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The Moral Revolution In Sports

June 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Professional sports and morality were born twins. In baseball, the “foul pole” and the presence of umpires attest to this. The game must be played fairly and fairness is consonant with the cardinal virtue of justice. Consequently, when eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball team were convicted of throwing the World Series, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball, banned them for life. Nothing damages the credibility of sports more than cheating. Performance-enhancing drugs violate the integrity of the game and cannot be tolerated. The rules of sport are sacrosanct. Nonetheless, while cheating has never been condoned in sports, other vices have been allowed to flourish without fines or suspensions. Adultery, cursing, greed,…Continue Reading

War Hero Or Deserter?

June 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life.” So said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, an Army sergeant in Vietnam, of Barack Obama’s trade of five hard-core Taliban leaders at Guantanamo for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for five years. The trade speaks well of America’s resolve to leave no soldier behind. And the country surely shared the joy of Bergdahl’s family on learning their son was alive and coming home. But this secret swap, as well as the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture and captivity, is likely to further polarize our people and poison our politics. First, the price the Taliban extorted from us is high. We could be seeing…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Foolish Calculations Of Politics: Gov. Corbett’s Decision

June 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + In late May, Gov. Tom Corbett of my home…Continue Reading

Will Obama Save Meriam Ibrahim And Her Babies?

June 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + As of this writing, Meriam Ibrahim sits shackled in the cell in the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in Sudan that she shares with her two babies, Martin and Maya. This is the family of an American citizen — being persecuted for their Christian faith by a foreign government. How did they end up in a Sudanese prison? Meriam’s husband is Daniel Wani, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who, according to the Manchester Union Leader, moved from Sudan to New Hampshire in 1998. He was naturalized…Continue Reading

Eternal Flame In Minsk . . . Orthodox-Catholic Forum Seeks Unity In Fighting Secularism

June 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. This story first appeared in The Moynihan Report [TheMoynihanReport.com]. It is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) +    +    + “The forum aims to consolidate Christian powers of Europe, first of all, Catholic and Orthodox communities. It will help find a way out from the deep moral and social-political crisis which is growing worse because of the indifference to spiritual aspects of the human nature and society” — Russian Orthodox Archpriest Fyodor Povnyi, superior of the All Saints Memorial Church in Minsk, Belarus, explaining the purpose of the opening in his church of the…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . Devotion To The Sacred Heart: The Role Of The Popes

June 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Part 3 The final article in this series will look at the role of recent Popes in promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart, and it is particularly appropriate to look at this topic now, as June is traditionally seen as the month of the Sacred Heart. In his encyclical on reparation to the Sacred Heart, Miserentissimus Redemptor, published in 1928, Pope Pius XI said: “There is surely no reason for doubting, Venerable Brethren, that from this devotion piously established and commanded to the whole Church, many excellent benefits will flow forth, not only to individual men, but also to society, sacred, civil, and domestic, seeing that our Redeemer Himself promised to Margaret Mary that ‘all those who…Continue Reading

The Scientific Case Against Homosexual “Marriage”

June 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a footnoted copy of this four-part article, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Last week, we debunked three myths that those promoting homosexual “marriage” frequently use: “My gay marriage will not affect your heterosexual marriage,” “Straight marriage is in horrible shape, so why not gay marriage?,” and “Gay marriages are just as good for children as straight marriages are.” Myth #4: No Slippery Slope. The fourth myth surrounding the homosexual “marriage” debate is that it will not lead to a “slippery slope,” ultimately terminating with the demise of marriage altogether. When homophiles cannot answer an argument,…Continue Reading

Controlling College Costs

June 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Is there any hope that college costs can be controlled in the foreseeable future? If the past few decades are any indication, the answer would seem to be no. We have seen tuition and related expenses going from a point where many students paid their own way through college with their summer jobs and part-time work, to the current state of affairs, where most students leave college with expensive student loans to repay. Many observers point to those loans as the cause of the problem. Colleges have encouraged students to take out these loans, and then used the money to build lavish dorms, student centers, gymnasiums, and recreational centers, thereby driving up the cost of going…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Are The Mainline Media Really Biased On Abortion?”

June 4, 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 a document containing hundreds of examples of bias by the mainstream media, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + “The statesman is an easy man,/ he tells his lies by rote;/ The journalist makes up his lies/ and takes you by the throat” — William Butler Yeats, The Old Stone Cross. My wife Kathy and I remember our pro-life activism in the Democratic People’s Republic of Oregon. It didn’t take us long to become attuned to grossly unjust treatment at the hands of the local media. We saw our first taste of it when we went to vote during…Continue Reading

Pro-Lifer In UK Explains . . . Sex-Selection Abortion Is Wrong, But “Mental Health” Abortion Abounds

June 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Although initial news reports said the British government would affirm the law there against sex-selection abortions, Europe’s largest pro-life organization issued a statement in late May saying this apparent restriction required explanation. The major British daily The Telegraph posted on May 22 that the government was “expected to say that doctors who carry out abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby and pre-sign abortion forms [without evaluating the patient] are breaking the law.” The story quoted Conservative Party Member of Parliament David Burrowes: “It is a very helpful clarification from the government. As a matter of principle and practice, gender selection is thoroughly outlawed by this government, as well as pre-signing….For too long, professionals and…Continue Reading