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Facing The Future With Faith

April 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Facing The Future With Faith

By REY FLORES The British news tabloid The Daily Star published a report last week about a “clairvoyant” who predicts that on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal, World War III will start. This same “messenger of God” claims to have also predicted President Trump’s victory in last year’s presidential election. He also predicts that World War III will end on October 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the last apparition in Fatima, but after much “devastation, shock and death.” While we as Catholics are not to believe in clairvoyance, divination, and other supernatural dark arts, we do believe in the Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima and her very own words. “Russia…Continue Reading

Bumbling With The Federal Budget . . . While Pols Try To Drive Away Their Own Voters

April 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bumbling With The Federal Budget . . . While Pols Try To Drive Away Their Own Voters

By DEXTER DUGGAN As both major political parties maneuvered during complex last-minute negotiations over the federal budget, they also threatened to deprive their own ranks of supporters. Fighting over spending figures was traditional. Trying to create a deficit among their own membership numbers was unsustainable. In late April the Democratic Party’s new chairman, radical leftist Tom Perez, who served as Barack Obama’s secretary of Labor, said every Democrat has to be pro-abortion; it’s not negotiable to take any other stand. Using standard leftist code because Democrats often are ashamed of their own abortion stand, Perez said, “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not…Continue Reading

Patron Of Cancer Patients . . . The Miraculous Cure Of St. Peregrine

April 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Patron Of Cancer Patients . . . The Miraculous Cure Of St. Peregrine

By RAY CAVANAUGH Standing for long periods of time as a penance, St. Peregrine Laziosi (b. 1265) developed a severe infection in his right leg. However, the night before his scheduled amputation, he had a vision of Jesus coming down from the cross to touch his leg, and proceeded to find his leg cured forever. Peregrine is now revered as the patron saint of cancer patients and others facing serious health issues. His liturgical feast day is May 4 (though he is celebrated by some — such as those in his northern Italian hometown of Forli — on his May 1 date of death). There was a time when he had been stridently opposed to the Church. In the turbulent…Continue Reading

Is Macron The EU’s Last Best Hope?

April 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Macron The EU’s Last Best Hope?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For the French establishment, Sunday’s presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a “damn near-run thing.” Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France’s national elite. Marine Le Pen of the National Front ran second with 21.5 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron of the new party En Marche! won 23.8 percent. Macron is a heavy favorite on May 7. The Republicans’ Francois Fillon, who got 20 percent, and the Socialists’ Benoit Hamon, who got less than 7 percent, both have urged their supporters to save France…Continue Reading

Faith On Trial… Neil Gorsuch, Meet Scrap Tires

April 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Faith On Trial… Neil Gorsuch, Meet Scrap Tires

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + We don’t normally think of scrap tires as having much to do with religious liberty, but this month they do and will provide a good test of newly confirmed Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch’s First Amendment jurisprudence. New to the court, and immediately after a controversial confirmation process, one of the first cases in which Justice Gorsuch will take part pits a failed nineteenth-century constitutional amendment, the State of Missouri, a church-sponsored day care, and religious freedom over…Continue Reading

American Education: Quo Vadis?

April 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on American Education: Quo Vadis?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The term “quo vadis” is often associated with a 1951 movie of that name, with Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr playing Roman Christians persecuted during the time of the Emperor Nero. The origin of the term is the scene in the apocryphal Acts of Peter wherein Peter meets the risen Jesus on a road outside Rome and asks our Lord, “Quo vadis?” (In English, “Where Are You Going?”) I don’t come across it much any longer, but there was a time when the term was used as a colloquial expression among Catholics, referring to where an individual stood in his life’s journey in the faith. J.M. did not use the term specifically in his recent correspondence,…Continue Reading

Piling On Sean Spicer

April 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Piling On Sean Spicer

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There are two logical ways that Sean Spicer could have responded when he was attacked for his statement, “Even Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II,” which Spicer made during his condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of poison gas against his own people. The first is the way Spicer did respond; the second is the way I think he wanted to respond. The critics piled on Spicer. They accused him of anti-Semitism, of insensitivity, with being ignorant. They demanded his resignation, contending that only an evil man or a dunce could have said what he said in light of Hitler’s use of poison gas in the concentration camps against European Jews.…Continue Reading

Loving Our Teenagers

April 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Loving Our Teenagers

By REY FLORES When our daughters were still little, my wife Mary and I swore up and down that we would never refer to our children as “teenagers” once they reached their teenage years. We both got it in our heads and pontificated to anyone who would listen that we would teach our children to be “young adults” instead of “teenagers.” The term “young adult” seemed to carry a sense of responsibility with older generations — before the term “teenager” came into the modern vernacular. As children in past generations hit puberty, they also were expected to start behaving more like young ladies and gentlemen. The Baby Boomer generation was the first generation to be labeled as teenagers. They are…Continue Reading

Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

April 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump’s Winning Ways . . . Georgia Special Election Deals New Blow To Dem “Resistance” Dreams

By DEXTER DUGGAN The 12-month calendar on your kitchen wall probably didn’t have space enough on the little square for the 18th of April to enter everything happening that day to help the conservative agenda of Donald Trump. Not only did the president underline his positive pro-American economic agenda by traveling to a Kenosha, Wis., manufacturer to speak, but also the anti-Trump media’s swooning love song for a liberal political hopeful in Georgia hit a sour note when Democrat Jon Ossoff was forced into a June runoff election for a U.S. House seat. The same day, an unfortunate double reminder of the dangerous times of terrorism that Trump fights against occurred when a gunman with a Muslim name and rhetoric…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

April 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A German Cardinal Focuses On Hope

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “Bob was a hopeful man. Of course, he wasn’t an optimist” — Fr. Paul Scalia, presiding at the funeral of Judge Robert Bork (December 22, 2012). + + + As prefect for the Congregation of the Faith, Gerhard Cardinal Müller bears the responsibility of defending the truths of the Magisterium from error. In recent years, that task has become more difficult, for reasons addressed in The Cardinal Müller Report (Ignatius Press, $17.95: visit www.ignatius.com, or call 1-800-651-1531), which appears this month. First, some background. In 1985, Ignatius published the powerful Ratzinger Report, an extended interview by Vittorio Messori with the then-cardinal prefect of the same congregation. The Müller Report follows the same format, as an interview with…Continue Reading