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A Book Review . . . A Fresh Look At King Richard III

August 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Fresh Look At King Richard III

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Richard III: The Maligned King, by Annette Carson; The History Press, paperback, 336 pages. Available at Annette Carson has written a very informative, and indeed “revisionist,” book on Richard III, who, more than 500 years after his death, still manages to evoke powerful emotions whether for or against. He was the King of England for only just over two years, and yet, according to Carson, he “made good laws which still protect ordinary people today.” But until recently the view of most historians is the one which sees him as the villainous hunchback of Shakespeare’s play: “The wicked uncle who stole the throne and killed his nephews in the Tower of London.” The author takes…Continue Reading

France Faces Fanaticism

August 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on France Faces Fanaticism

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have neither bounds nor mercy. The murder of a Catholic priest saying Mass in a church near Rouen by two Islamic State thugs brought the crisis to a new low. The daily Le Figaro headlined the episode: “Murdered by the Barbarians.” An editorial added that Fr. Jacques Hamel’s killing 12 days after the Nice massacre showed that the “Islamic State was proving its sinister design: turning the world into a bloody theatre of war.” French religious leaders and the political class soundly condemned the killing with fine words, philosophical platitudes, prayers and calls for solidarity in what has become a ritual since the massacre…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Captivating History Of The English

August 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Captivating History Of The English

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Tombs, Robert. The English and Their History. London: Penguin, Random House, UK, 2015. xii + 1012 pp. Available at Robert Tombs is a distinguished professor of French history at Cambridge University. He describes himself as an Englishman with Irish connections who has spent most of his life studying France. His knowledge of French history gives him a kind of outsider’s perspective. He couples that with a propensity to place his history of England in the context of European history as a whole and often in the context of contemporaneous international events. He opens his book with a question, “Who do we [English] think we are?” There is no short answer, but any must begin with…Continue Reading

Is Trump The Peace Candidate?

August 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump The Peace Candidate?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails. Not funny, and close to “treasonous,” came the shocked cry. Trump then told The New York Times that a Russian incursion into Estonia need not trigger a U.S. military response. Even more shocking. By suggesting the U.S. might not honor its NATO commitment, under Article 5, to fight Russia for Estonia, our foreign policy elites declaimed, Trump has undermined the security architecture that has kept the peace for 65 years. More interesting, however, was the reaction of Middle America. Or, to be more exact, the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Continued)

August 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States” (Continued)

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 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at + + + We have seen how the euthanasia movements in both Nazi Germany and the Netherlands were led by doctors, who extended the “right” to euthanasia to one specific group of people after another. Since the pro-euthanasia movement in the United States is led by judges, they instead enact one legal principle after another in order to expand the pool of people eligible to be killed. So far, we have covered the doctrine of substituted judgment, and have seen how even the…Continue Reading

An Independent Foreign Policy

August 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on An Independent Foreign Policy

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Addressing an assembly of the Russian Federation of ambassadors and permanent envoys on June 30, President Putin had this to say: “Russia follows an independent foreign policy and seeks to develop open and honest relations with all countries. . . . We do not wish to impose our will or our values on others.” He then went on to say, “Some of our partners continue stubborn attempts to retain their monopoly on geopolitical domination . . . , intervening in other countries’ internal affairs, provoking regional conflicts.” Under the headline “How to Crash Putin’s Brexit Party,” we are told something different by Robert D. Kaplan in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal the following…Continue Reading

Prejudice And Violence

August 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Prejudice And Violence

By DONALD DeMARCO No one has anything good to say about prejudice. Philosophically, it is universally condemned. Nonetheless, as history has shown, it is not only a common feature of mankind, but extremely difficult to eradicate. It is somewhat of a conundrum: vulgar enough to be universally despised, yet subtle enough to be broadly employed. Prejudice places people in categories and judges them without sufficient justification. It is therefore a sin against justice. In his massive study, The Nature of Prejudice, Gordon W. Allport discusses a peculiar feature of prejudice in which the prejudicially held categories conflict with evidence. He offers the example of an Oxford student who once declared, “I hate all Americans, but I have never met one…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Using Ten Talents To Reap A Spiritual Harvest

August 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Using Ten Talents To Reap A Spiritual Harvest

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Unearthing Your Talents: A Thomistic Guide to Spiritual Growth by Kevin Vost (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH: 2009); 241 pp. $19.95. Available through or 1-800-888-9344. Inspired by Christ’s parable of the talents (Matt. 25:20-21) and informed by the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dr. Kevin Vost presents selects ten talents that all persons can use, invest, and multiply to reap a rich spiritual harvest in their personal lives. Selecting seven natural virtues and three theological virtues as the God-given talents for all people to utilize in their lives, Vost explains clearly and carefully how they develop the power of the intelligence, order the passions and appetites, and cultivate the works of love. Applying the parable of…Continue Reading

Churches Galore: Patrick Keely

August 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Churches Galore: Patrick Keely

By RAY CAVANAUGH If a Catholic church went up on the East Coast in the latter half of the 19th century, your best bet was that Patrick Keely designed it. After building his first church in Brooklyn in 1847, he proceeded to design an estimated 700 churches and other religious buildings, becoming the nation’s most prolific Catholic architect. This August 9 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth. Keely was born in Ireland’s County Tipperary, entering a family that lived in “comfortable circumstances,” according to Francis W. Kervick’s brief but thoughtful biography Patrick Charles Keely, Architect: A Record of His Life and Work. Keely’s father was a builder and most likely the one who trained him. The younger Keely emigrated to the U.S.…Continue Reading

Companions Of Jesus

July 31, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Companions Of Jesus

By JAMES DRUMMEY Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Below is a talk given by James Drummey, editor of the Catholic Replies column, at a retreat in Vermont, June 11, 2016. We published his talk in two parts because of its length; part one appeared in last week’s issue.) + + + There are many saints we could talk about, but I want to focus on just three of them who lived within the last 100 years. The way in which God raised them up is truly remarkable, and their stories should inspire us to follow them in such a way that we will be recognized as “companions of Jesus.” Amazingly enough, the three saints I’m going to mention all grew up…Continue Reading