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D.C. Schools… $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient In Reading

May 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not “proficient” in reading and 81 percent were not “proficient” in math. These are the government schools in our nation’s capital city — where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and the children who must attend them. Under the auspices of the National Center for Education Statistics,…Continue Reading

Catholic Entrepreneurship… Taking A Stand For Faith, Life, And Family

May 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Each day, as we move forward with our daily lives, many of us start our day with daily Mass, a prayer, or even a rosary. We ask God to give us the wisdom and fortitude to deal with our day as best as we can, we hope by giving greater glory to our Lord through all of our words and actions. A morning offering is always a great way to remind ourselves that we are all called to do His will, not our own. Today is no time to be tepid or lukewarm about our faith. There are many attacks against Catholics across the world. Whether it’s actual crucifixions, torture, and beheadings or the burning down of…Continue Reading

A Dog Whistle To The Left

May 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO I am not a fan of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. He presided over the politically conceived, patently unconstitutional, and anti-free market taxpayer bailouts of banks, automakers, and insurance companies in the latter part of the administration of former President George W. Bush, when he was the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and during the first term of President Obama, when he was the secretary of the Treasury. In those years and still today he has argued that aggressive government intervention leads to a stronger financial system because the government will take risks with taxpayer money that the taxpayers themselves will not take with it. He believes in the use…Continue Reading

The Legacy Of John Paul The Great

May 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BENJAMIN BULL (Editor’s Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom on April 25 cosponsored a Pope John Paul II conference in Rome in honor of his sainthood. Benjamin Bull, an evangelical Christian and executive director of ADF-Global, gave the following address on St. John Paul’s lasting worldwide legacy. ADF provided the text. All rights reserved.) +    +    + I speak today as an evangelical Christian and a Christian human rights advocate profoundly influenced and inspired by [St.] Pope John Paul II. It’s no overstatement to describe John Paul as the most significant and influential Christian leader of the 20th century. He was much loved by millions of evangelicals across the globe. In a substantial way John Paul made possible the very…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . Devotion To The Sacred Heart: How It Began

May 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Due to an organizational error, part 2 of the Sacred Heart series went in our issue dated May 1, before part 1 appeared. We therefore present part 1 here, with our apologies.) +    +    + This is the first article in a series of three concerned with the Sacred Heart Devotion. The origins of this devotion, which has proved so fruitful for the Church, go right back to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. In chapter 19 of St. John’s Gospel, we read of what happened after the crucifixion, after Jesus’ garments had been divided, after He had given Mary His Mother to St. John, and St. John to her. While His dead…Continue Reading

Hope And Empowerment . . . John Paul II’s Legacy In Europe

May 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ROGER KISKA (Editor’s Note: Roger Kiska serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and is based in Vienna, Austria, where he specializes in international litigation with a focus on European law. This is the text of a speech he gave at the C-FAM/ADF Rome conference “Building a Global Culture of Life: The Legacy of St. John Paul the Great at the UN” on April 25, 2014. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of his talk, which we present below. All rights reserved.) +    +    + It is indeed a grand task to try and summarize the legacy of Pope John Paul II. I have been asked specifically to speak on the issue of Europe. Being here in Rome,…Continue Reading

Kerry Flub . . . Reminds Us Of Influence Exercised In Shadows

May 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Secretary of State John Kerry suffered some unfavorable attention when it was reported that he told a powerful closed-door meeting in late April that Israel was in danger of becoming “an apartheid state” over the issue of failing to achieve peace with Palestinians. It was a rankling historical comparison to the old regime of enforced racial separation in South Africa, hardly a comment that a U.S. secretary of state would want to be on the record for as a description of the Mideast Jewish democracy. And Kerry didn’t expect to be on the record. He was speaking to a meeting of the shadowy Trilateral Commission in Washington, where the understanding is that comments aren’t released…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Blind Faith Beliefs Of The Secular Culture

May 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) +    +    + Secularists are known for dismissing religion as merely espousing a set…Continue Reading

Finding The Truth At Benghazi

May 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO When the White House, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the fearless private watchdog group Judicial Watch, turned over an e-mail about constructing the appropriate narrative response to the tragedy at Benghazi written by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama, and investigators from the House of Representatives realized that they had subpoenaed that e-mail and not received it, they knew that there was far more to learn about the affair than met the eye. The affair consisted of an organized fatal assault on the American consulate in that Libyan city that resulted in the deaths of the American ambassador and three State Department contractors assigned to…Continue Reading

Paying College Athletes

May 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK At first glance one would think there is no moral dimension or “Catholic angle” to the question about whether college athletes should be permitted to unionize, or to whether they should be paid above and beyond the tuition, room, and board scholarships that are currently given to them. But that may not be the case. Catholic colleges are among the schools with big-time athletic programs, especially basketball. Any dishonesty that is embedded in the current system, or in proposals to change it, involves them. This issue came out front and center in recent weeks because of a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that gave college football players the right to…Continue Reading