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A Book Review… The Loss Of Non-Negotiable Truths

August 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture, by Sheila Liaugminas (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2014), 158 pp., $17.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. To make sense of the moral chaos, divisive political issues, and culture wars precipitated by the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it is essential to begin at the beginning and examine the first premises of moral truths and political philosophies. If one is lost in a labyrinth, it makes no sense to continue forward into the maze but to return to the entrance. As C.S. Lewis comments in the preface to The Great Divorce, “A wrong sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working…Continue Reading

Jesus And Jeremiah Speak To Our Times

August 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + In his homily on the readings for a recent Mass (Jer. 2:1ff and Matt. 13:10-17), our priest noted that much in our culture today parallels the things against which both Jeremiah and Jesus spoke. That struck a resonant chord, for I have long wondered if the current attacks on the Church are analogous to the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Needed: A New Kind Of Politics For An Age Of Cultural Meltdown

August 15, 2014 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] in Crisis. 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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + As we head into another election season, we’ll see…Continue Reading

Censorship On The Sly

August 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It seems as if Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh get a phone call once a week from a student somewhere around the country with a story about how his or her teacher promotes liberal causes in the classroom — everything from the discussions they initiate to the books they assign to the way they grade students’ research papers that take a conservative position. There are many indications that parents have learned how to complain effectively to school administrators and school boards about the more egregious cases of bias. Unfortunately, parents with conservative and traditional views about politics and morality will have to be alert for a new form of left-wing activism in our schools. Bill Donohue…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Should Aborting Women Be Jailed?”

August 13, 2014 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 this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The greatest propaganda weapon anti-life activists use is the victim status. Pro-abortionists are especially accomplished at employing this tactic. Before Roe v. Wade, they tugged on people’s heartstrings by claiming that 5,000 to 10,000 suffering women died of complications due to illegal abortions, a number that its inventor, reformed abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, later admitted was a bald-faced lie. Now that the pro-life movement has been making relentless progress over the past four decades, pro-abortionists are alleging that millions of helpless, desperate women will…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Eloquent “Millennial” Voice Pleading For Sound Leadership

August 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Let Me Be Clear: Obama’s War on Millennials, and One Woman’s Case for Hope. By Katie Kieffer (Crown Publishing Group: Random House LLC, New York, 2014, 338 pp.) $24. Available through crownpublishing.com. This is a lively, spirited book infused with strong convictions, clear thinking, a cornucopia of facts and evidence, and a passionate heart. Political commentator and public speaker Katie Kieffer speaks on behalf of her “Millennial Generation” born between the 1970s and the early 2000s that represents 30 percent of the voting population, a bloc that regrettably endorsed Barack Obama’s agenda and entrusted their future to the promises in his presidential campaigns. Disillusioned and betrayed, Kieffer contrasts the words and actions, appearance and reality, promises and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller Clarifies . . . Marriage’s Indissolubility Is A Dogma

August 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In a book-length interview, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but a dogma of the Church, and stressed the need to recover the sacramental understanding of marriage and family. Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, granted the interview in June to the Spanish journalist Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos in Madrid. The book is titled The Hope of the Family, and will be released in English, Italian, and Spanish. It will be published in the near future by Ignatius Press (ignatius.com). In the book, Cardinal Mueller corrects misunderstandings about the Church’s teaching on…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Stimulating Conversation And Strong Convictions

August 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Learning As I Go, by Jeff Minick. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: North Charleston, S.C., 2013, 311 pages. Available at amazon.com. Imagine sitting at a kitchen table and having a conversation with a native of North Carolina, an elderly gentleman with a lively mind and a bona fide liberal education, a widower with five children and rich life experience, a former bookstore owner and a teacher of Latin, literature, and history to home-schooled students, a person who cherishes family, simple pleasures, and the enjoyment of people, an articulate man of letters with a love of literature and a master of the English language, and a devout Catholic who honors and lives the Christian faith. This is the impression…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Broad Historical Knowledge And Insight

August 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Lassner, Jacob. Jews, Christians and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Pp. xvii + 312. Lassner sets out to examine the triangular relationship that “defined and continues to define the political and cultural interaction among Jews, Christians, and Muslims as defined by law and social convention.” But he does more than that insofar as he provides in passing a history of Western Islamic scholarship from the “orientalists” of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Ignaz Goldziher and Abraham Geiger, for example, to the present. That said, Lassner is primarily interested in the actual conditions of Jews and Christians under Islamic rule. Forced conversion to Islam was rare, he finds,…Continue Reading

Nixon — Before Watergate

August 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN It has been a summer of remembrance. The centennial of the Great War that began with the Guns of August 1914. The 75th anniversary of the Danzig crisis that led to Hitler’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The 70th anniversary of D-Day. In America, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And this past week marked the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Once again, aging liberals will be walking the children through the tale of that triumph of American democracy when they helped to save our republic from the greatest menace to the Constitution in all of history. Missing from the retelling will be the…Continue Reading