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Lawyer Says . . . Not Even Kafka Could Write Something Like Obama’s Bathroom Edict

July 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Obama administration’s legal assault against sexual reality is something that not even novelist Franz Kafka could have written, an attorney representing the North Carolina legislature told a presentation at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Attorney Kyle Duncan made that comparison as he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke about states’ opposition to Barack Obama’s federal government trying to force them to wipe out traditional protections for sexual privacy or else lose billions of dollars in aid to schools. Kafka was a European writer born in the latter part of the 19th century whose work, according to Wikipedia, features “bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers.” Paxton and Duncan spoke at an hour-long…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… The Innocents: The Light Of Life

July 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Poland 1945 — cold, dark, and bleak. This is how The Innocents starts off, giving the viewer an idea of what the rest of the film will look like. But despite the grayish and neutral look of the movie, the light of life and faith in God radiates much brighter than if the film had been shot entirely in the sunlight. Based on a true story about some Polish nuns who were systemically raped and impregnated by Russian soldiers toward the end of World War II, The Innocents examines all of their bewilderment, fear, and anguish — and then the joy and beauty of womanhood as it is greatly tested, but redeemed in the end. Not knowing…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Clear Exposition Of Whitehead

July 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Malik, Charles. The Systems of Whitehead’s Metaphysics. Edited with an introduction by Habib Malik and Tony E. Nasrallah. Lebanon: Notre Dame Louaize, 2016. 436 pp. In the summer of 1937, having just received his doctorate at Harvard University under the direction of Professors Ernest Hocking and John Wild, Charles Malik devoted his energies to the production of the present volume, drawing upon his doctoral dissertation with a view to publishing it separately. Failing to get the support of Wild and others, he could not find a publisher. There may have been other reasons for their decline of support. Both Hocking and Wild were realists in the Aristotelian tradition, and one would think should naturally have supported Malik.…Continue Reading

Fatima June 1917 . . . A Vision Of Hell: A Great Sea Of Fire

July 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Last month’s article looked at the June 13, 1917 apparition of our Lady to the Fatima children, and particularly the promise of Heaven made to them by her. This month we’ll focus on the vision of Hell which was seen by them on July 13, 1917. This was revealed in Sr. Lucia’s Third Memoir, which was written in the summer of 1941, when she stated that she was going to reveal the first two parts of the Fatima secret, and that the first part of this secret was the vision of Hell. This is how she describes it: “Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in…Continue Reading

Will Hillary Ditch Black Lives Matter?

July 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN After the massacre of five Dallas cops, during a protest of police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, President Obama said, “America is not as divided as some have suggested.” Former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey, an African-American, says we are “sitting on a powder keg.” Put me down as agreeing with the president. For when a real powder keg blew in the 1960s, I was there. And this is not it. In 1965, the Watts area of Los Angeles exploded in the worst racial violence since the New York draft riot of 1863 when Lincoln had to send in veterans of Gettysburg. After six days of looting, shooting, and arson in LA, there…Continue Reading

Reason As A Support For Faith

July 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG “We all have doubts at times about our faith. Even the saints had doubts.” We sometimes hear this statement, with the implication that doubt is inevitable where faith is involved. Faith is even thought of as intrinsically uncertain: accepting something on authority, but with the possibility that it is not correct. So our belief in Christianity or in the Catholic Church will be a belief which could possibly be wrong; but we simply trust that it is true. This view is quite mistaken, however. We can have, and should have, complete certainty about the truth of Christianity and of the Catholic Church. Yet many Catholics are in the position of feeling uncertain as to whether this is…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Second Time Around: Euthanasia In The Netherlands”

July 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 As the previous articles have described, the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands has expanded relentlessly and inevitably. It began with a focus on what the individual person perceived was best for himself, and has devolved to where the focus is what is best for the State. The State’s desires are carried out by its medical corps, which is no longer compelled to take the desires of the person into consideration when making its decisions. “Living Wills” Mean Nothing. Patient statements about a desire to live or receive certain treatments, in documents similar in nature to U.S. “Living Wills” and Durable Powers of Attorney (DPAs) mean absolutely nothing in the Netherlands. Physicians often perform involuntary…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… Meeting The Saints

July 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI On June 25 I drove down to Philadelphia to meet two great men. The fact that they have been dead for almost five centuries did not dissuade me. For in Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul that evening, the English martyrs St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More were having a “meet and greet” of sorts — their relics, a bone fragment and tooth of More and a signet ring of Bishop Fisher, had arrived for the veneration of the faithful. The turnout was not on the epic scale that was witnessed in so many places last year when the body of St. Maria Goretti was brought to America for a pilgrimage tour, but those…Continue Reading

Will The West Survive The Century?

July 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Nativism . . . xenophobia or worse” is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa. Obama believes that resistance to transformational change in the character and identity of countries of the West, from immigration, can only be the product of sick minds or sick hearts. According to The New York Times, he will spend the last months of his presidency battling “the nativism and nationalism” of Trump and “Britain’s Brexiteers.” Prediction: Obama will fail. For rising ethnonationalism and militarization of frontiers is baked in the cake, if the West wishes to remain the West. Behind that prediction lie the startling figures of the UN’s “World Population…Continue Reading

The Department Of Political Justice

July 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Is it worth impairing the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice to save Hillary Clinton from a deserved criminal prosecution by playing word games? What has become of the rule of law — no one is beneath its protections or above its requirements — when the American public can witness a game of political musical chairs orchestrated by Bill Clinton at an airport in a bizarre ruse to remove the criminal investigation of his wife from those legally responsible for making decisions about it? How hairsplitting can the FBI be in acknowledging “extreme recklessness” while denying “gross negligence” about the same events, at the same time, and in the same respect? These are…Continue Reading