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At California Debate… Fiorina Proves Timorous Consultants Wrong About Facing Abortion Issue

September 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN If Carly Fiorina ends up as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, being the first woman to shatter that particular glass ceiling, it’d be a major achievement for the California business executive, but perhaps not her biggest one. That achievement might have occurred on September 16, at the second GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate, at the Air Force One Pavilion at California’s Reagan Presidential Library, when Fiorina defied many political consultants’ caution. She made a full-throated attack against Planned Parenthood’s viciousness and in defense of innocent preborn babies. Various GOP contenders have made firm pro-life declarations through the years, but this was at a crucial moment in a vital forum, when aspiring presidential neophyte Fiorina had everything…Continue Reading

Alan Keyes… Says Supreme Court Is “Overthrowing Our Government”

September 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JACK KENNY The Supreme Court of the United States is engaged in nothing less than the overthrow of the republic and its Constitution, former diplomat and presidential candidate Alan Keyes declared at a September 20 forum on the Constitution in Portsmouth, N.H. “They are in the business of overthrowing our government,” Keyes said of the High Court, making specific reference to this year’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, requiring the granting of marriage licenses to homosexual couples. The keynote speaker at the 17th annual Constitution Day banquet of the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies, Keyes, a former ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, delivered his address with the bluntness and fervor that once led the Long…Continue Reading

A Late-September Synod Update… African Bishops Criticize Preparatory Documents

September 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON There is much to be reported on the Synod Front these days, since both sides — those who defend the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church and those who try to change or liberalize it — are intensely working to strengthen their own positions. On a positive side, in addition to the earlier Eleven Cardinals Book (Eleven Cardinals Speak On Marriage and the Family), Ignatius Press published this month a book written by eleven African prelates — cardinals and bishops — dealing also with the topics of marriage and the family, in preparation for the upcoming October 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome. Christ’s New Homeland — Africa, is the title of the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Homosexual Intimidation Tactic”

September 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of all of the “Culture of Life 101” articles that have been published on homosexuality so far, with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “I have never thought, for my part, that man’s freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau. + + + We have seen that homosexual activists frequently use verbal attacks and even physical violence to intimidate pro-family people into silence and inaction. However, these…Continue Reading

Do Charter Schools Work?

September 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One of the obstacles that stands in the way of convincing taxpayers that there are workable alternatives to the current public school system is a lack of data demonstrating that the alternatives work. Something beyond the rhetoric about “teacher union monopolies” and “parental choice in education” is needed to do that, some empirical evidence that demonstrates the wisdom of moving in a new direction with our schools. We now have some data to offer in that debate, specifically regarding charter schools, tax-supported schools that operate independently of local educational authorities and union regulations for teachers. Granted, charter schools do not satisfy the wishes of those who are working for a voucher system or tax credits for…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . A Cinematic Visit To Heaven

September 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES For as long as man has been around, the question of an afterlife has been asked. Of course, as Catholics we believe in Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory; but what do all of these places look like and what would it be like to experience any of them and come back to life and tell the rest of the world all about it? One of my favorite stories is the one St. John Bosco told about having visited a multidimensional Hell in a dream where he saw some of his own living students suffering down there. Needless to say, St. John Bosco came back and did his best to reform these wayward boys. In our times, you would…Continue Reading

Don’t Fall For The Junipero Serra Con Game

September 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Common sense tells us there are certain arguments that do not deserve a reasoned response, but are best met with an exasperated sigh and an impatiently muttered, “Give me a break.” I submit that the case being made against the canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra falls into that category. Fr. Serra’s adversaries are not looking for an honest give-and-take in search of the truth about his life; they are arguing dishonestly, making points that are a smokescreen for a hidden agenda. It is not that I object to those who are methodically countering the charges against Serra by citing the historical record. Fr. Robert Barron, recently named an auxiliary bishop for Los Angeles by Pope Francis,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Homosexual’s Intimidation Tactic”

September 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For previous articles on the real homosexual agenda and the scientific arguments against homosexual “marriage,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + After decades of propaganda from homosexual activists and their willing accomplices in the media, the average person sincerely believes that “gays” are frequently victimized by vicious hate crimes ranging from torture and murder to simple verbal harassment. We have seen that this is not true, but we should understand that there is a definite purpose for all of the hype. Social issues in democracies have traditionally been resolved through the participatory process of proposal, examination, discussion,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Synod And A Classic Study Of The Family

September 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Family and Civilization by Carle Zimmerman. (Edited and abridged by James Kurth, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008, 425 pages). Available at isibooks.org The Synod of Bishops is meeting in Rome from October 4-25 to discuss the “vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.” In the light of this extremely important gathering, it is worth noting Family and Civilization, a work by Carle Zimmerman, a sociologist who taught at Harvard University. Although he was not writing from a Catholic perspective, he was respectful of the Church and his findings are in line with Catholic thinking. This book was originally published in 1947, and it is fascinating to see how the author,…Continue Reading

The Balance Of Fear

September 19, 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 distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + There exists in America today what can be called a balance of fear, and it is nowhere better described — through the acts of young Christians who overcome it — than in Tony Perkins’ new book, No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth. In political relations between nations, there is a balance of power. It is the place where conflict ceases because one nation, or alliance of nations, has sufficient power to intimidate others from acting against it. Or: It is when one nation, or alliance of nations, has sufficiently…Continue Reading