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Synod Front Update . . . Some Good Initiatives And Some Troubling Ones

August 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON In the recent days, several news-reports have come from Europe that are worth presenting to the U.S. Catholic world. Some of the indications are encouraging, but some of them are troubling. The most important event, first of all, is the publication in Rome of a new book which contains the presentations of an earlier set of seminars that were hosted — in January, February, and March 2015 — by the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. The title of the book is: Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond); and it is part of the Famiglia e Vita series directed by Fr. Gianfranco Grieco. The topics…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… The Assumption And Mary As The New Eve

August 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady is celebrated on August 15, and commemorates the fact that our Lady was taken up into Heaven body and soul and is now reigning as Queen of Heaven with her Son, Jesus Christ. The Blessed Virgin was privileged in this way because of the holiness of her life and also because she shared so intimately in the Passion and death of Christ. This article will look at that aspect of her life from the point of view that just as Christ was regarded as the New Adam by St. Paul, so, too, later on the Church Fathers frequently compared Mary with Eve, describing here as the “New Eve.”…Continue Reading

The Plot To Destroy Nixon

August 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In his new biography Being Nixon: A Man Divided, Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s review found Thomas’ book deficient in its failure to chronicle the “endemic criminality” of the Nixon presidency. Yet, recent revelations suggest that “endemic criminality” is a phrase that might well be applied to the newsroom of The Washington Post when Bob Woodward and Bernstein worked there. Consider. In All the President’s Men, Woodward and Bernstein admit that, in collusion with Post editors and with the approval of Post lawyers, they approached half a dozen Watergate grand jurors. Admitting this was a…Continue Reading

“Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

August 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + During the height of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, the mainstream press and liberal groups systematically pilloried the Church and bishops who moved guilty priests from diocese to diocese or covered up for them. Meanwhile, they entirely ignored the well-organized and determined efforts by professional associations and sex educators to decriminalize and normalize child sexual abuse. As early as 1988, a leading American psychological journal, Behavior…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Truth Ever Ancient And Ever New

August 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Seven Deadly Sins, by Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2015), 207 pp.; $18.95. Available through Always a topic of universal human interest, the seven deadly sins — no matter the number of treatises or books on the subject — continue to capture attention because they apply to all human beings both in the past and present. To some degree or another, every person’s moral struggle strives to combat one or several of these sins. Who in positions of power or authority is not prone to pride, or how many people who protest “it’s not fair” are ruled by envy rather than justice? Who is not tempted by avarice, gluttony, or lust in…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Fragrance Of Baroque Liturgy And Art

August 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI All of us have had at some time or another a special moment in church when we have found ourselves before a particularly beautiful altar, with the Blessed Sacrament enthroned upon it in a splendid gold or silver sunburst monstrance, its molded rays sparkling with the shimmer of candles ablaze around it, as shafts of light descend into the sanctuary from a nearby stained-glass window and a gentle breeze from outside stirs the incense-fragrant air within. The sunburst monstrance as we know it was imparted to our Catholic heritage by that age of liturgy and art known as the Baroque Era, a period that arose following the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and thrived until the second half…Continue Reading

Caring For The Elderly Vs. Assisted Suicide

August 3, 2015 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. All rights reserved.) + + + On Sunday, July 26, the Church in England and Wales celebrated the “Day for Life.” This year the annual event focused on the treatment of people at the end of their lives. The topic of euthanasia is very relevant at the moment with a vote on the second reading of a bill allowing assisted suicide to take place in the House of Commons on September 11. If the bill, promoted by Labor Party Member of…Continue Reading

Holy See Stresses Pro-Life Creds At UN Amid Questions

August 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK B. CRAINE and PETE BAKLINSKI NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) — The Holy See is emphasizing its commitment to promoting life and family at the United Nations after a confusing statement the nunciature made in a negotiation on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in June. In a speech on June 22, Msgr. Joseph Grech, representing Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said the Vatican supports the goals and targets of the SDGs “verbatim.” Pro-life advocates were alarmed at this because two of the targets call for “universal access” to “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” as well as “family planning” services, phrases that are typically used at the UN to include abortion and contraception. The concern is compounded by what has seemed…Continue Reading

Hillary Lies Again

August 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress. I did err in that column with respect to an arms dealer named Marc Turi. I regret the error and apologize for it. I wrote that Turi sold arms to Qatar as part of Clinton’s scheme to get them into the hands of rebels. A further review of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Excellent Guide To Answering Anti-Catholic Attacks

July 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Five Anti-Catholic Myths: Slavery, Crusades, Inquisition, Galileo, Holocaust by Gerard M. Verschuuren (Angelico Press: 2015; 181 pages, $16.95 print edition). Available at In this book the author sets out to investigate just how it has come about that anti-Catholic myths about particular topics have managed to become so deeply embedded in the psyche of the post-Christian West. Verschuuren begins by stating that we are dealing with myths “fabricated by people with a strong bias against the Catholic Church,” via largely fictional distortions of the facts, resulting from post-Reformation propaganda, Enlightenment prejudices, and thought emanating from later varieties of materialism and secularism. His first topic is slavery, and he argues against the myth that somehow the…Continue Reading