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Two Constitutions In Peril

February 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Two Constitutions In Peril

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The recent revelation of malfeasance by the FBI and Justice Department dating from the Obama administration are unfortunate but unsurprising. When unchecked by civic virtue and personal morality, the temptation to use of power and position for personal agendas can seem irresistible. And, once embraced, the bad habit of abuse of power is hard to break, especially when unchecked by exposure and stern punishment. Today, as far as the U.S. government’s permanent bureaucracy is concerned, members of Congress and the Senate are just political appointees who come and go. Even the president qualifies as little more than a temporary employee — a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard…Continue Reading

Cardinal Erdo… “It Is Difficult For the State To Decide What Is Good For Man”

February 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Erdo… “It Is Difficult For the State To Decide What Is Good For Man”

By ROBERT MOYNIHAN (Editor’s Note: Robert Moynihan is founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine [https://insidethevatican.com/product/magazine]. This story first appeared in The Moynihan Letters. All rights reserved. Dr. Moynihan holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale.) + + + January 30, 2018, Tuesday “Even the majority can end up with wrong or harmful decisions, especially if the concept of the common good becomes uncertain, because there is no consensus even on the anthropological foundations of law. That is why it is difficult for the State to decide what is good for man” — Peter Cardinal Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungry, in his magisterial Brampton Lecture January 29, in the Low Library at Columbia University in New York City.…Continue Reading

How President Trump Has Re-Energized The Pro-Life Movement

February 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on How President Trump Has Re-Energized The Pro-Life Movement

By FR. FRANK PAVONE (While reporting January 27 on The San Francisco Walk for Life, Dexter Duggan spoke with Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life. Fr. Pavone offered the comments below on President Trump and the pro-life movement.) + + + The pro-life movement, as evidenced again by the March for Life last week and the Walk for Life this week, is encouraged and energized. A large part of the credit for that goes to President Trump and his administration. I am privileged to serve on two advisory commissions for the president, one that handles Catholic issues, and the other which handles pro-life issues. From the beginning, I was told that Donald Trump, if he were…Continue Reading

Of Bridges, Boethius, Medals, And Martyrs

February 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Of Bridges, Boethius, Medals, And Martyrs

By SHAUN KENNEY Fr. James Martin, SJ, was politely uninvited from a talk at a parish in New Jersey this February, for the predictable reasons. His book Building a Bridge continues to be panned despite his efforts as an olive branch to the LGBT community, plus Qs and Is and plus signs and other letters of the alphabet in alliance. Characteristically, Fr. Martin lashed out at those behind the undoing of this particular lecture, specifically Michael Voris over at Church Militant and the good folks at Tradition, Family, and Property, whose banners at the March for Life in Washington are instantly recognizable. “Hate mongering and online bullying” were the words Martin used to describe the petitions used to pry his…Continue Reading

San Francisco Student Meet Told . . . Pro-Lifers “Have The Momentum. We’re Winning.”

February 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on San Francisco Student Meet Told . . . Pro-Lifers “Have The Momentum. We’re Winning.”

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN FRANCISCO — Shortly after pro-life students convened here for talks about pro-life momentum in society, pop singer Joy Villa appeared on the red carpet for the Grammys music awards in New York wearing a white gown with a large colorful painting of her own preborn daughter as a sonogram image on her flowing skirt. The two January 28 occurrences were coincidental but synergistic. Students for Life of America (SFLA) holds East and West Coast conferences each January just after the major pro-life marches on those coasts, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. This year’s theme was “Momentum 2018.” As the conference here began, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said that even in San Francisco, where Planned Parenthood…Continue Reading

Federal Court… Orders Iowa Christian Group Back On Campus

February 5, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Federal Court… Orders Iowa Christian Group Back On Campus

By MIKE MANNO The University of Iowa lost its bid to strip a student group, Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), of its status as a registered student organization when a federal judge granted the group’s request and ordered the university to restore the group’s status. Like many victories conservative Christians win, it was not a complete victory and it continues to demonstrate how those opposing Christian values very often confuse belief with discrimination in order to further their ends, as well as how many university administrators apply dual standards to curtail Christian groups. The controversy began in April of 2016 when a former member of BLinC complained to university officials that he was discriminated against and not allowed to run…Continue Reading

Pastor Tells San Francisco Pro-Lifers . . . “The Walls Of Abortion Are Coming Down On Your Watch”

February 4, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pastor Tells San Francisco Pro-Lifers . . . “The Walls Of Abortion Are Coming Down On Your Watch”

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN FRANCISCO — A veteran speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast here told tens of thousands of pro-lifers rallying under a bright blue sky that they’ll see the end of permissive abortion. “Pro-life, don’t get weary now,” Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. urged the crowd covering the expansive Civic Center Plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall on January 27. “It’s going to be over….The walls of abortion are coming down on your watch.” Childress’ tone has matched the political setting of the moment, from defiance when pro-abortion radical Barack Obama was president to hope and gratitude with Donald Trump in the White House. “We’re winning…and it’s soon going to be over,” said Childress, a…Continue Reading

Here’s How A Bishop Might Be Thinking

February 3, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Here’s How A Bishop Might Be Thinking

By CHRISTOPHER MANION A bishop might be thinking: I keep hearing from the supertrads. They aren’t so persistent, and certainly not so vulgar, as the social justice left, but they are bothersome. Yeah, my congressman a one hundred percent pro-abortion Catholic. He helps us out with the government funding, but the supertrads want me to excommunicate him. They demand that I “follow canon law” and publicly condemn him as a public scandal. Oh really? And just who is going to support me? When Fabian Bruskewitz excommunicated a whole lot of dissidents 22 years ago in Nebraska, many of them renounced their errors and returned to the fold. So what? It might have helped their souls, but it sure didn’t help…Continue Reading

On Capriciousness

February 2, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on On Capriciousness

By C.F. MONTESANO (Editor’s Note: C.F. Montesano is vice president with a maritime trade association in Virginia. He serves as a lector at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C. Last summer, he was selected by Signum University to be a presenter at its annual “Mythmoot” conference for enthusiasts of J.R.R. Tolkien.) + + + The word “capricious” takes its root in ericius, the Latin word for hedgehog. The Medieval Book of Beasts tells us the main characteristic of this animal is an ability to protect itself from “stratagems in all directions” with bristling spikes, especially in instances when it has a “presentiment of anything nasty.” A capricious man — especially the tyrant who clings to power — tends…Continue Reading

Whether Trinket Or Honorific, Ploumen Deserves Neither

February 1, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Whether Trinket Or Honorific, Ploumen Deserves Neither

By SHAUN KENNEY The scandal over pro-abort Lilianne Ploumen simply will not die, with the Vatican at first effectively denying that the honorific was ever awarded, then insisting in an ironic twist that the papal medal was intended as a slight — not as an award. That would indeed be news to Ploumen. Of course, for those who are consistent readers of this column, there is an interesting link that is worth exploring between honor and its forms and l’affaire Ploumen. Shakespeare’s Falstaff is quoted as observing honor as a mere scutcheon. One has to see the irony displayed here between Ploumen receiving a scutcheon of honor and Falstaff’s contempt for the same. What the Vatican bureaucrats intended or did…Continue Reading