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Janet Napolitano Scandal . . . Another Look At Elite’s Heavy Back-Scratching Leaving Nation Bleeding

December 3, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Janet Napolitano Scandal . . . Another Look At Elite’s Heavy Back-Scratching Leaving Nation Bleeding

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Sometimes it helps to be up close to understand a situation. As Thanksgiving approached, the international news agency AFP ran a weather story about the U.S. Southwest being expected to “sizzle” for the holiday, with Phoenix to “swelter” at 88 degrees. Maybe 88 sounds bad at the U.S. news-editing desk back in humidity-heavy Washington, D.C., but that temperature is a November delight with sunny skies in usually low-humidity Phoenix. Most of November 2017 here had highs in the 80s, and residents were smiling. Getting this kind of reward is the reason we’re willing to suffer through the summers. Summer weather has highs 20 or more degrees above 88, and often higher humidity. But if you…Continue Reading

Two Great Books For Christmas

December 2, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Two Great Books For Christmas

By CHRISTOPHER MANION (Editor’s Note: For readers looking for a good book to give as a gift for Christmas, Christopher Manion offers two suggestions below.) + + + A Detailed Approach To Finding The Best Catholic College The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (Manassas, VA: The Cardinal Newman Society, $24.95. Visit cardinalnewmansociety.org or call 703-367-0333 ext. 117). This latest edition of a perennial favorite offers indispensable resources for families looking for an orthodox college education. And these schools aren’t carbon copies at all; as the introduction tells us, “the fine institutions recommended in this Guide are unique, each with [its] own special charism, approach to education, and campus culture.” These considerations — orthodoxy combined with a variety of…Continue Reading

Why Roy Moore Matters

December 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Roy Moore Matters

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls December 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they need only two more to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bork. Today, the GOP, holding Congress and the White House, has a narrow path to capture the Third Branch, the Supreme Court, and to dominate the…Continue Reading

Washington Metro Catches Catholic Church Sending Message

November 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Washington Metro Catches Catholic Church Sending Message

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Just over a month ago, an organization sent the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority an advertisement it was ready to pay good money to post on the backs and sides of Metro buses. The ad used only four words: “Find the Perfect Gift.” These words were spelt out in the main message of the proposed ad as well as in a web address (FindThePerfectGift.org) printed beside it. Two of the words also appeared in a social-media hashtag printed at the bottom of the ad (#PerfectGift). Now had this advertisement been produced by Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Target…Continue Reading

The Passing Of A Christian Poet

November 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Passing Of A Christian Poet

By DONALD DeMARCO “Publishing a book of poetry,” said Don Marquis, a poet of distinction in his own right, “is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” Poetry seems sadly out of place in a fast-paced world that is dominated by technology. The poet is not lauded in our time and his passing occurs with little public fanfare. Yet, poetry, as Robert Frost reminds us, “is a way of remembering what it would impoverish us to forget.” What is so vitally important can be so easily neglected. We might add that it would impoverish us not to know what our contemporary poets are trying to tell us. Richard Purdy Wilbur, a name that…Continue Reading

The Right Source Matters Over Big Ideas

November 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Right Source Matters Over Big Ideas

By SHAUN KENNEY A conversation with my son this week flips to the pages of Matthew 16 where Christ promised that the gates of Hell would never prevail against the Church. Our conversation centered around Mormonism and whether they were ultimately Christian. A deep sigh and a moment’s confession: I am a practicing Catholic, though my father is a Methodist and my stepfather is a Mormon. A long slender strand of Catholicism from both of my maternal grandparents — my grandmother being a Maronite Catholic — preserved the line of the faith. Good examples, grandparents . . . that’s what did it for me. Our conversation in my office turned toward Mormons with a deep love of Christ yet with…Continue Reading

Zero-Sum Games, A SCOTUS Reprieve, And An Asylum Turnabout

November 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Zero-Sum Games, A SCOTUS Reprieve, And An Asylum Turnabout

By MIKE MANNO Mat Staver, founder and CEO of Liberty Counsel, once told me during a radio interview that in terms of homosexual rights, the leaders of the LGBT community saw their struggle as a zero-sum game in which, in their minds, issues are reduced to mathematical concepts so that a gain for one side must equal a commensurate loss for the other. Thus, for them, there can be no realistic compromise with supporters of traditional values for if they win on an issue, the other side must lose since there is no other available outcome. Over the years I’ve found that Mat was right and his theory plays out in the public square, the media, legislative halls, and courtrooms…Continue Reading

Bishops’ Border Tremors To End, Too?. . . Establishment’s Fever To Ignore Sex Abuse Finally Breaks

November 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops’ Border Tremors To End, Too?. . . Establishment’s Fever To Ignore Sex Abuse Finally Breaks

By DEXTER DUGGAN Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence drew some derision because of his practice of not eating alone with a woman other than his wife, to avoid any hint of impropriety. What laughable behavior by this puritanical evangelical, the criticism went. Why, this even damages women’s career opportunities. “How Pence’s Dudely Dinners Hurt Women,” The Atlantic headlined on March 30, going on to say in the third paragraph by staff writer Olga Khazan, “Doesn’t that cut an entire gender off from a very powerful person at roughly 8 p.m.? To career-obsessed Washingtonians, that’s practically happy hour — which, apparently, is off-limits, too.” By just before the Thanksgiving holiday, however, the fashionable perspective had shifted sharply, after a…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan To USCCB . . . Humanae Vitae Was Right — And Still Is!

November 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan To USCCB . . . Humanae Vitae Was Right — And Still Is!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION At the recent meeting of America’s Catholic bishops in Baltimore, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave a stirring address encouraging his fellow bishops to — if you’ll permit the term — “resuscitate” Humanae Vitae in anticipation of its 50th birthday this coming July 25. Cardinal Dolan, who heads the USCCB’s Pro-Life Committee, told his colleagues that there’s no question that the predictions made by Blessed Paul VI have come to pass. “In 1968, Blessed Pope Paul VI prophetically reminded us of God’s noble original design for the married love of husband and wife,” he said. “For those who are willing to accept the wisdom and the vision of Humanae Vitae, as challenging as it may be, they found beauty…Continue Reading

Unserious Nation

November 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Unserious Nation

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving? How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”? To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic. Today’s great question seems to be whether our 45th president is as serious a sexual predator as our 42nd was proven to be, and whether the confessed sins of Sen. Al Franken are as great as the alleged sins of Judge Roy Moore. On both questions, the divide is, as ever, along partisan lines. And every day for weeks, beginning with…Continue Reading