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A Book Review . . . Filled With Timeless Material On Priestly Celibacy

May 11, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Filled With Timeless Material On Priestly Celibacy

By JAMES BARESEL From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church by Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah. Ignatius Press: 2020; 152 pages. Available in hardback and as an eBook at ignatius.com. Few books receive as much pre-publication attention as did Benedict XVI’s and Cardinal Sarah’s defense of priestly celibacy From the Depths of Our Hearts. With the push to ordain married men centered on this past fall’s Amazon Synod ignored by a post-synodal exhortation promulgated prior to publication of the English-language edition of From the Depths of Our Hearts, few books are likely to have had such a superficial appearance of being old news by the time they were available to the…Continue Reading

What We Can Learn From The Current Pandemic

May 10, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on What We Can Learn From The Current Pandemic

By DONALD DeMARCO It has been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. The current pandemic has derailed everyone’s plans. The higher plans are in God’s good hands and not in the hands of any insurance company. We are not in control of our lives. This is a hard lesson to learn and can be difficult for many people to accept. In the final analysis, the plans that God has in mind, mysterious as they are, are for the best. Therefore, the current pandemic is a time to strengthen our faith in God. In what has been billed as the worst movie ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, one plan is replaced by…Continue Reading

How Long Can Biden Stay In His Basement?

May 9, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on How Long Can Biden Stay In His Basement?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Where Barack Obama achieved notoriety for “leading from behind,” Joe Biden, these last two months, has been leading from the basement. And, one must add, doing so quite successfully. Since his rout of Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday, Biden has led President Donald Trump in every national poll and, lately, opened up a lead in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. One poll has him tied with Trump in Texas. Last week, however, reality intruded. Biden was forced to defend himself against the lurid charge of ex-aide Tara Reade that, as a senator in 1993, he had groped and assaulted her inside the Capitol complex. Why did Biden go public? Because witnesses were coming forward to say…Continue Reading

Human Rights Activist Says… Chinese Communist Party “Is The Most Serious Virus Of All”

May 8, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Human Rights Activist Says… Chinese Communist Party “Is The Most Serious Virus Of All”

By MATT HADRO WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) covered up the spread of the new coronavirus within the country, suppressing the real rate of infection and violating the rights of its citizens as it did so, a Chinese human rights activist told a forum at The Catholic University of America on April 24. “It is time to recognize the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to all humanity. The CCP represses and manipulates information to strengthen its hold on power, regardless of the toll on human lives,” human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng said April 24 during an online forum on the CCP and the new coronavirus. The forum was hosted by Faith & Law in partnership…Continue Reading

The Rosary Confraternity… The Rosary Remains As Powerful As Ever

May 7, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on The Rosary Confraternity… The Rosary Remains As Powerful As Ever

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY May is the month dedicated to our Lady, and so it is a fitting time to look afresh at one of the most important Marian devotional practices, that is, the saying of the holy rosary. Probably most Catholics who take their faith seriously pray the rosary, but as we all know, it is very easy to slip into a routine way of saying it, and so it is good to resolve to begin pray it more slowly and prayerfully in the future. But there is also a further way of making our rosaries more powerful in a spiritual sense, and that is through membership of the Rosary Confraternity. This is a pious association under the care…Continue Reading

U.S. Has Run Up $5.5 Trillion In Trade Deficits With China

May 6, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Has Run Up $5.5 Trillion In Trade Deficits With China

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY Since 1985, the first year for which the Census Bureau has posted this nation’s bilateral merchandise trade deficits on its website, the United States has accumulated $5.5 trillion in trade deficits with China. No other nation comes close. In 2019, America’s seven top trading partners — when measured by the total dollar value of the bilateral trade in goods — were Mexico ($614.5 billion), Canada ($612.4 billion), China ($558.9 billion), Japan ($218.3 billion), Germany ($187.8 billion), South Korea ($134.4 billion), and the United Kingdom ($132.3 billion). By far, however, the least balanced relationship — both last year and in recent decades — has been with China. In the 35 years from 1985 through 2019, according to…Continue Reading

Atheists Elicit An Amoral Ethics

May 5, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Atheists Elicit An Amoral Ethics

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue comments on the ethics of atheists.) + + + Do human beings possess natural rights, rights given by God that all governments must respect? Or is this plain nonsense? A recent Pew Research Center survey shows how this philosophical question comes into play in real-life settings. If ventilators are in short supply, whom should we service first? Those who are most in need at the moment? Or those most likely to recover? The answer, like so many ethical issues, turns on religion. The majority of those who are religiously affiliated say those who are most in need of a ventilator should take priority, while the majority of the unaffiliated (mostly…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Rejection Of Metaphysical Realism

May 4, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . The Rejection Of Metaphysical Realism

By JAMES BARESEL Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West by R.R. Reno. Available in Kindle and hardcover versions on amazon.com. At least until recently, the bulk of the Western world had been unfortunately firmly and even dangerously stuck in the past. That is the argument put forward by First Things editor R.R. Reno in his most recent book, Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West. The past to which he refers is, of course, not that of the Christian Western. And it is not the era so beloved of aging radicals, the socially revolutionary sixties and seventies of the last century. It is the decades which immediately…Continue Reading

An Emblem Of Hope

May 3, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on An Emblem Of Hope

By DONALD DeMARCO As the coronavirus plague wears on, people continue to look for hope. Over the entrance to the Inferno, Dante placed the words, “All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” If Hell is a place without hope, then living without hope is the equivalent of already being in Hell. Hope, therefore, becomes imperative. We cannot endure a life without hope. We look to God for hope, which is one of the three supernatural virtues. The ultimate hope is to be with God and with friends in Heaven. Shortly before he was executed in 1535, St. Thomas More wrote to his family, particularly his wife, Alice, and his daughter, Meg, expressing to them his fondest hope: “May we one…Continue Reading

Up For A New Cold War — With China?

May 2, 2020 Featured Today Comments Off on Up For A New Cold War — With China?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China? For that appears to be where the GOP wishes to lead us. According to Politico, a 57-page memo from Mitch McConnell’s senatorial committee instructs GOP candidates to blame the coronavirus pandemic on China, commit to stand up to China, end U.S. dependence on Chinese manufacturing and tell voters “my opponent is soft on China.” “China is not an ally, and they’re not just a rival — they are an adversary and the Chinese Communist Party is our enemy,” reads one of the talking points. Sunday, April 5, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas echoed the…Continue Reading