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Spring 1916… The First Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

April 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This year is the centenary of the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, or the Angel of Peace, to the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos, in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1916. And just as the appearances of the angel prepared the children for their encounters with our Lady the following year, so we too can prepare for the Centenary of the Fatima apparitions next year by considering what the angel said to the children. This article will look at the first of these apparitions and explore its significance for us in 2016. We don’t have an exact date for this apparition, but Sr. Lucia remembers it as…Continue Reading

Is The GOP Risking Suicide?

April 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes. At this column is written, he is poised to sweep three of the five largest states in the nation — New York, Pennsylvania, and California. If he does, and the nomination is taken from him, the Republican Party will be seen by the American people as a glorified Chinese tong. The past week, Ted Cruz swept 34 delegates at the Colorado party convention. Attendees were not allowed to vote on whom they wanted as the party’s nominee. The following weekend, Cruz shut out Trump in Wyoming the same way. What does…Continue Reading

Bishop Emeritus Erwin Kraeutler Undermines Celibacy

April 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

  Maike Hickson The Austrian Erwin Kräutler, the former bishop of Xingu, Brasil, is taking another step to promote his proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry. In January of 2016, the Vatican expert, Dr. Sandro Magister, had already written ( about this bishop, showing his attempts to undermine celibacy. Then and now, Kräutler repeats that he had been encouraged in 2014 by Pope Francis himself to make “courageous proposals” with regard to the question of the lack of priests in his diocese. It was Sandro Magister who then, in January, raised the question as to whether the pope is planning the put the question of married priests on the list for the next planned synod of bishops. Now that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Every Catholic’s Mission: Fighting Dissent”

April 22, 2016 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. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at + + + “Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices; for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Portraits From The Spanish Civil War

April 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Hochschild, Adam. Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, 2016. xxi + 438 pp. I was 14 years old when I attempted to check out at a local public library Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. I had a duly issued library card, but the librarian refused to let me have the book. I was not old enough to read it, she said. An indulgent aunt later then checked it out for me. I doubt if she read it. True, there were a few scenes of carnality that the librarian thought a 14-year-old need not be exposed to, but whatever the effect at the time, those scenes had no…Continue Reading

A Feast For The Soul: The Writings Of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe

April 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI The Writings of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, edited by Antonella Di Piazza, FKMI; published by Nerbini International, Lugano, Italy, 2016; distributed by Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL. Two volumes, 2557 pp. For some years now the Polish Conventual Franciscan priest St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) has been widely recognized for his heroic witness as a martyr of charity in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. What has not received as much attention is his great Marian apostolate that led him to found the first Catholic “media empire” decades before the late Mother Angelica embarked upon hers. The publication earlier this year of the first complete English-language edition of Fr. Kolbe’s writings is an event of historic proportions that reveals…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Why Does Liberalism Have “Favored Groups”?

April 19, 2016 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 are The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He is currently working on a book that critically examines and evaluates current American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching. (This article first appeared in Crisis.…Continue Reading

Will Trump Be Swindled In Cleveland, Too?

April 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In the race for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump would seem to be in the catbird seat. He has won the most states, the most delegates, and the most votes — by nearly two million. He has brought out the largest crowds and is poised for huge wins in the largest states of the East, New York, and Pennsylvania. Yet, there is a growing probability that the backroom boys will steal the nomination from him at a brokered convention in Cleveland. Over the past weekend, Colorado awarded all 34 delegates to Ted Cruz. The fix had been in since August, when party officials, alarmed at Trump’s popularity, decided it would be best if Colorado Republicans were…Continue Reading

Poor Me, I Am Only Human

April 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The story is told of a great feast that was to be held in a medieval village. To ensure its success, a huge cask was built into which each participant was to pour a bottle of wine. One villager, thinking to himself that one bottle of water would go unnoticed in a sea of wine, poured in his share of the more common and less expensive beverage. When the big day arrived, the cask was tapped. But all that flowed from it was water, Adam’s ale, aqua pura, H20. Each participant had reasoned the same way, “My small contribution would be drowned out by the contributions of others.” This story illustrates the selfishness not only of the…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Miracles From Heaven: Blessed In Many Ways

April 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Miracles. What are miracles? I have often heard of, and better yet, experienced honest-to-goodness miracles myself. No kidding. Miracles could be described in as many ways as they do come. God is most surprisingly unpredictable not just in the crosses we must bear, but also to the miracles He sometimes sends our way to lift those crosses. Miracles From Heaven is the story about a little girl named Anna Beam who has a rare intestinal disease that prevents her body from pushing food through her intestines, causing her much pain and discomfort, and how her family must deal with it. The film is based on the book Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and…Continue Reading