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How Freedom Dies

March 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did The New York Times’ headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples. Examples of intolerance provided by the Times: “In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couples’ commitment ceremony. In Washington state, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.” At the time this was written, February 24, the question that Gov. Jan Brewer was facing? Should Christians,…Continue Reading

Keep An Open Mind On ADHD

March 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK In the January 23 edition of this column, we featured a discussion of the increased tendency to label students with the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We quoted from a column by National Review editor Rich Lowry, who argued that there has been an over-diagnosis of ADHD “concocted to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,” that has become “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.” Lowry calls it a situation that “has run wildly out of control on the promise of an easy pharmaceutical fix to the natural rambunctiousness of childhood.” Lowry placed much of the blame on pharmaceutical companies seeking to protect a “$9 billion-a-year business with alluring ads…Continue Reading

Erwin Jöris . . . A German With Many Years In Hitler’s And Stalin’s Prisons

March 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Part 1 (Editor’s Note: In this three-part article, Dr. Hickson details the life of the late Erwin Jöris, a prisoner of totalitarian regimes, and explains how his life offers lessons for us today. In part three, she comments on how his experiences show the need to resist gradual violations of our privacy and freedom of thought and speech, before they are further eroded or effectively destroyed. (Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover.) +    +    + Erwin Jöris, a former Communist activist and frequent political and military prisoner of two 20th-century dictatorships, recently died in Cologne, Germany, at the age of 101. The author of this article and her husband came…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… Devotion To St. Joseph In The Church

February 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This final article in the series about St. Joseph will look at more recent devotion to him, which by the 19th century had become very widespread in Catholic circles, to the extent that, in 1847, Pope Pius IX, who was personally very devoted to the saint, extended the feast of his patronage to the whole Church. In 1870, he declared him the Patron and Guardian of the Universal Church, and further raised the status of his feast day. At first glance, this might seem excessive, but if we consider that in relation to Christ, Joseph acted as His foster father and guardian, then, in the economy of salvation, he holds the same position in a spiritual…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Metaphysical Depth Enhanced By The History Of Philosophy

February 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Belo, Catarina. Averroes and Hegel on Philosophy and Religion. Burlington, Vt., Ashgate Publishing Co., 2013; 225 pages. The orientalist, Ernest Renan, author of Averroes et l’averroisme, writing in 1852, noticed the similarity between Hegel’s view of religion and that of the medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Rushd (1126-1198), better known in the West as Averroes. Renan found that G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831), much like Averroes, defended the idea that philosophy and religion have the same content even though they express that content in different ways, i.e., religion through imagination and representation, philosophy in a conceptual, logical, and rigorous way. Taking her cue from Renan, Catarina Belo sets out to examine at length the relationship between philosophy and religion in…Continue Reading

On the Sacrament of Penance

February 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s continuing catechesis on the sacraments to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his February 19 general audience. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Through the Sacraments of Christian initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist — man receives new life in Christ. Now we have this life “in earthen vessels” (2 Cor. 4:7), we are still subject to temptation, to suffering, to death and, because of sin, we can even lose this new life. This is why the Lord Jesus wished His Church to continue His work of salvation to her members, in particular with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and that of the Anointing of the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Catholics For A Free Choice Pushes Its Agenda”

February 25, 2014 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 an electronic copy of his updated 400-page book Catholics for a Free Choice Exposed, which includes detailed financial information on CFFC and hundreds of quotes from its leaders, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Since its founding in 1970, Catholics for [a Free] Choice has launched numerous public initiatives designed to advance its ultimate objective of forcing the Catholic Church to accept contraception, abortion, homosexual activity, and married and homosexual priests, among other evils. The group hopes to accomplish this by proxy, by working to change the Church from within by a process called “infiltration and subversion.” In…Continue Reading

An Unconscionable Silence

February 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House. And the folks who can stop this and are doing nothing about it are our elected representatives in Congress. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It established the three branches of government, and it delegated “all legislative powers” to Congress. American law rarely uses the word “all.” Yet the Framers chose that word precisely to confine law writing to…Continue Reading

The Shriver Report: No Cigar

February 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Now that the dust has settled on her break-up with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver is back working at NBC News. She is also the force behind a think-tank called the Center for American Progress and The Shriver Report, a web site that describes itself as “a multi-platform nonprofit media initiative led by Maria Shriver that seeks to modernize America’s relationship to women.” Its goal is to “convene influential voices and bold ideas from across the cultural spectrum” in order to “document the most significant societal trends and transformations in American life and the impact they have on women.” W. Bradford Wilcox observes, in the online edition of National Review on February 22, that the latest edition…Continue Reading

“Peace Pope’s” First Encyclical . . . Still Resonates One Century Later

February 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Elected one month after the Great Powers of Europe declared war against each other in August 1914, Pope Benedict XV issued his first encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum on November 1, after nearly a million men had died at the Battles of the Marne and Ypres and in the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia. It was clear to the young Pope — Giacomo Cardinal della Chiesa was only 59 at the time of his election on September 3, 1914 — that the war would not “be over by Christmas,” as the optimistic rulers — all cousins, all of them — in Germany, Russia, France, and England believed. Pope Benedict XV saw the war, as most modern historians do today,…Continue Reading