It occurs to me that perhaps I should say more about this document, the Declaration of Independence, which along with the Constitution help lay the foundation for our country’s laws and jurisprudence. It says: “We find these truths to be self-evident” meaning that, first of all, we’re talking about truths, not theorems or propositions that we come up with, but truths which are self-evident. Where does that leave us in terms of “legal precedent?” Seems to me that it should be the first legal precedent to consider. Then it says: “that all men are created equal.” Interestingly enough it dispenses with the concept that we all just happened to be as a result of some “big-bang” chemical reaction as some have posited. It actually says we were created and thank God for that. ( I didn’t want to go through life thinking that I just evolved from a turnip-seed or some other lower life-form.) Further, it says: and they were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Whoa! Back up the truck. What’s this about a Creator? Do you mean a God, a Supreme Being, a Master of the Universe, A Person who not only created us but endowed us with certain inalienable rights among which the first listed is Life and which is inalienable, meaning no one, not even the mother, has the right to take away?
The price is too high.
March 22, 2017
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This Vortex is coming to you from Manhattan, where the archdiocese of New York is facing a cash crisis because it has a gay priest crisis. Right behind me is a prized Manhattan property known as the Villard Houses. The property is on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, directly behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The mansion used to be the residence of the archbishops of New York and is extremely valuable — worth hundreds of millions.
Matt Vespa |Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Guy already wrote about the sexism smear that was going to be used to portray Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as a sexist and anti-woman. It revolves around a question about maternity leave. Gorsuch asks this question in front of his students while teaching an ethics class at the University of Colorado Law School, a position he’s had for several years.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that he was going to bring this up at the hearings, a throwback to the Democrats’ war on women attacks.
MARCH 21, 2017 2:20 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER 19 COMMENTS
“During the service, the man dressed in a traditional dishdasha walked inside the church and went straight to where the priest was speaking. A few parishioners nearby heard that the man was asking ‘to see the Pope.’”
If the Pope had been on the scene, he would have explained to him how true Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence, and everything would have been all right.
by Edward Pentin
Inspired by participation in France’s La Manif Pour Tous campaign, a group of young French Catholic friends have mobilized a network of 600 volunteers working in several countries.
VATICAN CITY — In 2013, a small group of young French Catholic friends took part in La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), a popular movement that led to millions marching for life and against same-sex “marriage” and adoption.
After the demonstrations ended, they wanted to do more: to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East, not only by giving them material aid, but also living and praying alongside them.
by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017
[Enhanced from other sources by AQ moderator Tom]
SAN ANTONIO – In a victory for a Texas parish, the Holy See has approved the admission of Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church into the Anglican Ordinariate, effective March 21.
Our Lady of the Atonement was the nation’s first pastoral provision parish, established in 1983, after Pope John Paul II made special provisions for former Anglicans to found Catholic parishes where traditional Anglican liturgy is offered. The Vatican established the North American Ordinariate in 2012, and ordained its first bishop, Steven Lopes, in 2016.
Fox News Takes Catholic Judge Napolitano Off Air
Popular Catholic contributor removed for Trump wiretapping remarks
[Is Fox News living down to its reputation “Faux (Fake) News” to join the liberal faux news media in the never-Trump movement?]
by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017
NEW YORK – It is being reported that Judge Andrew Napolitano — a conservative Catholic Fox News contributor — is off the air indefinitely because of his comments on alleged U.S. government spying on President Donald Trump.
Comments signal a man who will defend Christians’ rights
by Derek Ganzhorn • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017
The second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch dragged on Tuesday, the hours of questioning more about endurance than getting to the heart of the would-be justice’s opinions — but Gorsuch seemed to tip his hand on a major issue regarding religious liberty.
In his back-and-forth with Texas senator John Cornyn, Gorsuch seemed to denigrate the Lemon test. The Lemon test was created by the Supreme Court in 1971 to determine if a law gives too much aid to religion, supposedly in violation of the Establishment Clause. The Lemon test asks whether a law has a clear intent to promote a religion, if the law’s effect is to promote or diminish religion, and whether or not that law causes an “excessive government entanglement” with religion.
COMMENTARY: Remembering the Register’s pro-life cartoonist, Gary Cangemi.
Cartoonist Gary Cangemi died March 18 due to the effects of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 62. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy, a son, two daughters and two beloved granddaughters, whom he bragged relentlessly about.
The news hit me, and my children, hard — along with a great many in the pro-life community.
Gary is the creator of our favorite cartoon, Umbert the Unborn. When the strip made its debut in June 2001, it was an immediate hit.
[Was his “yes” a “yes” or a “no”?]
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch refused to label Roe v. Wade “super precedent” today as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, attempted to grill him on abortion.
Throughout day two of his confirmation hearing, Gorsuch repeatedly refused to make “campaign promises” about which cases he would support and which he wouldn’t, saying judges shouldn’t be like politicians. He indicated there are a number of factors that go into analyzing precedent.
With the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court there are lots of questions pertaining to what the nominee perceives to be the correct interpretation of the Law and legal precedent. But, no one has asked the preeminent question which is: do you believe that the Creator has the final decision on any matter coming before the Court as indicated by the following: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuits of Happiness.” Even that preposterous senior member of the Judiciary who claims to be Catholic and, indeed, who has graduated from my alma mater (which at that time purported to be a Catholic college) has asked the preeminent question. What an embarrassment! This bloviating, gravel-voiced, hypocrite needs to retire.
Week-long seminar helped faculty gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic character of the Jesuit university; no reason for cancellation yet
[Because LMU no longer has a Catholic identity?]
MARCH 20, 2017 BY CAL-CATHOLIC DAILY
Since the time of Father Thomas P. O’Malley, S.J., the President of LMU has sponsored a week-long summer seminar for faculty to help them gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic character of LMU. This annual event, sponsored since 1996, once provided a collegial setting in which to explore an aspect of LMU’s ethos as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university.
It was one of the few institutionally provided opportunities for LMU faculty to better understand and explore the distinctive Catholic mission and identity of the university.
President Snyder has canceled this program for 2017. With fewer and fewer Catholic professors, and more and more signs of loss of Catholic identity, LMU needs programs like the Summer Institute now more than ever. Under President Snyder, LMU’s Catholic identity is moving from the magis to the minus.
MARCH 20, 2017 BY EOTT ADMIN
Roman Curia officials pulled out all the stops this year to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Pope Francis’ accession to the Throne of St. Peter after scrounging together a few hundred Eurso to surprise him with an unforgettable one-way ticket to his native Buenos Aires.
“He’s been working so hard lately, we thought he could use an extended, indefinite getaway,” said Msgr. Giuseppe Bernardo, an attaché attached to the Papal Household. “Plus it’s a 14-hour flight…ample time for several meandering in-flight press scrums.”
“He’s going to love this!” honorary prelate Antonio Vada said, trying to contain his excitement. “We even had his boarding pass printed on poster-board like those giant ceremonial checks diocesan bishops are so fond of.”
At press time, the Curia was preparing to clean the universal Church while the boss was away.
“He left behind a pretty big mess,” an unnamed Cardinal prefect whispered. “This may take a century or more. Some of the stains might never come out.”
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 20, 2017
In his address to the participants in a course on the “internal forum” at the Vatican, Pope Bergoglio promoted the novelty in moral theology which he has attempted to introduce into the life of the Church via the already infamous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL): “discernment.”
What exactly is this “discernment”? Quite simply, it is a code word for the application of situation ethics in the confessional in the case of public adulterers living in “second marriages” so that they can receive Holy Communion without having to cease their adulterous relations.
Published on Mar 17, 2017