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A Crisis In The German Church?. . . Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

May 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By CARL BUNDERSON VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October’s Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as to homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by their bishops’ conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German Bishops’ Conference, the largest part of comments dealt with the issues of the divorced and civilly remarried, cohabiting couples, and same-sex unions. The consultation…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . “Hope Grows” In This New Film

May 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES We’ve all heard the expression about life throwing us a few curve balls and our resolve to try and overcome them, but sometimes those curve balls get the best of us and we strike out. Just because we may strike out here and there doesn’t mean that the game is over. That is the case with the terrific new film Where Hope Grows, where we meet Calvin Campbell, a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Campbell falls into a lifestyle of late nights, excessive drinking, and wallowing in self-pity to the point where he’s on the verge of losing his teenage daughter. His life is in…Continue Reading

Not A Laughing Matter

May 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Laughter lifts the spirit. This is why humor is called levity. When we laugh we come closest to levitation. We are, after all, light-hearted beings. Because we can laugh at our troubles means that we can transcend them. Laughter, then, as good medicine, brightens our days and lengthens our lives. Sam Levenson, as his name might suggest, was an accomplished humorist. He spent the better part of his life collecting jokes and witticisms from every legitimate source available. He passed away in 1980 and may have been one of the last “clean” humorists to have had a prominent place in the media. In his 1979 book, You Don’t Have to Be in Who’s Who to Know What’s…Continue Reading

The True Story — And Tragedy — Of Race In America

May 8, 2015 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] in Crisis. 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + The rhetoric of leftist politicians,…Continue Reading

The GOP Congress . . . Will It Stop D.C.’s Attack On Catholic Schools And Freedom Of Conscience?

May 7, 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.) + + + The District of Columbia Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser have launched a two-front war against the First Amendment rights of Catholic schools and other religious and pro-life institutions in Washington, D.C. The question now: Will House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell use the authority the Constitution gives Congress over D.C. and expenditures from the Treasury to protect religious liberty in the nation’s capital itself? This is a defining issue for this Congress. In January, Bowser signed two pieces of D.C. legislation — the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Introduction To The Fight Over Homosexuality”

May 6, 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.) + + + “Evil may have its day, but to God go the weeks and the years. It must ever be so” — Fr. Eugene Fahy, SJ. + + + So far, the Culture of Life series has covered abortion and birth control. The original plan was to move on to artificial reproductive technologies, euthanasia, and eugenics. In light of recent and impending events involving the United States Supreme Court and the battles over various state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, it seems wise instead to equip Catholics to rationally discuss the “gay rights” issue earlier than originally intended. After…Continue Reading

Betrayed By Culture

May 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO I was reading, with genuine sadness, about a Jesuit priest who visits a Catholic home for unwed mothers three times a year to give weekend retreats. He describes the tragedies in the lives of these young girls as “appalling.” The age of these young mothers ranges from 13 upwards, with the median age being around 16 or 17. The role of the priest is heroic, while the plight of the single moms is something that was largely avoidable. An old Dutch maxim comes to mind: “We are too soon old and too late smart.” The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard noted: “We live forward, but we understand backwards.” We can repent of our mistakes, but we cannot relive…Continue Reading

Can America Stop The Tide Of Assisted Suicide?

May 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By CRAIG TURNER (Editor’s Note: Craig Turner is a graduate of the English honors program at the University of Texas and a former journalist who covered Capitol Hill. Since 1990, he has served as director of communications for three Washington, D.C., companies. Turner is the author of two books recently published by Saint Benedict Press: Words of Faith and Words of Hope. (This column is copyright © 2015 by Craig Turner and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, www.fgfBooks.com. All rights reserved.) + + + Several states have measures on their ballots that, if passed, will legalize assisted suicide in those states. The dangers of social ills such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and pornography have received much attention lately, but assisted suicide,…Continue Reading

Reel Faith . . . An Interview With Catholic Actor And Filmmaker Eduardo Verastegui

May 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Eduardo Verastegui is a man on a mission. He is tirelessly traveling, either working on his latest film project or helping to promote his most recently completed one. On top of that, Verastegui (pronounced Ver-ah-steg-eeh) also helps run a crisis pregnancy clinic in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Wanderer had a chance recently to speak with Eduardo about his latest film Little Boy (see my review of Little Boy in The Wanderer, April 23, 2015, p. 7B), and how the film invites everyone to understand God, our own faith in Him, and the power of that faith. Q. Did you and your fellow filmmakers decide to make Little Boy, a movie set in…Continue Reading

Give Every Child In Baltimore A $17,329 School-Choice Voucher

May 2, 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.) + + + “The education system has failed them.” That is part of the explanation that Billy Murphy, a lawyer representing the family of Freddie Gray — who died after his spine was severed while in police custody — gave CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for why some young men in Baltimore rioted on April 27 after Gray’s funeral. “These kids have had bad experiences in school,” Murphy said. “They are frequently harassed by the police,” he said. “They are unemployed because there’s no summer jobs, and so this is what you would expect in a tense time like this.…Continue Reading