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Philosophy Has No Expiration Date

October 3, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Philosophy Has No Expiration Date

By DONALD DeMARCO When I was in graduate school I had two colleagues who, in addition to their primary interest in philosophy, enjoyed the art of painting. One preferred depicting traditional scenes — landscapes, castles, restless waves beating against rugged coastlines. He was branded as “conservative,” though his artistic efforts were good enough to grace the walls of a number of domiciles. The other was modern and prided herself on being inventive. She had urged her fellow artist to join her in being up-to date with artistic trends.One day, after he had finished another one of his routine but likable images, he randomly wiped his brushes on a canvas which he then hung on the wall as a personal joke.…Continue Reading

The Eclipse Of Europe

October 2, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on The Eclipse Of Europe

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN For centuries up to and including the twentieth, Europe seemed the central pivot of world history.Then came the Great Civil War of the West, our Thirty Years’ War (1914-1945), where all of the great European powers — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia — along with almost all of the rest, fought some of history’s greatest battles.Result: Europe’s greatest nations were all bloodied. All of Europe’s empires fell. The colonial peoples were all largely liberated and began the great migration to the mother countries. And Europe was split between a U.S.-led West and a Moscow-dominated Soviet bloc.Yet, even during that four-decade Cold War, Europe was viewed as the prize in the struggle.By the time that Cold War…Continue Reading

U.S. Bishop Chairmen . . . Denounce Abortion Funding In Build Back Better Act

October 1, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Bishop Chairmen . . . Denounce Abortion Funding In Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 15 advanced portions of the reconciliation bill without removing abortion funding provisions or including the Hyde Amendment to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion.Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement following markup of the Build Back Better Act by the two House committees:“Catholic bishops have been strong advocates for proposals at both the federal and state level that ensure all people will have…Continue Reading

In Memoriam . . . Madeleine Froelicher Stebbins, 1924-2021

September 30, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on In Memoriam . . . Madeleine Froelicher Stebbins, 1924-2021

By JAMES MONTI (For over forty years, I have had the exceptional privilege and honor of knowing Mrs. Madeleine F. Stebbins, co-founder in 1968 of Catholics United for the Faith and one of the heroic champions of Catholic orthodoxy and fidelity to the Church in our time. On September 17, 2021, Madeleine passed from this life at the age of ninety-six. What follows is my own tribute to her.) + + Madeleine Froelicher Stebbins was born in Paterson, N.J., on November 1, 1924. Her parents were both Swiss immigrants, her father Victor Froelicher from Solothurn and her mother Helene (nee Stehli) from Zurich. Raised in the New Jersey town of Ridgewood, Madeleine vacationed with her family forty miles to the…Continue Reading

The Pope Vs. EWTN: Too Hot To Handle?

September 29, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on The Pope Vs. EWTN: Too Hot To Handle?

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: This September 22 commentary is reprinted with permission from In it, longtime Catholic author Phil Lawler criticizes Pope Francis for making an “extraordinary charge” against EWTN, which — like The Wanderer and like Catholic World News — will criticize the Pope’s statements or decrees when the occasion demands it.) + + Last week I wrote about censorship, and how “discerning readers need to find their own trusted sources of news.” This week I’ll be a bit more specific, and say that Catholic readers (or non-Catholics interested in developments within the Church) need to find their own trusted sources for Catholic news.To present my case, let me introduce Exhibit A: our headline story from yesterday:…Continue Reading

When The Words Are Not Understood

September 28, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on When The Words Are Not Understood

By JOHN YOUNG “All the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are on the Index.” A Catholic acquaintance said this to me many years ago when the Catholic Church had an Index of forbidden books. He was clearly rather perplexed, as I was when he made his statement.I said: “Even his Sherlock Holmes stories?” He replied: “I suppose so.” I didn’t know what to make of his assertion but continued to read Sherlock Holmes, as it was incredible that the Catholic Church would have forbidden the stories.I found the probable solution many years later when I saw an explanation of the words “All the works” in this context. It was explained that works means books, not articles, short stories, or…Continue Reading

Justice Clarence Thomas… Credits Catholic Nuns’ Anti-Racist Example

September 27, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Justice Clarence Thomas… Credits Catholic Nuns’ Anti-Racist Example

By KEVIN J. JONES DENVER (CNA) — Catholic nuns and his grandparents’ example helped instill in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas the belief that all people were children of God and that the racist flaws of American society were a betrayal of its best promises, he said in a lecture Thursday, September 16.“My nuns and my grandparents lived out their sacred vocation in a time of stark racial animus, and did so with pride with dignity and with honor. May we find it within ourselves to emulate them,” Justice Thomas said at the University of Notre Dame.“To this day I revere, admire and love my nuns. They were devout, courageous, and principled women.”Thomas, only the second Black Supreme Court justice,…Continue Reading

When Rights Are Wrong

September 26, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on When Rights Are Wrong

By DONALD DeMARCO There are few topics that are of greater importance than “rights.” At the same time, the topic of rights has been egregiously misunderstood and fraudulently represented. What are rights? Are they the exclusive domain of human beings? What is the basis of a right? How can rights be protected? Can there be rights without duties? These are certainly important questions, though their answers are often confusing and contradictory.That the subject of rights is important is widely upheld. Unfortunately there is an unbridgeable chasm between their recognized importance and how they should be applied. Some years ago, the well-known anthropologist, Margaret Mead, wrote a piece for Redbook entitled, “The Many Rights to Life.” The redoubtable Ms. Mead generously…Continue Reading

Are The U.S. And China Stumbling Toward An “Islands War”?

September 25, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Are The U.S. And China Stumbling Toward An “Islands War”?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the UK and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia.A $66 billion French deal to provide Canberra with diesel electric-powered submarines, among the largest defense contracts Paris had ever negotiated, was blown off.“A stab in the back!” said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had been kept in the dark on the secret talks. “There has been duplicity, contempt and lies.” Le Drian compared President Joe Biden to former President Donald Trump.President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors to both the U.S. and Australia. In two centuries of U.S.-French diplomatic relations, no such recall had ever…Continue Reading

9/11: A Blazing Hell On Earth

September 24, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on 9/11: A Blazing Hell On Earth

By BARBARA SIMPSOM (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on WorldNetDaily on September 10.) + + It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that awful day — 9/11 — this country was massively attacked by an enemy most Americans didn’t even realize we had.The responsibility for that ignorance should be placed squarely on the backs of our elected government representatives. They’re the ones who are closest to what is going on politically in our world, and yet they did not fully warn Americans what was at stake.Oh yes, there were some who expressed concern about the dangers from the Middle East. But there was — and still is — the concern that too much warning would get people…Continue Reading