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Is Trump Assembling A War Cabinet?

March 30, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump Assembling A War Cabinet?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.” Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea. Yet, other than Mattis, President Donald Trump seems to be creating a war cabinet. Trump himself has pledged to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal — “the worst deal ever” — and reimpose sanctions in May. His new national security adviser John Bolton, who wrote an op-ed titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” has…Continue Reading

Reducing Christ’s Perfection

March 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Reducing Christ’s Perfection

By JOHN YOUNG One sometimes hears, in homilies and elsewhere, that the Church has a greater appreciation of Christ’s humanity since Vatican II than previously. It is claimed that His Divinity was emphasized in a way that detracted from His humanity, but now we have a more realistic picture. According to this allegedly realistic view, Jesus was at first very much in the dark about His identity; He didn’t know He was God, perhaps becoming aware of this when He was baptized by John in the Jordan. It is also alleged that He made mistakes, apparently thinking, for example, that the end of the world was close. When He was touched by the woman with an issue of blood, He…Continue Reading

2017 Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue… The Anglicans Present A Disturbing Ecumenical Setback

March 28, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on 2017 Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue… The Anglicans Present A Disturbing Ecumenical Setback

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Since Vatican II’s encouragement for theological dialogues to take place between the different ecclesial confessions in order to determine the real dogmatic differences which impede the unity of Christians, there is no question that they have done much good in helping re-establish friendly contacts after centuries of polemics and in freeing theologians from mistaken views of the other’s doctrinal positions. There was always the hope that further theological study by participants might result in a convergence of views happily overcoming past misconceptions and prejudices. For example, recent theological dialogues have led to a welcome clarification by prelates of the Non-Chalcedon Oriental-Orthodox communion (not to be confused with the later Byzantine Schism of the Eastern Orthodox Churches), of…Continue Reading

Did Putin Order The Salisbury Hit?

March 27, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Did Putin Order The Salisbury Hit?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. “We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was (Russian President Vladimir Putin’s) decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.” “Unforgivable,” says Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the charge, which also defies “common sense.” On Sunday, March 18, Putin echoed Peskov: “It is just sheer nonsense, complete rubbish, to think that anyone in Russia could do anything like that in the run-up to the presidential election and the World Cup. . . . It’s simply unthinkable.”…Continue Reading

Rules, Commandments, And Obligations

March 26, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Rules, Commandments, And Obligations

By DONALD DeMARCO Professor Jordan Peterson, who teaches psychology at the University of Toronto and practices clinical psychology, has become a celebrity largely because he has refused to use ideological pronouns to address people who see themselves as neither male nor female. His notoriety has created a market for his recent book, 12 Rules for Life which the Spectator claims to be “one of the most important books to emerge on the world stage for many years.” It has been selling briskly through Amazon.com. His dozen bromides for a better life, which also serve as, according to the book’s subtitle, “An Antidote to Chaos,” are as follows: 1) Stand straight; 2) Obey the Golden Rule; 3) Choose your friends wisely;…Continue Reading

Returning To Maturity In Immature Times

March 25, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Returning To Maturity In Immature Times

By SHAUN KENNEY School shootings are very nearly always a tragedy in real time, one that grips the attentions of readers and viewers. The suffering of children is always a magnet for the do-gooders of the world who scream “Do something!” when at times, there is nothing to be done. Facts are, you are more likely to hit the lottery or be hit by a bolt of lightning than be involved in a mass shooting, schools or otherwise. Violent crime has gone down since the 1990s, firearm ownership has gone up. Of the 50,000 deaths by firearms each year, over 60 percent of them are due to suicide — a mental health issue if there ever was one. Of course,…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Catherine Of Siena: Ambassador Of The Lord

March 24, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Catherine Of Siena: Ambassador Of The Lord

Catherine of Siena, by Sigrid Undset, translated by Kate Austin-Lund (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2009), 335 pp. Available from www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN A reprint of the English translation of the original Norwegian edition of 1951 issued in 1954 by Sheed and Ward, Inc., Sigrid Undset’s comprehensive biography captures the magnetism, holiness, and heroism of a great mystic who communed with Christ in ecstatic visions and lived an active public life devoted to the cause of ending schism in the Church during the fourteenth century when temporal and spiritual powers clashed in power struggles and when both Avignon and Rome competed for the residence of the Holy Father. The inspiring story of this fourteenth-century mystic, however, remains…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Dominion Of Man Over The Rest Of Things

March 23, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Dominion Of Man Over The Rest Of Things

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Brague, Rémi. The Legitimacy of the Human. Translated by Paul Seaton. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine Press, 2018. xiii + 177 pp. The present work is based on a series of lectures given at the Catholic University of Louvain when Rémi Brague occupied the Cardinal Mercier Chair in 2011. Reflections initiated there were further developed in two subsequent works, Eccentric Culture (2012) and On the God of the Christians and One or Two Others (2013). The focus of these works is the character of European civilization, its formation, development, and challenges. “European culture,” Brague declares, “was formed by Christianity, the religion of the Creative Logos.” Today that culture is on the defensive. What took centuries to construct…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… St. Paul: From Persecutor To Apostle

March 22, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review… St. Paul: From Persecutor To Apostle

By REY FLORES It is said that to know God is to love Him. It is also said that to truly embrace our faith, we must know our faith. The stories of the apostles in their efforts to establish the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ are so very important for us to know. While the daily readings or just making the effort to read our Bible or works of the Church fathers are certainly important, films like this one can be a great way to introduce ourselves to the founding of our Church. The incredible faith and the sufferings of Jesus’ most ardent followers are stories to be learned, shared, treasured, and cherished. It is with great joy…Continue Reading

How Should We Regard Pope Francis?

March 21, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on How Should We Regard Pope Francis?

By JOHN YOUNG Some Catholics think laypeople have no right to criticize Pope Francis. He is the Vicar of Christ and is guided by the Holy Spirit, so he must know better than we do what should be taught and done. Even cardinals and bishops, they assert, have no right to publicly disagree with the Pope. On the other hand, some Catholics are very vocal in their criticisms, and Pope Francis is condemned as a heretic and an antipope, with an agenda that would destroy the Church. Things are so drastic, they think, that we may be approaching the end of the world. I believe that here, as in other matters, we should seek the truth: Intellectual honesty requires that.…Continue Reading