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A Book Review . . . Life Is Worth Living

March 21, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN Bishop Sheen: Mentor and Friend, by Msgr. Hilary C. Franco (New Hope, Ky.: 2014), 160 pp.; $19.95. To order, visit www.newhopepublications.org, or call 800-764-8444. A year and a half ago, the Diocese of Peoria announced that the cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification had been suspended indefinitely, the sad consequence of conflict over moving his body from New York to his home diocese. Archbishop Sheen, born in 1895 in El Paso, Ill., was ordained for the Diocese of Peoria in 1919. He served as an auxiliary bishop of New York from 1951 until 1966 when Pope Paul VI named him bishop of Rochester, N.Y. Sheen died in New York City in 1979. His cause has yet to…Continue Reading

The Fall Of Constantinople . . . And The Catholics Who Fought To Save Hagia Sophia

March 20, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Two remarkable volumes, Roger Crowley’s 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West (New York, Hyperion: 2005) and art historian Lina Murr Nehme’s 1453 Fall of Constantinople: Muhammad II Imposes the Orthodox Schism (Paris, Francois-Xavier de Guibert: 2003), describe the historic carnage of the population of Constantinople at the hands of its Muslim conquerors. Historian Crowley noted that for Mohammed II, the enclave of Constantinople had long been “a bone in the throat of Allah.” The butchery which would take place in the Emperor Justinian’s magnificent Church of Hagia Sophia, the mother church of Eastern Christendom, was horrendous. From its founding, Hagia Sophia was the wonder of the Christian world, “conceived…Continue Reading

“Playing Wishbone” With Babies . . . Training Seminars Show How To Expose, End Abortion Industry

March 19, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Monthly training seminars are under way on how “to gather the information . . . that is necessary” to shut down not only Planned Parenthood but also the entire abortion industry, a national pro-life leader told The Wanderer. The seminars are at activist Life Dynamics, headquartered in Denton, Texas, conducted by the organization’s president, Mark Crutcher, said Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the New York-based Priests for Life. Crutcher pioneered investigating the harvesting of aborted babies’ organs in the 1990s. Unlike the Center for Medical Progress’ powerful videos that began to be revealed last summer only after undercover filming of abortion officials was completed, the Texas training seminars on gathering intelligence were openly announced before they…Continue Reading

Killing With Kindness

March 18, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “oxymoron” is one of those words that people persist in using wrongly. It does not mean “contradiction.” Rather, it is a figure of speech in which words of opposite meaning are used together, such as “cruel kindness,” or “virtuous to a fault.” Festina lente (make haste slowly) is a Catholic motto referring to the slow pace of progress that the Church makes through history. This figure of speech illustrates how opposite terms can actually sharpen a truth. “Deafening silence,” for example, intensifies the meaning of “silence.” “Kill them with kindness,” usually means that the best way to disarm a person who is mistreating you is to retaliate with kindness. Killing Me Softly with His Song,…Continue Reading

Antonin Scalia On Catholic Education

March 17, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The Cardinal Newman Society devoted a recent newsletter to statements made by the recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia about the state of our modern Catholic colleges. It offers evidence for why Scalia will be greatly missed. The newsletter begins with comments by Scalia at one of the Newman Society’s conferences in October of 1997. Scalia used the opportunity to urge Catholic colleges to retain their Catholic religious identity to combat the rising relativism and secularism of modern society: “The American landscape is strewn with colleges and universities, many of them the finest academically in the land, that were once denominational, but in principle or practice no longer are. With foolish sectarian pride I thought…Continue Reading

How To Understand Scripture’s “Dark Passages”

March 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.) + + + Christians and Christianity are often the target of criticism over what is termed the “dark passages” of the Bible. That is, those parts — above all in the Old Testament — which at first glance seem to portray a vengeful or vindictive God. In a recently published book Mark Giszczak analyzes and explains why some parts of the Bible are so difficult for our contemporary culture to understand. Light in the Dark Passages of Scripture (Our…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “How Dissenters Undermine The Sacrament Of Holy Orders”

March 15, 2016 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 the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + What Do the Dissenters Really Want? Nowhere is the modernist attack on the sacraments more intense than it is on Holy Orders. For decades, many faithful priests have been under intense pressure to conform to heterodox initiatives — sometimes even from higher authorities — and many have left the Church entirely as a result. Orthodox Catholics must not for one instant be deluded…Continue Reading

Newman Society . . . Condemns Notre Dame Honor For Pro-Abort Joe Biden

March 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by staff of The Cardinal Newman Society and originally published by Catholic Education Daily, a CNS online publication [www.cardinalnewmansociety.org]. All rights reserved.) + + + Seven years after the University of Notre Dame received worldwide criticism for its public honor to pro-abortion President Barack Obama — including more than 367,000 signatures to The Cardinal Newman Society’s online petition and public opposition by 83 American Catholic bishops — Notre Dame has once again chosen to betray the Church and its Catholic mission. Notre Dame has announced that it will bestow its 2016 Laetare Medal, the “oldest and most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics,” on pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. This time, however, the offense…Continue Reading

German Catholic Bishops’ Website . . . Publishes Interview Promoting The Idea Of Women Cardinals

March 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON The Vatican celebrated Women’s Day on March 8, 2016. With the help of the organization Voices of Faith (http://voicesoffaith.org/), an event took place at the Vatican where women “share their stories of strengthening the Church’s mission through their leadership,” according to the website of Voices of Faith. This event was the occasion for an interview with the journalist Gudrun Sailer (http://www.katholisch.de/aktuelles/aktuelle-artikel/mehr-auf-den-rat-von-frauen-horen) which was published March 8 on the official website of the German Catholic bishops, katholisch.de. Sailer has been working for the German Branch of Vatican Radio since 2003. She has written extensively on the role of women in the Vatican. In the interview with katholisch.de, Sailer bemoans that for women in the Church today, it is…Continue Reading

What If The FBI Is Onto Hillary Clinton?

March 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if Hillary Clinton is in legal hot water and she knows it but won’t admit it? What if she has decided to go on the offensive and make her case that she did nothing unlawful with her emails that contained state secrets? What if the essence of her defense is that other secretaries of state used non-secure email devices and thus it was lawful for her to do so, as well as the point that none of her emails was “marked classified” at the time she sent or received them? What if these defenses do not hold up to even cursory examination? What if the other secretaries of state to whom she refers are Colin…Continue Reading