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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

Cardinal Burke Says… Media Are Hijacking Synod On The Family

October 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANN SCHNEIBLE VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The upcoming Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church’s highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this synod,” said Raymond Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — the office that, among other things, handles annulment cases in the Church. In particular, he told Catholic News Agency in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing Holy Communion to be…Continue Reading

Mistakes Of The Past Are Back

September 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government? What if he no longer had them when the U.S. invaded? What if the principal reason for invading Iraq was to depose Hussein because he tried to kill President George H.W. Bush, whose son ordered the invasion? What if another reason for the invasion of Iraq was to enable Western-allied governments to control or receive oil from Iraq? What if the Bush administration lied to the American people, Congress, the…Continue Reading

Is Burger King An Economic Patriot?

September 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Jefferson’s brutal verdict comes to mind in the fierce debate over inversions, those decisions by U.S. companies to buy foreign firms to move their headquarters abroad and renounce their U.S. citizenship — to evade the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent. U.S. executives who engineer these inversions are undeniably acting in the best interests of their shareholders and companies. But are they also lacking in economic patriotism? Are they also guilty of economic treason against the nation that nurtured them? Are they, in the phrase tossed out by Barack Obama,…Continue Reading

How The Eastern Orthodox Misunderstand Catholic Marian Doctrine

September 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS It is not only Protestants who seriously misunderstand the Marian doctrines of the Catholic Church. Surprisingly, various Eastern Orthodox who have traditionally manifested a deep and devout veneration of the Theotokos (Mother of God) are seen to deviate from their own ancient traditions. Thus one finds astonishing the views of Archbishop John Maximovitch (1896-1966) who possessed a reputation as a holy ascetic (he was “glorified” [canonized] by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1994, this being later acknowledged by the patriarchate of Moscow in 2008). In his The Orthodox Veneration of the Birthgiver of God (given wide circulation by the St. Herman Brotherhood, fourth printing, 1994), he vigorously denied that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother…Continue Reading

Where Do We Begin?

September 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO It often happens that the statement of a perceptive writer becomes more true many years after he originally framed it. Such is the case with George Orwell. The author of 1984, which he penned in 1948, stated: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” The following obviosities do not seem very obvious in today’s society: Abortion kills a human being. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Tolerance has limitations. Freedom is not absolute. Man’s mind was made for truth. Contradictories cannot be reconciled. Virtue is more beneficial than vice. The problem, however, is more dire than what Orwell’s statement implies. If the…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Our Lady Of La Salette

September 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 The previous article detailed how our Lady appeared to Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Mathieu on Saturday, September 19, and now we can see what happened to them afterward. It was only when the Blessed Virgin had disappeared that the children fully realized that the Lady they had seen was more than an ordinary human being, and they began to wonder if she was some great saint. This conviction was strengthened, when on returning to pick up their belongings, they realized that Maximin’s dog Loulou was still asleep and had not barked at the Lady; this would certainly have happened had she been an ordinary person. The children spoke to each other about her and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Phenomenology And The Sources Of John Paul’s Thought

September 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Gubser, Michael. The Far Reaches: Phenomenology, Ethics and Social Renewal in Central Europe. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. Pp. xiii +335. Professor Gubser opens his narrative with the statement: “The history of phenomenology is partly the history of friendships among the early disciples of Husserl in Munich and Göttingen, among East European dissidents who joined together against their regimes, and among scholars who study philosophy today.” Given Gubser’s extensive tracking, it seems clear that over the course of a century Husserl’s school not only gave birth to an extensive body of academic phenomenological research, but has produced a valuable body of social and ethical thought that proved useful to Eastern Europeans as they defended their personal…Continue Reading

More Unlawful Presidential Killing

September 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO As the debate rages over whether the president needs congressional authorization for war prior to his deployment of the military to degrade or destroy ISIS, the terrorist organization that none of us had heard about until a few months ago, the nation has lost sight of the more fundamental issue of President Obama’s infidelity to the rule of law. On the lawfulness of his proposed war, the president has painted himself into a corner. Last year, he quite properly recognized that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a statute enacted by Congress in 2002 to permit President George W. Bush to use the military to track down, capture, degrade or kill all persons or…Continue Reading

The Logic Of Birth Control Vs. The Logic Of Human Nature

September 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International.) + + + Peggy Noonan recently wrote two articles in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal that look at World War I from the hindsight of 100 years. Her second focused on some of that war’s tragic consequences that still affect us today. She ignored, however, another war that started a bit earlier in 1914 but which had a horribly significant milestone that same August in which the big guns of…Continue Reading