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A Book Review… Archbishop Sheen On The Evils Of The Age

May 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Archbishop Sheen On The Evils Of The Age

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Justice & Charity, by Fulton J. Sheen (TAN Books: Charlotte, NC 28241, 2006), 183 pp. Available at www.TANBooks.com or 1-800-437-5876. Divided into two parts identified as “The Social Problem” and “The Individual Problem,” Bishop Sheen’s book consists of 18 addresses given from January to April of 1938 that identify the two great evils of his age called “the accidental evil of Capitalism” and “the essential evil of Communism.” The virtues of justice and charity, he argues, combat and cure both of these social maladies. Even though the historical context of these essays examines American society and the Western world prior to World War II, Sheen’s luminous, penetrating, and eloquent exposition of Catholic social teaching makes these essays…Continue Reading

Josef Pieper… Truth And Timeliness

May 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Josef Pieper… Truth And Timeliness

By DONALD DeMARCO Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was born in the Westphalian village of Elte, a town so isolated that no train was available to take any of its citizens to any other part of Westphalia. In order to reach the nearest train station, one had to cross a river in a small ferryboat. Josef’s father had the distinction of being the only teacher in the village’s only school. Yet from Nazareth-like beginnings can come extraordinary accomplishments. Josef attended school at the Gymnasium Paulinum in Münster, one of the oldest German schools, having served the cause of education for more than 1,100 years. There, a priest teacher directed him to read the works of St. Thomas Aquinas “with a sort of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Dictionary That Cultivates Love Of The Catechism And The Church

May 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Dictionary That Cultivates Love Of The Catechism And The Church

By PEGGY MOEN A Catechetical Dictionary for the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Joseph A. Fisher, Ph.D., paperback: 662 pages. Publisher: Academy of the Immaculate (February 11, 2017). Single book price: $22.50 each; 6-19 books — 25 percent off — $16.88 each; 20-29 books — 50 percent off — $11.25 each; 30 + books — 60 percent off — $9 each. To order, call 508-966-0953 or visit https://academyoftheimmaculate.com/. We don’t usually grab a dictionary and read it for enjoyment, but serious Catholics might pick up A Catechetical Dictionary for the Catechism of the Catholic Church and not be able to put it down. Its author, Joseph A. Fisher, Ph.D., an experienced catechist and professor emeritus of Drake University, says…Continue Reading

Bishops Of India . . . Condemn The Disruption Of The Way Of The Cross

May 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishops Of India . . . Condemn The Disruption Of The Way Of The Cross

By PURUSHOTTAM NAYAK NEW DELHI (AsiaNews) — The Catholic Church in India has “expressed anguish and suffering” over what happened on Good Friday in Sogandi, Tamil Nadu, where police interrupted Dalit Christians from going up a hill to follow the Way of the Cross, said the Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Indian Bishops Conference (CBCI). Speaking to AsiaNews, the prelate said that “not only was the small community of Christian Dalit prevented from honoring the day holy for Christians all over the world, but police, led by local authorities, used force and violence. Agents blocked the most sacred moment in the veneration of the cross and Communion.” The incident took place in Thirukazhukundram, an area famous for…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Troubles With Transhumanism

May 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Troubles With Transhumanism

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + As we have seen, most transhumanists emphasize only the benefits that their movement would supposedly bring to the human race. Perhaps they omit possible problems because, like all Culture of Death movements, they lack even the most fundamental understanding of human nature. So their primary problem seems to be not dishonesty, but ignorance. Weapons of War. Ever since humanity’s beginnings, we have possessed an innate capability to murder each other. This urge manifests itself in many ways. For example, we…Continue Reading

Questionable Sociology… Inflating The Number Of Atheists

May 1, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Questionable Sociology… Inflating The Number Of Atheists

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights [catholicleague.org]. This editorial was originally published on April 27 on the Catholic League’s website, catholicleague.org. All rights reserved. (In 1980, Donohue was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.) + + + Two University of Kentucky psychologists, Will M. Gervais and Maxine B. Najle, claim that 26 percent of Americans are atheists. Their research, available now at PsyArXiv.com, will appear in an upcoming edition of Social Psychological and Personality Science; the journal is published eight times a year. Their finding not only contradicts every reputable survey on this subject — from Gallup to Pew Research Center — their methodology is…Continue Reading

Pope Names New Head Of Chicago Eparchy

April 30, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Names New Head Of Chicago Eparchy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has named Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, MSU, as bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians, in Illinois. Prior to the appointment, Bishop Aleksiychuk was an auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Lviv, Ukraine. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C., on April 20 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Valery Aleksiychuk was born January 16, 1968, in Borshchivka, Ukraine. He pursued seminary studies and was ordained a priest on March 29, 1992. He was named auxiliary bishop of Lviv on August 3, 2010, and ordained a bishop on September 5, 2010. The Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians has been a sede vacante since August…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The Hands Of A Queen

April 29, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred The Hands Of A Queen

By JAMES MONTI When in His infinite wisdom and love God fashioned man in His image and likeness, He imparted to the human body a remarkable and matching pair of members specifically crafted to imitate the Creator in His work of creation — the hands. And when in the fullness of time Our Lord refashioned the world by His great work of redemption, He imparted to the human hand new powers even more remarkable than what had already been given. For now the hand became an efficacious instrument of grace, an instrument for conferring, confecting, celebrating, and solemnizing the sacraments. The hands of a priest, conformed by Ordination to those of Christ Himself, were given the unimaginable power of bringing…Continue Reading

At The Supreme Court… How The Media Reported On Trinity Lutheran

April 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on At The Supreme Court… How The Media Reported On Trinity Lutheran

By JAMES ARNOLD (Editor’s Note: This commentary originally appeared on the ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom] Blog on April 26, 2017. See www.adflegal.org. The article is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved. (James Arnold is the legal content manager for ADF. He wrote this post about Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., applying for a state grant to resurface a playground adjacent to its licensed preschool and daycare, called the Child Learning Center. The state of Missouri refused to give the grant on grounds of separation of church and state. See Mike Manno’s commentary in last week’s Wanderer, April 27, 2017, p. 5A.) + + + In coverage of the Trinity Lutheran hearings at the Supreme Court, over at The New…Continue Reading

Helen Hull Hitchcock… A Woman For Faith And Family

April 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Helen Hull Hitchcock… A Woman For Faith And Family

By DONALD DeMARCO Helen Hull Hitchcock passed away after a brief illness on October 20, 2014 at age 75. Accolades poured in from around the globe in honor of this extraordinary woman. Mary Shivanandan, a retired faculty member at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and a longtime friend of Helen, provided a concise and accurate summation of Mrs. Hitchcock’s life and contribution to the Church: “In the midst of an increasingly secular culture and a strident feminism, Helen embodied the true ‘woman’s genius’ of John Paul II by bringing to bear her feminine gifts to the pressing problems of our day without compromising her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. Not only by…Continue Reading