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Playing With Constitutional Fire

November 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This past week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down. Can he legally do that? To address that question, we need to start with the principle that a presidential action may be lawful at the same…Continue Reading

The Oil Weapon In America’s Hands

November 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In July of 1941, after Japan occupied French Indochina, the Roosevelt administration froze Japan’s assets in the United States. Denied hard cash, Japan could not buy the U.S. oil upon which the empire depended for survival. Seeing the Dutch East Indies as her only other source, Japan prepared to invade. But first she had to eliminate the sole strategic threat to her occupation of the East Indies — the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor. FDR’s cutoff of oil to Japan was thus a primary cause of WWII in the Pacific, which led to hundreds of thousands of U.S. war dead, the destruction of Japan, Mao’s triumph in China, and a U.S. war in Korea. A…Continue Reading

Midterm Political Wins Satisfying . . . “But Our Hope Has To Be In Christ,” Rector Says

November 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Although it’s not wrong to take hope from political victories in the November 4 midterm elections, politics isn’t the answer in the long term, the rector of the cathedral for the Diocese of Phoenix told The Wanderer after offering an evening Mass here. Fr. John Lankeit celebrated Mass at an upscale hotel for Catholic supporters of the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom before they and other friends of this national legal-activist organization that stands up for traditional values sat down to a dinner. Being at Mass is “the most important thing we can do,” Lankeit said in his homily. . . . This [Eucharist] needs to be the most important food you will eat.”

Overthrowing Capitalism To Stop Global Warming

November 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

  By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am an agnostic about global warming. Is it because I’m a waffler? I hope not. My problem is that I am not a scientist and have no way of making an empirical analysis of the question on my own. Beyond that, when I go for answers from the “experts,” I get conflicting answers. I am told that the “overwhelming majority” of scientists agree that “man-made global warming” is a reality. But then I come across scientists — who do not seem to be “tools of the oil companies” or “right-wing flakes” — armed with facts and figures who disagree. Who’s right? I don’t know. Especially when we are told that even colder weather can…Continue Reading

Pope’s Name Cited . . . Creighton University Extends Same-Sex Benefits

November 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Pope Francis’ name was cited as a factor for Omaha’s Creighton University recently extending health benefits to same-sex “spouses” of university employees. In a letter to the well-known Midwest Catholic university’s board of trustees, the president of the Jesuit institution, Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ, acknowledged that the Omaha archbishop opposed the move. “I have notified Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha of my decision, acknowledging his disagreement and disapproval of such a decision based upon a previous conversation he and I had,” Lannon wrote. “Consequently, the decision was not made lightly,” Lannon wrote the trustees. “After much prayer and discernment, I believe the extension of benefits is the right thing to do at Creighton. The decision involves the…Continue Reading

Abolish The CCHD

November 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Heads up, folks! Once again that old turkey known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is descending upon us, reaching into our pockets to help fortify Saul Alinsky’s disciples across the land. The collection baskets will be passed around a second time asking us to support a variety of organizations that claim to be helping the poor in all sorts of ways. In some parishes, you may even be treated to a guest speaker at Mass who is trained to tug at your heartstrings with one hand, while reaching for your wallet with the other. No matter how many times many people have investigated, reported, and written countless articles about this campaign, many continue to…Continue Reading

It’s Official . . . Pope Francis Removes Cardinal Burke From Apostolic Signatura

November 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

(From combined sources) The Vatican announced on Saturday, November 8 that Pope Francis has removed Raymond Cardinal Burke from his position as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. The choice of a Saturday for the announcement was, according to Robert Royal on his The Catholic Thing blog, “the ecclesial equivalent of the White House late-Friday ‘news dump’ to lessen controversy.” Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, D.C., said that move “was also singularly ineffective.” He continued: “Even major secular newspapers and other media outlets — who have, shall we say, a certain interest in pushing the line that the Church is finally coming their way — carried stories Sunday about the ‘demotion of a…Continue Reading

Translation “Error” In Synod’s English Text? Final Document Cuts Marriage “Between A Man And A Woman”

November 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final “relatio” from October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? “. . . confronto alla luce del Signore Gesù per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la società nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna.” And: “. . . facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family.” A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original says, roughly, “. . . facing, in the…Continue Reading

By Showing Us The Way . . . Cardinal Burke “Accompanies” Us As Leaders Should

November 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By HILARY WHITE (This commentary first appeared on LifeSiteNews.com; all rights reserved. Hilary White is a Rome-based reporter for LifeSiteNews. The information White gives about LifeSite’s petition to thank Cardinal Burke was current as of November 11; for more information, visit www.lifesitenews.com.) + + + LifeSite’s petition to send a message of gratitude to Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke for his leadership has garnered over 19,000 signatures, and gaining. Despite the presumptions of the secular news media, there are a lot of Catholics who love their Church, who love the teachings of the Church on sexuality and family, and who love Cardinal Burke. As someone who has had the honor of meeting with him several times, I can add my witness…Continue Reading

The Abortion Load . . . Is It Getting Too Heavy For Democrats To Carry?

November 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Is the oppressive load that Democratic Party candidates carry at the insistence of pro-abortion radicals like Planned Parenthood starting to become too heavy? Arizona’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, longtime liberal Fred DuVal, seemed none too pleased with that burden in mid-October when he was asked about abortions for young teenagers without parental notification or consent. DuVal sighed and went straight to the issue of parental consent. He opposes it, he said with the usual pro-abortion pietism, because “that then gives the choice of reproductive freedom to the parents and not to the expectant mother, and I believe the expectant mother has that. . . .” At this point his questioner, the pastor at the non-Catholic Redemption…Continue Reading