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Syrian Apocalypse

August 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS— Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, and more than twelve million people have fled their homeland. Alarmed by these developments, the UN Security Council has affirmed its support for finding a durable political settlement to a crisis which after four years of fighting not only threatens Syria, but dangerously has morphed into a regional threat. “The Security Council stresses that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” a consensus statement says.…Continue Reading

One Catholic Congressman … Prepping For The Pope’s U.S. Visit

August 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MATT HADRO WASHINTON, D.C. (CNA)— As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals. “I say as a Catholic, I’m pretty excited,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.) told CNA of the upcoming papal visit. He added that it is an opportunity to “evangelize as Catholic members of Congress.” The Pope’s visit is a “serious matter,” he said, even though many might see it as “just another celebrity in their mind coming.” “This is a historical opportunity,” he stressed, “this is the one time you’ll have a Pope speaking to Congress.” The congressman has announced that, in preparation for the first-ever papal address…Continue Reading

ACLU: Force Catholic Hospitals To Abandon Catholic Faith

August 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The woefully misnamed American Civil Liberties Union is launching a crusade to force Catholic hospitals to act against Catholic moral teachings and the natural law. This is an un-American attack on religious liberty. The ACLU’s intentions came to light this week after it threatened to sue Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, which is operated by the Sisters of Mercy. The hospital is a part of Dignity Health, a nonprofit that operates 40 hospitals — 22 of which are Catholic — in California, Nevada, and Arizona. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, Elizabeth Gill, an ACLU lawyer, sent a letter to the hospital threatening legal action if it would not relent on its…Continue Reading

Kenneth D. Whitehead, RIP . . . A Personal Tribute To An Outstanding Layman

August 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Last April, the Church in the United States lost to cancer one of its most dedicated and well-informed laymen. His life was dedicated to defending the faith from the major errors that have afflicted the Church in the postconciliar period. I had the great privilege of working with Ken Whitehead when for eight years he was executive director of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) then headquartered in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was a former career foreign service officer who had served in Rome, the Middle East, and North Africa, and for a time served as the head of the Arabic service of the Voice of America. He would later serve in the U.S. Department of Education…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Same-Sex “Marriage” And The Crisis Of Leadership

August 26, 2015 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 bi-monthly]. 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 The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + Many see the new putative constitutional right…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Carry On The Fight With Faith

August 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANNE W. CARROLL Robert C. Cetrulo, J.D. On the Gift of Life, From Eden to Eternity. Northern Kentucky Right to Life Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY 41012, 2015. 189 pp. $10.00. “I tell you not for your comfort, yea not for your desire,/ Save that the sky grows darker yet, and the sea rises higher” — G.K. Chesterton, Ballad of the White Horse. + + + These words from one of the great poems of the English language describe the situation facing the Christians of England in the 800s, as a small remnant under the leadership of King Alfred (later to be known as Alfred the Great), hid on the island of Athelney, wondering if the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Sainthood In Married Life

August 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla, edited by Elio Guerriero (Pauline Books & Media, Boston: 2014); 282 pp.; $17.95. Available through Many know the courageous story of St. Gianna’s sacrifice of her life for the sake of her newborn fourth child and recall her words, “This time my pregnancy will be difficult and they will have to save one or the other, and I want them to save the baby.” Despite conflicting medical advice, she never wavered in this choice and insisted that the life of her child mattered and deserved ultimate respect. She would never consider the idea of losing a child for the sake of her…Continue Reading

Immigration: Issue Of The Century

August 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Trump’s immigration proposals are as dangerous as they are stunning,” railed amnesty activist Frank Sharry. “Trump . . . promises to rescind protections for Dreamers and deport them. He wants to redefine the constitutional definition of U.S. citizenship as codified by the 14th Amendment. He plans to impose a moratorium on legal immigration.” While Sharry is a bit hysterical, he is not entirely wrong. For the six-page policy paper, to secure America’s border and send back aliens here illegally, released by Trump this past week, is the toughest, most comprehensive, stunning immigration proposal of the election cycle. The Trump folks were aided by people around Sen. Jeff Sessions who says Trump’s plan “reestablishes the principle that…Continue Reading

The Conversion Of St. Genesius

August 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By RAY CAVANAUGH In both ancient and modern times, there have been “entertainers” who mock Christian beliefs. One of them, however, became a saint. Genesius of Rome was a third-century pagan performer taking part in a blasphemous burlesque of a Christian Baptism, when suddenly he saw angels. By the time he stepped off the stage, he was a Christian forever. August 25 is his feast day. Genesius had been a leading comedic actor on the Roman circuit. This was not necessarily a good thing. Unlike the high-minded dramas of Ancient Greece, theater in Ancient Rome often was treated as a joke. The stage tended to be a place for cheap comedy, blasphemy, and outright pornography. In fact, the Church had…Continue Reading

May The Pope Give America Guidance… True Life Comes From God And Reflects His Glory

August 21, 2015 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 Inside the Vatican’s special commemorative issue, August-September 2015, welcoming Pope Francis to America. It is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) + + + A tremendous effort is being made to overcome aging and death — even through the harvesting and use of aborted embryonic body parts. But the Christian faith holds that true life comes from God and reflects His glory “Once the human being is untethered from God, he becomes, in very short order, an object among objects, and hence susceptible to the grossest manipulation by the…Continue Reading