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De-Barnicalization And Re-Inculturation

January 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER In its voyage across the ocean of time or journey through the waters of history, the hull of the bark of St Peter inevitably gets encrusted with barnacles from the civilizations and cultures it passes through. Examples would be the sedia gestatoria on which the Popes used to be carried into St. Peter’s and the flabellae or ostrich feather fans which accompanied him. Another example would be the bishop’s or cardinal’s cappa magna, a kind of cloak with a long train carried by an altar boy used on solemn occasions to emphasize the exalted nature or dignity of the episcopal office. These “barnacles” were not bad in themselves and they could have a practical purpose. The sedia…Continue Reading

Selma, 50 Years On

January 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? Selma, a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the Selma cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white. Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, says Rev. Al Sharpton, the higher up you go the whiter it gets. Even before the…Continue Reading

Although McCain Hits Obama . . . Senator Loses His Bid To Rein In GOP Critics On Home Turf

January 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN TEMPE, Ariz. — If Sen. John McCain hoped his rebuke of Barack Obama for whizzing right past the Phoenix veterans hospital on January 8 would win the senator credibility with conservatives, he failed. McCain’s local machine still suffered a stinging loss two days later when the Republican Party in his populous home county rejected his big-dollar effort to take over the Maricopa County GOP chairmanship. Like many Republicans elsewhere, Arizona conservatives aren’t in love with “maverick” McCain. It has been about a decade since a McCain operative headed the GOP in a county of about 4 million people, where Phoenix is county seat — leaving McCain so distant from control that in January 2014, both the Maricopa…Continue Reading

What Do The Islamic State And Communists Have In Common?

January 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY How should a free society react when confronted with a subversive movement that seeks to exploit our liberty to destroy it? Matthew Olsen, who was then director of the National Counterterrorism Center, gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in September that pointed to a growing threat to people in the Middle East and to the free nations of the West. Radical Muslim terrorists fighting in Iraq and Syria under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had revealed their great vision. “By late June, ISIL declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate under the name the ‘Islamic State’ and called for all Muslims to pledge support to the group and its…Continue Reading

Joseph Farah Vs. Pope Francis

January 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The question of how evolution should be handled in Catholic schools and by Catholic parents continues to be an issue. Pope Francis offered some comments recently to those who feel there is no reason for Catholics to defend a literal interpretation of Genesis. Speaking at an unveiling of a statue of Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope stated flatly that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “not incompatible” with the Church’s teachings on the origins of the universe and human life: “The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine Creator, but, rather, requires it. Evolution in…Continue Reading

The Challenge Of Being A Catholic American

January 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Our nation was established by people who desired freedom — freedom in both their private and public lives, freedom in their homes, churches, enterprises, and associations. They wanted a person’s conscience to be held inviolable so that individuals could freely express themselves on political and social matters and worship the Almighty as they choose. The genius of the Founders lies in the basis they pronounced for that freedom. In the England they had left, liberties and rights were granted by the king and a parliament. In the France they knew so well, liberties and rights were rooted in the will of the majority of the populace and set forth in a constitution. But views can change…Continue Reading

Noted Liberals… Seem To Think Pope Francis, Not LBJ, Began “War On Poverty”

January 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — It was an all-star panel of leading national liberals come out west to Phoenix to reflect on “economic justice.” Local liberal Lutheran clergyman Rev. Jan Flaaten noted from the stage that the day was January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany — “the coming of wise people from the East,” he said. The audience of nearly 500 people laughed appreciatively in the Great Hall at the Jesuits’ Brophy College Preparatory school. The “Community Conversation on Economic Justice” highlighted Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, commentator and former editor of the Jesuits’ America magazine; Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of the liberal lobbying group NETWORK and author of A Nun on the Bus, and John Carr, veteran…Continue Reading

What Freedom Of Speech?

January 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday, January 11 with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers’ comrades. The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of freedom of speech in the West; yet it hardly could have been held in…Continue Reading

A Triumph Of Terrorism

January 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism. Isn’t it pretty to think so. Unfortunately, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins, and their blazing end in a shootout Friday, January 9 was a triumph of terrorism not seen since 9/11. Unlike the Boston Marathon bombing where the Tsarnaevs did not know or care whom they maimed or killed, the attack on Charlie Hebdo by the Kouachi brothers was purposeful and targeted terrorism.

GOP Majority . . . Gets Its Chance To Defang Obama’s War Against Women

January 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Those who urge that the new Republican majority Congress should concentrate on modest, bipartisan measures and avoid getting in fights with Barack Obama are rejecting the message of last November’s “wave” election. The majority of voters, disgusted with Democrat Obama’s lawless agenda, empowered the GOP to fight for them, not to have deceptive garden parties on the White House lawn where politicians blur essential differences and put off decisive reforms forever. That would be more of the smoke and mirrors that left the voters choking in outrage. To give one example, the new Republican Congress should have a bill on Obama’s desk by the beginning of February that repeals the staggeringly awful Obamacare.