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In Defense Of Economic Freedom

March 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG I believe in complete economic freedom. An extreme position, it will be said, and one not only against Catholic social teaching, but also against common sense. It implies, surely, that I have a heartless disregard for the vulnerable, or at least a naive trust in capitalism — the unrestrained capitalism that Pope Francis, in harmony with his Predecessors, has condemned. Let us approach the question by asking why it is said that freedom of market forces has to be restrained. The fundamental argument is that without such restraint the weak will suffer while the powerful will become ever more powerful. Ruthless monopolies will dominate the market, forcing smaller firms out of business, and will then raise their…Continue Reading

Some Thoughts About Catholic Care Homes . . . The Old, Weak, And Suffering Are In The Forefront Of Our Spiritual Battle

March 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: Philip Trower, The Wanderer’s longtime correspondent from the United Kingdom, recently moved into a care home. The home’s superior, Sr. Hannah, asked him to write about why he chose to move into Nazareth House. Below is his letter to her.) + + + Dear Sr. Hannah, As I understand it, you wanted to know my reasons for wishing to move into Nazareth House seeing that, although 91, I am still reasonably agile. Your question is understandable. No one wants to go into a care-home sooner than they have to. That is the normal state of things. But for a Catholic, when it is a Catholic care home where there is a chapel with Mass and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “What Does The Church Teach About Sterilization?”

March 23, 2015 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.) + + + Some people refer to sexual sterilization as “Catholic birth control.” This erroneous term, and the misguided assertions of a number of well-known dissenters, has led to significant confusion regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching on sterilization. Because it separates the marital act from the transmission of human life, sterilization is condemned on the same grounds as other methods of contraception. More generally, sterilization is a form of mutilation of the body and is thus illicit. The Church has judged sterilization to be a serious sin ever since it began to become popular nearly a century ago. Pope Pius…Continue Reading

Will The GOP Kick It Away?

March 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With Hillary Clinton scrambling to explain her missing emails, much of America is wailing, “Please don’t make us watch this movie again!” Why, then, would the Republican Party, with a chance to sweep it all in 2016, want to return us to the nightmare days of George W., which caused America to rise up and throw the party out in 2006 and 2008? Do Republicans really believe that America wants a return to the Cold War with Moscow and new and larger hot wars in the Middle East? With President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly about to conclude a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime…Continue Reading

Another Surgery, Decisions Ahead

March 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Many thank to readers who have inquired on how my cancer treatments are going, and my general state of health. It has been a very difficult past eight or nine months since my July surgery and the beginning of the heavy-duty chemo treatments. The chemo left me basically bed-bound, and there were complications that lasted from Thanksgiving all the way through the Christmas season, culminating in more surgery in early March. After a period of healing, I will face the choice of continuing with chemo treatments. If I refuse the chemo treatment, I may have a few months or even a year or two of relative strength without the chemo side-effects. If I continue treatment, I can…Continue Reading

Our Lady And The New Evangelization

March 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 5 This final article on the role of our Lady in the New Evangelization will look at how Pope Francis has promoted this Marian dimension during his own pontificate, as well as some prophetic announcements which are relevant to understanding how the Church will evangelize in the future. Pope Francis has shown himself to be very supportive of Fatima, and indeed he arranged for his pontificate to be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2013, by the cardinal of Lisbon on his behalf, on the 96th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in May 1917. It is also significant that the Marian Day in Rome for the Year…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . One Month’s News As Commentary On Critical, Deeper Questions Of Our Times

March 19, 2015 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. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014].) + + + February 2015 did not just feature bitter cold in the eastern half of the…Continue Reading

Sex Storm In Ontario

March 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO An advertisement that frequently appears in Toronto newspaper reads: “Sex for Life.” The double meaning of the word “life” may be unintentional, but it does bring to light diametrically opposed interpretations of that phrase. As far as the merchandisers are concerned, their product grants the consumer “Sex for Life” in the sense of enabling him to have sex as long as he lives. This, of course, is an exaggerated claim, but so is much of commercial advertising. The primary focus of the ad is on the relationship between the performer and the product. On the other hand, “Sex for Life” could mean, as it has in the past and is imprinted in human nature, an activity that…Continue Reading

Elusive Unity: Accommodating The Other

March 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY While on a recent visit to Egypt, Vladimir Putin called upon and spoke to Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria in these words: “Your church is one of the most ancient Christian churches: It functions and your parishioners live here in a predominantly Muslim area. As you know, Russia is a multi-confessional country; the majority of our population are Christians of the same Eastern Orthodox faith as you and I.” President Putin went on to say that a significant number of Russian citizens are Muslims, but they are not immigrants as they are in other counties; they have no other homeland but Russia. Still addressing Patriarch Theodoros, Putin said, “As you know, relations between people of different faiths have…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Is Contraception Sinful If Users Are Ignorant Of Church Teaching?”

March 16, 2015 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.) + + + There is a very high level of confusion among Catholics regarding the abortifacient action of various forms of birth control. Unfortunately, this uncertainty is actively promoted by the very profession that should be trying to clarify health issues to the public. The modern medical profession acknowledged for decades that the beginning of pregnancy was the fusion of sperm and egg — indeed, this is the only logical point for the beginning of human life. In fact, most embryology and fetology textbooks still emphasize that the beginning of human life is at fertilization. However, in the early 1960s,…Continue Reading