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Why The Left Defends Islamists

August 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Why The Left Defends Islamists

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights []. Below he analyzes why the left supports radical Islam.) + + + It continues to confound liberals and conservatives alike: Why would the left defend Islamists? The latest victim of this fascinating alliance is Richard Dawkins, the English left-wing atheist who was disinvited by a Berkeley left-wing radio station after it was discovered that Dawkins said Islam is the world’s “most evil” religion. It did not matter to KPFA that Dawkins has made a career out of bashing Christianity, especially Catholicism — that was laudatory — but it did matter when he ripped Islam. Why did that bother the left? On…Continue Reading

Washington Heads Toward September Storm

August 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Washington Heads Toward September Storm

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + No reasonable person can absolutely predict that a major hurricane will or will not hit the United States before the end of September. It might happen. It might not. As Barbara Hollingsworth reported at last October 24, that day marked the completion of a record 11 straight years in which no major hurricane — Category 3 or higher — had made landfall on the continental United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist Dennis Feltgen confirmed that fact. “The last one to do so was Hurricane Wilma on October 24, 2005,” he told Hollingsworth. In…Continue Reading

House On Fire

August 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on House On Fire

By REY FLORES Imagine that your house is on fire. You’re standing there helpless, being held back by your neighbors, first responders, and others who have your “best interests” in mind. Some neighbors are yelling, “Don’t go in there! It’s too dangerous!” “If you go in there, you will die too!” Well, guess what? Your wife and children are in the inferno and there is nothing you can do about it — that’s if you have a “first responder” priest who tells you that “maybe things will work out and we’ll see,” or “I don’t want to get in the middle of it.” Whatever happened to the hardcore priests who knew that marriage was a covenant and a contract? Whatever…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Moral Truths On Marriage

August 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Moral Truths On Marriage

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Three to Get Married, by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (Scepter Publishers, Inc., New York: 2007), 216 pp. Available from at or by calling 1-800-322-8773. A 2007 reprint of the Venerable Bishop Sheen’s 1951 edition of the book, this modern spiritual classic presents the Church’s timeless wisdom on the meaning of Christian marriage. Because of its luminous clarification of all the Church’s unchangeable teachings on holy matrimony, Three to Get Married offers special insight into the contemporary crisis of marriage and reveals with profound depth the moral truths that address these controversial issues. In a modern world that blurs the distinction between sex and love and endorses no-fault divorces, cohabiting relationships, and same-sex unions, Sheen writes, “The…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Charlie Gard Case Portends A Frightening Future

August 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Charlie Gard Case Portends A Frightening Future

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, the forthcoming Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and such edited or co-edited volumes as Parental Rights: The Contemporary Assault on Traditional Liberties and Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching. (This column…Continue Reading

Responsibility Defined

August 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Responsibility Defined

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY The July 7-8 meeting of the G-20 in Hamburg brought out the predicted protesters and anarchists and unfortunately led to three days of violence. It also brought out a vast amount of media commentary. The G-20 was designed as an international forum to annually bring together representatives of the twenty major economic nations and their central bank governors. Its aim is the discussion of policy issues promoting international financial stability. Those issues apart, it also provides an opportunity for discussion of a number of related topics, from immigration policy to the discussion of the obligation of rich nations to poorer ones. “Protectionism vs. Free Market Populism” is the headline given one essay following the conference. The…Continue Reading

Whittaker Chambers… Reverence For Life

August 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Whittaker Chambers… Reverence For Life

By DONALD DeMARCO Whittaker Chambers, wrote Henry Regnery, who had known many great men during his long career as a publisher, was “one of the great men of our time.” Chambers viewed himself in humbler terms as a man “tarnished by life” and yet “an involuntary witness to God’s grace and to the fortifying power of faith.” It was a life, nonetheless, that, for Regnery, “put all of us immeasurably in his debt.” It was Chambers’ unswerving conviction that “the crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.” He described the vision of Communism as “the vision of Man without God.” And what he learned from Godless Communism allowed him to conclude…Continue Reading

Shall We Fight Them All?

August 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Shall We Fight Them All?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Saturday, July 29, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry. Unless we believe Kim is a suicidal madman, his goal seems clear. He wants what every nuclear power wants — the ability to strike his enemy’s homeland with horrific impact, in order to deter that enemy. Kim wants his regime recognized and respected, and the U.S., which carpet-bombed the North from 1950-1953, out of Korea. Where does this leave us? Says Cliff Kupchan of the Eurasia Group, “The U.S. is on the verge of a binary choice:…Continue Reading

Is Trump Entering A Kill Box?

August 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump Entering A Kill Box?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received. The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection of ex-colleagues in Congress and, more broadly, of populists and conservatives nationally. Trump’s tweets about Sessions are only demoralizing his base. Yet the president is not wrong to be exasperated and enraged. A yearlong FBI investigation into Russian hacking has failed to produce a single indictment. Yet the president watches impotently as a special counsel pulls together a lethal force, inside his own administration, whose undeclared…Continue Reading

Changed Admission Policy . . . Helps California Home Welcome More Pregnant Moms Seeking Aid

August 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Changed Admission Policy . . . Helps California Home Welcome More Pregnant Moms Seeking Aid

By DEXTER DUGGAN ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A sign by the front door of the Lamb of God Maternity Home here says, “Welcome to our home. Enter with a happy heart.” The spacious home in a comfortable neighborhood in northern San Diego County — with chickens, quail, a five-month-old puppy, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool out back — may feel more accommodating than many dwellings the expectant residents have known. There’s spiritual encouragement, too. A pregnant mom of any age could be welcomed here, but the recently married program director, Sarah Saccone-Lanza, referred to residents as “girls” when The Wanderer made a return visit here on July 17, after previously dropping by in December 2014. Although when it opened…Continue Reading