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A Book Review . . . A Marvel To Behold

January 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . A Marvel To Behold

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN A Sense of the Sacred: Roman Catholic Worship in the Middle Ages, by James Monti (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2013), 684 pp.; $34.95. Available through www.igna or call 1-800-651-1531. A monument of meticulous historical scholarship, a Herculean work of research in ancient liturgical texts, and a comprehensive account of medieval manuscripts, missals, and manuals, this book scrupulously documents the riches of the Catholic Church’s traditions that form the rubrics of the sacraments, the holy days of the liturgical year, and the other rites of the Church celebrated in events like the election of a Pope, the canonization of saints, and the consecration of virgins. The riches of symbolism, the beauty of language, the holiness of ceremonies,…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Heinrich Pesch And Solidarism: Time To Be Rediscovered?

January 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Heinrich Pesch And Solidarism: Time To Be Rediscovered?

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason is 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 Crisis and the Krason column appears monthly in The Wanderer. All rights reserved.) +    +    + The passing of the eminent American Catholic economist, Dr. Rupert J. Ederer, at…Continue Reading

Are We All Equally Equal?

January 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Are We All Equally Equal?

By DONALD DeMARCO The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has awarded three Muslim workers nearly $100,000 because a certain restaurant “made the workplace intolerable for each of the applicants.” The tribunal found that the trio was mocked for conversing in Bengali, treated in a dehumanizing manner, and threatened to be replaced by “white” staff (The Toronto Star, December 18, 2013). Here is a case in which a Human Rights group is defending the notion that all human beings should be treated precisely as human beings. In so acting, it honors the principle that all human beings are equal insofar as they are human beings. This is surely a laudable principle and one hopes that the day will come when it…Continue Reading

40 Film Raises The Pro-Life Bar

January 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on 40 Film Raises The Pro-Life Bar

By REY FLORES “As wolves attack their helpless prey, So Herod holds his murderous way, And hopes, but oh! he hopes in vain, To mingle Jesus with the slain. “The cradles flow with infant blood, But God his fury hath withstood; The Lord alone he sought to slay, The Lord alone escapes away. “Ye mothers, let no tears be shed,— Yea, weep not, though your babes be dead, For now they stand around the Throne, And Jesus counts them as his own. “The Father’s name we loudly raise, The Son, the Virgin-born, we praise; The Holy Ghost we all adore, One God, both now and evermore.” +    +    + The above is an English translation from Latin of the old…Continue Reading

What Lies Beyond Stardom

January 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on What Lies Beyond Stardom

By DONALD DeMARCO At the end of each year, the media brings to our attention a chronicle of movie celebrities whose lives came to an end during that particular year. The list of these celebrities who passed from this world in 2014 is, as it always is, disquieting. So many lives, so vibrant on the screen, now extinguished. We always experience a certain shock, along with a piercing sadness when we learn of their demise. Did not Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar appear to be immortal in celluloid? Did David Brenner, Joan Rivers, and Bob Hoskins have any premonition that their lease on life would suddenly expire? We watched Eli Wallach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Harold…Continue Reading

The Abortion Lobby Ploy

January 3, 2014 Featured Today 1 Comment

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK If you have not yet been confronted with the following ploy by a pro-abortion activist, you will be soon enough. The “pro-choice” folks think they have come up with a clever way to disarm those who disagree with them. What I have in mind is the way the concepts of “religious freedom” and “freedom of conscience” are manipulated to make it seem that a Catholic hospital is violating basic human rights, rights protected by American law, when it refuses to perform an abortion for a woman who wants to end her pregnancy. The line they use is one version or another of the following: “If a Catholic hospital refuses to perform an abortion for an American…Continue Reading

I Don’t Think So . . . Is Pope Francis Really So Down On Sacred Liturgy?

January 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on I Don’t Think So . . . Is Pope Francis Really So Down On Sacred Liturgy?

By DAVID CLAYTON (Editor’s Note: David Clayton is a writer on sacred art for the New Liturgical Movement, from which this commentary is reprinted. All rights reserved.) +    +    + I have heard some express disappointment that there was not enough emphasis on the liturgy in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium. It is true that there is little direct reference to the liturgy, and so it might appear at first sight that there is little interest from the Pope on this matter. I have no special access to the personal thoughts of the Holy Father beyond what is written, so like everyone else, I look at the words and ask myself what they mean. In doing this,…Continue Reading

Meriam Ibrahim Is Role Model Of The Year

January 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Meriam Ibrahim Is Role Model Of The Year

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY In a year when some of the most exalted public figures in the United States distinguished themselves by advancing unjust causes or cowardly refusing to seriously resist them, a pregnant mother imprisoned in Sudan with her 18-month-old American son set a standard for saintly courage. Meriam Ibrahim is the role model of the year. When a Sudanese court told Meriam she must renounce her Catholic faith and convert to Islam or be hung by the neck until dead, she gave a non-negotiable answer: No. Meriam was born in Sudan to a Christian mother and a Muslim father — who abandoned the family when Meriam was 6. Her mother raised her a Christian. In December 2011, in…Continue Reading

Almost Orwellian

January 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off on Almost Orwellian

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “Almost Orwellian” — that’s the description a federal judge gave in mid-December to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on virtually all 380 million cell phones in the United States. In the first meaningful and jurisdictionally grounded judicial review of the NSA cell-phone spying program, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, a George W. Bush appointee sitting in Washington, D.C., ruled that the scheme of asking a secret judge on a secret court for a general warrant to spy on all American cell-phone users without providing evidence of probable cause of criminal behavior against any of them is unconstitutional because it directly violates the Fourth Amendment. Readers of this page are familiar with…Continue Reading

Holy Father . . . Deflects Criticism In Interview With La Stampa

December 31, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Holy Father . . . Deflects Criticism In Interview With La Stampa

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Pope Francis has given another interview, this time with Vatican Insider’s Andrea Tornielli, published December 14 in La Stampa, in which he deflects many of the criticisms made of him for allegedly charting the Church on a course away from that of his Predecessors. Most notably, he denied he was a Marxist — as U.S. radio personality Rush Limbaugh famously charged, though he did admit that he had Marxists among his friends. During the course of the hour and a half interview, the Pope also spoke about relations with other Christian denominations and an “ecumenism of blood” which unites all Christians, regardless of their denomination who are subject to persecution. Among the questions and answers were these:…Continue Reading