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Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Troubles With Transhumanism

May 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Troubles With Transhumanism

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 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + As we have seen, most transhumanists emphasize only the benefits that their movement would supposedly bring to the human race. Perhaps they omit possible problems because, like all Culture of Death movements, they lack even the most fundamental understanding of human nature. So their primary problem seems to be not dishonesty, but ignorance. Weapons of War. Ever since humanity’s beginnings, we have possessed an innate capability to murder each other. This urge manifests itself in many ways. For example, we…Continue Reading

Questionable Sociology… Inflating The Number Of Atheists

May 1, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Questionable Sociology… Inflating The Number Of Atheists

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights [catholicleague.org]. This editorial was originally published on April 27 on the Catholic League’s website, catholicleague.org. All rights reserved. (In 1980, Donohue was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.) + + + Two University of Kentucky psychologists, Will M. Gervais and Maxine B. Najle, claim that 26 percent of Americans are atheists. Their research, available now at PsyArXiv.com, will appear in an upcoming edition of Social Psychological and Personality Science; the journal is published eight times a year. Their finding not only contradicts every reputable survey on this subject — from Gallup to Pew Research Center — their methodology is…Continue Reading

Pope Names New Head Of Chicago Eparchy

April 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Names New Head Of Chicago Eparchy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has named Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, MSU, as bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians, in Illinois. Prior to the appointment, Bishop Aleksiychuk was an auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Lviv, Ukraine. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C., on April 20 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Valery Aleksiychuk was born January 16, 1968, in Borshchivka, Ukraine. He pursued seminary studies and was ordained a priest on March 29, 1992. He was named auxiliary bishop of Lviv on August 3, 2010, and ordained a bishop on September 5, 2010. The Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians has been a sede vacante since August…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The Hands Of A Queen

April 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred The Hands Of A Queen

By JAMES MONTI When in His infinite wisdom and love God fashioned man in His image and likeness, He imparted to the human body a remarkable and matching pair of members specifically crafted to imitate the Creator in His work of creation — the hands. And when in the fullness of time Our Lord refashioned the world by His great work of redemption, He imparted to the human hand new powers even more remarkable than what had already been given. For now the hand became an efficacious instrument of grace, an instrument for conferring, confecting, celebrating, and solemnizing the sacraments. The hands of a priest, conformed by Ordination to those of Christ Himself, were given the unimaginable power of bringing…Continue Reading

At The Supreme Court… How The Media Reported On Trinity Lutheran

April 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on At The Supreme Court… How The Media Reported On Trinity Lutheran

By JAMES ARNOLD (Editor’s Note: This commentary originally appeared on the ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom] Blog on April 26, 2017. See www.adflegal.org. The article is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved. (James Arnold is the legal content manager for ADF. He wrote this post about Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., applying for a state grant to resurface a playground adjacent to its licensed preschool and daycare, called the Child Learning Center. The state of Missouri refused to give the grant on grounds of separation of church and state. See Mike Manno’s commentary in last week’s Wanderer, April 27, 2017, p. 5A.) + + + In coverage of the Trinity Lutheran hearings at the Supreme Court, over at The New…Continue Reading

Helen Hull Hitchcock… A Woman For Faith And Family

April 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Helen Hull Hitchcock… A Woman For Faith And Family

By DONALD DeMARCO Helen Hull Hitchcock passed away after a brief illness on October 20, 2014 at age 75. Accolades poured in from around the globe in honor of this extraordinary woman. Mary Shivanandan, a retired faculty member at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and a longtime friend of Helen, provided a concise and accurate summation of Mrs. Hitchcock’s life and contribution to the Church: “In the midst of an increasingly secular culture and a strident feminism, Helen embodied the true ‘woman’s genius’ of John Paul II by bringing to bear her feminine gifts to the pressing problems of our day without compromising her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. Not only by…Continue Reading

Fr. Jacques Hamel’s Cause Is Opened

April 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. Jacques Hamel’s Cause Is Opened

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — The archbishop of Rouen, France, the Most Rev. Dominique Lebrun, confirmed the official opening of the Diocesan Cause of Beatification of Fr. Jacques Hamel, murdered by extremists while celebrating Mass in the church of St. Etienne du Rouvray, in Normandy. The archbishop made the announcement during the Chrism Mass over which he presided on Holy Thursday, in the city’s cathedral. The cause begins thanks to the authorization that came from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with Pope Francis’ permission to suspend the canonical law that requires a period of at least five years before the opening of the process of canonization. With Fr. Hamel’s cause, there are now three cases in recent times that…Continue Reading

Not Trump Who’s Big Threat . . . Left-Wing Activists Stir Disruption From Town Halls To Campuses

April 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Not Trump Who’s Big Threat . . . Left-Wing Activists Stir Disruption From Town Halls To Campuses

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Jeff Flake, one of Arizona’s two Republican U.S. senators who runs for office as a conservative but votes as a “moderate” — like his buddy John McCain — would seem to be the kind of politician left-wing activists should love: a squish whose principles are open to intimidation from the left. However, portside activists enjoyed venting their spleen so much at Flake’s April 13 town-hall meeting in a Phoenix suburb that they didn’t try to reach much accommodation with the junior GOP senator from the Grand Canyon State, who was on their own side of the aisle in criticizing and opposing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy in 2016. Under a headline saying Flake “spars with wild…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism’s Search For Godhood

April 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism’s Search For Godhood

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 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “There is no time to wait for Darwinian evolution to make us more intelligent and better natured. . . . Humans are entering a new phase of what might be called self-designed evolution, in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA” — Stephen Hawking. + + + The objective of transhumanism is to develop technologies that will greatly enhance the human condition by making us physically stronger, more versatile, and more intelligent. It also aims to…Continue Reading

A Tax Reform Plan That May No Longer Work

April 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Tax Reform Plan That May No Longer Work

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + My father, who was born in 1922 and lived his teens and early twenties during the unfortunate reign of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whimsically embraced a tax reform plan that he sardonically explained to me once or twice during his hard-working life. The first step in this plan was to abolish the federal system of withholding taxes from a worker’s paycheck — a system enacted in 1943 by Roosevelt and a Democratic Congress. FDR wanted not only to limit the size of an individual’s income, but also to seize a large share of it before the individual…Continue Reading