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An Open Letter To Vladimir Ashkenazy

March 31, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on An Open Letter To Vladimir Ashkenazy

By DONALD DeMARCO The pontificate of John Paul I lasted but thirty-three days. In the words of Carlo Cardinal Confalonieri, this Pope was like “a meteor that lights up the heavens and then disappears, leaving us amazed and astonished.” One of John Paul’s last actions was to review and revise the upcoming fourth edition of Illustrissimi (the most illustrious), a document that would contain his only human, spiritual, and pastoral testament. Illustrissimi is a series of open letters to illustrious individuals such as Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton, Mark Twain, Guglielmo Marconi, Saints Bonaventure, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux. In each of these charming letters, the former Albino Luciani is able to insert a Christian message,…Continue Reading

Nadler’s Precedent: Exonerating Bill Clinton

March 30, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Nadler’s Precedent: Exonerating Bill Clinton

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + “This partisan coup d’etat will go down in infamy in the history of our nation,” the congressman said. He was outraged and wanted the nation to know why. “Mr. Speaker,” he said, “this is clearly a partisan railroad job.” “We are losing sight of the distinction between sins, which ought to be between a person and his family and his God, and crimes which are the concern of the state and of society as a whole,” he said. “Are we going to have a new test if someone wants to run for office: Are you…Continue Reading

U.S. Secretary Of State . . . Expands Mexico City Policy

March 29, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Secretary Of State . . . Expands Mexico City Policy

By CHRISTINE ROUSSELLE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced March 26 an expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and the slashing of funds to the Organization of American States in response to its abortion advocacy. These new policies are designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion or the promotion of abortion abroad. “The American people should rest assured that this administration — and this State Department, and our USAID — will do all we can to safeguard U.S. taxpayer dollars and protect and respect the sanctity of life for people all around the globe,” Pompeo said March 26. The State Department “will take all appropriate action” to implement the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Great Christian Thinkers “Dialogue” On The Eucharist

March 28, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Great Christian Thinkers “Dialogue” On The Eucharist

By JEFF MINICK Symbol Or Substance?: A Dialogue on the Eucharist With C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and J.R.R. Tolkien by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius Press : 2019) 232 pages. See Ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 to order the book. Let’s begin our look at Peter Kreeft’s latest book, Symbol Or Substance?, with remarks taken from two letters by Flannery O’Connor, both of which may be found in O’Connor’s The Habit of Being and in Joe Heschmeyer’s online article “Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist and Church History.” The first letter from December 1955 recounts a conversation between O’Connor and novelist Mary McCarthy (Mrs. Broadwater): “Well, toward morning the conversation turned on the Eucharist, which I, being the Catholic, was obviously supposed to defend.…Continue Reading

Heartbeat Bill Wins In Kentucky

March 27, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Heartbeat Bill Wins In Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s House passed Senate Bill 9, a fetal heartbeat bill, by a vote of 71 to 19 the night of March 14. SB 9 bans most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure requires anyone seeking an abortion to first determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks into pregnancy. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. Republican Rep. Chris Fugate sponsored SB 9 on the House floor. Fugate said for him, this bill is not political but is about the millions of babies that have been killed. In February, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 31 to 6. While the bill was in…Continue Reading

Among U.S. Military… Ban On Gender Transition To Take Effect In April

March 26, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Among U.S. Military… Ban On Gender Transition To Take Effect In April

By CHRISTINE ROUSSELLE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Troops enlisting and serving in the U.S. military will have to serve as their biological sex and are forbidden from transitioning to another gender, a new Department of Defense policy states. The policy was announced in a memo that was obtained by the Associated Press March 12. The policy will go into effect April 12. While not a ban on transgender persons in the military altogether, the new policy will presumably result in many transgender troops being discharged from the military if they wish to serve under a different sex, seek cross-sex hormones, or gender transition surgeries. The new policy has additional rules regarding gender dysphoria, a condition where someone identifies as a…Continue Reading

Vatican Diplomat… Accused Of Corruption And “Romantic” Relationship While At UN

March 25, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Vatican Diplomat… Accused Of Corruption And “Romantic” Relationship While At UN

By ED CONDON and J.D. FLYNN NEW YORK (CNA) — An archbishop who served as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations is accused of financial and managerial mismanagement, including the use of Vatican staff and influence to assist and support financially a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship. Sources say that although Vatican officials were informed of the man’s conduct, he was quietly reassigned to a new diplomatic post without facing sanctions. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, 65, now apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, is alleged to have maintained an inappropriate romantic relationship with a woman during his time as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, a post he…Continue Reading

Listening To The Word Of God

March 24, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Listening To The Word Of God

By DONALD De MARCO Aristotle, in his treatment of animals (On the Soul 421a22), makes the observation that there is a relationship between softness of skin and intelligence. Those animals with harder skin are less intelligent than those with softer skin. “That is why,” he concludes, “man is the most intelligent of all animals.” With due apologies to the jellyfish, Plato’s most renowned student has a point. Man’s softness of skin in tandem with its discriminatory exactness of touch has no peer among other animals. And this softness allows intelligence to operate more effectively. Knowledge of the world impresses itself more thoroughly in the human being than it does on any other animal. Along with soft skin and intelligence, however,…Continue Reading

Who Spawned The Christchurch Killer?

March 23, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Who Spawned The Christchurch Killer?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On Friday, March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on Earth, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, turned on his cellphone camera and set out to livestream his massacre of as many innocent Muslim worshipers as he could kill. Using a semi-automatic rifle, he murdered more than 40 men, women and children at one mosque, drove three miles to another, and there killed seven more. Dozens more remained wounded, suffering, and dying. An atrocity and act of pure evil by a man with a dead soul. Yet, predictably, within 48 hours, the president of the United States was being publicly indicted as a moral accomplice. Donald Trump, it was said, used a…Continue Reading

Among U.S. Military… Ban On Gender Transition To Take Effect In April

March 22, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Among U.S. Military… Ban On Gender Transition To Take Effect In April

By CHRISTINE ROUSSELLE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Troops enlisting and serving in the U.S. military will have to serve as their biological sex and are forbidden from transitioning to another gender, a new Department of Defense policy states. The policy was announced in a memo that was obtained by the Associated Press March 12. The policy will go into effect April 12. While not a ban on transgender persons in the military altogether, the new policy will presumably result in many transgender troops being discharged from the military if they wish to serve under a different sex, seek cross-sex hormones, or gender transition surgeries. The new policy has additional rules regarding gender dysphoria, a condition where someone identifies as a…Continue Reading