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A Book Review… The World We Discover And The World We Make

May 1, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The World We Discover And The World We Make

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Schall, James V. The Universe We Think In. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2019. Pp. ix + 208. The late Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, was an emeritus professor of government at Georgetown University, known to generations of students at Georgetown, simply, as Fr. Schall. In his retirement, he continued to write with all the verve of a young man amazed by what is going on in the world, as the title of this book suggests. The Universe We Think In is a collection of 14 essays, plus a conclusion that brings it all together. His last essay may be found in the April 2019 issue of the New Oxford Review, where he wrote under…Continue Reading

Good News From Africa

April 30, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Good News From Africa

(Editor’s Note: Below is a message sent to us from His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, concerning some good news from his home Archdiocese of Onitsha in Nigeria. (This message reached us at the same time that Robert Cardinal Sarah’s latest book, Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse [Evening is approaching and already the day is almost over], became available in French on Kindle. It will be available in English from Ignatius Press on September 1. (In this book — the third in his trilogy – Cardinal Sarah explores the depths of the crisis of Christianity in the West, hoping to reawaken it and locating much of the problem in a weak and traitorous clergy. (If the book doesn’t…Continue Reading

The Democrats Divide On Impeachment

April 29, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on The Democrats Divide On Impeachment

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The release of the Mueller report has left Democrats in a dilemma. For consider what Robert Mueller concluded after two years of investigation. Candidate Donald Trump did not conspire or collude with the Russians to hack the emails of the DNC or John Podesta. Trump did not distribute the fruits of those crimes. Nor did anyone in his campaign. On collusion and conspiracy, said Mueller, Trump is innocent. Mueller did not say Trump did not consider interfering with his investigation. But the investigation went on unimpeded. Mueller’s document demands were all met. And Mueller did not conclude that Trump obstructed justice. On obstruction, then, not guilty, by reason of no indictment. We are told Trump ranted…Continue Reading

Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, RIP… The Pride Of Pocahontas

April 28, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, RIP… The Pride Of Pocahontas

By DONALD DeMARCO Pocahontas, Iowa, is a community of 1,693 people. It is the 181st largest city in the state of Iowa and the 11,683rd largest city in the United States. Its website boasts of three notables who were born in that fair town. The first is Larry Bittner (born 1945) who played 14 years as a first-baseman/outfielder for five different major league teams. Over that span of time, he hit 29 home runs. The second is Margaret (“Peg”) Mullen (1917-2009), an anti-war activist and writer who was motivated when her son was killed in Vietnam by “friendly fire.” The third notable is the subject of this essay’s tribute, James Vincent Schall, whom the Pocahontas website describes as a “prolific…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Infinite Number Of Reasons For Being A Catholic

April 27, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . An Infinite Number Of Reasons For Being A Catholic

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic, by Peter Kreeft (144 pages, Sophia Institute Press, Paperback and Kindle). This book is billed as Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic, but as Peter Kreeft points out, the number of actual reasons are well-nigh infinite, since we are living in a universe created by an infinite God. His first reason, “Because I believe that Catholicism is true,” is probably the most important reason for any Catholic to take his or her faith seriously. As he says, “It seems obvious to me that to believe that something is true is the first and only honest reason for anybody to believe in anything.” Kreeft’s next answer is that he believes Catholicism…Continue Reading

Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Ranjith . . . Would Have Canceled Easter Mass If Bomb Warnings Had Been Passed On

April 26, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Ranjith . . . Would Have Canceled Easter Mass If Bomb Warnings Had Been Passed On

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNA) — The archbishop of Colombo says that government officials in Sri Lanka should be fired for failing to act on tips that terrorist attacks were imminent in the hours preceding Easter Sunday bombings in the country. “It’s absolutely unacceptable behavior on the part of these high officials of the government, including some of the ministry officials,” Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said April 23 in response to reports that Sri Lankan officials did not pass on credible warnings in the hours before the April 21 attacks, including some that specified that Catholic Church would be targeted. Warnings reportedly came from the Indian government and from other intelligence sources, and said directly that churches could be targeted by Islamist…Continue Reading

Dispute Over Papal Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Approval Continues

April 25, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Dispute Over Papal Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Approval Continues

By KEVIN JONES VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Scrutiny continues for the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, amid questions of whether some of its grant activity was motivated by a desire to secure leniency for disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The ongoing controversy surrounds the foundation’s decision to make an unprecedented grant to a leading Italian hospital whose former leadership had faced accusations of massive embezzlement and financial misconduct. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the outgoing archbishop of Washington, D.C., made “false and misleading” statements about the grantee to the foundation board, said Matthew B. O’Brien, a Philadelphia-based writer, in an April 12 essay for First Things. O’Brien cited several people involved with the Papal Foundation who spoke on background and provided copies of foundation…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Renaissance Man Looks At Human Worth

April 24, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Renaissance Man Looks At Human Worth

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Manetti, Giannozzo. On Human Worth and Excellence. Edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver; Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press, I Tatti Renaissance Library, pp LI + 362. One does not have to be a Renaissance historian or know much medieval philosophy or theology to appreciate this delightful book. On Human Worth and Excellence was completed in 1452, less than a decade before the author’s death in 1459 at the age of 63. First a note about the origin of this volume. The present book is just one of the many major literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific works of the Italian Renaissance that the Harvard University Press is reproducing in the English language from the I Tatti Renaissance…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Make A Devotional Journey Into The Mass

April 23, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Make A Devotional Journey Into The Mass

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY A Devotional Journey Into the Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion, by Christopher Carstens (144 pages, Sophia Institute Press, Paperback and Kindle). Visit www.sophiainstitute.com or call 1-800-888-9344. A Devotional Journey Into the Mass is an in-depth study of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and the first thing that struck this reviewer on glancing through the table of contents is that Christopher Carstens devotes a whole chapter, ten pages, just to the topic, “How to Make the Sign of the Cross.” So this is no rushed description of the Mass, but rather a slow-motion appreciation of how we can fully enter into the spirit of the liturgy at Mass. The book is really…Continue Reading

Memento Mori… The Danger Of Being Ultra-Nice

April 21, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Memento Mori… The Danger Of Being Ultra-Nice

By DONALD DeMARCO A man wakes up in his nice apartment and, while having a nice cup of coffee, is told by a nice radio voice that the weather will be nice. He drives his nice car through his nice neighborhood and is wished a nice day, verbally by the teller at the bank and silently on his printed receipt. Niceness characterizes his day. It is a national virtue and should not be questioned. And yet, can we be satisfied with a life that has nothing more to show for itself than our being nice? Can niceness be our passport to Paradise? Christ never wished us to have a nice day. He required us to love our neighbor, to pick…Continue Reading