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What Is America’s Goal In The World?

May 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on What Is America’s Goal In The World?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For the World War II generation there was clarity. The attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before — in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost. After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, however, Americans divided. Only with the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the fall of China to Mao and Russia’s explosion of an atom bomb in 1949, and North Korea’s invasion of the South in 1950, did we unite around the proposition that, for our own security, we had to go back to Europe and Asia. What was called the Cold War…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Restricted Notion Of Reality

May 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Restricted Notion Of Reality

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Canales, Jimena. The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2015. viii + 479 pp. Paper $24.95; cloth $35.00. A so-called debate took place between Henri Bergson and Albert Einstein in 1922 at the Société française de philosophie. It was a relatively brief encounter. The subject was Einstein’s theory of relativity and its implications. In a dramatic introduction to her topic, Jimena Canales exaggerates the professional standing of both men. Bergson is presented as an established philosopher, ranking with Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant, and as a public intellectual of consequence. Einstein’s theory of relativity is presented as a break with classical physics,…Continue Reading

Vatican Astronomer Says… Through Faith, See God In Creation

May 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Vatican Astronomer Says… Through Faith, See God In Creation

By SERGIO MORA VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — “At the beginning of time, God spoke to us through Creation, says the Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. Therefore, to study the universe with science, is an act of prayer, a way of encountering God.” To do so, however, “it is necessary to encounter God first as Father, as Abba, otherwise God cannot be encountered with science.” In other words, “faith must be there first, if one wishes to see God in Creation.” Talking with ZENIT, astronomer Guy Consolmagno explained this on the sidelines of the meeting held May 8 in the Holy See Press Office, where the Scientific Workshop on black holes, gravitational waves, and the peculiarity of space-time, held…Continue Reading

Today’s Ignored Martyrs

May 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Today’s Ignored Martyrs

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON ISIS is carrying out its vow to systematically kill and persecute Christians in countries of the Middle East and North Africa. On Palm Sunday, as Holy Week began, Islamic State suicide bombers in Egypt exploded their lethal weapons in two Coptic Christian churches, killing 47 people and injuring more than 100 others. Shortly before last Christmas, a suicide bomber killed 30 worshipers in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. On February 15, 2015, ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya, and released a video of the group murder. Radical Islamic terrorist groups are employing barbaric tactics in a jihad, including mass slaughters, beheadings, kidnapping, rape, abductions of women and girls, compelled marriages, forced conversions, destruction…Continue Reading

Alec Guinness… The Force Was With Him

May 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Alec Guinness… The Force Was With Him

By DONALD DeMARCO Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000), a convert to Catholicism, is best known to modern movie aficionados as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Knight of the Jedi. Ironically, he almost turned down his memorable role in Star Wars. Commenting on the film’s benevolent power in the universe and the oft-repeated phrase — “May the force be with you” — Guinness said that as a Christian he does believe that something like the “force” exists, “But not as expressed in Star Wars.” That “force,” that is, the grace of God, was surely with Sir Alec throughout his lifetime and was filtered through to him in the form of many friends whom he regarded as “Blessings in Disguise” — also the title of…Continue Reading

Scores Still Missing… Another 82 Boko Haram Abductees Freed

May 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Scores Still Missing… Another 82 Boko Haram Abductees Freed

ABUJA, Nigeria (CNA/EWTN News) — Another of the young women abducted from their school by Boko Haram militants have been freed, with more than 100 still missing. The Nigerian government announced the release of the girls, who were among the 300 abducted from the high school in Chibok in April 2014. The mass abduction by the militant Islamist group drew an international outcry that adopted the rally cry “Bring Back Our Girls,” focusing attention on the conflict with Boko Haram. The latest group of freed captives was released in exchange for as many as six suspected militants who were not identified, though some reports say the militants were high-ranking commanders in Boko Haram. There are also rumors of a large…Continue Reading

The Theology Of Transhumanism

May 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Theology Of Transhumanism

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. Fo an electronic copy of chapter 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “There are only two kinds of people in the end: Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell chose it” — C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce. + + + Transhumanism inevitably has profound theological implications. At its core, it rejects the very nature of our humanity, and thus its dignity and nature as God created it in His image and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Theology Of Transhumanism

May 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Theology Of Transhumanism

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 chapter 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “There are only two kinds of people in the end: Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell chose it” — C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce. + + + Transhumanism inevitably has profound theological implications. At its core, it rejects the very nature of our humanity, and thus its dignity and nature as God created it in His image and…Continue Reading

Religious Brothers In Belgium . . . Push Back On Euthanasia Directive For Catholic Hospitals

May 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Religious Brothers In Belgium . . . Push Back On Euthanasia Directive For Catholic Hospitals

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNA/EWTN News) — Following a decision by the board of several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals to start performing euthanasia, the religious brothers who operate the hospitals said the policy change is unacceptable and cannot be implemented. “We deplore this new vision,” said Brother René Stockman, the superior general of the Brothers of Charity. Brother Stockman is himself a Belgian and a leading opponent of euthanasia. The Brothers of Charity in Belgium run 15 psychiatric hospitals with 5,000 patients. The board controlling their institutions has said it will now allow euthanasia in these hospitals. Brother Stockman said he has informed the Belgian congregation that “as general superior we cannot accept this decision, because it is going totally against our…Continue Reading

Faith On Trial… The American Bar Association And Political Correctness

May 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Faith On Trial… The American Bar Association And Political Correctness

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholic radio.com.) + + + Religious and conservative commentators have rightly complained about the current wave of political correctness sweeping through the nation’s liberal enclaves. No longer do old traditions or rules apply for, according to our modern illuminati, any words or conduct that could cause anyone to feel uncomfortable — whether intended to or not — could justify investigating even the most benign activities or conversations. A good example is a recent ruling by the EEOC to investigate whether a Postal Service…Continue Reading