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McElroy And Cupids Clumsy Coup

November 22, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on McElroy And Cupids Clumsy Coup

By SHAUN KENNEY One of the great allures of the Catholic tradition is that we have one teaching office: the Magisterium. Not one of many magisteria…but a single, cohesive, traditional, biblical teaching office that reaches back from God’s first utterance through Christ and to the present day. Now in a colloquial sense, one might suggest there is a magisterium of work that one might collect over time. The magisterium of Pope Pius XII contains over 1,600 manuscripts, speeches, and notes collected over the course of his lifetime. It’s an odd phrase, but an intended one. The reformers of the Second Vatican Council used the phrase “magisterium of Pius XII” in reference to the corpus of work that the Holy Father…Continue Reading

A Film Review . . . Don’t Miss This Presentation Of Cardinal Mueller’s Manifesto Of Faith

November 21, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A Film Review . . . Don’t Miss This Presentation Of Cardinal Mueller’s Manifesto Of Faith

By REY FLORES Merriam-Webster defines the word “manifesto” as “a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, views of its issuer.” It goes on to say that it is a word rooted in Latin, and that both the words “manifest” and “manifesto” derive ultimately from the Latin noun manus (“hand”) and festus, a combining form that is related to the Latin adjective infestus meaning “hostile.” Well, there is certainly an internal hostility against the Church herself today and we are called to defend her. On February 8, 2019, His Eminence Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Mueller released his controversial Manifesto of Faith. Mueller has been a strong voice for traditional orthodox Catholics, and with the recent controversial Amazon Synod, he started raising…Continue Reading

Priest-Activist Tells Brunch… Reign Of Abortion Could Topple Like Berlin Wall Did

November 20, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Priest-Activist Tells Brunch… Reign Of Abortion Could Topple Like Berlin Wall Did

By DEXTER DUGGAN SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the Berlin Wall could fall overnight, the end of abortion could happen as suddenly, said a priest who pressured his girlfriend to abort their twin babies long before he discerned his religious vocation and entered the seminary. Speaking at the annual fund-raising brunch of Phoenix’s First Way Pregnancy Center on November 9, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato said it was exactly 30 years earlier that the Communist wall came down in 1989, even though many people back then thought such a momentous event never could happen in their lifetimes. Pointing to comments that President Trump made to a reporter just after the 2018 midterm elections, Imbarrato told the diners here that he could see such…Continue Reading

The One True Church

November 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The One True Church

By JOE SIXPACK Last week, we began our examination of how Christ established the Catholic Church. This week, we are going to take it a step further . . . perhaps several steps further. The most telling point about the divine origins of the Church is the papacy. Non-Catholics — particularly those who are not exactly friends of the Catholic Church — all tell us there’s nothing in the Bible about the papacy or St. Peter being the first Pope. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Biblical evidence for the papacy is overwhelming. Following the logical presentation of Karl Keating in his modern classical work Catholicism and Fundamentalism, we find the evidence to be irrefutable. Keating notes first that…Continue Reading

A New Pew Study… Marriage Vs. Cohabitation

November 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on A New Pew Study… Marriage Vs. Cohabitation

By DEACON MIKE MANNO, JD On the heels of a report on religious participation (see my November 7 column), the Pew Research Center has released a report, Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S. It finds that as more and more adults are delaying, or even forgoing, marriage, the share of adults who have lived with an unmarried partner is on the rise, but not by as much as you might expect. Overall, it found that marriage rates have declined, particularly among younger adults. “Today, 18 percent of adults younger than 30 are married, compared with 31 percent in 1995. Among adults ages 30 to 49 and those 50 and older, 62 percent are married — down somewhat from 1995, when…Continue Reading

Defining “Safe Space” . . . A Place For Leftists To Hide From Their Own Hate And Damage

November 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Defining “Safe Space” . . . A Place For Leftists To Hide From Their Own Hate And Damage

By DEXTER DUGGAN The passage of a half-century or more can bring on considerable change in a technological era, but new decades being born don’t invert physical laws. The principles of flight remain the same, although biplanes getting off the ground applied them differently than spacecraft leaving the stratosphere. Communication connects people with each other and events, but an early electrical telegraph had a world of difference with electronically based twenty-first century social media. On the other hand, left-wing political causes have a way of going from one point to its exact, conflicting polar opposite, but all in the same name of some brand of justice or equality. Consider how the Berkeley, Calif., so-called Free Speech Movement that began to…Continue Reading

Familiar Issues Arise At USCCB Annual Meeting

November 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Familiar Issues Arise At USCCB Annual Meeting

By CHRISTOPHER MANION The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held its fall meeting this past week, and it was designed to be uneventful. New officers were elected, new chairmen were assigned, various reports were accepted. “Many bishops express their strong support and to continue the moment[um] from last year,” read the USCCB notice on Twitter as the meeting opened. Of course, last year any momentum they might have had was ground to a halt by Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, who abruptly shut down the bishops’ discussion of the then-Cardinal McCarrick investigation, leaving them little else to do but go home. Several bishops insisted on addressing McCarrick and the charges made by former Papal Nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò. But Cupich would…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood… Gave Virginia Governor Infanticide Talking Points

November 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Planned Parenthood… Gave Virginia Governor Infanticide Talking Points

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam used Planned Parenthood abortion and infanticide talking points to run his press operations last January. Gov. Northam did a public radio interview after he and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran introduced HB 2491, known as The Repeal Act, which would repeal restrictions on third trimester abortions all the way up to 40 weeks. This includes killing the child during or after delivery. The Repeal Act removes hospital requirements on clinics and providers, laws that mandate informed consent, a combination of mandatory ultrasounds, literature, the 24-hour waiting period for abortions in Virginia, and additional doctor requirements for late-term abortions. Northam tried to defend infanticide when he said, “If a mother is in labor, I…Continue Reading

Boring Catechesis Produces Boring Catholics

November 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Boring Catechesis Produces Boring Catholics

By SHAUN KENNEY One of our readers raised a concern about a Catholic evangelization program for teenagers entitled ChristLife, which is designed as a supplement or substitute for your more traditional CCD programs. Specifically, there is a section that includes the “Romans Road” so often used by Protestants to convert Catholics that ends with a recitation of the Sinners Prayer — a non-biblical prayer used by proponents of Sola Scriptura to advocate for non-scriptural dogmas such as Sola Scriptura. Now if one wants a truly Catholic program? Look no further than the Culture of Life Studies Program sponsored by American Life League, either as a supplement or a curriculum entirely devoted to promoting the dignity of human life. I am…Continue Reading

Not Just Another Cheap Imitation

November 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Not Just Another Cheap Imitation

By JOE SIX-PACK When talking about religion, I find it sad when I hear people say things like “The only thing that matters is that we all believe in the same God” or “One Christian religion is just as good as another” or “Let’s just agree to disagree.” These comments are saddening because they all demonstrate a scandal of Christianity. There are so many Christian religions to choose from that people have become indifferent to the whole idea of thinking about which church is the right one to belong to. But we Catholics can honestly and should assertively say, “Jesus established one Christian religion, and that religion is the Catholic Church!” The ecumenical movement of the 70s did far more…Continue Reading