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Orange Is The New Color Of Martyrdom

March 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES For the past few months, the orange jumpsuit has become a familiar sight as we watch the news or view the photographs of Christian captives on their knees wearing these orange jumpsuits as a Muslim maniac is about to behead them. Around the world, Christians are facing violence, persecution, brutality in a way we have not seen in generations. The situation is even worse for women and young girls. Do you sometimes feel helpless and wonder if there is anything you can do to help these people? It is critical that the world stand together in prayer and public witness against these horrific acts of violence. We cannot be silent or indifferent; but just how can we…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Alice Von Hildebrand’s Uphill Battle For Common Sense

March 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By STEPHANIE BLOCK Memoirs of a Happy Failure, by Alice von Hildebrand with John Henry Crosby, St. Benedict Press (2014); hardcover, 180 pages; $19.95 at Who in his right mind would teach at an inner-city college? That question often comes to mind as one reads the — sometimes hilarious — efforts of Dr. Alice Jourdain von Hildebrand to bring common sense and fundamental philosophical grounding to the young people of New York City who attended Hunter College and took her classes. It was an uphill battle. Lecturing about the hierarchy of being and that man’s ontological position is higher than an animal’s, a zoology major protested: “I can prove to you scientifically that there is no essential difference between…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . . Calls For Imitation Of Martyrs In Defense Of Marriage

March 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

CHESTER, England — A prominent cardinal of the Catholic Church has called for Catholics to imitate the Christian martyrs in defense of marriage and human life. His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke made the call the weekend of March 6 in addresses for Voice of the Family (see for a link to the full text) and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in Chester and Southport, northwest England. On Friday evening, March 6, in Chester there was standing-room only as the cardinal spoke on the theme “Remaining in the Truth of Christ on Holy Matrimony.” Bishop Mark Davies, bishop of Shrewsbury, was present, as were many priests, journalists, and families who had traveled from all over…Continue Reading

What Will Happen . . . When Voters Finally Tire Of Waiting For GOP To Protect Us From Obama?

March 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Dedicated right-wing activists who power the Republican Party’s base convene every year in late winter to showcase the booming voices and crooning promises of national politicians who swear to be the salvation, finally, of the conservative movement. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) did it again this year near Washington, D.C., February 25-28. They’ve been gathering in ever-growing numbers since the 1970s, a sign, they say, that the nation yearns for conservative governance. Despite all their commitment, energy, and seeming influence, this year’s gathering turned out to be perfectly timed to demonstrate how little the conservative legions matter to Republican power brokers at key moments.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Marie Harf?

March 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Unlike “Maria,” the Julie Andrews’ character in The Sound of Music, you can’t describe State Department spokesperson Marie Harf as “a flibbertijibbet, a will-o’-the wisp, and a clown.” She is a Washington careerist with considerable experience as a policy analyst in the State Department. Nonetheless, she has become a laughingstock because of her comments about how the United States should deal with the ISIS terrorists. Her critics on the right are guffawing, while those on the left are lifting an eyebrow and looking for ways to change the subject. I say don’t laugh at Harf. She is telling us a great deal about the thinking of the elites in government (when liberal Democrats are in control),…Continue Reading

The Effects Of National Self-Delusion . . . Low Fertility Rates Bring About The Ruin Of Countries

March 12, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Oh, what a tangled web we weave: When first we practice to deceive! These lines, written by Sir Walter Scott over 200 years ago, aptly describe the complex, unforeseen destructive effects that self-deception is having on Western society. Politically correct notions advanced by the mainstream media are convincing people that abortion is a woman’s choice, assisted suicide is death with dignity, a union between two people of the same sex is marriage, and gender is a personal option. These lies are destroying the countries of the West, not only from the point of view of culture, but demographically. A society that does not value children, that kills them in the womb, that creates unions that cannot…Continue Reading

The Silent War On Mideast Christians

March 11, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt by the Islamic State has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, there’s a climate of international indifference by many governments and even some Christian communities in the West toward this modern-day religious persecution. Look at the recent roster of IS terror: In Libya, jihadi militants capture and then behead 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt. This barbaric attack prompted the UN Security Council to issue a statement condemning the “heinous and cowardly” murders. The UN council added, “ISIL must be defeated and the intolerance, violence, and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.”

Show GOP Honchos The Exit Door . . . Republican Leaders Give Obama What He Wants For Amnesty

March 10, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN There’s no need for Congress to pass “comprehensive immigration reform” any longer. When the Republican-led House voted on March 3 to provide full funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including money for lawless Barack Obama’s November 20 “executive action” on immigration, Obama received all the tools he needs. The previous week, the Republican-led Senate also passed the full DHS funding. Obama has been ratified in his freedom to declare lawlessly that anyone he pleases can enter, and remain in, the United States — the tens of millions of aliens already here, and however many more endless tens of millions dash in now to enjoy the taxpayer-funded lifestyle he’ll provide. Oh, Obama still can say how badly…Continue Reading

One More Time: Joseph Farah Vs. Pope Francis

March 9, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We continue to get letters about syndicated columnist Joseph Farah’s criticism of Pope Francis’ views on evolution, which we reproduced in the First Teachers column of January 22. Farah was reacting to Pope Francis’ comments before the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the fall of last year, where he stated, “God is not…a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” This was not the first time a Pope has spoken on this matter. In 1996, also while speaking before the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope John Paul II observed that Pius XII’s encyclical Humani…Continue Reading

New San Diego Bishop’s Appointment… Casts Doubt On Hopes For Church Stability

March 8, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN San Francisco-born Robert McElroy might have become the archbishop of the City by the Bay, while San Diego-born Salvatore Cordileone could have been bishop of that metropolis next to Mexico, but the might-have-beens and what-ifs of life must defer to realities. Even if those realities might resemble playing musical chairs. Ordained an auxiliary bishop for San Francisco in 2010, McElroy was announced as the sixth bishop of San Diego on March 3. Cordileone, ordained auxiliary bishop of San Diego in 2002, became archbishop of San Francisco in 2012 after a stop as bishop of Oakland beginning in 2009. And who fills the episcopal seats depends on who sits on a certain throne in Rome. As different as…Continue Reading