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France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

August 29, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on France… Summer Of Terror Lingers

By JOHN J. METLZER PARIS — Imagine for a moment arriving at Sunday morning Mass only to see the doors of the church guarded by camouflage-clad soldiers with automatic weapons. Well, this was the stark reality when we arrived at our neighborhood church, a structure dating from the 15th century, but hardly a tourist nexus. Indeed this was a necessary security precaution being taken across France, at synagogues and mosques too, for worshipers in the wake of the Islamic State’s barbarous murder of a Catholic priest celebrating Mass. Security was tight at the Shrine of Lourdes where special police and military units protected the pilgrimages leading up to the August 15 Feast of the Assumption. During a summer when Islamic…Continue Reading

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

August 28, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “I did it my way,” crooned Sinatra. Donald Trump is echoing Ol’ Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants. “I am who I am,” Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, “It’s me. I don’t want to change….I don’t want to pivot….If you start pivoting, you are not being honest with people.” The remarks recall the San Francisco Cow Palace where an astonished Republican, on hearing the candidate speak out in favor of “extremism in the defense of liberty,” blurted out, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” And so he…Continue Reading

Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

August 27, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The nine-second video of two federal bureaucrats the White House posted on its blog the past week was notable for something it omitted. That something was very big — and putting it on display might not have fit with the apparent propaganda purpose of the video. The video itself starred EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who sat side-by-side at a table. The video starts with McCarthy and Foxx simultaneously scratching their signatures onto separate and apparently singular sheets of paper. Eight seconds into the nine-second clip, when McCarthy has finished signing her name, she looks up and declares: “Done.” Foxx, who signed even faster than McCarthy, spreads his arms in a gesture…Continue Reading

With Different U.S. Policies… Imagine The Possibilities In Africa

August 26, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on With Different U.S. Policies… Imagine The Possibilities In Africa

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. He and Brian Clowes, HLI’s director of research and training, recently went on a pro-life mission to Tanzania; see the article on the front page of The Wanderer, August 18, 2016. In the article below, Fr. Boquet thanks all who supported their trip. He expresses his hopes for a truly free and faithful Africa, and deplores U.S. policies that undercut life and family there. (This commentary first appeared on HLI’s website and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews. All rights reserved.) + + + Thank you for your prayers during our mission to Tanzania the last two weeks. It was a blessed and productive time with…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… “The Expense Is Reckoned, The Enterprise Is Begun; It Is Of God”

August 25, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… “The Expense Is Reckoned, The Enterprise Is Begun; It Is Of God”

By JAMES MONTI The recent slaughter in odium fidei of the 85-year-old French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel on July 26 shortly after two terrorists stormed into the church where he was celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a vivid manifestation that the price for being a faithful Catholic has been rapidly escalating of late. On a broader plain the stakes for faithful Catholics have been raised by a growing web of laws clearly designed to eradicate by means of coercion any opposition to secular society’s agenda of deconstructing marriage, family life, morality, and the right to life. Beyond this, Catholics deal with the daily threat of what the great St. Thomas More scholar Fr. Germain Marc’hadour aptly described…Continue Reading

Summer 1916 . . . The Second Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

August 24, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Summer 1916 . . . The Second Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The previous article on this topic (April 28, 2016, p. 8A) looked at the first of the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, or the Angel of Peace, to the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1916. This article will look at the second of these, in this, the centenary year of these angelic appearances, and see how it is still of significance for us 100 years later. The first apparition of the angel made a deep impression on the children. In her Second Memoir, Sr. Lucia tells us that, “His words engraved themselves so deeply on our minds that we could never…Continue Reading

ISIS And Other Useful Fictions

August 23, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on ISIS And Other Useful Fictions

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) and al-Qaeda are useful fictions. “Islamicist” is another ill-used word. Has anyone ever identified the borders of the so-called Islamic State, identified the site of its central government, attributed to it a president, prime minister, cabinet, parliament, or congress, or anything resembling such? Even the most primitive of the newly arrived nations of the world boast of a Westernized form of government. We are told that U.S. aircraft struck Islamic State vehicles and a tank in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte. Oh! Perhaps ISIS has an embassy or consulate there. In The Washington Post (July 28, 2016) we read about “the Islamic State-inspired attack on a quiet village church in…Continue Reading

The Real Existential Threats Of 2016

August 22, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Real Existential Threats Of 2016

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On September 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion. With spending on the four biggest budget items — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense — rising, and GDP growing at 1 percent, future deficits will exceed this year’s projected $600 billion. National bankruptcy, then, is among the existential threats to the republic, the prospect that we will find ourselves in the not-too-distant future in the same boat with Greece, Puerto Rico, and Illinois. Yet, we drift toward the falls, with the issue not debated. Ernest Hemingway reminded us of how nations escape quagmires of debt: “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A Frontal Challenge To The Left: Taking On The Homosexual Movement

August 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A Frontal Challenge To The Left: Taking On The Homosexual Movement

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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. (Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He recently completed a book that critically examines and evaluates current American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching. The column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +…Continue Reading

Truths And Trends

August 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Truths And Trends

By DONALD DeMARCO Aristotle, in his Metaphysics, declares that “it is right also that philosophy should be called knowledge of the truth.” This statement contrasts sharply with Pontius Pilate’s famous assertion, “What is Truth?” If we cannot know truths, there is nothing to build on and philosophy is a vanity. Pilate, on the other hand, cannot be commended for being tolerant or broadminded. He is, as Jacques Maritain contends, “not a tolerant man but a betrayer of the human race.” He stands at the threshold of reality and has nothing of real significance to offer. He is like the fisherman who abandons his trade, not because there are no fish in the water, but because he has not been able…Continue Reading