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The Shifting Common Ground

January 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, who brought abortion to his country, is campaigning to become prime minister of Canada. In an apparent attempt to bolster his chances, he has produced a memoir entitled, Common Ground. Jean Chrétien, a former prime minister of Canada, produced Straight From the Heart, a memoir that came straight from the pen of a ghostwriter. One does not put much stock in the sincerity of political memoirs these days. One reviewer compares Trudeau’s book to what has been said of President Obama’s oratory: “It sails because it has no weight.” It is platitudinous, vague, and rhetorical. But these are not its major weaknesses. It is essentially contradictory with a degree of transparency…Continue Reading

Hollywood Plays With Fire

January 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne. Bismarck edited the report to make it appear the Frenchman had insulted the king, and that Wilhelm rudely dismissed him. The Ems Telegram precipitated the Franco-Prussian war Bismarck wanted. Words matter. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact can a motion picture have? We are finding out. Egypt has banned Exodus: Gods and Kings, the $140 million 20th Century Fox biblical epic. Cairo’s culture minister Gaber Asfour condemns it as “a Zionist film” containing “historical inaccuracies.”

UN Consensus Building Against North Korean Rights Abuses

December 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — A growing global wave of criticism, concern, and consternation continues as both the UN General Assembly and now the Security Council have firmly condemned North Korea’s communist regime for human rights abuses to its own population. The moves come amid widening, and overdue, international attention to the reprehensible and widespread human rights situation in the reclusive and quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). First, the full General Assembly voted 116 in favor, 20 against, and 53 abstentions to a tough but non-binding resolution calling on the international community to improve human rights in the DPRK. Then, for the first time ever, the Security Council met specifically to cover North Korea’s human…Continue Reading

California Online Catholic Publisher . . . Sees Some Bright Spots In Capital Of “Deviant Life”

December 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO — As publisher of both an orthodox Catholic news website and this city’s major alternative weekly newspaper, Jim Holman makes his mark on religious and secular developments. He heads both California Catholic Daily and the San Diego Reader. Holman’s characteristically modest second-floor corner office at 2323 Broadway in San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood looks down the hill to downtown high-rises that look over San Diego Bay. Victorian mansions on the hill recall a millionaire neighborhood’s past. His newspaper office in the former Carpenters Hall, which had a 1947 groundbreaking to be a headquarters for labor-union members, betokens a connection with everyday people, not the elite.

Silent Guns: Christmas 1914

December 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By MICHAEL D. HULL Across northeastern France and Belgium 100 years ago, a cloudless August — the first month of World War I — gave way to a rain-soaked autumn and then one of the coldest winters in European memory. Huddled in long, twisting trench lines that separated the French-British and German Armies after several bloody campaigns, the opposing soldiers tried to shelter from the rain, frost, and snow in crude dugouts. Existing more like animals than men amidst mud, rats, lice, and unburied corpses, they kept nervous vigils across no-man’s land — watching for enemy patrols and snipers, holding their breath when artillery barrages screamed overhead, and praying for tomorrow. After the initial months of open warfare, the armies…Continue Reading

The Baby Who Was God

December 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG God can seem very remote. By studying the world He created we can prove His existence and gain some knowledge of His nature. A person with a gift for philosophy and good teachers can gain wonderful insight, by the use of reason, into the Architect of the universe. But most people are not philosophers, and even those who are will not experience, through their use of reason alone, the intimacy with God for which the soul naturally yearns. Even God as known through divine Revelation can seem abstract, although in fact He is most real. Take the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity: three Persons each distinct from the others, yet each is the same God. Or the…Continue Reading

Evangelizing At Christmastime

December 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOANNE SADLER BUTLER A happy accident of the commercial Christmas (ahem, “Holiday”) season is it pushes the detritus of Halloween decorations off the big-box retailers’ shelves. This pleases me, and should please you as it closes the door to what is now America’s annual celebration of a culture of death while opening the door to our celebration of life, represented by Christ Incarnate of the Virgin Mary. Unless you live in a suburb populated with lots of kids, you may have missed the morphing of Halloween from a simpler time when children dressed up in cast-off clothes and went door-to-door seeking candy — to one where homeowners try to outdo each other in ghoulish decorations, where the winner is…Continue Reading

Christmas As A Transformation

December 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO There are Revolutions, and there are Transformations. A Revolution, in the dictionary’s first meaning of the word, makes a full circle and always returns to where it began. And that is why such Revolutions always fail to improve things. But even those Revolutions that seek radical change oftentimes follow a similar circular pattern, according to the French proverb, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. (The more things change, the more they stay the same.) A Transformation, on the other hand, such as what Christianity represents, brings life closer to God and carries with it a universal blessing. Christmas, the birth of Christianity, presents us with a Transformation for the good, the true, and the beautiful.…Continue Reading

The Last Dream

December 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEREK BECHER Sixty-two Christmases he spent alone, after the year that his parents died, leaving him as an orphan. Each Christmas passed like just another day, another page falling endlessly from the calendar of his life. And all the while, in the privacy of his mind and his weakening heart, he hoped for something more, wished for something better. But with no family and nary a friend, he found it difficult to be touched by the wonder of the Christmas season, unable to even imagine how it would feel to spend the holidays with love. And so, with Christmas morning again less than twelve hours away, and his life’s days now surely numbered, he arranged the loose papers to…Continue Reading

Who Understands Christmas Better? . . . H.L. Mencken Or The Jesus Seminar?

December 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK We don’t hear as much about the Jesus Seminar as we used to. The group seems to have had its 15 minutes of fame in the mid-1990s, when Time magazine devoted an issue to its theories and the television networks jumped on the bandwagon. But that does not mean that their influence has dissipated. We hear many “enlightened” Catholics these days making the same case as the Seminar proponents. They tell us that the biblical accounts of Christmas — the so-called “infancy narratives” — are myths created by early Christians seeking to make the case for the divinity of Jesus, and that modern enlightened Christians should reject the stories in the name of a more mature…Continue Reading