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Cicero In An Election Year

May 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY In the midst of the turmoil that characterized the mid-decades of the last century, the English jurist Sir Patrick Devlin wrote, “If a society’s laws are based on a particular worldview and that worldview collapses, the laws themselves will crumble.” His 1965 book, The Enforcement of Morals, is still worth reading for its substance, but if for no other reason to see how foresighted he was. Few would contest his thesis that theories of law and practical rationality are but aspects of a larger intellectual perspective, metaphysical at its core. Christianity was taken for granted in Devlin’s day, as it had been for centuries. Common law was supported by biblical morality and a natural law outlook.…Continue Reading

Eastern Orthodoxy And The Particular Judgment

May 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS In previous articles (The Wanderer, July 3, 2014; June 25, 2015), it was observed that: “Perhaps to the surprise of some Catholic ecumenists, Catholic doctrine regarding the Particular Judgment remains obscure, confused, or even denied among the Eastern Orthodox. They have no clear official teaching that the just go to Heaven immediately after death. Some even say there are no souls in Heaven or Hell, this occurring only with the Last Judgment and the Resurrection. Even then some say the saints do not see God ‘face-to-face’ by seeing the essence of God in the Beatific Vision. It is not true to say [as some Orthodox do] that they do not believe in Purgatory for, in fact, they…Continue Reading

Obama To Visit The Land Of State-Owned Enterprises

May 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam, which his own State Department last month certified is still controlled — four decades after the fall of Saigon — by the Communist Party. “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is an authoritarian state ruled by a single party, the Communist Party of Vietnam,” says the Country Report on Human Rights in Vietnam that Secretary of State John Kerry released in April. Obama’s agenda in this Communist nation, according to the White House, will feature efforts to promote the deal his administration has negotiated to join the United States, Vietnam,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Why Should Pro-Lifers Be Concerned About Dissent?”

May 22, 2016 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 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 + + + Some Catholic pro-life and pro-family activists don’t really understand why they should be involved in fighting dissent in their dioceses and parishes, since this activity seems to be unrelated to the critical work they are doing. Similarly, those who fight dissent often believe that anti-abortion and pro-family activism, while important, is not relevant to what they are doing. Besides, they are already busy…Continue Reading

Sharpening The Mind With Words

May 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO My biology teacher of many moons ago took perverse delight in terrorizing his students while they were taking an exam. “Plagiarism,” he would bellow, “is arousing the suspicion of the proctor.” He enjoyed the sound of his own voice and repeated this warning many times. He intended it to be more intimidating than cautionary. I found it to be as amusing, however, and remained confident that a mere flicker of suspicion was never going to convict anyone of the heinous crime of plagiarism. At the same time, I realized that our watchful supervisor was giving unaccustomed breadth to the word “plagiarism,” imbuing it with a far-reaching application so that it could indict both the guilty and the…Continue Reading

Jesuit Higher Education

May 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Jesuit universities have been the topic of criticism several times in this column over the years. We don’t apologize for that. Odds are that when you hear about a performance of The Vagina Monologues, an honorary degree being awarded to a pro-abortion politician, or campus activities led by LGBTQ groups, it will be at a Jesuit college. My hunch, however, is that the criticism is not of concern to many modern Jesuits. Their universities remain in high demand, consistently ranking among the most selective schools in the country. I can remember overhearing Jewish students of mine over 20 years ago reacting in disbelief and disappointment when they discovered that Georgetown and Boston College were Catholic universities…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Dissenter Tactics”

May 19, 2016 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 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 Conclusion We have seen that the most prominent tactic used by dissenters at the diocesan and parish level is the false and one-sided appeal for tolerance and nonjudgmentalism. There are several other approaches we should be aware of. A second tactic the dissenters use is the classic mixing of lies with the truth in order to confuse people. In order to gain an initial foothold in…Continue Reading

Subserving A Travesty

May 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO David Oderberg is a professor of philosophy at the University of Reading (England). In an address he gave to students at Oxford University in 2008, he offered the following indictment of the current status of bioethics: “The bioethics industry is, unfortunately, populated by many individuals whom one might even call second-rate philosophers. They have found themselves unable to grapple with the more technical or abstract areas of philosophy — or at least to make a name for themselves in such areas — but have found that it is relatively easy to forge a name for oneself in the bioethics business.” He cites the example of one bioethicist who approves the deliberate deafening of a child. “The deaf…Continue Reading

Art In Defiance Of Our Times

May 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES For the last two decades since I rediscovered the Traditional Latin Mass, my Catholic faith has meant that much more to me. Of course the Holy Mass is what really brought me back, but along with that were the sacred art and the sacred music, which somehow I missed out on, having been part of the first generation of children who grew up in the postconciliar era. I grew up with a weakened, watered-down Catholicism which did exactly what I believed it was designed to do: scatter the flock and undermine the Church. Of course, it didn’t work and tradition has somehow survived and is once again thriving, but not without suffering all kinds of damage. The…Continue Reading

Is Opposing Obama Racist?

May 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We hear stories frequently about students who are told by classmates — and sometimes by their teachers — that President Obama is being criticized unfairly by conservatives “because of his race.” The best answer to this claim may be to simply point out to them that conservatives are supporters and admirers of Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, and Thomas Sowell — and leave it at that. It should close the case. But people on the left sometimes do not leave it there. They will reply that conservatives who admire black conservatives such as Thomas and Rice do so only because they agree with them ideologically. It is a curious response: It concedes that conservatives who admire these…Continue Reading