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Two Ordinations And A Funeral… The Tears And The Joys Of The FSSP

June 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy holy presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord. Amen.” By the time you read this, the late Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, will already have been buried,…Continue Reading

Their War, Not Ours

June 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As the Islamic warriors of ISIS rolled down the road from Mosul, John McCain was an echo of French Premier Paul Reynaud, when word reached Paris that Rommel had broken through in the Ardennes: “We are now facing an existential threat to the security of the United States of America,” said McCain. But nothing that happens in Mesopotamia is going to threaten the existence of the United States. As for the terrorist threat from ISIS, for us it is neither greater nor less than it was a week ago. The existential threat here is to Iraq. Its survival as one nation is now in question, with the possibility it could be torn apart in a civil…Continue Reading

Of Cabbages And Kings

June 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax — Of cabbages — and kings.” Have you seen John Kerry and Al Gore lately? They look like villains from an old James Bond movie. What did they do to themselves? Is it just plastic surgery and Botox gone wild? Or does it have something to do with George Orwell’s observation about everyone getting the face he deserves by the age of 50? I can understand why conservative commentators make the point that Martin Luther King would not agree with modern black leaders like Al Sharpton and Charles Rangel. It is a way to score…Continue Reading

Some Encouraging Votes, But . . . Burwell’s OK To HHS Shows Politicians Still Need Pressure

June 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Week after week, the exposure of Obamacare’s outrages continues to fuel the national fire against this grimly partisan, unpopular, anti-religious takeover of everyone’s medical care. It would seem that installing a new head of the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs this death-panel dictatorship, would inspire fiery U.S. Senate hearings featuring demands that the new HHS secretary bring Obamacare to heel and also undo the anti-conscience reproductive “mandate.” However, after Sylvia Burwell on June 5 easily was confirmed by senators to succeed Kathleen Sebelius at HHS, a Washington conservative activist noted how eager many Republican senators were to make things easy for Barack Obama. Obama has richly earned his reputation as a lying, scandal-drenched lawbreaker…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Dog, The Angel, And The Blind Man

June 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN Tobit’s Dog by Michael Nicholas Richard. Ignatius Press (San Francisco: 2014); $19.95; 185 pages. Order at www.ignatius.com, or by calling 1-800-651-1531. END BOLD INSERT “What about the dog?” my pastor once asked in a homily about the Book of Tobit. The dog is mentioned a couple of times in Tobit, but without much elaboration. See Tobit 6:1: “The boy left with the angel, and the dog followed behind”; and 11:4: “They went on together…and the dog followed them.” In Tobit’s Dog, novelist Michael Nicholas Richard sets his story the 1930s South and gives a wider role to the dog, Okra, describing his eyes in a way that tie him to his owner, Tobit, and to the Archangel…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Can’t Pro-Lifers And Pro-Choicers Find Anything To Agree On?”

June 18, 2014 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.) +    +    + “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26). The most important strategy of the pro-abortion movement involves taking over the power structures through gradual infiltration and subversion. Its most important complementary strategy is the sidelining or neutralization of groups that actively oppose the pro-abortion agenda. Some of the tactics pro-abortionists use to advance this end include relentless ad hominem attacks, media stereotyping and harassment lawsuits, as well as attempts to shut down anyone who cuts into the profitability of the abortion business, with a…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Illuminating The Heart Of A Great Saint

June 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, by Jason Evert (Totus Tuus Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media: Lakewood, CO 80228, 244 pp. $21.95). Available through www.ignatiuspress.com. END BOLD INSERT Just as a great portrait painter captures the soul of the person in his art so that the body, face, eyes, and expression reveal the essence of a person’s character, so too good biography glimpses the soul of a person. Like a masterful painting, this book illuminates the heart of a great saint. The first six chapters of part I provide an engaging biographical account of Karol Wojtyla from his birth in Wadowice, Poland, in 1920 to his pontificate from 1978 until his death in 2004. Although…Continue Reading

Suffering An Offense Is Better Than Committing One

June 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO In the Act of Contrition we acknowledge twice that we have offended God. God is all good and deserving of all our love. Offenses against Him, therefore, are offenses against love. We are commanded to love God and neighbor. When we fail in this regard, we confess our having offended God, primarily, and neighbor, secondarily. Christianity understands the meaning of being offensive in the proper perspective. Love is pro-active; sin, as a refusal to love, offends both God and man. Society needs a moral framework. Otherwise, it sinks into chaos. But a moral framework without any reference to God gives man a centrality that he does not deserve. Thus, the notion of being offensive is now understood…Continue Reading

Looking For An Honest Man

June 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM (Editor’s Note: Fr. Marvin Deutsch, a Maryknoll priest, is a retired missionary who spent many years in Tanzania.) +    +    + Not too long ago I read in The Wall Street Journal that inflation wasn’t quite as high as the Feds wanted it because it was less than the two percent that was needed to counteract all the money the Feds are printing. The article said that food and fuel are not counted when measuring inflation. My reaction was (and still is) — hey, that’s where most of the average person’s money goes. Why isn’t this being included in an honest appraisal? Another area where there is a lack of honesty: We now have the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Limits Of Psychiatry

June 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews Catholicism and Mental Health, by Dr. Pravin Thevathasan (Catholic Truth Society, May 2014, 72 pages, www.ctsbooks.org/, c. $4.25 plus shipping). This very informative booklet, by a practicing psychiatrist, comprises chapters covering, amongst other things, the general relationship between Catholicism and psychiatry; when and how they conflict; when and how they agree, and how Catholics should view the theories of Freud and Jung. It also examines some common psychiatric disorders, and particularly depression, which is the commonest mental health issue. The aim of the author is to show that there shouldn’t be any real conflict between Catholicism and psychiatry — but this booklet is not meant to be a self-help guide. Dr. Thevathasan begins…Continue Reading