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A Meeting Of World Historical Importance . . . Pope And Patriarch To Discuss Common Beliefs, Christian Persecution

February 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. The article below was dated February 5, a week before the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill. This week’s issue of The Wanderer was published on February 11, one day before the meeting. Moynihan’s commentary is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) + + + There are several points to keep in mind in the run-up to the two-hour meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome — and so the head of the Roman Catholic Church — and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, scheduled for…Continue Reading

Liberalism’s Legacy: Debt And Dependency

February 15, 2016 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.) + + + How will history remember the presidency of Barack Obama? In the budget message he sent Congress, Obama portrays himself as a president who led America back to economic good times. “When I took office, our nation was in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression,” Obama wrote. “The economy was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. The auto industry was on the brink of collapse and our manufacturing sector was in decline. Many families were struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Millions more saw their savings evaporate, even as retirement…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The Universality Of The Church”

February 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

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 the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “It remains for Us now to say a few words about the Modernist as reformer. From all that has preceded, it is abundantly clear how great and how eager is the passion of such men for innovation. In all Catholicism there is absolutely nothing on which it does not fasten. They wish philosophy to be reformed, especially in the ecclesiastical seminaries.…Continue Reading

Death With Dignity: A Dangerous Pretense

February 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off
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By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Every life has value and is worthy of continuing, regardless of how old, infirmed, ill, or limited in future duration. Yet, today, an increasing number of states are empowering physicians to assist terminally ill people in committing suicide, so they can “die with dignity.” The movement, cloaked in an appealing euphemism, is indifferent to the sacredness of human life. All people have equal dignity simply by being human. An individual’s self-image may change as one ages, loses physical or mental ability, or suffers, but the person’s worth and inherent dignity are not altered. Life is a gift of our Creator. No person or government is entitled to take it away; no individual has the license to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Says . . . Lent Is A Time Of Pruning And Reconciliation

February 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance, and acts of charity. “Lent is a beneficial time of pruning from falsity, from worldliness, from indifference: to not think that everything is OK if I am OK; to understand that what counts is not approval, the pursuit of success or consensus, but purity of heart and life,” the Pope said February 10. It’s a time to rediscover one’s Christian identity, “which is love that serves, not selfishness that uses,” he said. Pope Francis celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter’s…Continue Reading

Bloomberg Vs. Trump?

February 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on Morning Joe, said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race. Which is probably the understatement of 2016. The three-term mayor of New York and media mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion, making him one of the richest men on Earth, told the Financial Times on Monday, February 8 that he is considering a run. Bloomberg had earlier confided he was worried about Hillary Clinton’s ability to turn back the challenge of Bernie Sanders, regards Trump’s rise with trepidation, and is appalled by the pedestrian character of the campaign rhetoric. “I find the level of discourse and discussion…Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . To Be Is To Give, And Other Matters

February 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL The most fundamental question for all of is: What are we for? What is life about? What is selfhood about? Are we here to aggrandize ourselves with things like power, wealth, brilliance? Or are we here to give ourselves? We think that by working to add to the self, we increase it, but in reality we shrink it as it turns inward on itself, becoming a kind of black hole approximating more and more to an infinitesimal point, closely approaching nothingness. But paradoxically, when we regard the self as a gift given to us only so that we may in turn give it, we receive it back with increase. What we need to understand is that…Continue Reading

Blessed José Sanchez Del Rio… Miraculous Cure Of A Baby Leads To His Sainthood

February 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sanchez del Rio has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood. Pope Francis signed the decree January 21, verifying the inexplicable recovery of a baby who doctors said had “no hope of survival” due to multiple health problems, including brain damage caused by a stroke, as a miracle attributed to José Luis Sanchez del Rio, a teenager who was martyred for his faith during the Cristero wars of the 1920s. Ximena Guadalupe Magallon Galvez was just a few weeks old in September 2008 when her parents took her to…Continue Reading

Begging For Mercy

February 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO When we do not hear another person’s words correctly we say, “I beg your pardon.” A moderator appears on stage and apologizes for a momentary inconvenience by saying to the audience, “I beg your indulgence.” These words flow easily from our lips, usually without much reflection. They have become automatic responses, polite gestures, clichés. On reflection, however, they identify the speakers as “beggars.” Now, we think of beggars as unfortunates with whom we do not identify. And yet, in the eyes of God, we are all beggars, beggars for mercy. We are prone to dividing people by class, wealth, ability, station, and pedigree. Yet, despite our proclivity for feeling superior to others, the one common denominator that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The ‘Holiness’ Of The Church”

February 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Here it is well to note at once that, given this doctrine of experience united with that of symbolism, every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true. . . . Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true” — Pope St. Pius X, encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (“On the Doctrine…Continue Reading