Monday 21st August 2017

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Interview With Cardinal Burke (Part 3) … Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

August 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Interview With Cardinal Burke (Part 3) … Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love
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By DON FIER

(Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics for which he provided his illuminating insights are the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, an appraisal of the situation in which the Church finds herself in contemporary times, and the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.
(This interview has appeared in three parts in The Wanderer. This part is the conclusion.)

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Part 3

Q. Recently, Robert Cardinal Sarah again called for a serious implementation of a “reform of the reform” (RoftR) as it relates to the postconciliar Roman Rite. But most pastors (and diocesan worship directors), if they are sympathetic to the Cardinal’s suggestions, are eager to gradually implement these suggestions, recognizing that for many in the pews, a rapid implementation would be too much, and in fact would cause the same type of confusion and frustration many experienced after the Second Vatican Council.
So, which reforms suggested by the Cardinal should we focus on first, acknowledging that each parish and diocese is unique in its needs? Are there elements of the RoftR that are more important than others and should be focused on first? … Continue Reading

Venezuela A Harbinger?. . . Hostile Leftists Use Any Weapon Trying To Cripple Trump’s Challenge

August 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Venezuela A Harbinger?. . . Hostile Leftists Use Any Weapon Trying To Cripple Trump’s Challenge

By DEXTER DUGGAN

A nation’s descent into disaster needn’t begin with the outburst of a horrific war. At least not a conventional war with aerial battles and troops massing on the ground.
Indeed, in a nuclear-missile age, these sorts of confrontations may be bypassed. Think of sudden-death threats from North Korea. But a giant of a nation like the United States can be crippled in other ways, too.
On the non-military front, the removal of checks and balances in a system can dangerously overload its proper functioning.
And lack of social restraints can unleash the forces of mob psychology, inducing people to do what they wouldn’t if held to account for their individual actions. Think of photos of lynchings, with crowd members remorselessly facing cameras while victims hang from limbs in the background.
Political lynching has its own mob scenes, with the crowd members and cameramen working as one to destroy a victim who challenges their cozy cliques. It’s ironic if their reputed concern over racism leads them into inexcusable behavior that they might otherwise reject. … Continue Reading

The Seitz Syndrome

August 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Seitz Syndrome

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The Wanderer reported last week that Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso treats pro-abortion Catholic politicians with kid gloves even as he harshly condemns pro-life officials who oppose Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens. Within days of our report, the bishop doubled down, insisting that, since Jesus agrees with him, anyone who opposes amnesty “cannot call himself or herself Catholic” because they don’t express “the compassion of Jesus.”
On the other hand, seen through the complex lens of the Seitz Syndrome, the bishop’s congressman, state senator, and state representative can call themselves Catholic, even though they are 100 percent pro-abortion “rights.”
In Bishop Seitz’s alternate reality, supporters of abortion “express the compassion of Jesus,” but opponents of amnesty defy the love of our Lord and have no place in His Church.
Bishop Seitz has made his position clear. But does the Catholic Church agree?
When we asked, Bishop Seitz told us that he will no longer speak to The Wanderer. Nonetheless, our questions, based on Church teaching, canon law, Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church, the USCCB’s Faithful Citizenship directive, the Catholic Catechism, and the Ten Commandments are too important to put back on the shelf awaiting his change of heart. … Continue Reading

If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?

August 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, August 12, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.
Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue of whether Robert E. Lee’s statue should be removed from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park.
With Heyer’s death, the brawl was elevated to a moral issue. And President Donald Trump’s initial failure to denounce the neo-Nazi and Klan presence was declared a moral failure.
How did we get here, and where are we going?
In June of 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof gunned down nine Christians at an evening Bible study in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. A review of Roof’s selfies and website showed him posing with the Confederate battle flag.
Gov. Nikki Haley, five years in office, instantly pivoted and called for removal of the battle flag from the Confederate war memorial on the State House grounds, as a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past.”
This ignited a national clamor to purge all statues that lionize Confederate soldiers and statesmen. … Continue Reading

Need For Help Grows… Obamacare Spikes Put More Stress On People Seeking Medical Assistance

August 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Need For Help Grows… Obamacare Spikes Put More Stress On People Seeking Medical Assistance

