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Restoring The Sacred . . . How A Plaster Statue Of Our Lady Changed One Young Woman’s Life

February 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred . . . How A Plaster Statue Of Our Lady Changed One Young Woman’s Life

By JAMES MONTI Part 2 In an earlier essay, we related the events leading to the conversion of the young Japanese university student Venerable Elizabeth Maria Satoko Kitahara (1929-1958), a conversion prompted by a decisive encounter with a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. In this essay we complete our account of her spiritual journey. Having been baptized and confirmed, Satoko, now 20, intent upon pursuing her dream of becoming a Mercedarian nun, arranged to have one of the sisters begin teaching her Spanish, an official language of the congregation. Anticipating her entrance into the convent with great joy, Satoko packed a black dress for her postulancy, and tucked her train ticket for the journey underneath her pillow as if…Continue Reading

The Good News And The Bad

February 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Good News And The Bad

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK First, the good news: Pro-life students from the Jesuits’ Georgetown University were a prominent part of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January. Now the bad: Georgetown had nothing to do with it. It is an instructive test case, a scenario that makes one wonder whether our modern Catholic universities have become schools with as pronounced an animus against Catholicism as nonsectarian schools fully under the sway of the secular left. The Georgetown students who attended the March for Life recently told The Cardinal Newman Society (cardinalnewmansociety.org) that “student groups at the university are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the university’s lack of support for their events and…Continue Reading

Best Way To Honor Hero Scalia . . . To Protect His Court Legacy From Obama’s Plotting

February 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Best Way To Honor Hero Scalia . . . To Protect His Court Legacy From Obama’s Plotting

By DEXTER DUGGAN Add to the mysterious traditional closed-door procedures of the mighty U.S. Supreme Court the mysterious way in which one of its most consequential members had the door suddenly closed on his life and work in remote west Texas. And add to this that the death of conservative titan Justice Antonin Scalia, a Catholic, created a potential opening for a lying, lawless, Alinskyite president who has marked his tenure in the White House by remarkably trampling on the Constitution, on congressional authority, and on the American people. Even those who find politics boring as compared to empty Hollywood gossip might see the possibility of riveting drama in Scalia’s passing and the contest to confirm his successor. Barack Obama’s…Continue Reading

If You Have Not Heard This Homily . . . It Is Well Worth The Time

February 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on If You Have Not Heard This Homily . . . It Is Well Worth The Time

Homily for Justice Scalia by his son, Rev. Paul Scalia

The Francis Effect

February 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Francis Effect

By REY FLORES It is not my place or anyone else’s place to pass judgment on anyone, but especially not on a Pope. I understand that Pope Francis has not been everyone’s favorite Pope, but I am forever grateful for him for one specific reason. Just the day before I wrote this, I spoke long distance with my father, who was baptized in the faith and I assume received all of the sacraments, but has not taken his religion very seriously. He is one of many who were poorly catechized and malformed in the faith. My father has been a hard worker all of his life who left home at the age of 15 to seek his fortune and provide…Continue Reading

Socialism And Bernie Sanders

February 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Socialism And Bernie Sanders

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK My hope was that Bernie Sanders would remain a viable candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency well into the election season, and not only because I think he would be easier to beat than Hillary Clinton. (Though, I confess, that is one of the reasons.) I thought it would be a teachable moment. I envisioned the eventual Republican nominee and conservative commentators seizing the moment to educate the voters, especially younger voters, about the disasters that socialists have created in countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, all their slogans about fairness and equality notwithstanding. Q.E.D. You can’t redistribute the wealth when no one has created it. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as I had…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . U.S. Pro-Life Movement’s Roots Aren’t What Media Want You To Think

February 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review . . . U.S. Pro-Life Movement’s Roots Aren’t What Media Want You To Think

By DEXTER DUGGAN Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade, by Daniel K. Williams, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-19-939164-6, 365 pages hardback, $29.95, 2016. The man seated next to me in the airport departure lounge in January asked what I was reading. He wanted to talk a bit after I told him Defenders of the Unborn was about the U.S. pro-life movement. He soon disclosed that his wife had an abortion when they were young because they “weren’t ready,” but they later had children. That would have been more than 35 years ago, because he is 60 now. He didn’t regret the abortion, he said conversationally, and believes there are too many people…Continue Reading

Justice Scalia . . . The Constitution’s Great Defender Against Sex-Crazed Tyranny

February 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Justice Scalia . . . The Constitution’s Great Defender Against Sex-Crazed Tyranny
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By JONATHON VAN MAREN (Editor’s Note: Jonathon Van Maren graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. LifeSiteNews published this commentary. All rights reserved.) + + + “I shall tell the Creator of the Universe you were too busy to see him,” Justice Antonin Scalia once emailed a law clerk who didn’t want to attend church with him. But it is perhaps not unfair to suspect that Scalia himself would have felt the same way, had he known his departure was so imminent. The Creator called for him nonetheless, and he is gone. A titan has fallen. The bitter rejoicing of…Continue Reading

An Enlightening Fable . . . Ten Reasons Why Christianity Won’t Get Off the Ground

February 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on An Enlightening Fable . . . Ten Reasons Why Christianity Won’t Get Off the Ground

By DONALD DeMARCO (Editor’s Note: The following satire, written by “Marcus Tullius Erronius,” purports to show why Christianity is unrealistic. In a coming issue, an essay by Dr. DeMarco will explain why Christianity is realistic, after all.) + + + To my esteemed Senator Maximus Perturbius: I have completed my research and evaluation of this boorish band of vagabonds called Christians. I am happy to report that Rome has nothing to fear from this motley religious sect. The following ten reasons make it only too evident that Christianity will never get off the ground, let alone flourish. I could have provided more than ten reasons, but you know what affection we Romans have for the number ten. Suffice to say…Continue Reading

Migration Revisited

February 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Migration Revisited

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Migration is a characteristic of the human race. Man moves, and then moves again, for a thousand reasons: floods, famine, conquest, persecution and subjugation, economic opportunity. Anthropologists tell us that the earliest traces of human activity show evidence of people coming, planting, building, and then vanishing, perhaps to some better place, taking their culture with them and leaving evidence of it behind them. Perhaps every migration is different, but the hope for something better appears common to them all. Once over lunch in Buenos Aires I asked my host Guido Soaki Ramos, “Where are your people from?” “Tucuman,” he replied. “I know that, but everyone who is not what we call a Native American is from some…Continue Reading