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Goodbye Columbus

October 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PETER MAURICE (Editor’s Note: Peter Maurice has written for Gilbert magazine.) + + + On the second Monday of October, schools were closed in Berkeley, Calif., in homage to “Indigenous People’s Day.” Here in flyover country, 30 miles out of St. Louis, it was business as usual. The suburban high school, where I was subbing in advanced placement European and American history classes, neither endorses nor opposes traditional celebrations. It does, however, refuse to particularize them. On “Presidents’ Day” students are free to celebrate the achievements of Millard Fillmore, Jimmy Carter, or George Washington — according to taste. Christmas and Easter have been bumped in favor of the more inclusive seasonal terms — “Winter Break” and “Spring Holiday.” These…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review — Conclusion”

October 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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 seven-part article on The Birth Control Review with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + When confronted with some of the more offensive racist, eugenicist, and anti-religious material in The Birth Control Review, pro-abortionists — particularly Planned Parenthood employees — tend to respond with three standard objections. Objection #1. The most common objection is: “The material is taken out of context.” The Birth Control Review enjoyed a 24-year run, from 1917 and 1940, and accounted for 5,631 pages and 4.3 million words of text, a large volume of information by any standard. If…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Religion Interpreted From A Purely Naturalistic Viewpoint

October 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Santayana, George. The Life of Reason: Reason in Religion. Vol. VII, The Works of George Santayana, ed. M.S. Wokeck and M.A. Coleman. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2014. Pp. lvii + 337. After a valuable introduction by James Gouinlock, chapter I of Santayana’s treatise opens with the intriguing title, “How Religion May Be the Embodiment of Reason.” Whether one adheres to a religion or not, holds that there is a God or not, Santayana’s analysis of religion is of considerable merit for the insight it provides. As those nations which were once thought of as comprising “Christendom” seem to be losing contact with the religious outlook that until the late 19th century defined their common culture, Santayana’s…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Says… Media Are Hijacking Synod On The Family

October 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANN SCHNEIBLE VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The upcoming Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church’s highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this synod,” said Raymond Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — the office that, among other things, handles annulment cases in the Church. In particular, he told Catholic News Agency in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing Holy Communion to be…Continue Reading

Mistakes Of The Past Are Back

September 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government? What if he no longer had them when the U.S. invaded? What if the principal reason for invading Iraq was to depose Hussein because he tried to kill President George H.W. Bush, whose son ordered the invasion? What if another reason for the invasion of Iraq was to enable Western-allied governments to control or receive oil from Iraq? What if the Bush administration lied to the American people, Congress, the…Continue Reading

Is Burger King An Economic Patriot?

September 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Jefferson’s brutal verdict comes to mind in the fierce debate over inversions, those decisions by U.S. companies to buy foreign firms to move their headquarters abroad and renounce their U.S. citizenship — to evade the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent. U.S. executives who engineer these inversions are undeniably acting in the best interests of their shareholders and companies. But are they also lacking in economic patriotism? Are they also guilty of economic treason against the nation that nurtured them? Are they, in the phrase tossed out by Barack Obama,…Continue Reading

How The Eastern Orthodox Misunderstand Catholic Marian Doctrine

September 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS It is not only Protestants who seriously misunderstand the Marian doctrines of the Catholic Church. Surprisingly, various Eastern Orthodox who have traditionally manifested a deep and devout veneration of the Theotokos (Mother of God) are seen to deviate from their own ancient traditions. Thus one finds astonishing the views of Archbishop John Maximovitch (1896-1966) who possessed a reputation as a holy ascetic (he was “glorified” [canonized] by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1994, this being later acknowledged by the patriarchate of Moscow in 2008). In his The Orthodox Veneration of the Birthgiver of God (given wide circulation by the St. Herman Brotherhood, fourth printing, 1994), he vigorously denied that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother…Continue Reading

Where Do We Begin?

September 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO It often happens that the statement of a perceptive writer becomes more true many years after he originally framed it. Such is the case with George Orwell. The author of 1984, which he penned in 1948, stated: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” The following obviosities do not seem very obvious in today’s society: Abortion kills a human being. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Tolerance has limitations. Freedom is not absolute. Man’s mind was made for truth. Contradictories cannot be reconciled. Virtue is more beneficial than vice. The problem, however, is more dire than what Orwell’s statement implies. If the…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Our Lady Of La Salette

September 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 The previous article detailed how our Lady appeared to Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Mathieu on Saturday, September 19, and now we can see what happened to them afterward. It was only when the Blessed Virgin had disappeared that the children fully realized that the Lady they had seen was more than an ordinary human being, and they began to wonder if she was some great saint. This conviction was strengthened, when on returning to pick up their belongings, they realized that Maximin’s dog Loulou was still asleep and had not barked at the Lady; this would certainly have happened had she been an ordinary person. The children spoke to each other about her and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Phenomenology And The Sources Of John Paul’s Thought

September 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Gubser, Michael. The Far Reaches: Phenomenology, Ethics and Social Renewal in Central Europe. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. Pp. xiii +335. Professor Gubser opens his narrative with the statement: “The history of phenomenology is partly the history of friendships among the early disciples of Husserl in Munich and Göttingen, among East European dissidents who joined together against their regimes, and among scholars who study philosophy today.” Given Gubser’s extensive tracking, it seems clear that over the course of a century Husserl’s school not only gave birth to an extensive body of academic phenomenological research, but has produced a valuable body of social and ethical thought that proved useful to Eastern Europeans as they defended their personal…Continue Reading