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The Supremacy Of Fact Over Fiction

August 7, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on The Supremacy Of Fact Over Fiction

By DONALD DeMARCO Virginia Woolf was an English writer, born in London in the year 1882 and regarded as one of the most important modernist authors of the twentieth century. She was particularly noted for her use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Her works have been translated into more than fifty languages. Throughout her life, however, she was plagued by mental illness, with what today would be classified as a bipolar disorder. She was institutionalized several times and tried to commit suicide at least twice. In 1941, at the age of fifty-nine, she died by drowning herself in the River Ouse at Lewes.She was a harsh critic of Christianity and considered herself to be an atheist. In…Continue Reading

Is Taiwan’s Independence Worth War?

August 6, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Taiwan’s Independence Worth War?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When a man knows he is about to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully, said Dr. Samuel Johnson.If there is any benefit to be realized from the collision between China and the U.S. over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, it is this: America needs to reflect long and hard upon what it is we will fight China to defend in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea.China, after all, is a nuclear-weapons nation with a manufacturing base larger than our own, an economy equal to our own, a population four times ours and fleets of warships larger in number than the U.S. Navy.An air-naval-and-missile war in the Western Pacific and East…Continue Reading

Stolen From Medieval Church… Thieves Return Relic Of Precious Blood Of Jesus

August 5, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Stolen From Medieval Church… Thieves Return Relic Of Precious Blood Of Jesus

By ZELDA CALDWELL WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Whoever broke into a medieval French church last month and stole a golden reliquary containing what is said to be the Precious Blood of Jesus appears to have had second thoughts.It seems that once the thieves discovered that the box contained a relic of Jesus, they wanted nothing to do with it.“They had no idea what they had stolen until they found out on the internet,” Arthur Brand, a Dutch investigator who specializes in recovering high-profile artifacts and stolen works of art, told Catholic News Agency, “and that’s when they start panicking a bit.”Brand, whose resume includes the reclamation of a $28 million Picasso and a set of bronze horses once owned by…Continue Reading

Astonished German Leaders Take Issue . . . Holy See Gives New Warning About The “Synodal Way”

August 4, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Astonished German Leaders Take Issue . . . Holy See Gives New Warning About The “Synodal Way”

By A.C. WIMMER (CNA) — The latest warning by the Holy See about the risk of a new schism from Germany arising from the “Synodal Way” has been rejected and met with “astonishment” by its organizers, who in turn accused Rome of not acting like a synodal Church.However, at least one German bishop and a reform group welcomed the new intervention from the Vatican, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.Following the statement by the Holy See on Thursday, July 21, the presidents of the German Bishops’ Conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) said they were stunned by the intervention.“In our understanding, a synodal Church is something else!” Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg and Irme Stetter-Karp declared…Continue Reading

The Importance Of Philosophy

August 3, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on The Importance Of Philosophy

By JOHN YOUNG Cicero said that there is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not said it. We can see the truth of this when we glance at the variety of opinions held by philosophers from early times to the present.Some have believed that only matter exists; others have denied that matter exists. Some have thought that the existence of God is evident; others are convinced that atheism is true. Some have thought we are mere animals; others that we are spirits who would be better off without bodies. In ethics opinions have differed widely as to the kind of life we should lead, with Epicureanism opting for pleasure and Stoicism for duty.If we dismiss all these and say…Continue Reading

Francis Weakens The Opus Dei “Personal Prelature”

August 2, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Francis Weakens The Opus Dei “Personal Prelature”

By FR. JOHN T. ZUHLSDORF (Editor’s Note: This commentary first appeared on Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s blog, wdtprs.com, on July 22, 2022.) + + We read today at Acistampa that Opus Dei which has been a “personal prelature” will no longer be able to have a bishop as its prelatial head.Instead, the head of the Opus Dei will be a Protonotary Apostolic Monsignor (the highest sort). In fairness, a PA Monsignor is a “prelate.”Implications:First, despite the early talk about decentralizing power from Rome, what we have seen again and again is concentration of more and more control in Rome. If this reign of Francis is about anything, it is about centralizing control.Second, the structure of the “personal prelature” was often thought of…Continue Reading

FBI Releases Photos… Of Pro-Abort Who Firebombed A Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

August 1, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on FBI Releases Photos… Of Pro-Abort Who Firebombed A Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

By MICAIAH BILGER (LifeNews) — The FBI still is looking for the suspect who attempted to firebomb a pro-life pregnancy center on June 30 in Nashville, Tenn.WKRN reports the federal agency released photos this past week showing an individual who they believe committed the crime at the Hope Clinic for Women.Two photos show an individual heavily clothed and wearing a backpack and hat. A third photo shows a small car believed to be the suspect’s.Police said a burglar alarm at the pregnancy center alerted them to the crime around 1:38 a.m. June 30. At the scene, police said they found an unignited Molotov cocktail that had been thrown through a window and the words “Jane’s Revenge” spray-painted on the outside…Continue Reading

Checks And Balances… The Government And The Church

July 31, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Checks And Balances… The Government And The Church

By DONALD DeMARCO After visiting the United States, G.K. Chesterton made the observation that “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in the Declaration of Independence with dogmatic and even theological lucidity….It enunciates that all men are created equal in their claim to justice, and that governments exist to give them that justice, and that authority is for that reason just.”America was not founded on the divine right of kings.America sought to protect itself against any one branch of government or any one individual from gaining too much power. Therefore, it divided power among three branches: the executive, the judiciary, and the legislative. Each branch would serve as…Continue Reading

China: Pelosi Trip To Taiwan A Provocation

July 30, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on China: Pelosi Trip To Taiwan A Provocation

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi added to the itinerary of a valedictory trip through Asia the island of Taiwan, she could not have been oblivious to the reaction she would produce in a stunned Beijing.Thus, when the Financial Times revealed that the speaker would be visiting Taiwan, which China regards as a breakaway province, an enraged Beijing took the Pelosi visit to be a deliberate U.S. provocation.Beijing’s reaction appears authentic and understandable.“If the U.S. insists on going its own way, China will take firm and forceful measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a Chinese spokesman told reporters in Beijing. “The U.S. must bear all the consequence of the visit.”Privately, Beijing is…Continue Reading

Louisiana Bishops’ Conference . . . Backs Emergency Contraception In Cases Of Rape

July 29, 2022 Featured Today Comments Off on Louisiana Bishops’ Conference . . . Backs Emergency Contraception In Cases Of Rape

By RAYMOND WOLFE BATON ROUGE (LifeSiteNews) — The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB) has come out in favor of emergency contraception for cases of rape, despite the abortifacient nature of the measure and the Vatican’s insistence that it is morally impermissible.In recent comments to Louisiana newspaper The Advocate, Tom Costanza, executive director of the LCCB, which speaks on behalf the Louisiana Catholic bishops on matters of public policy, endorsed a new state law requiring hospitals to dispense emergency contraception to sexual assault victims.Act 513, passed in anticipation of the reversal of Roe v. Wade and signed last month by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a professed Catholic, requires “all licensed hospitals in this state” to offer emergency contraception pills to…Continue Reading