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Finally Fitting In

March 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Finally Fitting In

By DONALD DeMARCO MWhen he was lecturing at the University of Chicago, Mortimer Adler identified himself as a Jew teaching Catholic philosophy at a Protestant school to a class of atheists. The image of not quite fitting in was characteristic of Adler’s life, though he was never one to complain about it. The absence of any rough edges has never been a formula for the development of personal authenticity. The unobstructed life, a modern Socrates might say, is not worth living perhaps even less than the unexamined life. Mortimer Jerome Adler was born in New York City in the year 1902 to Jewish immigrants. His early ambition was to become a journalist which led him to drop out of school…Continue Reading

Sheriff And Judge… Arpaio’s Criminal-Contempt Trial Brings Familiar Faces To The Courtroom

March 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Sheriff And Judge… Arpaio’s Criminal-Contempt Trial Brings Familiar Faces To The Courtroom

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio and Susan Bolton were companions in the news here in 2010. Arpaio, the longtime elected Republican sheriff of Phoenix’s Maricopa County, and Bolton, a federal judge here nominated by President Bill Clinton, both were prominent figures as Arizona legislators tried to discourage illegal immigration, but open-borders street mobs threatened retaliation over the bill signed into law that April, SB 1070. The sheriff was a strong supporter of the law, but the judge prevented it from taking effect in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently threw out the majority of the law. Arpaio and Bolton should be facing each other next month, in April, as the former sheriff faces a verdict delivered by the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of The Eugenics Movement

March 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of The Eugenics Movement

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 more than a thousand pro-eugenics quotes, including those by Margaret Sanger, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The eugenic movement, therefore, cannot be a short campaign like many political or social movements. It is, rather, like the founding and development of Christianity, something to be handed on from age to age” — Report of the President of the American Eugenics Society, Inc., 1926. + + + The Pioneers Make Their Case. In 1798, the Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society.…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The High Drama Of Palm Sunday

March 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred The High Drama Of Palm Sunday

By JAMES MONTI As we advance through the later days of Lent, it is certainly not too soon to begin turning our attention to the days for which we are preparing, beginning with Palm Sunday, the great portal to Holy Week. Palm Sunday is one of the solemnities of highest drama in the liturgical year. For it is upon this day that our Lord undertakes in earnest His battle to the death with the Prince of Darkness and the Father of Lies. Armed with both His omnipotent divinity and the humility of His humanity, He does not hesitate to ride into battle on the lowly back of a donkey. It is a day for which God had been preparing the…Continue Reading

The Pelosi Principle

March 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Pelosi Principle

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: This column was released March 15, one day before the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the Republican health-care bill.) + + + Suppose the federal government confiscated 90 percent of the income of every private sector worker who earned more than the poverty level. Then suppose the government used some of that confiscated money to pay government workers and the rest to provide benefits to people who do not work or earn less than the poverty level. Would that be a transfer of wealth? If so, would that transfer of wealth go from those whose money the government confiscated to those who received it? Or from those who received it to those forced to…Continue Reading

Jacques Maritain . . . On The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

March 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Jacques Maritain . . . On The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At a time of when strong ecclesiastical leadership is warranted as the West drifts further from its historical anchorage, the voice of Church seems to be muted or confused. With reason, Pope Francis has been accused of deliberate ambiguity, given that he has not responded to repeated calls for clarification of his teaching in Amoris Laetitia, and now as reported in the pages of this newspaper [see story by LifeSiteNews, The Wanderer, March 2, 2017, p. 1], the new head of the Jesuit Order, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, seems to call into question the literal meaning of Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage (Matt. 19:3-6). “The words of Jesus must be contextualized,” he has said in…Continue Reading

Should Some People In Irregular Unions Receive Communion?

March 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Should Some People In Irregular Unions Receive Communion?

By JOHN YOUNG A Catholic couple living in an adulterous relationship are not necessarily subjectively in a state of mortal sin. Objectively their state of life is mortally sinful, but there is such great ignorance today about marriage and sexual relationships that we can’t presume that these people are subjectively guilty of mortal sin, and are therefore headed for Hell. So it is possible for a Catholic, or a Catholic couple, to believe they are not doing wrong, or at least nothing gravely wrong, when in fact the relationship, objectively considered, is mortally sinful. They may tell themselves they are choosing the lesser of two evils, particularly if they have children who would suffer if they separated. As for living…Continue Reading

The Peasant Philosopher

March 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Peasant Philosopher

By DONALD DeMARCO When his beloved wife and collaborator, Raissa, died in 1960, Jacques Maritain withdrew to a secluded life of silence and prayer, living in a hut with the Little Brothers of Jesus near the Garonne River at Toulouse, France. There, at age 85, he produced what he claimed to be his final work: The Peasant of the Garonne. The image pays tribute to the peasant who dares to call a spade a spade. Philosophy is a journey to wisdom, but one must honor the common sense of the peasant in order to begin such a journey. In this respect, he was true to his mentor St. Thomas Aquinas. In his delightful book on St. Thomas, G K. Chesterton…Continue Reading

ADF Files Suit Defending Freedom Of Wisconsin Photographer

March 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on ADF Files Suit Defending Freedom Of Wisconsin Photographer

MADISON, Wis. — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Madison photographer and blogger filed suit March 7 against city and state officials in a Wisconsin court. The lawsuit challenges a sweeping local ordinance and a state law that force commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs. For example, a Madison-based speechwriter who opposes President Trump would be subject to severe punishment if he or she refused to write a speech for him. Under these same laws, Amy Lawson and her company, Amy Lynn Photography Studio, are required to create photographs and blog posts promoting pro-abortion groups and same-sex marriages if she creates content that promotes pro-life organizations or that celebrates the marriage of one man and one…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Soul Of A Great Saint Who Plumbs The Heart Of Reality

March 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Soul Of A Great Saint Who Plumbs The Heart Of Reality

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN I Burned for Your Peace: “Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked,” by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2016), 234 pages; $17.95. Available at www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. Citing as the predominant theme in both Augustine’s The City of God and the Confessions the drama of “God’s providential design and man’s free choices” in human history and in individual lives, Dr. Kreeft revisits this spiritual classic by quoting important selections and offering commentary and exegesis on those passages. Because of its riches as a great book, the Confessions always invites more study and further exploration in plumbing its depths. As a classic renowned for its universality in depicting the human condition, fallen human nature, and the mysterious hand of God’s…Continue Reading