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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

March 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly, sometimes bimonthly, in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and a lawyer. Among his books is Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution, The Public Order and the Sacred Order, and The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic.) + + + The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security.…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Eugenics: The Distilled Anti-Life Mentality

March 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Eugenics: The Distilled Anti-Life Mentality

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 article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “If any single age really attains, by eugenics and scientific education, the power to make its descendants what it pleases, all men who live after are the patients of that power, slaves to the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners. If man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be” — C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man. + + + Eugenics was a well-established and respected science from the late 1800s until World War II, when it fell…Continue Reading

For A Great-Nephew… A Short History Of Religious Orders And Religious Life

March 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on For A Great-Nephew… A Short History Of Religious Orders And Religious Life

By PHILIP TROWER Dear B.: When we were having lunch the other day I told you that the chaplain in the Catholic old people’s home where I am now living is “a friar” and you replied “What is a friar?” You seem to have forgotten about Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. As Friar Tuck, however, isn’t a good example of what a friar should be, we will leave him aside. The word “friar” is a shortened form of the word “frater” meaning “brother” and is the name for a member of a Catholic community of men leading lives dedicated to the service of God and their fellowmen through prayer and some kind of work which can be practical, missionary, or…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . From Mount Tabor To Calvary

March 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . From Mount Tabor To Calvary

By JAMES MONTI Although the sacred season of Lent begins with a decided emphasis upon repentance, a theme that will remain a major priority over the forty days that follow, the subject of the Passion, which will overshadow all else in the last two weeks before Easter, is ever present as a strong undercurrent from Ash Wednesday onward. On this upcoming Second Sunday of Lent the Church will present to us, as she has for centuries, the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor. This event has long been understood as our Lord’s way of preparing and fortifying the Apostles Peter, James, and John for “the scandal of the cross,” for the mystery of His Passion, for it is they who…Continue Reading

Go See Sinatra

March 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Go See Sinatra

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.) + + + “You’re going without me?” My not-yet six-year-old daughter stood resolutely between us and the door. “Yes,” I said. “Your mom and I need to go.” “Without me?” “We only have two tickets.” “Why?” My profoundly puzzled daughter asked this question in complete sincerity. The story that answers it began several weeks before that moment of familial crisis in a midtown Manhattan hotel. I was driving to work one March morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. — listening to talk radio. The lead local news story that day had nothing to do with politics or…Continue Reading

One Moment In Time

March 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on One Moment In Time

By DONALD DeMARCO The Ancient Greeks had two words for “time”: Chronos and Kairos. The former referred to chronometric time. We refer to a watch as a chronometer. This is time that unfolds second by second and can be measured. In this regard, all moments are equal. The latter referred to a moment in time that stood above all the other passing moments. Kairos indicated that a particular moment was “momentous,” worthy of honoring and remembering. When Kairos enters Chronos, something very special takes place. In Old Testament theology, Kairos conveys the sense of “ripeness.” In Ecclesiastes, we read: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review…. An Influential Liberal Network

March 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review…. An Influential Liberal Network

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Snyder, Brad. The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 811 pp. Cloth, $34.95. The house in question in the book’s title was located at 1727 Nineteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. It belonged to Robert G. Valentine and served as a political salon from 1911 to 1919, a brief period, to be sure, but with consequences for the nation. Valentine shared the house with Felix Frankfurter and Winfred T. Denison. Oliver Wendell Holmes lived nearby at 1720 Eye Street and became a frequent visitor. The house served as a meeting place where Frankfurter, Louis D. Brandeis, and Henry L. Simpson, and others could develop their ideas…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . How Gosnell Became Tightly Stitched Into The Social Fabric

March 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . How Gosnell Became Tightly Stitched Into The Social Fabric

By DEXTER DUGGAN Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, Regnery Publishing, www.Regnery.com, Washington, D.C., ISBN 978-1-62157-455-2, 367 pages hardback, $27.99, 2017. If unborn babies were affixed in the womb as strongly as Planned Parenthood is entrenched in the power structure, it’d be about impossible to abort the babies. But they’re innocent, soft, and small, while abortionist PP is hardened and humongous. Denying hundreds of millions of dollars of annual taxpayer funding to a private organization with a monstrously destructive agenda shouldn’t be so difficult. But even two practicing Catholic speakers of the U.S. House, John Boehner and Paul Ryan, threw up their hands in surrender and helped shovel the wealth…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The History Of Future Dreams (Conclusion)

March 1, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The History Of Future Dreams (Conclusion)

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 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We must not fall into the absurd trap of being against everything Hitler was for. It was in no way evil for Hitler to regard mental disease as a scourge on society. . . . Because of Hitler’s use of the term ‘Master Race,’ we should not feel the need to say that we never want to use genetics to make humans more capable than they are today. . . . People say it would be terrible if…Continue Reading

Scholarship Needs To Return To Timeless Truths

February 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Scholarship Needs To Return To Timeless Truths

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In the “Review” section of a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal (February 10) Alexandra Wolfe provides a short biographical sketch that provides insight into the ambitions of the multibillionaire Nicholas Berggruen, a financier and philanthropist. Seven years ago he launched the Berggruen Institute, an unusual think tank with an endowment of $1 billion. His initiative, according to Wolfe, aims to develop ideas in economics, politics, and social organization. The institute has two divisions, one focused on governance, the other on philosophy and culture. Berggruen is starting work on a physical place for what he calls his “secular monastery.” Located near Los Angeles, it will house about 50 scholars on 400 acres of land. One can…Continue Reading