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Is The Problem Radical Islam? Or Violent Extremists?

February 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK How should we introduce our children to the debate over the Obama administration’s decision not to use the terms “radical Islam” and “Islamic terrorists” to describe groups such as ISIS and the killers of the editors of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo? It can be a confusing topic: Does it really make a difference if we describe the killers as “radical Islamists,” or — as the administration prefers — “violent extremists” with a “warped view of Islam.” It is easy to picture a modern Rip Van Winkle scratching his head in confusion. What is the distinction that is being drawn if one argues the Paris terrorists are not “radical Islamists,” but rather individuals with a…Continue Reading

The Lepanto Institute Commits To Victory For Our Church

February 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES A few years back, after I had left my position as director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the Archdiocese of Chicago, I attempted to continue the reformation work we started internally at the CCHD, but doing it independently. And without the threat of a gaggle of liberal clergy hounding me for disrupting their leftist social justice projects. After being targeted by the Obama administration’s IRS while applying for a 501c3 status, I gave up the effort. In addition, God opened another door for me where I could work with terrific researchers already doing the type of work I had intended to do with my own organization. I had the honor of working with Michael…Continue Reading

Archbishop Gomez… “No One Has Right To Decide Who Can Live And Who Can Die”

January 31, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

  By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column.) + + + When should it be legal for a doctor — or anyone else — to deliberately take an innocent human life? Politicians in both parties need to listen to the answer Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave to this question as he offered a requiem Mass on January 24 for aborted babies. “Only God, who is the Lord of our beginning and the Lord of our ending, can make the determination of the beginning and end of life,” he said. “The right to life, as we know, is the foundation of every other right and…Continue Reading

Bill Donohue And Charlie Hebdo: Bull’s Eye!

January 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

  By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK For those who have not followed the brouhaha, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is being raked over the coals for his statement to reporters that “Muslims have a right to be angry” about the irreverent manner in which Muhammad was depicted in the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and that the editor of the magazine “didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. . . . Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.” The Washington Post described…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Approved Family Synod’s Controversial Mid-term Report Before Publication: Synod Chief

January 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

  Hilary White and Patrick B. Craine    ROME, January 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synod’s first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it as the worst official document in…Continue Reading

Against Terrorism — But For What?

January 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that France “is at war with terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islamism.” This tells us what France is fighting against. But what is France fighting for in this war on terror? For terrorism is simply a tactic, and arguably the most effective tactic of the national liberation movements of the 20th century. Terrorism was used by the Irgun to drive the British out of Palestine and by the Mau Mau to run them out of Kenya. Terrorism, blowing up movie theaters and cafés, was the tactic the FLN used to drive the French out of Algeria. The FALN tried to assassinate Harry Truman in 1950 at Blair…Continue Reading

Goodbye, Omaha . . . Religious And Political Leaders’ Open-Borders Welcome Helps Submerge U.S.

January 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Omaha, Neb., anchored in the Midwest heartland, is more than a two-hour flight by commercial jet northeast of Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and a two to three-hour drive from the Mexican border. However, in the globalists’ open-borders, broken-fences world, Omaha might as well sit in the middle of Arizona’s Sonoran desert. You can thank, among others, Barack Obama, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Wall Street behemoths. They seemingly never saw a fence they liked unless it’s protecting their own White House, chanceries, or investment hives. Don’t bother to save up for a vacation in Latin America. That territory already has come right to you, minus the relaxation. On January 13, Nebraska’s…Continue Reading

Red Mass Speaker From Illinois… Tells Public Officials Of Importance Of Conscience

January 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — An Illinois bishop reminded the annual Red Mass for public officials here that honoring conscience truly can require that a price be paid, even though “conscience” also is invoked by those who want to exempt themselves from following God’s law expressed in Church teaching. Thomas Paprocki, bishop of Springfield, told listeners at St. Mary’s Basilica here on January 20 that his diocese’s Catholic Charities lost a $6 million contract with the state of Illinois because, honoring orthodox moral teaching, the diocesan adoption services wouldn’t place children with homosexual or cohabiting couples. Paprocki, an accomplished prelate who also is an attorney and a hockey player, told his audience at the evening service that he would reflect…Continue Reading

Defining Liberalism

January 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The difference between economic conservatives and social conservatives has been raised several times in First Teachers over the past decade. It is a question worth exploring with high school students. Both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are labeled as “conservatives” and described as “on the right” by the media and in the vernacular, even though their views on foreign policy and social policy are sometimes far apart. White it is true that both senators usually vote the same and are unequivocally opposed to modern liberalism, they do so for different reasons. It is not a new issue. I can remember L. Brent Bozell (the father of Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center and frequent…Continue Reading

What Does The High Court Have To Fear If It Imposes “Gay Marriage”?

January 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It used to sound like a persuasive argument that the Supreme Court wouldn’t dare impose “same-sex marriage” on the nation because that only would be inviting decades of unresolved social strife, much like the court caused by imprudently and impudently forcing radical permissive abortion throughout the land in 1973. After all, Americans from coast to coast voted to uphold traditional marriage in state ballot measures. But that was before lower-court judges arrogantly began to overturn these democratically enacted affirmations of historic marriage from east to west. What would the High Court have to lose now, in its own eyes, by forcing through more judicial imperialism? What, indeed? The justices would know the social strife to come. But,…Continue Reading