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The Church Is Paying Dearly For Its Mistakes

May 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM (Editor’s Note: Fr. Marvin Deutsch, a Maryknoll priest, is a retired missionary who spent many years in Tanzania.) +    +    + During the month of May, I am in my home Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, visiting friends and relatives. The archdiocese is being severely attacked by the local newspapers in both cities, spearheaded by Jeff Anderson, a lawyer who (it seems to me) wants to punish the Catholic Church much more than what justice requires while ignoring other agencies who have had the same problems. He is the brains behind the attack on the Church. Of course, he claims to have a legitimate cause in defending those who have been abused sexually by Catholic priests.…Continue Reading

Another Week Of Government Lawlessness

May 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if the federal government is shameless? What if it personifies the adage of do as I say and not as I do? What if it does the very things it prosecutes others for doing? What if it has written laws and enacted procedures so that it can spy and kill, while it charges others with doing just that? What if the feds recently indicted five low-level Chinese military officers for spying on American corporations? What if the feds accused these officers of using their computers in Beijing to hack into computers in Denver that are not owned by the federal government but by well-known and wealthy American corporations? What if these corporations are rich enough…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Beautiful Introduction To Religious Life For Children

May 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Of Bells . . . and Cells, by M. Cristina Borges (St. Bonosa Books: Miami, FL 2014), 42 pp.; $11.00. Available through or An illustrated and beautifully designed book intended for elementary school students, this work introduces the vocation of religious life to the young with a simple, lucid, succinct narrative accompanied by attractive pictures that capture the nature and essence of this noble calling. The book introduces students to the vocabulary of religious life and defines such words as “a special call,” “vocation,” “postulant,” “novice,” “religious community,” “rule,” “habit,” and “vows.” The text not only clearly defines these terms but also explains their moral significance. For example, a habit is not only “the uniform…Continue Reading

Latin, Liberal Censorship, Elite Schools

May 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In the May 1 edition of First Teachers there was a discussion of an article from the British newspaper The Telegraph by British grammarian Nevile Gwynne. Gwynne calls for a revival of the study of Latin in British schools, arguing that its study “gives a clearer understanding of the meaning and spelling of many English words; and of course it is bound to be helpful for learning any of the several European languages that are descended from Latin.” We asked our readers to weigh in. F.J.R. from Missouri took us up on the offer. He agrees with Gwynne: “I studied Latin for two years at St. Louis University High School in the mid-60s and, of course,…Continue Reading

“The Beauty Of Statistics On Abortion”

May 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 19 of The Facts of Life, “United States Abortion Statistics,” e-mail him at +    +    + In the previous article, we considered several ways to visualize the more than 55 million abortions that have been performed in the United States since the first states legalized the procedure. Images are excellent tools for describing the sheer magnitude of the abortion disaster, which has killed the equivalent of the population of 18 of the western states or of the six largest metropolitan areas in the nation. One superb example of the use of…Continue Reading

Santorum’s New Book . . . Shows He’d Like To Make The Race Again

May 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It was just a January snapshot in time as the 2012 Republican presidential primary season began in earnest, with a kaleidoscope of images yet to come. But it may have become a politically fatal photo frozen in many voters’ minds. Arizonan John McCain rushed to Mitt Romney’s side for the cameras in New Hampshire, quickly endorsing the “moderate” former Massachusetts governor for the GOP nomination. Here, Mitt, let me be a saguaro cactus thorn in your side. The GOP field was wide open, with Romney polling only in the 20s and 30s, while a basically conservative bevy of other White House GOP hopefuls fragmented polling results among themselves. It was going to be an interesting horserace. Romney,…Continue Reading

D.C. Schools… $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient In Reading

May 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not “proficient” in reading and 81 percent were not “proficient” in math. These are the government schools in our nation’s capital city — where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and the children who must attend them. Under the auspices of the National Center for Education Statistics,…Continue Reading

Catholic Entrepreneurship… Taking A Stand For Faith, Life, And Family

May 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Each day, as we move forward with our daily lives, many of us start our day with daily Mass, a prayer, or even a rosary. We ask God to give us the wisdom and fortitude to deal with our day as best as we can, we hope by giving greater glory to our Lord through all of our words and actions. A morning offering is always a great way to remind ourselves that we are all called to do His will, not our own. Today is no time to be tepid or lukewarm about our faith. There are many attacks against Catholics across the world. Whether it’s actual crucifixions, torture, and beheadings or the burning down of…Continue Reading

A Dog Whistle To The Left

May 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO I am not a fan of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. He presided over the politically conceived, patently unconstitutional, and anti-free market taxpayer bailouts of banks, automakers, and insurance companies in the latter part of the administration of former President George W. Bush, when he was the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and during the first term of President Obama, when he was the secretary of the Treasury. In those years and still today he has argued that aggressive government intervention leads to a stronger financial system because the government will take risks with taxpayer money that the taxpayers themselves will not take with it. He believes in the use…Continue Reading

The Legacy Of John Paul The Great

May 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BENJAMIN BULL (Editor’s Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom on April 25 cosponsored a Pope John Paul II conference in Rome in honor of his sainthood. Benjamin Bull, an evangelical Christian and executive director of ADF-Global, gave the following address on St. John Paul’s lasting worldwide legacy. ADF provided the text. All rights reserved.) +    +    + I speak today as an evangelical Christian and a Christian human rights advocate profoundly influenced and inspired by [St.] Pope John Paul II. It’s no overstatement to describe John Paul as the most significant and influential Christian leader of the 20th century. He was much loved by millions of evangelicals across the globe. In a substantial way John Paul made possible the very…Continue Reading