Saturday 27th May 2017

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A Special Prosecutor for Criminal Leaks

May 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Special Prosecutor for Criminal Leaks

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Who is the real threat to the national security?
Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners?
Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew?
President Trump has the authority to declassify security secrets. And in sharing that intel with the Russians, who have had airliners taken down by bombs, he was trying to restore a relationship.
On fighting Islamist terror, we and the Russians agree.
Five years ago, Russia alerted us that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a violent radical Islamist. That was a year and a half before Tsarnaev carried out the Boston Marathon bombing. … Continue Reading

Conquering Addiction Through Faith And Willpower

May 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Conquering Addiction Through Faith And Willpower

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By RAY CAVANAUGH

An incorrigible alcoholic and estranged Catholic, Dublin laborer Matt Talbot finally reached a point where he felt he had no choice but to abandon the bottle and return to the Church.
The remaining four decades of his life were marked by hard work, prayer, and daily Mass. More than 90 years after his death, his story of redemption has inspired people on both sides of the Atlantic. June 19 marks his day of commemoration.
The second of twelve children, Talbot was born on May 2, 1856. Both his schooling and sobriety ended at age twelve. His first job entailed delivering messages for a company that handled the bottling tasks for Guinness.
Enjoying the perquisites, he came home inebriated and received a beating from his father, who also found him a different employer. But with the change of workplace, young Talbot switched to harder liquor. … Continue Reading

Bishop Of Manchester… There Is “No Justification” For Horrific Attack

May 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bishop Of Manchester… There Is “No Justification” For Horrific Attack

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (CNA/EWTN News) — After a terrorist attack killed 22 people — mostly youth — at a theater in Manchester the night of May 22, local Bishop John Arnold condemned the act, saying there is no justification for such violence.
“The citizens of Manchester and members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Arena. Such an attack can have no justification,” Bishop Arnold said in a May 23 statement via the diocese’s Twitter account.
In a series of tweets, he thanked the emergency services “for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives. We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy.”
The bishop stressed that “we must all commit to working together, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.” … Continue Reading

Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

May 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is often said by liberal commentators that Americans on the right are being “alarmist” when they argue that the social programs of the Democratic Party will put us on a slippery slope toward totalitarian socialism. They insist that there is no reason to assume a socialist endgame at work when proposals are made to help the poor through, say, food stamps or increased spending on education.
Fair enough; we can’t read minds. But that does not mean we should ignore the track record of liberal Democrats. It never fails. They are never satisfied. They — always, continually, persistently — push for greater control over our lives by government officials.
They may do this with good intentions, with proposals to help the needy, the downtrodden, those who hunger and thirst for justice’ sake. But the point is that they are never satisfied. They are driven by the urge to redistribute wealth, with the government assuming more and more control in areas that few thought required government intervention in the past. And that is a classic slippery slope, a progression that leads to authoritarian socialism. … Continue Reading

Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

May 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t see stories on my Internet homepage from commentators, on both the left and the right, designed to convince voters who voted for Donald Trump that they have been “had”; that they voted for an incompetent and unprincipled con man who has no idea what he is doing in the White House.
They will tick off the “broken promises” on tax reform, repealing Obamacare, building the wall on the Mexican border, and an avoidance of overseas military interventions.
National Review and The Weekly Standard lead the charge on the right; MSNBC and CNN on the left. Serious discussions are featured in these venues on the upcoming impeachment of Trump. They interview people who voted for him in the hope of finding a groundswell of defections.
So far, there is no such groundswell in sight.
Why not? Permit me to take a stab at the question.
I am among those who have not a trace of buyer’s remorse over the decision to vote for Trump. I was never a Trump enthusiast. I can see the man’s failings. … Continue Reading

Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

May 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

By REY FLORES

There’s a little story I probably have shared in this column at least once or twice, but because I love the lesson I learned by it, I will share it once more.
When I visited with the Sisters of Life in New York City about five years ago, one of the sisters asked me how I liked the city so far. I told her that it was as big, noisy, and dirty as any big city is expected to be. I did also share that I was somewhat shocked by some of the barely there immodest fashions some women were wearing in public.
She told me, “Rey, you are allowed that first look because you weren’t expecting to see a woman so immodestly dressed. But after that, you are aware of it and responsible to remain vigilant of your eyes and thoughts.” Boom! … Continue Reading

Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

May 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A dominant left-wing U.S. media hungry to destroy Donald Trump will whip up issues from nothing against him, including the so-called scandal that he had two scoops of ice cream for dessert when other diners got just one dollop.
Trump’s just lucky that he didn’t have whipped cream on top. In these hysterical media days, it’s not hard to imagine the headline, “Trump had chef beaten.” Huh? Oh, it’s the cream that was tortured? Huh? Oh, the cream was whipped. It’s all the same! Impeach this man who eats tortured animals. Well, the cows were killed, then ground up, then roasted. Monster! Cannibal!
But we recall when Barack Obama passionately wanted thousands of babies brutally whipped every day. Well, actually, aborted to death. Which is even worse than being whipped. Media were swell with that. And actually screamed against pro-lifers who said this was bad.
As for the fact that Obama back in Illinois fought against allowing medical care for babies who survived abortion, and he gave the excuse that saving their lives would discourage abortion — and all the dominant media said was hush-hush-hush, don’t perturb poor, sweet baby Barack. He needs his beauty sleep! … Continue Reading

Truth At The Crossroads At Our Lady’s University

May 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Truth At The Crossroads At Our Lady’s University

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism” — Professor Walter Williams.

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Vice President Mike Pence will speak at Notre Dame’s commencement on May 21, but the occasion makes many students feel “unsafe” — so supporters of sodomy and their allies will demonstrate on campus with the blessing of the administration, as America’s stalwart future Catholic leaders decry Pence’s “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, offensive, or ostracizing” past.
As our beloved Fr. Rutler wryly observes, many of these students are older than those kids who stormed the beaches at Normandy, who dared to fly the flimsy fighter planes over Imperial Germany….
Ah, but they feel “unsafe.” And yet they insist on referring to themselves as the “Fighting Irish” (which term is trademarked, by the way).
As the late Charles E. Rice, eminent pro-life leader and Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame Law School, wrote in 2009, What Happened To Notre Dame? … Continue Reading

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

May 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.
On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre.
Yet, the differences are stark.
The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Bill Ruckelshaus and the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox came in the middle of an East-West crisis.
On October 6, 1973, the high holy day of Yom Kippur, in a surprise attack, Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and breached Israel’s Bar Lev Line. Syria attacked on the Golan Heights.
Within days, 1,000 Israeli soldiers were dead, hundreds of tanks destroyed, dozens of planes downed by Soviet surface-to-air missiles. As Egypt’s army broke through in the Sinai, there came reports that Moshe Dayan was arming Israeli F-4s with nuclear weapons. … Continue Reading

St. Anthony’s Closes Its Doors

May 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on St. Anthony’s Closes Its Doors

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

My guess is that some readers of this column will know a great deal about St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, while others will never have heard of the school. The determining factor is whether you are a basketball fan.
The school is a high school basketball powerhouse. Its coach since 1972 has been Bob Hurley, a now-retired New Jersey probation officer, arguably the most famous high school coach in the country. His teams, made up of players from throughout the New York metropolitan area, have won more than two dozen state championships.
Some 150 of his players have gone to college on athletic scholarships, including his son Bobby, the point guard on that great Duke team that included Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. Several went on to play in the NBA.
An upcoming Showtime series centering on Hurley and St. Anthony’s will soon be aired. All of this led New York Times reporter Joe Nocera to do a column on April 13 about Hurley and St. Anthony’s. What Nocera has to say will be of interest to Catholics concerned about the fate of Catholic schools, whether or not they are basketball fans.
Nocera: “Late Wednesday afternoon, a man named Bob Hurley announced the sad news that St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J. — a school he had put on the map as its basketball coach — was going to close on June 30. Earlier that day, Hurley and other St. Anthony officials had a last-ditch meeting with the Archdiocese of Newark, knowing they had fallen short of the financial targets the archdiocese had set but hoping for a miracle nonetheless. Instead, the archdiocese told them it was over.” … Continue Reading

