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A Book Review… The Most Secure Way To Sanctity

August 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Totus Tuus Maria: Personal Consecration to Our Lady Following the Spiritual Teaching of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, by Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus (Gracewing Publishing, 168 pages, $14.91, www.gracewing.co.uk; also available at amazon.com). The author is a priest of the Diocese of Regensburg in Germany. He works in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, and has taken Pope St. John Paul II’s Marian motto, Totus Tuus, Maria, “Totally yours Mary” as the theme for this book, which is a companion to the Marian consecration program of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. The book comprises chapters with material for twelve days of preparation for the Montfortian consecration to our Lady. The author starts with the contention that we…Continue Reading

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 On Welfare

August 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + A total of 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released August 19 by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4…Continue Reading

Democracy And Despotism

August 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America was recognized from the first as a political treatise of the first order. It remains today, according to scholars of American history, as the most perceptive and penetrating work of its kind. The author does not idealize democracy. His intention was to show “to those who have fancied an ideal democracy” that “they had clothed the picture in false colors.” He does not hesitate to show, although he is not opposed to democracy as such, how democracy in America contains flaws that could lead to despotism. He begins volume II of his classic study with words that are at least as true today as they were in 1835 when he penned…Continue Reading

The Ivy League Admission Process

August 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If watching the Ivy League grads in the Obama administration and the State Department has led you to question the caliber of modern Ivy League universities, you may be onto something. (Can you picture these Valley girls and pajama boys in the same room with Vladimir Putin’s aides?) William Deresiewicz, the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, writing in the July edition of the New Republic (available online at www.newrepublic.com/article/118747), offers us a firsthand look into the admission process at these schools. He is convinced that it does not recruit the best and the brightest and is “turning our kids into zombies.” The title of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Strange World Of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review”

August 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Introduction About 25 years ago, I bought a complete set of Margaret Sanger’s journal The Birth Control Review and ambitiously set out to read every one of its 5,631 pages. The strange experience left me just a little uncertain about what is real and what is not. Sanger’s world has that effect on a person, because it is so completely different from the one we are accustomed to. Sanger associated with racists and anti-Semites, people…Continue Reading

Christians In The Mideast… Experience A Modern Calvary

August 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — The headlines seem from another era, if not century: that of Christian persecution by militant Islamists in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear ambivalent about what’s emerged as an organized attempt by the militant Islamic State to impose a caliphate both on Christians as well as more secular Muslims. And yes, remind yourself this is the 21st century! Three forces have opposed this modern-day persecution: the Catholic Church as one would expect, the United Nations, crucial in a political sense, and French public opinion. Pope Francis said, “To find the martyrs, it’s not necessary to go to the catacombs or the Colosseum. The martyrs live in a…Continue Reading

America’s Question: Cut Or Crash?

August 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY On the last day of July, with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives serving as copilot, President Barack Obama flew the United States past a dubious fiscal landmark on our way toward what increasingly looks like a crash landing. That day, the federal debt hit $17,687,136,723,410.59 — an increase of roughly $7 trillion since Obama took office on January 20, 2009. That $17,687,136,723,410.59 in debt works out to approximately $171,575 for each of the 103,087,000 full-time year-round workers the Census Bureau says were in the United States as of 2012. And that counts the 16,606,000 full-time year-round workers who took their paychecks from the government — rather than working for themselves or for private organizations. The $7,060,259,674,497.51…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Loss Of Non-Negotiable Truths

August 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture, by Sheila Liaugminas (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2014), 158 pp., $17.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. To make sense of the moral chaos, divisive political issues, and culture wars precipitated by the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it is essential to begin at the beginning and examine the first premises of moral truths and political philosophies. If one is lost in a labyrinth, it makes no sense to continue forward into the maze but to return to the entrance. As C.S. Lewis comments in the preface to The Great Divorce, “A wrong sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working…Continue Reading

Jesus And Jeremiah Speak To Our Times

August 16, 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 and cofounder of NFP International. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + In his homily on the readings for a recent Mass (Jer. 2:1ff and Matt. 13:10-17), our priest noted that much in our culture today parallels the things against which both Jeremiah and Jesus spoke. That struck a resonant chord, for I have long wondered if the current attacks on the Church are analogous to the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Needed: A New Kind Of Politics For An Age Of Cultural Meltdown

August 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + As we head into another election season, we’ll see…Continue Reading