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Frank Sinatra: Spiritual But Not Religious

October 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATICK I don’t know exactly when I first started hearing people say that they were “spiritual but not religious,” but, if I had to guess, I would say it was about 20 years ago. At first I would hear it only from some of the aging hippies who taught with me in a high school in the suburbs of New York City. Nowadays, I hear it from a wide variety of folks: older suburban club women, gals and guys in ponytails at crafts fairs, earnest young folks in diners and pubs. My problem is that I never know the people who favor this expression well enough to explore with them what they mean. I have frequently wished…Continue Reading

Official English Translation Of Synods Final Report

October 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

vatican.va Synod14 – “Relatio Synodi” of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (5-19 October 2014), 18.10.2014

His Eminence Cardinal Burke . . . Neither Bishops Nor Pope Can Change Christ’s Teaching on Marriage

October 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

October 30, 2014 – 4:27 AM By Terence P. Jeffrey Can a pope change Catholic teaching on marriage? When the synod of bishops that Pope Francis has called to discuss the family was meeting in Rome earlier this month, someone not particularly familiar with the Catholic faith might have presumed the answer was yes. The synod, for example, released a midterm report with a section headed: “Positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation.” Yet the Catholic Catechism states: “The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of

Researcher Says . . . Report On Vatican Agency’s Help For Radical Group Evokes Outrage

October 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN An investigation of the Vatican’s social-justice agency’s involvement with an international socialist-Communist organization has evoked shock and outrage, a pro-life researcher into the agency, Michael Hichborn, told The Wanderer. Hichborn, a researcher, activist, and commentator with the Virginia-based American Life League (ALL), appears in an ALL video about the Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis’ cooperation with and contribution of leadership to the World Social Forum (WSF). In an October 7 news release, ALL says, “Evidence, from both primary sources and explosive video, highlights ALL’s report showing conclusively that the World Social Forum is a radically Communist and pro-abortion organization pushing for world revolution. According to both internal

After Helping Synod Get Back On Track . . . Orthodox Catholics Reflect On Its Missteps

October 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It was a nightmare image. Smugly smiling Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as he wears a mitre emblazoned with the rainbow colors of homosexual radicals. It wasn’t an image done by the Pope’s detractors. It was an approving editorial cartoon in the United States, drawn by a gratified pro-homosexual left-winger after the recent Synod on the Family. The Pope actually promoting homosexuality? Whatever the message in Rome turned out to be, left-wing media again were adjusting it to fit their agenda.

Faith And The Ballot Box

October 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON On November 4, people across this nation will have an opportunity to vote for those who will represent them at the federal, state, and local levels. The work of these representatives, who will enact the laws and regulations under which we live, will significantly affect our lives for years to come. The challenges before the nation are serious, highly political, and profoundly moral. There is the continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and new efforts to eliminate the elderly through euthanasia and assisted suicide; movements to coerce Catholic health care, education, and social service ministries to violate their religious beliefs; efforts to undermine marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman; and…Continue Reading

Ebola, Ideology, And Common Sense

October 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and 1940s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease — measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever. None of us believed we were victims of some sort of invidious discrimination against large Catholic families. It was a given that public health authorities were trying to contain the spread of a disease threatening the health of children. Out came the Monopoly board. Polio, or infantile paralysis, was the most fearsome of those diseases. The first two national Boy Scout jamborees, which were to be held in Washington in 1935 and 1936, were canceled by…Continue Reading

The Fundamentally Changed America

October 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES I recall driving home that cold November evening in 2008, with a sense of doom and fear after learning that Barack Obama, the Illinois state senator whom I had met on several occasions when I was a writer for The Chicago Tribune, had just been elected president. I kid you not — as I looked up at the clear night sky that evening, I saw a crescent moon and a star! People at my office were angry at me the next day because I had told them that Obama would never get elected. I said that it was impossible, and that the American people just couldn’t be that stupid. Not only were there plenty of stupid, low-information…Continue Reading

Seven Levels Of Belonging

October 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The dictionary is not a very good teacher of philosophy. Its definitions are limited and fail to show the wondrous versatility of the word. Philosophy, on the other hand, loves analogies, metaphors, shadings, and nuances. Moreover, it likes to put the various meanings in order. Consider the word “belonging.” The dictionary fails to reveal its breadth and how its various meanings are all connecting with each other and form a ladder that ascends from the humblest to the highest. The following seven levels of belonging illustrate the dictionary’s need for philosophical explication. Position: On the humblest level, the jigsaw puzzle offers us a good illustration. “Where does this piece belong?” someone asks. Its peculiar shape and contour…Continue Reading

The Son Of Man

October 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Joel J. Miller identifies himself as a writer “whose perspective is informed by the teaching tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.” His blog site, Two Cities, is designed, he writes, to “explore how Christians can practice the historic faith in a modern context while navigating its many challenges and pitfalls.” Miller is widely published, with articles appearing in publications such as Reason, The American Spectator, and National Review. I don’t know anything else about Miller, but one of his recent posts helped me understand something I have never been able to get a handle on: the term “Son of Man” that Jesus used to describe Himself. I am not a theologian or a Scripture scholar and…Continue Reading