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Cardinal Mueller Clarifies . . . Marriage’s Indissolubility Is A Dogma

August 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In a book-length interview, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but a dogma of the Church, and stressed the need to recover the sacramental understanding of marriage and family. Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, granted the interview in June to the Spanish journalist Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos in Madrid. The book is titled The Hope of the Family, and will be released in English, Italian, and Spanish. It will be published in the near future by Ignatius Press (ignatius.com). In the book, Cardinal Mueller corrects misunderstandings about the Church’s teaching on…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Stimulating Conversation And Strong Convictions

August 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Learning As I Go, by Jeff Minick. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: North Charleston, S.C., 2013, 311 pages. Available at amazon.com. Imagine sitting at a kitchen table and having a conversation with a native of North Carolina, an elderly gentleman with a lively mind and a bona fide liberal education, a widower with five children and rich life experience, a former bookstore owner and a teacher of Latin, literature, and history to home-schooled students, a person who cherishes family, simple pleasures, and the enjoyment of people, an articulate man of letters with a love of literature and a master of the English language, and a devout Catholic who honors and lives the Christian faith. This is the impression…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Broad Historical Knowledge And Insight

August 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Lassner, Jacob. Jews, Christians and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Pp. xvii + 312. Lassner sets out to examine the triangular relationship that “defined and continues to define the political and cultural interaction among Jews, Christians, and Muslims as defined by law and social convention.” But he does more than that insofar as he provides in passing a history of Western Islamic scholarship from the “orientalists” of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Ignaz Goldziher and Abraham Geiger, for example, to the present. That said, Lassner is primarily interested in the actual conditions of Jews and Christians under Islamic rule. Forced conversion to Islam was rare, he finds,…Continue Reading

Nixon — Before Watergate

August 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN It has been a summer of remembrance. The centennial of the Great War that began with the Guns of August 1914. The 75th anniversary of the Danzig crisis that led to Hitler’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The 70th anniversary of D-Day. In America, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And this past week marked the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Once again, aging liberals will be walking the children through the tale of that triumph of American democracy when they helped to save our republic from the greatest menace to the Constitution in all of history. Missing from the retelling will be the…Continue Reading

The Demise Of An Icon

August 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “The deepest definition of Youth,” wrote philosopher/scientist Alfred North Whitehead, “is, Life as yet untouched by tragedy.” The words “as yet” are foreboding. One way of staving off tragedy, therefore, is never to age. It is a strategy close to the heart of many writers of fiction. Neither Peter Pan nor any of Disney’s animals grow older. Nor do many comic-book characters. Dorian Gray did not age, but, unfortunately, with tragic results. The Sybil made a colossal mistake when she chose immortality and not eternal Youth. In her shriveled up old age, all she could desire was “death.” Given the prospect of tragedy, there are but two strategies. One is to find its meaning. This is the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: March Of Dimes”

August 6, 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 article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + “There is no substitution for a constitutional right to abortion which protects our fundamental rights” — The March of Dimes. +    +    + No organization has done more to eliminate crippling birth defects than the March of Dimes. The MoD enjoys a great reputation and a quarter-billion dollar annual budget sustained by many imaginative fundraising campaigns. It has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of handicapped children and their families with its emphasis on improved prenatal care and innovative research into providing groundbreaking…Continue Reading

Same-Sex Marriage Vs. Motherhood

August 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provides his column. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The movement demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriage has made a radical and profoundly uncharitable assumption. It is this: Adult homosexuals need and have a greater right to same-sex marriage than babies have to their mothers. You cannot simultaneously claim babies have a right to their mothers and two men have a right to marry each other. Nor, of course, can you simultaneously claim babies have a right to their fathers and two women have a right to marry each other. Notably, advocates of same-sex marriage do not argue that babies have a…Continue Reading

Is The President Incompetent Or Lawless?

August 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and…Continue Reading

Say It Ain’t So, White Sox

August 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES The distinguished physician, psychoanalyst, and anthropologist Dr. Abram Kardiner once stated that homosexuality reaches plague proportions in decadent societies during their final stages of collapse. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen President Obama repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” from our military, opening up a Pandora’s Box that has served only to further weaken what was once known to be the greatest military force known to man. The Boy Scouts are now a foregone conclusion, and one can hardly even get a hamburger at the local fast-food restaurant without being offered a rainbow-wrapped Whopper sandwich. Sacred Scripture presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Real Problem Is In Our Hearts

August 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY 7 Secrets of Confession, by Vinny Flynn, MercySong/Ignatius, 208 pages; visit Ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 for price and ordering information. +    +    + A follow-up to the author’s very successful 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, his new book 7 Secrets of Confession seeks to make the Sacrament of Confession into a more meaningful encounter with God’s mercy, rather than just a ritual to be reluctantly gone through, most probably with the same old “shopping list” of sins. Because Vinny Flynn isn’t afraid to relate his own experiences regarding Confession, both good and bad, you don’t feel he is preaching at you; rather he comes across as someone trying to help Catholics to have a deeper understanding…Continue Reading