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A Book Review… A Pragmatic Look At The Federal Judiciary

August 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Pragmatic Look At The Federal Judiciary

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Posner, Richard A. The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017. xv + 438 pp. Cloth, $35.00. Richard Posner has been a federal judge for 35 years, and before that a professor of law for 12 years and before that an attorney in private practice for six years. He confesses that “[i]t is only recently that I have become fully aware that the federal judiciary is laboring under a number of handicaps….Our judicial system is excessively backward looking when it should be concerned with consequences.” In this treatise, Posner is concerned only with the federal judiciary. Posner has long been identified with the legal realist or pragmatic school of thought, one dating to…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

August 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth 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. Part six, because of its length, will appear in two separate issues of The Wanderer.) + + + While recognizing the significance of the “Miracle of the Sun” in October 1917 where our Lady provided a sign proving the veracity of the Fatima event, her July appearance is the most important of all her apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. In the July apparition our Lady delivered the core of her message with many serious warnings of what was…Continue Reading

Walker Percy… A Man Of Graciousness

August 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Walker Percy… A Man Of Graciousness

By DONALD DeMARCO When Ted Williams homered in his last at bat and did not tip his cap to the cheering crowd, novelist John Updike, who was present at the game, remarked: “Gods don’t answer letters.” If we can deify the Splendid Splinter, we can also deify Walker Percy who has proven that the gods sometimes do answer letters. Percy took the time to send me a handwritten letter thanking me for sending him a copy of my review of his Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. It was most gracious of him to do so. The New York Times, though it found Lost in the Cosmos “charming, whimsical, slyly profound,” saw fit not to answer the best-selling…Continue Reading

Why The Left Defends Islamists

August 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why The Left Defends Islamists

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights [www.catholicleague.org]. Below he analyzes why the left supports radical Islam.) + + + It continues to confound liberals and conservatives alike: Why would the left defend Islamists? The latest victim of this fascinating alliance is Richard Dawkins, the English left-wing atheist who was disinvited by a Berkeley left-wing radio station after it was discovered that Dawkins said Islam is the world’s “most evil” religion. It did not matter to KPFA that Dawkins has made a career out of bashing Christianity, especially Catholicism — that was laudatory — but it did matter when he ripped Islam. Why did that bother the left? On…Continue Reading

Washington Heads Toward September Storm

August 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Washington Heads Toward September Storm

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + No reasonable person can absolutely predict that a major hurricane will or will not hit the United States before the end of September. It might happen. It might not. As Barbara Hollingsworth reported at CNSNews.com last October 24, that day marked the completion of a record 11 straight years in which no major hurricane — Category 3 or higher — had made landfall on the continental United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Dennis Feltgen confirmed that fact. “The last one to do so was Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005,” he told Hollingsworth. In…Continue Reading

House On Fire

August 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on House On Fire

By REY FLORES Imagine that your house is on fire. You’re standing there helpless, being held back by your neighbors, first responders, and others who have your “best interests” in mind. Some neighbors are yelling, “Don’t go in there! It’s too dangerous!” “If you go in there, you will die too!” Well, guess what? Your wife and children are in the inferno and there is nothing you can do about it — that’s if you have a “first responder” priest who tells you that “maybe things will work out and we’ll see,” or “I don’t want to get in the middle of it.” Whatever happened to the hardcore priests who knew that marriage was a covenant and a contract? Whatever…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Moral Truths On Marriage

August 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Moral Truths On Marriage

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Three to Get Married, by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (Scepter Publishers, Inc., New York: 2007), 216 pp. Available from at www.scepterpublishers.org or by calling 1-800-322-8773. A 2007 reprint of the Venerable Bishop Sheen’s 1951 edition of the book, this modern spiritual classic presents the Church’s timeless wisdom on the meaning of Christian marriage. Because of its luminous clarification of all the Church’s unchangeable teachings on holy matrimony, Three to Get Married offers special insight into the contemporary crisis of marriage and reveals with profound depth the moral truths that address these controversial issues. In a modern world that blurs the distinction between sex and love and endorses no-fault divorces, cohabiting relationships, and same-sex unions, Sheen writes, “The…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Charlie Gard Case Portends A Frightening Future

August 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Charlie Gard Case Portends A Frightening Future

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, the forthcoming Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and such edited or co-edited volumes as Parental Rights: The Contemporary Assault on Traditional Liberties and Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching. (This column…Continue Reading

Responsibility Defined

August 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Responsibility Defined

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY The July 7-8 meeting of the G-20 in Hamburg brought out the predicted protesters and anarchists and unfortunately led to three days of violence. It also brought out a vast amount of media commentary. The G-20 was designed as an international forum to annually bring together representatives of the twenty major economic nations and their central bank governors. Its aim is the discussion of policy issues promoting international financial stability. Those issues apart, it also provides an opportunity for discussion of a number of related topics, from immigration policy to the discussion of the obligation of rich nations to poorer ones. “Protectionism vs. Free Market Populism” is the headline given one essay following the conference. The…Continue Reading

Whittaker Chambers… Reverence For Life

August 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Whittaker Chambers… Reverence For Life

By DONALD DeMARCO Whittaker Chambers, wrote Henry Regnery, who had known many great men during his long career as a publisher, was “one of the great men of our time.” Chambers viewed himself in humbler terms as a man “tarnished by life” and yet “an involuntary witness to God’s grace and to the fortifying power of faith.” It was a life, nonetheless, that, for Regnery, “put all of us immeasurably in his debt.” It was Chambers’ unswerving conviction that “the crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.” He described the vision of Communism as “the vision of Man without God.” And what he learned from Godless Communism allowed him to conclude…Continue Reading