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Cardinal Wuerl Says… Firing Dissident Employees Protects Catholic School’s Mission

January 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By KIMBERLY SCHARFENBERGER (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society [www.cardinalnewmansociety.org]. All rights reserved.) + + + Catholic schools have “an obligation” to terminate employees who actively oppose Church teaching and whose conduct “undermines the Church’s ability to fulfill her mission,” Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., recently wrote in a blog post addressing the firing of a Church employee found to be in a same-sex marriage. “The purpose of our parishes, schools, ministries, and other Catholic entities — ‘and the task of those who work for them — is to lead people to Jesus’,” explained Cardinal Wuerl, citing his May 2015 pastoral letter Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity…Continue Reading

He Created Them Male And Female (Or Did He?)

January 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez, former prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, began his book, Male and Female He Created Them (Ignatius Press: 1997), by stating the following: “No human institution is so deeply rooted in nature and in the heart of man and of woman as marriage and the family.” The distinction that human beings are male and female — rooted as it is in Scripture, nature, and in the human heart, as well as recorded in history and codified in law — would seem to be so firmly established that it could never be denied. Moreover, if it were denied, it would seriously undermine the very basis of society since sexual identity,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “How Dissenters Attack The ‘Oneness’ Of The Church”

January 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (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.) + + + We have seen that the “Charter of the Rights of Catholics in the Church,” drawn up by the dissenting group Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church, calls for the supremacy of conscience in moral decision-making, the ordination of women, and the freedom to dissent (unless, of course, liberals are in power). That charter goes on to propose a…Continue Reading

Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom

January 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN (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. All rights reserved.) + + + One of the big events of 2015 was the decision by the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that upheld the decision to allow same-sex marriage. The decision’s consequences were examined in the recent book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, by Ryan T. Anderson (available at amazon.com). The Supreme Court’s decision has brought the sexual revolution to its apex, Anderson commented in his introduction. Anderson, a research fellow…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Gripping Adventure Tale For Young Catholics

January 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The Secret of Glaston Tor, by Donal Foley; 2015; 238 pages. Available from Amazon.com as well as theotokos.org.uk for $11.99 plus shipping. Do Catholic parents know what their young teenagers (especially those in the 11 to 15-year-old range) are reading? Judging by the educational standards in too many of our schools and the obsession of too many youngsters with their fantasy worlds on iPhones and iPads, and their fixation on morally questionable movies and decadent celebrities, such parents often find themselves helpless. They see their young children bombarded by a secular culture which has lost its moral moorings and now glorifies every perversity and evil. The transformative power of great and good literature inspired by the truths…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

January 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The secular world is so preoccupied with being up-to-date that it forgets, as C.S. Lewis reminds us, that “all that is not eternal is eternally out of date.” To suggest that the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is “quaint” and not relevant to our modern age is a curiosity. The man who labors to be in step with his times dooms himself to be out of step with the times that follow. Why do people sacrifice themselves on the altar of irrelevancy? Aquinas endures because of his common sense, and because he sought the truth of things. These two traits are evident in his Commentary on Matthew where he states: “Life comes before learning: for life leads…Continue Reading

What Bernie & The Donald Portend

January 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN At this writing, it is three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, and clarity emerges. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is in trouble. Polls show her slightly ahead of Socialist Bernie Sanders in Iowa, but narrowly behind in New Hampshire. And the weekend brought new revelations about yet more classified and secret documents sent over her private email server when she was secretary of state. Between now and November, she will be traversing a minefield, with detonations to be decided upon by FBI investigators who may not cherish Clinton, and might like to appear in the history books. Clinton’s charge about Donald Trump’s alleged “penchant for sexism” brought a counterstrike — her being the “enabler”…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Brief Consideration Of The New “Faithfulful Citizenship” USCCB Document

January 13, 2016 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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently two 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.) + + + The U.S. bishops recently issued an updated version of their 2007 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship…Continue Reading

The Constitution, The President, And Guns

January 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, the Supreme Court laid to rest the once-simmering dispute over the meaning of the Second Amendment. In an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right. A pre-political right is one that pre-exists the political order that was created to protect it. Thus, the court held, the origins of this right are the ancient and persistent traditions of free peoples and their…Continue Reading

“How Dissenters Attack The ‘Oneness’ of the Church”

January 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (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.) + + + As we have seen, the first article of the “Proposed Charter of the Catholic Church,” formulated by the dissenting group Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), calls for conscience to be the supreme arbiter of moral decision-making. ARCC makes no distinction between properly formed and unformed consciences. This means that, under the charter, there would be complete…Continue Reading