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Theodor Adorno And His Aesthetic Theory

July 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Theodor Adorno And His Aesthetic Theory

By ALBERTO M. PIEDRA (Editor’s Note: Dr. Piedra is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy at The Institute of World Politics.) + + + There is no doubt in my mind that any student who went through a liberal arts education during the fifties, sixties, and seventies was probably aware of the theorists who one way or another were associated with the Institute for Social Studies, better known by the name of the Frankfurt School, founded in the 1920s. Most of their contributions were promptly displayed on college dorm shelves and all over the campus. The message they conveyed was loud and clear: “There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document…Continue Reading

In The Face Of Our Moral Meltdown… The Biggest Reason For Priests’ Silence

July 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on In The Face Of Our Moral Meltdown… The Biggest Reason For Priests’ Silence

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. LifeSiteNews first published this editorial. All rights reserved.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part they are so very patient and loving with us despite our foibles and idiosyncrasies. Most of the people are highly concerned about the widespread silence and/or vagueness of the clergy in the face of the grave moral meltdown in our culture. At best, many pulpits are silent or…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima: The June Apparition

July 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady Of Fatima: The June Apparition

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + After word had spread of what the young Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta had seen on May 13 at the Cova da Iria, they were subject to mockery and scorn. At least, Francisco and Jacinta had the support of their father, but Lucia did not even have this. The ridicule and disbelief of her own mother was so strong that she began to feel that she should not return to the Cova in June as was requested by our Lady. (1)…Continue Reading

The Passion Of Christ In Daily Life

July 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Passion Of Christ In Daily Life

By JAMES MONTI It was my brother Anthony (God rest his soul) who years ago brought to my attention an amazing detail of Jan van Eyck’s famous painting of 1434, the Arnolfini Marriage, renowned as an artistic celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Above the joined hands of the married couple can be seen, on the wall behind, a circular mirror around the perimeter of which are ten spokes analogous to the succession of ascending numbers that ring the perimeter of a clock to tell the time of day. But here the passage of the hours is measured instead by a succession of scenes from the Passion of Christ. The sequence begins at the bottom of the mirror, at the…Continue Reading

Professor Charles E. Rice… Champion Of The Natural Law

July 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Professor Charles E. Rice… Champion Of The Natural Law

By DONALD DeMARCO I received a telephone call one day from a university colleague asking for my help. She had invited Professor Charles E. Rice, an expert on natural law, to speak and because of that was receiving death threats. I could not be of much help since I was about to leave the country on a teaching assignment. She had notified the police and was assured that they would provide adequate security. Professor Rice delivered his lecture with police protection in the room. The threats were taken seriously, however, and other presentations that Professor Rice was scheduled to make while he was in the area were canceled. Ironically, Professor Rice was not planning on talking about the natural law.…Continue Reading

Cool Down, Alarmists . . . It’s Just Hot In The Desert In The Summer

July 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Cool Down, Alarmists . . . It’s Just Hot In The Desert In The Summer

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto,” said one of the two women seated in front of me in the shuttle van at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport some while ago. Do I recall they were from New Jersey? It was the customary misquotation of actress Judy Garland noticing that something’s really different in the Land of Oz. I looked up from my book. Outside the van window were cactuses in airport planters. No surprise to me, but a different sight to the majority of U.S. residents, from cooler territories. Living in the lower desert in summer isn’t the life most people are used to. When I walk home from daily morning Mass at…Continue Reading

Barbarians Within The Gates

July 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Barbarians Within The Gates

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY The subject in this essay is not immigration, but the barbarians who control big or corporate media. One does not have to be in New York City or Washington, D.C., to be influenced by it. Its tentacles are far reaching. Call it what you may, it is the print and television media that speak with one voice, suppressing all others. Destruction seems to be its aim. John Courtney Murray in his We Hold These Truths defined the barbarian as a threat to the life of reason embedded in the law and custom. “The perennial work of the barbarian,” he held, “is to undermine natural standards or judgments, to corrupt inherited wisdom by which people have always…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Proverbs From The Bible Applied To Modern Living

July 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Proverbs From The Bible Applied To Modern Living

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Proverbs Explained: A Blueprint for Christian Living, by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ (EWTN Publishing, Inc.: Irondale, AL, 2017), 141 pp.; paperback $14.95. Available at www.Sophiainstitute.com or call 1-800-888-9344. In a politically correct world dominated by moral relativism and scornful of traditional values and timeless moral truths, the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs restores moral sanity and simple common sense. God in His divine Providence gives man’s mind the light to guide him in the paths of righteousness and happiness and to protect him from many errors that lead souls astray. Divided into three parts, this excellent book examines the realms of human living that all people encounter — Family, Justice, and Virtue — and selects…Continue Reading

John Paul The Great… Battling The New Barbarians

July 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on John Paul The Great… Battling The New Barbarians

By DONALD DeMARCO Fr. Jaroslaw Kupczak, OP, has produced an excellent study on the thought of John Paul II, entitled, Destined for Liberty (2000). On the very last page, the author asks whether history will honor John Paul as “the Great.” This encomium, to be sure, is awarded most sparingly. Only Popes Leo I and Gregory I have been so honored. Fr. Kupczak quotes George Weigel, who has informed us that both of history’s “Great” Pontiffs had one thing in common that was a claim to their distinguished title. Each was successful in resisting the threats of barbarians. Leo turned Attila the Hun back from Rome; Gregory effected a truce with the invading Lombards and then set to work converting…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court . . . Agrees To Weigh In On Colorado Cake Artist’s Freedom

July 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court . . . Agrees To Weigh In On Colorado Cake Artist’s Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed September 26 to weigh in on whether the government can force a Lakewood, Colo., cake artist to use his artistic talents to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony. In July of last year, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop asked the High Court to take his case and rule that the government cannot coerce him to create artistic expression that communicates a message with which he fundamentally disagrees. The Colorado Supreme Court declined to take the case after the state’s Court of Appeals affirmed a Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision from May 2014. That decision ordered Phillips and his employees to create cakes that celebrate same-sex…Continue Reading