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Not Solving “Whole Universe’s Problem”. . . California Media School Plans For A Global Reach Anyway

July 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN ESCONDIDO, Calif. — As he talked about the latest plans for expansion at John Paul the Great Catholic University here, The Wanderer asked school president Derry Connolly, Ph.D., how much this would cost. He flashed a big grin. “Probably a good question. Many million. . . . Our big challenge is buying real estate. While real estate is depressed, $10 million.” The real estate would be much more expensive if it were right in the Pacific Ocean coastal city of Carlsbad, he said. However, San Diego County’s Escondido is over to the east, in California’s coastal hills. Cost-conscious Connolly and his administrators know the value of a dollar, but they also trust in God to provide for…Continue Reading

Paving The Road To Hell . . . The New Standard In Ethical Guidelines

July 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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The Obama administration, at a July 17 press briefing, when confronted with the ghoulish reality that federally funded Planned Parenthood is profiteering with the sale of aborted baby parts, responded by citing Planned Parenthood’s statement that it has acted in a way “entirely consistent” with the “strictest ethical guidelines.” (See p. 1A of this week’s issue.) Not even at the pinnacle of the reign of the Third Reich as the minions of Adolf Hitler were heinously marching the Jews into the chambers of the death camps would the ministers of misinformation have released a statement as belligerent or as in-your-face as this is. Have we now redefined the word “ethical” to the point where it is not only acceptable to…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood’s War On The World . . . As Tragedy Deepens, Can Elitists Awake From Their Nightmare?

July 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN When handed a winning issue, will a candidate accept it? Often for Republicans, the answer has been “no” when the issue is pro-life. Their courage collapses because they know that dominantly pro-abortion “news” media would savage them as much as these media favor savaging unborn babies. The public wouldn’t stand for what the abortion industry has been getting away with for decades if people knew, if they were educated in the public square. But too many GOP candidates are well aware that bombast battleships like The New York Times still portray opposition to massive permissive abortion as foolish superstition that must be crushed at all costs. So these candidates go hide from the issue, let the atrocities…Continue Reading

Chin Up! Maybe…

July 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is easy to see why Americans with traditional values would be in a gloomy mood. It seems as if the country is turning against us; that behaviors and beliefs that would have been seen as bizarre and inimical to a virtuous society in the America of our youth are now mainstream, everything from same-sex marriage to legalized pornography and drug use. We see the media making no effort to disguise their contempt for us. And it would not be an exaggeration to hold that American higher education is dedicated to ensuring that future generations of American will not think as we do about the important questions in life. Not good. But all may not be…Continue Reading

Of Lamborghinis And Baby Parts

July 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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By REY FLORES Planned Parenthood continues to be slammed by the terrific new investigative group known as Center for Medical Progress. PP deserves a good beating! Last week we were introduced to the now infamous Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s top doc caught on undercover camera talking about selling human baby parts as casually as if she were talking about selling veal cutlets. The image of Nucatola eating her salad and drinking her wine is forever etched in our collective minds, representing the callousness of this dreadful organization and how it makes its money. This week we meet another one of Planned Parenthood’s top ghouls, another so-called doctor by the name of Mary Gatter. Given Dr. Gatter’s cavalier attitude on…Continue Reading

Candidate’s Electrifying Stand . . . Will Trump Walk A Straight Path On Opposing Illegal Entry?

July 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Is multibillionaire businessman Donald Trump as real a candidate for president as his newfound supporters fervently hope, a populist crusader for a forgotten “silent majority”? Or is Trump’s candidacy a ploy by the ever-clever national elite to have him roil the race, undercut the numerous GOP presidential competitors so that no one else gets a firm footing, then drop out and deliver the 2016 GOP nomination to an establishment darling like Jeb Bush? The gaggle of Republican governors and senators all fighting for a slice of the presidential polling pie seemed quickly eclipsed by Trump, already widely known in television, entertainment, and business as a can-do international magnate. Some July polls showed Trump surging to…Continue Reading

Subsidized Luxury Door Stops

July 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The topic of college loan debt has come up in several recent editions of First Teachers, especially the proposal by Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the government to forgive the loans, thereby requiring the taxpayers to foot the bill. J.M. writes to offer his observations on the controversy: “The New York Federal Reserve Bank has published statistics indicating that only about 45 percent of college graduates are working at jobs appropriate for their skill level. The others are working at jobs that no one before now had thought to require a college degree, such as working at Starbucks.” J.M. concludes “that the feedback system of matching people to jobs is broken. Any…Continue Reading

Is Capitalism Diabolic?

July 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what Communism did — to his country, his Church, and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that Sandinista Marxist regime as culture minister. And, while in Managua, he warned Catholics they were being…Continue Reading

Should We Forgive Dylann Roof?

July 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My guess is that most readers of this column will have seen by now the televised expressions of forgiveness of Dylann Roof from the family members of the nine black men and women he killed while they were worshipping at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Roof stood under guard in a courtroom, while his likeness was transmitted on a closed-circuit television screen to the family members, whose voices were audible in the background. The family members are being widely praised for living out Christ’s call to “love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you.” I join the chorus. But how concerned should I be that I can’t imagine myself acting as…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Supreme Court’s Same Sex “Marriage” Decision: Grave Implications And Needed Responses

July 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + The U.S. Supreme Court has…Continue Reading