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Medical Ethics: “Who’s Next?”

March 21, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Medical Ethics: “Who’s Next?”

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on WorldNetDaily, March 1, 2019.) + + + It’s really getting out of control. The headlines and news reports are filled with life and death. Not war. Not accidents. No, these news stories are about how and when our medical system can, and will, legally kill us. Have no doubt, it’s a fact. Right to life — for whom? Euthanasia — giving people, other than the patient, the right to say when that patient should die, how, and when. Keep in mind, this can include patients of any age, from children to the elderly. In vitro fertilization involving living embryos and issues dealing with the ethics of freezing the eggs and…Continue Reading

A Dark Night Finally Turns To Day

March 20, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Dark Night Finally Turns To Day

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column.) + + + They could have just kept going, but they didn’t. It was another cold South Dakota day on February 28, 1981, when Lee Litz went out with a friend to test-drive a Jeep. They picked up another friend on the southeast side of Sioux Falls and drove out a ditch-lined road through barren cornfields. Litz was 30 and married with four children. His wife, who was pregnant, was back at home confined to bed — a precaution taken to make sure she could bring their unborn child to term. As Litz and his friends approached Sycamore Avenue,…Continue Reading

My Reply… An Eastern Orthodox Writer’s Attempt To Justify Divorce And Remarriage

March 19, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on My Reply… An Eastern Orthodox Writer’s Attempt To Justify Divorce And Remarriage

By JAMES LIKOUDIS An Eastern Orthodox correspondent has taken issue with Catholic teaching rejecting adultery as a legitimate ground for divorce and remarriage. His arguments stem from ill-digested readings drawn from both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox sources. The writer, in effect, rejects Catholic doctrine regarding the absolute indissolubility of sacramental marriage. That doctrine, based on the teaching of Holy Scripture, the Fathers of the Church representing the voice of Apostolic Tradition, and magisterial pronouncements, does not permit Catholics to divorce and remarry another person and does not permit divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion (that sacrament which is a sign of the indissoluble unity of Christ with His one Church, the Catholic Church). The sexual relationship of…Continue Reading

How Middle America Is To Be Dispossessed

March 18, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on How Middle America Is To Be Dispossessed

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College. Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party. In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento. How does the left expect to permanently…Continue Reading

Love And The Virtue Of Love

March 17, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Love And The Virtue Of Love

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At some time in the last century, perhaps due to the influence of John Dewey and other influential academics in this country, the concept “the values we hold dear” came to replace the notion that we may be accountable to a moral order quite independent of ourselves. Politicians, educators, and journalists commonly favor the term — Heaven forbid that anyone say something ought to be done or avoided. The term is usually employed without any reference to where those values came from or how they may be defended. Those trained in the classical tradition do not have to look far for their defense. Moral rules for the good life and its pursuit are to be found in…Continue Reading

Support Abortion?… Then You Better Know How It’s Done

March 16, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Support Abortion?… Then You Better Know How It’s Done

By BARBARA SIMPSON (Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on WorldNetDaily, March 1, 2019.) + + + Anyone following the ongoing controversy about late-term abortions should be aware of the grisly descriptions of the procedure. While the media do their best to keep that kind of information or photographs of those abortions away from the public, the Internet has broken through that wall of secrecy. When you hear or see a medical doctor who does those abortions describe with clinical coolness how the about-to-be-born infant is dismembered in the womb, taken out piece by piece, and how the doctor must keep count of all the parts to be certain nothing is left inside the mother — you will never forget…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Beyond Abortion: Further Down The Path Of Legitimizing Killing The Innocent

March 15, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Beyond Abortion: Further Down The Path Of Legitimizing Killing The Innocent

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly]. He is a professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and a lawyer. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + Many commentators have perceived that the New York State law that legalizes infanticide when a child has survived a…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell’s Appeal Process To Begin In June

March 14, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Pell’s Appeal Process To Begin In June

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNA) — An Australian court announced March 5 that George Cardinal Pell’s application for leave to appeal his conviction of sexual abuse will be heard June 5-6. Pell, 77, was convicted in December on five counts of sexual abuse stemming from charges that he sexually assaulted two choirboys while serving as archbishop of Melbourne in 1996. He has maintained his innocence. It was the cardinal’s second trial, as a jury in an earlier trial had failed to reach a unanimous verdict. The first jury was deadlocked 10-2 in Pell’s favor. (See John Young’s article on Cardinal Pell’s conviction on page one of last week’s issue, March 7, 2019.) Pell’s appeal will be led by barrister Bret Walker, SC,…Continue Reading

Trump-Kim Summit… The Second Act In Hanoi

March 13, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump-Kim Summit… The Second Act In Hanoi

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — “Sometimes you have to walk,” was President Donald Trump’s stunning conclusion to the U.S./North Korea Summit in Hanoi, where political great expectations seemed to get ahead of the hard reality that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program created an impasse to an expected diplomatic agreement between the two rival states. The setting was as important as the agenda: the president of the United States meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the capital city of one of America’s principal Cold War antagonists, Hanoi. But more than forty years after the fall of South Vietnam to the North Vietnamese Communists, a unified Vietnam has at long last emerged as a booming economic success story, which…Continue Reading

Vatican To Open World War II Secret Archives Of Pope Pius XII

March 12, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Vatican To Open World War II Secret Archives Of Pope Pius XII

By COURTNEY GROGAN VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Pope Francis announced March 3 that the Vatican will open its archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Confidential files of the Pope who led the Church during World War II will be made available next year. “Serious and objective historical research” will be able to evaluate Pius XII’s “hidden but active diplomacy . . . in its proper light,” Pope Francis said March 4. The Pope said that the full confidential files, called a “secret archive,” will be released March 2, 2020. The pontificate of Pius XII has been often misunderstood. Critics have accused him of indifference to the plight of the Jewish people during the Second World War, despite several…Continue Reading