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Cradle Catholic Apostasy Is Worse Than Paganism

October 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Cradle Catholic Apostasy Is Worse Than Paganism

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND One of the most frequently quoted lines in Dante’s Divine Comedy is Francesca da Rimini’s utterance: “Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella misera” (Inferno, canto V). There is no worse suffering than to recall happy times while living in misery. These words come to my mind when I compare the present religious and moral “climate” of my home country, Belgium, with the one I was privileged to be born in and lived in as a teenager. How is one to explain that a country so deeply rooted in Catholic culture and tradition has now uprooted these sacred plants, and endorsed laws that trample upon the most elementary dictates of the natural moral law?…Continue Reading

The Synod Of Bishops Will Be Anticlimactic

October 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Synod Of Bishops Will Be Anticlimactic

By REY FLORES “LGBT Catholics would be delighted if the synod accepted same-sex marriages, but they are realistic enough to believe this will not happen” — Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry. + + + The Synod of Bishops that is opening this week has many people talking, both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Rumors abound about what new changes the bishops will incorporate in regard to what marriage and family mean in the 21st century. According to some sources, the Vatican sent a 39-point questionnaire to Catholic bishops around the world asking for parishioner input on family and contemporary social issues. This was to help prepare the document known as Instrumentum Laboris, which is what the bishops will…Continue Reading

Cardinal Müller . . . Comes To The Defense Of The Sacrament Of Marriage

October 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Müller . . . Comes To The Defense Of The Sacrament Of Marriage

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover.) + + + Ignatius Press has just published two books, The Hope of the Family and Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which are very important in relation to the upcoming Synod of Bishops, taking place October 5-19 in Rome. Both books are important because they are written by influential cardinals in the Church who try thereby to resist proposed novelties of Walter Cardinal Kasper concerning the admission of remarried couples to Holy Communion and concerning an increased leniency of the Church toward those who break God’s marriage laws. (For information on ordering these books, please visit www. ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531.)…Continue Reading

Are We In A Religious War With Islam?

October 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Are We In A Religious War With Islam?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Are we in a religious war with ISIL? Or ISIS, if you prefer. (From what I can tell, the acronyms may be used interchangeably, even if there may be different implications in referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, rather than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.) President Obama never used the term religious war in his speech on September 11. Indeed, he went out of his way to make clear that there is no religious motive behind his call for military action against ISIL, stating emphatically that “ISIL is not Islamic.” But that does not close the question. We can start with the concession that a conflict does not become a…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Stop Communion Debate Now

October 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Burke: Stop Communion Debate Now

How We Got To Where We Are… Modernism — The Ousting Of The Natural Law

October 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on How We Got To Where We Are… Modernism — The Ousting Of The Natural Law

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM Webster’s Dictionary defines modernism as “any of several movements variously attempting to redefine Biblical and Christian dogma and traditional teachings in the light of modern science, historical research, etc. Modernism was condemned by Pope Pius X in 1907as a heresy.” This definition helps us to understand that modernism is not something new. It has been looming in the background and gnawing away at the faith and teaching of the Church for many, many years. This heresy should not be confused with modernism in general. The Church certainly is not against scientific development and the advance of technology. The concern here is the exaltation of human law over the divine, with science and a misguided humanism…Continue Reading

Washington Changes Rules . . . Arizona Sheriff Warns Of Border Crime Returning

October 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Washington Changes Rules . . . Arizona Sheriff Warns Of Border Crime Returning

By DEXTER DUGGAN “We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed” — Thomas Jefferson + + + PHOENIX — You know those classic Western stories where the courageous sheriff and his deputy prepare to confront the bandits in the street. The law-abiding town has been taken over by criminals who must be defeated or else the decent settlement becomes uninhabitable for good people. The sheriff carefully reviews his options then declares, “What the heck. This is too dangerous for me. I’m headin’ for Canada. I hear there are some good welfare programs up there that I can retire on.” No, that’s not how the West was won, protected, or allowed to thrive. Tough…Continue Reading

A Wave Election For Sure . . . But Is It Hello Or Goodbye To More GOP Power?

October 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Wave Election For Sure . . . But Is It Hello Or Goodbye To More GOP Power?

By DEXTER DUGGAN A guaranteed prediction about this November’s elections: There’ll be a GOP wave. Whether a wave hello or a wave goodbye to additional Republican Party clout is the question. Waves don’t just stay at tsunami stage. They rise and fall. The GOP fantasy “front-runner” in the 2012 presidential contest, magisterial multimillionaire “moderate” Mitt Romney, couldn’t even defeat the worst president in the history of the nation, the glowering, nose-aloft radical Alinsky Democrat Barack Obama. By mid-September 2014, there was speculation aplenty about whether the Republicans actually would score stunning results with the voters in the mid-term elections on November 4, as had been expected earlier. They may not if they expect to win in the Romney way, holding…Continue Reading

Chicago Appointment . . . What In Blazes Is Going On?

September 30, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Chicago Appointment . . . What In Blazes Is Going On?

By REY FLORES Hear ye! Hear ye! Chicago has a new shepherd coming and he is ready for the task, donning a Chicago Bears cap and scarf at a recent press conference. As if that were all that is needed to become a citizen of this much-troubled Midwest town. It’s going to take a lot more than some blue and orange Chicago Bears paraphernalia for Bishop Blase Cupich to take on the monumental task that is ahead of him. The old horror movie actor Lon Chaney was once called the “Man of 1,000 Faces” because of his incredible ability to portray a variety of characters, like the unforgettable Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Archdiocese…Continue Reading

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

September 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I spent some time before writing this column looking for a modern way of stating the logical error of “post hoc, ergo propter hoc” reasoning. Considering the modern world’s disdain for Latin terms coined by medieval theologians, I was sure there would be some version in modern English, along the lines of the substitution of Common Era (CE) for Anno Domini (AD). But I didn’t find it. Writers and journalists seem content to use the old term “a post hoc error.” But whether English or Latin is used, it is important to introduce students to this faulty logic. Charlatans and demagogues have been known to employ it to make their case. You can count, for example,…Continue Reading