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The Demise Of An Icon

August 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “The deepest definition of Youth,” wrote philosopher/scientist Alfred North Whitehead, “is, Life as yet untouched by tragedy.” The words “as yet” are foreboding. One way of staving off tragedy, therefore, is never to age. It is a strategy close to the heart of many writers of fiction. Neither Peter Pan nor any of Disney’s animals grow older. Nor do many comic-book characters. Dorian Gray did not age, but, unfortunately, with tragic results. The Sybil made a colossal mistake when she chose immortality and not eternal Youth. In her shriveled up old age, all she could desire was “death.” Given the prospect of tragedy, there are but two strategies. One is to find its meaning. This is the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: March Of Dimes”

August 6, 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.) +    +    + “There is no substitution for a constitutional right to abortion which protects our fundamental rights” — The March of Dimes. +    +    + No organization has done more to eliminate crippling birth defects than the March of Dimes. The MoD enjoys a great reputation and a quarter-billion dollar annual budget sustained by many imaginative fundraising campaigns. It has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of handicapped children and their families with its emphasis on improved prenatal care and innovative research into providing groundbreaking…Continue Reading

Same-Sex Marriage Vs. Motherhood

August 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provides his column. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The movement demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriage has made a radical and profoundly uncharitable assumption. It is this: Adult homosexuals need and have a greater right to same-sex marriage than babies have to their mothers. You cannot simultaneously claim babies have a right to their mothers and two men have a right to marry each other. Nor, of course, can you simultaneously claim babies have a right to their fathers and two women have a right to marry each other. Notably, advocates of same-sex marriage do not argue that babies have a…Continue Reading

Is The President Incompetent Or Lawless?

August 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and…Continue Reading

Say It Ain’t So, White Sox

August 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES The distinguished physician, psychoanalyst, and anthropologist Dr. Abram Kardiner once stated that homosexuality reaches plague proportions in decadent societies during their final stages of collapse. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen President Obama repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” from our military, opening up a Pandora’s Box that has served only to further weaken what was once known to be the greatest military force known to man. The Boy Scouts are now a foregone conclusion, and one can hardly even get a hamburger at the local fast-food restaurant without being offered a rainbow-wrapped Whopper sandwich. Sacred Scripture presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Real Problem Is In Our Hearts

August 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn, MercySong/Ignatius, 208 pages; visit Ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 for price and ordering information. +    +    + A follow-up to the author’s very successful 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, his new book 7 Secrets of Confession seeks to make the Sacrament of Confession into a more meaningful encounter with God’s mercy, rather than just a ritual to be reluctantly gone through, most probably with the same old “shopping list” of sins. Because Vinny Flynn isn’t afraid to relate his own experiences regarding Confession, both good and bad, you don’t feel he is preaching at you; rather he comes across as someone trying to help Catholics to have a deeper understanding…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . St. Thérèse Of Lisieux: A Best-Loved Saint

August 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 This is the second article about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and deals with her later life, death, and subsequent influence throughout the Catholic world. (See The Wanderer, July 10, 2014, p. 3B for part one.) After a delay of eight months because of her youth, Thérèse was able to make her religious profession in September 1890, aged 17. During the retreat before this event she underwent a period of spiritual desolation, but afterward regained her inner peace. Meanwhile, in 1889, her father suffered a stroke, and had to spend time in a private sanatorium. From this point on, Thérèse further deepened her inner life, expressing it outwardly in small acts and kindnesses, while accepting…Continue Reading

Catholicism And Hypocrisy On “Gay Pride”

July 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Should Catholic teachers march in Toronto’s annual Gay Pride parade? This is the question that has caused considerable controversy and division with the ranks of Ontario Catholics. The Catholic teachers union voted to send as many as 100 teachers to the parade. On the other hand, Fr. Fred Scinto, CR, an adviser for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, dispatched a five-page letter detailing why Catholics should not participate in the parade (that took place on June 29, 2014). The president of the teachers union stated that “it’s important to have a visible demonstration of support for our Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) students and staff.” Fr. Scinto pointed out that the parade is “lewd, crude, and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: YWCA”

July 30, 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.) +    +    + If you live in a larger town or city, you probably have at least one YWCA chapter sponsoring a girl’s basketball team, running a health club, or operating a child care facility or women’s shelter. The Young Women’s Christian Association has been in existence for more than a century and a half, and operates more than 300 affiliates in the United States. The YWCA did not have corrupt origins like the American Civil Liberties Union or the National Organization for Women. Like the Girl…Continue Reading

What If Democracy Is A Fraud?

July 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support…Continue Reading