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The Gospel: A Pedagogical Compass

February 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Gospel: A Pedagogical Compass

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is sometimes difficult for older Catholics to explain to family members and fellow parishioners why we recall the Catholic schools of our youths with such fondness. Younger Catholics have seen movies caricaturing the teaching sisters and brothers of the past as cruel and intolerant curmudgeons, and wonder why anyone would want to place their children under their care. We no longer have films such as Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s to provide some balance. A recent (December 19) column in the Jesuits’ America magazine might not be as persuasive as the old Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman depictions of the Catholic clergy and religious, but it deserves a read, especially by…Continue Reading

Media Bias Maybe Not So Surprising . . . But Where Did Anti-Trump Street Mobs Come From?

February 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Media Bias Maybe Not So Surprising . . . But Where Did Anti-Trump Street Mobs Come From?

By DEXTER DUGGAN “Shock and awe” was war architect George W. Bush’s style of military assault against the Iraq dictatorship in 2003. His big blueprint ultimately failed, despite early overwhelming force. Manhattan billionaire developer Donald Trump opposed that war. “Shock and awe” might also describe the fury and flailing fists against Republican Trump’s new steely high-rise presidency by leftists and their dominant media allies who also could be overplaying their scarred hands. Anti-Trump rioters had their rehearsals in 2016. Now the curtain has gone up on the main performance. Remember mobs that popped up last year against Trump’s presidential candidacy, trying to suppress his rallies from Chicago to California. This included rioting in the Windy City, getting rough in New…Continue Reading

“The Opposition Party” Press

February 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on “The Opposition Party” Press

By REY FLORES “#FakeNews! #FakeNews! Read all about it! Get your #FakeNews here!” Like the old-time newspaper boys shouting on the streets, the above should be the crying call for “news” outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, the Associated Press, and the rest of them really. News and journalism as a whole and as we have known them have ceased to exist. It is no longer possible to believe anything anyone in this industry says. How could we? Just about everything that has been published for the last decade or so has been more opinion and propaganda than real and actual news. I for one am thrilled to see President Trump…Continue Reading

The Slandering Of Cardinal Burke

February 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Slandering Of Cardinal Burke

By ROBERT ROYAL (Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on the website The Catholic Thing [www.thecatholicthing.org]. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.) + + + One of the more colorful figures along the route of this year’s March for Life was a passionate eccentric of some sort — probably a fundamentalist or pentecostal — who was carrying a large anti-Catholic sign and shouting through a bullhorn. I only caught a bit of it — the usual stuff about the Pope being the anti-Christ and Catholics “worshipping Mary as a goddess.” Poor man. But give him this much: Beneath the craziness, he really believes that the forms of Christian leadership and the contents of faith matter. I heard him…Continue Reading

A Faith Not In The Church

February 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Faith Not In The Church

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I make no claim to any “inside information” about Pope Francis’ endgame in regard to the Church’s teachings on issues such as abortion, Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, homosexuality, and the role of women in the liturgy. But it is clear that the Pope has said things that are leading to a dialogue about these matters among the folks in the pews. At the very least, we can assume the Pope knew that would happen. The question for Catholics serious about their faith and the traditional teachings of the Church is how willingly we should engage in discussions that may be open to significant changes in Church doctrine. We don’t want to be disrespectful of…Continue Reading

Is The Left Playing With Fire Again?

February 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is The Left Playing With Fire Again?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the 1960s and 1970s, it is starting to look like “déjà-vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pandering to the hell-raisers, hoping to ride their energy to victory. Democrats would do well to recall what happened the last time they rode the tiger of social revolution. As the riots began in Harlem in 1964 and Watts in 1965, liberals rushed to render moral sanction and to identify with the rioters. “In the great struggle to advance civil and human rights,” said Adlai at Colby College, “even a…Continue Reading

Intellectual Honesty And Political Indifference

February 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Intellectual Honesty And Political Indifference

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Over the weekend of February 11, Trump administration officials offered harsh criticisms of the judicial interference with the enforcement of the president’s immigration order. The January 27 order suspended the immigration privileges of all refugees from Syria indefinitely and all immigrants from seven designated countries for 90 days. After a federal district judge in Seattle enjoined the federal government from enforcing the executive order and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that injunction, President Donald Trump’s folks pounced. They argued that we have an imperial judiciary that thinks it has the final say on public policy — one that will freely second-guess the president in areas that are exclusively his under the Constitution.…Continue Reading

“Free” College

February 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on “Free” College

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Betsy DeVos received a great deal of praise from pundits on the right for her quick and calm response to Bernie Sanders during her confirmation hearing to be secretary of education. Sanders asked her if she would be willing to join with those who are working to make “public universities and colleges tuition-free.” DeVos responded, “Senator, that is an interesting idea to discuss, but nothing is actually free. Someone will have to pay for it.” She meant, of course, the taxpayers. Sanders replied, “Indeed, someone will have to pay for it, but that brings up another discussion.” He did not get the opportunity to engage in that discussion at that moment, but it is a topic…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Abortion Survivor Rejects Being Silenced And Speaks Up For Her Birth Mother

February 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Abortion Survivor Rejects Being Silenced And Speaks Up For Her Birth Mother

By DEXTER DUGGAN You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Melissa Ohden, Plough Publishing House, www.plough.com, Walden, N.Y., ISBN 978-0-87486-788-6, 179 pages hardback, $19.99, 2017. Raised in rural Iowa, 19-year-old Melissa Cross goes off to college in neighboring South Dakota in 1996, firmly in favor of women’s rights and admiring First Lady Hillary Clinton’s “unapologetic feminism.” Finances were tight at her family, so after earning money baby-sitting, she’d starting busing tables at a restaurant at age 13. Television news told about women being raped and otherwise victimized. Melissa was appalled by domestic violence and aspired to “change the world from the top down” by working in politics or the law in Washington, D.C. But first she needed her degree. The…Continue Reading

Kellyanne Conway And Alternative Facts

February 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Kellyanne Conway And Alternative Facts

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Bill Clinton: “It depends on what the meaning of is, is.” John Kerry: “I was for the war in Iraq before I was against it.” We have heard the lines many times. No doubt, Clinton and Kerry would love to be able to turn back the clock and erase them from the history books. No one wants to be remembered as someone who fudged the truth for personal political gain. But have you noticed? Clinton and Kerry don’t make an effort to clean up the record by explaining what they meant. Why not? My guess is that they grasp the wisdom of the maxim about trying to unring the bell, understanding how mealy-mouthed they will sound…Continue Reading