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Can The FBI Get Away With Getting Trump Team Emails?

December 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Can The FBI Get Away With Getting Trump Team Emails?

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Within hours of his victory in last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump dispatched his lawyers to establish a nonprofit corporation to manage his transition from private life to the presidency. This was done pursuant to a federal statute that provides for taxpayer-funded assistance to the newly elected — but not yet inaugurated — president. The statutory term for the corporation is the presidential transition team, or PTT. In addition to paying the PTT’s bills, the General Services Administration, which manages all nonmilitary federal property, provided the PTT with government computers, software and a computer service provider. During the course of the PTT’s existence, the folks who worked for it sent or received tens of thousands of…Continue Reading

‘Tis The Season For “Bah, Humbug”

December 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on ‘Tis The Season For “Bah, Humbug”

By MIKE MANNO Well, it’s Christmas time again, it rolls around every year or so (I remember we had one last year) and every time it does it brings with it controversy and division. “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). If you’ve been following the political wars over Christmas in recent years you know, the Lord was right about bringing division, even more so now that political correctness has taken root in the body politic. The latest outrage involves a bus ad, or, more properly, a proposed ad designed by the Archdiocese of Washington, which was to have run on the sides and backs of…Continue Reading

Christmas: Gift Of The Holy Spirit

December 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Christmas: Gift Of The Holy Spirit

By GEORGE A. KENDALL When God acts, all three Persons of the Trinity participate in the action, so clearly, all three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, took part in the Incarnation of the Word of God, the event central to Christmas. Here, I would like to reflect on the work of the Holy Spirit in making the Christmas story possible. “Chaire, kecharitomene.” These two words are, in St. Luke’s Greek, the Angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary. The Latin translation of kecharitomene as gratia plena is usually rendered into English as “full of grace,” but the literal translation from the Greek is “graced one,” or “gifted one.” Both, I’m sure, represent aspects of the angel’s meaning. But I find that, as…Continue Reading

G.K. Chesterton And Christmas

December 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on G.K. Chesterton And Christmas

By JOHN YOUNG It is not surprising that G.K. Chesterton wrote a great deal about Christmas, because he was fascinated by the wonder of childhood, and Christmas is about the wonder of a Divine Child. Chesterton was a realist, and he saw realism exemplified in the outlook of the child, for no child doubts the reality of the world. Innocence, too, shines forth in the child. The child is fascinated by reality, a fascination that lessens as the child grows older. As Chesterton puts it, a seven-year-old is thrilled if you tell him that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon; but a three-year-old is thrilled if you tell him that Tommy opened a door. Unlike most of us,…Continue Reading

Jacob’s Gift

December 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Jacob’s Gift

By DEREK BECHER For an eight-year-old child, Christmas can be a time of wonder and excitement. With holiday music in every shop and in the wonderfully decorated homes of the neighborhoods, sparkling wreaths attached to street lampposts, strangers greeting each other with warm smiles, and, of course, dreams of Santa Claus, there is a magic in the air. And for little Jacob, in the country village of NobleTown, with December flurries laying a soft white blanket throughout the gently rolling hills and woods, and modest decorations adding a colorful presence to the stores on Center Street, it was no different. Still, having saved ten dollars he had earned from clearing sidewalks and delivering the town newspaper, Jacob had something else…Continue Reading

Away In A Manger… Orange-Capped King Comes With Coupons To Offer His Respect

December 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Away In A Manger… Orange-Capped King Comes With Coupons To Offer His Respect

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Three Kings were about to leave the Holy Family in the stable for the evening, to return the next day for further adoration, when a great banging sound arose at the entrance. There was a flash of what appeared to be a strange orange cap on the new arrival’s royal head. Profuse apologies flowed in a foreign accent. “I’m unimpeachably sorry to be late. Please forgive me. I not only hadda travel thousands of miles to get here but also across thousands of years. And my many enemies did all they could to throw stumbling stones to block my path. And my own life had a lot of potholes to fix first. But here I am.”…Continue Reading

The Last Dream

December 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Last Dream

By DEREK BECHER Sixty-two Christmases he spent alone, after the year that his parents died, leaving him as an orphan. Each Christmas passed like just another day, another page falling endlessly from the calendar of his life. And all the while, in the privacy of his mind and his weakening heart, he hoped for something more, wished for something better. But with no family and nary a friend, he found it difficult to be touched by the wonder of the Christmas season, unable to even imagine how it would feel to spend the holidays with love. And so, with Christmas morning again less than twelve hours away, and his life’s days now surely numbered, he arranged the loose papers to…Continue Reading

Soros Money… Means Legal Trouble For Amnesty’s Ireland Abortion Campaign

December 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Soros Money… Means Legal Trouble For Amnesty’s Ireland Abortion Campaign

By KEVIN JONES DUBLIN (CNA/EWTN News) — Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under scrutiny for taking money from U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to target the country’s abortion restrictions, Irish pro-lifers have said. “The arrogance they have shown in the past few days on this issue is staggering. They are now trying to argue that they have a ‘human right’ to take money from billionaires to push to have abortion legalization in Ireland, while they also argue that preborn children should not have the most basic human right of all — the right to life,” Niamh Ui Bhriain, a spokesperson for the Irish-based Life…Continue Reading

Pope Born On Christmas: Pius VI At 300

December 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope Born On Christmas: Pius VI At 300

By RAY CAVANAUGH Though Christmas will always commemorate first and foremost the divine Child of Nazareth, another holy man with a December 25 connection is Pope Pius VI. He was born as Gianangelo Braschi exactly 300 years ago this Christmas Day. A native of Cesena in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Braschi was the eldest of eight children in a family that lacked wealth but belonged to the nobility. He received his early education in a Jesuit institution in his hometown, and at the mere age of 17, he earned a doctor of laws degree. He proceeded to work as a secretary to Tommaso Cardinal Ruffo. The Holy See eventually began taking notice of Braschi’s aptitude, and following Ruffo’s death in…Continue Reading

G.K. Chesterton And Christmas

December 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on G.K. Chesterton And Christmas

By JOHN YOUNG It is not surprising that G.K. Chesterton wrote a great deal about Christmas, because he was fascinated by the wonder of childhood, and Christmas is about the wonder of a Divine Child. Chesterton was a realist, and he saw realism exemplified in the outlook of the child, for no child doubts the reality of the world. Innocence, too, shines forth in the child. The child is fascinated by reality, a fascination that lessens as the child grows older. As Chesterton puts it, a seven-year-old is thrilled if you tell him that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon; but a three-year-old is thrilled if you tell him that Tommy opened a door. Unlike most of us,…Continue Reading