Sunday 21st December 2014

Home » Frontpage » Recent Articles:

The Kerfuffle At Fisher More College

March 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Earlier this week, there was a big kerfuffle about the Traditional Latin Mass being prohibited at the very traditional Fisher More College by newly appointed Bishop Michael Olson in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. The initial reports in cyberspace had Bishop Olson painted as a Latin Mass-hating bishop, taking orders from the Vatican and its allegedly left-leaning Pontiff. Later reports had the president of the college, Michael King, as a scoundrel who made a bad real estate deal that left the school with the proverbial barrel and suspenders around the remaining student body and faculty. As of my writing this column, there is still much speculation, as well as hard feelings and a damaged Catholic collective.

A Leaven In The World… Rights To Traditional Mass, Reception Of Communion Stir Controversy

March 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK When has going to any Mass been considered a problem? The mission of the Church is the salvation of souls in Jesus Christ which, practically speaking, means getting them to Mass where He is truly present in the Eucharist and speaks in the Word through the Holy Spirit. But at a small Catholic college in Fort Worth, Texas, this appears in the eyes of the bishop to be a problem, not a solution. The episcopal crackdown on Fisher-More College became public last week in a post on Rorate-Caeli.blogspot.com. The ordinary, Bishop Michael Olson, has demanded that celebration of the Extraordinary Form Mass offered daily at the college chapel for years cease immediately and that only…Continue Reading

The Liberal Counteroffensive On The Obamacare Mandate

March 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t know why the supporters of Obamacare’s mandate requiring Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortifacients have not been forced in public to defend the stark inconsistency of their position. You would think the liberals who support Obamacare would be scrambling to explain their double standard. It is, after all, the American left that has been defined for nearly a half-century now by their stand for dissent and the rights of the individual. They were the ones who told us that opponents of America’s military campaigns around the world should not be forced to serve in those wars; who told us that Jim Crow laws need not be obeyed by those who…Continue Reading

Pope’s Interview With Corriere Della Sera . . . Kindness And Mercy Are The Center Of The Gospel

March 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
pope20

 VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Find below an English translation, by Catholic News Agency’s Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily Corriere della Sera. +    +    + Q. Holy Father, every once in a while you call those who ask you for help. Sometimes they don’t believe you. A. Yes, it has happened. When one calls, it is because he wants to speak, to pose a question, to ask for counsel. As a priest in Buenos Aires it was more simple. And, it has remained a habit for me. A service. I feel it inside. Certainly, now it is not that easy to do due to the quantity of people who…Continue Reading

The Way Back

March 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four articles concerning America’s cultural and moral decline. Lawrence P. Grayson is a visiting scholar in The School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America.) +    +    + For nearly two hundred years from its founding, America could be considered a Christian society. Although church and state were separate, the public life of the nation was conducted in conformity with Christian principles: God was welcome in the public venue; actions of political and business leaders were guided by a common sense of virtue and morality that formed the ethos of the general public; churches were free to conduct their social and charitable works according to the…Continue Reading

Eric Holder Is Wrong Because MLK Was Right

March 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Attorney General Eric Holder is now arguing that state attorneys general who refuse to defend provisions in their state constitutions restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman are following in the footsteps of the civil rights movement. “Mr. Holder has said he views today’s gay-rights campaigns as a continuation of the civil rights movement that won rights for black Americans in the 1950s and ’60s,” The New York Times reported February 25. Holder provided an example of what the Times was talking about when he spoke earlier in February at a dinner sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s most prominent advocate of same-sex marriage. “Just as was true during the…Continue Reading

In The Arena . . . Gov. Brewer Leaves Christians To Fend For Selves

March 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
lionsden

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — What happened when a southern California photographer refused the business of a man because she disagreed with his lifestyle? The rejected customer probably slammed a lawsuit onto her and denounced her bigotry at a packed media conference. By the next day, the photographer’s reputation was being flayed from coast to coast. Actually not. Because in this case the customer was a national conservative leader, Alan Sears, head of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom. Sears simply took his business elsewhere last year — he’d wanted to arrange a Christmas card photo with his family — and said he didn’t want to compromise the photographer’s conscience. The incident was recounted in a January 23 story in…Continue Reading

Conservative Conference . . . Asserts People’s Right To Call Government To Account

March 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
thumb

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Citing key words from the Declaration of Independence, former conservative Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain reminded a conference here that when government becomes destructive of the people’s basic rights, they have the authority to alter or abolish it. Those words from one of the United States’ foundational documents could be considered very dangerous to a swollen, contemptuous political establishment that presumes to grind down the people with arrogant, elitist diktats assaulting their fundamental values. The Tea Party spontaneously arose across the United States in 2009 to oppose such tyranny. And there was Tea Party spirit here at the Western Conservative Conference, where Cain delivered the keynote address on February 22. Warning that “the American dream…Continue Reading

Benedictines Of Mary, Queen Of Apostles . . . Mother Cecilia Describes What Is Deeper In Their Music

March 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN (Editor’s Note: In the third week of February, Lent at Ephesus from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Overall Music Chart and Classical Traditional Music Chart. The album also earned the No. 49 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, the No. 2 spot on the Contemporary Christian Chart, and the No. 3 spot on the Christian Gospel and Internet charts. (“We are amazed and humbled by the undeniable role of divine Providence in the success story behind the ethereal music from the monastic Benedictines of Mary,” said Monica Fitzgibbons, co-founder of De Montfort Music [www.demontfortmusic.com], which produces the albums. (The Benedictines of Mary have two earlier albums: Advent…Continue Reading

The Continuing Assault On Christianity

February 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON (Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of four articles concerning America’s cultural and moral decline. Lawrence P. Grayson is a visiting scholar in The School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America.) +    +    + Ever since the social forces unleashed in the 1960s overran the Christian mores of the country, America has continued to move toward becoming a more irreligious nation. In the last half century, there has been a progressive offensive against the public display and acknowledgment of religion, accompanied by lifestyle practices and social abuses which are antithetical to Christian beliefs. Marriage, the family, and even life itself have been degraded. Today, a great deal of social practice and political…Continue Reading