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A Leaven In The World… Trans-Catholics And The Parish Of The Future

July 3, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Trans-Catholics And The Parish Of The Future

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Selina is a high school athlete in Connecticut who remains female, as she always was, but the competition around her is changing. She is now losing track events in which she formerly excelled because “transgender” athletes are taking part. It doesn’t matter how good she is: College recruiters and others won’t know, because she is female in word and deed and competes as such but does so against men who have changed some aspects of their bodies. The pure fantasy that they are now women because they say so is evident to Selina: The body composition needed to win track and field competitions remains male. You can’t argue against facts. Something similar is happening within…Continue Reading

Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Law Protecting Abortion Survivors

July 2, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Law Protecting Abortion Survivors

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 14 signed into law HB 16, known as the Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which ensures legal protection for infants born alive in attempted abortions. The law will go into effect September 1, 2019. The legislation states, “The physician must exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” HB 16 also requires a physician to ensure that the infant be immediately transferred and admitted to a hospital. Anyone who violates the law by withholding the appropriate medical treatment will be charged…Continue Reading

Congress Hears… Religious Freedom Laws “More Necessary Than Ever”

July 1, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Congress Hears… Religious Freedom Laws “More Necessary Than Ever”

By MATT HADRO WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The House Committee on Education and Labor heard testimony June 25 on the Do No Harm Act, a proposed measure to limit the application of landmark religious freedom legislation. The Do No Harm Act proposes to limit the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Critics of the measure warned June 25 that tampering with the law could hurt religious minorities who need its protections the most. Matt Sharp, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said during his testimony that at a time when certain religious freedom protections are unpopular, “RFRA is more urgent and necessary to ensure that the political whims don’t dictate whether an individual or an organization’s faith is…Continue Reading

Do Men And Women Belong To Different Species?

June 30, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Do Men And Women Belong To Different Species?

By DONALD DeMARCO On April 8, 2019 a small contingent of men, representing TFP (Tradition, Family, and Property) visited the campus of Penn State to speak in defense of the unborn. This is a scenario that has been played out numerous times throughout the United States in an attempt to establish an honest dialogue with those who defend abortion. Modern philosophers have spilled more ink on the subject of alienation than on any other subject. In contrast to the notion of alienation is “participation,” a value to which St. John Paul II has given a great deal of thought. Closely related to participation is another philosophical value, also one that the former Pope has meticulously developed, namely, “dialogue.” “The mark…Continue Reading

Will Joe Repudiate His Segregationist Friends?

June 29, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Will Joe Repudiate His Segregationist Friends?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body.” Thus did a stung Joe Biden answer rival Cory Booker’s demand he apologize for telling contributors, in a southern drawl, “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland, he never called me ‘boy.’ He always called me ‘son’.” Joe was recalling fondly a time in the 1970s when he came into the Senate at 30, having lost his wife and child in an accident, and “Jim” Eastland, the arch-segregationist from Mississippi, took him under his wing and became a patron, mentor, and friend. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boy’,” Booker had said. “Biden’s relationships with proud…Continue Reading

Tribunal Says . . . China Uses Coercion In Organ Harvesting, Targets Religious Minorities

June 28, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Tribunal Says . . . China Uses Coercion In Organ Harvesting, Targets Religious Minorities

LONDON (CNA) — An investigative tribunal has said that forced harvesting of organs for transplant continues in China, with religious minorities especially targeted. “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale,” the China Tribunal said in its final judgment, issued June 17 in London. Such a practice is “of unmatched wickedness — on a death for death basis — with the killings by mass crimes committed in the last century,” said the final report of the China Tribunal, NBC News reports. The Chinese government has previously rejected claims about forced organ harvesting as rumors. The China Tribunal is chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice. The tribunal, reportedly independent, was launched by the Australia-based International Coalition…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred Looking Into The Eyes Of Christ In The Holy Eucharist

June 27, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred Looking Into The Eyes Of Christ In The Holy Eucharist

By JAMES MONTI “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). It was with these haunting words that God first confronted Adam after he had sinned. By his sin Adam had lost for the entire human race the privilege of attaining to the beatific vision, the privilege of beholding God face to face in Heaven. By His sacrifice on the cross, Christ has restored for mankind this supreme gift. It is a privilege man has always yearned for: “My heart says to thee, ‘Thy face, Lord, do I seek.’ Hide not thy face from me” (Psalm 27:8-9); “When shall I come and behold the face of God?” (Psalm 42:2). The nearest we can come to a foretaste of it here on earth is…Continue Reading

Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith… To Issue In-Depth Document On Gender Theory

June 26, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith… To Issue In-Depth Document On Gender Theory

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation is preparing a document which will address Church teaching and the anthropology of the human person in the context of so-called gender theory, according to a Vatican official. According to a source, speaking to Catholic News Agency on background, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to publish in the coming months a more in-depth theological and anthropological text than the guide that was just published by the Congregation for Catholic Education. With Male and Female He Created Them, issued June 10, the Congregation for Catholic Education did not intend to give a detailed treatment of the topic of gender in all areas, but to provide…Continue Reading

Collective Achievement… Reconstruction And Notre Dame

June 25, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Collective Achievement… Reconstruction And Notre Dame

By JUDE DOUGHERTY “A Gothic cathedral is a collective achievement, the outcome of countless craftsmen working across the centuries toward a common goal. It is not the arena for idiosyncratic personal expression,” so wrote Michael J. Lewis in a timely essay. (1) Something similar may be said of an intellectual tradition that was being formed at the same time the European cathedrals were coming into being. Our subject is the formation of Western culture, the intellectual tools and the social conditions which contributed to its being. Stephen Gaukroger provides this insight. Like those great cathedrals, “Modern science is the outcome of a distinctive culture long in the making, a culture whose history begins in classical antiquity.” (2) Specifically, what needs…Continue Reading

Memo To Youth Ministers… Stop Preaching Self-Esteem

June 24, 2019 Featured Today Comments Off on Memo To Youth Ministers… Stop Preaching Self-Esteem

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + Many forms of outreach to Catholic young people want to get them fired up about the faith. They give an example of enthusiasm by which they hope to inspire others. But I will often hear young people say after such an experience, “I keep hearing that ‘Jesus loves me’. What do I do now?” Youth ministers are not of course alone in this — many pastors (who really should know better) use the same approach. Students do not just need affirmation. They need specific forms of direction in their moral life and…Continue Reading