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The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

July 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians . . . there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. . . . There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark.” Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russians — in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton’s…Continue Reading

The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

July 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

By ALBERTO CAROSA In his homily at Santa Marta on June 26, Pope Francis called upon faithful to be open to “God’s surprises,” and certainly he knew what he was talking about, if we think at the “surprise” appointment of the first Scandinavian cardinal in the history of the Church. The bishop of Stockholm, Carmelite Anders Arborelius, an ethnic Swede who could not have been a more ideal representative of what Pope Francis uses to term the “Church of the Peripheries,” received his red hat in the consistory on Wednesday, June 28, in Rome, the eve of the solemn feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The Church in Sweden has been in the news on a number of occasions…Continue Reading

The Trinity Lutheran Case

July 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Trinity Lutheran Case

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Earlier this spring, we featured a discussion in First Teachers of the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, which was scheduled at the time to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The verdict is in. The court issued a 7-2 decision favoring Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26; it should be of great consequence in the debate over taxpayer-assistance to students who attend schools run by religious groups. Before discussing the court’s decision, let’s review the specifics of the case. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., operates a day care and preschool. The school applied to a state grant program that helps nonprofit institutions pay for the installation of rubber playground surfaces. The Missouri…Continue Reading

The Age Of Autonomy

July 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Age Of Autonomy

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you have not yet discovered the writings of Andrew J. Bacevich, you owe it to yourself to look into them. Do an Internet search; you will find dozens of his articles and columns that you will be able to download, in publications as diverse as The American Conservative, Commonweal, and The Nation. You will not always agree with what you read. Bacevich is an independent thinker, but always informative and thoughtful, worth your while. He is a retired Army officer who served in both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, the author of several books and numerous articles, also a professor emeritus from Boston University. He identifies himself publicly as a “conservative Catholic.” Bacevich’s…Continue Reading

Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

July 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Big Trump, Little Charlie . . . A Billionaire And A Baby Who Burst Establishment Barricades

By DEXTER DUGGAN UPDATE: The Charlie Gard hearing was expected to continue beyond July 13. The London-based Daily Mirror reported that Justice Nicholas Francis called it “extremely unlikely” a conclusion in the case would be reached that day, and that a “quick decision must not be at the expense of fairness.” Earlier in the day, Baby Charlie’s parents angrily left the courtroom after the judge referred to something he contended the parents said three months ago. Father Chris Gard reportedly exclaimed, “I thought this was supposed to be independent” — apparently referring to the new hearing not being held to “rake over” past proceedings. When the parents returned to the courtroom, the judge apologized to them and said they would…Continue Reading

It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

July 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on It Is Not Natural Or Perfectly Normal

By REY FLORES And He said to His disciples: “It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come.” “It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones” (Luke 17:1, 2) + + + For several years now, many of my Catholic and pro-life colleagues and friends have been writing about the ongoing diabolical campaign by the sex-obsessed secularists and homosexual radical left to introduce young people and children to acts of sexual depravity and eternal damnation. The most popular book utilized by purveyors of evil like Planned Parenthood and the National Education Association…Continue Reading

Saving Magisterial Truth

July 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Saving Magisterial Truth

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Since the election of Donald Trump, officials at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have commended the president’s actions on six specific issues: religious liberty, the HHS mandate, UN abortion funding, Planned Parenthood funding, the Mexico City policy (regarding U.S. funding of international abortions), and “transgender” student regulations. Since last November, USCCB officials have also attacked the president’s positions on over a dozen key issues, including health care, the travel ban, refugee policy, Cuba policy, the Paris Agreement, the death penalty, global warming, the environment, migration, immigration, foreign aid, sanctuary cities, deportations, and border security. In both cases they have done this formally and publicly, citing the authority of Catholic social teaching and their authority as…Continue Reading

Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

July 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade. Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? Are his warnings valid? Is not the Obama-Merkel vision of a New World Order a utopian fantasy? At the monument to the patriots of the Warsaw Uprising, Trump cited Poland as exemplar of how a great people behaves in a true national crisis. Calling the Polish people “the soul of Europe,” he related how, in the Miracle of the Vistula in 1920, Poland, reborn after…Continue Reading

The Cost Of Catholic High Schools

July 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Cost Of Catholic High Schools

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The June 15 edition of this column centered on the difficulty that Catholic families face these days because of the high tuition costs at Catholic high schools. I used as examples two high schools in the area of Connecticut where I live: the Jesuits’ Fairfield Prep, with tuition around $20,000 per year and Notre Dame of West Haven, operated by the Holy Cross Brothers, which costs close to $15,000 per year. I asked our readers to give examples in other parts of the country to see if the situation in Connecticut may be an anomaly. It is not an anomaly. D.A.I. of Bethany Beach, Del., tells us that her grandson’s tuition “at Georgetown Prep in D.C.…Continue Reading

Creation, The CCC, Evolution, And Angels

July 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Creation, The CCC, Evolution, And Angels

By PHILIP TROWER My purpose in writing this article is twofold: in the first place, to look at what the new Catechism has to say on its subject, and secondly to see whether it is possible to throw any light on why there has been suffering and disorder in nature not only since the fall of Adam and Eve, as was once thought, but seemingly since the creation of the first living beings. As St. Paul puts it in his Epistle to the Romans: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail until now; and not only the creation but we ourselves.” As for the reason he only makes the mysterious statement: “for the creation was subjected…Continue Reading