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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Is Homosexuality Really As Healthy As Heterosexuality?”

July 9, 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 a more extensive description of this obituary survey, to include an Excel spreadsheet with details on all of the obituaries, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Despite the scientific evidence to the contrary, pro-homosexual groups tend to insist that living the homosexual “lifestyle” is just as healthy as heterosexuality. Some of the claims made by pro-homosexual groups are ridiculous on their face. For example, in its comically misnamed Intelligence Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center recently claimed: “Myth #4: LGBT people don’t live nearly as long as heterosexuals. “The Argument: Anti-gay organizations want to promote heterosexuality as the…Continue Reading

The Popes, Marian Devotion, And The New Evangelization

July 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 4 This is the final article in a series which looks at Marian devotion, and the New Evangelization, in the light of the teaching of recent Popes. Pope Benedict XVI issued a call for evangelization and holiness on his visit to Fatima in May 2010. In his address to the bishops of Portugal, he said: “The times in which we live demand a new missionary vigor on the part of Christians, who are called to form a mature laity, identified with the Church and sensitive to the complex transformations taking place in our world….[In this situation] what is decisive is the ability to inculcate in all those engaged in the work of evangelization a true…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Serving The Cause Of Dissent And Division

July 7, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Coup at Catholic University, by Peter M. Mitchell (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2015), 311 pages; $19.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. Can Catholics be American and remain Catholic, rendering to Caesar the things that belong to him and rendering to God what is due to the Lord? Can Catholic universities be both bona fide centers of higher education and faithful to the Magisterium, reconciling the standards of the American University of University Professors with the Oath of Fidelity to the Church? This compelling book recreates the dramatic events of 1967 at Catholic University with scrupulous documentation from all the available records of personal papers, correspondence, and committee reports that represented the views and arguments of both sides of…Continue Reading

Quo Vadis, America?

July 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Natural law — God’s law — will always trump common law,” said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, “God will have the final word in this matter.” But, for now, Justice Anthony Kennedy has the final word. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land, as the right of gays and lesbians to marry is right there in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1868. We just didn’t see it. Tony Kennedy spotted what no previous court had detected. The absurdity of the decision aside, it represents another stride forward for the revolution preached by Antonio Gramsci. Before we can capture…Continue Reading

So Now Is It “Hate Speech” To Deplore The Obergefell Decision?

July 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this article from CatholicCulture.org with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Fr. James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the decision. “No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality,” Fr. Martin told his Facebook followers. He repeated the same message several times throughout the day, warning commenters that they must not indulge in “homophobia” and suggesting that someone who questioned whether we were all expected to sing Kumbaya was illustrating his point. So is sarcasm now prima facie evidence of hatred? In my own surfing through…Continue Reading

The Popes, Marian Devotion, And The New Evangelization

July 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 3 This is the third article in a series which looks at Marian devotion, and the New Evangelization, in the light of the teaching of recent Popes. It is noteworthy, that even before St. John Paul II became Pope in 1978, he had adopted the Latin phrase “Totus Tuus” as his episcopal motto, as an expression of his personal consecration to our Lady, following the example of St. Louis de Montfort, whose writings he had studied closely as a young man. Throughout his pontificate, the Pope did what he could to spread devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by means of his encyclicals, pastoral letters, general audiences, and homilies, realizing that an understanding of her role…Continue Reading

Although Their Adversaries Seem Strong . . . Law-School Interns Are Reminded That Even Old USSR Collapsed

July 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Almost ready to start applying their new knowledge to battle moral challenges around the globe, law-school students at a dinner here were reminded that the Soviet Union once was regarded as an invincible adversary, but it finally collapsed in relatively short order. The Christian law students from 11 countries, interns in this year’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship, had just spent nearly two weeks of intense preparation before leaving Phoenix for summer assignments where they’d be facing today’s forces of secularism and coercion that are on the march to defeat historic morality. One of the interns at the lectern recalled at the June 18 dinner that the Soviet Union itself was thought to be unbeatable. However, after…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The ‘Gay’ Case Against Abortion”

July 2, 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 electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Feminists and political liberals have argued for decades now that a woman should have an unrestricted right to an abortion, for any cause or for no stated cause at all. How can they now complain if women decide to abort fetuses identified as homosexual? This question involves both abortion and gay rights — the perfect moral storm of our times” — Rev. Albert Mohler. + + + Since before Roe v.…Continue Reading

Protecting Hatred Preserves Freedom

July 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The tragedy of a mass murder in Charleston, S.C., obviously motivated by racial hatred, has raised anew the issue of the lawfulness of the state expressing an opinion by flying a Confederate flag at the statehouse, and the constitutionality of the use of the First Amendment to protect hate speech and hate groups. The state has no business expressing opinions on anything, and it is required to protect hate. Here is the law. Let’s start with the proposition that hatred of persons is a profound disorder, and it is no doubt motivated by far deeper errors of thought and judgment than admiration for a flag. I recognize that to some in our society, the Confederate flag…Continue Reading

NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

June 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia,” ran the headline in The New York Times. “In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries,” said the Times. The sources cited were “American and allied officials.” The Pentagon’s message received a reply June 16. Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov called the U.S. move “the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War.” When Moscow detects U.S. heavy weapons moving into the Baltic, said Yakubov, Russia will “bolster…Continue Reading