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Can America Stop The Tide Of Assisted Suicide?

May 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By CRAIG TURNER (Editor’s Note: Craig Turner is a graduate of the English honors program at the University of Texas and a former journalist who covered Capitol Hill. Since 1990, he has served as director of communications for three Washington, D.C., companies. Turner is the author of two books recently published by Saint Benedict Press: Words of Faith and Words of Hope. (This column is copyright © 2015 by Craig Turner and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfBooks.com. All rights reserved.) + + + Several states have measures on their ballots that, if passed, will legalize assisted suicide in those states. The dangers of social ills such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and pornography have received much attention lately, but assisted suicide,…Continue Reading

Reel Faith . . . An Interview With Catholic Actor And Filmmaker Eduardo Verastegui

May 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Eduardo Verastegui is a man on a mission. He is tirelessly traveling, either working on his latest film project or helping to promote his most recently completed one. On top of that, Verastegui (pronounced Ver-ah-steg-eeh) also helps run a crisis pregnancy clinic in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Wanderer had a chance recently to speak with Eduardo about his latest film Little Boy (see my review of Little Boy in The Wanderer, April 23, 2015, p. 7B), and how the film invites everyone to understand God, our own faith in Him, and the power of that faith. Q. Did you and your fellow filmmakers decide to make Little Boy, a movie set in…Continue Reading

Give Every Child In Baltimore A $17,329 School-Choice Voucher

May 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “The education system has failed them.” That is part of the explanation that Billy Murphy, a lawyer representing the family of Freddie Gray — who died after his spine was severed while in police custody — gave CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for why some young men in Baltimore rioted on April 27 after Gray’s funeral. “These kids have had bad experiences in school,” Murphy said. “They are frequently harassed by the police,” he said. “They are unemployed because there’s no summer jobs, and so this is what you would expect in a tense time like this.…Continue Reading

John-Henry Westen . . . Addresses Developments In The Synod Of Bishops On The Family

May 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover. She is a contributor to LifeSiteNews.) + + + John-Henry Westen, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the world’s largest pro-life and pro-family website, LifeSiteNews.com, gave a talk in Front Royal, Va., at Human Life International (HLI), on April 22. The topic of the talk was “The Synod on the Family — Is There a Division Brewing?” and Westen, who was in Rome during the last Synod of Bishops in October of 2014, gave a glimpse into the developments at the last synod, as well some reflections about the upcoming synod in October of 2015. Westen described how he and his colleague John Smeaton…Continue Reading

Biblical Values — Or Vegas Values?

April 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Almost all of the declared and undeclared Republican candidates for 2016 could be found the weekend of April 25 at one of two events, or both. The first was organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, and held in Point of Grace Church in Waukee. Dominated by evangelical Christians, who were 60 percent of Republican caucus-goers in 2008 and 2012, the Point of Grace Church event drew no fewer than nine Republican hopefuls. Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, past winners of the Iowa caucuses, were there. So, too, were Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walter. Cruz and Walker are sons of Christian preachers. All nine GOP hopefuls espoused Judeo-Christian values, and all…Continue Reading

Leadership Conference Of Women Religious . . . Agrees To Vatican Corrections, Will Continue to Dialogue

April 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ELISE HARRIS (Wanderer Editor’s Note: Reactions to and interpretations of the LCWR-Vatican joint report have been mixed. (Phil Lawler at catholicculture.org concluded that statements from Gerhard Cardinal Mueller and from Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, president of LCWR, “do not guarantee that the Vatican intervention will prove successful. They do, however, demonstrate that the process was necessary” because too much about religious life that should be taken for granted no longer could be.) + + + VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue. “We are pleased…Continue Reading

Dr. Kinsey, The Great Deformer

April 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO On the dustcover of James H. Jones’ 937-page biography of Alfred Kinsey, we find the following glowing tribute: “Kinsey remains the most influential and respected figure in the field of sex research and is widely regarded as the principal architect of the sexual revolution.” This, needless to say, is the kind of promotional blurb that we come to expect from advertisers. Someone has said that when the gods seek to punish man, they get him to believe in advertising. Psychiatrist Karl Stern has a different appraisal of Dr. Kinsey’s work. He wrote, in Love and Success, that if anyone “attempted to set the stage for a dehumanized, depersonalized society, for the great beehive, he would start with…Continue Reading

A San Francisco Priest Who Defied Tyrants

April 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + Every San Franciscan — and every friend of freedom — should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never backed down. Born in San Mateo in 1911 and educated at St. Ignatius and the University of San Francisco, Fahy was a brilliant man who left behind indisputable proof of his eloquence and courage. He could have been a prince of the city, one of San Francisco’s most prominent and prosperous men. Instead he took a vow of poverty and devoted his life to God.…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Lucia And The True Message Of Fatima

April 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary: Biography of Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart O.C.D., by Carmel of St. Teresa, Coimbra, Portugal (World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, 440 pages, $19.95 — available from publishers: www.bluearmy.com at http://giftshop.wafusa.org/). A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary, which runs to 19 chapters and covers all aspects of Sr. Lucia’s life, was written by the fellow Carmelite Sisters of Sr. Lucia of Fatima, who came to know her so well during the nearly six decades she lived with them in Coimbra, Portugal. The first half of the book describes her life as a child, through the apparitions of our Lady in 1917, and then her experiences…Continue Reading

Church Leaders . . . Pour Out Prayers, Mourning For Cardinal George

April 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

CHICAGO (CNA/EWTN News) — The death of Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, OMI, on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who now heads the Chicago Archdiocese, remembered his “beloved” predecessor in a press conference shortly after the news was announced. Around the United States, other bishops and Catholic organizations also offered their reflections and prayers, remembering the cardinal for his courage, intellectual contributions, and selfless service to the Church. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the USCCB: The death of an exemplary churchman such as Cardinal George brings much sadness at a time of joy and resurrection. We…Continue Reading