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Our Lady And The New Evangelization

March 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 5 This final article on the role of our Lady in the New Evangelization will look at how Pope Francis has promoted this Marian dimension during his own pontificate, as well as some prophetic announcements which are relevant to understanding how the Church will evangelize in the future. Pope Francis has shown himself to be very supportive of Fatima, and indeed he arranged for his pontificate to be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2013, by the cardinal of Lisbon on his behalf, on the 96th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in May 1917. It is also significant that the Marian Day in Rome for the Year…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . One Month’s News As Commentary On Critical, Deeper Questions Of Our Times

March 19, 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 co-founder 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].) + + + February 2015 did not just feature bitter cold in the eastern half of the…Continue Reading

Sex Storm In Ontario

March 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO An advertisement that frequently appears in Toronto newspaper reads: “Sex for Life.” The double meaning of the word “life” may be unintentional, but it does bring to light diametrically opposed interpretations of that phrase. As far as the merchandisers are concerned, their product grants the consumer “Sex for Life” in the sense of enabling him to have sex as long as he lives. This, of course, is an exaggerated claim, but so is much of commercial advertising. The primary focus of the ad is on the relationship between the performer and the product. On the other hand, “Sex for Life” could mean, as it has in the past and is imprinted in human nature, an activity that…Continue Reading

Elusive Unity: Accommodating The Other

March 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY While on a recent visit to Egypt, Vladimir Putin called upon and spoke to Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria in these words: “Your church is one of the most ancient Christian churches: It functions and your parishioners live here in a predominantly Muslim area. As you know, Russia is a multi-confessional country; the majority of our population are Christians of the same Eastern Orthodox faith as you and I.” President Putin went on to say that a significant number of Russian citizens are Muslims, but they are not immigrants as they are in other counties; they have no other homeland but Russia. Still addressing Patriarch Theodoros, Putin said, “As you know, relations between people of different faiths have…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Is Contraception Sinful If Users Are Ignorant Of Church Teaching?”

March 16, 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.) + + + There is a very high level of confusion among Catholics regarding the abortifacient action of various forms of birth control. Unfortunately, this uncertainty is actively promoted by the very profession that should be trying to clarify health issues to the public. The modern medical profession acknowledged for decades that the beginning of pregnancy was the fusion of sperm and egg — indeed, this is the only logical point for the beginning of human life. In fact, most embryology and fetology textbooks still emphasize that the beginning of human life is at fertilization. However, in the early 1960s,…Continue Reading

Does Iran Really Want A Bomb?

March 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN America, we have a problem. In the blood-soaked chaotic Middle East, with few exceptions like the Kurds, our friends either can’t or won’t fight. The Free Syrian Army folded. The U.S.-armed Hazm force in Syria has just collapsed after being routed by the al-Nusra Front. The Iraqi army we trained and equipped fled Mosul and ran all the way to Baghdad. The Turks could annihilate ISIS in Syria, but they won’t fight. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arabs have sent zero troops to fight ISIS. A handful of air strikes is it. Now consider what our old enemies have done and are doing. Hezbollah and Iran have sustained Bashar Assad’s Syrian army for four years and…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Trials Big And Small

March 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Still That Girl by Rebecca Dominick, paperback: 2014. Available at amazon.com. It isn’t every day that a 16-year-old publishes a book, but that it’s someone coming from a Catholic home-schooled family does not surprise me at all. The young author is Rebecca Dominick and her very first book is titled Still That Girl. Still That Girl is a story about life, and its trials big and small. The story opens on a pleasant home scene where the different Anderson family members are going about their own business and enjoying the quiet snowy afternoon. Katarina, the youngest Anderson, is a happy 13-year-old enjoying time with her best friend Abigail Dunham; the two can hardly look at each other…Continue Reading

Our Lady And The New Evangelization

March 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at the Marian dimension of the New Evangelization in the documents of Vatican II, and also in the teaching of Popes John Paul II and Benedict, as well as further aspects of the Fatima message. We can see the documents of Vatican II as a blueprint for the New Evangelization. The problem is that for various reasons — mainly the rise of the counterculture from the 1960s onwards — that blueprint hasn’t been put into practice, and Marian devotion, has, in general, been on the decline. The fact that Lumen Gentium, Vatican II’s dogmatic Constitution of the Church, has a whole section devoted to our Lady, rather than dealing with her in…Continue Reading

The Administration’s Conundrum

March 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES The Obama administration and its supporters and all Obama’s water carriers in the mainstream news media are running two parallel agendas at the same time, though both these agendas are at complete odds with each other. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is celebrating the fact that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio just made it official that all public schools, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, will close on September 25 in observance of Eid al-Adha and will also close for the end of Ramadan, or Eid al-Fitr. Zead Ramadan, a board member of CAIR, told the AP, “After years of advocating by New York City’s Muslim community, Muslim public school students will finally and thankfully no…Continue Reading

Are Indulgences Contrary To The Spirit Of Eastern Orthodoxy?

March 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS It is well known that indulgences have been the object of much misunderstanding and polemical abuse by Protestants since the days of Martin Luther, who heaped upon them all the fierce invective of which he was master. Curiously, in his earlier days as an Augustinian friar, Luther correctly explained in a sermon in July 1516 the use and benefits of indulgences. He noted that an indulgence is the remission, in whole or in part, of the temporal punishment due to sin, after the sin has been forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance. No sin was forgiven by an indulgence and indulgences were not a permission to commit further sin; moreover, indulgences did not give full pardon for…Continue Reading