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The Problem Of Evil… C.S. Lewis Takes On Bill Maher

May 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Problem Of Evil… C.S. Lewis Takes On Bill Maher

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The term “theodicy” was coined by Gottfried Leibniz in 1710 in his “Essay on the goodness of God, the liberty of man and the origin of evil in the world.” It was his attempt to refute Pierre Bayle’s theory that it was impossible to reconcile the existence of a loving and omnipotent God with the presence of evil and suffering in the world. The medieval scholastics wrestled with the problem as well. It is the same dilemma that the angry modern atheists — Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins, for example — trot out when they seek to discredit religious belief. Maher is especially fond of the ploy. He will lean back in his chair…Continue Reading

In A Fraction Of A News Cycle… Comey Goes From Being Dems’ Villain To Persecuted Hero

May 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on In A Fraction Of A News Cycle… Comey Goes From Being Dems’ Villain To Persecuted Hero

By DEXTER DUGGAN Back in the days of Franklin Roosevelt in the White House, it’s said, the president would gather a few favored reporters around his desk and decorously dispense his news for the next day’s papers. Mass-circulation metropolitan papers in the 1930s may have had multiple daily editions with screaming headlines from the wider world — Nazis, Reds, Mobs, Scandal, Sex — but manipulative Washington politicians managed their own news pipelines, better to control the flow for them back then. It was more like feeding the fish with a few worms in a rippling stream, where fish practiced etiquette in eating, as compared to today’s 24-hour news cycle of throwing chunks of bloody meat into a turbulent shark tank,…Continue Reading

Nixon And Trump, Then And Now

May 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Nixon And Trump, Then And Now

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects. First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its first day to its last, covered in my new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. The second has been the astonishing campaign of Donald Trump and his first 100-plus days as president. In many ways, the two men could not have been more different. Trump is a showman, a performer, a real estate deal-maker, born to wealth, who revels in the material blessings his success has brought. Nixon, born to poverty, was studious, reserved, steeped in history, consumed with politics…Continue Reading

A Book Review…. Fatima’s Mysteries And The “Errors Of Russia”

May 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review…. Fatima’s Mysteries And The “Errors Of Russia”

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age, by Grzegorz Górny and Janusz Rosikon. Ignatius Press, 2017, 400 pages, $34.95, hardcover. Visit ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age is a large and heavy book, and not only in the physical sense, but also in terms of the subject it covers and the pain and suffering it describes, and which were the lot of so many people under Communism during the 20th century. It is a joint work by author, Grzegorz Górny, and photographer, Janusz Rosikon, and they have certainly produced an engaging and physically attractive book, full of beautiful and informative photos. In that sense it could be described as…Continue Reading

A Book Review… An Ode To Truth And Beauty

May 10, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… An Ode To Truth And Beauty

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, by Anthony Esolen; 2017: Regnery; $27.99. Anthony Esolen is one of America’s most penetrating cultural critics. Add to that his limpid and flowing style, and this book is the masterpiece we expected it to be. Out of the Ashes travels comfortably through reminiscences, classical allusions selected with grace and wit, sober critiques of the arts delivered with sagacity and depth — and a hard-headed, no-nonsense willingness to confront modernity’s errors head-on, calling them what they are, articulating them better than their own advocates, and then blasting them into the oblivion that they deserve. A professor but not a pedant, Esolen conducts us on a journey through the fundamentals of life,…Continue Reading

Dramatic Moment In The Quest For Vouchers

May 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Dramatic Moment In The Quest For Vouchers

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Oral arguments in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer were heard by the Supreme Court on April 19. The indications are that we will get the court’s decision sometime in June. It could mark a new plateau in the effort to get the taxpayer assistance needed for the survival of our Catholic schools. As things stand now, as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in 2002, it is legal for local governments to provide vouchers for students in religious schools — if those governments decide to do so. This is why there are vouchers in some parts of the country, and not in others. The court decided in Zelman…Continue Reading

Whenever Dems Conjure It . . . The “Shutdown” Spook Scares Jumpy Republicans Into Surrender

May 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Whenever Dems Conjure It . . . The “Shutdown” Spook Scares Jumpy Republicans Into Surrender

By DEXTER DUGGAN There’s probably no danger if a hopeful politician indulges his election-day fancies by, say, wearing his old lucky socks or eating his magic meal of oysters with vanilla yogurt and sauerkraut. Just as long as he doesn’t equate these superstitions with the hard work actually required to win the race. But what if he stubbornly insists on treating as serious strategy something that he knows is meaningless for winning or even counterproductive? All the socks in the world won’t race his feet across the finish line first. Which brings us to the Republican establishment’s superstitious, counterproductive horror against having a “government shutdown” for even a day while negotiating federal spending with stubborn Democrat pols, even if the…Continue Reading

Susan Rice And The Student Protesters

May 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Susan Rice And The Student Protesters

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK By now, the dust has settled sufficiently to make a dispassionate assessment of Susan Rice’s contradictory statements about the Obama administration’s surveillance of Donald Trump and his staff. Here’s my dispassionate assessment: She lies easily. The Washington Post agrees: It awarded her statements “four Pinocchios.” (A “Pinocchio” is the term the Post uses for a false or misleading statement made by a public person. Four Pinocchios is the designation for the highest and most deliberate level of deceptions, what the Post calls a “whopper.”) The Pinocchios were awarded for Rice’s insistence, during a television interview with Andrea Mitchell, that she “knew nothing” about the surveillance of the Trump team during the run-up to the presidential election,…Continue Reading

No Cookies For You!

May 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on No Cookies For You!

By REY FLORES I send a great big salute and thank you to the courageous Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas in Kansas City, Kans., for officially throwing the Girls Scouts of America (GSA) and their cookies out of every parish in his archdiocese. (See related story on p. 8A.) For years Catholics have been bickering back and forth about the controversial Girl Scouts program, which at one time wasn’t controversial. But since GSA has adopted a more radical social platform, the organization has become incompatible with the Catholic Church. For years, my friend John Pisciotta, who runs Pro-Life Waco in Waco, Texas, has been one of the soldiers heading the battle against Girl Scout because of GSA’s…Continue Reading

San Diego Bishop . . . Reinforces Leftism, Opens Church To Alinskyite Organizing

May 5, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on San Diego Bishop . . . Reinforces Leftism, Opens Church To Alinskyite Organizing

  By DEXTER DUGGAN A “Faith Not Fear Summit” held at a Catholic church in the Diocese of San Diego raised fears among some orthodox Catholics that the diocese had been co-opted to promote political liberalism in accord with the views of local Bishop Robert McElroy, named by Pope Francis in 2015 to come down from San Francisco to head this border episcopate. The diocese’s Office for Social Ministry posted an invitation on March 23 to attend the April 19 event at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Barrio Logan, a generally Hispanic neighborhood by shipyards on San Diego Bay. Calling on people to “put your faith into action,” the social-ministry office’s notice said: “Refuse religious intolerance. Reform immigration. Reject…Continue Reading