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Quebec’s New Cardinal . . . Has Roots In U.S., Experience In South America

January 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Canada’s newest cardinal, Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, was born in a small village in southern Quebec near the Maine border, grew up in New Hampshire where his family moved when he was eight, has eight years’ experience working as a missionary in South America, and is committed to re-evangelizing La Belle Province. As Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail reported January 12: “Since the Quiet Revolution, Quebeckers have turned their backs on their Catholic roots in what Archbishop Lacroix has coined a ‘tsunami of secularization.’ He has made it his mission to evangelize Quebeckers so that the once-deeply religious province can find its lost faith. “That endeavor has resonated with Pope Francis.

A Movie Review . . . “Gimme Shelter”: Is Hollywood Waking Up?

January 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Movies have always been an escape for me. When I think of movies, I think of popcorn, soda, some candy, and plunging myself for two hours into the fantasy lands created in those big-budget science fiction films that blow up famous landmarks or create monster waves that engulf entire cities like New York or Los Angeles. Most recently, however, I have had the opportunity to preview a number of terrific movies that have nothing to do with fantasy, but deal with the harsh reality of abortion and the beauty of the sanctity of life. In the last year I’ve watched and reviewed Doonby, the 40 film, and now Gimme Shelter. (See ad on p. 8A.) The thing…Continue Reading

The Nuns And The President

January 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO When the Framers were putting together the Constitution in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, they knew the states would not adopt it without written guarantees that the new central government would respect natural rights. The supporters of the Constitution promised political leaders in the states that the written guarantees would soon be added as amendments, and they were. By late 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified and added to the new Constitution. The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to assure all in America that their natural rights — areas of human choices for which a permission slip from the government cannot be required and in which the government cannot coerce compliance with…Continue Reading

Sex Abuse Does Not Define Us Or The Church

January 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES If there is one thing that drives me absolutely crazy, it’s when I have atheists, Protestants, or, worse yet, lapsed Catholics who always like to throw “your child-molesting priests” right at my face when discussing religion, politics, or just about anything that offers the world yet another opportunity to attack the Catholic Church. To those people I say, the Catholic Church is not defined by these troubled men. As Catholics we defend the Church, but never do we defend such actions by a few very lost souls who have committed unspeakable and atrocious crimes which should be acknowledged and punished to the full extent of the law.

Marriage As Meaningless

January 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO A colleague in philosophy who taught at the same university in Canada where I labored for many years achieved the nadir of cynicism when he had this to say about marriage: “Marriage is an archaic institution that has lost its moral force. But if we wish to provide a healthy, loving environment in which to reproduce our species, we’d better think up something quick to replace it.” Obviously, he finds marriage in the modern world to be meaningless. He avoided, however, directing such cynicism to his own profession. He did not say, “The university is an archaic institution that has lost its intellectual force. If we want our young people to be properly educated in a creative…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Who Was Marie Stopes?”

January 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the booklet “Marie Stopes International Exposed,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Marie Carmichael Stopes was the United Kingdom’s answer to America’s Margaret Sanger. Both women lived during the same era. Both were vocal eugenicists and birth control pioneers in their respective nations during the 1920s and 1930s, and their writings show that their views on eugenics and racial purity were identical. Most important, Stopes’ legacy has done just as much to spread birth control and abortion across the globe as has Sanger’s International Planned Parenthood Federation. Marie Stopes was born in 1880 to…Continue Reading

Spiritual But Not Religious

January 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am not sure why I have been hearing the term “spiritual but not religious” more than I used to. It is not that I am moving in “bad circles” lately. But if that is not the explanation, what is? Let’s use Occam’s razor: The simplest explanation is the best. If I had to guess, I would say that there are more people these days who use the term to describe themselves. It strikes me that there are different types of individuals who describe themselves as “SBNR.” One group seems motivated by an understandable, even commendable, reason; another seems drawn to the label for shallow and trendy reasons. And there are also those who use the…Continue Reading

Is America Going To Pot?

January 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado. It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. But where are we going? One certain result of the legalization of marijuana is that there are going to be more potheads, more dropouts, and more deaths on highways from those high or stoned — and more rehab centers. Scores of thousands of Coloradans may relish the freedom they have voted for themselves. But the costs will be borne by society and the families of future victims of potheads behind the wheel. So it has been with alcohol. All of us…Continue Reading

Thinker On Issue Says… “Immigration Reform” Won’t Pass In 2014, Either

January 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — This new year will be when “comprehensive immigration reform” passes, its champions say. They said that in 2013, too. And in 2007. They were wrong. Waves of illegal immigrants keep slipping across the border to await the legalized citizenship that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other organizations say they should receive. However, the illegal immigrants are still waiting. What would be the answer to all their problems, they were told, is still coming up empty. They might have been able to work things out better back home if they hadn’t bought the bottle of magic elixir they were told would slake their thirst in the desert and solve their problems as soon…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz . . . Asks Obama For Temporary Relief From HHS Mandate

January 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked President Obama to temporarily exempt religious institutions from crippling fines if their insurance plans exclude sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraceptives. Archbishop Kurtz also asked the president to consider that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear two cases related to the mandate created by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At least 90 cases have been brought to federal courts by individuals and institutions objecting to the imposition of the HHS mandate. Most of the decisions to date have favored those bringing suit. Archbishop Kurtz’s request comes as the administration has offered exemptions to numerous…Continue Reading