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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . A Brief Consideration Of The New “Faithfulful Citizenship” USCCB Document

January 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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 books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently two edited volumes, Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System, and The Crisis of Religious Liberty. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + The U.S. bishops recently issued an updated version of their 2007 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship…Continue Reading

The Constitution, The President, And Guns

January 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, the Supreme Court laid to rest the once-simmering dispute over the meaning of the Second Amendment. In an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right. A pre-political right is one that pre-exists the political order that was created to protect it. Thus, the court held, the origins of this right are the ancient and persistent traditions of free peoples and their…Continue Reading

“How Dissenters Attack The ‘Oneness’ of the Church”

January 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + As we have seen, the first article of the “Proposed Charter of the Catholic Church,” formulated by the dissenting group Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), calls for conscience to be the supreme arbiter of moral decision-making. ARCC makes no distinction between properly formed and unformed consciences. This means that, under the charter, there would be complete…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . A Sense Of The Sacred In How We Speak

January 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI When several months ago, dear readers, I had the happy privilege of beginning this new column for The Wanderer, “Restoring the Sacred,” it was with the intent of exploring with you how we could rediscover and renew what it truly is to render unto God that which is properly and fittingly His in Catholic worship. What does it mean to seek the restoration of the sacred? It is a quest to deepen the sense of holiness and transcendence in the Catholic liturgy and in Catholic life, to perceive God as He truly is from the perspective of who we truly are, His creatures. How did we ever lose the sense of the sacred in the first place?…Continue Reading

Is Thinking A Dying Art?

January 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The classic excuse among “liberal” Catholics for not opposing abortion is that they would not think of imposing their views on others. One may recall Vice President Joe Biden emphasizing this point during the 2012 vice-presidential debate with Cong. Paul Ryan. Though Biden affirmed that he has been a practicing Catholic all his life, he did not want to impose his Catholic views on anyone else. “I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews,” he stated, “and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the — the congressman. I — I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that — women, they…Continue Reading

The One-Man Rule

January 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + “Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness, as you confess those invaded by the Stamp Act to be,” John Dickinson wrote in 1766. “We claim them from a higher source — from the King of Kings, and Lord of all the Earth,” he said in a public letter he signed simply “A North American.” “They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals,” Dickinson said. “They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us;…Continue Reading

Bishops of Nebraska . . . Issue Statement On Transgender Students And Sports

January 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

OMAHA (ZENIT) — On Monday, January 4, the Nebraska bishops released this Statement on the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Policy on Transgender Student Participation: + + + Over the next two weeks, the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) member schools and board of directors will be considering and voting on alternative policies regarding the participation of minors who experience gender dysphoria in high school activities. These alternatives will determine whether, and if so under what conditions, a biological male student can participate as a female in a girls’ sport, and a biological female student can participate as a male in a boys’ sport. Whichever alternative is chosen also will establish the legal basis for any litigation in Nebraska on important,…Continue Reading

“How Dissenters Attack The ‘Oneness’ Of The Church”

January 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes @hli.org.) + + + “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved. . . . For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. It has happened to them according…Continue Reading

Islam And The West: An Irreconcilable Conflict?

January 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here . . . and . . . around the world, that there is a ‘clash of civilizations’.” So said Hillary Clinton in the December 19 New Hampshire debate. Yet, that phrase was not popularized by Donald Trump, but by Harvard’s famed Samuel Huntington. His The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has been described by Zbigniew Brzezinski as providing “quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.” That Clinton is unaware of the thesis, or dismisses it, does not speak well of the depth of her understanding of…Continue Reading

Books Are Born Not Made

January 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Theologian Romano Guardini begins his introduction to The Conversion of Augustine by stating: “Books do not come into existence as their authors want them to, but rather as they want to.” Books, especially good ones, such as the one that Guardini introduces, seem to have a mind of their own. They take shape within the unconscious until they are ready to be born. The eminent theologian speaks of “the interior process which The Confessions describes pushed its way to the fore and took over.” Two factors should be added: 1) the assistance of friends; 2) the work of divine Providence. I would like to confirm and enlarge upon Guardini’s statement. After writing extensively about a rather dreary…Continue Reading