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Are Indulgences Contrary To The Spirit Of Eastern Orthodoxy?

March 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS It is well known that indulgences have been the object of much misunderstanding and polemical abuse by Protestants since the days of Martin Luther, who heaped upon them all the fierce invective of which he was master. Curiously, in his earlier days as an Augustinian friar, Luther correctly explained in a sermon in July 1516 the use and benefits of indulgences. He noted that an indulgence is the remission, in whole or in part, of the temporal punishment due to sin, after the sin has been forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance. No sin was forgiven by an indulgence and indulgences were not a permission to commit further sin; moreover, indulgences did not give full pardon for…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Are The Environmental Impacts Of Hormonal Birth Control?”

March 10, 2015 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.) + + + Have you ever stopped for gas and, as you were pumping, watched a giant 18-wheel fuel tanker rumble up to refill the gas station’s tanks? These trucks are enormous, one-fourth as long as a football field, and each carries enough gasoline to fill a good-sized backyard swimming pool. Every year, women in the United States ingest enough powerful hormones in abortifacient methods of birth control to fill one of these tanker trucks — 3,375 gallons worth. Now picture a row of semi tanker trucks parked bumper to bumper and stretching three quarters of a mile. If they…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Civilizing Influence Of Traditional Marriage

March 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, by Anthony Esolen (Charlotte, NC: Saint Benedict Press, 2014), 175 pp. $14.95. Available at or 1-800-437-5876. In a crass world that debases everything beautiful and holy from the innocence of children to the sacredness of life to the beauty of nuptial love, Dr. Esolen’s book restores the nobility of love to the realm of marriage and the family. With conviction, passion, and incisiveness, he confronts all the platitudes and rationalizations that undermine the morality, social value, and civilizing influence of traditional marriage. Arguing, first, that “We must not give the Sexual Revolution the force of irrevocable law” — the revolution that has made a mockery of purity, chastity, fidelity, self-respect,…Continue Reading

Fourteen Guardian Angels

March 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO On Friday, February 20, 2015, Dr. Jack Willke, the man who converted President George Bush from being “pro-choice” to being pro-life, passed into a world where abortions do not take place. He and his wife, Barbara, are regarded as the parents of the pro-life movement. Their Handbook on Abortion and the later, Abortion: Questions and Answers, has been translated into 32 languages. It has been said that when a person who has enjoyed a rich and generous life passes away, he should inspire expressions of gratitude rather than grief. Jack Willke was nearly 90 when he died, and his work has benefited millions. His death does, indeed, sadden me, but it also brings back some happy memories.…Continue Reading

Philosophy And The Noon-Day Devil

March 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER I did not begin to study philosophy until I was in my 50s. I began to because I found that without some knowledge of modern philosophy, it was impossible to understand what was going wrong with the implementation of Vatican II, and to understand modern philosophy presupposed knowing something about philosophy in general. It was then that I first came across the notions of “contingent” and “necessary” being together with their relationship, and ever since I have found them the most helpful in the whole of philosophy in regard to the existence of God and the subject of this article. “Contingent” being is anything that does not have the ultimate explanation for its existence in its self,…Continue Reading

Our Lady And The New Evangelization

March 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at the Marian dimension of the New Evangelization in the documents of Vatican II, and also in the teaching of Popes John Paul II and Benedict, as well as further aspects of the Fatima message. We can see the documents of Vatican II as a blueprint for the New Evangelization. The problem is that for various reasons — mainly the rise of the counterculture from the 1960s onwards — that blueprint hasn’t been put into practice, and Marian devotion, has, in general, been on the decline. The fact that Lumen Gentium, Vatican II’s dogmatic Constitution of the Church, has a whole section devoted to our Lady, rather than dealing with her in…Continue Reading

Best Of Times Or Worst Of Times?

March 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss. Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in “a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally — less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century.” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared to undercut Kerry the next day when he testified, “When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years [since] such data has been compiled.” From January through September 2014, said Clapper, there were 13,000 terrorist…Continue Reading

The Good Pagan’s Failure

March 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY As Europe faces what seems to be a cultural crisis, a book written in 1939 comes to mind for its present relevance. It is Rosalind Murray’s The Good Pagan’s Failure. (1) Murray was the daughter of the Australian-born, British classical scholar Gilbert Murray, and the wife for 30 years of Arnold Toynbee, British historian and philosopher of history, best known for his 12-volume Study of History. She was remarkably positioned to know and to assess the mind of what she calls the “Enlightened Pagan.” The book is essentially a critique of the fashionable humanism and liberalism of her day, the epoch of George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, and G.E. Moore. It is Rosalind Murray’s contention that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Birth Control For Teens Who Are ‘Doing It Anyway’?”

March 3, 2015 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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at + + + If pressed, many “family planners” admit that, in an ideal world, all young people would refrain from sexual activity before marriage and remain faithful to their spouses after. Such a society would have no HIV-AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases, very little unwanted pregnancy (and few pregnancies among unmarried teens!), and most likely a very low divorce rate. In turn, crime, poverty, and dropping out of school would plunge. But immediately after acknowledging this unavoidable truth, the advocates of birth…Continue Reading

Virginia Parish Calls On Catholics . . . Join In An “Affirmation Of Faith” To Pope Francis

March 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LISA BOURNE FRONT ROYAL, Va. (LifeSiteNews) — A Virginia Catholic parish is publicly affirming Church teaching on marriage and its fidelity to the Church, while at the same time calling on Pope Francis to proclaim and defend the same. In the wake of the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Va., produced an Affirmation of Faith Concerning Marriage and the Family, and published it in their Sunday bulletin on December 14. Now the parish is urging other parishes and Catholic individuals to join them. “There have been other times in Church history where the faithful have recalled the clergy to the fullness of the truths of the faith,…Continue Reading