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Spouses: More Than Friends

January 18, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil” — First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13:5-6. + + + The above Scripture quotation is more commonly known by its modern “love is patient, love is kind” updated translation; but what is love, but charity? Charity is a benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. While traditional marriage is under fire against “gay marriage,” the real enemies of marriage can be the husband and wife themselves. I have never bought into the idea that a husband and wife must be “friends.” Friends are…Continue Reading

The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

January 17, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MATTHEW JAMES CHRISTOFF (Editor’s Note: This editorial is reprinted with permission from The New Emangelization, an organization devoted to evangelizing men headed by Mr. Christoff. All rights reserved.) + + + The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive Communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public scandal. Thankfully,…Continue Reading

“40” Film To Make TV Debut On EWTN

January 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

GLENVIEW, Ill. (Christian Newswire) — 40, one of the most compelling pro-life documentaries ever produced, will make its U.S. and Canada television premiere on Wednesday, January 21 on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at 11 p.m. EST. This special television broadcast of 40 will coincide with the annual March for Life coverage on the network the following day on January 22. EWTN will also have an encore presentation of 40 at 10 p.m. EST on January 24 to complement the West Coast March for Life. The issue of abortion is personal for former Fox Sports Net sportscaster and 40 Director John Morales who says, “I’m not only post-abortive but I’m also an adoptive father.” 40 is an inspirational movie…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Story Of A Negligent Pastor And Liberation Theology

January 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Casaroja by Michael Morow. WingSpan Press: 2014. Available at amazon.com: hardcover $26.37; paperback $13.05; 192 pp. “Death, Andre, the prior [Fr. Matthew] thought, as he buckled up his saddlebags for a long journey, and not the sort of death unleashed here [in the village of Casaroja], either. Death in the very oldest Catholic sense, as in St. John’s Gospel and the Didache: death of the soul as opposed to the road of Life. For there are only two ways, dear Fr. Andre…but did anyone ever actually teach you that?” These are the deep reflections of the American prior of a Benedictine Mission in Guatemala about one of his own mission priests, Fr. Andre, whom he had sent…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The History Of The RU 486 Abortion Pill”

January 14, 2015 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 chapter 2 of The Facts of Life, “Abortifacients,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + At one time, the lives of preborn children were valuable to researchers for the pharmaceutical corporations. The scientists worked hard to avoid injuring them as they developed new drugs. But times have radically changed. Big Pharma now spends millions of dollars annually developing drugs and devices that deliberately kill the preborn child as efficiently and as easily (to the mother) as possible. One 1980s political cartoon showed researchers saying, “Our new drug kills unborn children! We’re ruined!” Now they say,…Continue Reading

San Diego Catholic Bulletins . . . Promote Obama’s “Executive Amnesty”

January 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN San Diego-area Catholics were reminded again of their U.S. Church’s push to embed millions of illegal aliens in this nation when a notice appeared in weekly parish bulletins proclaiming “a big victory!” because of Barack Obama’s November announcement of his “executive amnesty.” Obama’s highly contentious and unconstitutional action — Obama himself repeatedly had said he had no power to confer it — was presented in the official parish bulletins as if it’s not controversial at all, but is an “opportunity.” One can only think of the impossibility of Catholic Church bulletins carrying, say, an official notice proclaiming pleasure over Republican Party victories in last November’s general election. But left-wing activists, even those opposing basic Church moral teaching,…Continue Reading

Court Protects Catholic-Owned Company From HHS Mandate

January 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (CNA/EWTN News) — The federal government cannot force a Catholic-owned Michigan company to provide insurance coverage for sterilization, contraceptives, and drugs that could cause abortion, a court ruled January 5. “Coercing citizens to violate their conscientious religious beliefs makes a mockery of the very notion of religious freedom,” Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society. He said the ruling “sets another strong precedent for the free exercise of religious faith on the part of all American citizens.” John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam Medical, LLC, and other family members who own the company, had filed a legal challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that companies must cover drugs…Continue Reading

Deconstruction And The Incarnation

January 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “deconstruction,” very much like the word “existentialism,” has a certain cachet. It enjoys currency among those who want to be “hip to what is hip.” It presumes to be a legitimate branch of philosophy, but its trendiness and superficiality are hardly consistent with philosophy as the perennial search for wisdom. It is fashionable among university intellectuals who pride themselves for being avant-garde. For those outside of academe, “deconstruction” is regarded as a synonym for gobbledygook. The deconstructionist begins by doubting the firm reality of just about everything. As a result, he comes to believe that certain verities that people have long taken for granted, such as morality, religion, nature, and art, have all been arbitrarily…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ New Cardinals… Diverse In Both Geography And Theology

January 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The 20 new cardinals-to-be, announced by the Pope on January 4 for the February consistory, have a broad range of names and nationalities, but also of ideological positions within the spectrum of current critical issues in the Catholic Church. While the media tout the Pope’s diverse choices of nationalities from the world’s economic and political “peripheries” — such far-flung nations as Tonga, New Zealand, Myanmar, and Thailand — some have noted the wide disparity of opinion among the choices on homosexuality, possibly the most contentious strategic issue in the Church’s ongoing internal struggles. One of those named, Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is the head of a small but historically…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Fresh Exploration Of The Shire

January 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Hobbit Party: The Vision Tolkien Got and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards (Ignatius Press: San Francisco: 2014, 232 pp.), $21.95. Available through www.ignatius.com or by calling 1-800-651-1531. + + + To read about a Hobbit party is to expect a scene of hospitality in the home of Bilbo Baggins in the setting of the shire, but the title of the book also plays on the word “party” to denote a political view or social teaching that Tolkien’s novels offer in addition to their charm and imaginative power as works of fiction. The authors present a fresh, insightful reading of Tolkien’s masterpieces that interprets them in the light of the social teachings…Continue Reading