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Robert P. George on SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch, “Intellectual Giant”
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:15 AM

Where do Touchstone editors stand on the recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia?

Screen Shot 2017 02 02 at 11.00.33 AM 300x221 Robert P. George on SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch, Intellectual GiantRobert P. George, for one, is enthusiastic.

In my humble opinion, George is fully qualified to sit on the court himself and was a personal friend of the late Justice Scalia, very knowledgable about the constitutional issues facing this country. He is after all, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, plus a Touchstone Senior Editor! (And yes, that is Senior Editor James Hitchcock in the upper left background, observing George and Scalia in conversation. The picture was taken at a Touchstone dinner in D.C. honoring Dr. George, May 2004.)

Some words to ponder from George’s insightful assessment:

As Gorsuch has frequently observed, good judges sometimes have to vote or rule in ways they do not like, because that is what the law requires. Indeed, if a judge does not sometimes find himself voting or ruling against his own personal beliefs about politics or morality, he noted, that is a sure sign that he is failing to do justice according to law.

In a democracy, the law never lines up perfectly with anyone’s political and moral beliefs. And it is to the law that judges have sworn a sacred oath of fidelity.

Gosnell: The Ugly Face of Abortion in the USA
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 3:42 PM

This movie about “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell has been made (by the makers of FrackNation). They can’t get it released and shown, yet.

The filmmakers will be presenting their story, and book, on January 25, 2017 at the Heritage Foundation in D.C.


The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Gosnell Gosnell: The Ugly Face of Abortion in the USAfeaturing authors Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney

In 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies, but is thought to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands more in a 30-year killing spree. ABC News correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as “America’s most prolific serial killer.” Gosnell is currently serving three life sentences (without the possibility of parole) for murdering babies and patients at his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic.

Gosnell – now a major movie starring Dean Cain (Lois & Clarke) – reveals how the investigation that brought Gosnell to justice started as a routine drugs investigation and turned into a shocking unmasking of America’s biggest serial killer. It details how compliant politicians and bureaucrats allowed him to carry out his grisly trade because they didn’t want to be accused of “attacking abortion.”  Gosnellalso exposes the media cover-up that saw reporters refusing to cover a story that shone an unwelcome spotlight on abortion in America in the 21st Century.

Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are investigative journalists, filmmakers and screenwriters. McAleer has worked as a journalist in Belfast covering the Northern Ireland conflict for The Irish News. He was a crime correspondent for the UK Sunday Times and, based in Romania, a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economistmagazine. He is a regular columnist for the Irish Times and the New York Post. Ann McElhinney has written for the Irish Times, the UK Sunday Times and produced documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). They produced and directed the documentary FrackNation (2013), and they produced and co-wrote Gosnell, a feature film to be released in 2017.


Hosted by
Kelsey Harkness
Senior News Producer, The Daily Signal, The Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

~ Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the Authors. ~

Father Michael Scanlan, R.I.P., a Word on Christian Colleges
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 8:54 AM

Those familiar with the life and work of Fr. Michael Scanlan, who fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday, January 7, will recognize him as the leading light in the rise of Franciscan University of Steubenville as an orthodox Catholic school. In this 1992 article in Touchstone,Faithfulness in Christian Higher Education,” he tells some of the story behind his work there as president. At the end:

It all finally comes down to personal honesty, institutional integrity, and faithfulness. Leading a Christian college is a matter of being who we say we are and sticking to it, and depending on the Lord for guidance and resources.

Amen. May his Memory be eternal.


Please Help the Fellowship in 2017!
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:12 PM

Screen Shot 2017 01 05 at 5.54.29 PM Please Help the Fellowship in 2017!The Fellowship of St. James‘ goal of $275,000 is 83 percent achieved.

We still have $47,599 left to hit our goal.

Please help us knock down this shortfall with an online gift or write a check to The Fellowship of St. James, dated Jan. 5 or 6, and mail to FSJ, PO Box 410788, Chicago, IL 60641.

The Fellowship has stood firm in the ill winds of cultural and theological revolution, and we give our readers at Touchstone and Salvo ammunition and encouragement for our never-ending witness to moral truth and to the faith once for all delivered. Please share whatever resources you can spare with a dedicated ministry that will not surrender! All gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Attend Chicago’s First Annual Rose Dinner – for Life!
Thursday, December 29, 2016, 9:52 AM

Screen Shot 2016 12 29 at 9.47.23 AM Attend Chicagos First Annual Rose Dinner   for Life!Saturday, January 14th

Pro-Life friends,

Join us for the first annual Rose Dinner Chicago, as Pro-Life activists come together to break bread and kick off the March for Life weekend. This year, along with a wonderful dinner we will be treated to a panel discussion from some of the most critical voices of our generation as they break down where we are now and how we get to an abortion-free America.

Join Dawn Fitzpatrick of SpeakOut Illinois and March for Life-Chicago as she leads a panel with Senator Dan McConchie, Representative Peter Breen, Mary Hallan FioRito, and Eric Scheidler.

