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Reconciling Acceptance With Transformation

January 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO A common complaint directed at Blessed John Paul was that his sentences were too long. In defense of the former Pontiff, his mind was philosophical and he wanted to express complete thoughts that were not subject to misinterpretation. The common complaint directed now at Pope Francis is that his sentences are too short and very much open to misinterpretation. In defense of the reigning Pontiff, he wants to speak to the common man and make his point sharply and succinctly.

No Need To Be Morally Disarmed: Say What You Think

January 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK You can see the reaction in politicians and clergymen, parents and educators, even in white students talking about their minority classmates: Whenever the difference in performance between blacks and whites and Asians on standardized tests comes up for discussion, middle-class whites tend to fidget a bit and look for a way to change the topic. It is not hard to understand why. There is a pattern: People are labeled as racists if they take note of the low scores of blacks and Hispanics on these tests as part of the explanation for the underperformance of these groups in class rankings and graduation rates. The black writer Thomas Sowell has come to the rescue of the browbeaten…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Lay Apostolate Defined

January 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES The Layperson’s Distinctive Role by Francis Cardinal Arinze. Ignatius Press: 2013, 118 pages. Available at ignatius.com or by calling 1-800-651-1531 as either a paperback or an electronic book download. Witness to Honest Living — “In many countries, corruption is becoming widespread in fields like high finance, politics, civil service, trade and commerce and even sports. This is a big challenge to harmonious living, mutual trust and steady economic development. Christians cannot remain indifferent in front of this virus. And it is the lay faithful who are in the front line to give witness to honest living. They can achieve much individually and in organized groups” — Francis Cardinal Arinze. +    +    + The above is an excerpt…Continue Reading

Inequality — Crisis Or Scam

January 5, 2014 Frontpage 1 Comment

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong — with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution — had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere. That is, until Pol Pot came along. There seemed to be no private cars on Beijing’s streets. In the stores, there was next to nothing on the shelves. The Chinese all seemed dressed in the same blue Mao jackets. Today there are billionaires and millionaires in China, booming cities, a huge growing middle class and, yes, hundreds of millions of peasants still living on a few dollars a day. Hence, there is far greater inequality in China today than in 1972. Yet, is not…Continue Reading

Looking Ahead at the World in 2014

January 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By John J. Metzler BENNINGTON, Vermont — It’s that time to consult the snow globe and try to peer ahead at some of the key stories, crises, and opportunities which await the world as we prepare for a new year. Indeed 2013 has been marred by new levels of violence, humanitarian disasters, and a perceptible lack of leadership from the U.S. on the foreign policy front. So what are we looking at in the year ahead? Sadly the Middle East remains in the forefront of senseless and often sectarian violence. Syria’s civil war continues unabated, both as a nexus of competing proxy forces, Islamic fundamentalist fighters, and the widening humanitarian disaster befalling the civilian population. Though the Obama Administration nearly…Continue Reading

Does U.S. Foreign Policy Fuel Global Refugee Crisis?

January 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Throughout the nine months of his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of the growing global refugee crisis — a crisis which shows no signs of abating. According to the latest report by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNs’ refugee agency, released December 20, there are more than 45 million refugees worldwide, a jump of five million over the past year, and nearly three times the number in 1981 when the Pontifical Council Cor Unum addressed the growing problem in a message titled, Refugees: A Challenge To Solidarity. The UNs’ High Commission for Refugees warned that 2013 was set to be a banner year for refugees, with the “highest levels…Continue Reading

Video Warnings Against Sex Abuse Spin Away From Key Fact

January 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The male sex predator leers at a computer monitor, then tells his young female target whom he’s “grooming” for abuse, Let’s talk about sex. This isn’t a scene from a PG-13 movie at the local mall multiplex, or a Planned Parenthood video forced into your neighborhood schools. It was in the Catholic “safe environment” training video I was required to watch as a parish volunteer last November — a volunteer role not even involving special contact with minors, but as a eucharistic minister with Catholics generally at regular Masses, a service I’ve performed for a decade. In a society overrun with wall-to-wall entertainment and high-tech graphics, did some diocesan official decide that only vivid dramatizations…Continue Reading

Scholar Says . . . Sectarian Violence Endangers Egyptian Heritage

January 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANN SCHNEIBLE ROME (ZENIT) — The increase in sectarian violence against Egypt’s Christian communities endangers not only the country’s ancient Christian heritage, but also the cultural, social, and political dimensions of society. This was one of the assertions made by political scientist and sociologist Mariz Tadros, one of the 30 experts invited to speak on the theme of religious freedom at an international conference: “Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” The conference, which took place over the weekend of December 14, was organized by Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project, in collaboration with the Acton Institute, and hosted by the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.

The Knockout Game

December 31, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you are a viewer of the Fox News Channel — the programs hosted by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, and Greta Van Susteren, especially — you know what the “knockout game” is. The station has given great emphasis to the video clips of young black men approaching white passersby and knocking them to the ground with a single blow to the face; the objective of the assailants is to prove their manhood and earn some chuckles from their peers by rendering the victim unconscious with one sucker punch. Yeah: real tough guys. The film clips are available because the assailants post the videos on the Internet, in an attempt to garner admiration for their…Continue Reading

How Much Of Your Life Should Government Track?

December 30, 2013 Frontpage Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The zeal and expertise of the federal government in using modern technology is not evenly distributed across all its functions — legitimate and otherwise. Our government cannot build a web site to efficiently sell insurance to people whom it has compelled by law to buy insurance, but it can collect the domestic phone records of Americans and store them for years in a massive database. That database is theoretically so efficient — as opposed to the Obamacare web site — that the government can use it to track down terrorists operating clandestinely in the United States. “Through targeted computerized searches of those metadata records, the NSA tries to discern connections between terrorist organizations and previously unknown…Continue Reading