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Pope Francis On Medjugorje… Why The Visions Have Not Received Church Approval

June 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Francis On Medjugorje… Why The Visions Have Not Received Church Approval

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Now that the dust has settled somewhat following the remarks made by Pope Francis about Medjugorje, on his journey back to Rome from Fatima in May — where he had just canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto — we can see whether anything significant has occurred regarding the Vatican stance on Medjugorje. The Pope was asked what he thought about “shrines” like Medjugorje, and the religious fervor surrounding them. He responded by saying that presumed apparitions, such as Medjugorje, aren’t part of the public, ordinary Magisterium of the Church. Then he remarked that he was aware of problems concerning it, but that investigations were continuing and that he hoped that the truth about it would come out.…Continue Reading

William Kurelek… Painting For Life

June 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on William Kurelek… Painting For Life

By DONALD DeMARCO I was about to take my aesthetics students to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo when a friend suggested that on my way there, I stop at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and view the artistry of William Kurelek. And so I did, but what we found there was an unexpected treasure. We never did get to Buffalo. The museum’s centerpiece is 160 paintings illustrating as many verses from the Passion of Christ according to St. Matthew. This ambitious project required six years of planning and execution, including a three-week sojourn in the Holy Land where Kurelek retraced the footsteps of Christ and three years in studying the Gospel. He commenced his work on New Year’s Day…Continue Reading

Writer Of Priests . . . The Vocation Of J.F. Powers

June 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Writer Of Priests . . . The Vocation Of J.F. Powers

By RAY CAVANAUGH Though he wasn’t a priest himself, J.F. Powers “seemed to have an interior knowledge of what it meant to be one in the United States,” wrote Mel Gussow for The New York Times. Through his fiction writing, Powers articulated the post-WWII priestly experience like no one else. This July 8 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth in Jacksonville, Ill. Of his early environment, Powers remarked: “The town was Protestant. The best people were Protestants and you felt that.” Powers was one of three children; his father worked as a manager for a dairy and poultry company. Young Powers had an all-American middle-class way of life, much of which revolved around the playing of baseball, basketball, and…Continue Reading

The Angel Of Peace At Fatima

June 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Angel Of Peace At Fatima

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + Lesser known but still integral to the Fatima event are the three apparitions of the Angel of Peace to the young visionaries Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta which took place in 1916. The apparitions of the angel were preparatory in nature. Beginning about one year prior to our Lady’s first apparition to these same children on May 13, 1917, the Angel of Peace came to prepare the children for the mission entrusted to them by the Mother of God who would…Continue Reading

Iowa High Court Recognizes “Wrongful Birth” Claims

June 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Iowa High Court Recognizes “Wrongful Birth” Claims

By DEACON MIKE MANNO In a 6-1 ruling early in June, the Iowa Supreme Court recognized wrongful birth as a cause of action in the state. The case involved a married couple, Pamela and Jeremy Plowman, who had two children ages four and three when Pamela became pregnant with her third child, identified by the court as “Z.P.” At approximately 22 weeks into her pregnancy, Pamela had an ultrasound to assess fetal growth. A report from the ultrasound found that Z.P. displayed head abnormalities and recommended a follow-up. For some reason the physicians involved did not relay the severity of the report to the Plowmans, only saying that the head measurements were slightly below normal. According to the court, “Pamela…Continue Reading

A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among The Bishops

June 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among The Bishops

By SANDRO MAGISTER (Wanderer Editor’s Note: This commentary by Sandro Magister, a longtime Vatican reporter, first appeared in L’Espresso, May 28, on Magister’s Settimo Cielo page. Matthew Sherry translated the article into English. LifeSiteNews reprinted the commentary on May 31. All rights reserved.) + + + (Sandro Magister) — Appointments are a key element in the strategy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It should suffice to look at how he is reshaping in his image the College of Cardinals, which in the future will elect his Successor. After the latest batch of cardinals, announced one week ago for the end of June, chances are slimmer that the next Pope could mark a return to the past. Italy aside, however, winning the…Continue Reading

Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Re-Evangelize Ourselves

June 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Re-Evangelize Ourselves

By JAMES MONTI On a visit to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia last summer, I observed that although the Holy Eucharist is at present reserved on the high altar, and rightly so, the side chapel that had originally been built as a place of reservation for the Most Blessed Sacrament had been fully preserved. What is most striking about this chapel is its imposing tabernacle, a massive, magnificent architectonic temple somewhat resembling the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, flanked by two adoring angels in stone. The design conveys the unmistakable message that this edifice was built to be a throne of divine majesty, an abode of the living God that was intended to breathe forth the…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XVI… An Apostle Of Truth

June 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Benedict XVI… An Apostle Of Truth

By DONALD DeMARCO Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger was born to a devout Catholic family on April 16, 1927 in the village of Marktl am Inn, in Bavaria. He came into the world on Holy Saturday on the feast day of Benedict Joseph Labré, who was canonized in 1883 by Pope Leo XIII. When he was five years old Joseph declared that he wanted to become a priest. In 1933 Hitler came into power and ushered in a reign of horror. A cousin of Joseph’s had Down syndrome. In 1941, Nazi officials came and took the boy, who was roughly the same age as Joseph, away for “therapy.” He never came back. He was murdered as part of the Action T4 campaign…Continue Reading

On “Tourist” Visa… UA 93 Hijacker Entered U.S. 7 Times

June 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on On “Tourist” Visa… UA 93 Hijacker Entered U.S. 7 Times

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + You could still see his mouth and his chin, but only the right side of his face from the nose up. The rest of the photo and the document on which it was printed — except for the man’s first and last name and a broken series of numbers — was charred or burnt away. Investigators searching the area in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, found this telltale piece of evidence. It was the tourist visa that let Ziad Jarrah enter the United States from Germany. On the face of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Order Of Nature And The Good Life

June 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Order Of Nature And The Good Life

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Redpath, Peter. The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Louis: Enroute Books, 2017; 795 pp. Cloth, $64.95. Peter Redpath is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas (Chicago). He has taught philosophy for over 44 years, principally at St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y. During that period he has authored 12 books, served as an officer in nearly a dozen organizations, and cofounded the Etienne Gilson Society to perpetuate the work of that historian. He calls himself a “Ragamuffin Thomist.” Well, disheveled, or tweedy perhaps, compared with the impeccably groomed Mortimer Adler, whom he took early on as a mentor. The moral psychology that Redpath develops is as much that…Continue Reading