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The Pope’s New Cardinals

January 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. This story first appeared in The Moynihan Report [TheMoynihanReport.com]. It is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) +    +    + VATICAN CITY — On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12, Pope Francis announced the names of 19 new cardinals, 16 “electing” cardinals under the age of 80, and three “honorary” cardinals above the age of 80, and so not eligible to vote in a conclave. The ceremony to create these news cardinals will be in Rome on February 22, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. It will be the…Continue Reading

Duck Dynasty

January 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I think it safe to assume that there is no need to recap the brouhaha that developed over the comments of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on homosexuality. Egads: The man got more coverage than Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber combined during the last weeks of 2013. Everyone knows how he was suspended from the show by the executives at the A&E Network, but then brought back after an avalanche of support for him fell upon the network and the program’s advertisers. The statement that led to Robertson’s suspension was his paraphrasing of a passage from Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy,…Continue Reading

A Blank Check For War On Iran

January 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization. Among them will be the “blank check” Kaiser Wilhelm II gave to Vienna after the assassination by a Serb terrorist of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand. If you decide to punish the Serbs, said the Kaiser, we are with you. After dithering for weeks, Austria shelled Belgrade. Within a week, Germany and Austria were at war with Russia, France, and Great Britain. Today the Senate is about to vote Israel a virtual blank check — for war on Iran. Reads Senate bill S. 1881: If Israel is “compelled to take military action in…Continue Reading

From Acquiescence To Support Of Immorality

January 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON In the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has systematically and consistently ruled to disestablish the legal basis for a moral society. (See my article in The Wanderer dated January 16, 2014, p. 4A.) The court legalized the use of contraception for married couples in 1965, for unmarried persons in 1972, and then made abortion a right in Roe v. Wade in January 1973. The judicial instrument for this statutory disassembly was a created “right to privacy,” an amorphous concept that has been continually expanded to legalize more and more formerly illicit acts. The enlargement did not end with Roe. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in 1992, the court, addressing a woman’s right to an abortion,…Continue Reading

Holy Father Says… The Path To Humiliation Leads To Jesus

January 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN (CNA/EWTN News) — In his daily Mass homily January 7, Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false, emphasizing that the way of Jesus is always one of “humility.” “That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement, humility, humiliation as well,” the Pope said. “If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, is from Jesus.” Focusing on the Apostle John’s words “remain in the Lord” from the day’s first reading, Pope Francis told those gathered in the chapel of the Saint Martha guesthouse that this expression is a “counsel for life.” John, the Pontiff noted, displays for…Continue Reading

Pope Francis And Phil Robertson In Context

January 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The statements of Phil Robertson, whose name I had never heard before the Duck Dynasty controversy, are being compared with those of Pope Francis in a way that is not fair to either party. For someone who may read this in an archive sometime well beyond 2013, Phil Robertson became “news” when GQ, a men’s magazine, published an interview in…Continue Reading

Questioning Parental Values

January 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am a great admirer of the columns of Dennis Prager. He fights the good fight for traditional values, taking head-on the politically correct leftists in the media and the academy. His recent column on the plight of conservative parents finding their values being undermined by their children’s teachers is no exception. He urges parents to confront the fact that virtually “every institution outside the home has been captured by people with left-wing values; specifically the media (television and movies) and the schools (first the universities and now the high schools).” Nothing to take issue with there. But I would argue that when Prager seeks to underscore his point by quoting James O. Freedman, president of…Continue Reading

Make This The Biggest Ever March For Life

January 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES On January 22, 2014, hundreds of thousands of Americans will once again converge on our nation’s capital to protest against abortion and the overall culture of death, which has killed so many already. The date was chosen 40 years ago by the march’s founders to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade. To this day, it remains the largest annual gathering of Americans in Washington, D.C., but one would never know it by the deliberate omission of reports by the pro-abortion news propagandist media. God forbid that the average American might realize that so many Americans are opposed to the widespread systematic murder of the unborn! Last year, over 600,000 showed up, even though it was…Continue Reading

A Route To National Immorality

January 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON For most of its history, the United States has had a legal system that promoted a Christian moral culture. As recently as the early 1960s, it was illegal in the United States to have or to provide an abortion, to engage in homosexual acts, and in many states even to disseminate information about contraceptives. Then, with a heightened “sensitivity” toward discrimination and an errant notion of equality, the courts discovered an unstated right to privacy and used it in a continually expanding fashion to invalidate laws prohibiting many immoral behaviors. In fewer than 50 years, actions that were illegal have become not only lawful, but personal rights. Privacy is a concept that was virtually unknown in…Continue Reading

Fr. Robert Nugent Dies… He Championed Homosexualism In U.S. Church

January 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Fr. Robert Nugent, SDS, an influential priest who did more to bring about widespread acceptance of the homosexual agenda in the U.S. Church and broader society, as co-founder of New Ways Ministry in 1977, with Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SSND, died January 1 at a hospice in Milwaukee. He was 76. Fr. Nugent had been suffering from cancer. For more than 25 years, Nugent and Gramick campaigned across the country, in dioceses and numerous Catholic venues, including seminaries, convents, universities, colleges, chanceries and pastoral centers, conferences and congresses, in an effort to change the beliefs and attitudes of Catholics toward homosexual behavior and relationships. A key component of this agenda was language manipulation, and convincing Catholics that “homophobia”…Continue Reading