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Pass-Fail — At Princeton?

October 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My daughter and I have chuckled off and on over the years about the grading system used in my grandchildren’s public elementary school. Instead of As and Bs and Cs, the students are given an I, for “works independently,” a P, for “progressing,” a T, for “trying and needs help.” Once the children reach middle school this system is dropped and the traditional letter grades are used to differentiate between student achievement. The logic behind this arrangement is that children at an early age should not have their confidence damaged by comparisons between themselves and students who are doing better than they are; that school systems should hold off until middle school and high school before…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Why Don’t Pro-Life Groups Merge?”

October 10, 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.) + + + Since the mid-1970s, efficiency-minded pro-lifers have asked why all of the major pro-life groups in the United States don’t merge into one colossal organization. This move would certainly have several major advantages. It would probably be more financially efficient, it would eliminate much duplication of effort, it would be very high-profile, and it would possibly lead to more cooperation and harmony between elements of the pro-life movement. In theory. Unfortunately, reality (in the form of human nature) usually gets in the way of such plans. Obstacle #1: Strategic Conflicts. It would be virtually impossible for this process…Continue Reading

Activists Differ On Question . . . Are Republicans Widely Seeking Latino Votes?

October 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The national Republican establishment openly says it wants “comprehensive immigration reform” to be approved because it thinks the massive legislation would win many Latino votes for the GOP. However, a conservative Arizona Latino activist told The Wanderer that he doesn’t see the Republican Party making a significant effort on the national or Arizona state levels to bring current Catholic Latino citizens into its voting ranks. The majority of Latinos are Catholic. “If you were in the numbers game, you would think you’d be playing for where the numbers are,” Reymundo Torres said during a September 28 telephone interview. Torres, a Catholic, is president of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA), which doesn’t limit its membership…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Defending Divine Revelation Against Atheistic Evolution

October 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Origin of the Human Species: Expanded Third Edition by Dennis Bonnette, Ph.D., Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2014. Peter A. Redpath, Ph.D., editor. 266 pages; ISBN 13: 978-1-932589-68-9; $29.95. I strongly recommend this new, expanded third edition of Origin of the Human Species to anyone seeking a truly comprehensive understanding of the central issues involved in evolutionary theory as it impacts what Catholics believe about human origins. It belongs in every college and personal library as a standard reference work on this complex subject. More specifically, Dr. Dennis Bonnette offers what is probably the most detailed and current explanation of how the Church doctrine of theological monogenism can be scientifically credible — an explanation that is rendered…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Our Lady Of La Salette

October 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 3 This a further article on the apparition of Our Lady at La Salette to Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Mathieu, which took place on Saturday, September 19, 1846. It will focus on its continuing importance for today, the aftermath of the apparition, and the secrets given by the Blessed Virgin to the children, and how they relate to Fatima. Archbishop William Ullathorne of Birmingham, England, went to La Salette in May 1854, nearly eight years after the event, and was able to verify for himself that there had been a failure of the potato crop in the autumn of 1846, leading to widespread hunger in the mountain areas. He was of the opinion that the…Continue Reading

Barack Obama, Outside Agitator

October 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In his UN address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: “Russian aggression in Europe,” “terrorism in Syria and Iraq,” rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al Qaeda, Boko Haram. And, of course, the Ferguson Police Department. That’s right. The president could not speak of war, terrorism, and genocide without dragging in the incident in a St. Louis suburb where a white cop shot and killed a black teenager: “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Mo. — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.” What, other than its racial aspect, can…Continue Reading

Defenders Of Marriage . . . Send Open Letter To Pope, Synod Members

October 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ZENIT) — Marriage experts and marriage advocates from all over the world have signed an open letter addressed to Pope Francis and the members of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The letter focuses on the greatest challenges affecting the family in the world today and vigorously reiterates timeless truths about marriage. Signed by 48 scholars and leaders from several countries, both Catholic and non-Catholic, the letter was sent to the Vatican in June through the good offices of the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. It does not engage the problem of Communion for divorced Catholics, but is dedicated to other issues that the signatories believe the upcoming synod, and the one to take place next year,…Continue Reading

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