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A Book Review… Western Civilization Owes Much To Hapsburg Rule

July 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Western Civilization Owes Much To Hapsburg Rule

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Judson, Peter M. The Hapsburg Empire: A New History. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press at The Harvard University Press, 2016. xiii+367 pp. The book takes as its subject the Hapsburg Empire (1770-1918), known in its various stages as the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and after 1867 as the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Peter Judson is professor of 19th and 20th-century history at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He offers a “new history” in the sense that he differs from many contemporary historians insofar as he approaches his material from the perspective of empire, from the top down rather than by attempting to explain how its ethnic and regional components came together to create what…Continue Reading

Eastern Orthodoxy And Original Sin

July 5, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Eastern Orthodoxy And Original Sin

By JAMES LIKOUDIS I am acquainted with some of Frederica Matthewes-Green’s fine writings, but she is not at her best when she seriously misunderstands the Catholic doctrine of original sin. Like many other Eastern Orthodox, she mistakenly thinks the “inherited guilt” of original sin means we have committed Adam’s sin. That is not Catholic teaching. According to the Catholic Church, original sin is a guilty state or sinful condition of human nature, not a guilty act that we ourselves have personally committed. It is, instead, the sinful state of human nature resulting from Adam’s sin. The nature of every man born into this world (except our Lord and His Immaculate Mother) is deprived of the divine life of grace as…Continue Reading

The Sunday After Brexit

July 4, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Sunday After Brexit

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY It was off to one side of the train line but not too far away. The tower of an ancient church stood up in golden sunshine. Before it and beyond it rolled fields of brilliant green, crossed by hedgerows and accented by occasional trees. Stretching out in front of the church was a small village of solid stone houses. How old was that church? How old were those houses? How long had farmers tilled the fields around them? How long had this architecture — this village — stood in this rural part of England? The answers were impossible for a foreigner to immediately learn as the train from Scotland rolled smoothly and rapidly southward on its…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Jurist Of First Rank

July 3, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Jurist Of First Rank

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Murphy, Bruce Allen. Scalia: A Court of One. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014. xii +641 pp. This is an excellent biography of an extraordinary man, a jurist of first rank, an exemplary Catholic, and a devoted family man, not to mention his exceptional talent as a pianist and tuba player. The opening pages of the book provide an account of the Old World origins of the Scalia family. Antonin Gregory Scalia was the only child of Salvatore Eugene Scalia and Catherine Panaro Scalia. In the Sicilian tradition he was named after his paternal grandfather. Salvatore Eugene Scalia was born in 1903 in Sicily, where his father was a mechanic in Palermo. Salvatore arrived at Ellis Island…Continue Reading

Pro-Abort Supreme Court Majority . . . Protects Gosnells Around The Country

July 2, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Pro-Abort Supreme Court Majority . . . Protects Gosnells Around The Country

By RYAN BOMBERGER (Editor’s Note: Ryan Bomberger and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — Maybe it’s the robes that give five people the misimpression that they’re magicians. Who needs the Constitution when a handful of supremely powerful justices can magically create their own laws, conjuring up legislation in the guise of a judgment? In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Justice Breyer invokes the word “Constitution” 103 times in the majority opinion, yet ignores the founding document in this ruling that protects Gosnells around the country. Legalized abortion started as a lie in Bryan/College Station in Texas. In order to challenge the state’s law protecting unborn human life, Norma McCorvey (Roe in Roe v. Wade)…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . “Put On The Whole Armour Of God”

July 1, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . “Put On The Whole Armour Of God”

By JAMES MONTI At the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend last year (2015) I had the privilege of watching a flyover of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbird squadron as they traveled up the Hudson River and back. A thin wisp of cloud in a clear blue sky was the first sign of the squadron’s approach, produced by the contrails of the jets as they rapidly advanced. The planes turned their wings perpendicular to the earth as they made a majestic banking U-turn over the river in close formation. On a second pass the Thunderbirds dropped altitude and flew low directly over me. This peaceful manifestation of military skill has remained in my mind as a powerful metaphor of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The Second Time Around: Euthanasia In The Netherlands”

June 30, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “The Second Time Around: Euthanasia In The Netherlands”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 “The ease with which destruction of life is advocated for those considered either socially useless or socially disturbing instead of educational or ameliorative measures may be the first danger sign of loss of creative liberty in thinking, which is the hallmark of a democratic society” — Leo Alexander, MD. + + + Holland: The Future Of Euthanasia People on all sides of the issue sincerely wonder what the future holds regarding euthanasia. However, there is really no need to speculate, because history has given us two clear examples of the progress of euthanasia, both of which point to the same conclusion — that death is highly contagious. The first predictor, of course, is Nazi Germany.…Continue Reading

Parenthood In An Age Of Surrogacy . . . Legal Battles And The “Ownership” Of Babies

June 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Parenthood In An Age Of Surrogacy . . . Legal Battles And The “Ownership” Of Babies

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.) + + + The ever-widening use of IVF and surrogate mothers is continuing to create legal disputes and to expand the definition of parenthood. Some of the latest news is about so-called three parent babies, with the latest experiments promising to lead to an imminent expansion of this technique. According to a June 8 news report on the New Scientist website the first babies from this method could be born in a couple of years. The aim of…Continue Reading

The Canizares Case In Spain Is A Litmus Test For Pope Francis

June 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Canizares Case In Spain Is A Litmus Test For Pope Francis

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: This article below reprinted from the June 17 OnePeterFive.com; all rights reserved. (On June 20, the Catholic Herald also reported: (“Prosecutors in Spain have said they are investigating a Spanish cardinal for possible criminal hate speech because of remarks he made recently about the gay community. (“Valencia’s provincial prosecutor’s office said on Friday [June 17] that it was studying a recent speech made by Cardinal Antonio Canizares, the archbishop of Valencia, in which he said ‘powers such as the gay empire’ promoted the rise of movements against the Christian family.”) + + + As has been recently reported in several media outlets, Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera, the archbishop of Valencia, Spain, is now under harsh…Continue Reading

The First Canonized Saint . . . A Milestone In The Saintly Process

June 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The First Canonized Saint . . . A Milestone In The Saintly Process

By RAY CAVANAUGH When asked to name a few saints, chances are that “Ulrich” will be overlooked. St. Ulrich (also known as Udalric) of Augsburg is an obscure figure, and, as far as saints go, there isn’t anything especially compelling at this point about his life as a 10th-century Bavarian bishop. Ulrich — whose feast day is July 4 — is extraordinary, however, in that he was the first saint canonized by a Pope. Born in Zurich in 890, Ulrich entered a family of noble background. His education took place at a monastery in what is now Switzerland. In 924, he was consecrated as bishop of Augsburg, largely because he had the right family connections. In fairness, though, he did…Continue Reading