These four leaders will engage one another in an impromptu, honest conversation about the obstacles ahead and the tactics that we must employ for victory.

Cocktail hour from 6 to 7pm, followed by dinner. VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE for $15. Tables seat 8.

Tickets are limited. Register early to ensure a seat, we’ll see you there!


Join us on Saturday, January 14th at Petterino’s 

Michael Avramovich, Memory Eternal!
Monday, November 28, 2016, 10:00 AM

It is with great sadness that I write that regular MC contributor Michael Avramovich, a dear friend, devout Christian, and supporter of this ministry passed away the day before Thanksgiving. He will be greatly missed. He was a careful writer, sharp thinker, and one of the kindest men you could ever meet. His humor and friendly conversation with colleagues, students, friends, and so many others will not be forgotten. Among many other things, he was deeply concerned about the persecuted church. Michael’s deep personal faith in and love for his Lord shone through so much of his life. May his memory eternal!

Visitation Thursday December 1 — 4:00 -9:00 pm; Pomen (wake service) 7:30 pm.  Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN.  219-924-3333.

Funeral Friday December 2 — 10:00 am.  St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 1500 186th St., Lansing, IL.  708-418-3788.


Esolen & the Demise of Catholic Providence?
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 9:29 AM

You should read this interview Rod Dreher did with Anthony Esolen, the beleagured (and betrayed?) professor at Catholic Providence College in Rhode Island. He is not alone as a professor targeted on the liberal arts college campuses of our nation, where diversity seems to mean that no criticism of “diversity” is allowed, or even discussion of what real diversity should mean.

The Unbreakable Meekness at Hacksaw Ridge
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 2:48 PM

I saw Hacksaw Ridge last month at a private screening and wrote down my thoughts, posted here at Movie Guide.

Esolen Hammered by His Dominican College
Monday, October 31, 2016, 5:29 PM

If you have benefitted from the writings of Touchstone Senior Editor Anthony Esolen–and there are many of us out there who have–you need to know that he is under severe attack at his school, Providence College, where he teaches Renaissance Literature. His “crimes” include 2 articles written for the Catholic web-magazine ‘Crisis’ which Rod Dreher links to in his post today at The American Conservative:

“We may wish to maintain a faithful presence in the institutions of culture, but that doesn’t mean the culture wants us there, or will let us remain without crossing lines that we cannot in good conscience cross. What then? At the present moment, the literature professor, Dante scholar, and orthodox Catholic Anthony Esolen is under severe attack at his own institution, Providence College, for having recently written a couple of essays criticizing the present conception of “diversity” on his Catholic campus, and reflecting on the persecutorial phase of our culture (here’s one, and here’s the other). Protesting students and even some faculty are attempting to drive him out of the college for wrongthink. They may not succeed, not if tenure means anything, but they are likely to succeed in making his life there hell, such that he would love to shake the dust off his feet and get out of town.

But where would he go? I can think of a few colleges that would love to have him on faculty. Ten years from now, will they? Besides, what about the younger orthodox Christian scholars who, unlike Tony Esolen and James Davison Hunter, don’t have tenure? If they disclose their faith commitments, they may not be let into the institution in the first place”

Screen Shot 2016 10 31 at 10.55.55 AM 216x300 Esolen Hammered by His Dominican College

St. Dominic, founder of Order of Preachers, approved by Pope Honorious III in 1216.

How much worse can it get? It is one thing when an orthodox Catholic is hammered at a state school–and that’s wrong–but another thing when a school like Providence College, supposedly a Dominican college, goes after one of its own faculty.

Dominicans have been known commonly as Blackfriars for the black cape worn over their white robes. Will those now running the schools founded by the Blackfriars increasingly become fascists Brownshirts, seeking out and punishing any and all dissent from LGBT orthodoxy and other PC causes? Can you express doubt about man-caused global warming? Are schools for learning or for indoctrination?

Pray for the Catholic Professor Esolen, translator of Dante’s Comedy, and for his family, for whom a living hell has been made by students and some faculty at a college founded by Dominicans for the spreading of Catholic education.

It will be 900 years this coming December that the Dominican Order was formally approved by Pope Honorius III. What would St. Dominic say about Providence College today? A good question to ask. The phone number of the college is  +1.401.865.1000.


World Premiere of Newly-Composed Greek Liturgy in Chicago
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 11:54 AM

The newly composed Greek Liturgy by Orthodox composer Fr. Ivan Moody will be premiered on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the (9:30 AM) celebration of Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.

Based on traditional Greek Chants, the premiere will be sung by the St. Romanos Cappella. This world premiere is part of a series of events celebrating the 90th Anniversary of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, the Feast of Day of St. Romanos the Melodist, Patron Saint of all church musicians, National Church Music Sunday honoring church musicians across the Archdiocese of America, and the 15th Anniversary of the Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist.  Press release.

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