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Our Judicial Dictatorship

October 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage? Not long ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes. Moreover, the laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had all been enacted democratically, by statewide referenda, like Proposition 8 in California, or by Congress or elected state legislatures. But today rogue judges and justices, appointed for life, answerable to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on what laws we may and may not enact. During the past week, the Supreme Court refused to stop federal judges from overturning laws banning same-sex marriage. We are now told to expect the Supreme Court itself to discover in the Constitution a right…Continue Reading

The Government And Freedom

October 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This past week, FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to 60 Minutes during which he revealed a flawed understanding of personal freedom. He rightly distinguished what FBI agents do in their investigations of federal crimes from what the NSA does in its intelligence gathering, when the two federal agencies are looking for non-public data. The FBI requires, Comey correctly asserted, articulable suspicion to commence an investigation and probable cause to obtain a search warrant. It does this because its agents have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, and their failure to comply with that oath may very well render the evidence obtained by unconstitutional means useless in court. The NSA, as we know, makes…Continue Reading

Religious Freedom In Belarus . . . Strict Controls, “An Invisible Ghetto,” Continue

October 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (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.) + + + Current events in the Middle East have drawn attention to the plight of Christians and other groups but there are many other countries in the world where religious freedom is sorely lacking. One of these is Belarus and a short time ago the nonprofit foundation, Forum 18 News Service, published a survey on its situation. Forum 18 is named after Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that upholds the right to freedom of conscience and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Crisis Pregnancy Center Movement”

October 17, 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.) + + + “Speak, yourself, on behalf of the dumb, on behalf of all the unwanted; speak, yourself, pronounce a just verdict, uphold the rights of the poor, of the needy” (Prov. 31:8-9). + + + The organized American pro-life movement has a very long and honorable history. It is more than 350 years old — a century older than the republic itself. The pro-life movement originated with several chains of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), whose operating methods and range of services were remarkably similar to those that exist today. Between the end of the Civil War and the turn…Continue Reading

Famed Dancer’s Daughter . . . Reflects On A Century Of Her Father’s Tradition-Breaking Legacy

October 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Before international fame shone on Pope Francis, he was an easily ignored man wearing a Roman collar, seated on the everyday benches of the Buenos Aires subway. A spotlight, when switched on, confers instant celebrity. But when the light’s not being brilliant, who knows who’s there in the next seat? So it goes with fame around the globe, not only for a to-be Argentine Pope. How many future Hollywood stars bused tables in dim lighting first? How many, once they’re famous, wear dark glasses to try to get incognito? For the second time in two and a half years, The Wanderer sat down recently with the unassuming daughter and granddaughter of tradition-shattering Waslaw Nijinsky, acclaimed…Continue Reading

Or Do We?. . . “We’ve Got To Do Something In Iraq”

October 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL At the moment, our rulers seem well on the way to getting us into our third Iraq war in a generation, the first two having exhibited, in the short term, the appearance of success (“a piece of cake”), but dismal failure in the longer run, wasting our nation’s resources and lives, accomplishing nothing but to get us even deeper into the Middle Eastern quicksand, while increasing the disorder there. That means it’s time to do a brief review of the Church’s just war tradition and to reflect on how it is relevant to the present situation. My own views on all this have, I must acknowledge, changed drastically over the years. I was a pretty rabid…Continue Reading

Parallel Reconstruction

October 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO While the political commentators in the nation’s capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one-third of the Senate and nearly all members of the House campaign for re-election, the president’s spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. The president continues to dispatch his National Security Agency spies as if he were a law unto himself, and Congress — which is also being spied upon — has done nothing to protect the right to privacy that the Fourth Amendment was written to ensure. Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, yet it has failed miserably…Continue Reading

Five Cardinals . . . Demolish Cardinal Kasper’s Arguments

October 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover.) + + + The authors of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which was just released by Ignatius Press, could not have chosen a better title for their work. The book is a 300-page-long response to the speech delivered by Walter Cardinal Kasper in February of 2014 as part of the preparation for the Synod of Bishops, which is meeting in Rome. Five cardinals, among them some of the highest-ranking in the Church — Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller and Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke — as well as three other authors have had the courage to defend Christ’s teaching about marriage…Continue Reading

Playing Chess With The Devil

October 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JULIE ASH (Editor’s Note: Julie Ash writes from Cherokee County, Okla., where she is a novice Benedictine oblate of Clear Creek Abbey.) + + + Satan is the consummate game-player. He has studied human nature for generations, and knows our weaknesses and how best to exploit them. His latest scheme involves staging satanic events mocking Jesus Christ and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a public forum. The first attempt was directed at Harvard University in May, and failed. The father of lies then struck at the heartland, Oklahoma City, where a black mass was held at the Civic Center on September 21. Ritualized evil presented under the guise of learning the history of different cultural practices at…Continue Reading

Pass-Fail — At Princeton?

October 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My daughter and I have chuckled off and on over the years about the grading system used in my grandchildren’s public elementary school. Instead of As and Bs and Cs, the students are given an I, for “works independently,” a P, for “progressing,” a T, for “trying and needs help.” Once the children reach middle school this system is dropped and the traditional letter grades are used to differentiate between student achievement. The logic behind this arrangement is that children at an early age should not have their confidence damaged by comparisons between themselves and students who are doing better than they are; that school systems should hold off until middle school and high school before…Continue Reading