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

September 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

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 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We say if you prohibit something, everyone will do it. If you don’t you can keep it at a certain level. Euthanasia is the same thing” — Hans Roell, Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Society. + + + The first step in the overall pro-euthanasia strategy mostly consists of “preparing the ground” with a media propaganda campaign which continues throughout the four-step process. This program dehumanizes certain helpless groups of people, such as the mentally handicapped and victims of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Willing To Learn As Well As To Teach

September 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Willing To Learn As Well As To Teach

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Schall, James V., SJ, Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016. ix + 194 pp. Generations of students at Georgetown University know James Schall as simply Fr. Schall. A popular undergraduate teacher, he was known for his clarity and wit in the classroom and for his availability and warmth outside of the classroom. Docilitas is a collection of lectures and essays, some given as commencement addresses when Fr. Schall was the recipient of an honorary degree. They bear titles such as “Questions Proper to the University,” “What Makes Liberal Education, ‘Liberal’,” “Seneca on Personal Libraries,” “Aquinas and the Life of the Mind,” and “Why Professors Need Students and Other Philosophical…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Craft Of A Good Storyteller

August 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Craft Of A Good Storyteller

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Times Square and Other Stories, by William Baer (Able Muse Press: San Jose, CA, 2015), 202 pp. Available at www.ablemusepress.com. A collection of masterfully crafted, fascinating stories that always pique the reader’s curiosity by presenting ironies, dilemmas, or questions that seem unanswerable or inexplicable, this volume presents a host of tales on a myriad of topics — from art to film to baseball to academic mills to love stories to creative writing degrees to plagiarism and to a miraculous escape from Communist police. In “Outline,” a story about an aspiring author schooled in creative writing courses who lacks the storyteller’s ability to devise an intriguing plot, the writer knows the art which he cannot put into practice,…Continue Reading

The Demolition Of Democracy

August 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Demolition Of Democracy

By DONALD DeMARCO Michel de Nostradamus, peering into the events of 2016, would shake his head in disbelief. He would witness the incredible spectacle of a war on the state of North Carolina because its democratic legislature saw fit to ban men from using the women’s washroom in the interest of protecting girls from male predators. “This cannot be so,” the great predictor of future events would say, “I must get myself a new ‘black mirror’.” But it is so. Adam Silver, the commissioner of the National Basketball League, has seen fit to punish the state of North Carolina because of its washroom policy. The punishment comes in the form of the 2017 All-Star Game’s venue being shifted from Charlotte,…Continue Reading

France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

August 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

By JOHN J. METLZER PARIS — Imagine for a moment arriving at Sunday morning Mass only to see the doors of the church guarded by camouflage-clad soldiers with automatic weapons. Well, this was the stark reality when we arrived at our neighborhood church, a structure dating from the 15th century, but hardly a tourist nexus. Indeed this was a necessary security precaution being taken across France, at synagogues and mosques too, for worshipers in the wake of the Islamic State’s barbarous murder of a Catholic priest celebrating Mass. Security was tight at the Shrine of Lourdes where special police and military units protected the pilgrimages leading up to the August 15 Feast of the Assumption. During a summer when Islamic…Continue Reading

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

August 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I did it my way,” crooned Sinatra. Donald Trump is echoing Ol’ Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants. “I am who I am,” Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, “It’s me. I don’t want to change….I don’t want to pivot….If you start pivoting, you are not being honest with people.” The remarks recall the San Francisco Cow Palace where an astonished Republican, on hearing the candidate speak out in favor of “extremism in the defense of liberty,” blurted out, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” And so he…Continue Reading

Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

August 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The nine-second video of two federal bureaucrats the White House posted on its blog the past week was notable for something it omitted. That something was very big — and putting it on display might not have fit with the apparent propaganda purpose of the video. The video itself starred EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who sat side-by-side at a table. The video starts with McCarthy and Foxx simultaneously scratching their signatures onto separate and apparently singular sheets of paper. Eight seconds into the nine-second clip, when McCarthy has finished signing her name, she looks up and declares: “Done.” Foxx, who signed even faster than McCarthy, spreads his arms in a gesture…Continue Reading

With Different U.S. Policies… Imagine The Possibilities In Africa

August 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on With Different U.S. Policies… Imagine The Possibilities In Africa

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. He and Brian Clowes, HLI’s director of research and training, recently went on a pro-life mission to Tanzania; see the article on the front page of The Wanderer, August 18, 2016. In the article below, Fr. Boquet thanks all who supported their trip. He expresses his hopes for a truly free and faithful Africa, and deplores U.S. policies that undercut life and family there. (This commentary first appeared on HLI’s website and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews. All rights reserved.) + + + Thank you for your prayers during our mission to Tanzania the last two weeks. It was a blessed and productive time with…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… “The Expense Is Reckoned, The Enterprise Is Begun; It Is Of God”

August 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… “The Expense Is Reckoned, The Enterprise Is Begun; It Is Of God”

By JAMES MONTI The recent slaughter in odium fidei of the 85-year-old French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel on July 26 shortly after two terrorists stormed into the church where he was celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a vivid manifestation that the price for being a faithful Catholic has been rapidly escalating of late. On a broader plain the stakes for faithful Catholics have been raised by a growing web of laws clearly designed to eradicate by means of coercion any opposition to secular society’s agenda of deconstructing marriage, family life, morality, and the right to life. Beyond this, Catholics deal with the daily threat of what the great St. Thomas More scholar Fr. Germain Marc’hadour aptly described…Continue Reading

Summer 1916 . . . The Second Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

August 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Summer 1916 . . . The Second Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The previous article on this topic (April 28, 2016, p. 8A) looked at the first of the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, or the Angel of Peace, to the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1916. This article will look at the second of these, in this, the centenary year of these angelic appearances, and see how it is still of significance for us 100 years later. The first apparition of the angel made a deep impression on the children. In her Second Memoir, Sr. Lucia tells us that, “His words engraved themselves so deeply on our minds that we could never…Continue Reading