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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Is The Church In America Prepared To Confront The Secular Culture?

September 7, 2015 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. (Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, along with two edited volumes, Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System and The Crisis of Religious Liberty. His most recent book, which he edited, is Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians, forthcoming from Franciscan University Press. This column originally appeared in + + +…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Eleven Cardinals Are An Essential Pre-Synod Voice

September 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON This fall, Ignatius Press ( is bringing out another important book dealing with topics of the upcoming October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome. The book is called Eleven Cardinals Speak On Marriage and the Family: Essays From a Pastoral Viewpoint and it represents a kind of pastoral counterpart to the well-known 2014 Five Cardinals Book (also published by Ignatius Press) which refutes the “Kasper proposal” on a more doctrinal and historical, as well as theoretical level. The Eleven Cardinals book will soon also appear in other languages, such as German and Italian. The eleven cardinals concentrate on the question of how to deal with the current crisis of marriage and the family without…Continue Reading

Dis-Integrating America

September 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today. Their killer, Vester L. Flanagan II, said as much in his farewell screed. He ordered his murder weapon, he said, two days after the slaughter of nine congregants at the African-American AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting,” said Flanagan. To be sure, racism does not fully explain why Flanagan, fired from that same WDBJ7 station, committed this act of pure evil. Black and homosexual, he said he was the target of anti-gay slurs from…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Champion of Fitting Worship

September 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI On a recent visit to the chapel of a Catholic nursing facility I observed an elderly resident arriving with her walker to spend time in the presence of the Lord. With her infirmity she obviously could not be expected to offer anything more than a gentle nod toward the Tabernacle before transferring herself into a chair to begin her prayers. But for her this was not enough. Before going to her chair, she stopped directly in front of the Tabernacle, and slowly, carefully, with every fiber of her feeble frame, she lowered herself down upon both knees to worship her God with a genuflection. I thought to myself, “O woman, great is your faith!” (Matt. 15:28). Later,…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . This Belongs On Every Catholic Pro-Lifer’s Bookshelf

September 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Redeemed by Grace — A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino with Roxane Salonen. Ignatius Press: 2015; hardcover, $17.95; 157 pages. To order, visit or call 1-800-651-1531. Almost anyone who is either Catholic or involved in the pro-life cause has heard of Abby Johnson. Johnson, of course, has gained national attention as a former Planned Parenthood manager who now runs And Then There Were None, an organization she founded to help other abortion industry workers leave that industry and find not only redemption but a new job as well. While Johnson’s story is an important and compelling one, she is not alone. There are additional brave women who have followed in…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . The Sabbatine Privilege

September 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY We recently celebrated, on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which, according to tradition, is associated with the giving of the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock on that date in 1251. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him with the scapular saying, “This will be for you and for all Carmelites the privilege, that he who dies in this will not suffer eternal fire.” This promise implies that our Lady will intercede to ensure that the wearer of the scapular obtains the grace of final perseverance, that is of dying in a state of grace, and this privilege has now been extended to all Catholics who are enrolled in the scapular. The…Continue Reading

Is Trumpism The New Nationalism?

September 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent on all goods made in China, and the tariff revenue used to cut U.S. corporate taxes. The crisis in world markets seems related not only to a sinking Chinese economy, but also to what Beijing is saying to the world; i.e., China will save herself first even if it means throwing others out of the life boat. Disbelievers in New World Order mythology have long recognized that this new China is fiercely nationalistic. Indeed, with Marxism-Leninism dead, nationalism is the Communist Party’s…Continue Reading

The Family Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris Presents Many Grave Problems

August 31, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON After reading the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the upcoming October 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, when it was first published in June, the author of this short article was somewhat stunned and increasingly troubled. Yet I was soon helped by others to acquire a better understanding. It is therefore with much gratitude that I try in the following to present a short synopsis of an excellent analysis and critique of that Instrumentum which a coalition of pro-life and pro-family organizations, Voice of the Family, published on August 5. The author of this analysis, Matthew McCusker, presents on 19 pages the many grave problems which this official Vatican document presents (visit this website for…Continue Reading

Syrian Apocalypse

August 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS— Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, and more than twelve million people have fled their homeland. Alarmed by these developments, the UN Security Council has affirmed its support for finding a durable political settlement to a crisis which after four years of fighting not only threatens Syria, but dangerously has morphed into a regional threat. “The Security Council stresses that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” a consensus statement says.…Continue Reading

One Catholic Congressman … Prepping For The Pope’s U.S. Visit

August 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MATT HADRO WASHINTON, D.C. (CNA)— As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals. “I say as a Catholic, I’m pretty excited,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.) told CNA of the upcoming papal visit. He added that it is an opportunity to “evangelize as Catholic members of Congress.” The Pope’s visit is a “serious matter,” he said, even though many might see it as “just another celebrity in their mind coming.” “This is a historical opportunity,” he stressed, “this is the one time you’ll have a Pope speaking to Congress.” The congressman has announced that, in preparation for the first-ever papal address…Continue Reading