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ADF Files Suit Defending Freedom Of Wisconsin Photographer

March 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on ADF Files Suit Defending Freedom Of Wisconsin Photographer

MADISON, Wis. — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Madison photographer and blogger filed suit March 7 against city and state officials in a Wisconsin court. The lawsuit challenges a sweeping local ordinance and a state law that force commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs. For example, a Madison-based speechwriter who opposes President Trump would be subject to severe punishment if he or she refused to write a speech for him. Under these same laws, Amy Lawson and her company, Amy Lynn Photography Studio, are required to create photographs and blog posts promoting pro-abortion groups and same-sex marriages if she creates content that promotes pro-life organizations or that celebrates the marriage of one man and one…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Soul Of A Great Saint Who Plumbs The Heart Of Reality

March 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Soul Of A Great Saint Who Plumbs The Heart Of Reality

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN I Burned for Your Peace: “Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked,” by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2016), 234 pages; $17.95. Available at www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. Citing as the predominant theme in both Augustine’s The City of God and the Confessions the drama of “God’s providential design and man’s free choices” in human history and in individual lives, Dr. Kreeft revisits this spiritual classic by quoting important selections and offering commentary and exegesis on those passages. Because of its riches as a great book, the Confessions always invites more study and further exploration in plumbing its depths. As a classic renowned for its universality in depicting the human condition, fallen human nature, and the mysterious hand of God’s…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Eugenics Philosophy

March 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Eugenics Philosophy

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life101 International since 1995. For an electronic copy of more than a thousand pro-eugenics quotes, including those by Margaret Sanger, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “It is unjust to cut short the days of a well-shaped person. It is not unjust, I say, to prevent the arrival in the world of a being who will certainly be useless to it” — The Marquis de Sade. + + + Despite all of the posturing and lofty theorizing of modern-day eugenicists, there stands one immutable, diamond-hard rule: We must not dispose of innocent human life. It is sacred, it has great dignity, and it…Continue Reading

Despite Hostile Trios Howling… Trump Tries To Put Together Triumphant American Renewal

March 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Despite Hostile Trios Howling… Trump Tries To Put Together Triumphant American Renewal

By DEXTER DUGGAN Many of the good ideas in new President Donald Trump’s February 28 speech to a joint session of Congress could be thwarted by just three numbers. And that’s not even taking into account the trio of the hostile media, bureaucracy, and judiciary. Or the hostile worlds of entertainment, academia, and globalism. Nor would it involve impeachment or imprisoning Trump or devising some other grotesquerie that inflamed left-wingers babble about as methods to vacate the Oval Office. Left to the elite, Trump would have maybe 30 votes from the Electoral College instead of the commanding 304 he received. Rush Limbaugh said on his March 6 national radio program that he’s confident the president is holding up all right…Continue Reading

Why Ireland’s “Mass Grave” Story Is A Hoax

March 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why Ireland’s “Mass Grave” Story Is A Hoax

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, on March 6 commented as follows on why Ireland’s “mass grave” story is a hoax.) + + + The big news about the discovery of a “mass grave” outside the Mother and Baby Home run by the Bon Secours Sisters in Tuam is bunk. I just got the chance to explain why when interviewed by Dublin’s Newstalk, the only exclusively talk-radio station in Ireland. The interviewer was cordial but clueless. I will discuss this matter further later today on BBC radio and other Irish radio stations. Almost all of the media in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and elsewhere are promoting a fake…Continue Reading

This Disastrous Papacy

March 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on This Disastrous Papacy

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this essay from CatholicCulture.org on March 2. Philip F. Lawler is editor of Catholic World News, the first English language Catholic news service operating on the Internet, which he founded in 1995. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on religious and political topics. All rights reserved.) + + + Something snapped last Friday [February 24], when Pope Francis used the day’s Gospel reading [Mark 10:1-12] as one more opportunity to promote his own view on divorce and remarriage. Condemning and the “logic of casuistry,” the Pontiff said that Jesus rejects the approach of legal scholars. True enough. But in his rebuke to the Pharisees, what does Jesus say about…Continue Reading

Abortion And Immigration

March 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Abortion And Immigration

By DONALD DeMARCO Abortion is a wall that prevents immigrating unborn children from entering the world. It has the approbation of Hollywood, the media, and all those who baptize themselves as “liberal.” Nowhere in the world is border security so tight. Approximately one million such potential immigrants are killed each year in America alone. Opposition to this procedure is widely condemned as “anti-choice,” “backward thinking,” and “ultra-conservative.” Immigrants from foreign countries can be documented; the unborn cannot. Compassion is restricted to the outsider. On the other hand, loosening border security to allow a flood of immigrants from other countries to enter the United States is regarded as respectful of their dignity and a sterling example of social justice. Blogger Matt…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

March 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

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, and a lawyer. Among his books is Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution, The Public Order and the Sacred Order, and The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic.) + + + The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security.…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Eugenics: The Distilled Anti-Life Mentality

March 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Eugenics: The Distilled Anti-Life Mentality

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 this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “If any single age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases, all men who live after are the patients of that power, slaves to the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners. If man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be” — C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man. + + + Eugenics was a well-established and respected science from the late 1800s until World War II, when it fell…Continue Reading

For A Great-Nephew… A Short History Of Religious Orders And Religious Life

March 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on For A Great-Nephew… A Short History Of Religious Orders And Religious Life

By PHILIP TROWER Dear B.: When we were having lunch the other day I told you that the chaplain in the Catholic old people’s home where I am now living is “a friar” and you replied “What is a friar?” You seem to have forgotten about Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. As Friar Tuck, however, isn’t a good example of what a friar should be, we will leave him aside. The word “friar” is a shortened form of the word “frater” meaning “brother” and is the name for a member of a Catholic community of men leading lives dedicated to the service of God and their fellowmen through prayer and some kind of work which can be practical, missionary, or…Continue Reading