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Re-Sacralizing The Sacred

December 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Re-Sacralizing The Sacred

By DONALD DeMARCO One of my better students, who was enjoying a course I was teaching, asked me if I would like to speak to the members of his Bible study group. I felt honored and happily accepted his cordial invitation. The study group, made up exclusively of young adults, met in the home of one of the students, an atmosphere most conducive to friendly discussions. I began my informal presentation by commending everyone present for taking the time and making the effort to study Sacred Scripture. The Bible, of course, I reminded them, has the great merit of being sacred. My eyes then fell upon a copy of a Sears catalogue prominently displayed in a nearby bookcase, which, so…Continue Reading

The Grand Impostor

December 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Grand Impostor

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Proverbs tells us: “What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion” (15:23 Good News Bible). So it is with the word imposturous, which ideally captures the essence of the deceit which characterizes what masquerades as social ethics. If an impostor is someone who pretends to be someone else to deceive or to defraud others, then imposturous refers to that deceiver’s intentions, promises, and actions. The Great Deceiver is Satan (Rev. 13:14), the father of lies (John 8:44). A lie is a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive. Liars are impostors, and Satan is the arch-impostor. No one reasonably chooses to do those actions which will deceive,…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . How Law Is Actually Made

December 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . How Law Is Actually Made

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Vermeule, Adrian. Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. 254 pp. “Law’s Empire” of the subtitle is a reference to Ronald Dworkin’s influential 1986 treatise, Law’s Empire. Adrian Vermeule, a professor of law, acknowledges Dworkin to be one of the great legal scholars of the 20th century, yet accuses him of ignoring a major drift in contemporary law. With considerable evidence, he maintains that Dworkin missed the impact that the creation of multiple federal agencies has had on case law. Dworkin, he says, assumed law’s integrity, that is, a strict division of powers between the legislative, the judiciary, and the administrative branches of government, a division which gave the…Continue Reading

A Film Review… “Believe”: Give Faith A Chance

December 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Film Review… “Believe”: Give Faith A Chance

By REY FLORES Christmastime is always a time for movie studios to try and cash in on holiday-themed films, hoping to catch some of that Christmas spirit from the public. Often times, Hollywood presents the usual junk with a secular Christmas twist that has nothing to do with the real purpose or meaning of Christmas. Another trend we have taken notice of here in the movie review world is that there has also been an increase in Christian films, not just at Christmastime, but throughout the year. The film’s promotional material gives us this synopsis: “For years, the small town of Grundy, Va., has relied on the Peyton family to provide the highlight of the year — the annual Christmas…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Church Teachings On Euthanasia”

November 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Church Teachings On Euthanasia”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Conclusion “They are dictating how medicine should be practiced. You know the [Supreme] Court is dominated by religion . . . ‘life is sanctity, this and that’. . . . The problem with medicine today is that it’s under the Dark-Age mentality of mystical religion, which has permeated medicine to the core since Christianity took over” — Jack Kevorkian, “Doctor Death,” in 1988. + + + Dissenters Again. As we have seen, the Christian Church has always been monolithic in…Continue Reading

Stealing Hosts For Anti-Catholic Art? . . . Not Illegal, Spanish Judge Says

November 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Stealing Hosts For Anti-Catholic Art? . . . Not Illegal, Spanish Judge Says

MADRID (CNA/EWTN News) — Critics of a Spanish judge say he wrongly dismissed charges against an artist who stole consecrated Hosts for an exhibit that disrespected the Catholic faith. The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers announced it would file an appeal and be prepared “to go to the highest court necessary in the face of what is becoming a campaign of serious offenses against the Christian faith and religious freedom.” Abel Azcona stole more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Masses celebrated in the cities of Madrid and Pamplona. He later took nude photos of himself arranging them on a floor to spell the word “pederasty.” In November 2015, he displayed the photos as part of an art display in a…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… Ad Orientem: A Liturgical Disposition And A Way Of Life

November 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… Ad Orientem: A Liturgical Disposition And A Way Of Life

By JAMES MONTI As a season of awaiting and preparation for the coming of the Lord — both the commemoration of His First Coming in the Incarnation and in anticipation of His Second Coming in glory at the end of time — Advent is a liturgical season that particularly brings to the fore the concept of ad orientem, of turning toward the east so as to look toward the Lord at His coming. Indeed it was a star seen in the East that alerted the Magi to the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:2, 9). And so it was entirely fitting that at the 2016 Sacra Liturgia UK conference in London His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah encouraged priests to consider introducing…Continue Reading

The Fragile Equilibrium

November 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Fragile Equilibrium

By DONALD DeMARCO The October 23, 2016 football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles began with an embarrassing series of fumbles and interceptions. The five turnovers in just the first ten minutes of the contest led one sports commentator to describe the proceedings as “ugly.” Then, without having to search for an appropriate comparison, said, “As ugly as the presidential election.” It is a sad reflection on the current world of politics that the campaign for president of the United States could be regarded as a standard by which ugliness is measured. “Ugly” is an apt term, but it fails to capture the true enormity that characterized the race to the White House. Ignorance, deception, name-calling, arrogance,…Continue Reading

Charles De Foucauld . . . From Extravagant Debauchery To Desert Martyrdom

November 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Charles De Foucauld . . . From Extravagant Debauchery To Desert Martyrdom

By RAY CAVANAUGH This December 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Charles de Foucauld, a French soldier, priest, adventurer, and ascetic who journeyed into the Sahara Desert to pursue a life of prayer and study. But he did not always seem a plausible candidate for religious solitude. For some of his life, he was downright debauched and had more use for a drop of fine wine than for any religious notion. De Foucauld was born in Strasbourg, France, on September 15, 1858. When he was six years old, his mother, father, and grandmother died in quick succession. The boy “kept his grief inside” as an introverted personality took form, according to Jean-Jacques Antier’s book Charles De Foucauld.…Continue Reading

The Tyranny Of The Broadway Bullies

November 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Tyranny Of The Broadway Bullies

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Even though it was in midtown Manhattan and even though the people there had to pay hundreds of dollars just to enter the room, there was no unanimity among them. Some in the audience liked Mike Pence. Some did not. “When we arrived we heard a few boos and we heard some cheers, and I nudged my kids and reminded them that’s what freedom sounds like,” the vice president-elect said on Fox News Sunday. He was describing what happened when he entered a theatre on Friday night to watch a performance of Hamilton. At the end of the show, a similar freedom was not exhibited on the stage. Among the actors and actresses who came out…Continue Reading