Friday 19th April 2019

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Proselytization Vs. Evangelization

April 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Proselytization Vs. Evangelization

By SHAUN KENNEY Pope Francis is worried about proselytization. Thank God he is, because the secular left has been doing a great deal of proselytization over the last 20 years on topics such as abortion, transgenderism, homosexual marriage, feminism qua promiscuity, globalization and the like! Yet that wasn’t quite the proselytization with which Francis was particularly preoccupied. Namely, while on his whirlwind tour of Islamic countries, Francis seems to be confirming an old principle among the Islamic nations that faith cannot be coerced. It sounds weird to American ears, but in Islam there is a dual purpose at play. Most major sects of Islam do indeed believe that one can coerce belief, whether through laws or institutions. As the Western…Continue Reading

Two Sets Of Young People… Try To Expand Freedom In Other Countries And Save It Back Here

April 9, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Two Sets Of Young People… Try To Expand Freedom In Other Countries And Save It Back Here

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The young Polish man said that people in his homeland, still struggling with the effects of being in a post-Communist society, “look at you like a weirdo” if you just try to talk to them on the street. Adding that people in the United States are much more open, Krzysztof Moszynski told an evening gathering which applauded and laughed that he wants to “learn about this culture, then go back to Poland and spread it all over.” Almost as if to confirm that anyone might be out and about here, none other than former California member of Congress Barry Goldwater Jr. walked into the March 27 fund-raiser in this Phoenix suburb for Project Arizona,…Continue Reading

A Faustian Bargain Against Catholic Adoption Agencies

April 8, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Faustian Bargain Against Catholic Adoption Agencies

By MIKE MANNO St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Michigan operates like many similar agencies across the United States in partnering with state and local governments to recruit and support foster and adoptive families. In 2017 alone, St. Vincent recruited more adoptive families than ninety percent of other agencies in its service area. St. Vincent, however, has one big problem: It is Catholic and it operates by its Catholic principles, which means it would not place children in homes with unmarried cohabitants or same-sex couples. It never prevented any other agency from doing so; it simply refused to do so on principle. In 2017, as I’ve reported here before, a lesbian couple made an inquiry at St. Vincent, but was referred…Continue Reading

Massive Border Invasion . . . Reaches Point Where Survival Of U.S. Cast Into Doubt

April 7, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Massive Border Invasion . . . Reaches Point Where Survival Of U.S. Cast Into Doubt

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Swelling waves of illegal immigrants take a steady course northward to break the law, while President Trump is sent spinning in circles if he tries to enforce it. The unauthorized immigrants are welcomed to cascade into the United States by law-enforcement officials working along the line who accommodate their arrival but who, at least theoretically, are tasked with stopping them. Lawbreakers are rewarded while law enforcers are hassled and harassed by judicial elitists, and by politicians who never viewed, from afar, an unfortunate person without scheming to see how the downtrodden can be manipulated to benefit them at the next election. Trump is smacked down by lawless judges who scold him for trying to protect…Continue Reading

Fear, Fraternity, And History

April 6, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Fear, Fraternity, And History

By CHRISTOPHER MANION In an interview during his recent trip to Morocco, Pope Francis took a swipe at Europe’s Catholic populist movements. These groups are gaining popularity in many EU member states, rising in defense of the uniquely Christian character of Europe and their own countries. Meanwhile, the secular, centralized European Union bureaucracy fights to maintain its power, joining the Pope in opposing the populist movement. Pope Francis is torn: While he condemns the EU’s secularism, he strongly supports its advocacy of massive immigration from Africa and the Middle East. “I see,” he said, that many people of good will, not only Catholics, but good people, of good will, are a little gripped by the fear that is the usual…Continue Reading

Must The West Beg The World For Forgiveness?

April 5, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Must The West Beg The World For Forgiveness?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As the Democratic Party quarrels over reparations for slavery, a new and related issue has arisen, raised by the president of Mexico. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has written Pope Francis and King Felipe VI to demand their apologies for the Spanish conquest of Mexico that began 500 years ago with the “invasion” of Hernando Cortez. Arriving on the Gulf Coast in 1519, Cortes marched in two years to what is today’s Mexico City to impose Spanish rule, the Spanish language and culture, and the Catholic faith upon the indigenous peoples. “One culture, one civilization was imposed upon another,” wrote President Lopez Obrador: “There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… Why We Need A “Sense Of Sin” In the Sacred Liturgy

April 4, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… Why We Need A “Sense Of Sin” In the Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI In His public ministry our Lord made no secret of the fact that contrition is deeply pleasing to Him, that it wins His Heart like nothing else. When the Roman centurion beseeching the cure of his servant sent Him the message, “Lord…I am not worthy to have you come under my roof,” He was so pleased with this humble Gentile that He said of him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Luke 7:6, 9). When the Syro-Phoenician woman imploring from our Lord the exorcism of her possessed daughter said of herself, “…even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs,” He was so pleased with her that He answered, “For…Continue Reading

Coffee At 4 A.M. And Drummer Boy . . . Speakers At Spiritual Life Conference Take A Look At Suffering And Joy

April 3, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Coffee At 4 A.M. And Drummer Boy . . . Speakers At Spiritual Life Conference Take A Look At Suffering And Joy

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “The only doctrine of the Church that’s easily observable is original sin,” legendary Catholic convert and apologist G.K. Chesterton pungently said, according to a nun speaking at a mid-March spirituality conference here that was cosponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio. Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, a member of the theology faculty at the Ohio school for 20 years, gave a lively presentation for about 80 minutes on two topics at the March 16 Spiritual Life Conference 2019 also sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Theology (ICT), based at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church here. Suffering is the result of original sin, Paruch said, and the well-known advice of Catholic Moms to…Continue Reading

A Potpourri… Slave Reparations, Equality, And Other Matters

April 2, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Potpourri… Slave Reparations, Equality, And Other Matters

By GEORGE A. KENDALL A few thoughts on slave reparations, a topic again raising its ugly head: People have been doing wrong to one another since Cain killed Abel. When the wrong is perpetrated by one group against another, the wronged group is likely to seek revenge against the wronging group, leaving the latter to in turn seek revenge on the former, setting up a cycle that can go on for generations or even centuries, long after the original wrongdoers and their victims are dead. That is how blood feuds get started. This makes no sense as a way to restore order, which is what we should always be trying to do after a wrong has disturbed it. What is…Continue Reading

Has The Electoral College Outlived Its Usefulness?

April 1, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Has The Electoral College Outlived Its Usefulness?

By MIKE MANNO A few years ago when I was teaching college, I used to ask my U.S. government students how many had voted in the last presidential election. Most, if not all, would raise their hands. I’d count the students’ hands, announced that 20 or so claimed to have voted for president, and then I’d feign surprise and ask, “How can you all have voted when only seven people in Iowa cast the official ballots?” That’s how I’d open the discussion on the Electoral College. Of course, after the 2000 election my jig was up, but until then it was a pretty effective opening. One of the things about teaching political science was how much I found that students…Continue Reading