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Five Justices Silently Permit Act Of Tyranny

July 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Were you in Olympia, Wash,, and wanted to buy an abortifacient drug, there would be a multitude of places ready to sell you one. Ralph’s Thriftway, a local family-owned grocery store and pharmacy, would not be one of them. “Petitioners are Christians who believe that life is sacred from the moment of conception,” lawyers representing Stormans, Inc. (the family corporation that owns Ralph’s) and two individual pharmacists (who do not work at Ralph’s) wrote in a January petition to the Supreme Court. “Because of their religious beliefs,” said the petition (co-authored by attorneys from the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defending Freedom), “petitioners cannot stock or dispense the morning-after or week-after pills, which the FDA has…Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Miracle

July 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One need not be a teacher or a school administrator to be aware of “progressive” theories of education. The buzzwords used in schools of education have seeped into the vernacular. We all have heard friends and neighbors pronounce in confident tones that the purpose of an education is not to “stuff a child’s mind full of names and dates,” but to teach him or her “how to learn,” to excite in them a “love of learning.” I can remember a former colleague in the New York high school where I taught saying, “A student is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.” It is an approach to learning that differs in…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Second Time Around: Euthanasia In The Netherlands”

July 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 As we have seen, the euthanasia program in the Netherlands began in earnest in the 1970s with a strong propaganda campaign that supported physician-assisted suicide of those people who were near the end of their lives, and who suffered only the most extreme and intractable pain. But, as with all evil, euthanasia began with an “infinitely small, wedged-in lever,” and then spread rapidly and with almost no opposition. On February 9, 1993, after 15 years of pro-euthanasia agitation and lawbreaking, the Dutch Parliament finally caved in. It could no longer endure the divergence between actual practice and the law, and legalized what was “happening anyway.” Apparently unaware of the ghastly irony of its actions, the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Western Civilization Owes Much To Hapsburg Rule

July 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Judson, Peter M. The Hapsburg Empire: A New History. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press at The Harvard University Press, 2016. xiii+367 pp. The book takes as its subject the Hapsburg Empire (1770-1918), known in its various stages as the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and after 1867 as the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Peter Judson is professor of 19th and 20th-century history at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He offers a “new history” in the sense that he differs from many contemporary historians insofar as he approaches his material from the perspective of empire, from the top down rather than by attempting to explain how its ethnic and regional components came together to create what…Continue Reading

Eastern Orthodoxy And Original Sin

July 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS I am acquainted with some of Frederica Matthewes-Green’s fine writings, but she is not at her best when she seriously misunderstands the Catholic doctrine of original sin. Like many other Eastern Orthodox, she mistakenly thinks the “inherited guilt” of original sin means we have committed Adam’s sin. That is not Catholic teaching. According to the Catholic Church, original sin is a guilty state or sinful condition of human nature, not a guilty act that we ourselves have personally committed. It is, instead, the sinful state of human nature resulting from Adam’s sin. The nature of every man born into this world (except our Lord and His Immaculate Mother) is deprived of the divine life of grace as…Continue Reading

The Sunday After Brexit

July 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY It was off to one side of the train line but not too far away. The tower of an ancient church stood up in golden sunshine. Before it and beyond it rolled fields of brilliant green, crossed by hedgerows and accented by occasional trees. Stretching out in front of the church was a small village of solid stone houses. How old was that church? How old were those houses? How long had farmers tilled the fields around them? How long had this architecture — this village — stood in this rural part of England? The answers were impossible for a foreigner to immediately learn as the train from Scotland rolled smoothly and rapidly southward on its…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Jurist Of First Rank

July 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Murphy, Bruce Allen. Scalia: A Court of One. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014. xii +641 pp. This is an excellent biography of an extraordinary man, a jurist of first rank, an exemplary Catholic, and a devoted family man, not to mention his exceptional talent as a pianist and tuba player. The opening pages of the book provide an account of the Old World origins of the Scalia family. Antonin Gregory Scalia was the only child of Salvatore Eugene Scalia and Catherine Panaro Scalia. In the Sicilian tradition he was named after his paternal grandfather. Salvatore Eugene Scalia was born in 1903 in Sicily, where his father was a mechanic in Palermo. Salvatore arrived at Ellis Island…Continue Reading

Pro-Abort Supreme Court Majority . . . Protects Gosnells Around The Country

July 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By RYAN BOMBERGER (Editor’s Note: Ryan Bomberger and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — Maybe it’s the robes that give five people the misimpression that they’re magicians. Who needs the Constitution when a handful of supremely powerful justices can magically create their own laws, conjuring up legislation in the guise of a judgment? In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Justice Breyer invokes the word “Constitution” 103 times in the majority opinion, yet ignores the founding document in this ruling that protects Gosnells around the country. Legalized abortion started as a lie in Bryan/College Station in Texas. In order to challenge the state’s law protecting unborn human life, Norma McCorvey (Roe in Roe v. Wade)…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . “Put On The Whole Armour Of God”

July 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI At the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend last year (2015) I had the privilege of watching a flyover of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbird squadron as they traveled up the Hudson River and back. A thin wisp of cloud in a clear blue sky was the first sign of the squadron’s approach, produced by the contrails of the jets as they rapidly advanced. The planes turned their wings perpendicular to the earth as they made a majestic banking U-turn over the river in close formation. On a second pass the Thunderbirds dropped altitude and flew low directly over me. This peaceful manifestation of military skill has remained in my mind as a powerful metaphor of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Second Time Around: Euthanasia In The Netherlands”

June 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 “The ease with which destruction of life is advocated for those considered either socially useless or socially disturbing instead of educational or ameliorative measures may be the first danger sign of loss of creative liberty in thinking, which is the hallmark of a democratic society” — Leo Alexander, MD. + + + Holland: The Future Of Euthanasia People on all sides of the issue sincerely wonder what the future holds regarding euthanasia. However, there is really no need to speculate, because history has given us two clear examples of the progress of euthanasia, both of which point to the same conclusion — that death is highly contagious. The first predictor, of course, is Nazi Germany.…Continue Reading