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Can We Criticize A Play If We Haven’t Seen It?

May 29, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Can We Criticize A Play If We Haven’t Seen It?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK One might think I would feel uncomfortable when hit with the charge that it is out of bounds for me to criticize Catholic colleges that sponsor performances of The Vagina Monologues when I have not seen the play. It seems a reasonable criticism, on first hearing. How do I know that the play is not making important and moral points; that it is not teeming with “redeeming social value”? I have always found this argument to be specious; a ploy meant to silence critics of the film or book in question. Come on: No one lives by such a rubric. There is a role for common sense in this matter. Feminists would not feel compelled to…Continue Reading

In Reparation For Harvard Black Mass… The Greatest Gift That God Has Given Us

May 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on In Reparation For Harvard Black Mass… The Greatest Gift That God Has Given Us

By FR. MICHAEL DREA (Editor’s Note: Here is the homily of Fr. Michael Drea, senior chaplain at Harvard University and pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge, given May 12 at the holy hour at St. Paul’s in reparation for the black mass that was to be held simultaneously on Harvard’s campus. The black mass eventually was moved off Harvard’s campus and might have been canceled entirely. A eucharistic procession preceded the holy hour. Thousands attended. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of the homily. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Tonight we gather in this moment of prayer as a parish and university community to celebrate the greatest gift that God has ever extended to us: His Son Jesus…Continue Reading

Abortion Outrages . . . Bring Freedom For Abortionists, Victimizing Of Women

May 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Abortion Outrages . . . Bring Freedom For Abortionists, Victimizing Of Women

By DEXTER DUGGAN They used to be called “the weaker sex.” Then they were “the liberated sex.” Without a doubt, permissive abortion has made females the victimized sex. Two recent examples from coast to coast continued to illustrate the second-class citizenship imposed on women since the U.S. Supreme Court invented the previously unknown fundamental liberty of abortion in 1973. This liberty means freedom for abortion and abortionists, instead of prioritizing women’s welfare. The examples also showed the deadly partnership between the Democratic Party and abortionists, contrasted with the likelihood that the Republican Party will stand up for women and babies.

HHS Confirmation Hearings… 49,000 Words, Zero On Abortion-Drug Mandate

May 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on HHS Confirmation Hearings… 49,000 Words, Zero On Abortion-Drug Mandate

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate provided this editorial. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Two Senate committees held hearings this month on the nomination of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services, the federal agency most responsible for overseeing implementation of Obamacare. In these two hearings, according to transcripts published by CQ Transcriptions, the senators and the nominee spoke approximately 49,000 words. Not one of these words directly addressed the contraception-sterilization-abortion-inducing drug regulation that Sebelius issued under Obamacare and that is now the target of more than 90 lawsuits.

We Do Not Accept The Hate Card Or The Race Card Here Anymore

May 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on We Do Not Accept The Hate Card Or The Race Card Here Anymore

By REY FLORES (Editor’s Note: This essay is reprinted from the web site of the American Life League, All rights reserved.) +    +    + Words are funny things, yet sometimes not so funny. Today’s society is obsessed with putting labels on each other and using language as a weapon against people with whom we disagree. Like the overplayed Race Card, the Hate Card is another obligatory item found in the vocabulary wallet of the pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and pro-homosexuality crowd. I, for one, am not accepting either card anymore. In God we trust; all others pay with the cash of truth and facts only. In America, we still have the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion to speak…Continue Reading

The Death Of Language

May 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Death Of Language

By DONALD DeMARCO A few years ago, Frances Kissling, the then executive director of Catholics for a Free Choice, a curious organization that consists of no Catholics and has little regard for any choice that is pro-life, organized a campaign to revoke the Vatican’s seat from the United Nations. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, by a count of 416-1, in its formal objection to the effort (Tuesday, July 11, 2000). “If anything the Holy See deserves a more prominent role in the United Nations,” said Cong. Christopher Smith (R., N.J.). “This attack against the Vatican strikes at our bedrock democratic values that teach us tolerance for legitimate differences of opinion,” commented House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R., Texas).

The Scientific Case Against Homosexual “Marriage”

May 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Scientific Case Against Homosexual “Marriage”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a footnoted copy of this three-part article, e-mail him at +    +    + The debate over homosexual “marriage” is radically different from the discussions surrounding abortion, pornography, and euthanasia. To begin with, the arguments regarding same-sex “marriage” appear at first to be very ill-defined. This means that most people do not know how to research the issue and quietly go along with the “pro-gay” slogans repeated endlessly by the media. Another reason the discussion over homosexual “marriage” does not generate as much passion as the other issues is that “marriage” between two men or two women…Continue Reading

A Legendary Failure Of Liberalism

May 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A Legendary Failure Of Liberalism

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When Brown v. Board of Education, the 9-0 Warren Court ruling came down 60 years ago, desegregating America’s public schools, this writer was a sophomore at Gonzaga in Washington, D.C. In the shadow of the capitol, Gonzaga was deep inside the city. And hitchhiking to school every day, one could see the “for sale” signs marching block by block out to Montgomery County, Md. Democratic and liberal Washington was not resisting integration, just exercising its right to flee its blessings by getting out of town. The white flight to the Washington suburbs was on. When this writer graduated in 1956, all-white high schools of 1954 like McKinley Tech, Roosevelt, Coolidge, and Anacostia had been desegregated, but…Continue Reading

The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

May 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY At a time when the Church is accused of clerical malfeasance on both sides of the Atlantic, Maritain’s treatise on the Church and her personnel is worth revisiting. To speak of the “person” of the Church is to recognize a certain transcendence in time of a body that remains essentially the same. Just as a human being is not to be identified with the personality it manifests on a given day or at a given period in life, the visible Church cannot be identified with one council or one papacy. Maritain’s reflections on the subject are to be found in his last complete book, On the Church of Christ: The Person of the Church and Her…Continue Reading

A (Devious) Plea To Pope Francis

May 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on A (Devious) Plea To Pope Francis

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Am I sure it is a devious plea? I am. But you can judge. Let’s take a look at it. The “plea” was made in an ad sponsored by the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture stores. I had never heard of these stores before the company took out the full-page ad in The New York Times on April 13. The headline was, “A Plea to Pope Francis: On Behalf of Homeless LGBT Youth.” It turns out that there are quite a few of the stores across the country, usually in the upscale urban areas favored by people in their 20s and 30s with some money to spend on trendy decor for their apartments and co-ops.…Continue Reading