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Our Divisiveness Keeps Abortion Business Thriving

September 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Many years ago, when I was a community organizer in Chicago, I cut my teeth with some of the most effective left-wing organizers as part of the politically influential Grassroots Collaborative. This group included ACORN, SEIU, American Friends Service Committee, and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Before I alarm you any further, let me just clear the air here. I certainly did not subscribe to their politics and I took a lot of abuse simply for being Catholic and pro-life, but I believed in the human dignity of the poor and disenfranchised people these organizations were claiming to be fighting for. I soon realized that the community organizers and unions weren’t really interested in…Continue Reading

Do Fewer Teachers = Better Teachers?

September 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

People have been seeking ways to improve the quality of teachers in this country for as long as most of us can remember. S.M. has forwarded to First Teachers a column by Amanda Ripley from the June 17 issue of the Arizona Daily Star that contends that Finland has come up with an effective answer to the problem. Ripley is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World — and How They Got That Way. Ripley calls our attention to “something that hasn’t made many headlines but has the potential to finally revolutionize education. . . . In a handful of statehouses and universities across the country, a few farsighted Americans are finally pursuing what the world’s smartest countries…Continue Reading

The Deposit of Faith And The Development of Doctrine

September 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER There are certain words or terms in the Church’s vocabulary for explaining her beliefs and practices which I have always found especially enlightening, and perhaps more than any others, those which I have given as the title of this article: “The Deposit of Faith and the Development of Doctrine.” Together they wonderfully encapsulate the whole process by which the Christian Revelation was given to the world and over the centuries came to be formulated and explained in the way it has by its authorized guardian, the one holy Catholic and apostolic Church. Although in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s there was a lot of talk about an “ongoing revelation” (God was continually revealing new truths), this idea…Continue Reading

Obamacare’s Hidden Agenda

September 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We are all taught early in our education that it is unacceptable to act as if we can read the minds of those who disagree with us on an issue. The formal term for it is “imputing motives.” We are told that we should deal with what our opponents actually say, not charge them without proof of dishonest intentions or “ulterior motives”; that we should not attack their character with an “ad hominem” argument, but the quality of their evidence, since even lowlifes can have the facts on their side at times. Fair enough. But there are instances when circumstantial evidence of a hidden agenda can be too overwhelming to ignore. I submit that just such…Continue Reading

Memo To Bishops . . . Heaven Has Gates, And Only Those Who Follow The Rules Get In

September 19, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Trust is one of the most necessary qualities in relationships. Without honest language, there’s no basis for reliable understanding. If a penitent tells a priest he’s a financial customer when he means a bank robber, or a disciplinarian when he means child beater, or a window evaluator when he means Peeping Tom, the priest has been misled. If the very words upon which a debate occurs are intentionally misleading or deceptive, trust is broken and the exchange of thought impaired. That’s an important reason that so many Catholics feel alienated from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over an issue it champions. “Illegal immigration” and “illegal aliens” are simple, factual words to describe a certain…Continue Reading

Liberty And Dignity Under Assault . . . “In Ways That Are Chilling And Unimaginable As Never Before”

September 18, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX – Nationally active speakers at a “legislative seminar” here examined the damage to the legal system and individual conscience, welfare, and morality if American courts impose a fiat favoring the “same-sex marriage” novelty. About 300 people gathered at Phoenix Catholic diocesan headquarters for the September 6 program, “Catholics in the Public Square,” dealing with their legitimate political responsibilities in American society. The half-day program began with an 8 a.m. Mass at nearby St. Mary’s Basilica, where Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted urged listeners to have faith that God will bring a greater good from the undoubted evils of the present time. “When persecuted, we endure. . . . When slandered, we respond gently. Now, that’s not easy,”…Continue Reading

Our Loving Witness . . . Spread Love Of Christ’s Word And His Sacraments To All

September 17, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE Sirach 36:1-8, 15-17 Matt. 9:35-38 Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen. At the conclusion of a day of meeting with university students to deepen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and its practice, it is most fitting to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the intention of the spread of the faith to all peoples. The truth, the beauty and the goodness of our Catholic faith draws us to an always deeper knowledge of Our Lord Who speaks to us and acts on our behalf in His Mystical Body the Church. Christ, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father, speaks to us and acts on our behalf…Continue Reading

A Tale Of Two Churches

September 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I. Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with Him. The Savior that God sent, His only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about Himself and humanity by breaking into the history of human sinfulness. This church, a hierarchical communion, continued through history, living among different peoples and cultures, filled with sinners, but always guided…Continue Reading

Sarah Palin Says … Politicians Need To Have Courage To Impeach Obama

September 16, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Sarah Palin called for the kind of politicians who’ll impeach Barack Obama as she neared the conclusion of her remarks at a joint appearance here with Dinesh D’Souza, speaking in a campaign-like atmosphere before more than 2,000 people at the Grand Canyon University arena. Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, and D’Souza, the conservative intellectual, author and filmmaker, made aggressive appeals to take up the battle against leftists during their talks at the Christian university on September 4. Ticking off a list of troubles that the United States is told it can’t cope with, Palin included the inability to secure the border, balance the budget, and stop Obama’s prying Internal Revenue…Continue Reading

Notre Dame And The Obamacare Mandate

September 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK First Teachers has found Sycamore Trust (sycamoretrust.org) to be a trustworthy source on what is happening at the University of Notre Dame. (The trust is an association of Notre Dame graduates dedicated to preserving the Catholic identity of the university.) We are sad to relay to our readers the latest information from Sycamore Trust’s newsletter about how the school is dealing with the requirement in Obamacare that employers provide coverage for contraceptives, including abortifacients, in their health insurance programs. Fasten your seatbelt. According to Sycamore Trust, “Notre Dame is complying with the contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with free abortifacients and contraceptives. Moreover,…Continue Reading