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A Beacon Of Light… Divine Light Shines Through The Sacraments

July 7, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light… Divine Light Shines Through The Sacraments

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) Today begins a series of articles on the seven sacraments and how each is a portal through which Divine Light shines!What is a sacrament? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a sacrament is: “An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us…Continue Reading

Religious Liberty Battles And The Corruption Of Children

July 6, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Religious Liberty Battles And The Corruption Of Children

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD It what appears to be foreshadowings of litigation to come, two cases have caught my attention recently.In the first, Pastor James Domen is the founder and president of Church United in California. Formerly a homosexual, after finding Christianity, he rejected that lifestyle, married a woman, and fathered three children.The purpose of Church United is to “equip faith leaders to positively impact the political and moral culture in their communities.” In his church’s online presence he talks about his past experience with homosexuality and how he overcame it.That was until his online hosting service, Vimeo, decided that his videos were hate speech and defamatory, and violated Vimeo’s standards which forbid any content that promotes Sexual Orientation…Continue Reading

Be Careful With Words?. . . John Roberts, Other Revolutionaries Twist Definitions

July 5, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Be Careful With Words?. . . John Roberts, Other Revolutionaries Twist Definitions

By DEXTER DUGGAN Just to make sure they’re absolved of all their lurking racism and bigotry, will the former Dixie Chicks figure out they’ll have to rename themselves the Nancy Pelosi Chicks (or perhaps the Nancy Pelosi Old Hens), or maybe the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Birdies or Bernie Sanders Cluckers? (The Joe Biden Sick Man Chicks just won’t cut it.)Somehow for year after year the title Dixie Chicks was accepted effortlessly for the very successful Texas-bred female trio. The name was regarded as denoting the easygoing, sweet-home South.When the group became identified with opposing President George W. Bush’s Iraq war early in the new millennium and thereby won liberal plaudits, no lefties said the musicians couldn’t be real anti-warriors if they…Continue Reading

Dealing With Shakedown Artists

July 4, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Dealing With Shakedown Artists

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The current wave of violence riots, and looting often bring quieter accomplices. These can include various forms of intimidation that corrupt social comity but suffer no consequences for doing so. Let’s consider an example from south of our border.In El Salvador, opening a business takes a lot of work. There’s a great sense of exhilaration when you open the doors on the first day.But not for long. Soon a youngster stops by and offers to “take care of” your place. Keep it “safe.”You laugh and tell him, “Everything’s OK, we already have insurance.”Then he comes back with an older companion who is not so nice. The tough guy explains that his informal syndicate provides a different kind…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Very New Book About A Very Old Idea

July 3, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Very New Book About A Very Old Idea

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy by Thomas Crean and Alan Fimister. Editiones Scholasticae, 2020; paperback, 290 pages. Available at amazon.com. One of Moliere’s characters — a certain M. Jourdain — is at once stunned and delighted to learn that he has spoken prose all his life. Practicing Catholics, similarly, should be stunned and delighted to learn that, by the grace of God, we have been integralists all our lives. In Christian Prayer, a volume used by many who pray the Liturgy of the Hours, there is a brief, but beautiful and meaningful, petition: “Form our lives in [Thy] truth, our hearts in [Thy] love” (p. 617).Integralism, as the cover of this new volume tells…Continue Reading

As Nation’s Social Temperature Soars . . . Trump Takes Stage On A Summer Day In Southern Arizona

July 2, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on As Nation’s Social Temperature Soars . . . Trump Takes Stage On A Summer Day In Southern Arizona

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Life goes on at 110 degrees, this time every year.It was a normal sunny, low-humidity June day In Phoenix at 107 degrees by mid-afternoon, with the temperature to edge a few degrees higher before starting to come down with the evening. It’s what desert-dwellers here expect annually, and accommodate routinely.However, social temperatures had been turned sharply higher around the nation with violent leftist-incited tension by the time President Trump arrived here on June 23 to speak to cheering thousands of young people who Trump described as the future of the nation. KFYI Radio news (550 AM) said some of the attendees had lined up by 3 a.m. — more than 12 hours earlier.Was the social…Continue Reading

A Fitting Challenge

July 1, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Fitting Challenge

BY JOE SIXPACK A missionary priest who worked among the native people of the Himalayan Mountains used to tell of an astounding custom among the people. Since murder was considered the most horrible crime that could be committed, the punishment was always death.When a murder had been committed but no one knew who the murderer was, everybody in the village was obliged to pass by the victim’s body, which was placed in the main street, and as each person passed the body he placed his hand on the corpse and took a solemn vow that he had no part in the crime; an incredibly hard but fitting challenge for the guilty party.The Fifth Commandment is: You shall not kill. As…Continue Reading

Beacon Of Light… Live Your Faith Brightly

June 30, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Beacon Of Light… Live Your Faith Brightly

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. Do you know what day it is? Do you know what month it is? Finding the answer to these questions is very simple. All we do is look at the calendar! What about if we asked these same questions, but asked them about the Church’s calendar? Do you know what day the Church is celebrating today? Do you know what season the Church is celebrating?The answer to these questions is very similar to the previous two questions. We look at the Church calendar!The Church’s calendar begins on the First Sunday of Advent and concludes with the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, which is usually the last weekend in…Continue Reading

But The Dictionary Says…

June 29, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on But The Dictionary Says…

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD The Supreme Court, in its ruling that “sex” is equivalent to “gender identity” or “transgender,” has set the stage for years of political and legal warfare that will not only swamp the courts but dominate the electoral map for years to come. And it will bring to a head the thorny question of what constitutes religious liberties in an era when gender is considered fluid, and little boys and grown men can become female whenever the fancy strikes them. I’m sure everybody who reads this publication knows by now that on June 15 the Supreme Court did the unthinkable. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the consolidation of three cases involving the dismissal of homosexual or…Continue Reading

Who Would Have Thought It?. . . Is U.S. Starting Down Road To Become Another Venezuela?

June 28, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Would Have Thought It?. . . Is U.S. Starting Down Road To Become Another Venezuela?

By DEXTER DUGGAN Amid other recent shocks to the U.S. social system, the weird possibility that the nation actually could fall to a political coup began to be pondered more seriously. A Venezuelan told Phoenix radio talk host James T. Harris (KFYI, 550 AM) on June 23 that her countrymen didn’t think they’d be taken over, either, but they were, by Marxists.The parallels don’t have to be exact among different countries in order to see warning signs of the virus of tough dictatorship or even totalitarianism.Germany’s supposedly civilizing education and culture, a Russian background of serfdom, Chinese Confucianism, among various examples, all ended up in oceans of blood captained by ruthless masters.Italy may have been where it was hard even…Continue Reading