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Natural Selection And The Natural Law

April 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO These two expressions — Natural Selection and Natural Law — sound very much alike. Yet their implications are radically different. In fact, they differ to the degree that matter differs from spirit. Charles Darwin’s major opus, The Origin of the Species, is immensely influential. Despite its influence, few have read or properly understood this 500-page tome. The unabbreviated title is On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It may be surprising to many that the term “evolution” does not appear in the first edition. Darwin had toyed with the idea of titling it simply as Natural Selection. The notions of the “preservation…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Is Church Teaching On Contraception Infallible?”

April 22, 2015 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.) + + + There are two primary means by which the Church may declare a teaching infallible. The first and most definitive statement of infallibility is the Pope’s solemn declaration ex cathedra that a matter of faith or morals must be assented to in order for a Catholic to attain salvation. One example of such a pronouncement is the 1854 apostolic constitution of Pope Pius IX entitled Ineffabilis Deus (“The Immaculate Conception”). Contrary to popular (media) belief, Catholics are not just obligated to believe and obey the Pope when he speaks formally and infallibly. Lumen Gentium addressed the degree of…Continue Reading

Cheers For Cardinal Mueller’s Defense Of The Faith

April 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson, who has written reviews and essays for The Wanderer, wrote the following editorial for LifeSiteNews. All rights reserved.) + + + During the last month, Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has given several interviews in which he made many important statements about the current situation in the Church, the pressures from the modern world to change Catholic doctrine, and the persecution of Christians in the Near East. On March 24, the German regional newspaper Rheinische Post published an interview with Cardinal Mueller. In it, Cardinal Mueller made some important statements about several issues to be found in the so-called liberal agenda, including celibacy, the…Continue Reading

The Long Retreat In The Culture War

April 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars. Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse their services to same-sex weddings. And the white flag went up again. Politics follows culture. And the cultural revolution of the ’60s is triumphant. Traditional Christianity, driven out of schools and the public square, is being whipped back into the churches and told to stay there. America has gone over to the revolution. Looking back, the sweep of the capitulation becomes stark. First came the plea of atheists not to have…Continue Reading

Cardinal Brandmüller Says . . . Advocates For Changing Church Teaching On Marriage Are Heretics

April 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON (LifeSiteNews) — Walter Cardinal Brandmüller has been among the leading voices critical of proposals stemming from the Synod on the Family that risk subverting Catholic teaching on the sacraments and morality. He was one of five cardinals who contributed to the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which focused on criticizing Walter Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to open up Communion to those in irregular sexual unions. Here are questions and answers from my interview with him last month: Q. Could you present once more for our readers clearly the teaching of the Catholic Church, as it has been consistently taught throughout centuries concerning marriage and its indissolubility? A. The answer is to be found in the Catechism…Continue Reading

Income Inequality: Married Couples With Kids Make Average Of $107,054

April 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + If American politicians wanted to drive down the income of the American people and make this a poorer nation — and they actually studied the government’s own data about who does well financially in the United States — they would seek to advance policies that discourage traditional family life and childrearing. Married couples with children under 18 years of age, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (Table HINC-04), made an average household income of $107,054 in 2013 and a median household income of $85,087. “A married couple, as defined for census…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Artful Ploys Of The Noonday Demon

April 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Time, by Jean-Charles Nault, OSB (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2015), 203 pp. $16.95. Available through www.ignatiuspress.com. Some temptations are bold and brazen in their seduction, and some are subtle and artful. While the temptations of the flesh disorder the appetites and produce uncontrollable desires for excessive pleasure or wealth, the temptations of the spirit dull the desires and feelings to a state of lifeless passivity that kills all initiative, action, and effort. They extinguish all love of goodness and all joy in living. This deadly sin of sloth produces weariness in man’s spiritual journey and defeats the accomplishment of good works and great deeds by afflicting the spirit…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Can We Use Our Consciences On Contraception?”

April 16, 2015 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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about contraception rightfully belong with those who must bear and rear children. The legitimacy of teaching requires that it be embraced by the faithful. Your teaching has no such legitimacy. It is a marginalized minority view in our church, defended largely by a male celibate hierarchy” — “An Open Letter to Pope John Paul II on the Question of Contraception,” The New York Times, September 6,…Continue Reading

Protecting Freedom Of Religion

April 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. (ZENIT made Fr. Flynn’s essay available; all rights reserved.) + + + Great Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission in March published a report about the laws protecting freedom of religion and belief. The commission interviewed almost 2,500 people and included people with a variety of beliefs, as well as humanists, secularists, and atheists. “A recurring theme among some employees was the pressure they felt they were under to keep their religion hidden at work and feeling discriminated against when it…Continue Reading

A Russian Orthodox Bishop Speaks Plainly To Ecumenists

April 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS In a previous article (see The Wanderer, February 26, 2015, p. 6A) attention was focused on the ecclesiological views of the Metropolitan Hilarion (Aleyev) of Volokolamsk, one of the most important Russian Orthodox bishops as chairman of the Department for External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate. In an important speech delivered at the Universities of Winchester and Cambridge in England (February 5 and 6, 2015), Hilarion made it clear that the Russian Orthodox Church rejected any claim by the patriarch of Constantinople to any supremacy over other Orthodox Churches — a claim he repudiated as a form of intolerable “papism” foreign to Eastern Orthodoxy. The patriarch was no “Pope of the East.” His speech, as noted previously,…Continue Reading