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The Difficulty With Diversity

November 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Difficulty With Diversity

By DONALD DeMARCO A friend and I were enjoying a recreational break by shooting baskets. The fact that we were not keeping score allowed us to engage in a friendly conversation. My friend decided to pick my allegedly philosophical brain and asked me a question that he had trouble answering. He explained that a “diversity expert” had lectured him and all his co-workers that they must all embrace diversity. My friend was uncomfortable about this, but could not put his finger on exactly why he felt this way. This sweet-sounding word to our culturally conditioned ears, unfortunately, has become an axiom, and therefore something that cannot be questioned. Let us question it, nonetheless. I tossed up another shot while it…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Christians For Hillary

November 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Pro-Life Christians For Hillary

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK An article appeared in The Dallas News in the week before the presidential election entitled “How you can be a pro-life Christian and still support Hillary Clinton.” The author is Jenifer Sarver, a businesswoman from Austin who heads a communications consulting firm that specializes, according to its website, in “media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training.” Sarver begins by assuring us that if “Donald Trump were not at the top of the Republican ticket, I would proudly support any number of” the Republicans who ran against him in the primary. No question; Trump’s character was a deal-breaker for many women. But the logic Sarver used to justify her vote for Trump goes…Continue Reading

Catholic Knighthood: Then And Now

November 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Knighthood: Then And Now

By JAMES MONTI In the Divine Office of both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, there is on the feast day of the early Roman virgin martyr St. Cecilia (November 22) a remarkable antiphon traceable to a late fifth-century account of her martyrdom, a chant which has been sung in her office since the ninth century: “When daybreak came, Cecilia cried out saying, ‘Make haste, O soldiers of Christ, cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light’” (Benedictus antiphon, Breviarium Romanum, Rome, 1568, p. 905). The “soldiers of Christ” to whom Cecilia is referring are her husband St. Valerian and his brother St. Tiburtius. Both men had been converted to the Christian…Continue Reading

Trump’s Great Challenge — And Opportunity

November 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump’s Great Challenge — And Opportunity

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election was a historic upset that presents him and this nation with an historic opportunity. Our first president, George Washington, faced a great challenge. Trump, who will be our 45th, faces one, too. Washington took office in a new republic with an untested constitution. He was firmly committed to act only within its strict limits on federal power, to avoid amassing public debt, to engage in no unnecessary wars, and to recognize that American freedom was ultimately rooted in the moral and religious convictions of the American people. He…Continue Reading

The Bridgettine Order Elects New General Abbess

November 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Bridgettine Order Elects New General Abbess

By ALBERTO CAROSA ROME — At the general chapter of the branch of the Bridgettine order, founded by St. Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad (1870-1957), at the Abbey of Farfa in late October, Mother Fabia Kattakayam was elected new general abbess. She succeeds Mother Tekla Famiglietti. Vatican Radio made the announcement on October 28. Indian-born Mother Fabia is 52 years old. She has worked in Italy for the last 30 years and for the past six years she has been prioress at St. Bridget’s Convent in Naples. Sr. M. Fabia Kattakayam was born at Angadikadavu, Kerala, in southwestern India, on May 31, 1962. She is the fourth daughter of Chandy (Alexander) and Aleykutty Kattakayam, a Catholic family belonging to Sacred Heart Parish.…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Human Suffering Does Have A Purpose”

November 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Human Suffering Does Have A Purpose”

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 bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). + + + Pope St. John Paul II knew about suffering. His mother, his father, and his only sibling, a brother, died before he was 20. (A sister…Continue Reading

Freedom First… Hungary Remembers 1956 Revolution

November 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Freedom First… Hungary Remembers 1956 Revolution

By JOHN J. METZLER (Editor’s Note: John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He’s the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China.) + + + UNITED NATIONS — Autumn brings falling temperatures, chill winds, and mournful memories which swirl like fallen leaves on the historic landscape. Darting shadows hide in the golden sunlight to reappear as the specter of the past in the late afternoons. History needs retelling as the calendar tells us it is late October. The cavernous UN General Assembly Hall, which echoed with poignant pleas to help the embattled Hungarians 60 years ago, today became the setting for a spectacular Hungarian musical concert, “Freedom First,” in…Continue Reading

Medicaid And CHIP Enrollees Outnumber Obama Voters

November 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Medicaid And CHIP Enrollees Outnumber Obama Voters

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + Thirty-two years ago, the United States of America unified behind the re-election of Ronald Reagan as president, giving him an Electoral College victory of 525 to 13. Walter Mondale, Reagan’s opponent, only managed to win his home state of Minnesota and the federal government’s homeland of Washington, D.C. Reagan, according to the National Archives, won 54,455,075 popular votes in 1984 — more than any presidential candidate up to that point. Mondale won only 37,577,185. After Reagan’s 1984 landslide, the national population grew, but the popular and Electoral College vote totals of winning presidential candidates declined.…Continue Reading

Physician-Assisted Suicide . . . The D.C. City Council Will Answer To God

November 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Physician-Assisted Suicide . . . The D.C. City Council Will Answer To God

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. LifeSiteNews first published this editorial. All rights reserved.) + + + As you are surely aware, the City Council of the District of Columbia overwhelmingly voted for a bill that legalizes suicide for “terminally ill” people. Washington, D.C., is the sixth jurisdiction nationwide to approve this form of suicide. What makes D.C. unique is such a dramatic decision was not remanded to the voters in a plebiscite. Rather, 11 council members propose to impose this on us, preferring not to trust the voters. I am not even sure, in such a liberal and secular town as Washington D.C., if we would get the desired answer from the…Continue Reading

The Cassandra Syndrome And The Magical Elixir

November 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Cassandra Syndrome And The Magical Elixir

By DONALD DeMARCO Cassandra is a figure from Greek mythology. She was a daughter of Priam, King of Troy, and endowed with exceptional beauty. Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy. But when she rejected his romantic advances, he placed a curse on her ensuring that no one would ever believe her warnings. Cassandra’s frustration, therefore, was to know of dire events in advance of their occurring, but never to be able to convince anyone of their truth. A number of psychologists have employed the term “Cassandra Syndrome” to characterize patients who suffer a similar kind of frustration experienced by the mythological figure. Melanie Klein, for example, sees Cassandra as representing a moral conscience whose main task is to…Continue Reading