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Candidate’s Electrifying Stand . . . Will Trump Walk A Straight Path On Opposing Illegal Entry?

July 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Is multibillionaire businessman Donald Trump as real a candidate for president as his newfound supporters fervently hope, a populist crusader for a forgotten “silent majority”? Or is Trump’s candidacy a ploy by the ever-clever national elite to have him roil the race, undercut the numerous GOP presidential competitors so that no one else gets a firm footing, then drop out and deliver the 2016 GOP nomination to an establishment darling like Jeb Bush? The gaggle of Republican governors and senators all fighting for a slice of the presidential polling pie seemed quickly eclipsed by Trump, already widely known in television, entertainment, and business as a can-do international magnate. Some July polls showed Trump surging to…Continue Reading

Subsidized Luxury Door Stops

July 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The topic of college loan debt has come up in several recent editions of First Teachers, especially the proposal by Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the government to forgive the loans, thereby requiring the taxpayers to foot the bill. J.M. writes to offer his observations on the controversy: “The New York Federal Reserve Bank has published statistics indicating that only about 45 percent of college graduates are working at jobs appropriate for their skill level. The others are working at jobs that no one before now had thought to require a college degree, such as working at Starbucks.” J.M. concludes “that the feedback system of matching people to jobs is broken. Any…Continue Reading

Is Capitalism Diabolic?

July 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what Communism did — to his country, his Church, and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that Sandinista Marxist regime as culture minister. And, while in Managua, he warned Catholics they were being…Continue Reading

Should We Forgive Dylann Roof?

July 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My guess is that most readers of this column will have seen by now the televised expressions of forgiveness of Dylann Roof from the family members of the nine black men and women he killed while they were worshipping at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Roof stood under guard in a courtroom, while his likeness was transmitted on a closed-circuit television screen to the family members, whose voices were audible in the background. The family members are being widely praised for living out Christ’s call to “love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you.” I join the chorus. But how concerned should I be that I can’t imagine myself acting as…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Supreme Court’s Same Sex “Marriage” Decision: Grave Implications And Needed Responses

July 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in All rights reserved.) + + + The U.S. Supreme Court has…Continue Reading

The Hunthausen Scandal Revisited

July 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By GARY BULLERT (Editor’s Note: Gary Bullert is a political science professor and the author of The Hunthausen File.) John McCoy, A Still and Quiet Conscience (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2015), 344 pp. On June 15, 2015, Seattle’s St. James Cathedral hosted a presentation and book signing by John McCoy, former public affairs director for Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. (1) In this capacity, he was “the chief spokesman for the archbishop” (p. xiii). By publishing a worshipful biography of Hunthausen years after his retirement, McCoy has clearly reappropriated this role. Since the book actually maligned successor bishops for abandoning Hunthausen’s vision of the Church, the apparent acquiescence of the Seattle Archdiocese in promoting the book is somewhat peculiar. However, the pastor…Continue Reading

Fancy Human Parts Sold Here

July 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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By REY FLORES “Fancy poultry parts sold here, breasts and thighs, and hearts. Backs are cheap and wings are nearly free, nearly free….” — lyrics from the 1987 song Ironbound/Fancy Poultry by Suzanne Vega. + + + The above lyrics came to me almost immediately as a reaction to the video that was released this week of the high-ranking “doctor” at Planned Parenthood who was videotaped talking to undercover investigators about selling organs and body parts from aborted babies. Unlike the aforementioned song lyrics, these aren’t poultry parts that we’re talking about here, but real human baby parts that apparently are yet another money-making racket for the abortion mega-giant. This so-called doctor chatted away in a nonchalant manner over salmon,…Continue Reading

A Potpourri… Reincarnation And Other Matters

July 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Why is the idea of reincarnation so fascinating to so many of us? Even a devout Catholic like mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark, who, while denying that she actually believes in reincarnation, clearly shares this fascination, and has used the idea in several of her novels. And I have to admit that it fascinates me at times. In the first place, the obvious: Reincarnation is incompatible with Christian teaching. The clear witness of Scripture tells us: “It is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27). In other words, we only have one shot at this. Each human life is a unique, never to be repeated event. The idea of reincarnation,…Continue Reading

Attorney Worries Of Society’s Future . . . Pro-Homosexual Activists Win Against Jewish Counseling Group

July 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — A large portrait of St. Thomas More, the chancellor of England martyred for his faith in 1535 over the issue of government mandates and marriage, keeps company with attorney Charles LiMandri in his office here. Centuries have moved past since More’s beheading in London on a July 6, but the issues don’t seem to have changed much for LiMandri, president and chief counsel of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (conscience, headquartered in this town in northern San Diego County. Once again governments are telling people their faith must submit to powerful secular officials issuing mandates against marriage and religious tradition, or else they face serious punishment. The Wanderer sat down…Continue Reading

Is Notre Dame Just Another Football Factory?

July 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My suspicion is that a good percentage of readers of this column will not be surprised to hear that we get as much mail when we bring up Notre Dame football as when we discuss the slide away from Catholic orthodoxy at the South Bend campus. For Catholics of a certain age, Notre Dame football is an important part of our heritage in the United States. When I was a boy in New York City, there were Notre Dame fans all over the neighborhood — cops, firemen, factory workers — who had no connection to the university. They were routinely called the “subway alumni” in the New York City newspapers. There was a reason. There were…Continue Reading