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Say It Isn’t So: But What If It Is?

April 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Say It Isn’t So: But What If It Is?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK What I found so disconcerting about David Gushee’s column on March 17 in the online edition of the Religious Herald, the newspaper published by the Associated Baptist Press, was that I could find no way to challenge his thesis. Gushee is a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University and a regular columnist at the Religious Herald. What did Gushee say that left me unnerved? He stated flatly that American Christians have no choice but to “say goodbye to Christian America.” Christian America? Didn’t the First Amendment’s “no establishment clause” make clear that there was to be no such thing? Gushee is not hamstrung by the secular liberals’ attempt to sell us on that notion. “For…Continue Reading

As The Commencements Commence

April 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on As The Commencements Commence

By PETER MAURICE Now that spring is here, the thoughts of Catholic university presidents turn once more to commencement speakers. If past predicts future, the values of the City of Man will again prevail. Christian fortitude and a life lived in conformity to the so-called non-negotiables will not always outweigh the desire for secular prestige. When a Sebelius, a Pelosi, or a Biden addresses the graduates at Politically Correct Catholic U and collects the honorary degree, demoralized Catholics wonder: Don’t the bishops have authority to stop the scandal? Acceptance of two straightforward principles could guard these institutions from bartering their souls, and those of their students, so cheaply. The first is from the great Catholic novelist François Mauriac. In The…Continue Reading

War Party Oligarch

April 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on War Party Oligarch

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Is the Republican Party’s Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, March 30, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion — eighth richest man on the planet — and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt’s campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer, press secretary to Bush 43, and a member of Adelson’s RJC fiefdom, put it…Continue Reading

Remarriage, Divorce And Communion . . . Shedding Patristic Light On A Recent Problem

April 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Remarriage, Divorce And Communion . . . Shedding Patristic Light On A Recent Problem

By JOHN RIST (Editor’s Note: Dr. John Rist is the Fr. Kurt Pritzl, OP, chair of philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He was a professor of Classics at the University of Toronto for 30 years and currently teaches at the Augustinianum, the Patristic Institute in Rome. He is widely published in the field of ancient philosophy, patristics, and moral philosophy. He is married and both a father and a grandfather. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of Dr. Rist’s commentary. All rights reserved.) +    +    + On last February 20, Cardinal Kasper gave an address, “The Gospel of the Family,” to the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family called by the Holy Father, much of it concerned with outlining…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Battleground Philippines”

April 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Battleground Philippines”

By BRIAN CLOWES During our 41-year battle against nearly impossible odds, we pro-life Americans have often looked overseas for encouragement and edification, but we have seen our inspirations fall like dominos, one by one. There was a time when we looked to Ireland, but the Land of Saints and Scholars seems desperate to trade its rich heritage for a mess of pottage just so it can be considered stylish and “European” enough to be a part of the EU. It welcomes fetal stem-cell researchers with open arms; the number of Irish seminarians has dropped by more than half in the past 20 years; more than 5,000 Irish women make a short hop to London to kill their preborn children every…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley . . . Tells Why He’s Written Pastoral Letter On Contraception

April 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishop Conley . . . Tells Why He’s Written Pastoral Letter On Contraception

By KATHLEEN NAAB (Editor’s Note: Bishop James Conley is the bishop of Lincoln, Neb. In next week’s issue, to be dated April 10, The Wanderer will reprint the full text of his pastoral letter, The Language of Love. ZENIT News Agency provided both the interview and the text of the pastoral letter; all rights reserved.) +    +    + LINCOLN, Neb. (ZENIT) — Contraception is getting more attention in the United States these days than it perhaps ever has before. Due to the mandate issued by the federal government as part of Barack Obama’s health-care reform package, employers are now bound to provide insurance that covers contraception and some abortifacient drugs and devices. But there’s been widespread protest against the Health…Continue Reading

The Proposed 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council… And An Orthodox Theologian’s View Of The Petrine Primacy

April 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on The Proposed 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council… And An Orthodox Theologian’s View Of The Petrine Primacy

By JAMES LIKOUDIS In 2007 in Ravenna, Orthodox and Catholic theologians who were members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue issued a document on Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical relations termed Primacy and Conciliarity, which marked a certain advance regarding the role of the papacy as the possible primate of a reunited Church. However, Walter Cardinal Kasper noted at the time, “We must not exaggerate its importance. . . . The road is very long and difficult.” At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church took offense, rejecting the document and objecting to its implication that the Patriarch of Constantinople was the leader of the Pan-Orthodox world just as the Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church — a notion…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Blood Of Martyrs In China

April 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Blood Of Martyrs In China

By DONAL FOLEY The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs: Testimonies and Autobiographical Accounts by Gerolamo Fazzini (Ignatius Press, 374 pages; sale prices $14.41 print, $11.02 e-book). Order through Ignatius Press, at, or call 1-800-651-1531 (web discounts do not apply to phone orders). This book is a sobering account of the persecution, and in some cases martyrdom, of Chinese Catholics, mainly during the time of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), from the mid-1940s until the early 1980s. The author, Gerolamo Fazzini, is Italian and the Ignatius Press edition is a translation from the Italian. Fazzini is associated with PIME, the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. After Mao’s Communist forces had defeated the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, and gained…Continue Reading

On Palm Sunday . . . “Passion Of the Christ” To Make Television Premiere

March 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on On Palm Sunday . . . “Passion Of the Christ” To Make Television Premiere

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When Thomas Olmsted led a pro-life lenten rosary outside Planned Parenthood headquarters here during his first spring as bishop of Phoenix, well over 1,000 sympathetically praying people jammed neighborhood sidewalks around the North Seventh Street location. The year was 2004. People were interested in the new leader of the local Catholic diocese. However, part of the reason for the surprising turnout, it was said, was people’s hearts being powerfully moved by Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, which opened as Lent began that year. People throughout the world were similarly affected. There had been considerable resistance in Hollywood to a general release of the movie at all. It graphically depicted the last hours…Continue Reading

Probable Cause

March 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Probable Cause

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Except for the definition and mechanism of proving treason, no area of the Constitution addressing the rights of all persons when the government is pursuing them is more specific than the Fourth Amendment. The linchpin of that specificity is the requirement that the government demonstrate probable cause to a judge as a precondition to the judge issuing a search warrant. The other specific requirement is identity: The government must identify whose property it wishes to search or whose behavior it wishes to monitor, because the Fourth Amendment requires that all warrants specifically describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized. The principal reason for these requirements is the colonial revulsion…Continue Reading