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But What Is The Real Answer? Trump Warns Of Drugs, Depression, Suicides

April 6, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on But What Is The Real Answer? Trump Warns Of Drugs, Depression, Suicides

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented March 30 on remarks made by President Trump on the social effects of coronavirus.) + + + In his March 29 briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump alluded to the social consequences of not taking seriously the threat it poses. He mentioned the “massive” rates of drug use, depression, and suicide that might happen if he took a more relaxed approach to the disease. Trump’s critics have played their “fact-check game,” questioning how accurate his statement is. Even if we allow for hyperbole, Trump is right to call attention to these often neglected side effects associated with the stress and isolation engendered by a pandemic. What Trump did not…Continue Reading

The Power Of For

April 5, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on The Power Of For

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most agreeable phrases in the English language is, “This is for you.” A certain brewery has capitalized on the expression with the words, “This Bud’s for you.” A most welcomed phrase for me is “There is mail for you.” It brings to mind that the entire postal system is dedicated to delivering, often from great distances, something that belongs to me. Federal laws ensure that my name as the addressee is honored and protected. A Jewish scholar (Professor Lapide) has pointed out that in Aramaic, the language in which Jesus spoke, the command to love God relates to the accusative case, whereas love of neighbor relates to the dative. In other words, our love…Continue Reading

Is The Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

April 4, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Is The Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?” So says GOP Cong. Tom Cole of Oklahoma in the March 31 New York Times. GOP National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi calls the crisis “a defining moment. . . . The more (Trump) reassures Americans, gives them the facts and delivers results, the harder it will be for Joe Biden.” Indeed, it is not a stretch to say Trump’s presidency will stand or fall on the resolution of the coronavirus crisis and how Trump is perceived as having led us in that battle. Recent polls appear to confirm that. Though daily baited by a hostile media…Continue Reading

Prayer In Times Of Collective Crisis

April 3, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Prayer In Times Of Collective Crisis

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Pope Francis said in his weekly angelus message on Sunday, March 22, that he would deliver a special “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing that Friday evening, March 27 as a response to the coronavirus. Normally given only at Christmas and Easter, his decision to give this blessing underscores the gravity of the situation worldwide. The Pope also called on all Christians of every confession to pray the “Our Father” together at noon Rome time (7:00 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, as a response “to the pandemic of the virus,” showing “the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness.” A week earlier, President Donald Trump proclaimed…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . The Return Of Proportionalism Threatens The Church

April 2, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . The Return Of Proportionalism Threatens The Church
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By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND I have been discussing Catholic Moral Teaching in the last two columns. The authentic Magisterium of the Catholic Church affirms that there are intrinsically evil acts which can never, ever, ever be chosen. A clear summary of this teaching is found in paragraph 80 of the encyclical letter of Pope St. John Paul II entitled The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor): “Reason attests that there are objects of the human act which are by their nature ‘incapable of being ordered’ to God, because they radically contradict the good of the person made in his image. These are the acts which, in the Church’s moral tradition, have been termed ‘intrinsically evil’.” Procured abortion is an intrinsically…Continue Reading

Some Saints And Sacramentals For Coronavirus

April 1, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Some Saints And Sacramentals For Coronavirus

  By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY As the threat from the Coronavirus grows, naturally we can tend to get worried and somewhat anxious — but we should remember that people have faced similar and even worse threats throughout history. And we should also remember that as members of the Church we can call upon the aid of those saints who are particularly associated with the care of the sick and with epidemics, and also utilize those sacramentals associated with relief from sickness which have been approved by the Church. As was noted in a previous article, when, in 1854, Turin was hit by an outbreak of cholera, St. John Bosco told his pupils that if they prayed, avoided sin, and wore…Continue Reading

Despite Coronavirus . . . Easter Date Cannot Be Changed

March 31, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Despite Coronavirus . . . Easter Date Cannot Be Changed

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The Vatican liturgy congregation published guidelines March 20 for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic. The document recommends that bishops postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It also indicates how priests and bishops can offer those celebrations which cannot be moved, such as Easter, in places where public liturgies are suspended. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published the “general indications” after receiving inquiries from several bishops. The decree was signed by the congregation’s prefect Robert Cardinal Sarah and secretary Archbishop Arthur Roche and authorized “by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, for the year 2020…Continue Reading

Atheists Rip Pence For Church Donation Appeal

March 30, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Atheists Rip Pence For Church Donation Appeal

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented March 24 on atheist critics of Vice President Mike Pence.) + + + Organized atheists, unlike most Americans who are nonbelievers, are more often than not driven by hatred of religion and the faithful. Their impulses are totalitarian: They would ban all religious expression if they could. A classic case is Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). FFRF has gone ballistic because Vice President Mike Pence recently implored Americans to make donations to their church, even if they cannot attend during the coronavirus crisis. The atheists said that no American public official “should lend the power and prestige of their office to a particular church or to religion in general.”…Continue Reading

Blessings Of Solitude

March 29, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Blessings Of Solitude

By DONALD DeMARCO To those who are unaccustomed to solitude, restriction can be a painful experience. Philosopher/theologian Paul Tillich has reminded us that solitude can provide an atmosphere for creativity. “Our language,” he once said, “has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.” Celebrated movie actor Tom Hanks, who has, unfortunately, contracted the coronavirus, corroborates the point. “There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness,” he maintains. “I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.” In solitude we are monks waiting to be born, preparing ourselves for a return…Continue Reading

Must We Kill The Economy To Kill The Virus?

March 28, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Must We Kill The Economy To Kill The Virus?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” tweeted the president on Sunday night, March 22, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, “we will make a decision as to which way we want to go.” President Trump is said to be privately expressing a deepening concern at the damage the coronavirus shutdown is doing to the U.S. economy and debating whether it can be safely reopened. Though castigated for his remark, Trump has a point. The U.S. is rightly using extreme measures to meet the threat and control the virus that threatens the lives of millions of Americans, with the elderly sick foremost among them. And we need to do so without…Continue Reading