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Queenship Of Our Lady

October 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at the way that the Queenship of Our Lady was prefigured in the Old Testament by the person and activities of various biblical women. One of these was Esther, a Jewish girl who, due to her beauty, became Queen of Persia during the Babylonian exile. The Jewish people were threatened with a plot instigated by Haman, and it was only through Esther’s intercession that they were they saved, with Haman himself being hanged from the gibbet which had been intended for Esther’s protector Mordecai. Esther has been seen as a type of Mary in that her earthly Queenship foreshadowed the idea of Mary as Queen of Heaven, the Mother of Jesus the…Continue Reading

Can Trump Be Stopped?

October 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, “Could Trump Win?” meaning the Republican nomination. Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility. And the emerging question has become: “Can Trump be stopped? And if so, where, and by whom?” Consider the catbird seat in which The Donald sits. An average of national polls puts him around 30 percent, trailed by Dr. Ben Carson with about 20 percent. No other GOP candidate gets double digits. Trump is leading Carson in Iowa, running first in New Hampshire, crushing the field in Nevada and South Carolina. These are the first four contests. In Florida, Trump’s support exceeds that of ex-Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio…Continue Reading

The Romanian Doctor Speaks… Learning Lessons From Communist Europe

October 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK The Romanian doctor has hit the headlines as her statement to the Family Synod gets re-circulated on pro-life blogs. “This is the best presentation at the Synod on the Family!” Dr. Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican proclaims of Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea in his latest letter. Dr. Cernea’s intervention has also been picked up by LifeSiteNews. At about the time that Dr. Cernea, head of the Romanian Association of Catholic Doctors, was explaining to the Synod Fathers how her father had been imprisoned by the Communists for 17 years and how her mother had waited for him not even knowing if he was alive, another initiative was going on back at home in Romania. The Fight Against…Continue Reading

Why Did That Pope Have The Highest Favorable Rating?

October 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Which of the three most recent Popes had the highest “favorable rating” among American adults as measured by the Gallup poll? Was it the Pope who wrote this: “Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral. This doctrine, based upon that unwritten law which man, in the light of reason, finds in his own heart, is reaffirmed by Sacred Scripture, transmitted by the Tradition of the Church and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. “The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Does The Catholic Church Teach About Homosexuality?”

October 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 the complete Culture of Life series on homosexuality [with footnotes], e-mail him at + + + Every good Catholic instinctively knows that science always supports the teachings of the Catholic Church, particularly with regard to matters of sexual morality. Those who avoid abortion, extramarital sex, pornography, divorce, contraception, sterilization, and other sexual sins are usually much more content and happy than those who indulge in these evils. This is only natural, since God desires us to be happy in this life as well as in the next. The Culture of Death does absolutely everything it possibly can to…Continue Reading

Homosexual Behavior: The Fundamental Truth

October 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG The consequences of the acceptance of homosexual behavior are rightly emphasized, including the devaluation of marriage, the effects on children adopted by homosexuals, the threat to civil liberties. But there is something more fundamental: Homosexual behavior is intrinsically unnatural. That statement should be evident, but in our present-day Western society many reject it. I’ll come back to that phenomenon. Man and woman complement each other, physically, emotionally, spiritually. This is clearly ordered by nature to procreation: On the biological level that cannot be denied. Two men or two women can’t conceive a child. But it should be clear also that the emotional and spiritual qualities of each parent contribute in their own way to the development of…Continue Reading

School Choice

October 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A recent Court of Appeals decision could cause some interesting reactions in the debate over school choice; perhaps some confusion, as well. Jacob Gershman in the August 31 edition of The Wall Street Journal writes: “The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by a group of Arkansas parents that they had a right to transfer their kids out of a struggling school district in northeast Arkansas to neighboring districts where they thought the children could be better educated. School officials rejected the transfer applications because they said the children’s assigned district, which is predominantly African-American, is still subject to a desegregation order from more than 40 years ago. “The parents, who are white, sued…Continue Reading

Synod Intervention From Poland… We Have No Power To Change Church Doctrine

October 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Following is the intervention of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, at the Synod of Bishops, sixth general session, October 10. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text. All rights reserved.) + + + To begin, I want to emphasize that the following intervention reflects not only my personal opinion, but the opinion of the entire Polish Bishops Conference. 1. There is no doubt that the Church of our time must — in a spirit of mercy — help civilly remarried divorcees with special charity, so that they do not consider themselves separated from the Church, while they may indeed, as baptized, participate in Her life. Let us, therefore, encourage them to listen…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Capturing The Human Condition

October 20, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN One-and-Twenty Tales by William Baer (Mockingbird Lane Press, 2015), 168 pp.; $14.95. Available at This is a collection of short, intriguing short stories situated in the mainstream of ordinary life with true-to-life, believable characters that capture the human condition in its strange turn of events and unexpected ironies. Written in the first person, each story presents a different character narrating an incident in his life that bears retelling because of its illumination of some vital truth that comes alive in the hurly-burly of daily experience. In the first tale, The Story, a writer returns home to his family’s Nebraska farm to comfort his dying mother. Introducing himself as a writer and conversing with a friendly farmer…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Great Insight Into Cardinal Sarah’s Life And Work

October 19, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Robert Cardinal Sarah, God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith With Nicolas Diat, paperback, 285 pages; $17.95. Order from Ignatius Press at or call 1-800-651-1531. His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, is one of the most respected cardinals in the Catholic Church today. A conversation with him via a book is a breath of fresh air and offers great hope for our Church in a time of much confusion, upheaval, and doubt. In his new book, Cardinal Sarah shares his thoughts about many things, including his own childhood in Africa and the primitive beliefs of his tribe in Guinea, the liturgy and the postmodern world, and how the Church must…Continue Reading