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Father Daniel Berrigan: May His Soul Rest in Peace

Fr. Dan Berrigan represented in a dramatic way the transformation of the Jesuit religious order from one which was known as a staunch defender of the Catholic faith (the Jesuits were called the “Soldiers of Christ”) to one in which “social justice” became the central theme of the Jesuit hierarchy. Daniel Berrigan simply took that modern vision of the Order to its logical extreme. Pope John Paul II was not a fan of the direction the Jesuit order had taken, nor of the liberation theologians who sought to fuse Christianity with Communism, or the social justice “warriors” like Dan Berrigan. Ironically, at the end of his life, Daniel Berrigan finally may have found a pope as an ally in his fellow Jesuit Pope Francis who seems to share many of Fr. Berrigan’s views on social justice issues, and even has Jeffrey Sachs as an advisor. Continue reading

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Obama’s Multicultural America and the Transformation of an Exceptional Nation

There is nothing wrong with human rights, except that it misses out God. It was during a God-fearing era when John Paul II was pope and Ronald Reagan was president, when American society combined spirituality with morality and brought communism to its knees. Today, we should heed President Reagan’s warning: “When we will forget that we are a nation subordinated to God, we will simply become a subordinated nation.” Continue reading

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Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: A realist perspective

In the West, the “fall” of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 functions as a powerful symbol of the implosion of communism and the end of the Cold War; in Germany it is celebrated as the watershed initiating German reunification. The wall – which the East German communist propaganda apparatus called the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” – was built by the Soviet puppet regime of the “German Democratic Republic” in 1961, primarily to halt the mass exodus of East Germans to the West. The wall was thus a reminder of the real nature of the communist bloc, which was essentially one giant Gulag – stretching from the heart of Europe all the way to the Sea of Japan – and that Marxist-Leninist regimes could not remain in power without terror, coercion, and intimidating border fortifications to prevent the slaves from “voting with their feet” and escaping from the “Socialist Paradise.”

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