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UN Report On Sex Abuse In The Church . . . Demands Changes On Abortion And Homosexuality

February 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on UN Report On Sex Abuse In The Church . . . Demands Changes On Abortion And Homosexuality

By PAUL LIKOUDIS The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report January 31 slamming the Holy See for not doing enough to protect children from sexually abusive priests and charging that the Holy See has still not disclosed the extent of child abuse in the Church and is not cooperating with civil authorities in turning over abusive priests and religious. But the main thrust of the document is a call for the Church to do more to advance children’s rights, and change its doctrines concerning parental rights, birth control, abortion, homosexuality, and “gender equality.” The report advises the Holy See to invite civil authorities and victims’ organizations to join the international commission investigating child abuse…Continue Reading

It’s Perfectly Normal

February 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on It’s Perfectly Normal

By REY FLORES If you aren’t familiar with the title It’s Perfectly Normal, let me share a bit of background with you. It’s Perfectly Normal is a book that was written by Robie Harris and published back in 1994. According to Wikipedia, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal both named it Best Book of the Year and the American Library Association and The New York Times both named it a Notable Book of the Year. As if enough accolades weren’t being heaped upon this book, The San Francisco Chronicle also listed it among The Century’s Best Children’s Books. It sure sounds like a book that all American homes should have in their family library, doesn’t it? After all, it’s “perfectly…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Failure To Distinguish A Hierarchy Of Texts

February 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Failure To Distinguish A Hierarchy Of Texts

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Signs of the Times, the New Ark, and the Coming Kingdom of the Divine Will, by Kelly Bowring (Two Hearts Press, 2013: print edition, $17.86, Kindle edition, $13.25). A list of the sources used is given at the beginning of the book, and while some of these are very familiar, such as St. Louis de Montfort, St. John Bosco, and the Fatima seers, others are far less well known, such as Ven. “Conchita” (Concepion Cabrera de Armida), and the Servant of God Cora Evans. Others, such as Servant of God Maria Esperanza (associated with the claimed visions at Betania, in Venezuela), could be said to be somewhat controversial, while some of the apparitions mentioned, and…Continue Reading

The U.S. Bishops And The Collegial Consecration To The IHM

February 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on The U.S. Bishops And The Collegial Consecration To The IHM

By JAMES LIKOUDIS How many Catholic bishops of the United States joined Pope John Paul II in the Collegial Consecration of the World and Russia on March 25, 1984? That is a question that some have often asked, but no study of the matter has appeared. As is known, letters went out from Pope John Paul II to the bishops of the world, including the U.S. bishops, asking that they join with him in a Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope John Paul II had consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart on various occasions, but this did not fulfill the…Continue Reading

Andrew Cuomo’s New York

February 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Andrew Cuomo’s New York

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It was encouraging to see the mixture of outrage and ridicule heaped upon New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his comments during a radio interview on January 17. Commentators on Fox News and in conservative publications have not let up on Cuomo since they heard what he said. That is not surprising. What was more revealing was that few liberal spokesmen have come to his defense; their tactic seems to be to lie low and hope the brouhaha passes over. You can see why Cuomo is getting all the heat. His comments were, well, stupid. He told the radio host that “extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro-assault weapons, and anti-gay” have “no place in…Continue Reading

When America Was A Christian Society

February 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on When America Was A Christian Society

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON (Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of four articles concerning America’s cultural and moral decline. Lawrence P. Grayson is a visiting scholar in The School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America.) + + + A nation is established, functions, and continues to exist based on certain foundational principles. Some of these principles are stated explicitly, as in our nation’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Others are tacit and are embedded in the collective conscience and inner values of the people. They guide the way people think, act, and conduct their lives, both in public and private matters. In short, they are an integral part of the culture of the country. If the…Continue Reading

Listening To Our Adversaries

February 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Listening To Our Adversaries

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A recent article by Mary E. Hunt on the web site Religion Dispatches offered an example of the benefits of paying attention to what is being said on the secular left. What our adversaries have to say on an issue can offer us insights we do not hear from our allies in the culture wars. Sometimes they offer reasons for optimism, sometimes greater reasons for concern. Hunt’s article, which focused on the “liberal” policies of Pope Francis, provides both. Hunt describes herself as a “feminist theologian” and a “Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement,” who “lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.” The reason for optimism? Hunt’s criticism of…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… St. Joseph And The Holy Family

February 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Reconnecting With Mary… St. Joseph And The Holy Family

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The previous article looked the role of St. Joseph during the birth of Jesus, and now we will look at further events in his life and how devotion to him gradually arose in the Church. Joseph had an important role to play following the visit of the Wise Men, and the hurried departure of the Holy Family to avoid the wrath of King Herod. Once again, an angel appeared to him in a dream and instructed him to flee to Egypt with Mary and the Child, because Herod wanted to kill him. Joseph arose that same night in obedience to this command and the Holy Family departed for Egypt, where they stayed until Herod was dead.…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The Abortion Situation In The Caribbean?”

February 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The Abortion Situation In The Caribbean?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 18 of The Facts of Life, “The International Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Many have an idealistic view of the islands and the people of the Caribbean, envisioning fancy alcoholic drinks and spotless beaches featuring young men and women with exotic accents lazing around under palm trees. But step back a couple of hundred yards from those beaches and you will find the real people of the Caribbean: hard-working, generous, and friendly despite living in great poverty amid natural resources that would lift up the entire region if not for…Continue Reading

International Theological Commission . . . “Violence In The Name Of God Is Heresy”

February 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on International Theological Commission . . . “Violence In The Name Of God Is Heresy”

By PAUL LIKOUDIS The International Theological Commission has released a new document in defense of monotheism, refuting the increasingly popular notion that the belief in one God is the root of intolerance and violence. Rather, the document states, it is the “dictatorship of relativism,” identified by Pope Benedict XVI as the force which seeks to ban faith from civil society and political discourse. This new document, reported Sandro Magister for Chiesa January 21, was announced by L’Osservatore Romano in an editorial on January 16. Thus far, it has only appeared in Italian; its translation into eight other languages, including English, is pending. The document the International Theological Commission issued was ordered by Pope Benedict XVI eight years ago. L’Osservatore’s editorial…Continue Reading