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Pope Benedict XVI… An Apostle Of Truth

June 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Benedict XVI… An Apostle Of Truth

By DONALD DeMARCO Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger was born to a devout Catholic family on April 16, 1927 in the village of Marktl am Inn, in Bavaria. He came into the world on Holy Saturday on the feast day of Benedict Joseph Labré, who was canonized in 1883 by Pope Leo XIII. When he was five years old Joseph declared that he wanted to become a priest. In 1933 Hitler came into power and ushered in a reign of horror. A cousin of Joseph’s had Down syndrome. In 1941, Nazi officials came and took the boy, who was roughly the same age as Joseph, away for “therapy.” He never came back. He was murdered as part of the Action T4 campaign…Continue Reading

On “Tourist” Visa… UA 93 Hijacker Entered U.S. 7 Times

June 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on On “Tourist” Visa… UA 93 Hijacker Entered U.S. 7 Times

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + You could still see his mouth and his chin, but only the right side of his face from the nose up. The rest of the photo and the document on which it was printed — except for the man’s first and last name and a broken series of numbers — was charred or burnt away. Investigators searching the area in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, found this telltale piece of evidence. It was the tourist visa that let Ziad Jarrah enter the United States from Germany. On the face of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Order Of Nature And The Good Life

June 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Order Of Nature And The Good Life

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Redpath, Peter. The Moral Psychology of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Louis: Enroute Books, 2017; 795 pp. Cloth, $64.95. Peter Redpath is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Great Ideas (Chicago). He has taught philosophy for over 44 years, principally at St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y. During that period he has authored 12 books, served as an officer in nearly a dozen organizations, and cofounded the Etienne Gilson Society to perpetuate the work of that historian. He calls himself a “Ragamuffin Thomist.” Well, disheveled, or tweedy perhaps, compared with the impeccably groomed Mortimer Adler, whom he took early on as a mentor. The moral psychology that Redpath develops is as much that…Continue Reading

How Can There Be Climate “Accord” Without Protection Of The Unborn?

June 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on How Can There Be Climate “Accord” Without Protection Of The Unborn?

By JUDIE BROWN (Wanderer Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this column from the American Life League website, where it first appeared on June 6. Judie Brown is the president and co-founder of ALL.) + + + In the 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), St. John Paul II made two profound statements about the environment and the obligations of man. In section 9 he said: “Murderous violence profoundly changes man’s environment. From being the ‘garden of Eden’ (Gen. 2:15), a place of plenty, of harmonious interpersonal relationships and of friendship with God, the earth becomes ‘the land of Nod’ (Gen. 4:16), a place of scarcity, loneliness, and separation from God.” And in section 42 he said: “As one called…Continue Reading

Francis Says Of Pius XII… By Hiding Jews, He Carried Out Works Of Mercy

June 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Francis Says Of Pius XII… By Hiding Jews, He Carried Out Works Of Mercy

By SERGIO MORA VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Practice works of mercy, not only for one’s conscience, but to participate in others’ suffering, also risking one’s life if necessary — as Pius XII did in hiding Jews, to avoid their being deported or killed — because it was a work of mercy to save those people’s lives. So said Pope Francis during his June 5 homily at his daily morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father began from the day’s readings, when the Jews were deported to Assyria. Tobit helped secretly to bury the Jews killed with impunity. Thus to carry out the 14 works of corporal and spiritual mercy means not only to share what one has, but also…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Nostra Aetate And The Catholic Response To Islam

June 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Nostra Aetate And The Catholic Response To Islam

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 co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution, The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and the forthcoming Catholicism and American Political Ideologies. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + I have encountered serious Catholics who have invoked the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate (Declaration on the…Continue Reading

Manchester And Modernism

June 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Manchester And Modernism

By SHAUN KENNEY (Editor’s Note: Shaun Kenney is a former executive director of American Life League, a former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, an an op-ed writer and ghostwriter for various publications and personalities in Washington, D.C.) + + + One has to be rather encouraged at the outpouring of response to events in Manchester, most notably in the tone of first responders and the Manchester community itself. Listening in on BBC Radio, one is particularly taken by a Sikh cab driver who put it upon himself to deliver meals — he was not asked, he merely responded. All of this happens in multicultural Britain, whose reflections of empire and tradition are now enmeshed in a sea…Continue Reading

The Wide-Ranging Culture Of Death

June 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Wide-Ranging Culture Of Death

By REY FLORES We often hear about the culture of death and for many practicing Catholics, the term usually evokes thoughts of abortion, contraception, euthanasia, eugenics, assisted suicide, and possibly homosexuality. Within a more secular mindset, the term “culture of death” would more than likely be associated with the death penalty, gun violence, and war; but I wouldn’t put it past secularists to also include the killing of animals for hunting and food, and the “killing” of the environment as aspects of their version of a “culture of death.” It is doubtful, however, that they would ever admit that there was a culture of death, let alone use that term. I would argue that our “culture of death” truly encompasses…Continue Reading

Hitchcock Gives Himself Away… Let’s Take Another Look At Historian’s Distortions About Coverage

June 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Hitchcock Gives Himself Away… Let’s Take Another Look At Historian’s Distortions About Coverage

By DEXTER DUGGAN I’m not bragging. Please stay with me a little and I’ll explain. After the third presidential debate between candidates John McCain and Barack Obama on October 15, 2008, my front-page story in The Wanderer dated for October 23 was headlined, “In Battle Against Infants, Obama Is The Warrior, McCain The Medic.” At that debate, I reported, McCain aggressively tackled Obama on the Democrat’s record against providing medical care to abortion-surviving babies, but Obama tried to squirm away. I wrote in a long story: “Once again, Obama simply — there is no other word for his deception — lied about his record in fighting to deny care to abortion-surviving babies. Obama keeps lying about this shameful and wretched record…Continue Reading

Per Capita Taxes Have More Than Doubled Since JFK

June 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Per Capita Taxes Have More Than Doubled Since JFK

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Real federal taxes per capita have more than doubled since John F. Kennedy served as president — and argued for lower taxes. In 1961, the fiscal year Kennedy was elected, the federal government collected about $94.388 billion in taxes, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The population that year was about 183,691,481, according to the Census Bureau. That meant federal tax revenues equaled about $514 per capita — or $4,121 in 2016 dollars. By 1965, the fiscal year Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater, the federal government collected about $116.817 billion in taxes from a…Continue Reading