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“Patron Saint Of Difficult Century”. . . Recalling St. Maximilian Kolbe, “Martyr Of Charity” To Nazis

September 17, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on “Patron Saint Of Difficult Century”. . . Recalling St. Maximilian Kolbe, “Martyr Of Charity” To Nazis

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Not many men have consented to be in selfies with those who later would have them executed, but that was one of the unusual events in the selfless life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish priest and “martyr of charity,” as Pope John Paul II called him.Kolbe’s life was the topic of a September 5 talk by Bill Marcotte, assistant director of the Institute of Catholic Theology (ICT), an evangelization outreach based at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church here.Beginning a new season of programs with the arrival of September, the ICT conducted the talk by Zoom, as it had done at talks earlier this year when COVID-19 caused events around the nation to be…Continue Reading

In A Blaze Of Glory . . . The Blessed Sacrament Enthroned Above The Clouds

September 16, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on In A Blaze Of Glory . . . The Blessed Sacrament Enthroned Above The Clouds

By JAMES MONTI The year was 1592. Pope Clement VIII was a man who felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. The Church was beset with troubles from all sides, with continuing civil war between Catholics and Protestants in France, the spread of heresy, the ever-present threat to Christian Europe from the Turks, and the bloody persecution of English and Irish Catholics living under the Protestant regime of Queen Elizabeth I.On November 25, 1592, Pope Clement issued an encyclical summoning the clergy and laity of Rome to undertake with him a spiritual crusade of prayer in the form of the Forty Hours Prayer, a forty-hour cycle of continual Eucharistic adoration which he asked each major parish of Rome…Continue Reading

Beacon Of Light… Examination Of Conscience: The Second Commandment

September 15, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Beacon Of Light… Examination Of Conscience: The Second Commandment

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.) + + Greetings! I hope this column find you all doing well! As we continue our examination of conscience, I want our readers to know I have been praying for you. As we make this examination of conscience let us pray for each other. Prayer is a critical part of our lives as Catholic Christians. Oremus…Continue Reading

For The Election… Suburbanites, Listen Up!

September 14, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on For The Election… Suburbanites, Listen Up!

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD There is an issue in this campaign that is bubbling just beneath the surface, yet to catch the attention of the general public. It deals with a nearly obscure adjunct to the 1968 Fair Housing Act: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).The law requires that all federal departments and agencies administer their programs so as to further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act which, in part, is to eliminate housing discrimination and segregated communities.In 2015 the Obama administration’s Housing and Urban Development adopted the AFFH rule which required cities and towns receiving federal housing funds to conduct studies to determine if there were any patterns or practices in their locations that were inconsistent with the…Continue Reading

If Catholic Dems Had Shown More Energy . . . Exhausted-Looking Bad Catholic Biden Wouldn’t Sap Moral Strengths

September 13, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on If Catholic Dems Had Shown More Energy . . . Exhausted-Looking Bad Catholic Biden Wouldn’t Sap Moral Strengths

By DEXTER DUGGAN Talk about not showing much energy, exhausted-sounding Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn’t the only one.If Catholics who want to vote for liberal Democrats would have spent one-tenth the energy on keeping the Democratic Party pro-life as they have in fact spent on excusing and pardoning the party’s every step deeper into pro-abortion extremism, we wouldn’t be at today’s tragic position. The party wasn’t always this way, and could have been saved.With little or no pushback from these Catholic quarters, national Democrats were only too vulnerable to accede to counter-pressure from their other backers like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and media leftists.Biden, his party, and his platform support massive permissive abortion throughout pregnancy, paid by taxpayers. Even…Continue Reading

Trouble Lies Ahead . . . In Demographics And In Doctrine

September 12, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Trouble Lies Ahead . . . In Demographics And In Doctrine

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Is demography destiny? Eric Sammons has done a lot of digging into the numbers, and he finds that the situation of the Catholic Church “is far worse than even the most pessimistic projections.”Relying on figures from CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Sammons reports that America’s population is growing twice as fast as the Catholic population. Moreover, what growth the Church has enjoyed is due almost entirely to immigration. And there, the figures show that, the longer a Catholic immigrant is in the United States, the more likely he is to leave the Church.Well, wherever the growth came from, one would expect families to grow and Baptisms to increase, right? But between 1970 and…Continue Reading

Another Bishop Bows To The Culture

September 11, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Another Bishop Bows To The Culture

By JOSEPH MATT This past week it was both refreshing and encouraging to listen to a homily given by a priest which focused on the immorality of Catholics who vote Democrat. I am referring to the homily given by Fr. James Altman of La Crosse, Wis. (see below). In the homily Fr. Altman boldly explains the inconsistency of the Democratic Party platform with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the consequences for Catholics who vote Democratic. One would be hard pressed to find a faithful Catholic or any member of the Church hierarchy worth his salt who would disagree with what Fr. Altman said in his sermon. The hard-hitting sermon garnered much support among faithful Catholics on the Internet and…Continue Reading

“Moderate” GOP Operatives… Choose To Cast Their Lot With Frail Pro-Abort Extremist Biden

September 10, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on “Moderate” GOP Operatives… Choose To Cast Their Lot With Frail Pro-Abort Extremist Biden

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Many conservatives’ opinion that “moderate” Republican operatives would just take their marbles and go home rather than stand up for the party was confirmed as August drew to a close.Some old staffers for Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush announced they’re supporting Joe Biden — an extreme pro-abortionist heading up a radically pro-abortion Democratic Party — rather than incumbent GOP pro-life President Donald Trump.When each of these three “moderates” was nominated for the presidency, conservatives generally voted for them, although Romney, McCain, and Bush mostly weren’t their first choice. Still, these candidates were thought to be better than their Democrat opponents, and conservatives couldn’t get everything they wanted through the political process.Sometimes, though,…Continue Reading

Christopher Dawson And The Survival Of Western Culture

September 9, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on Christopher Dawson And The Survival Of Western Culture

By JUDE DOUGHERTY “During the last two centuries the human race has experienced the greatest change since the beginning of recorded history.” So wrote Christopher Dawson, the distinguished British historian, in 1948. This transformation, he tells the reader, had its source in a particular society in a particular civilization, i.e., Europe.“The change was at once a political revolution, an economic revolution, and a scientific evolution.” But that is not all, as Dawson is able to show: “In order to understand Europe and European history, we must first understand,” wrote Dawson, “what Europe is not….Europe is not a mere geographical expression of a heterogeneous collection of independent nationalities, but a society of peoples possessing a common culture and religion. In the…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light… Examination Of Conscience And The Chaos Of Our Times

September 8, 2020 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light… Examination Of Conscience And The Chaos Of Our Times

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.) + + This week we begin our examination of conscience. Together we will see where we are participating in the chaos of our times. In doing so, we will be able to make necessary changes to help eradicate this chaos.Remember a good Catholic examination of conscience can be a great help in making a new start…Continue Reading