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The Jesuit Trajectory

July 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There has been an ongoing discussion in recent editions of First Teachers about what one of our correspondents called the “Jesuit trajectory” toward secular liberalism at their universities. He meant by that everything from the awarding of honorary degrees to pro-abortion politicians, to regular performances of The Vagina Monologues, to explicit cooperation with the agenda of LGBTQ activists, to course offerings with a strong modernist bent. In line with this theme is a letter First Teachers recently received from a husband and wife who are graduates of Fordham University in the 1960s. They were contemplating a sizable donation to the school, but were concerned about stories they had read in the press about the school’s chairman…Continue Reading

Holiness And Hypocrisy

July 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND Even though I have never met you personally, nevertheless I feel I know you and I care for you. Having spent most of my life teaching people of your age, I have learned a lot about them: their desires, their hopes, their longings, their disillusions, their bitterness, their insecurity, their suffering. This is why I know that deep down, you — my anonymous young friend — long for what is noble, great, and beautiful. The French poet, Paul Claudel, wrote: “Youth is not the time for eroticism; it is the time for heroism.” This craving for what is heroic is a characteristic of youth, and one that remains fully alive in those who conquer “eternal youth.”…Continue Reading

Support Still Needed . . . Culture Of Life Studies Sanger Program Hits Goal

July 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES How many of us truly believe that the responsibility of spreading the culture of life belongs to every single one of us? It can be easy to overlook suffering when it happens behind the closed doors of an abortion clinic, or if we have not had an abortion ourselves or helped to abort one of our own children. For most of us, we can ignore the fight for the right to life of innocent preborn human beings, but we wouldn’t be the first people in history to say, “It’s not my problem.” During World War II, the Nazis took control over most of Europe, spreading their lies about the value of dignity of human beings. Classifying the…Continue Reading

The Mirage Messiah . . . Unleashes His Inner Sufferings With Dangerous Results For Nation

July 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN A tourist from Florida in her 30s, all smiles beneath her hiking cap, was having a great day on a trail to admire northern Arizona’s enormous Grand Canyon up close. A misstep and her life was over as she plummeted into the chasm, according to an Orlando television station’s news report on July 11. The shock could have represented a summary of most Americans’ emotions as they saw their nation toppling into what seemed like chaos before the first half of July was over. Violent outbreaks, shootings and murders, racial unrest and resentment, angry marchers and tense law enforcers in state after state. This wasn’t what many voters had expected in November 2008. They thought that electing…Continue Reading

The German District . . . FSSP Publishes A Critique of Amoris Laetitia

July 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON On the official website of the German section of the Fraternity of St. Peter, the head of the German District, Fr. Bernhard Gerstle, has published a polite critique (http://petrusbruderschaft.de/pages/archiv/distriktsoberer/mai-2016—amoris-laetitia.php) of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In his short May 19 commentary of one page, there are to be found some strong objections against the message of Amoris Laetitia which very well now could, in Gerstle’s eyes, give a doubtful opening toward the already widespread practice (praxis) of allowing “remarried” divorcees to receive Holy Communion. In the aftermath of this official statement, the Fraternity also has received permission to print and sell a more detailed critical commentary (http://petrusbruderschaft.de/pages/bakery/stellungnahme-zu-amoris-laetitia-63.php) written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan. With both…Continue Reading

Loretta Lynch, Meet Craig Livingstone

July 15, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It doesn’t always make sense to apply Occam’s Razor to a problem. Sometimes a problem is too complex, with multiple dimensions and interconnecting causes, for that. (The 14th-century English Franciscan friar, William of Occam, argued that the simplest explanation for an occurrence, the one that requires the fewest assumptions, is usually the best.) But Bill Clinton’s 30-minute meeting with Loretta Lynch on her private airplane on the tarmac at the Phoenix Airport is not one of those exceptions. The simplest explanation makes the most sense: Clinton was up to no-good. The only question was what technique he employed to achieve his ends. Lynch said that the meeting with Mr. Clinton on June 29 was unplanned, largely…Continue Reading

Lives Of The Saints… Not An Optional Extra

July 14, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER My theme in this article is that the lives of the saints should be seen as necessary reading for any literate Christian, not just an optional extra for the devout or pious. It is as necessary in its way as learning the catechism or reading books of doctrine, theology, and Church history, since the lives of the saints are the supporting evidence — what the French call pièces justificatives — for what we believe and preach. Ideally, of course, our own and our fellow Christians’ lives should be that. Since they so often fall short, however, we need the lives of the saints to supply the deficiency and reinforce our belief that the unam sanctum catholicam apostolicam…Continue Reading

The Tyranny Of Made-Up Sexual Identities

July 13, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By CHARLES LiMANDRI (Editor’s Note: Charles LiMandri is president and chief counsel of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund. This article is reprinted with permission from the organization’s newsletter. (The Spanish cardinal LiMandri refers to below is Antonio Canizares of Valencia. A Spanish court subsequently dismissed the charges against him, according to a June 24 LifeSiteNews report.) + + + In his book Making Gay Okay, author Robert Reilly exposes many of the myths concerning the militant homosexual agenda. The phrase “sexual orientation” is a modern social construct used for ideological purposes. It has no real basis in fact or science — nor in history, for that matter. Certainly, homosexual acts have been around since antiquity; however, for thousands of…Continue Reading

Supreme Court “Gators”… Get Their Teeth Into Innocent Victims In Hellerstedt Ruling

July 12, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN If the U.S. Supreme Court’s pro-abortion players had a team name, the “Gators” might seem a magnanimous description. That would acknowledge those justices have no more moral responsibility for their attacks on the innocent than the mentally dim Florida alligator that, out of mere instinct, killed a vacationing Nebraska toddler in mid-June. Except that our charity must be illumined by clarity. We can’t pretend that mature High Court justices with adult intellect and free will have no idea what they’re doing, even though they act that heedless way, bereft of understanding and responsibility. It’s up to God to judge motives and deep inclinations, but we observers are fully entitled to be cautious around drunken drivers and impaired…Continue Reading

Brexit And The Camp Of The Saints

July 11, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have been waiting for months now, in the wake of the nightly scenes of hordes North Africans and Arabs pouring into Europe, for commentators to call our attention to how this scenario mirrors what the French author Jean Raspail warned the world about in his 1972 book The Camp of the Saints. (The book is still available at a reasonable price in paperback on Amazon.) Great Britain’s recent vote to exit the European Union makes Raspail’s theme all the more relevant. Raspail is still alive, now in his early nineties. I don’t know if he would consent to an interview, or, if he consented, whether he would be able to refrain from doing nothing more…Continue Reading