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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

July 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + “Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence” — President John Adams. + + + In the previous article, we reviewed a number of medical journal articles concluding that child sexual molestation is much more likely to be committed by homosexual men than by heterosexual men. Even if all of…Continue Reading

Defend The Little Sisters Of The Poor — And American Liberty

July 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing homes for the elderly poor. Every friend of freedom should rally to their cause. The federal government is now seeking to deny these sisters freedom of conscience. It has already taken its case against their liberty all the way through the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 10th Circuit. If the government succeeds, it means Catholic nuns in this country can no longer freely exercise…Continue Reading

Aggressive Obama, Passive National GOP . . . Is Third-Party Option Starting To Look Better?

July 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN House Speaker John Boehner said the recently released sting video of a national Planned Parenthood official at lunch, munching away and chatting about how to “crush” unborn babies to harvest their organs for money, was “disgusting.” Republican Boehner finally seemed to have found his voice in a Washington where he usually blends and blands in. “I could talk about the video, but I think I’d vomit trying to talk about it,” the Washington Examiner quoted Boehner in a post on July 16. He asked House committees to investigate. Which was fitting, considering that the U.S. government gives more than a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money each year to the nation’s largest provider of permissive abortion, well over…Continue Reading

Is This What Determines Our Position On Common Core?

July 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The mail that we receive at First Teachers is overwhelmingly opposed to Common Core, the federal government’s effort to establish education standards for the country. Certain of our correspondents object to what they see as a liberal bias in Common Core’s curriculum, while others object to what they believe are confusing and gimmicky lesson plans and teaching techniques called for in the plan. But there is something that puzzles me. There continue to be a number of well-known and respected conservative leaders and state governors who back Common Core. For example, Jeb Bush, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Indiana Governor and current President…Continue Reading

When Trump Talks, People Should Listen

July 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES How many of you recall the old E.F. Hutton television commercials where everyone on an airplane would stop and listen to one man when he says, “My broker is E.F. Hutton, and E.F. Hutton says….” The voiceover would then state: “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Donald Trump can do the same as E.F. Hutton, because when The Donald talks, people do listen. In addition to having authored several books, built a properties and real estate empire, and become a cultural celebrity, he now wants to become our next president. I say more power to him. Most recently Trump ruffled the feathers of the liberals and the equally liberal mainstream media who raked him over the coals…Continue Reading

Thinking About The Church And Our Lives As Catholics

July 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: This essay is an abridged version of a 2009 talk Philip Trower gave to the David Foster Summer School in England.) + + + I want this evening to share some thoughts with you about what being a Catholic has come to mean to me since I was received into the Church 56 years ago. If you are quick at arithmetic you will already have worked out that that was in 1953. Since then a lot of water has flowed under many bridges. I do not mean that the Church’s teachings have changed. I only mean that I have had a lot of time to reflect on her teachings, especially those about the nature of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Like A Prophet Warning Of A Nightmare

July 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, by Anthony Esolen (Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Wilmington, DE, 2015); 222 pp. Available through When many hear the word compulsion, they think of a totalitarian society or a state of imprisonment or associate the word with some addiction like drugs or alcohol, but the word applies to many subtle, sophisticated, and psychological kinds of coercion that do not appear openly aggressive or threatening. Dr. Esolen’s penetrating book exposes all these updated techniques of manipulation and indoctrination that attack and destroy a person’s humanity by suppressing his inviolable rights, exercise of freedom, religious convictions, and dictates of conscience. This “Life Under Compulsion” assumes many shapes in…Continue Reading

“Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

July 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + Due to clergy sex abuse scandals centered primarily in the Northern hemisphere, the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church has been subjected to an opportunistic siege by prominent individuals and organizations who have seized the chance to advance their goals, which include the ordination of women and the suspension of the requirement for priestly celibacy. There is also a defensive element to this strategy: Opponents of the Church…Continue Reading

What To Say To Your Children Concerning Same-Sex “Marriage”

July 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO and JOCELYN POLLARD In the aftermath of the recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision legalizing “same-sex marriage,” many Catholic parents will be trying to find appropriate and effective ways of explaining to their children what marriage is and how same-sex couples do not qualify for that noble and time-honored institution. My daughter prepared an explanation in the form of a letter to her four daughters. I, as the grandfather, added my own letter. We hope that what we have written will provide a helpful guide for parents who, in the light of a society that is becoming increasing anti-Catholic, are trying to teach the true nature of marriage to their own children — Donald DeMarco. +…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Greatest Moment Of Day On Earth — The Consecration

July 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI Many of us have had the happy privilege of offering our respect to a newly ordained priest after receiving his first blessing by kissing his hands. The most important reason why those hands are so sacred is what they have the God-given power to do at the most sublime moment of the Mass (apart from Holy Communion) — the consecration. Fr. Robert Barron, in his popular television series Catholicism (episode 7), aptly likened the power of the priest’s pronunciation of the words of consecration to God’s command in creating the world, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3). In his treatise on the Mass (chapter 1), the Franciscan Observant priest St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751) develops this…Continue Reading