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A thriving medical program to assist the uninsured and underinsured in this metropolitan area has seen demand for its free services grow despite passage of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, the demand has become greater.
Catherine Amiot, president and executive director of the Mission of Mercy program here, said its leaders wondered if implementation of the ACA would make their role unnecessary, but the result has been just the opposite.
Simply presenting facts but not making political observations, Amiot spoke about her organization’s work to a gathering of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix in a meeting room at Phoenix diocesan headquarters on August 5.
Many people “just hanging on to a policy are going to fall off” because of increases in their health-insurance premiums, she said, adding that 400,000 Arizonans “are going to drop off health care in the next two years. That’s frightening.” … Continue Reading

Transgenders In The Military

August 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Transgenders In The Military

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Here we go again: Seemingly rational and good people are rushing to the microphones to say things they would have thought preposterous just ten years ago. President Trump’s order to prohibit transgendered people from serving in the military set them off. It could have been a Saturday Night Live skit, with characters representing conservative members of Congress falling all over themselves to protect the right of someone like Caitlin Jenner to live in the barracks.
The media sought out military veterans among members of Congress to highlight the case: John McCain said it was an “insult to these patriotic individuals who only want to serve their country”; Joni Ernst, the Republican senator from Iowa, protested that “anyone who can fulfill the physical requirements deserves the right to serve.”
You can see why politicians take these positions. They feel trapped, thinking that to argue otherwise would force them to make the case that our society holds it abnormal, unnatural, immoral, aberrant, deviant, or some combination thereof, for a man or woman to disfigure their bodies by giving them the characteristics of the opposite sex, as all the world’s major religions instructed us until very recently, including mainstream Christian groups. … Continue Reading

The Necessary Armor Of God In The 21st Century

August 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Necessary Armor Of God In The 21st Century

By REY FLORES

Twenty-first century media, whether it’s so-called entertainment, fake news, or corporate sports, basically, all modern-day popular culture media in all its forms is a big steaming pile of elephant dung.
At least, according to AfricaGeographic.com, elephant dung has many useful purposes. It can be utilized for everything from headache relief to brewing coffee and beer, and building material. That’s a lot more than can be said about the useless twenty-first century pop culture.
If it weren’t for the Internet, we’d all be stuck with being brainwashed by whatever the major television networks and cable companies are broadcasting, and whatever lies that the print fake news media publish.
Unfortunately, the Internet is also a propaganda tool which has most of us asking ourselves and each other: What is real and what is fake when it comes to any “news”? … Continue Reading

Interview With Cardinal Burke… (Part 2) Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

August 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Interview With Cardinal Burke… (Part 2) Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love
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By DON FIER

(Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics for which he provided his illuminating insights are the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, an appraisal of the situation in which the Church finds herself in contemporary times, and the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy.
(This interview will appear in three parts in The Wanderer. Part one appeared in last week’s issue.)

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Part 2

Q. When I last interviewed you for The Wanderer about a year and a half ago, you noted that “many good priests, even bishops talk to you about the difficulty of dealing with confusion when they present the Church’s teaching.”
And that was before Amoris Laetitia was promulgated. The confusion has heightened as is clearly evidenced by the quote in Cardinal Caffarra’s letter to the Holy Father that you referred to earlier: “What is sin in Poland is good in Germany, that what is prohibited in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is permitted in Malta.” … Continue Reading

Singer Campbell Became Contrite . . . Why Can’t The McCains Of The Political World Do Likewise?

August 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Singer Campbell Became Contrite . . . Why Can’t The McCains Of The Political World Do Likewise?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Country-music giant Glen Campbell felt small back in 2003 after he was arrested for a drunken-driving incident here. A performer made famous with some everyman sort of music themes, he was humbled and contrite after committing the same kind of alcohol offense that hourly wage-earners might.
Having taken the road to fortune with chart-toppers like By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Campbell ended up living among millionaires here north of thoroughfare Camelback Road, but later took his life’s route away from Phoenix, apparently still stung by embarrassment over the incident that started at a strip mall, and deciding to go live elsewhere.
The strip mall wasn’t a high-end location but served everyday commerce like haircuts, dry cleaning, and groceries for folks like me. Nice neighborhood restaurants there, too. … Continue Reading

Border Bishop . . . Blasts Pro-Life Officials For Opposing Amnesty

August 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Border Bishop . . . Blasts Pro-Life Officials For Opposing Amnesty

