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A Book Review . . . Significant Reminders Of Catholic Contributions, But Some Omissions

December 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Forty Catholics Who Shaped the World in Which We Live, by Claire Smith, www.famouscatholics.com, St Pauls Publishing, Staten Island, N.Y., ISBN 978-0-8189-1388-4, 260 pages, paperback, $19.95, 2015. Souls and salvation are of timeless importance, beginning with the Garden of Eden, but the physical world in which humans live has changed most drastically since the mid-19th century. Try to imagine a big city, or even a neighborhood, without plenty of bold electrified lighting as night descends. Yet for most of history, the daily departure of the sun meant the enclosure of a tomb of darkness upon a portion of the Earth, broken here and there by such instruments as oil lamps, torches, and, later, gaslights. For millennia, night…Continue Reading

Obama Wants To Organize The World Around Climate Change

December 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + President Barack Obama has expressed an apocalyptic vision he suggests other reasonable people must embrace. On Monday, November 30 in Paris, he said he foresees: “Submerged countries. Abandoned cities. Fields that no longer grow.” And also: “Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own.” Climate change, he argues, threatens to cause these problems. Therefore, at the international climate change conference, he repeated his call for an international agreement that seeks to curb global carbon emissions from human activities. “So I just want…Continue Reading

The Spies Who Ruin Us

December 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In an effort to draw attention away from the intelligence failures that permitted the attacks of 9/11 and create the impression that it was doing something — anything — to avoid a repeat, the federal government tampered seriously with freedoms expressly guaranteed in the Constitution. Its principal target was the right to privacy, which is protected in the Fourth Amendment. At President George W. Bush’s urging, Congress passed the Patriot Act in October 2001. This 315-page statute passed the House of Representatives with no debate, and there was very limited debate in the Senate. I have asked many members of Congress over the years whether they read this bill before they voted upon it, and I…Continue Reading

Rich In Mercy

December 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Today, as I write this, is November 30, a fitting day to write about mercy. It was on this final day of the 11th month of the year in 1980 that St. John Paul II published his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia (“Rich in Mercy”). It serves as excellent prelude to and preparation for a better understanding of the yearlong celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis for 2016. In the words of the reigning Pontiff, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” Thirty-five years is roughly the equivalent of a generation. The Church’s…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “How To Organize A Pro-Family Group”

December 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For the complete guide to organizing an effective pro-family group, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) Part 2 When organizing a pro-family group for the purpose of fighting the homosexual “special-rights” agenda, you will eventually reach “critical mass” — you will think you have enough people to begin activism. But you must resist the urge to jump into action immediately and instead take certain steps to prepare. If you go into action too soon and fail, you will do nothing more than embolden the special-rights movement in your area and make the pro-family movement appear weak and insignificant. No matter how desperate…Continue Reading

What To Be Thankful For?

December 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if the government’s goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if the leadership of both major political parties believes that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead gifts from the government? What if those leaders believe that the government that gives…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Professor . . . Forced To Leave Project Aimed At Faithful Catholic Education

November 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUSTIN PETRISEK (Editor’s Note: Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of the Cardinal Newman Society, published this report on November 24. All rights reserved.) + + + In an unexpected turn of events, University of Notre Dame professor Fr. Bill Miscamble, CSC, has been forced to disassociate himself with a new project recommending Notre Dame professors supportive of the university’s Catholic identity and mission, an unfortunate development which reflects poorly on the university, William Dempsey, chairman of the Notre Dame alumni group Sycamore Trust, told The Cardinal Newman Society. Earlier in November, Fr. Miscamble helped unveil NDCatholic.com, a website which gives detailed recommendations to students who are seeking an authentic Catholic education during their time at Notre Dame. The…Continue Reading

Conversion To Pro-Life

November 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Before Roe v. Wade, but when the abortion issue was being hotly contested, certain pro-life leaders in Canada, as well as in the United States, told me that once people realized what abortion entails, the controversy would be settled solidly in favor of life. The plausible assumption in the minds of these leaders was that people based their moral decisions purely on the basis of information. Abortion, however, involving, as it does, life, parenthood, responsibility, and personal liberty, is far too profound an issue to be settled on the basis of information alone. And although all the information pertinent to abortion is on the side of life, the will can be a formidable opponent when it comes…Continue Reading

How An Americanist/Modernist Continued To Undermine Catholic Teaching

November 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS The author of Pilgrim Church: A Popular History of Catholic Christianity (Revised & Expanded; Twenty-Third Publications, 1989) that continues to circulate in Catholic parishes is Fr. William J. Bausch, who may be remembered by veterans of the sex education battles of the 1970s for his book A Boy’s Sex Life when he was director of Cana Conferences for the Diocese of Trenton, N.J. In that work, the reader was confronted by the graphic manner in which the author wrote about sexual intercourse and his sanctioning of both masturbation and contraceptive birth control. Regarding the latter, married couples “do not sin. Contraception for them is building their love . . . to strengthen their initial commitment.” As a…Continue Reading

The End Of Obamaworld

November 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In denouncing Republicans as “scared of widows and orphans,” and castigating those who prefer Christian refugees to Muslims coming to America, Barack Obama has come off as petulant and unpresidential. Clearly, he is upset. And with good reason. He grossly, transparently underestimated the ability of ISIS, the “JV” team, to strike outside the caliphate into the heart of the West, and has egg all over his face. More critically, the liberal world order he has been preaching and predicting is receding before our eyes. Suddenly, his rhetoric is discordantly out of touch with reality. And, for his time on the global stage, the phrase “failed president” comes to mind. What happened in Paris, said President Obama,…Continue Reading