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Aquinas And Francis On Greed

March 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “Your eyes are bigger than your belly,” my mother used to say to me. I don’t think she coined the expression, despite the authoritative tone she used whenever she enunciated it. Nor do I think she meditated at length on its rich philosophical implications. But she was fond of reiterating this cozy maxim, and its timeless message did not fall either on deaf ears or on a forgetful memory. She may be pleased to know that she now has the Holy Father to amplify her motherly advice. “Wanting more than you need” is a simple definition of greed. I prefer my mother’s version because it suggests that greed makes our foolishness embarrassingly conspicuous. I can easily imagine…Continue Reading

Is Putin The Irrational One?

March 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Vladimir Putin seems to have lost touch with reality, Angela Merkel reportedly told Barack Obama after speaking with the Russian president. He is “in another world.” “I agree with what Angela Merkel said . . . that he is in another world,” said Madeleine Albright. “It doesn’t make any sense.” John Kerry made his contribution to the bonkers theory by implying that Putin was channeling Napoleon: “You don’t just, in the 21st century, behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped-up pretext.” Now that Putin has taken Crimea without firing a shot, and 95 percent of a Crimean electorate voted Sunday, May 16 to reunite with Russia, do his decisions still appear…Continue Reading

Freedom For Me, But Not For Thee

March 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Initially, I was gratified to learn that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was unafraid to take on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over the issue of domestic spying. The CIA is limited by its charter to stealing secrets from foreigners outside the U.S. However, in a recent dust-up, Feinstein took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on staff members of her committee while they were examining CIA documents in Virginia. This may be the first acknowledgment by any senior government official who walks the halls of the intelligence community that the CIA engages in domestic spying. For five years, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been…Continue Reading

Passing On The Faith… The Role That Families Play

March 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, is a regular contributor to ZENIT News Agency, which provided this essay. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Religious practice in terms of attending formal ceremonies has declined significantly in past decades. That brings up the problem as to how religious faith and participation is transmitted between generations. A number of children brought up in families that regularly practice their faith go on to leave their churches. Yet other children do continue to be religiously active. Why is it that some families successfully pass on the faith, while others do not? This is the subject of a recently published book, Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across…Continue Reading

Pope Francis And Pope John Paul II Re Humanae Vitae

March 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + In an interview commemorating the first anniversary of his election as the Bishop of Rome on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis made some wide-ranging comments. Of special interest are his comments on Humanae Vitae. “It all depends on how the text of Humanae Vitae is interpreted. Paul VI himself, toward the end, recommended that confessors show great kindness and attention…Continue Reading

The Price Of Innocence

March 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Pro-life students at Oklahoma State University, called “Cowboys for Life,” asked permission from their university to erect a pro-life display on campus back in October 2012. The university turned them down for the dubious reason that attracting students to walk through the grass to the display would damage “the declining condition” of the school’s lawns. But, as “Cowboys for Life” pointed out, the school had approved other displays in the same area. The university also forbade the students from distributing leaflets. For these and other prohibitions, not imposed on any other campus group, CFL filed a lawsuit in federal court maintaining that the university was guilty of discrimination. Brently Olsson, the students’ lawyer, argued that the school’s…Continue Reading

Keep The Community Organizing Off Church Property

March 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES For the past few weeks I have been asking readers to share information with me about any troubling political activities that may be taking place in their respective parishes and dioceses. I have received a few e-mails from people who are very concerned as to why some of these political activities persist undisturbed. Many of these e-mails have a recurring theme and almost always ask the same question: “Why aren’t our bishops doing anything about it?” That is a great question. People should be going to their parish for spiritual edification and guidance. The house of our Lord is a place to get right with Him through all of the vital sacraments with which we have been…Continue Reading

Federalizing Four-Year-Olds

March 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Will America be a better and freer country three decades from now if the children who turn four in this decade spend most of their waking hours with members of a government teachers union rather than with their moms? President Barack Obama’s vision of America, not surprisingly, starts with very young children spending their time in the custody of government employees. “I believe we should start teaching our kids at the earliest ages,” Obama said last week. When he used the word “we” here, Obama was not talking about Michelle and himself, he was talking about the government. When he used the words “our kids,” he was not talking about his own children — who attend…Continue Reading

Erwin Jöris… A German With Many Years In Hitler’s And Stalin’s Prisons

March 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Part 3 (Editor’s Note: In this three-part article, Dr. Hickson details the life of the late Erwin Jöris, a prisoner of totalitarian regimes, and explains how his life offers lessons for us today. In this concluding article, she comments on how his experiences show the need to resist gradual violations of our privacy and freedom of thought and speech, before they are further eroded or effectively destroyed. (Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover. (Throughout this series, Dr. Hickson has cited quotations from the following work: Andreas Petersen, Deine Schnauze wird Dir in Sibirien einfrieren. Ein Jahrhundertdiktat. Erwin Jöris, Wiesbaden: Matrixverlag, 2012.) +    +    + From August 1951 until the end…Continue Reading

Democracy And The Need For Virtue

March 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell, who is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, reiterated democracy’s need for special virtues in a February 23, 2014 article appearing in the Toronto Sun. “If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan,” he wrote, “it should be that we should put an end to the self-indulgence of thinking we can engage in ‘nation-building’ and creating ‘democracy’ in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed.” Politicians are exceedingly slow, however, in grasping fundamental moral principles. The noted Harvard sociologist Gordon Allport published his classic study, The Nature of Prejudice, during the aftermath of World War II. It was 1954, a global situation very much…Continue Reading