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

On July 3, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, published a nationally distributed op-ed blasting nine state attorneys general and one governor for insisting that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions enforce U.S. immigration law.
The officials, led by Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, had addressed specifically DACA, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012, which gave some 1.1 million “Dreamers” — aliens who entered the U.S. illegally when they were 16 or younger — the opportunity to avoid deportation under certain circumstances.
In their letter, the officials observed that “DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
In other words, Obama could not persuade Congress to pass legislation authorizing his policy, so he instituted it by fiat. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah urges faithful to resist ‘revolutionaries’ who attack faith and family

At a memorial Mass honoring the martyrs of the Vendée region in France, Cardinal Robert Sarah challenged Catholics to oppose “the modern persecutors of the Church,” and warned that today’s attack on the faith is centered on a bid to…Continue Reading

Calls for prayer amid ‘abhorrent’ violence in Charlottesville

Washington D.C., Aug 12, 2017 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops conference called for prayers after one person was killed and over a dozen injured during a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The abhorrent…Continue Reading

Knights of Columbus ‘modernize’ Fourth Degree uniforms

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 3, 2017 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The classic ceremonial hats and capes of Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus that you may have seen at Mass or at parish events will now be…Continue Reading

Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral dies in hospital

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 3, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father José Miguel Machorro, who was stabbed in the neck and torso mid-May at the conclusion of Mass at the cathedral of Mexico City, died while at hospital on…Continue Reading

Abortionist praised by Pope speaks at Catholic church, pro-life protesters kicked out

BIELLA, Italy, July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Despite vocal opposition, a notorious Italian abortionist was allowed to speak at a Catholic parish on Wednesday, while pro-life critics were locked out, silenced or kicked out. Despite her abortion advocacy, Emma Bonino was praised by Pope Francis in…Continue Reading

Gard family announces that Charlie has died

London, England, Jul 28, 2017 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spokesperson for the parents of terminally ill British infant Charlie Gard has reported that their “beautiful little boy” has died. He had been taken into hospice care on July…Continue Reading

John McCain Burns Mitch McConnell Sides with Democrats

In a move that’s no surprise to anyone, John McCain voted against the embarrassingly named “Skinny Repeal”, voted against his party (or is it his party?) and voted to keep Obamacare going as is. Smarter people than me say that…Continue Reading

Catholic men’s conference in crosshairs of left-wing activists

Christine Niles, a Vietnamese immigrant who helps run a parachurch organization in Michigan that promotes Roman Catholic teaching, expected to spend this week preparing theological materials and getting ready for the group’s annual conference for men. Instead, Niles, who is…Continue Reading

Bishops to Trump: Don’t abandon young people to deportation

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the Trump administration, said the U.S. Catholic bishops this week. “These…Continue Reading

Facing outrage – Facebook unblocks Catholic pages

Dozens of Catholic Facebook pages have been blocked, according to several Catholic news organizations. UPDATE: Facebook has unblocked more than 20 Catholic-interest pages – blaming the issue on a technical glitch. “All Pages have now been restored,” a Facebook spokesperson…Continue Reading

Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 14, 2017 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah wants ‘liturgical reconciliation’ between old and new forms of Mass

Sarah says phrase ‘reform of the reform’ should no longer be used but wants ordinary version of Mass to be more like the extraordinary form The Cardinal leading the Vatican’s divine worship office has called for a truce in the…Continue Reading

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Today . . .

Planned Parenthood is Spending $500,000 to Create an Army of Pro-Abortion Activists

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups have long envied the grassroots power of the pro-life movement. Now, the nation’s largest abortion chain is trying to buy its own grassroots base, starting with half a million dollars. BuzzFeed News reports Planned Parenthood just kicked off a campaign to set up 600 volunteer-led teams to promote abortion across the United States. Each team in the abortion group’s “pink army” will be located near one of its 600-plus facilities,…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah: ‘We are called today to witness, which means martyrdom’

August 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — This evening, we offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of the souls of all of the volunteers of the Puy-du-Fou who have died since the beginnings of this beautiful work, 40 years ago. Every night, all of you who are gathered here, awaken the memory of this place through your work. The castle of the Puy-du-Fou, with its hurting ruins, abandoned by man, seems to rise like a cry…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood CEO Claims President Trump Has “Both Barrels Aimed at Women” on Abortion

The CEO of America’s largest abortion business slammed President Donald Trump again this week for his pro-life policies. Cecile Richards, who makes nearly $1 million a year running the “non-profit” Planned Parenthood, claimed Trump is out to get women because he supports cutting off taxpayer funding to abortion groups. “The actions we’re seeing and what we’ve seen out of this administration from day one have had both barrels aimed at women,” Richards told Politico.

Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2017 / 07:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission’s proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, facing criminal charges if they don’t. “Confession in the Catholic Church is a spiritual encounter with God through the priest,” Archbishop Denis J Hart of Melbourne said in an Aug. 14 statement.

A bishop’s plea: Don’t forget victims of war and cholera in Yemen

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Aug 11, 2017 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A deadly cholera outbreak in Yemen could continue indefinitely without an end to the civil war, says a bishop in the region who has pleaded for the faithful to pray and for an end to arms sales to the parties. “As I believe in the power of prayer, I can only ask the faithful around the world, to keep in mind the…Continue Reading

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Jean Vanier… To Love And Be Loved

By DONALD DeMARCO Jean Vanier was born on September 10, 1928 in Geneva, Switzerland. His father, Major-General Georges Vanier, served as the 19th governor general of Canada. Jean received a broad education in Canada, England, and France. He served with the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. He earned a doctorate in philosophy and…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The July Apparition And Subsequent Controversies

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part six, because of its length, has appeared in two separate issues of The Wanderer. This is the…Continue Reading

Dissonance, The New Normal

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Almost daily, the media report on instances of radical dissension in America. People are split on numerous political, social, and religious issues, show no inclination to compromise, and increasingly rely on obstruction to pursue their positions. The result is discord, confusion, outrage, greater polarization, and violence. In the absence of national…Continue Reading

Religion Is Not Simple

By JOHN YOUNG Some people claim that true religion is very simple, and that if we delve into difficult theological questions we will lose that simplicity. Jesus said we must become as little children if we are to enter God’s Kingdom; He didn’t say we must become theologians. Frank Sheed’s response to the claim that…Continue Reading

Rose Of Lima, A First For The Americas

By RAY CAVANAUGH The first saint born in the Americas, Rose of Lima practiced both charity and asceticism with extreme intensity until her death at age 31. She is now the patroness of South America, and churches across the world bear her name. This August 24 marks the 400th anniversary of her death. The future…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World . . . Silence Is Human And Divine

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Perhaps you, like me, have sometimes been left with the sudden and awkward realization that you are in fact speaking to yourself when, confronting another human being with whom you thought you were communicating, you were met with total silence and completely ignored. More and more, the ubiquitous earphones have become mandatory equipment for many…Continue Reading

What Is Divine Grace?… Sanctifying Grace: Light Excludes Darkness

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the previous article, we investigated the nature, purpose, and work of actual grace. In this article, we will look at sanctifying grace. We have seen that actual grace, although supernatural, is transient, not permanent. It is like an electric current which, passing for an instant through the wire wound around an iron…Continue Reading

Celebration Of The Sacrament Of Penance

By DON FIER The doctrine of indulgences, as we have seen over the past two weeks, is an important part of the life of the Church. Although the Catholic understanding of indulgences has been clouded by abuses, most notably in the 16th century when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, its roots go back to the beginning of the Church…Continue Reading

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Q. You have expressed your disagreement in the past with the practice of omitting “hard sayings” from the Mass readings or giving the option of using the “shorter version” of a reading, which usually means leaving out a strong passage. I noticed that this happened with the Gospel for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Is this what you had…Continue Reading

God’s Inscrutable And Unsearchable Ways

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matt. 16:13-20 In the second reading today, St. Paul marvels at the depth of the riches, the wisdom, and the knowledge of God. He proclaims that God’s judgments are inscrutable and His ways are unsearchable. Of course, in our humanness, we often seem to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Karl Leisner

By CAROLE BRESLIN There was a priest, Blessed Karl Leisner, who heard his call to the priesthood during a Schoenstatt Retreat. The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt is an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, a Marian movement founded in Germany in 1914 by a Pallottine priest, Fr. Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968). Members of the Schoenstatt were formed for a renewal in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Alphonsa Of The Immaculate Conception

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many different churches that are in full communion with Rome. One of these is in India: the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala, India — once called the St. Thomas (the Apostle) Christians. From this tiny group of Catholics have come a growing number of holy men and women recognized by Rome. So far, there are…Continue Reading