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What Is Truth?

November 26, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on What Is Truth?

BY JOE SIXPACK What Is Truth was a number 3 song for the late Johnny Cash (RIP) in 1970. Even though I was just an adolescent (and this really tells my age), I knew he borrowed the title from a line out of the Gospel of St. John. This famous question came from an exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate at Jesus’ judgment.Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38).Pilate was asking…Continue Reading

Remembering Dallas In 1963 . . . Thanksgiving A Blessing, But Not Always A Happy Time

November 25, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering Dallas In 1963 . . . Thanksgiving A Blessing, But Not Always A Happy Time

By DEXTER DUGGAN The final months of every year have some of the best holidays, many people think, from Halloween to Christmas, and then New Year’s Day to turn over a new leaf.As the last month of 1941 arrived, Catholics looked forward to the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6, the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, then Christmas.But just after the sainted early Christian bishop had returned to Earth to leave treats in children’s house shoes, the following morning of December 7 brought the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the United States into hostilities already underway elsewhere and turned the U.S. upside down through 1945, and longer.What did U.S.…Continue Reading

The Jesuit Who Didn’t Fit In

November 24, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Jesuit Who Didn’t Fit In

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The late Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, grew up in the 1960s a couple of miles from Notre Dame’s campus. He worked his way through the University of Chicago working in Gary’s steel mills, and joined the Jesuit order shortly after graduation. When I finally met him personally in Boston thirty years later, he was already a classically trained Scripture scholar (an expert on pre-Semitic languages with copious publications on philology). His random ruminations about the state of the clergy, the Church, and the secular world were a virtual fountain of precision in critique and hilarity.Fr. Mankowski died suddenly last fall — young, too young, in the somber view of his bereaving friends and admirers.Fr. Mankowski’s intellectual forays…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light… Who Celebrates The Liturgy?

November 23, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light… Who Celebrates The Liturgy?

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) + + Welcome back to our survey of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In our previous articles, we learned how the liturgy connects us to the Blessed Trinity and how the liturgy is the dispensary, or economy, of salvation. In this way the meaning and the purpose of the liturgy have been revealed for us.As we move forward, today’s article will give us a deeper look into the sacraments themselves, especially what is common to…Continue Reading

Biden’s Truly Reckless Spending Will Likely Be His Undoing

November 22, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Biden’s Truly Reckless Spending Will Likely Be His Undoing

By NEIL PATEL (Editor’s Note: Please continue to pray for Mike Manno’s recovery and return to good health. In place of his usual column, we’re presenting a commentary by Neil Patel, cofounder of The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks, and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. Creators.com distributes Patel’s column.) + + News flash: Prices are going up. They are going up broadly across many products and services. And they are going up quickly. Inflation is here. It’s already bad, and there are many signs that it could…Continue Reading

Biden Tough Guys In Action . . . That Nighttime Knock On The Door Not A Friendly One For Conservatives

November 21, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Biden Tough Guys In Action . . . That Nighttime Knock On The Door Not A Friendly One For Conservatives

By DEXTER DUGGAN Sowing fear and resentment among Americans while treating lawbreaking aliens as kings and queens further disfigures the morally pockmarked Joe Biden administration.This leaves some observers to wonder how such a nefarious government could be trusted to keep its sneaky hands off preparations for the 2022 elections that could deprive Biden’s Democrats of their congressional majorities.Meanwhile, Biden’s predatory conduct on the secular front seems likely to grow bolder if he sees that even the Catholic bishops with a direct say over his religious behavior fail to name and confront his sacrileges. Predators smell fear.Those media that seek to avoid or minimize the severe disruption that Biden seeks to inflict should pay attention to Marxist lady Saule Omarova, his…Continue Reading

Bishops Approve Continued Desecration Of The Eucharist

November 20, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishops Approve Continued Desecration Of The Eucharist

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The USCCB’s fall meeting came and went in Baltimore, with no surprises. The assembled bishops at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel were admittedly daunted, and possibly haunted, by the recent publicity stunts featuring Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and sponsored by Pope Francis, so their sellout on the much-maligned “weaponizing the Eucharist” charade was a done deal months ago. This week they voted to adopt without fanfare a document on the Eucharist, a ploy designed to deflect criticism for their doing nothing about it.Perhaps they were pondering the threat of Sen. Pat Leahy, the Catholic pro-abortion senator from Vermont. In 2007, Leahy told a reporter that “I’ve always thought that those bishops and archbishops who for decades hid…Continue Reading

The Level

November 19, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Level

By JOE SIXPACK A little boy was watching his father work as he was building a piece of furniture. The man was using a level to make certain the board he was planing was straight. The little boy thought this was fascinating, but also a lot of extra work.“What’s the use of being so careful, Dad? That board looks all right.”“Guessing won’t do when building furniture, Son,” his father explained. “You have to be spot-on; otherwise, your job will be a failure. Many people guess at too many things.”“What kind of things, Dad?”“At living the right way, for instance. They live the way they feel like living, and God doesn’t like that.”“We ought to have a level to live by,…Continue Reading

Lesson From St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity . . . “This Present Paradise” On Earth Doesn’t Always Feel Like One

November 18, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Lesson From St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity . . . “This Present Paradise” On Earth Doesn’t Always Feel Like One

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — When the young woman entered the convent to begin her life as a nun, the government was an opponent of the Catholic Church.The convent’s residents knew they may have to move. The government was interested in the convent’s possessions.It appeared that the local bishop was siding more with the government than with his own Catholic Church. The Vatican was displeased. It was a “collective time of darkness,” a speaker here said, but the Lord was raising up some great saints.This may sound like the U.S. government under the Obama and Biden administrations taking such actions as hounding the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide abortifacients and contraceptives in their health insurance.This may seem to…Continue Reading

Did Glasgow Deliver “Blah, Blah, Blah”?

November 17, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Did Glasgow Deliver “Blah, Blah, Blah”?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: As reported in last week’s NewsNotes, our regular columnist Mike Manno is recovering from a stroke, so therefore we are publishing an extra Buchanan column to take the place of Manno’s usual political and legal commentary. Please continue to pray for Mike’s speedy recovery.) + + At the end of the first week of the Glasgow climate summit, 100,000 protesters marched to denounce the attendees as phonies who will never honor their commitments to curb carbon emissions.Despite pledges by 100 nations to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, and by 20 nations, including the U.S., to end financing of new international fossil-fuel power plants, teenage climate superstar activist Greta Thunberg says the…Continue Reading