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Cardinal Dolan . . . Respect Life Month Statement Calls For Culture Of Life

October 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan . . . Respect Life Month Statement Calls For Culture Of Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an October 3 statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2017, Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York reiterated the need to build a culture of life throughout the year. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The cardinal’s statement launches the year-long 2017-2018 Respect Life Program, which provides materials exploring the theme, “Be Not Afraid.” “Looking back over the last year, there’s been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there’s no shortage of reasons we cry out to God,” Cardinal Dolan said. “At such times, we may feel alone…Continue Reading

Fr. James Martin, SJ… Inveighing, We Will Go

October 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. James Martin, SJ… Inveighing, We Will Go

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Almost 50 years ago, the pundit William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008), wrote Inveighing, We Will Go. The dictionary teaches that inveigh (against) means to “speak or write about (something) with great hostility.” Evidently, Fr. James Martin, SJ, has been inveighed against quite enough. He’s mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. By golly, he is going to inveigh against the inveighers. He is going to rear up and — call them names! At a recent conference at a Jesuit university, Fr. Martin delivered himself of this invective: “I have a hard time imagining how even the most traditionalist, homophobic, closed-minded Catholic cannot look at my [active homosexual] friend and say, ‘That…Continue Reading

Two Observers Say . . . Tom Price’s Departure Not A Purge Of A Conservative

October 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Two Observers Say . . . Tom Price’s Departure Not A Purge Of A Conservative

By DEXTER DUGGAN A man who built a TV reputation by telling his potential apprentices “You’re fired!” might have been expected to use the same approach if he became top man in the U.S. government and thought that a leading executive reporting to him was falling short. That was the motive for President Trump’s shoving Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price off the platform instead of a desire to purge a conservative by a non-ideological White House, two sources told The Wanderer. Price gave up a safe congressional seat to become head of HHS as Trump selected his new administration’s management team. Price, also a physician as well as a respected member of the U.S. House, seemed a logical…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Noise Rules With Absolute Tyranny

October 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Noise Rules With Absolute Tyranny

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, by Robert Cardinal Sarah, with Nicolas Diat; translated by Michael J. Miller (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2017), 247 pp.; $17.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or at 1-800-651-1531. To think clearly, to hear the voice of conscience, to listen to the motions of the heart, to be in touch with the soul, and to sense the Holy Spirit all require the habit of silence and the need for recollection and solitude — a way of Christian life conducive to prayer, meditation, and contemplation essential for both religious and lay people, although in different degrees. The deluge of noise that inundates the 21st century distracts, diverts, and fragments peoples’ lives in…Continue Reading

October, Month Of The Rosary… How Praying The Rosary Has Changed History

October 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on October, Month Of The Rosary… How Praying The Rosary Has Changed History

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Now that the Fatima Centenary year is drawing to a close, it’s good to remind ourselves about the essential points of the Fatima message, and particularly in this month of October, the month devoted to the rosary, to look again at the importance of the rosary in the life of the Church. At Fatima between May and October 1917, our Lady spoke to the three young seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, quite insistently and emphatically about the rosary. On May 13, 1917, she said, “Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and an end to the war,” and this message was repeated by her over the summer, culminating…Continue Reading

Is Diversity A Virtue?

October 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Diversity A Virtue?

By DONALD DeMARCO A Harvard undergraduate who, when his confreres were asked to list what they believed to be their virtues, wrote: “I am diverse.” In the kingdom of political correctness, there is no word that is more highly revered than diversity. Yet many are blinded by the glow of this fine-sounding term. Of course, one person alone cannot be “diverse,” but more significantly, a virtue must be acquired. Furthermore, one cannot practice diversity and real virtues must be put into practice. Virtue is not possessed by everyone simply because they call themselves “diverse.” This gross misunderstanding of both diversity and virtue, comical as it may be, opens the door to a problem that is not only pervasive in the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis… Renames Cardinal Burke To Vatican’s Highest Court

October 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Francis… Renames Cardinal Burke To Vatican’s Highest Court

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Vatican on September 30 announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Raymond Cardinal Burke as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — the Holy See’s highest court — which he previously headed for six years. Burke, 69, is currently patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta, which he was appointed to in 2014 by Pope Francis. An expert in canon law, he served as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura from 2008 to 2014. Other members added to the tribunal were Agostino Cardinal Vallini, 77, and Edoardo Cardinal Menichelli, also 77. Vallini was prefect of the Apostolic Signatura before Burke, from 2004 to 2008. He then served as…Continue Reading

Colorado Designer To Appeals Court . . . Halt Law Forcing Her To Promote Same-Sex Weddings

October 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Colorado Designer To Appeals Court . . . Halt Law Forcing Her To Promote Same-Sex Weddings

DENVER — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys representing a Colorado graphic designer, who challenged a state law forcing her to promote same-sex ceremonies, are appealing a September 1 ruling against her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Issued by a federal judge, the ruling refused to temporarily halt the law that also prohibits her from publicly expressing her Christian belief in marriage between one man and one woman. The judge then placed her legal challenge on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a separate and distinct challenge. ADF attorneys represent Lorie Smith and her studio, 303 Creative. A federal judge ruled that Smith and her…Continue Reading

Cardinal Parolin… Cheers Nineveh Plain Reconstruction Project

October 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Parolin… Cheers Nineveh Plain Reconstruction Project

ROME (ZENIT) — Below is an address by Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, to participants in the Conference “Return to the Roots: Christians in the Nineveh Plains,” organized by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on September 28, 2017, in Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University. It was provided to ZENIT by ACN. + + + Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends: Allow me, first and foremost, to express my thanks to the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need for organizing this gathering and for extending me an invitation to take part. I cordially greet all present, and in particular His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, His Excellency…Continue Reading

In Conflict With Modern Denials… Moral Education From The Birmingham Jail

October 2, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on In Conflict With Modern Denials… Moral Education From The Birmingham Jail

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + In an age of moral confusion, Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail offers welcome clarity. Its rhetoric still has power today, with memorable phrases like “justice too long delayed is justice denied” and “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.” But the heart of his argument, that man-made laws are just only if based on the moral law, conflicts with modern denial of a “moral law.” For man today, morality is seen as cultural or emotional or utilitarian — “moral law” is the leftover of outdated religion. But…Continue Reading