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Gone To The Dogs

September 16, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Gone To The Dogs

By TOM TAKASH During my childhood, we had several dogs, but I clearly remember only two. How we acquired our canines, I don’t have a clue. All l know is that with a smile on his face, our Dad brought them home. Did he buy them? Did someone give them to him? I don’t know. Money was always very tight, so I’m sure that if he bought them, he didn’t pay much.Were they pure bred? I had never heard of such things. All I remember is that one had fur that was a mixture of brown and black and that it was a male pup. We named him Blackie. We had him for a short time until one day he…Continue Reading

A Rediscovered Tribute To The Beauty Of Our Lady

September 15, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on A Rediscovered Tribute To The Beauty Of Our Lady

By JAMES MONTI Book Review: Crown of the Virgin: An Ancient Meditation on Mary’s Beauty, Virtue, and Sanctity, attributed to St. Ildephonsus of Toledo. Trans. Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB. TAN Books, Gastonia, NC 2020. 120 pp. $24.95. For well over a decade, the subject of beauty as an essential attribute of great art, as a pervasive presence in nature, and as a prerequisite for the fitting celebration of the sacred liturgy has been a much-discussed topic, due in large part to the reflections of Pope Benedict XVI. As an attribute of the human person, we all tend to associate the word “beauty” particularly with womanhood.While there are reasons on a natural level that could be offered for this, there is…Continue Reading

Twenty Years Of The Long Hard Slog

September 14, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Twenty Years Of The Long Hard Slog

By CHRISTOPHER MANION “Socrates understood…that a reform cannot be achieved by a well-intentioned leader who recruits his followers from the very people whose moral confusion is the cause of the disorder”— Eric Voegelin, Plato and Aristotle.In the years since September 11, 2001, it’s been hard to tell whether there were any conservatives left in the GOP.And what do I mean by “conservative”?I’m still going by the description that I first learned in March 1960. During spring vacation, our family was at the kitchen table proofreading the galleys of Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative. My father published the groundbreaking book later that spring.“The turn will come when we entrust the conduct of our affairs to the men who understand that…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cordileone . . . Raises Issue Of Excommunication For Abortion Advocates

September 13, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Archbishop Cordileone . . . Raises Issue Of Excommunication For Abortion Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Calling abortion “the most pressing human rights challenge of our time,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on Sunday, September 5 invoked the excommunication of prominent Catholic segregationists in the early 1960s as an example of a legitimate response to Catholics politicians who support “a great moral evil.”In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, the leader of the Archdiocese of San Francisco pushed back against recent statements by Catholic politicians who have denounced a new state law in Texas that prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.The op-ed doesn’t mention any politicians by name, and it stops short of advocating excommunication for any specific pro-abortion politicians. President Joseph Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who lives in…Continue Reading

Hello, What’s Old?

September 12, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Hello, What’s Old?

By DONALD DeMARCO “What’s new?” is a common way of inaugurating a conversation. The trite reply, as was often the case among my peers when I was growing up, was “New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.” At other times, the response was simply “nothing.”We hunger for things that are new and that hunger is accommodated on a daily basis by the “newspaper.” “New and improved” is a standard selling point. Every new car is up-to-date and vastly superior to its old predecessor. We are taught to deplore old fogies, things that are old-fashioned, passé, and out of date. We believe that every new day will be better than yesterday.Yet nothing fades faster than what is new. “Here…Continue Reading

Is Democracy Versus Autocracy The New Cold War?

September 11, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Democracy Versus Autocracy The New Cold War?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”So said President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, and how very American. For, from its first days, America has colluded with autocrats when the national interest demanded it.George Washington danced a jig in 1778 when he learned that our diplomats had effected an alliance with France’s King Louis XVI. The alliance, he knew, would be indispensable to an American victory.In April 1917, the U.S. went to war “to make the world safe for democracy” in collusion with four of the world greatest empires: the British, French, Russian, and Japanese. All four annexed new colonial lands and peoples from the victory for democracy we were decisive…Continue Reading

Expert’s Latest Investigation . . . Dispels Myths About Pius XII And Rome’s Jews

September 10, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Expert’s Latest Investigation . . . Dispels Myths About Pius XII And Rome’s Jews

By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI ROME (CNA) — Pope Pius XII was not silent in front of the Shoah nor inactive. He was, instead, very much committed to saving Jewish families, spoke out constantly against the Nazi Regime, and set up a series of formal and informal initiatives that show that he was anything but “Hitler’s Pope.”These are the conclusions of a series of investigations on archive material carried out by Deacon Dominiek Oversteyns, of the Spiritual Family “The Work.”Oversteyns’ investigations include The Book of Memory by Liliana Picciotto, a Jewish researcher, which collects the names of all deported and killed Italian Jews; the History of Italian Jews under Fascism by Renzo De Felice, which outlines the history of 148 convents that…Continue Reading

Al-Qaida And ISIS Still In Afghanistan

September 9, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Al-Qaida And ISIS Still In Afghanistan

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY “Last night in Kabul, the United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history,” President Joe Biden said in an address to the nation on Tuesday afternoon, August 31.But is that war over?Biden may have withdrawn the U.S. military from Afghanistan, but terrorist groups intent on attacking the United States still operate there.A week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress enacted a war authorization that was succinct yet sweeping.It said: “That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons,…Continue Reading

Sr. Shahnaz . . . “My Last Days In Kabul Under The Taliban”

September 8, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on Sr. Shahnaz . . . “My Last Days In Kabul Under The Taliban”

By CHIARA ZAPPA ROME (AsiaNews) – Sr. Shahnaz will never forget the long days in Taliban-occupied Kabul, anxiously waiting for a chance to leave the country. The nun, who worked in Afghanistan for the Pro Bambini di Kabul (PBK) association and arrived in Italy on one of the last flights of the airlift organized by the authorities, is still in shock:“Even now that I’m here safe and sound, every time I hear a knock at the door or hear the sound of a shutter moving in the wind, my heart leaps and I am terrified that someone has come to get me.”The images of the August 26 attack in the midst of the crowd thronging around the airport of the…Continue Reading

U.S. Seminary In Rome… Snuffs Out TLM For Seminarians

September 7, 2021 Featured Today Comments Off on U.S. Seminary In Rome… Snuffs Out TLM For Seminarians

By FR. JOHN T. ZUHLSDORF (Editor’s Note: This commentary from Fr. Zuhlsdorf is taken from his September 1 wdtprs.com blog. We also include some background from a Catholic News Agency report by Alejandro Bermudez.) + + The craven faculty of the North American College (U.S. seminary in Rome), perhaps under the pressure of their board, has snuffed out the Traditional Latin Mass, which was a regularly scheduled Mass on Saturdays.There was also training for the seminarians in how to celebrate the TLM.I heard about this through several channels, but Rorate published a photo of the publicly posted memo, saying, “Our only options are to resist or to die and disappear.”Thus will it be harder for these men to be fully…Continue Reading