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Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

July 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump, Benedict, And Remembering Thought Quarterly

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Thought was the title of a highly respected Fordham University quarterly, published from 1926 to 1992. During that period, its website tells us, it published 267 issues containing over 5,000 English-language contributions by philosophers, theologians, literary intellectuals, and others. Among its well-known contributors were Dietrich von Hildebrand, Bernard Lonergan, Jacques Maritain, Walker Percy, and Karl Rahner. The journal was named appropriately for it carried essays that could not be classified strictly as theology or philosophy in spite of their subject matter, and others that fell short of the scholarly apparatus demanded by technical journals such as The Modern Schoolman or Speculum. As a student I valued my subscription. Many years later I was sad to see the…Continue Reading

Even If You’re Not Charlie Gard… Look How Government Likes Having Its Hand At Your Throat

July 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Even If You’re Not Charlie Gard… Look How Government Likes Having Its Hand At Your Throat

By DEXTER DUGGAN What a nice surprise. Walking home from Mass on my birthday morning in June, I found a package left at my front door by one of the major private delivery services. Gotta be a birthday present. Not at all. The house number on the address label was exactly right. But the street name was three streets south of mine, for a very different man. No surprise gift for me, but a problem easily solved. I took the package to the stranger. No forms to fill out or judges’ approval needed to correct the misdelivery. It’s when power over the solution is removed from our hands, and fixing the problem doesn’t really matter to another individual or authority,…Continue Reading

Why Fatima Is More Crucial Than Ever

July 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why Fatima Is More Crucial Than Ever

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Our Lady of Fatima had a particular focus on the rosary in her message to the seers, and in fact, on every one of her six apparitions she specifically asked for the rosary to be said. This aspect of her message could not have been more emphatic. On May 13, 1917 she said, “Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and an end to the war,” and these twin themes were repeated by her over the summer, culminating in her October 13 apparition when she said, “I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the rosary every day.” Why this focus on the rosary? For her to emphasize it…Continue Reading

Fr. Ted Colleton… A Radical Priest For Life

July 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. Ted Colleton… A Radical Priest For Life

By DONALD DeMARCO What does it mean to be a “radical”? One might think of the sixties when hippies identified themselves in this manner. In addition, radicals are usually understood as people who have “leftist” views. Fr. Ted Colleton, C.S.Sp., was an orthodox Catholic priest and resolutely pro-life. Could he ever see himself as a radical? The question haunted him when a newspaper reporter asked him, “How do you feel about being considered a radical?” Like a good soccer player, he sidestepped the issue: “Most people who call us radicals do absolutely nothing themselves. It is merely a copout.” Later, alone in prayer. Fr. Ted put the question to himself: “Am I a radical?” Well, he thought, “radical” refers to…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Catholic Writer Allows Grown-Up Children Of Divorce To Tell Their Stories Of Suffering

July 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Catholic Writer Allows Grown-Up Children Of Divorce To Tell Their Stories Of Suffering

By DEXTER DUGGAN Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak, edited by Leila Miller, LCB Publishing, Phoenix, Ariz., ISBN 978-0-99798-931-1, 313 pages paperback, $17.95, 2017, primalloss@gmail.com. We know automobile accidents are going to happen, but we still want to prevent as many of them as possible. However, there’s a different attitude to divorce in modern culture, yes? Sort of like thinking that having guardrails for marriage interferes with the spouses’ freedom to drive. If you don’t know multiple families with divorce in their lives, that’s almost like saying you don’t know anyone who buys burgers at the drive-through, or watches movies. It’s just so common. Much like permissive abortion, another enemy of family and society, permissive divorce was sold…Continue Reading

John Paul II’s Spokesman… Joaquin Navarro-Valls Dies At 80

July 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on John Paul II’s Spokesman… Joaquin Navarro-Valls Dies At 80

By ANITA BOURDIN VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Joaquin Navarro-Valls, spokesman for John Paul II and then for Benedict XVI, as director of the Holy See Press Office from 1984 to 2006, died quietly on July 5, 2017 at the age of 80, after a long illness. Spanish, born on November 16, 1936, Navarro-Valls was the first layman and the first non-Italian to hold such a post. He was at present president of the Consultative Council of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. This doctor journalist was a consecrated layman, a “numerary” of Opus Dei, who lived in the 1970s at Rome near the founder, St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. His professional life reflected the spirituality of the vocation of laymen…Continue Reading

Theodor Adorno And His Aesthetic Theory

July 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Theodor Adorno And His Aesthetic Theory

By ALBERTO M. PIEDRA (Editor’s Note: Dr. Piedra is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy at The Institute of World Politics.) + + + There is no doubt in my mind that any student who went through a liberal arts education during the fifties, sixties, and seventies was probably aware of the theorists who one way or another were associated with the Institute for Social Studies, better known by the name of the Frankfurt School, founded in the 1920s. Most of their contributions were promptly displayed on college dorm shelves and all over the campus. The message they conveyed was loud and clear: “There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document…Continue Reading

In The Face Of Our Moral Meltdown… The Biggest Reason For Priests’ Silence

July 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on In The Face Of Our Moral Meltdown… The Biggest Reason For Priests’ Silence

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. LifeSiteNews first published this editorial. All rights reserved.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part they are so very patient and loving with us despite our foibles and idiosyncrasies. Most of the people are highly concerned about the widespread silence and/or vagueness of the clergy in the face of the grave moral meltdown in our culture. At best, many pulpits are silent or…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima: The June Apparition

July 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima: The June Apparition

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the fifth 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.) + + + After word had spread of what the young Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta had seen on May 13 at the Cova da Iria, they were subject to mockery and scorn. At least, Francisco and Jacinta had the support of their father, but Lucia did not even have this. The ridicule and disbelief of her own mother was so strong that she began to feel that she should not return to the Cova in June as was requested by our Lady. (1)…Continue Reading

The Passion Of Christ In Daily Life

July 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Passion Of Christ In Daily Life

By JAMES MONTI It was my brother Anthony (God rest his soul) who years ago brought to my attention an amazing detail of Jan van Eyck’s famous painting of 1434, the Arnolfini Marriage, renowned as an artistic celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Above the joined hands of the married couple can be seen, on the wall behind, a circular mirror around the perimeter of which are ten spokes analogous to the succession of ascending numbers that ring the perimeter of a clock to tell the time of day. But here the passage of the hours is measured instead by a succession of scenes from the Passion of Christ. The sequence begins at the bottom of the mirror, at the…Continue Reading