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Humanae Vitae, The Coronavirus, And The Law Of Cause And Effect

February 22, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Humanae Vitae, The Coronavirus, And The Law Of Cause And Effect

By CHRISTOPHER MANION As the Chinese Communist Party reels from the terror and chaos caused by the spread of the coronavirus, everyone is looking for someone else to blame for the deadly epidemic. Given the nature of China’s totalitarian state, it might be years, if ever, before we know the truth. In the meantime, given the law of cause and effect, we can accurately identify the foul spirit that motivated it. In chapter two of Humanae Vitae, St. Pope Paul VI observes that a “rapid increase in population . . . has made many fear that world population is going to grow faster than available resources.” That fear can compel man to defy the Church’s teaching about marriage and the…Continue Reading

The Beauty Of Holiness

February 21, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on The Beauty Of Holiness

By JAMES MONTI What is it that makes us stop and pause in wonder when we read a particularly moving anecdote about a saint? What is it about a particular painting or statue of our Lady that inflames us with love for her? Why is it that news of thousands turning out to venerate the visiting relic of a famed saint or the particular story of a miraculous cure wrought through a saint’s intercession affects us so deeply? In all these circumstances the human heart is responding to something to which it is so receptive — beauty. One of the great insights of Dietrich von Hildebrand is his identification of the practice of the virtues and the carrying out of…Continue Reading

What We See Is What We Don’t See

February 19, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on What We See Is What We Don’t See

By JOE SIXPACK A father gave a beautiful crucifix to his young daughter. Then he asked her, “Annie, what’s the difference between the figure of Jesus on the crucifix and the Host which the priest holds up at the consecration of the Mass?” Annie didn’t hesitate a moment, “When I look at the figure on the cross I see Jesus, and He isn’t there. When I look at the Host, I don’t see Jesus, but He is there.” This is the true nature of the Most Holy Eucharist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but how much do we really know about the Mass? Before we look a little deeper into the Mass, let’s first look at a couple…Continue Reading

Headed Down The Slippery Slope . . . Dem Candidates Out Over Their Skis For Abortion

February 18, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Headed Down The Slippery Slope . . . Dem Candidates Out Over Their Skis For Abortion

By DEXTER DUGGAN Democratic presidential candidates are out over their skis, and not only in primary-election states with snowy mountains. The candidates’ national pro-abortion extremism has reached the point where even pro-life Democrats who had kept wishing the hopefuls would come to their senses have started to give up about remaining faithful to that party. New York liberal pro-life university professor Charles Camosy declared in an article posted February 6 at the New York Post, “If the party was willing to go all-in on the most volatile issue of our time with a position held by only 13 percent of the population, it was time to take no for an answer.” Not only was Camosy turning to a political party…Continue Reading

Maybe, Maybe Not… Could This Be The End Of Blaine?

February 17, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Maybe, Maybe Not… Could This Be The End Of Blaine?

By DEACON MIKE MANNO The Blaine Amendments got a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court late last month, and, according to reports, Chief Justice John Roberts — splitting his time between court business and the impeachment trial — was there. The Blaine Amendments, in case you have forgotten, are a series of state constitutional amendments that basically prohibit giving any public aid to religiously affiliated schools. They were adopted after a similar national amendment was proposed by Maine Republican Sen. James G. Blaine in 1875 during a wave of nativism and anti-Catholic bigotry that was sweeping the nation. Sen. Blaine’s amendment was defeated in Congress, but the idea caught on and “Little Blaine” amendments were adopted in nearly 30 states…Continue Reading

No Wonder Orange Man . . . Would Relish A Run Against Red-Loving One

February 16, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on No Wonder Orange Man . . . Would Relish A Run Against Red-Loving One

By DEXTER DUGGAN You want Russian collusion? Why settle for Donald Trump allegedly doing that when you can tremblingly visualize collusion with old, iron-fisted USSR totalitarianism? Today’s Vladimir Putin may be a strongman, but if U.S. voters are supposed to recoil from discovering subservience toward tough guys tramping through Red Square, how about recalling when Soviet government-run food stores had nothing on the shelves while secret-police basements were well-stocked with prisoners condemned to despair if not death? Oh, here’s why thinking of this not-so-distant history is a bad idea. That would remind us that the Soviet fist was lovingly kissed by aging U.S. left-wingers who today think they can get away with falsely denouncing Trump as a toady of post-post-Yuri…Continue Reading

USCCB Staff Reverses Bishops’ Decision On Abortion Issue

February 15, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on USCCB Staff Reverses Bishops’ Decision On Abortion Issue

By CHRISTOPHER MANION At the USCCB’s annual meeting last November, America’s bishops considered updating their document entitled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens. The text, published every four years, represents a classic in the genre of boring, meandering memos prepared by large and cumbersome committees. Nonetheless the November debate on the document exposed serious fissures in the ranks of the USCCB. The debate centered on the content of a letter introducing this year’s version of the document. On one side, Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago and Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego sought to remove the depiction of abortion as a “preeminent issue.” Their proposal was criticized by Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, who insisted that the term remain in…Continue Reading

Chinese Churches Closed In Response To Coronavirus

February 14, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Chinese Churches Closed In Response To Coronavirus

WUHAN, China (CNA) — As the deadly coronavirus continued to spread in China, church services in some areas were canceled for the past weekend. Churches in Hubei, the epicenter of the virus, were shut as of January 26. The following week, two more provinces announced a ban on church services. In December, an outbreak of 2019-nCoV was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Believed to be a new strain within the coronavirus family, the virus can cause fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and severe acute respiratory syndrome. The virus was first reported in Wuhan, where it is believed to have originated at a seafood market. Highly contagious, it quickly…Continue Reading

Everything Is Coming Up Trump

February 13, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Everything Is Coming Up Trump

By NEIL PATEL As Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech page by page, she put the finishing touches on one of the greatest political rehab jobs of all time. The Democrats have managed to turn Trump into a thoroughly sympathetic figure. From the start, Trump has not been treated like a normal president by people on either end of the political spectrum. On the left, Trump is viewed as a fascist, un-American monster, thoroughly unprepared for and undeserving of the highest office in our land. They never accepted his election and never gave him a chance — angling for impeachment even before Trump was sworn into office. On the other side, for a…Continue Reading

A Ruined Pair Of Slacks

February 12, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Ruined Pair Of Slacks

By JOE SIXPACK This is a true story. I once knew a man who had three sons. All the sons were well-behaved and respected their father with a love not commonly seen. He seldom had to punish his sons, as they were eager to please their father. However, the oldest son got it into his head that he simply was not going to obey his father on one particular matter. The father spanked his son repeatedly for this chronic act of disobedience. It got to the point that the father knew he’d lose his son to the boy’s own will if he didn’t break this streak of disobedience, so he decided to get creative. The next time the boy repeated…Continue Reading