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U.S. Supreme Court . . . Agrees To Weigh In On Colorado Cake Artist’s Freedom

July 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court . . . Agrees To Weigh In On Colorado Cake Artist’s Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed September 26 to weigh in on whether the government can force a Lakewood, Colo., cake artist to use his artistic talents to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony. In July of last year, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop asked the High Court to take his case and rule that the government cannot coerce him to create artistic expression that communicates a message with which he fundamentally disagrees. The Colorado Supreme Court declined to take the case after the state’s Court of Appeals affirmed a Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision from May 2014. That decision ordered Phillips and his employees to create cakes that celebrate same-sex…Continue Reading

Judging And Judgmentalism

July 1, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Judging And Judgmentalism

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND We are repeatedly told today that we should not be “judgmental.” I even suspect that it is a new word that has crept into our vocabulary. The constant warning given us in homilies, on talk shows, radio programs, and magazines that “we should not judge,” should be a welcome reminder that the danger of pharisaism is deeply rooted in our fallen nature. We enjoy passing judgment on others; we enjoy feeling ourselves above these admonitions. As long as we live, we need these warnings to be strengthened against the ever-rampant temptation to sit in judgment on others. But you must also have noticed that this has led to another danger. In our eagerness to wage war…Continue Reading

The Full Conversion Of Russia… Why We Must Promote The Five First Saturdays Devotion

June 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Full Conversion Of Russia… Why We Must Promote The Five First Saturdays Devotion

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This is the Centenary year of the Fatima apparitions, and so this is a good moment to look back exactly one hundred years this very month of July, to the July 13, 1917 apparition of our Lady to the three Fatima children. This was the most important of all six apparitions in terms of content, since it was on this occasion that she gave them a secret in three parts. The first part was a momentary but terrifying vision of Hell, while the third part was revealed in the year 2000, and showed a Pope being killed at the top of a mountain before a rugged cross. This article, though, is essentially about the second part…Continue Reading

UN Secretary General Analyzes Refugee Situation

June 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on UN Secretary General Analyzes Refugee Situation

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — In an impassioned appeal to the media, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the rising tide of refugees worldwide, but advised that ultimately political solutions to the crises remain the key to stem the tide creating chaotic human displacements. While more than 65 million people around the world are victims of a score of conflicts, both humanitarian assistance and preventive diplomacy to solve these calamities are needed now. “Now we are witnessing the largest number of refugees ever,” the secretary general stated glumly, while adding that although developed countries have carried an enormous burden to aid these ongoing humanitarian emergencies, it was largely overlooked that smaller and poorer states have carried a disproportionate…Continue Reading

Are Persecutions Of Chinese Christians Enough For Asylum?

June 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Are Persecutions Of Chinese Christians Enough For Asylum?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + What constitutes religious persecution in the eyes of the U.S. government? A case heading to the Supreme Court may give a somewhat conclusive answer to the question. The question being put to the court, if it decides to hear it, comes from a Chinese national who entered the country illegally, fleeing what he claimed was religious persecution by the Chinese government. His claim of religious persecution was rejected by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and by a three-judge…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… St. Thomas More And The Defense Of Truth

June 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… St. Thomas More And The Defense Of Truth

By JAMES MONTI As Catholics in America participate in the annual Fortnight for Freedom to pray for the protection of religious liberty, the example of St. Thomas More will again be invoked as in years past, with the liturgical commemoration of his martyrdom on June 22 coming only a day after the beginning of the Fortnight and the actual anniversary of his death falling just two days after the Fortnight’s close on July 4. The saint’s heroic stance in refusing to give his assent to King Henry VIII’s takeover of the Church in England and the monarch’s divorce and remarriage are rightly highlighted to present More as an example in the defense of religious freedom. What usually gets overlooked, however,…Continue Reading

St. Teresa Of Calcutta… Hope For A Beleaguered World

June 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on St. Teresa Of Calcutta… Hope For A Beleaguered World

By DONALD DeMARCO “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing, direct murder by the mother herself. And we read in the Scripture, for God says very clearly: Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have curved you in the palm of my hand. We are curved in the palm of His hand; so close to Him, that unborn child has been curved in the hand of God.” These words were spoken by Mother Teresa as part of her acceptance speech when she received the coveted Nobel Peace Prize (December 11, 1979). The words of a saint should not be taken lightly.…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima: The May Apparition

June 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima: The May Apparition

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + 1917 was a tumultuous year that would forever change the face of the world. The suicide of Christendom was taking place as the First World War was being waged throughout Europe, and Communist errors began to spread as the Bolshevik revolution took hold of Russia. Both of these events are at the root of the moral and social evils which characterize the present age. To the tiny and unknown Fatima, located in a country where an anticlerical government of prominent…Continue Reading

Atheist Christian Haters Win In Court

June 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Atheist Christian Haters Win In Court

NEW YORK — Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented June 20 on a First Amendment case that dealt a blow to religious liberty. The full text follows: + + + For 75 years, Bayview Park, in a Pensacola, Fla., neighborhood, has been home to a large cross. The 1941 wooden cross, erected by a New Deal agency, was replaced by a civic group in 1969 with a 34-foot concrete “Latin cross.” No one complained until recently. On June 19, a federal judge ordered it to be taken down. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson was sympathetic to the Christians who wanted the cross to stay, but felt he had no choice but to rule against them. “Thousands upon thousands,” he noted,…Continue Reading

A Long History Of Leftist Hatred

June 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Long History Of Leftist Hatred

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed because two Capitol Hill cops were at that Alexandria baseball field, providing security for House Whip Steve Scalise. Had those cops not been there, a massacre would have ensued with many more dead than the gunman. Recall. There were no armed citizens at that Tucson grocery in 2011, when six were murdered and Cong. Gabrielle Giffords was gravely wounded along with a dozen others. The nutcase doing the…Continue Reading