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Begging For Mercy

February 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO When we do not hear another person’s words correctly we say, “I beg your pardon.” A moderator appears on stage and apologizes for a momentary inconvenience by saying to the audience, “I beg your indulgence.” These words flow easily from our lips, usually without much reflection. They have become automatic responses, polite gestures, clichés. On reflection, however, they identify the speakers as “beggars.” Now, we think of beggars as unfortunates with whom we do not identify. And yet, in the eyes of God, we are all beggars, beggars for mercy. We are prone to dividing people by class, wealth, ability, station, and pedigree. Yet, despite our proclivity for feeling superior to others, the one common denominator that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The ‘Holiness’ Of The Church”

February 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at + + + “Here it is well to note at once that, given this doctrine of experience united with that of symbolism, every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true. . . . Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true” — Pope St. Pius X, encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (“On the Doctrine…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The New Literalism And Fundamentalism

February 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and most recently two edited volumes, Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System, and The Crisis of Religious Liberty. (This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + Catholics — even more so liberal Catholics — are usually quick to criticize anyone who seems to…Continue Reading

Sources, Methods, And Lives

February 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points. In her statement to supporters, standing in front of her gaunt and listless looking husband, she was not able to mouth the word “victory” or any of its standard variants. She could barely hide her contempt for the Iowa Democrats who deserted her. Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. According to official Senate records, he is an “Independent Socialist” who votes to organize the Senate with the…Continue Reading

Is A New Era Upon Us?

February 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Bernie Sanders, with his mammoth crowds and mass support among the young, represents, as did George McGovern in 1972, despite his defeat, the future of the Democratic Party. That Hillary Clinton has been tacking left tells you Sanders is winning the argument. Should she avoid indictment in the email scandal, and win the nomination and the election, Clinton would be a placeholder president. Yet, should Sanders win the nomination and election — highly improbable — he would become a frustrated and a failed…Continue Reading

Fire From Ice

February 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most improbable ways of getting a fire started is by using ice. That’s right, using ice. No survivor’s manual would be complete without describing how this can be accomplished. First, one finds some clear ice and then shapes it into a disk that can be used as a lens. The lens serves as a magnifying glass that captures rays of sunlight which can be directed to dry leaves, kindling wood, or some other kind of tinder, and presto — a fire is started. This method serves as an example of how resourcefulness can overcome a situation that seems utterly hopeless. Inconvenience can be irritating. But inconvenience comes in degrees. On Saturday, January 23, 2016,…Continue Reading

The Jurisprudence Of Benedict XVI Vs. That Of August Comte

February 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In his address to the German Bundestag on September 22, 2011, Benedict delivered a lecture on the framing of law that is worth revisiting in this election year. Well, in any year. Speaking to that body of lawmakers, he asks, “How do we recognize what is right and may be given the force of law?” In our complex society, what is right and may be given the force of law is in no way self-evident. Christianity, Benedict reminds his audience, has never proposed a revealed law to the state and to society, that is to say, a juridical order derived from Revelation. Instead it has pointed to nature’s order and used reason in determining the nature of…Continue Reading

Federal Report: 40 Percent Qualify For Need-Tested Benefits

February 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + As of December 2012, the total population of the United States — including members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas — equaled 315,255,012, according to the Census Bureau’s estimate. At some time during 2012, according to a study the Congressional Research Service published in December, approximately 134,800,000 people qualified for one or more of “nine major need-tested benefit programs” and approximately 106,000,000 actually received benefits from at least one of them. That means about 42.7 percent of the U.S population was eligible for one or more of these government benefit programs at some time during…Continue Reading

Continuing Chaos In The Anglican Communion

January 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Recent news reports have highlighted the possibility of a formal schism threatening the Anglican Communion because of the growing rift over such moral issues as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the ordination of women (among yet other matters). Contemporary Anglicanism has been in yet another crisis for the last 12 years, ever since the U.S. Episcopal Church ordained its first openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson. It is the traditionalist Anglican leaders in the African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and other countries who have opposed the more liberal, permissive, and relativistic Western branches led by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Calling for a meeting of his 37 fellow primates, Archbishop Welby clearly seeks to maintain the fragile…Continue Reading

The Rejection Election

January 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With the Iowa caucuses a week away as this is written, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, who leads in all the polls, is Donald Trump. The consensus candidate of the Democratic Party elite, Hillary Clinton, has been thrown onto the defensive by a Socialist from Vermont who seems to want to burn down Wall Street. Not so long ago, Clinton was pulling down $225,000 a speech from Goldman Sachs. Today, she sounds like William Jennings Bryan. Taken together, the candidacies of Trump, Sanders, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz represent a rejection of the establishment. And, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, other Republican campaigns are now channeling Trump’s. This then is a rejection election.…Continue Reading