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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

Purity Vs. Prudishness

April 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Purity Vs. Prudishness

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND My Dear Friend: A young acquaintance of mine, who seems to have a serious religious vocation, told me that her “friends” accused her of prudishness because of her systematic refusal to get involved in what are called “affairs.” Someone even urged her to undergo psychiatric treatment. It never occurred to these well-intentioned “friends” that — true as it might be that some people have a psychological fear of sex, and dread the self-donation which it implies — (for the plain reason that there is an obstacle in themselves which blocks this self-giving), there might be very different reasons for turning away from the sexual sphere. This young girl — far from refusing a gift of self…Continue Reading

Dietrich Von Hildebrand . . . A Man of Leonine Character

April 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Dietrich Von Hildebrand . . . A Man of Leonine Character

By DONALD DeMARCO Alice von Hildebrand titled the biography of her husband, The Soul of a Lion (2000). In the foreword to the book, chronicling the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest Catholic philosophers, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) refers to an “epiphanous” moment when Dietrich von Hildebrand first realized the nature and importance of philosophy. He describes what transpired during the course of a long walk with one of his sisters when the young Dietrich persistently rebuffed her protestations that moral values are relative. He answered each of her propositions vigorously with a counterargument of his own. Exasperated, the sister called upon their father for assistance. “Imagine, Father,” the distraught sibling complained, “Dietrich refuses to…Continue Reading

Underground Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin Seized By Police

April 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Underground Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin Seized By Police

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA ROME (AsiaNews) — The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), the Most Rev. Peter Shao Zhumin, was seized by police and taken to an unknown location. The incident occurred April 12. Public security agents, however, have allowed the faithful to bring them some clothes to hand them over to the prelate, a sign that his kidnapping will be long term. Bishop Shao is a bishop of the underground Church, recognized by the Holy See as an ordinary bishop of the diocese, after the death of his predecessor, Bishop Vincenzo Zhu Weifang, on September 7. The kidnapping of Shao came just hours before the start of the Easter Triduum. One priest believes the bishop’s detention was precisely to prevent…Continue Reading

Despite Deadly Attacks . . . Pope Francis Will Still Go To Egypt

April 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Despite Deadly Attacks . . . Pope Francis Will Still Go To Egypt

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Vatican confirmed Monday, April 10 that Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt at the end of the month will go on as planned, despite terrorist attacks which killed more than 43 people during Palm Sunday celebrations in the country. The director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, told journalists April 10 that “the Pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled.” The Pope himself also confirmed that the trip will take place, according to Franciscan Fr. Marco Tasca. During a meeting April 10 with General Ministers of the Franciscan Order, Francis “very firmly confirmed his trip to Egypt,” Fr. Tasca said, adding that he is “very informed.” Pope Francis plans to…Continue Reading

Attorney General Visits Arizona . . . Sessions Jumps Over Barricades Of Open-Borders Evasions

April 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Attorney General Visits Arizona . . . Sessions Jumps Over Barricades Of Open-Borders Evasions

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — No matter how high the proposed Trump barriers will be, the mere fact of border laws being enforced strongly for a change seems to be an impediment too towering for many cowed potential boundary violators. In his first official visit to the border as Republican President Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions in his prepared remarks told U.S. law enforcers on April 11 in Nogales, Ariz., which is about a three-hour drive south of Phoenix: “From January to February of this year, illegal crossings dropped by 40 percent, which was unprecedented. Then, last month, we saw a 72 percent drop compared to the month before the president was inaugurated. That’s the lowest monthly figure for…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism: The Final Frontier

April 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism: The Final Frontier

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.) + + + “And when everyone’s super — no one will be!” — The villain “Syndrome” in The Incredibles. Introduction In 2009, the World Transhumanist Association’s website posted the Transhumanist Declaration. It summarized the goals of transhumanism by saying that “humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.” Max More, in his work Principles of Entropy, provided…Continue Reading