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Trump & The Hillarycons

September 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump & The Hillarycons

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Ill., mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled A Choice Not an Echo. Backing the candidacy of Sen. Barry Goldwater, the book was a polemic against the stranglehold the eastern liberal establishment had held on the Republican nomination for decades. A Choice sold 3 million copies. Schlafly went on to lead the campaign to derail the Equal Rights Amendment, which, with 35 states having ratified, was just three states short of being added to our Constitution. Pro-ERA forces never added another state. Phyllis, who, at 20 was testing weapons at a munitions plant in World War II, shot it dead. At 92, the founder of Eagle Forum…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . God Orders All Things For The Good

September 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . God Orders All Things For The Good

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN From Grief to Grace: The Journey From Tragedy to Triumph, by Jeannie Ewing (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH: 2016), pp. 207. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. This moving, inspiring book relates the suffering of loving parents to the wisdom of the Catholic faith that offers great consolation in the midst of profound sorrow. As a mother who gave birth to a daughter with disabilities of fused fingers and a deformed face — a rare condition known as Apert Syndrome that required many surgeries and demanding care — Mrs. Ewing felt overwhelmed with grief at the plight of her child’s incurable condition. She struggled to make sense of this great tribulation that came as a shock. She did…Continue Reading

The Happiest Day In Mother Teresa’s Life

September 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Happiest Day In Mother Teresa’s Life

By MARY REZAC VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Saints Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Calcutta in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of my life.” When he arrived, Mother Teresa climbed up into the white…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

September 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We start off with dispatching the terminally ill and the hopelessly comatose, and then perhaps our guidelines might be extended to the severely senile, the very old and decrepit and maybe even young, profoundly retarded children” — Dr. Mark Siegler, University of Chicago, quoted in Time magazine, March 31, 1986. + + + After a decades-long program of agitation and activism, euthanasia in the form of physician-assisted suicide has finally been legalized, either in various regions or…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton, The Feminine Genius, And Women In Public Life

September 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hillary Clinton, The Feminine Genius, And Women In Public Life

By JULIA HARRELL (Editor’s Note: Julia Harrell holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University.) + + + To great jubilance at the possibility of the first female president of the United States, delegates at the Democratic National Convention confirmed Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee. Some conservatives, and especially religious conservatives, are dismissive of advocacy for women in leadership roles, viewing it as unnecessary at best and destructive to traditional social structures and gender roles at worst. However, not all religious leaders share this view. Pope John Paul II was an enthusiastic champion of women and the expansion of their participation in public life. He devoted much of his academic writing and pastoral initiatives to celebrating women and…Continue Reading

Lessons From Europe

September 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Lessons From Europe

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained steadfast with respect to the welcoming immigration policy she has set for Germany in spite of criticism. Its implications for the rest of Europe have not gone unnoticed, especially in France. Admitting over 800,000 migrants from the Middle East and Africa this year alone seems to be the result of her personal initiative rather than agreed-upon state policy. It will create friction with German neighbors in the borderless EU. The Merkel immigration bias may be the product of her own emotional reaction to the flood of refugees out of Syria, but it also tells you something about her confidants and staff, the culture that surrounds her at the chancellery. For,…Continue Reading

The End Of Philosophy

September 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The End Of Philosophy

By DONALD DeMARCO Toward the end of his Harvard lectures, presented in 1936-1937, Etienne Gilson warned that “if we lose philosophy itself, we must be prepared to lose science, reason, and liberty; in short, we are bound to lose Western culture itself together with its feeling for the eminent dignity of man.” So quietly stated, Gilson’s warning did not invoke a storm of protest as did Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard commencement address of 1978. The latter stated: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party, and,…Continue Reading

Lots Of Smoke Here, Hillary

September 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Lots Of Smoke Here, Hillary

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition. For consider what the Associated Press reported this past week: The surest way for a person with private interests to get a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, or a phone call returned by her, it seems, was to dump a bundle of cash into the Clinton Foundation. Of 154 outsiders whom Clinton phoned or met with in her first two years at State, 85 had made contributions to the Clinton Foundation, and their contributions, taken together, totaled $156 million. Conclusion: Access to Secretary of State…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton On Partial-Birth Ban

September 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hillary Clinton On Partial-Birth Ban

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + Hillary Clinton went down to the Senate floor on March 12, 2003, to advocate for the culture of death while claiming to oppose the culture of debt. The legislation up for debate that day aimed to prohibit a specific means of taking innocent life. As described in its first paragraph, it would make illegal that act when “a physician deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living, unborn child’s body until either the entire baby’s head is outside the body of the mother, or any part of the baby’s trunk past the navel is outside the…Continue Reading

Sins Against The “Care Of Creation”?

September 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Sins Against The “Care Of Creation”?

VATICAN CITY — There is a sin against the care of creation, which must be confessed especially in this Jubilee of Mercy, according to the Pope. There is also self-examination, repentance, confession, and a resolve to change life, polluting less, consuming less, being less selfish, says Francis in his September 1 message for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, AsiaNews reported. The Pope goes so far to add two other works of mercy to the list of the seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. The new works of mercy are basically one, “care of the common home,” which gives the title to the September 1 message, Show Mercy to Our Common Home. The message liberally…Continue Reading