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Catholic High Schools In The 21st Century

June 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic High Schools In The 21st Century

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK (I am going to offer some observations about the state of American Catholic high schools based upon what I have seen in the part of Connecticut where I live. I am confident that the situation here is similar to that which obtains in most of the country. If not, I welcome readers’ reactions to provide balance. Fire away.) My grandchildren attend the public high school in the Connecticut town where they live. But I get to hear parents of Catholic high school students talk about their experience quite a bit. Their sons are on my grandsons’ youth hockey teams and I occasionally shoot the breeze with some of them with our noses pushed up against the glass surrounding the ice. Now and…Continue Reading

Liberal Rhetoric Turns to Actual Violence

June 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberal Rhetoric Turns to Actual Violence

Rey Flores On a sunny and warm June morning in Alexandria, Virginia, the unhinged, maniacal liberal left finally crossed over from portraying violent acts against President Trump on film and on stage, to real-life attempted murder. Sixty-six-year-old James T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, a huge Bernie Sanders supporter, decided to take everything that the fake, and dangerous, “news” media has been brainwashing the American public with, and put it into action. In preparation for the 56th Annual Congressional Baseball Game scheduled for June 15, 2017, several Republican congressmen were practicing at a public baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, in the early morning hours on Wednesday, June 14. That’s when a man asked another observer if it was Democrats or Republicans…Continue Reading

Liberalism And “Manly Men”

June 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberalism And “Manly Men”

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There is no video of the “body slam” of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by Greg Gianforte in the final days of Gianforte’s successful bid for Montana’s open congressional seat, so it is difficult to make a judgment about how inappropriately Gianforte behaved. Obviously, there is a difference between a violent physical attack meant to do bodily harm (which Jacobs alleges), and a tussle over a microphone rudely shoved in Gianforte’s face, during which Jacobs and Gianforte fell to the ground (which is Gianforte’s story). But something out-of-order took place. Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault and will appear before a Montana judge. The negative newspaper and intense cable news coverage may have damaged Gianforte’s reputation, but…Continue Reading

No Sooner One Than Another… Writing About Terrorist Attacks Is Like Trying To Write On Waves

June 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on No Sooner One Than Another… Writing About Terrorist Attacks Is Like Trying To Write On Waves

By DEXTER DUGGAN Writing about Islamist terror is like trying to write on rolling water. No sooner does one wave of murder smack against the beach than another red wave sweeps in, effacing yesterday’s writing. Actually, it’s more like trying to write on flaming gasoline from the Mideast. Paris, Berlin, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul, San Bernardino, Orlando, multiple German sites — soon the unusual city may not be one that was attacked by Islamists, but one that hasn’t been attacked yet. In late May, Poland’s conservative prime minister, Beata Szydlo, warned against what isn’t a terrorist threat but a terrorist actuality, telling other European leaders to “rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your…Continue Reading

Catholic Laity Welcome Pence . . . While Bishops Seem To Miss Obama

June 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Laity Welcome Pence . . . While Bishops Seem To Miss Obama

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Vice-President Mike Pence addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington on June 5, and received a resounding welcome from over a thousand Catholic leaders from across the country. The audience cheered as he reiterated President Trump’s defense of religious liberty, Christian victims of Muslim terrorism, and especially the helpless targets of the Culture of Death. “President Donald Trump stands with the most vulnerable — the aged, the infirm, and the unborn,” he told the gathering, to thundering applause. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. . . . Since day one of this administration, President Donald Trump has been keeping…Continue Reading

Happy Father’s Day

June 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy Father’s Day

By REY FLORES According to History.com: “The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972 — 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official — that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.” For those persons who have lost their father or been abandoned by their biological father, who were conceived through rape or for any other reason grew up or are growing up without a father in their lives, this can be a tough holiday for them. For those of us blessed enough to have, or have had, fathers in our lives, we should be grateful for the experience.…Continue Reading

Their Consciences Troubled . . . But Democrats Prefer Nursing Anger To Healing Their Broken Morals

June 10, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Their Consciences Troubled . . . But Democrats Prefer Nursing Anger To Healing Their Broken Morals

By DEXTER DUGGAN Could a remarkable television performance by an armless Romanian teenager give Democrats an idea of how they could restore their political party and pull it away from its anger, desperation, and culture of death? On June 6 LifeSiteNews.com posted a story and video about 14-year-old Lorelai Mosnegutu, born lacking both her arms and the upper part of her leg bones, so she’s short. The lovely teenager wowed the “Romania’s Got Talent” European audience in March, moving them to tears with her beautiful singing voice as she played a piano with her toes. The impressive performance might have recalled Scottish Susan Boyle’s surprising debut on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, singing I Dreamed a Dream — except Boyle…Continue Reading

Is Afghanistan A Lost Cause?

June 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Afghanistan A Lost Cause?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam. Whatever you may think of our decision to go in, Rusk was saying, if we walk away, the United States loses the first war in its history, with all that means for Southeast Asia and America’s position in the world. We face a similar moment of decision. On May 31, a truck bomb exploded near the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, killing 90 and wounding 460. So terrible was the atrocity that the Taliban denied complicity. It is believed to have been the work of the Haqqani network. This “horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these…Continue Reading

The Soul Of Western Societies And The Threat Of Its Extinction

June 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Soul Of Western Societies And The Threat Of Its Extinction

By ALBERTO PIEDRA (Editor’s Note: Dr. Piedra is the David E. Bentley Professor of Political Economy at The Institute of World Politics.) + + + “Let all of you then live together, come in mind and heart, mutually giving honor to God in yourselves, whose temples you have become” — St. Augustine. Recently the video A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was aired on EWTN, a co-producer of the film. The video documents the rise of community organizing as it began to take hold in our country under the influence of Marxist sympathizers such as Saul Alinsky. In an article in The Wanderer of May 11, Dexter Duggan reports that at a “‘Faith Not Fear Summit,’ held at a Catholic church…Continue Reading

Hiring Catholic Professors At Catholic Colleges

June 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Hiring Catholic Professors At Catholic Colleges

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I can’t remember any non-Catholics who taught me as an undergraduate at Fordham in the early 1960s. It was a different time. Over half my professors were Jesuits; the others were men I simply assumed to be Catholics, except for an Indian mathematics professor. Thinking back, I guess he was Hindu. But I never thought about it one way or the other. During the years I spent at St. John’s University working on my master’s degree, I had two professors who were not Catholic. One was Jewish, the other a Hegelian who gave no indication that he took revealed religion seriously. His idea of Hegel’s “Geist” was not God the Father. But they were two of…Continue Reading