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Satan Comes To Oklahoma

February 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK No, the title of this article is not a reference to a Charlie Daniels song. That was The Devil Comes Down to Georgia, a whimsical song about a Georgia musician and the Devil competing on the fiddle, in the same vein as the Stephen Vincent Benèt’s short story, “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” and nothing to get concerned about. What I am referring to is an actual proposal from a New York-based group of Satanists to build a seven-foot-high statue of Baphomet, the goat-head pagan idol representing the Devil, on the grounds of the state capitol in Oklahoma. Most commentators are taking the proposal to be a publicity stunt by the New York Satanists, one that…Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . Can Distributism Be Imposed?

February 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Readers may recall an extended discussion in recent Forum columns on the topic of distributism, the economic system advocated by thinkers like Chesterton and Belloc and grounded in Catholic social teaching. The letters to the editor focused specifically on this question: Is it practically possibly to implement the distributist idea? In my contribution I indicated that, obviously, distributism, closely related, as it is, to the principle of subsidiarity, cannot be imposed, from above, by a central government, because that would entail a contradiction. However, there is at least some hope, however faint, in the possibility of its being imposed from below, through the subsidiary units exercising their legitimate authority, grounded in the natural law, as well…Continue Reading

Time To End The Church As Political Pawn

February 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES There is nothing more insidious than when a secular political organization infiltrates the walls of a Catholic church. It is as horrible as when a child is harmed by a stranger, but made even worse if the stranger gained access to the child because of the neglect of the child’s parent. By using this analogy, I hope to be able to convey the grave seriousness of this widespread problem that is occurring on a regular basis in countless parishes across the country, the child being the congregation and the parent the parish pastor. I have been contacted by several individuals and some groups of people who have very serious concerns about what is happening in their own…Continue Reading

Dependence Didn’t Work For Native Americans . . . So Why Should It Work For Obama’s Unemployed?

February 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The Obama administration celebrated people dropping out of the workforce as becoming liberated from the pressures of earning money. However, a woman who identified herself online as half-Seminole expressed skepticism that dependence on government would work any better for the unemployed than it had for Indian tribes. “In my old age, I’ve observed this generation of non-Native American descent who lap up the government handouts of food stamps, medical care, EBT cards, Section 8 housing, Obama phones, and look to the government for [sustenance], and demand more government dole,” wrote Veronica Valentino at the Arizona Daily Independent web site. “When did they become reservation Indians? It didn’t work for us; what makes them think that…Continue Reading

Walgreens Fires Pharmacist… For Refusing To Violate His Religious Beliefs

February 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

NASHVILLE — The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, together with Brentwood, Tenn., attorney Larry Crain, of Crain, Schuette & Associates, on February 11 filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of pharmacist Dr. Philip Hall against the Walgreen Company (“Walgreens”). The complaint alleges that, in August of 2013, Walgreens wrongfully fired Dr. Hall, who had been employed for six years as a pharmacist at Walgreens’ store in Jamestown, Tenn., in violation of his constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to freedom of religion. Dr. Hall, a Baptist, holds profound religious and moral objections to dispensing abortifacients, or abortion-inducing drugs, such as “Plan B.” For six years, Walgreens respected Dr. Hall’s religious beliefs…Continue Reading

UN Is Nuts!. . . UN Shows Ignorance And Attempts Interference

February 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. JOHN TRIGILIO (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Trigilio is a pastor in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. This commentary is reprinted with permission from his blog, The Black Biretta [black biretta.blogspot.com]. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Children issued a 16-page, 67-paragraph report on the Holy See on January 31, 2014. It exposes the utter obliviousness of the UN to the distinction between the Catholic religion and the sovereign independent nation of Vatican City. Likewise, it exposes the real agenda at the UN to deify political correctness and to usurp authority to make itself the supreme arbiter of human activity. First of all, Vatican City is a country. Catholicism is a…Continue Reading

A Sign Of The Times

February 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DEMARCO The late Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, OSB, once remarked that “it takes unusually strong guts to challenge that secularist and unabashedly anti-Catholic stronghold which is The New York Times.” His choice of the word “guts” is significant. The word “courage” is derived from the French coeur and the Latin cor, both referring to the heart. No doubt it takes great heart to possess the courage to face a strong opponent. But the term “guts” relates to organs just below the heart and adds the note of being visceral. “Intestinal fortitude” is the more esoteric phrase. Dealing with the Times requires more than heart. If one is an orthodox Catholic or a pro-life advocate, it requires the willingness…Continue Reading

Why Do The Liberals Like Pope Francis… Even When He Stands Firm On Church Teachings?

February 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A few weeks back in this space, I offered for your consideration the proposition that it serves us well to keep an eye on what the liberals, both Catholic and otherwise, have to say about Pope Francis. My position was that their perspective is likely to be different from that of Catholics on our side of the barricades in the culture wars, and that we can learn from it. I pointed to an article on the web site Religion Dispatches by Mary Hunt, who describes herself as a “feminist theologian” and a “Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement” who “lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.” Hunt does not…Continue Reading

Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

February 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By PAUL LIKOUDIS The horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is to ensure sound preaching in their parishes, and priests incapable of sound teaching should have their faculties to preach removed. Poor preaching, today, is taken for granted by most Catholics, though the responsibility of bishops for it is often overlooked.

GOP “Immigration Principles”… Have A Long Way To Go On Border Security

February 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The Republican U.S. House leadership can talk about securing the border first in its immigration principles released January 30, but actually accomplishing that security has barely begun despite ambitious government claims, a southern Arizona woman told The Wanderer. The woman, who lives close to the international line, is known to this writer but asked for anonymity. “Don’t use my name. The cartel would cut my head off,” she said in a February 2 interview. She spoke of continuing serious problems in her area because of massive illegal immigration that uses her Grand Canyon State as one of its major entry points. Her experiences reflect realities of border life that receive little if any attention when…Continue Reading