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The Withering Of The Episcopal Church

May 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I recently came across an article on the Huffington Post website entitled “The Withering of a Church Between Pastors” by Mark Osler, a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Osler describes how “my Episcopal church is fading before my eyes. Several months ago (because I usually arrive later for services), I would find myself wedged into the last few seats in the back of the church. Then a few months ago, I began to find plenty of seats, even for a latecomer. Now, there is row after row of empty pews as I walk in. The service is short, in large part because the offering is taken and communion distributed in…Continue Reading

Arizona Disdain For McCain . . . Rand Paul Talk Brings A Deeper Message To Phoenix Area

May 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN TEMPE, Ariz. — When national political candidates make speaking stops around the country, an additional message also can get delivered with heavy local implications. Just before Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul stepped to the microphones for a campus appearance at Arizona State University in this Phoenix suburb, Arizona GOP State Sen. Kelli Ward presented the libertarian-inclined Paul to the cheering crowd after asking, “Who is here because they want to fight for freedom?” The audience cheered at Ward’s question. Throughout the United States, Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky, is well-known for strong opposition to the overweening type of national-security government favored by none other than Arizona’s senior U.S. senator, John McCain. Since he became a national…Continue Reading

Crossing The Line On Commencement Speakers

May 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The Cardinal Newman Society continues to provide important information about what is taking place at Catholic colleges these days. The organization’s April 22 press release provided a troubling list of this year’s commencement speakers and honorees at eight Catholic colleges. It should be kept in mind that in 2004 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document, Catholics in Political Life, requiring Catholic institutions to withhold honors and platforms for opponents of Catholic teaching. The eight colleges listed by the Newman Society are not doing that. Let’s go through the list: The College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) in Chicopee, Mass., will host Cong. John Lewis of Georgia, who has “earned 100 percent…Continue Reading

Losing Our Religion

May 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES “The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture, and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, released Tuesday [May 12]” — USA Today. + + + Are we really losing our religion or is this the latest in a volley of attacks on Christianity by the mainstream media? I find studies like these, especially the ones about Christianity, unfounded for a number of reasons. The main reason is that many secular institutions conduct surveys with random test subjects that oftentimes represent an already indoctrinated and dumbed-down sector of society. If I…Continue Reading

It’s Time To Speak Up . . . The Silence Of The Synod On Life And Family Issues Was Deafening

May 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN SMEATON (Editor’s Note: John Smeaton has worked in the pro-life movement for 41 years, and currently serves as president of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children [SPUC], the world’s oldest pro-life organization. He delivered a longer version of this article at the second annual Rome Life Forum on Saturday, May 9. (LifeSiteNews provided this text. All rights reserved.) + + + When the pro-life movement came into existence almost 50 years ago it was in response to the legalization, and rapid spread, of abortion around the world. Our task was to secure legal protection for unborn children. However, in recent decades we have witnessed the culture of death expand into new areas of human life: including,…Continue Reading

Republican Leadership . . . More Eager To Help Obama’s Agenda Than Pro-Lifers’ Rights

May 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Like the legislative process in the nation’s capital, navigating Washington, D.C.’s, complex street system can be confusing to newcomers. It helps to have a traffic cop to show the way. However, there’s a problem when Officer Barack Obama at his whim declares streets to be one-way, closed down, or full-throttle through a school zone, and national lawmakers are perfectly willing to help him flout the rules. The least the lawmakers could do is demand that lawless Obama stay within the marked lanes sometimes. But why bother when the White House and the Republicans’ congressional majority appear to share the same big-items agenda? In mid-May, Republicans on Capitol Hill were fighting to help untrustworthy Obama pass his controversial…Continue Reading

Is A UK Crackup Ahead?

May 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN David Cameron is the most successful Tory Party leader since Margaret Thatcher. Yet history may also record that his success led to the crackup of his country, and Great Britain’s secession from the European Union. How did Cameron’s Tories capture their majority? First, they compiled a strong record to run on. More critically, they attacked the Labor Party of Ed Miliband as too far left to govern, and warned that a Labor government would be hostage to a secessionist Scottish National Party, without whose votes Miliband could never reach a majority in Parliament. Labor could not shake off the charge, because it was true. The attack on the SNP as a subversive party secretly allied with…Continue Reading

The Powerless Silent Majority

May 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I first heard the term “silent majority” used to describe the coalition of Americans with traditional values that was mobilized to elect Richard Nixon back in the late 1960s. It was a concept that I always thought fit well with Willmoore Kendall’s understanding of the “deliberate sense of the community,” the broad electoral consensus that would prevail over the long run in the American political system. It is what made the United States an exceptional country, in Kendall’s eyes. I am a great admirer of Kendall’s work. But I have a question: Why isn’t the consensus he described able to exert itself any longer on the great issues of the day? The polls tell us that…Continue Reading

Bishop Sirba Of Duluth . . . Outlines “Throwaway Culture” And How To Answer It

May 12, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN MINNEAPOLIS — Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Minn., addressed about 250 pro-lifers at St. Helena’s here on “The Gospel of Life in a Throwaway Culture,” borrowing Pope Francis’ theme. The occasion was the parish’s 30th “Evening Affirming Human Life and the Family.” “What can we do?” Bishop Sirba asked his listeners — the bulk of whom were decades-long pro-life veterans — to answer the throwaway culture, which sees the elderly, the unborn, and others as disposable. “Where do we find ourselves today?” in our defense of human life. Along with his call to “explore the joy of the Gospel of Life,” the bishop focused on a new manifestation of the throwaway culture: the “commercial surrogacy industry.” “Surrogacy”…Continue Reading

Is The Bubble Bursting For American Colleges?

May 11, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I was underlining sections of Victor Davis Hanson’s column from the April 9 online edition of National Review in preparation for writing about it in First Teachers when Rush Limbaugh stole my thunder. Rush devoted close to an hour of his radio program on April 10 to summarizing and extolling Hanson’s analysis of the state of the modern American university, which Davis entitled, “The Modern University is Failing Students in Every Respect.” Rush was so thorough and insightful that I started looking for another topic to write about: There didn’t seem to be much left to say. But then I had second thoughts. Rush has millions of listeners, but not everyone who reads The Wanderer could…Continue Reading