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Islam And The West: An Irreconcilable Conflict?

January 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here . . . and . . . around the world, that there is a ‘clash of civilizations’.” So said Hillary Clinton in the December 19 New Hampshire debate. Yet, that phrase was not popularized by Donald Trump, but by Harvard’s famed Samuel Huntington. His The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has been described by Zbigniew Brzezinski as providing “quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.” That Clinton is unaware of the thesis, or dismisses it, does not speak well of the depth of her understanding of…Continue Reading

Books Are Born Not Made

January 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Theologian Romano Guardini begins his introduction to The Conversion of Augustine by stating: “Books do not come into existence as their authors want them to, but rather as they want to.” Books, especially good ones, such as the one that Guardini introduces, seem to have a mind of their own. They take shape within the unconscious until they are ready to be born. The eminent theologian speaks of “the interior process which The Confessions describes pushed its way to the fore and took over.” Two factors should be added: 1) the assistance of friends; 2) the work of divine Providence. I would like to confirm and enlarge upon Guardini’s statement. After writing extensively about a rather dreary…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Liberalism Has Deprived Society of Accepted Moral Standards

January 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Safranek, John P. The Myth of Liberalism. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015. xvii + 270 pp. This is a timely volume by an author who is both a practicing physician and a philosopher. Drawing upon both his professional experience and the perennial philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas, he challenges the liberal zeitgeist which prevails in centers, high and low, throughout the Western world. In the opening pages of his book, Safranek shows clearly that liberalism is not a coherent philosophy but is, rather, “a collection of causes marshalled under the banner of personal liberty by powerful social and political interests.” Liberty, equality, right, and nearly all other ephemeral liberal values, he says, are…Continue Reading

Accelerating The Culture Of Death . . . France Passes Law Expanding Abortion And Contraception

January 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JEANNE SMITS PARIS (LifeSiteNews) — The French Assembly voted France’s new Health Act into law on December 17, after several months of parliamentary discussions in which the Senate opposed the text on many points. The Assembly, which is heavily dominated by the left, had the final word. Many aspects of the new organization imposed on France’s health services are socialist in nature, such as the introduction of universal “third party payments” that will exempt social security beneficiaries from making direct payments when visiting the doctor. But even worse are the dispositions of the text that aim to promote abortion and contraception, particularly among minors. And for the first time in French law, organ donation will be presumed and mandatory…Continue Reading

Is the West Disintegrating?

January 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On January 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, “Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent,” contained this pessimistic prognosis: “This European superstate will not endure, but break apart on the barrier reef of nationalism. For when the hard times come, patriots will recapture control of their national destinies from Brussels bureaucrats to whom no one will ever give loyalty or love.” The column described what was already happening. “Europe is dying. There is not a single nation in all of Europe with a birth rate sufficient to keep its population alive, except Muslim Albania. In 17 European nations, there are already more burials than births, more coffins than cradles.…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Affirming Church Teaching Against The Sexual Revolution

December 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same Sex Attraction. By Janet E. Smith and Father Paul Check, eds. Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2015; 355 pp. $24.95. Available from www.ignatius. com or 1-800-651-1531. A collection of scholarly essays and personal testimonies that deal with some aspect of same-sex attraction, this volume also defends and affirms the teaching of the Church on many aspects of the sexual revolution that have deconstructed the family, redefined marriage, legalized divorce for any reason, and victimized children by policies that violate their most basic needs and subject them to harms casually ignored by adults who place their own individual agendas or desires above the emotional, psychological, and physical well being of…Continue Reading

Birth And Choice

December 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Choice has been elevated to philosophical heights. It allegedly captures the essence of the human being as an autonomous agent who is free to make choices concerning his personal life. Yet “choice” hardly characterizes the human being. People do not choose to be born. Nor do they choose their parents, their time or place of birth, or their genetic inheritance. Nor do they choose their gender or their ethnic background. In addition, parents do not choose to have a child. Two people may choose the means that is congenial to the procreation of a child, but they do not choose to have a child or this particular child directly. It is God who is the great chooser.…Continue Reading

Christmas: The Canary In The Coal Mine

December 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Christmas is the single most significant religious, historical, and cultural event in world history. The Son of God assumed our human nature, came into the world, redeemed us from the guilt of our sins, and provided teachings for the way we should lead our lives. Christian beliefs, which formed the thinking and values of America’s founders, were reflected in the Declaration of Independence, in the way the government was organized, and in the nation’s laws and ordinances. As the people were of many different Christian denominations, the state and religion were made separate, but complementary. Religion would form the virtue and morality of the people necessary in a republic, while the government protected the right of…Continue Reading

When God Was A Newborn Baby

December 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG “God became man that man might become God.” That’s a startling assertion. Should it be seen as similar to the lie told by Satan when he assured Eve that after eating the forbidden fruit, “You will be like God”? Is it an assertion that one might hear from a monomaniac who imagines he is God? Actually the statement was made by fathers of the Church, and is perfectly and profoundly orthodox. In fact, it is implied by St. Peter’s statement that God has enabled us to “become partakers of the Divine Nature” (2 Peter 1:4). The Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 460, quotes St. Athanasius: “For the Son of God became man so that we might…Continue Reading

Worship At The Manger And At Fatima

December 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY One of the most beautiful aspects of the Nativity story is that it is an invitation to the silent worship of the earth-shattering fact that the God who created the universe, in all its dazzling complexity, chose to become a feeble little Babe cradled in the arms of His Mother Mary. We are not specifically told that the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph worshiped the newborn Redeemer, but surely they did and we cannot really imagine the depth of love and devotion that that worship involved. What we are told by St. Luke is that after the shepherds came to see the Child Jesus, following the vision of angels they saw in the sky over Bethlehem,…Continue Reading