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“Peace Pope’s” First Encyclical . . . Still Resonates One Century Later

February 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on “Peace Pope’s” First Encyclical . . . Still Resonates One Century Later

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Elected one month after the Great Powers of Europe declared war against each other in August 1914, Pope Benedict XV issued his first encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum on November 1, after nearly a million men had died at the Battles of the Marne and Ypres and in the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia. It was clear to the young Pope — Giacomo Cardinal della Chiesa was only 59 at the time of his election on September 3, 1914 — that the war would not “be over by Christmas,” as the optimistic rulers — all cousins, all of them — in Germany, Russia, France, and England believed. Pope Benedict XV saw the war, as most modern historians do today,…Continue Reading

Should The Generations Overlap?

February 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Should The Generations Overlap?

By DONALD DeMARCO In his novel, The Way of All Flesh, 19th-century satirist Samuel Butler, raised a curious question: “Why should the generations overlap one another at all? Why cannot we be buried as eggs in neat little cells with ten or twenty thousand pounds each wrapped round us in Bank of England notes, and wake up, as the sphex [mud-dauber wasp] does to find that its papa and mamma have not only left ample provision at its elbow but have been eaten by sparrows some weeks before we began to live consciously on our own accounts?” Butler’s question may seem utterly facetious, but it does, perhaps not surprisingly, have contemporary relevance. It should be apparent by now, that children…Continue Reading

Is The Tea Party’s Dream An Illusion?

February 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Is The Tea Party’s Dream An Illusion?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “There is no education in the second kick of a mule,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. With some such thought in mind, Speaker John Boehner strode to the floor of the House to offer a “clean” debt ceiling bill and relied on Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats to pass it. They did. “Surrender” and “betrayal” are among the epithets coming the speaker’s way. Yet Boehner was holding a losing hand. Had he added a GOP wish-list bill to the debt ceiling, Harry Reid’s Senate would have rejected it. President Obama would have denounced it as putting at risk the full faith and credit of the United States. Big Media would have piled on. The markets would have…Continue Reading

Translator Predicts . . . Benedict XVI Will Be Remembered As A Great Teacher

February 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Translator Predicts . . . Benedict XVI Will Be Remembered As A Great Teacher

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired Pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness” and clarity of his writings. “I think the judgment of history will be very kind, very generous, because once all the topical controversies have moved into the past, people will see what he said in all of its luminous clarity,” Msgr. Philip Whitmore, rector of the English College in Rome, told Catholic News Agency on February 10. He said the retired Pontiff will “really be admired and respected for the great man, for the great teacher that he was.” Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy on February 11, 2013. He said that he…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Supreme Court: Activism And Abdication

February 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Supreme Court: Activism And Abdication

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author of several books, including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and the Krason column appears monthly in The Wanderer. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Serious Catholics and political conservatives since the 1950s have strongly criticized the Supreme…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Catholics For [A Free] Choice”

February 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Catholics For [A Free] Choice”

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 his updated 400-page book Catholics for a Free Choice Exposed, which includes detailed financial information on CFFC and hundreds of quotations from its leaders, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Catholics for Choice, formerly Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), is a Washington, D.C.-based organization whose objective is to convince lawmakers, the popular media, and Catholics that there can be an authentic “Catholic pro-choice” philosophy. CFFC was founded in 1970 by three members of the virulently pro-abortion group National Organization for Women (NOW). Its first public act was to ridicule the Catholic Church by…Continue Reading

Learning Through Computers

February 16, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Learning Through Computers

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Late last year First Teachers focused on an article by computer guru Joshua Davis, which appeared on the web site Wired (www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers). Davis wrote favorably of an educational innovation being carried out in India in which small groups of students were “given a computer loaded with molecular biology materials.” The students were told “there was some interesting stuff on the computer, and might they take a look.” Then the teacher left the room. According to Davis, “Over the next 75 days the children worked out how to use the computer and began to learn.” When the teacher returned, he administered a written test on molecular biology. “The kids answered about one in four questions correctly. After…Continue Reading

Medicaid Expansion… Another Aspect Of Continued Battles Over Health Coverage

February 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion… Another Aspect Of Continued Battles Over Health Coverage

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although Obamacare itself continues to win headlines about how government dominates people’s lives through tightly controlled health coverage, its Medicaid component is a major issue, too. “The politics of this really are being driven by interest groups,” a national health-policy expert told The Wanderer in a telephone interview about Medicaid-expansion efforts in the states. “…The hospitals are looking for additional funding.” Nor do the results of one state legislative session mean the issue has been settled, said Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow in health-care policy at the Heritage Foundation national conservative think tank. “The hospitals are coming back” for more battles at legislatures if they didn’t get the funding they wanted, Haislmaier said in the…Continue Reading

The Cultural Tsunami

February 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on The Cultural Tsunami

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON (Editor’s Note: This is the second 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.) +    +    + America entered the 1960s as a well-established Christian society. Then, early in that decade, a series of social, military, and religious events occurred that changed the culture of the nation. Any one of these occurrences would have weakened the religious foundations of the country, but their emergence in rapid succession created a confluence that overwhelmed the existing order. The nation became involved in the Vietnamese struggle for independence in the 1950s, first providing military advisers and then trainers…Continue Reading

End Of The Line For The Welfare State?

February 13, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on End Of The Line For The Welfare State?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and the more ruinous the impact upon a nation’s work ethic. The CBO has just given us a statistical measure of that truth. The Obamacare subsidies, it said, will cause some to quit work, others to cut back on the hours they work, and others to hold off going to work, so as not to lose the benefits. The cumulative impact of all these decisions will…Continue Reading