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Reconnecting With Mary . . . The Apparitions At L’Ile Bouchard

November 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 1 This is first of two articles about the Marian apparitions at L’Ile Bouchard, in northwestern France, near Tours, which took place from December 8-14, 1947. The situation in postwar France was very serious, and there was a real threat from Communism, and even of civil war, but, unknown to nearly all, the remedy was at hand. L’Ile Bouchard is important because it is a sort of compendium of previous apparitions with aspects of some of these being recapitulated, particularly those which took place in France, although Guadalupe and Fatima also seem to be prominent too, as will become apparent. And it is also important because it emphasizes the great power of the prayer of…Continue Reading

Applying Just War Theory

November 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The conditions that must be present before military force can be justified, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, are as follows: “1. the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain; “2. all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; “3. there must be serious prospects of success; “4. the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition” (CCC, n. 2309). George Kendall did an admirable job explaining this teaching of the…Continue Reading

A Parody From Hell

November 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “My symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state” — C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters. + + + Screwtape: I am proposing a new method for promoting hatred. Wormwood: There is already a great deal of hatred in the world. Shouldn’t we set our targets on something that is not so common? S: But my proposal is ingenious. I will promote hatred by getting people to think they are opposing it. W: That would be ingenious, but how would it work? S: We’ll encourage bureaucrats to pass a law declaring that hate is a crime. “Hate” will be so broadly defined that the slightest offense will be interpreted as a crime. W:…Continue Reading

“The Birth Control Pill: Unintended Consequences”

November 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + One of the most prominent features of the Culture of Death is its shortsightedness. It puts grand plans into action and makes sweeping promises about how many lives will be saved or improved by its initiatives. And then its architects are invariably shocked and surprised when a galaxy of negative unintended consequences quickly emerge, usually making the situation much worse than it was before. To put it simply,…Continue Reading

The Kumbaya Temptation

November 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN November 4 was a national vote of no confidence in Barack Obama. Had a British prime minister received a vote like this, he would have resigned by now. The one issue on which all Republicans agreed, and all ran, was the rejection of Obama. And by fleeing from him, some even refusing to admit they voted for him, Democrats, too, were conceding that this election was about Obama, and that they were not to blame for his failures. Yet, though this was a referendum on Obama and his policies, and though both were repudiated, some pundits are claiming that America voted for an “end to gridlock” and a new era of compromise and conciliation. How so?…Continue Reading

Questions For The Nominee

November 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Within hours of realizing that his party lost control of the U.S. Senate, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, the chief federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an outstanding and apolitical professional, to be the next attorney general. The current attorney general, Eric Holder, resigned last month. Lynch is sure to be confirmed by either the present Democratic-controlled Senate this fall or by the newly constituted Republican-controlled Senate early next year — and she should be. But the process of confirming her should capture the interest of all Americans concerned about the loss of personal freedoms in our present-day Orwellian world in which the Obama administration has killed innocent Americans, spied on trillions of conversations and emails…Continue Reading

Berlin Wall Tumbles After Joshua Trumpet Sounds

November 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN M. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — A quarter of a century ago, the Joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events that led to the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989 were long in coming, but nonetheless not at all anticipated. The year 1989 represented an extraordinary epoch for human freedom both in aspiration and in fruition. Starting in the spring with Tiananmen Square in China, mass protests against regime corruption soon morphed into a swell of protest against the ruling Communist Party. But the brutal crackdown in Beijing soon sent the political reverberations across the vast landmass of Russia and…Continue Reading

The New South — Black And Conservative

November 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In 1956, 19 Democratic senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren’s Supreme Court. Only two GOP House members, both from Virginia, signed. The American South was as solidly Democratic as it was solidly segregationist. The break in the dam came in a special election in Texas in 1961 to fill the Senate seat of Lyndon Johnson, newly elected vice president. John Tower became the first Republican since Reconstruction to win a Southern Senate seat by popular election. After a raucous rally in South Carolina in 1966, Richard Nixon told this writer the future of the GOP was in the…Continue Reading

Beware Of Calls For “Relevance”

November 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It would be wise to be on guard when we hear modern educators talk about the need to make education “relevant” by including an analysis of “modern problems” in the curriculum. The odds are that their intention is not relevance but finding a way to use their classrooms to advance the agenda of the secular left. It is not extremist to express this concern, even if the educational establishment will argue that what some parents see as left-wing bias is likely to be merely an attempt by teachers to promote a free discussion of topics of current interest from a wide variety of points of view; that their children will hear not only the left’s point…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: The Birth Control Pill”

November 11, 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 a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that all of the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + The majority of women who want to inhibit their fertility now turn to the birth control pill. “The Pill” became widely used in the late 1960s and was hailed as a panacea, and it also helped fuel the “Sexual Revolution.” About 10.7 million American women now use this method of artificial birth control. Convenience-minded women in general either do not know or no longer care that all birth…Continue Reading