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The Bitter Fruits Of Interventionism

August 28, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on The Bitter Fruits Of Interventionism

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As President Lyndon Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban’s triumph in Afghanistan.Less than a week into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal at Hamid Karzai International Airport, a CBS poll found that Americans, while still approving of President Joe Biden’s decision to get us out of this “forever war,” were stunned by how badly botched the withdrawal was being executed.By 75-25, Americans believe the withdrawal is going badly. And those who believe it has gone “very badly” outnumber by 9-1 those who believe it has gone “very well.”Biden’s own approval rating has plummeted to 50…Continue Reading

Texas Bans Transgender Surgeries On Children

August 27, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Texas Bans Transgender Surgeries On Children

By RAYMOND WOLFE AUSTIN, Texas (LifeSiteNews) — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has declared that performing transgender surgeries on children constitutes child abuse and could lead to prosecution.“Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse, subject to all rules and procedures pertaining to child abuse,” DFPS Commissioner Jaime Masters wrote August 10 in a letter to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor had asked Masters the previous week to review whether transgender surgeries could be classified as abuse against minors.“As you have described, this surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies,” Masters wrote to Abbott. “Generally, children in the care and custody of…Continue Reading

Do The Media Hate Cardinal Burke… Or The Faith He Represents?

August 26, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Do The Media Hate Cardinal Burke… Or The Faith He Represents?

By PHIL LAWLER (Editor’s Note: This commentary is reprinted with permission from catholicculture.org. All rights reserved.) + + (Catholic Culture) — The reprehensible attacks on Raymond Cardinal Burke in the mainstream media — the unseemly delight with which the liberal pundits have pounced on the news of his illness — should make any fair-minded observer wince.You don’t have to be a traditional Catholic to realize that when a man’s life is in danger, ordinary civility requires at least a temporary suspension of polemics. You don’t have to be a moral theologian to appreciate the merit of the adage: You don’t kick a man when he’s down.But instead of expressing sympathy for the cardinal’s plight — much less joining in his…Continue Reading

Catholics In China . . . Told To Celebrate Communist Party And Forgo Marian Pilgrimage

August 25, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholics In China . . . Told To Celebrate Communist Party And Forgo Marian Pilgrimage

By COURTNEY MARES ROME (CNA) —Catholic dioceses across China hosted celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this year, while pilgrimages to China’s national Marian shrine were forbidden.“Every community, every diocese has done congresses, performances, theaters, and even pilgrimages to the places of the Communist Party history,” Fr. Bernardo Cervellera — a missionary priest and journalist who closely covered the Church in China for the past two decades as editor-in-chief of AsiaNews — told Catholic News Agency.Bishop Joseph Li Shan of Beijing hosted a watch party at the bishop’s residence for President Xi Jinping’s July 1 speech marking the CCP centennial. Forty priests and Church members attended a symposium in Jiangxi province to study how to…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Left And The Rule Of Law

August 24, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Left And The Rule Of Law

By STEPHEN M. KRASON We have been witnessing what can only be called a subverting of the rule of law by the political left in the U.S. and its chief instrument, the Democratic Party. It is happening at different levels, from municipalities to the national level with the Biden administration.On the local level, in large cities district attorneys — many elected with the assistance of George Soros’ money, which aimed to get arch-leftist district attorneys elected around the country — are refusing to enforce and prosecute violations of certain categories of criminal laws according to their ideological preferences. They are even forgoing prosecution of obvious, outrageous, destructive criminal acts carried out with political motivation that conforms to the leftist political…Continue Reading

Aftermath Of An Afghanistan Debacle

August 23, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Aftermath Of An Afghanistan Debacle

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete.The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power.After investing scores of billions in training and arming a force of 350,000 Afghani troops, the U.S. could not stand up an army and a government that could survive our departure.And the final U.S. departure from Hamid Karzai International Airport may become, like JFK’s Bay of Pigs, a synonym for American debacle.Nor is the failure ours alone. Many of our principal allies were heavily invested. The British are now attempting to bring their people out of Kabul under…Continue Reading

Why Poetry Gives Us A Lift

August 22, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Why Poetry Gives Us A Lift

By DONALD DeMARCO On July 26 in this Year of St. Joseph, my first son’s wife delivered a beautiful baby girl. Her name is Siena Clare and marks our thirteenth grandchild. On that same date in 2008, which is the Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary the Mother of God, Pope Benedict XVI offered a Prayer for Grandparents. He stated that the “greater perspective” of grandparents, together with their “depth of experience and appreciation of life’s profound rhythms, are part of a wisdom not to be taken lightly or ignored.”A few days after her entrance into the world, and at a time when he mother was momentarily out of the house, my son informed me that…Continue Reading

Afghanistan’s Saigon Scenario

August 21, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Afghanistan’s Saigon Scenario

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — Sadly, we have seen this movie before. In the spring of 1975 the collapse of South Vietnam coming to a crescendo with the fall of Saigon indelibly marking a generation. Cities like Pleiku, Da Nang, and Hue in this contemporary saga are Kunduz, Kandahar, and Herat. Now with the Taliban’s stunning success over the beleaguered and ineffective Afghan Army, the same tragic fate awaits Afghanistan as the Taliban capture Kabul.“Afghanistan is spinning out of control,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He added, “Humanitarian needs are growing by the hour.”America’s frustrating twenty year military commitment in Afghanistan was coming to an end in any event. It was certainly time to go and both sides…Continue Reading

Cardinal Zen . . . Says Traditional Latin Mass Will Continue

August 20, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Zen . . . Says Traditional Latin Mass Will Continue

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS ROME (CNA) — Joseph Cardinal Zen said August 9 he thinks Traditionis Custodes may not have a disastrous effect on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, even if he doubts the intentions of some TLM critics closely connected to Pope Francis.“I think the effect of the motu proprio may not be that devastating,” the cardinal emeritus of Hong Kong said August 9, during a livestreamed event on Pope Francis’ restrictions and “the future of the Traditional Latin Mass.”Zen said he is pleased that the bishops of Hong Kong, for example, have opted not to make any changes regarding the celebration of the Latin Mass in their diocese. But he added that he is worried some people…Continue Reading

Don’t Decolonize Your Bookshelf

August 19, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Don’t Decolonize Your Bookshelf

By PAUL KRAUSE In the iconoclastic rage that is anti-Westernism masked by the supposed virtuous veil of anti-racism and critical hate theory, one of the popular suggestions for white people is to “decolonize” your bookshelf. In other words, stopping reading white authors. Especially dead white European males, but dead white European females also qualify. Who needs Homer, Dante, or Shakespeare; Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, or the Bronte sisters? Not the new vandals.It must be understood that anti-racism is simply the battering ram to destroy everything Western — from art to literature to music to monuments. Anything celebrating the achievements of Western civilization must be torn down, destroyed, burned, in this new fire of hate packaged and sold as “healing” and…Continue Reading