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A Book Review . . . The Truth Ever Ancient And Ever New

August 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Seven Deadly Sins, by Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2015), 207 pp.; $18.95. Available through Always a topic of universal human interest, the seven deadly sins — no matter the number of treatises or books on the subject — continue to capture attention because they apply to all human beings both in the past and present. To some degree or another, every person’s moral struggle strives to combat one or several of these sins. Who in positions of power or authority is not prone to pride, or how many people who protest “it’s not fair” are ruled by envy rather than justice? Who is not tempted by avarice, gluttony, or lust in…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Fragrance Of Baroque Liturgy And Art

August 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI All of us have had at some time or another a special moment in church when we have found ourselves before a particularly beautiful altar, with the Blessed Sacrament enthroned upon it in a splendid gold or silver sunburst monstrance, its molded rays sparkling with the shimmer of candles ablaze around it, as shafts of light descend into the sanctuary from a nearby stained-glass window and a gentle breeze from outside stirs the incense-fragrant air within. The sunburst monstrance as we know it was imparted to our Catholic heritage by that age of liturgy and art known as the Baroque Era, a period that arose following the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and thrived until the second half…Continue Reading

Caring For The Elderly Vs. Assisted Suicide

August 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.) + + + On Sunday, July 26, the Church in England and Wales celebrated the “Day for Life.” This year the annual event focused on the treatment of people at the end of their lives. The topic of euthanasia is very relevant at the moment with a vote on the second reading of a bill allowing assisted suicide to take place in the House of Commons on September 11. If the bill, promoted by Labor Party Member of…Continue Reading

Holy See Stresses Pro-Life Creds At UN Amid Questions

August 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK B. CRAINE and PETE BAKLINSKI NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) — The Holy See is emphasizing its commitment to promoting life and family at the United Nations after a confusing statement the nunciature made in a negotiation on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in June. In a speech on June 22, Msgr. Joseph Grech, representing Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said the Vatican supports the goals and targets of the SDGs “verbatim.” Pro-life advocates were alarmed at this because two of the targets call for “universal access” to “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” as well as “family planning” services, phrases that are typically used at the UN to include abortion and contraception. The concern is compounded by what has seemed…Continue Reading

Hillary Lies Again

August 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress. I did err in that column with respect to an arms dealer named Marc Turi. I regret the error and apologize for it. I wrote that Turi sold arms to Qatar as part of Clinton’s scheme to get them into the hands of rebels. A further review of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Excellent Guide To Answering Anti-Catholic Attacks

July 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Five Anti-Catholic Myths: Slavery, Crusades, Inquisition, Galileo, Holocaust by Gerard M. Verschuuren (Angelico Press: 2015; 181 pages, $16.95 print edition). Available at In this book the author sets out to investigate just how it has come about that anti-Catholic myths about particular topics have managed to become so deeply embedded in the psyche of the post-Christian West. Verschuuren begins by stating that we are dealing with myths “fabricated by people with a strong bias against the Catholic Church,” via largely fictional distortions of the facts, resulting from post-Reformation propaganda, Enlightenment prejudices, and thought emanating from later varieties of materialism and secularism. His first topic is slavery, and he argues against the myth that somehow the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

July 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (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 + + + “Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence” — President John Adams. + + + In the previous article, we reviewed a number of medical journal articles concluding that child sexual molestation is much more likely to be committed by homosexual men than by heterosexual men. Even if all of…Continue Reading

Defend The Little Sisters Of The Poor — And American Liberty

July 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing homes for the elderly poor. Every friend of freedom should rally to their cause. The federal government is now seeking to deny these sisters freedom of conscience. It has already taken its case against their liberty all the way through the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 10th Circuit. If the government succeeds, it means Catholic nuns in this country can no longer freely exercise…Continue Reading

Aggressive Obama, Passive National GOP . . . Is Third-Party Option Starting To Look Better?

July 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN House Speaker John Boehner said the recently released sting video of a national Planned Parenthood official at lunch, munching away and chatting about how to “crush” unborn babies to harvest their organs for money, was “disgusting.” Republican Boehner finally seemed to have found his voice in a Washington where he usually blends and blands in. “I could talk about the video, but I think I’d vomit trying to talk about it,” the Washington Examiner quoted Boehner in a post on July 16. He asked House committees to investigate. Which was fitting, considering that the U.S. government gives more than a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money each year to the nation’s largest provider of permissive abortion, well over…Continue Reading

Is This What Determines Our Position On Common Core?

July 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The mail that we receive at First Teachers is overwhelmingly opposed to Common Core, the federal government’s effort to establish education standards for the country. Certain of our correspondents object to what they see as a liberal bias in Common Core’s curriculum, while others object to what they believe are confusing and gimmicky lesson plans and teaching techniques called for in the plan. But there is something that puzzles me. There continue to be a number of well-known and respected conservative leaders and state governors who back Common Core. For example, Jeb Bush, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Indiana Governor and current President…Continue Reading