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What Antonin Scalia Foresaw

February 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on What Antonin Scalia Foresaw

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “Why is this different from bigamy?” It was one of those lance-like questions Justice Antonin Scalia frequently threw at lawyers making flawed arguments. What Scalia’s questions (and dissenting opinions) often exposed was a Supreme Court ready to unilaterally change the meaning of the Constitution — and, thus, undermine our representative form of government. If the court had a permanent majority of justices like Scalia, representative self-government would not be at risk from the court. But today it is at risk. As it was in 2003, when the court heard Lawrence v. Texas. The question then:…Continue Reading

But Called “Bigot” By Professors . . . University President Embraces Scalia As “Son Of Georgetown”

February 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on But Called “Bigot” By Professors . . . University President Embraces Scalia As “Son Of Georgetown”

By JUSTIN PETRISEK and ADAM CASSANDRA (Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society [www.cardinalnewman society.org]. All rights reserved.) + + + The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an outspoken critic of his alma mater Georgetown University’s failure to protect its Catholic identity, but the university seemed to ignore those criticisms and has continued to support campus efforts that disregard Church teaching. Now the university administration is touting Scalia’s legacy and embracing him as a “son of Georgetown,” while faculty are accusing him of “bigotry” and are expressing joy in Scalia’s passing. “When I was at Georgetown, it was a very Catholic place. It’s not anymore…Continue Reading

The Realism Of Christianity

February 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Realism Of Christianity

By DONALD DeMARCO The prevailing assumption in the secular world is that science is a reliable pathway to reality whereas religion, although a source of hope for many, is fundamentally unrealistic. A strong case, however, can be made that science is largely theoretical and cannot provide a basis for authentic living, while religion, particularly Christianity, is not only eminently practical, but far more realistic than science. The following ten points serve to make the case for the realism of Christianity. First, the realism of man: What is a human being? What is man that God is mindful of him? He is not simply an individual, according to the Cartesian tradition, nor is he merely a member of the collective, according…Continue Reading

Justice Antonin Scalia . . . In Memory Of A Great Man

February 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Justice Antonin Scalia . . . In Memory Of A Great Man

By MOST REV. CHARLES J. CHAPUT, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia wrote this commentary on February 15, two days after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia granted reprint permission to The Wanderer; all rights reserved.) + + + Death is always a defeat and a liberation: a defeat for human pride; but for the friends of God, a liberation to eternal life. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13. He was a man of extraordinary legal genius and fidelity to the Constitution. What irritated his critics most about Justice Scalia was the fact that he was invariably smarter than they were — and worse, he had a…Continue Reading

Leave The Scalia Chair Vacant

February 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Leave The Scalia Chair Vacant

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN It is a measure of the stature and the significance of Justice Antonin Scalia that, upon the news of his death at a hunting lodge in Texas, Washington was instantly caught up in an unseemly quarrel over who would succeed him. But no one can replace Justice Scalia. He was a giant among jurists. For a third of a century, he led the conservative wing of the High Court, creating a new school of judicial thought called “originalism.” But originalism is not conservatism, which, in the judicial era that preceded Scalia, often meant court decisions that “conserved” the radical social revolution Earl Warren’s court had imposed upon us. Scalia believed in going back to the founding…Continue Reading

Letters Between John Paul II And A Woman… Experts Say They Were Not So Secret, Actually

February 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Letters Between John Paul II And A Woman… Experts Say They Were Not So Secret, Actually

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Experts and friends of Pope St. John Paul II responded quickly to a BBC promotion of a documentary about his friendship with Polish-born female philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka — questioning some of the portrayals of their friendship and outright dismissing others. “John Paul II’s friendship with her was neither secret nor extraordinary,” Poland’s national library, which hosts Tymieniecka’s letters from the Pope, said February 15. “The statements made in the media have no basis in the content of the letters of John Paul II to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka which are in the National Library of Poland’s archives,” the library said, according to Agence France-Presse On February, 15 BBC News discussed letters and various meetings between the Pope…Continue Reading

A Meeting Of World Historical Importance . . . Pope And Patriarch To Discuss Common Beliefs, Christian Persecution

February 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Meeting Of World Historical Importance . . . Pope And Patriarch To Discuss Common Beliefs, Christian Persecution

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. The article below was dated February 5, a week before the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill. This week’s issue of The Wanderer was published on February 11, one day before the meeting. Moynihan’s commentary is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) + + + There are several points to keep in mind in the run-up to the two-hour meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome — and so the head of the Roman Catholic Church — and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, scheduled for…Continue Reading

Liberalism’s Legacy: Debt And Dependency

February 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Liberalism’s Legacy: Debt And Dependency

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + How will history remember the presidency of Barack Obama? In the budget message he sent Congress, Obama portrays himself as a president who led America back to economic good times. “When I took office, our nation was in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression,” Obama wrote. “The economy was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. The auto industry was on the brink of collapse and our manufacturing sector was in decline. Many families were struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Millions more saw their savings evaporate, even as retirement…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The Universality Of The Church”

February 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The Universality Of The Church”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “It remains for Us now to say a few words about the Modernist as reformer. From all that has preceded, it is abundantly clear how great and how eager is the passion of such men for innovation. In all Catholicism there is absolutely nothing on which it does not fasten. They wish philosophy to be reformed, especially in the ecclesiastical seminaries.…Continue Reading

Death With Dignity: A Dangerous Pretense

February 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Death With Dignity: A Dangerous Pretense
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By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Every life has value and is worthy of continuing, regardless of how old, infirmed, ill, or limited in future duration. Yet, today, an increasing number of states are empowering physicians to assist terminally ill people in committing suicide, so they can “die with dignity.” The movement, cloaked in an appealing euphemism, is indifferent to the sacredness of human life. All people have equal dignity simply by being human. An individual’s self-image may change as one ages, loses physical or mental ability, or suffers, but the person’s worth and inherent dignity are not altered. Life is a gift of our Creator. No person or government is entitled to take it away; no individual has the license to…Continue Reading