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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . What’s Wrong With Guaranteeing A Free College Education?

November 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . What’s Wrong With Guaranteeing A Free College Education?

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly] 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. (Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He just completed a book that critically examines and evaluates current American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching.) + + + Bernie Sanders failed in his…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Immigration Policy By Ruling-Class Dilettantes

November 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Immigration Policy By Ruling-Class Dilettantes

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Miller, David. Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016; 218 pp. This is a timely book, to say the least. David Miller is a professor of political theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. He speaks as a European, but what he has to say applies analogously to North America. He is thoroughly conversant with current academic literature on the subject of immigration, although much of it seems specious or sophistical. Consequentially, he is led to deal with many questions that defy common sense. Does everybody have a human right to migrate, that is, to enter another country? What can be asked of immigrants, legal or not, once they arrive? Should…Continue Reading

The Middle East At The Crossroads Of History

November 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Middle East At The Crossroads Of History

By ALBERTO MARTINEZ PIEDRA “Qu’importe si cent mille coups de fusil partent en Afrique! L’Europene les entend pas” — Louis Philippe, 1835. Louis Philippe d’ Orleans was probably right when he said that the European nations closed their eyes to the demands of the African people. Their lives were dictated by the foreign offices of London, Paris, and St. Petersburg, not to mention Berlin prior to World War I. For better or for worse, the destinies of the Middle East have been intertwined with the major European powers. As George Lenczowski, the late professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote in his book The Middle East in World Affairs: “The importance of this region in world…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What May We Do About Pain?”

November 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What May We Do About Pain?”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at + + + As we get older and begin to consider our own advance medical directives, we should also think about the question of pain and how we intend to deal with it. Those who diligently practice their Catholic faith commonly ask three questions regarding the use of painkilling drugs near the end of life: May they be used if they unintentionally shorten the life of the person? May they be used if they induce semi-consciousness? May they be used if they induce…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Raising Boys With Heroic Virtues In An Age That Venerates Vice

November 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Raising Boys With Heroic Virtues In An Age That Venerates Vice

By DEXTER DUGGAN Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom, by Leila Miller, LCB Publishing, Phoenix, Ariz., ISBN 978-0-9979893-0-4, 142 pages paperback, $11.95, 2016, Raising children always has been a challenge of filling in the blanks. Innocent little ones may ask many questions without grasping how much they truly need to learn. And their new souls quickly become a target of the Devil’s designs. Look no further than the Bible for ages-old stories of young people gone astray, then, one hopes, redeemed through God’s grace. Instilling moral wisdom was a demanding task when social rules stayed the same for generations or centuries. How much harder today, when aggressive secularism overthrows millennia of truth in a generation. Author…Continue Reading

The Difficulty With Diversity

November 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Difficulty With Diversity

By DONALD DeMARCO A friend and I were enjoying a recreational break by shooting baskets. The fact that we were not keeping score allowed us to engage in a friendly conversation. My friend decided to pick my allegedly philosophical brain and asked me a question that he had trouble answering. He explained that a “diversity expert” had lectured him and all his co-workers that they must all embrace diversity. My friend was uncomfortable about this, but could not put his finger on exactly why he felt this way. This sweet-sounding word to our culturally conditioned ears, unfortunately, has become an axiom, and therefore something that cannot be questioned. Let us question it, nonetheless. I tossed up another shot while it…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Christians For Hillary

November 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Pro-Life Christians For Hillary

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK An article appeared in The Dallas News in the week before the presidential election entitled “How you can be a pro-life Christian and still support Hillary Clinton.” The author is Jenifer Sarver, a businesswoman from Austin who heads a communications consulting firm that specializes, according to its website, in “media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training.” Sarver begins by assuring us that if “Donald Trump were not at the top of the Republican ticket, I would proudly support any number of” the Republicans who ran against him in the primary. No question; Trump’s character was a deal-breaker for many women. But the logic Sarver used to justify her vote for Trump goes…Continue Reading

Catholic Knighthood: Then And Now

November 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Knighthood: Then And Now

By JAMES MONTI In the Divine Office of both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, there is on the feast day of the early Roman virgin martyr St. Cecilia (November 22) a remarkable antiphon traceable to a late fifth-century account of her martyrdom, a chant which has been sung in her office since the ninth century: “When daybreak came, Cecilia cried out saying, ‘Make haste, O soldiers of Christ, cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light’” (Benedictus antiphon, Breviarium Romanum, Rome, 1568, p. 905). The “soldiers of Christ” to whom Cecilia is referring are her husband St. Valerian and his brother St. Tiburtius. Both men had been converted to the Christian…Continue Reading

Trump’s Great Challenge — And Opportunity

November 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump’s Great Challenge — And Opportunity

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election was a historic upset that presents him and this nation with an historic opportunity. Our first president, George Washington, faced a great challenge. Trump, who will be our 45th, faces one, too. Washington took office in a new republic with an untested constitution. He was firmly committed to act only within its strict limits on federal power, to avoid amassing public debt, to engage in no unnecessary wars, and to recognize that American freedom was ultimately rooted in the moral and religious convictions of the American people. He…Continue Reading

The Bridgettine Order Elects New General Abbess

November 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Bridgettine Order Elects New General Abbess

By ALBERTO CAROSA ROME — At the general chapter of the branch of the Bridgettine order, founded by St. Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad (1870-1957), at the Abbey of Farfa in late October, Mother Fabia Kattakayam was elected new general abbess. She succeeds Mother Tekla Famiglietti. Vatican Radio made the announcement on October 28. Indian-born Mother Fabia is 52 years old. She has worked in Italy for the last 30 years and for the past six years she has been prioress at St. Bridget’s Convent in Naples. Sr. M. Fabia Kattakayam was born at Angadikadavu, Kerala, in southwestern India, on May 31, 1962. She is the fourth daughter of Chandy (Alexander) and Aleykutty Kattakayam, a Catholic family belonging to Sacred Heart Parish.…Continue Reading