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The Basis Of Morality

July 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Basis Of Morality

By DONALD DeMARCO A friend of mine informed me that she was assigned to teach a course on morality. While she was excited about this new responsibility, she was not sure where she should start. She solicited my advice. I was eager to comply, but not sure I could make myself understandable. Where does one start? How does one describe the starting point? Today, the subject of morality has been largely taken over by relativists, skeptics, and deconstructionists. Thus, morality is now on very shaky ground. Nonetheless, there is a firm basis for morality which is just as firm as the basis for our measuring instruments. The meter is used to measure lengths. But it is not an arbitrary measuring…Continue Reading

FRC Says . . . Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Will Turbocharge Evangelical Vote

July 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on FRC Says . . . Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Will Turbocharge Evangelical Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on June 27 stated the following about the retirement of Justice Kennedy: “Following a series of 5-4 decisions regarding such fundamental freedoms as religious freedom and speech, today’s announcement of Justice Kennedy’s retirement will turbocharge this fall’s election. “In a closely divided U.S. Senate, every vote matters. If values voters needed a reason to engage in this election cycle — they certainly have it now. The American people are looking for yet another Supreme Court nominee in the mold of Justice Scalia as President Trump promised and delivered in Justice Gorsuch. “We are confident the president will choose a justice who simply decides the cases before them, as the Constitution intends.”

What’s Next For Cardinal McCarrick? How The Church Addresses Sex Abuse Allegations

July 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on What’s Next For Cardinal McCarrick? How The Church Addresses Sex Abuse Allegations

By ED CONDON (Editor’s Note: Ed Condon is a canon lawyer working for tribunals in a number of dioceses. Catholic News Agency published this story on June 21.) + + + WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The allegation that Theodore Cardinal McCarrick sexually abused a teenager is a bombshell for the Catholic Church in America. McCarrick has stepped down from active priestly ministry at the direction of the Holy See, after an initial investigation judged the allegation to be “credible and substantiated.” What does that mean, and what might be next for McCarrick? Any allegation of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy is a serious tragedy, but an allegation against a prominent cardinal, even a retired one, can be…Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Answer To The Powers Of Hell — Then And Now

July 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Answer To The Powers Of Hell — Then And Now

By JAMES MONTI Many of us, I’m sure, are still reeling from the evil outcome of the recent vote in Ireland that by overthrowing the legal protection of the unborn will effectively expose to a sentence of death countless innocent Irish children. Sixteen centuries ago, Ireland was likewise in the shadow of death, the nation under the sway of pagan Druids. But on a spring evening in Slane, in Ireland’s County Meath, a fire was lit on a hilltop to begin the Easter Vigil that night, lit by “a man sent from God” (John 1:6), whose name was Patrick. That light shone in the darkness, and the darkness was not able to overcome it (John 1:5). St. Patrick’s pivotal and…Continue Reading

Robert E. Lee… Unacknowledged Nobility In Our Midst

July 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Robert E. Lee… Unacknowledged Nobility In Our Midst

By JUDE DOUGHERTY As statues, monuments, and memorials tumble in Austin, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Durham, and other parts of the country, it may be fruitful to examine what the fuss is all about. The public has been led to believe that the men for whom those monuments or plaques have been erected were bad men, who allegedly owned slaves or supported slavery as an institution. Often the truth is just the opposite, or complicated beyond common acknowledgment. We witness the ignorant and the barbarous, often with vicious intent, vandalizing public displays that have existed for decades without disturbance. Pretended moral offense by the supposedly aggrieved is not self-validating. If one studied the events that led to the conflict between North and…Continue Reading

Toward The Synod… Pew Research Finds Young People Are Less Religious

July 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Toward The Synod… Pew Research Finds Young People Are Less Religious

ROME (AsiaNews) — Young people (up to 40 years of age) are less religious than older adults (over 40): This is the conclusion — in some respects obvious — of a long study published by the Pew Research Center in mid-June. What gives great relevance to this detailed study is the discovery that this difference between young people and adults involves all religions, even if there are some rare exceptions, and is visible in developed and developing countries. Young people’s attitudes are influenced by greater well-being, greater access to study, and changing mentalities throughout the course of life. Such a report is highly useful in preparation for the October Synod, which will focus on the situation of young people in…Continue Reading

Taking Liberties With Liberty

June 30, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Taking Liberties With Liberty

By DONALD DeMARCO Three Rabbis convened to determine which of the trio was the most liberal. “We are very liberal at our synagogue,” said the first. “We have installed ashtrays at the end of the pews so that people can smoke during the service if they so desire.” “That’s nothing,” piped the second. “We have ham sandwiches in the vending machines in the foyer.” “Ha-ha,” laughed the third Rabbi triumphantly. “We close the synagogue on Jewish holidays.” As one continues to erase the boundaries, the point is reached in which one’s identity is obliterated. Heedless libertarianism effaces what it is supposed to fulfill. The Rabbis who are trying to outdo each other, however, are no longer a joke. They are…Continue Reading

In Geneva… Pope Cites Three Words: Father, Bread, Forgiveness

June 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on In Geneva… Pope Cites Three Words: Father, Bread, Forgiveness

By JIM FAIR GENEVA (ZENIT) — Using simple words and the “Our Father,” Pope Francis on June 21 urged the faithful to ask only for what they truly need, to lead a simpler life. His reflections came in his homily at the Geneva Palexpo, the last major event of his one-day ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the WCC. “Father, bread, forgiveness,” the Pope began. “Three words that the Gospel offers us today. Three words that take us to the very heart of our faith.” Father: The Pope stressed that this is where the central prayer of our faith begins. Before being powerful and infinite, God is father. Bread: In the “Our Father”…Continue Reading

U.S. Restores Columbus Letter To The Vatican

June 28, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Restores Columbus Letter To The Vatican

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, returned a recovered copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus to its rightful home at the Vatican Library on Thursday, June 14. This act was confirmed in Tweets of the official Italian and English sites of the Vatican Library, which stated: “U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, @CallyGingrich, returned this morning a recovered copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus to its rightful home at the Vatican Library. @USinHolySee #ColumbusLetter.” Ambassador Gingrich, along with representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), presented the letter to the Vatican’s archivist and librarian, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, OP, and the Library’s…Continue Reading

Trump And The Invasion Of The West

June 27, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump And The Invasion Of The West

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” says former First Lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of “zero tolerance,” under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. “Disgraceful,” adds Dr. Franklin Graham. “We need to be . . . a country that governs with a heart,” says First Lady Melania Trump. “No one likes this policy,” says White House aide Kellyanne Conway, even “the president wants this to end.” And so it shall — given the universal denunciations and photos of sobbing children being pulled from parents. Yet striking down the policy will leave America’s immigration crisis still unresolved. Consider. Since 2016, some 110,000…Continue Reading