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Go See Sinatra

March 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Go See Sinatra

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + “You’re going without me?” My not-yet six-year-old daughter stood resolutely between us and the door. “Yes,” I said. “Your mom and I need to go.” “Without me?” “We only have two tickets.” “Why?” My profoundly puzzled daughter asked this question in complete sincerity. The story that answers it began several weeks before that moment of familial crisis in a midtown Manhattan hotel. I was driving to work one March morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. — listening to talk radio. The lead local news story that day had nothing to do with politics or…Continue Reading

One Moment In Time

March 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on One Moment In Time

By DONALD DeMARCO The Ancient Greeks had two words for “time”: Chronos and Kairos. The former referred to chronometric time. We refer to a watch as a chronometer. This is time that unfolds second by second and can be measured. In this regard, all moments are equal. The latter referred to a moment in time that stood above all the other passing moments. Kairos indicated that a particular moment was “momentous,” worthy of honoring and remembering. When Kairos enters Chronos, something very special takes place. In Old Testament theology, Kairos conveys the sense of “ripeness.” In Ecclesiastes, we read: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review…. An Influential Liberal Network

March 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review…. An Influential Liberal Network

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Snyder, Brad. The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 811 pp. Cloth, $34.95. The house in question in the book’s title was located at 1727 Nineteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. It belonged to Robert G. Valentine and served as a political salon from 1911 to 1919, a brief period, to be sure, but with consequences for the nation. Valentine shared the house with Felix Frankfurter and Winfred T. Denison. Oliver Wendell Holmes lived nearby at 1720 Eye Street and became a frequent visitor. The house served as a meeting place where Frankfurter, Louis D. Brandeis, and Henry L. Simpson, and others could develop their ideas…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . How Gosnell Became Tightly Stitched Into The Social Fabric

March 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . How Gosnell Became Tightly Stitched Into The Social Fabric

By DEXTER DUGGAN Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, Regnery Publishing, www.Regnery.com, Washington, D.C., ISBN 978-1-62157-455-2, 367 pages hardback, $27.99, 2017. If unborn babies were affixed in the womb as strongly as Planned Parenthood is entrenched in the power structure, it’d be about impossible to abort the babies. But they’re innocent, soft, and small, while abortionist PP is hardened and humongous. Denying hundreds of millions of dollars of annual taxpayer funding to a private organization with a monstrously destructive agenda shouldn’t be so difficult. But even two practicing Catholic speakers of the U.S. House, John Boehner and Paul Ryan, threw up their hands in surrender and helped shovel the wealth…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The History Of Future Dreams (Conclusion)

March 1, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The History Of Future Dreams (Conclusion)

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 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We must not fall into the absurd trap of being against everything Hitler was for. It was in no way evil for Hitler to regard mental disease as a scourge on society. . . . Because of Hitler’s use of the term ‘Master Race,’ we should not feel the need to say that we never want to use genetics to make humans more capable than they are today. . . . People say it would be terrible if…Continue Reading

Scholarship Needs To Return To Timeless Truths

February 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Scholarship Needs To Return To Timeless Truths

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In the “Review” section of a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal (February 10) Alexandra Wolfe provides a short biographical sketch that provides insight into the ambitions of the multibillionaire Nicholas Berggruen, a financier and philanthropist. Seven years ago he launched the Berggruen Institute, an unusual think tank with an endowment of $1 billion. His initiative, according to Wolfe, aims to develop ideas in economics, politics, and social organization. The institute has two divisions, one focused on governance, the other on philosophy and culture. Berggruen is starting work on a physical place for what he calls his “secular monastery.” Located near Los Angeles, it will house about 50 scholars on 400 acres of land. One can…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Methodical Plan For Spiritual Reading And Growth

February 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Methodical Plan For Spiritual Reading And Growth

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN How To Read Your Way to Heaven, by Vicki Burbach (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2016), 275 pp., $18.95. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com. Because faith is like a mustard seed that needs to grow, it requires cultivation and nourishment to bloom and flourish. One of the traditional ways to nurture Christian faith comes from the wisdom of the saints who teach the importance of spiritual reading. In the words of St. John Chrysostom quoted by the author, “A religious cannot be wounded, because she is far from the combat. But you who are in the midst of battle, must protect yourself with the buckler of holy thoughts drawn from good books.” To read your way into Heaven, then,…Continue Reading

From A Former Member… Pope’s Overhaul Of Vatican Pro-Life Academy “Heartbreaking”

February 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on From A Former Member… Pope’s Overhaul Of Vatican Pro-Life Academy “Heartbreaking”

By JUDIE BROWN (Editor’s Note: Judie Brown is the president of the American Life League and a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. She wrote this commentary for all.org and LifeSiteNews reprinted it. All rights reserved.) + + + The Pontifical Academy for Life is undergoing an overhaul by Pope Francis and his political operatives within the Vatican’s hierarchy, and it is one of the most heartbreaking events I have seen in my lifetime. But given the politics of the Vatican, it is not surprising. For those who are not aware of its history, the Academy was established by Pope John Paul II on February 11, 1994, at the urging of his close friend Dr. Jerome Lejeune to…Continue Reading

Stop And Go, But Don’t Think

February 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Stop And Go, But Don’t Think

By DONALD DeMARCO It may very well be that my philosophical nature inclines me to value the Stop Sign above traffic lights. This may seem to be an odd and arbitrary preference, but there are good reasons for it, especially if one thinks symbolically. The latter represents a mechanical stop-and-go instruction that reminds me too much of our mechanized way of life. We are busy creatures and become anxious when we are required to pause for the red light to change to green. It is symbolic of a hurried lifestyle, but also of one in which we are told what our next step will be. We find ourselves marching to a mechanized beat. The Stop Sign, on the other hand,…Continue Reading

St. Catherine Of Bologna . . . The Patron Saint Of Artists

February 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on St. Catherine Of Bologna . . . The Patron Saint Of Artists

By RAY CAVANAUGH There are patrons of the arts, and then there’s St. Catherine of Bologna — the patron saint of artists. She was a nun, mystic, painter, and author whose feast day occurs on March 9. Born in the northern Italian city of Bologna on September 8, 1413, she entered an aristocratic family. Her education was provided at a royal court until age 14, when she joined a convent in the city of Ferrara. First she served as the convent baker and laundress, then as mistress of novices, as told by the New Catholic Encyclopedia. While in Ferrara, she began composition of her most enduring written work, The Seven Spiritual Weapons. During this time, she also claimed to have…Continue Reading