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A Party At War With Itself

January 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on December 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos’ funeral. The third was at Liu’s service on Sunday, January 4. Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served as stand-in for Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and President Obama. For all four gave…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Thoughts On Policing In Light Of Recent Events

January 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason 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 [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + The developments of the past several months have focused sharp national attention on police practices and actions around the…Continue Reading

Bishops Praise The President’s Executive Decree Bypassing Congress

January 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. MARK A. PILON (Editor’s Note: This editorial is provided by Littlemore Tracts, © 2014 by Fr. Mark A. Pilon and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfbooks.com. All rights reserved.) + + + Does the title sound far-fetched? No, that is essentially what CNBC reported several weeks ago. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop in Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, is quoted as saying, “We’ve been on record asking the administration to do everything within its legitimate authority [my emphasis] to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters.” Clearly, this chairman of a small committee in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has put the bishops on record as supporting the president’s interpretation of…Continue Reading

Saving Our Children From The Nutcracker

January 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A thought that has intrigued me over the years is whether there will ever be an event that will cause America’s Christian parents to rise up and demand an end to the secular humanist campaign to drive every hint of the Christian beliefs of the American people from our schools. I sometimes think maybe not, that it is our fate to go quietly into some post-Christian night. The country acquiesced in the end of school prayer, to the relabeling of the Christmas holiday as the “winter break” (while at the same time accepting the official closing of schools for Yom Kippur), and to the exclusion of songs with any reference to Christmas at school winter concerts,…Continue Reading

What Lies Beyond Stardom

January 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO At the end of each year, the media brings to our attention a chronicle of movie celebrities whose lives came to an end during that particular year. The list of these celebrities who passed from this world in 2014 is, as it always is, disquieting. So many lives, so vibrant on the screen, now extinguished. We always experience a certain shock, along with a piercing sadness when we learn of their demise. Did not Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar appear to be immortal in celluloid? Did David Brenner, Joan Rivers, and Bob Hoskins have any premonition that their lease on life would suddenly expire? We watched Eli Wallach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Harold…Continue Reading

Denigrating President Putin

January 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY “You are possibly the most demonized politician in the world today.” Those are the words of journalist Peter Lavelle, spoken directly to President Vladimir Putin of Russia at a recent conference. The occasion was the October Valdai Conference at Sochi where Putin addressed an assembly, received questions, and exchanged views with Western political leaders, including former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, former Federal Chancellor of Austria Wolfgang Schuessel, and representatives of a number of international institutions, including reporters. The annual Valdai Conference, now in its 11th year, has begun to address issues related not just to Russia but to global economics and politics as well. The denigration of Putin goes on unabated worldwide, reflecting…Continue Reading

Meriam Ibrahim Is Role Model Of The Year

January 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY In a year when some of the most exalted public figures in the United States distinguished themselves by advancing unjust causes or cowardly refusing to seriously resist them, a pregnant mother imprisoned in Sudan with her 18-month-old American son set a standard for saintly courage. Meriam Ibrahim is the role model of the year. When a Sudanese court told Meriam she must renounce her Catholic faith and convert to Islam or be hung by the neck until dead, she gave a non-negotiable answer: No. Meriam was born in Sudan to a Christian mother and a Muslim father — who abandoned the family when Meriam was 6. Her mother raised her a Christian. In December 2011, in…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: It’s ‘amazing’ that faithful Catholics are now accused of opposing the Church

January 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE Raymond Cardinal Burke said in an interview this week that it is “amazing” that those who have defended Catholic teaching and practice on withholding Communion from those in publicly “irregular” sexual situations, are being accused of “being against the Holy Father, and of not being in harmony with the Church.” The blog Rorate Caeli carried a translation of the comments Cardinal Burke made this week to the French language daily, Le Figaro. Burke, one of a small group of vocal opponents of the so-called Kasper proposal, said that October’s Synod of Bishops on the family “was a difficult experience.” Those who were “in line” with Walter Cardinal Kasper had control of the synod’s processes, he said. Burke…Continue Reading

Drones Or Waterboarding?

December 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I hesitate to disagree with the consensus among the leading conservative talk show hosts and Fox News commentators about the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on enhanced interrogation techniques. Why do I hesitate? My fear is that readers will think I am disagreeing just to make a point, engaging in an effort to puff up my image as an “independent thinker” who does not march in lockstep with those on my side of the political spectrum. That syndrome exists. I would argue, for example, that there was a rush to judgment by conservative commentators to condemn the grand jury that refused to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Garner…Continue Reading

Obama Throws Fidel A Rope

December 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami told you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross before his Communist jailers killed him, along with an American spy, in exchange for three members of a Cuban espionage ring. Had we left it at that, the deal would have been fine. But Obama threw in an admission that all nine presidents before him pursued a “failed policy.” Calling for recognition of the Castro regime as the legitimate government of Cuba, Obama said, “Isolation has not worked.” “Not worked”? What is he talking about? Isolating…Continue Reading