob Beckel on the Fox News Network cannot be taken as proof that the network is, as advertised, “fair and balanced.” They insist that Beckel and Colmes are chosen to make liberals look bad, as examples of caricatures of liberals favored by American conservatives. I have no way of knowing, of course, if there is any truth to that. I am sure that Beckel and Colmes would protest to the rooftops. But I had similar thoughts when I read the story about the administrator at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) who defended a faculty member at the school…Continue Reading

Rome Media Symposium . . . Shine The Light Of True Religious Liberty

April 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ALAN SEARS (Editor’s Note: Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom [www.adfmedia.org], offered the following welcoming remarks to those attending the ADF’s March 24-27 Catholic Media Symposium in Rome. Raymond Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, also spoke at the event.) +    +    + Good evening friends. It is an honor to be with you all tonight. We are so thankful for His Eminence Cardinal Burke, his fidelity, and his presence with us earlier. In the United States, President Ronald Reagan, in whose administration I had the honor to serve, speaking to one of our state’s legislatures, noted: “To those who cite the First Amendment [of the United States Constitution] as reason for excluding God from more…Continue Reading