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Hanging Rudy Out To Dry

February 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Back in 1987, this writer was invited by friends to advise them on a press conference they had called to oppose President Reagan’s signing of an INF treaty to remove all nuclear missiles from Europe. My advice: Deplore the treaty; do not attack the president. The next day, Howard Phillips declared that Ronald Reagan had become a “useful idiot for Soviet propaganda.” Howie captured the headlines, as did Rudy Giuliani after that dinner at 21 Club for Gov. Scott Walker, where the mayor spontaneously rose to declaim, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America….He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and…Continue Reading

Darfur: Hell Without The Cameras

February 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — In recent years, there has been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high-profile celebrity efforts to detail human rights abuses during more than a decade of inter-ethnic conflict in Sudan’s troubled western region, has now been bypassed by both crisis fatigue and a host of other larger African regional conflicts. Even in 2014, the situation was grim. Over 3,000 villages were burned. Now there may be some long overdue refocus, with a chilling new report of mass rape and systematic abuses of Darfur villagers in a series of sordid incidents carried out by the Sudanese army. In late October 2014,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Should Serodiscordant Couples Be Permitted To Use Condoms?”

February 24, 2015 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 The Case Against Condoms, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + There are times when priests, ministers, and pro-life activists encounter what might be called the “ultimate hard case” involving condoms. This is the situation in which a husband and wife are serodiscordant: One is HIV positive and the other is not. The question inevitably arises as to whether or not they may use condoms to prevent HIV transmission to the uninfected spouse in this very special case. Before we consider this question, we should remember that all Culture of Death activists use…Continue Reading

Court Ruling Threatens Home, Savings Of Christian Florist

February 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A state judge ruled February 18 that Washington floral artist and grandmother Barronelle Stutzman must provide full support for wedding ceremonies that are contrary to her faith — a decision at odds with the views of most Americans according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The court claims that Stutzman’s referral of a longtime customer to another business for floral design and support for a same-sex ceremony violated Washington law. The court also ruled recently that both the state and the same-sex couple, who each filed lawsuits against her, may collect damages and attorneys’ fees not only from her business, but from Stutzman personally. That means the 70-year-old grandmother may not only lose her business, but also…Continue Reading

Not An Invention Of Communism

February 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Unless I miss my guess, large numbers of Catholics loyal to the Magisterium were happy to see the excerpts from Pope Francis’ interview with Vatican writers Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi in the Italian newspaper La Stampa on January 11. In that interview, the Pope made clear that the statements he has made over the past months critical of global capitalism and calling for greater assistance for the poor should not be seen as a sign of Marxist leanings. Francis stressed that concern for the poor “is not an invention of Communism,” but a central element of the Catholic faith, citing the passage from the Gospel of Matthew: “I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was…Continue Reading

Media Assisted Cultural Suicide

February 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off
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By DONALD DeMARCO The January 22, 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C., drew an estimated 500,000 pro-life supporters. Christopher White, a fellow of the Paul Ramsey Institute, has lamented the fact that that “major media outlets largely ignored the March over the past decade” (“The 40-Year March for Life,” The Human Life Review, winter, 2013, p. 36). He had specifically in mind The Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today. Apparently not all news is deemed newsworthy. It is difficult for any fair-minded person to believe that an event that has been taking place for more than 40 years, and has consistently drawn huge gatherings, should receive such paucity of media attention. The Washington Post, for one,…Continue Reading

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion . . . Candidly Reveals Fractious Divisions Within Orthodoxy

February 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS One of the leading figures of the Russian Orthodox Church is Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. A noted theologian, patristic scholar, church historian, and talented composer whose musical works have been honored with performances at the Vatican, the Russian metropolitan has been the voice of Russian Orthodox ecumenism in addresses before Protestant and Catholic audiences in many Western countries. He has proved an eloquent speaker before the World Council of Churches, the theological commission of the Swiss Catholic Bishops Conference, and most recently, has addressed the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of…Continue Reading

Putin Paranoia

February 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians. The longer it goes on, the greater the casualties, the more land Ukraine will lose, and the greater the likelihood Kiev will end up an amputated and bankrupt republic, a dependency the size of France on the doorstep of Europe. Had no truce been achieved, 8,000 Ukrainian troops trapped in the Debaltseve pocket could have been forced to surrender or wiped out, causing a regime crisis in Kiev. U.S. weapons could have begun flowing in,…Continue Reading

Did God Determine The Outcome Of The Super Bowl?

February 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off
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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I haven’t thought about the question of whether God determines the winner in athletic competitions since I was a high school freshman. When I was in elementary school in the 1950s, I routinely would make the Sign of the Cross before I took a foul shot in a basketball game. I wasn’t the only one. Large numbers of Catholic basketball players, including those who played at the college level, would cross themselves quickly just before taking a foul shot. If memory serves, I can remember watching on television the All-American and eventual NBA player Billy Cunningham doing it while playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. It was just part of the routine, like…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Contraceptive Brief: Are Condoms Effective?” (Continued)

February 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (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 The Case Against Condoms, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + There is not a lot of debate about the best way to stop or stem the AIDS epidemic, but there certainly should be. The “family planners” have based their entire modus operandi on a flawed premise — that people are basically animals that cannot control themselves. Tragically, this assumption has led to millions of deaths. Clinical studies are essential, but there is nothing like real-world experience to settle a scientific debate. There are several such scenarios in the developing world…Continue Reading