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After “Immigration” Was Mentioned… Restaurant Calls Police, Conservatives Kicked Out

November 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The helicopter circling above us turned out not to be one of the mysterious black ones, but the evening was too dark to discern its color at the moment, especially with the police copter’s roaming searchlight glaring down into our eyes. Police vehicles at K O’Donnell’s restaurant and sports bar in this Phoenix suburb had come to a halt outside of marked spaces, as if they had rushed to the scene, blocking a few civilians’ parked cars. Police officers took their positions by the front door, near a sign proclaiming, “KO’s welcomes Breitbart.” The conservative Breitbart News Network was hosting its first planned “meetup” for its fans in the Phoenix area at a patio…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . On The Arbitrary Enforcement Of Civil Rights Laws

October 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic and two recent edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System and The Crisis of Religious Liberty. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + A recent national news story told of the sentencing to prison of a former University of Mississippi student…Continue Reading

Jorge Cardinal Urosa Savino… Mercy Is Part Of The Church’s Constant Teaching

October 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: In an interview with The Wanderer, Cardinal Urosa Savino affirmed that the Church has always shown mercy in her constant teaching which cannot be broken. The interview took place on Thursday, October 22, in Rome, before the release of the final Synod document and before the Synod on the Family concluded. (His Eminence Jorge Cardinal Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas and honorary president of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, was born in 1942 and was ordained priest in 1967. He studied first in Caracas, then went to Toronto to read theology, and to Rome, where he obtained his Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1971. (For many years he was professor and…Continue Reading

Where’s Jesse Watters When We Need Him?

October 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Jesse Watters is a producer of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly’s nightly news program on Fox News. He is regularly sent out by O’Reilly to interview the proverbial “man in the street,” hoping to entertain the audience with examples of how clueless the average American is about the issues of the day. Watters finds many such folks, in what he calls “Watters’ World.” One place where I wish Watters would go is a college campus during a student protest against the appearance of a conservative speaker who has been invited to address a group on campus. Such protests are routine in the country these days. Patrick Buchanan, Condoleezza Rice, and David Petraeus are just a few…Continue Reading

Queenship Of Our Lady

October 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at the way that the Queenship of Our Lady was prefigured in the Old Testament by the person and activities of various biblical women. One of these was Esther, a Jewish girl who, due to her beauty, became Queen of Persia during the Babylonian exile. The Jewish people were threatened with a plot instigated by Haman, and it was only through Esther’s intercession that they were they saved, with Haman himself being hanged from the gibbet which had been intended for Esther’s protector Mordecai. Esther has been seen as a type of Mary in that her earthly Queenship foreshadowed the idea of Mary as Queen of Heaven, the Mother of Jesus the…Continue Reading

Can Trump Be Stopped?

October 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, “Could Trump Win?” meaning the Republican nomination. Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility. And the emerging question has become: “Can Trump be stopped? And if so, where, and by whom?” Consider the catbird seat in which The Donald sits. An average of national polls puts him around 30 percent, trailed by Dr. Ben Carson with about 20 percent. No other GOP candidate gets double digits. Trump is leading Carson in Iowa, running first in New Hampshire, crushing the field in Nevada and South Carolina. These are the first four contests. In Florida, Trump’s support exceeds that of ex-Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio…Continue Reading

The Romanian Doctor Speaks… Learning Lessons From Communist Europe

October 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK The Romanian doctor has hit the headlines as her statement to the Family Synod gets re-circulated on pro-life blogs. “This is the best presentation at the Synod on the Family!” Dr. Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican proclaims of Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea in his latest letter. Dr. Cernea’s intervention has also been picked up by LifeSiteNews. At about the time that Dr. Cernea, head of the Romanian Association of Catholic Doctors, was explaining to the Synod Fathers how her father had been imprisoned by the Communists for 17 years and how her mother had waited for him not even knowing if he was alive, another initiative was going on back at home in Romania. The Fight Against…Continue Reading

Why Did That Pope Have The Highest Favorable Rating?

October 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Which of the three most recent Popes had the highest “favorable rating” among American adults as measured by the Gallup poll? Was it the Pope who wrote this: “Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral. This doctrine, based upon that unwritten law which man, in the light of reason, finds in his own heart, is reaffirmed by Sacred Scripture, transmitted by the Tradition of the Church and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. “The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Does The Catholic Church Teach About Homosexuality?”

October 24, 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 the complete Culture of Life series on homosexuality [with footnotes], e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Every good Catholic instinctively knows that science always supports the teachings of the Catholic Church, particularly with regard to matters of sexual morality. Those who avoid abortion, extramarital sex, pornography, divorce, contraception, sterilization, and other sexual sins are usually much more content and happy than those who indulge in these evils. This is only natural, since God desires us to be happy in this life as well as in the next. The Culture of Death does absolutely everything it possibly can to…Continue Reading

Homosexual Behavior: The Fundamental Truth

October 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG The consequences of the acceptance of homosexual behavior are rightly emphasized, including the devaluation of marriage, the effects on children adopted by homosexuals, the threat to civil liberties. But there is something more fundamental: Homosexual behavior is intrinsically unnatural. That statement should be evident, but in our present-day Western society many reject it. I’ll come back to that phenomenon. Man and woman complement each other, physically, emotionally, spiritually. This is clearly ordered by nature to procreation: On the biological level that cannot be denied. Two men or two women can’t conceive a child. But it should be clear also that the emotional and spiritual qualities of each parent contribute in their own way to the development of…Continue Reading