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Pope Francis’ Interview With Il Messaggero… Communism Stole Our Flag

July 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — The following is ZENIT News Agency’s English translation of an interview Pope Francis gave to the Italian daily Il Messaggero, published on Monday, June 30. All rights reserved. +    +    + Interviewer Franca Giansoldati wrote, by way of an introduction: The appointment is at St. Martha’s in the afternoon. A speedy check, and a Swiss gentleman leads me to a small parlor. There are six armchairs of somewhat worn-out green velvet, a small wooden table, one of those old televisions. Everything is in perfect order. The marble shines, some pictures. It could be a parish waiting room, one of those where one goes to ask for advice, or to fill in marriage documents. Francis enters smiling: “Finally!…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . St Thérèse Of Lisieux: A Best-Loved Saint

July 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off
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By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 1 This is the first of two articles on the life, death, and influence of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. She was born at Alençon in Normandy, in northern France, on January 2, 1873, to Louis and Zélie Martin, the last of nine children. She lived a very hidden life in the Carmelite convent at Lisieux, entering at the early age of 15 and dying when she was only 24, in 1897. After her death, devotion to her grew at a prodigious rate and still, to this day, she is one of the most well-loved saints in the Church. She became posthumously famous particularly through her very influential autobiography, The Story of a Soul, and also…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Can A Pro-Lifer Be A Feminist?”

July 9, 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. For an electronic copy of this two-part article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Part 1 “I still believe in feminism, perhaps more than ever before. But there was a rosy day of innocence when I believed in feminists” — Dr. Phoebe Spinrad. +    +    + What exactly is “feminism”? The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines it as “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” So our question becomes: Do pro-lifers really have the best interests of women in mind? Pro-abortionists, who seem to think that they have a monopoly on the word “feminist,” certainly don’t…Continue Reading

A Simple Solution To A Puzzling Problem

July 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The problem of free will has caused considerable confusion throughout the history of thought. Does man have free will? Or is free will just an illusion? When we take into account heredity, environmental influences, emotions, the role of the unconscious, peer pressure, and other factors, we begin to understand how they bring the notion of free will into question. Do we choose freely, or is it the case that our choices are determined for us by forces that are not always or easily recognized? Free will was not much of a problem for St. Thomas Aquinas. This is because he understood the will as the “rational appetite.” Thus, he tied the free will to reason as a…Continue Reading

USCCB President, Other Religious Leaders . . . Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act

July 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of leaders of diverse U.S. religious denominations and faiths, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced July 1 that they “are united in [their] staunch support” for protecting the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support in 1993. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Freedom From Religion Foundation called for the repeal of the RFRA, which was the basis for the ruling. The religious coalition sent a letter to congressional leadership June 30 asking that they “not amend or repeal RFRA, one of our nation’s most vital legal protections for…Continue Reading

How Do You Solve A Problem Like This Sister?

July 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES As soon as the Hobby Lobby decision was handed down last week at the Supreme Court of the United States, our dear old friend Sr. Donna Quinn must have been crying alligator tears. The poor sister has been fighting for the rights of women to keep being exploited by contraceptive drugs and for their right to abort their babies for decades now. Much has been said and written about Sr. Donna and with good reason. Sr. Donna is the ultimate example of dissidence. In her own words in a 2002 interview, she implied that even she could do a better job than God when it comes to death itself: “I think death is the first and most…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Henry VIII’s Catholic Polemic Revisited

July 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off
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By FRANCIS PHILLIPS Henry VIII: Defence of the Seven Sacraments. Edited and supplemented by Raymond de Souza; St. Gabriel Communications International. $33.00, including postage and handling; order from Sacred Heart Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 41, Winona, MN 55987. Raymond de Souza, founder of St. Gabriel Communications, has set himself a high-minded goal in publishing this book: to help to restore the Catholic faith in England, tragically lost at the Reformation 450 years ago. For this purpose he has issued a handsome new millennium edition of this historic work to make it more available to a new readership, lay as well as academic. De Souza rightly sees the Reformation as the first major blow in the weakening of Christianity in Europe.…Continue Reading

Prayer As Reversed Thunder

July 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO George Herbert (1593-1633) is one of those rare human beings who combined both scholarship and artistry with personal sanctity. In his three years of ministry as a clergyman, he preached and prayed, visited the poor, consoled the sick, and sat by the bed of the dying — administering true pastoral care to the privileged and the plowman alike. He rebuilt his church out of his own pocket. Unfortunately, consumption cut his life short. His reputation as a major poet rests solely on a single volume that was published shortly after his death by a friend to whom it had been left. In his poem, Prayer (1), he makes the thought-provoking remark that prayer is “reversed thunder.” For…Continue Reading

But Not A Bat… You Can Kill A Baby In The Womb

July 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off
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By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH One day when I was giving a retreat in Minnesota, a lady came up to me with a problem. She said she had bats in her attic and didn’t know how to get rid of them. I suggested that she put a cat up there who would make short work of the bats. She said it was against the law because in Scott County bats are a protected species. She said they eat mosquitoes. But, I told her, the bats have no business in your attic. She finally hired a man to watch where the bats went out at dusk and then stuff up the holes so they could not get back. And so I made…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Can You Be Pro-Life And Support Capital Punishment?”

July 2, 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. For an electronic copy of all Culture of Life 101 articles so far with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + “If the deliberate extinguishment of human life has any effect at all, it more likely tends to lower our respect for life and brutalize our values” — Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, architect of Roe v. Wade, on capital punishment. +    +    + Pro-abortionists sometimes link the issues of abortion and capital punishment in their debates, literature, and propaganda campaigns. Their goal is to try to make pro-life activists look inconsistent because we allegedly support the death penalty…Continue Reading