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An Analysis Of An Aphorism

October 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on An Analysis Of An Aphorism

By DONALD DeMARCO An aphorism is a brief statement, usually containing a piece of practical wisdom. It is not as witty as an epigram, as noble as a proverb, or as overused as an adage. It is closer to the maxim, which, according to Mark Twain, “consists of a minimum of sound and a maximum of sense.” A maxim, however, differs from an aphorism in that it is always a short rule for moral conduct, such as “look before you leap.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, that quintessential American whom Oliver Wendell Holmes believed to have personified “America’s Declaration of Independence,” was most adept at writing aphorisms. One of my favorites that flowed from the pen of this ordained Unitarian minister is…Continue Reading

An Alien View Of Our World

October 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on An Alien View Of Our World

By JOHN YOUNG (Author’s Note: I recently received an interesting communication from another planet. I was able to translate it after having traveled into the future and borrowed a universal translator from Capt. James Kirk of the starship USS Enterprise. The document is about a report regarding conditions on Earth composed by a recent traveler from another galaxy. (The document in my possession is evidently a letter of rejection of the traveler’s report, written by a newspaper editor on that distant planet. Clearly the editors on that planet go into much more detail than editors on the Earth when they reject a submission.) + + + Thank you for your interesting contribution. Unfortunately I am unable to publish it, because…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The “Benedict Option”: Beware Of The CPS

October 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The “Benedict Option”: Beware Of The CPS

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. Among his authored books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic. He has also edited Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System, The Crisis of Religious Liberty, and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He recently completed a book that evaluates contemporary American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching. (This article…Continue Reading

The End Of Cursive Writing?

October 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The End Of Cursive Writing?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Our goal at First Teachers is to provide a forum for a discussion of educational issues of interest to Catholic students and parents. I am not sure how the topic of cursive writing fits into that framework. Not every tradition deserves to be respected. Not every change in school curricula threatens Catholic values. But there is something about the move away from teaching cursive writing to our children that strikes me as part of the secular liberal agenda. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps our readers can provide some insight. I realize that I may be overreacting. My mind can be changed. To begin with, I must admit to being behind the curve on this…Continue Reading

Richard Dawkins And The Miracle Of Sun

October 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Richard Dawkins And The Miracle Of Sun

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This month sees the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which took place on October 13, 1917, and this article will look at the “scientific” approach of people such as Richard Dawkins, to this extraordinary manifestation of the supernatural. The first thing to say about the miracle is that was announced three months in advance to three simple children, and was seen by at least 70,000 people, who reported that the sun danced in the sky, that the color of the whole landscape changed successively, and that the sun seemed to come down toward them, to the extent that many of the crowd thought it was the end of the world. It…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Mechanism Of Death: Quality Of Life Criteria”

October 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Mechanism Of Death: Quality Of Life Criteria”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Before any act of euthanasia, infanticide, or suicide may be carried out, the killer (and sometimes the victim) must perform some kind of assessment of the value of the life of the “candidate” for death. Eugenicists and euthanasiasts believe that the worth of a person’s life is the sum of his worth to himself and to society. This is the total benefit that the person can produce. On the other side of the equation, the value of the services required…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Hundred And Fifty Years After Darwin And Still No Evidence

October 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Hundred And Fifty Years After Darwin And Still No Evidence

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Wolfe, Tom. Kingdom of Speech. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016. 185 pp. It all began in the Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Alfred Wallace, a self-taught British naturalist, fulfilling an assignment, noticed that the Fuegian inhabitants he encountered were brown, sun-wrinkled, and hairy. The hair on their heads was as wild as any hairy ape. Their legs were too short and their arms were too long for their hairy torsos. Wallace concluded that there was little to distinguish the Fuegians from the higher apes except the power of speech. Wallace subsequently wrote an essay entitled, “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type.” The concept “descent with…Continue Reading

Hunger For The Truth

October 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hunger For The Truth

By DONALD DeMARCO Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was a philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, constitutionalist, and translator. He was well equipped by nature and training to gain proficiency in each of these endeavors. His enthusiasm for learning, very much like that of his predecessor, Aristotle, was based on his firm conviction that “our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.” Cicero offers us a worthy example of a man whose passion for truth was crowned with brilliance of achievement. It is one of the fundamental paradoxes of the human being that alongside of this insatiable desire is a reluctance to accept truth when it is found. It is like having a roaring…Continue Reading

A Response To “On Bended Knee Within The Holy Of Holies”

October 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Response To “On Bended Knee Within The Holy Of Holies”

(Editor’s Note: Below is a response from Dr. Gabriel Radle to James Monti’s treatment of his work in his “Restoring the Sacred” column in our September 8 issue. Following that is Mr. Monti’s reply. We thank both gentlemen for their commentaries.) + + + Dear respected members of the editorial board of The Wanderer, With great disappointment I read in the September 8th edition (page 3B) James Monti’s article, “Restoring the Sacred . . . On Bended Knee Within The Holy of Holies.” I was not disappointed because of his advocacy for the esteemed posture of kneeling in adoration of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. Rather, I was shocked by the characterization that he made of me. Mr. Monti’s article…Continue Reading

Conservatives Students, Liberal Colleges

October 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Conservatives Students, Liberal Colleges

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Recently, I came across a syndicated column by Marvin Olasky that focused on letters from conservative professors who document the unfair treatment they have received from their colleagues: ostracism and denial of tenure, for example. These professors write about the need to “bite my tongue,” to “keep my mouth shut,” of discovering that “graduate students are urged by my colleagues not to work with me.” It is a sad state of affairs. If professors feel compelled to bend to left-wing peer pressure in this manner, how can we expect 19-year-old undergraduates to confront it? Over the years I have heard many young men and women call Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to ask for advice about…Continue Reading