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A Potpourri… Fundamental Option, Darwin, And Other Matters

June 9, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Some thoughts about the “fundamental option” idea so popular among liberal theologians. The idea is that it is the overall pattern of a person’s life that saves or damns him, a pattern of love of God, on one hand, or rejection of God, on the other. So far, so good, but the problem is that the idea tends to be construed so as to imply that particular acts don’t really matter much, if at all — in other words, that the fundamental option is not embodied in and lived out in particular acts that either accept or reject God. If you go far enough with this, you can end up with an absurdity like someone saying…Continue Reading

World Congress Of Families X . . . Georgian Leader Says: “There Is Only One Direction”

June 8, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK In the country of Georgia there is an old legend. When God created the Earth and gave out lands to the nations, the Georgians missed out. They were late for the handout because they were delayed welcoming guests. In asking God’s mercy, they pointed out that to honor guests is a sign of God’s own grace. God forgave the Georgians and blessed them with His last piece of land, the richest and the best which He had hoped to save for Himself. Georgia, which with the same spirit of generosity has just hosted the tenth World Congress of Families, lies to the east of the Black Sea. It claims to be the second oldest Christian nation in…Continue Reading

The Family That Strays Together Falls Forever

June 7, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES We have all heard the expression that “the family that prays together, stays together.” As for the family that strays from prayer, there awaits an eternity separated from our God, forever lost in suffering . . . together. While it is clear that the Church is a hospital for sinners and Jesus is our Divine Healer, so many of us just go through the motions as we go to Mass: We stand, kneel, sit and pray, but fail to believe in and ask for His mercy and healing. Have we lost the faith as families? Have we entered an era when spouses have grown apart by the Devil’s wiles or when children have grown to despise their…Continue Reading

Politics A Loser’s Game . . . When Liberal Media Make Up The Rules Against Conservative Players

June 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The names of sports teams from elementary school to professional play usually reflect admirable qualities, whether strength, bravery, heroism, resilience, resourcefulness, endurance, or something else positive. Think along the lines of Spartans, Aztecs, Mustangs, Broncos, Trojans, Chiefs, Pirates, Titans, Patriots, Braves, or, ahem, Redskins. Teams don’t get named the Wet Newspapers or the Garbage Cans — although sometimes their poor performance could bring that sort of derision. Team names are to be proud of, not ashamed about. However, the campus unrest of the early 1970s included a swipe at heroic team names at the relatively new Scottsdale Community College, just east of Phoenix. During a sports budgeting dispute back then, students voted to change the…Continue Reading

Common Sense On The Transgendered

June 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK J.M., a reader from Arizona, writes to call our attention to a position paper from the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) on the issue of “gender-conflicted” youth. It has much to offer educators who are facing the question of how to be compassionate with students faced with this issue, while at the same respecting the privacy rights of students who do not want students with the body parts of a member of the opposite sex in the same bathrooms or locker rooms with them. They are not alone. The medical professionals at ACP are on their side. The American College of Pediatricians was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians to provide an alternative to…Continue Reading

Fatima June 1917 . . . A Vision Of Heaven: An Immense Light

June 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY On June 13, 1917, the Feast of St. Anthony, the Fatima children were assembled with about fifty other persons at the Cova da Iria. In her memoirs, Sr. Lucia described how, around noon, as soon as they finished praying the rosary, and as our Lady approached, they once again saw the flash of what they called lightning; the next moment, she was on the little holmoak before them. Lucia asked what she wanted of her, and was told, “I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the rosary every day, and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.” In reply, Lucia asked for the cure…Continue Reading

Lying And The Obama Administration

June 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We don’t really know our political leaders. What we know is an image designed for them by public relations teams. When they speak during television interviews, we get sound bites packaged for them on the basis of poll results. Watch Nancy Pelosi during an interview. She gives it away. When she answers a question, she pauses and her eyes roll upwards, as she seeks to recall the answer that her policy advisers have prepared for her on the topic. She looks like a fifth-grader during a spelling bee trying to remember the spelling of “antediluvian.” Occasionally though we get an unscripted moment caught on camera that lays bare the real person. We all have our favorite…Continue Reading

Cecil Rhodes And Oxford

June 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The campaign to rename university buildings and remove statues that student activists find offensive has not ended. There are many examples. Yale’s Calhoun College is under attack because Yale alumnus John C. Calhoun was a supporter of slavery. There are demands that Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University be renamed because Wilson is now seen as a racist. As far as I can tell, the above demands have not been met. We will see what happens in the future. But Georgetown University gave in to the demands that the school’s Mulledy Hall and McSherry Hall be renamed because Thomas F. Mulledy, SJ, and William McSherry, S., 18th-century Jesuit presidents of Georgetown,…Continue Reading

The True Horizon

June 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “Verizon,” the name of the electronic communications giant, is what is called, in sophisticated circles, a “portmanteau” word. It is a hybrid of two words fused together like “Internet” which is the blending of “International” and “Network.” “Motel” (motor + hotel), “televangelist” (television + evangelist), and “brunch” (breakfast + lunch) are popular examples of portmanteau words. The two words that make up “Verizon” are “verus” and “horizon.” “Verizon” is a bold hybrid that suggests that there is a bright future on the horizon and that it belongs to the world of electronic communications. But if “Verizon,” though extremely well-marketed, is not our true horizon in any moral sense, we are left to ponder what our true horizon…Continue Reading

Donald Trump And Celebrity Populism

May 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is among the most quoted biblical passages, a favorite of Christians and non-Christians alike: “How is it that thou canst see the speck of dust which is in thy brother’s eye, and are not aware of the beam which is in thy own?” Jesus’ words hit all the right notes. The Lord warns of ignoring your own faults while you defame others, of hypocrisy, of what the old Baltimore Catechism used to call the sins of calumny and detraction. The passage came to mind when I read E.J. Dionne’s attack on Donald Trump and his supporters. There are reasons to be unhappy with Trump’s candidacy, but no one deserves a cheap shot. That is what…Continue Reading