Trump Is Pushed and Pulled on Climate Change, A Year After Pledging to Cancel Paris Deal

(CNSNews.com) – Exactly one year after pledging in a speech to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, President Trump will attend a Group of Seven summit Friday in Sicily where he’s expected to come under sustained pressure from his counterparts to…Continue Reading

St. Louis archbishop resists law requiring Catholics to hire abortion activists: ‘We will not comply’

LOUIS, Missouri, May 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, led by the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, has drawn a line in the sand for the protection of innocent human life. In February, the city…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it. At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will…Continue Reading

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak…Continue Reading

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), as ambassador to the Holy See, the White House announced Friday. The nomination comes just five days before Trump is set to meet with Pope Francis…Continue Reading

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 19, 2017 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop’s martyrdom. Because of an amnesty law that prohibited…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label. Here’s Why

The “pro-choice” label has not been working out so well for the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The labels pro-choice and pro-life have been used for decades to help identify people’s positions on abortion, but young adults seem to be moving…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley: The Pro-Choice Political Dictatorship of Relativism

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would soon be elected Pope Benedict XVI, preached that “we are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and…Continue Reading

These Republicans Voted Against the Bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday voted for a Reconciliation bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s…Continue Reading

Cecile Richards Comes Unglued After House Defunds Planned Parenthood: Republicans Hate Women

Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards it’s not happy that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood. The main response of the CEO of the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate can be summed up in three words:…Continue Reading

Despite pro-life provisions, healthcare bill raises serious concerns

Vatican City, May 4, 2017 / 05:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for…Continue Reading

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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

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‘Comfortable’ Catholics are ‘unwilling’ to see dangers facing Church: Scholar

ROME, May 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Too many Catholics are caught up in a “comfortable” Catholicism that makes them unwilling, and even unable, to see the “grave problems” currently besetting the Church, said a renowned theologian and one of the world’s top Catholic experts on the Church Fathers. “Most Catholics seem to live their life on a sort of comfortable zone, just the way that a lot of bishops live in a sort of safety-first…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops denounce a Trump budget championed by Mulvaney – a lifelong Catholic

On the day that President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis in Rome, a top administration official defended a proposed budget that America’s Catholic bishops have strongly criticized for hurting the poor. The Trump administration official in the hot seat: budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a lifelong Catholic who grew up in Charlotte. Speaking Wednesday to the House Budget Committee, Mulvaney called Trump’s budget plan a “moral” document that puts “taxpayers first.” And he defended the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Receives US President Donald J. Trump

Pope Francis received President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, today, May 24, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace, before Francis’ weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The meeting was broadcasted by Vatican Television and can be watched via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVCm1-toVFg According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about 30 minutes, were cordial.

Trump budget completely defunds abortion providers, and Planned Parenthood is furious

May 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-abortion feminists are bemoaning and pro-lifers are celebrating President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that would withhold all federal funds from abortion-provider Planned Parenthood. Breitbart reported yesterday that Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney told the media on Monday that the new budget would defund the abortion business, but only if the new Republican healthcare legislation passed recently by the House is also passed by the Senate and…Continue Reading

Catholic Church Sues St. Louis to Stop It From Becoming a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

Several Missouri Catholic groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a St. Louis ordinance that could force them to hire abortion activists and rent to pro-abortion groups. The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, the pro-life maternity home Our Lady’s Inn and a local Catholic businessman said the city ordinance violates their constitutional freedoms. In their lawsuit, they ask the court to block the city from enforcing the measure. In February, the St. Louis Board of Alderman…Continue Reading

A New Birth Control Commission?

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: At this point, reports about a possible new birth control commission are unconfirmed. This commentary first appeared on http://nfpandmore.org/wordpress/.) + + + The week of May 13th started wonderfully with widespread efforts to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. The work week was quickly dimmed,…Continue Reading

Wanda Poltawska… The Stubborn Insistence On Being Human

By DONALD DeMARCO The city was Toledo, Ohio. The year was 1990. The venue was the dining room in a private home. The audience consisted of several pro-life people, including myself. The speaker was Wanda Poltawska who was relating a series of events in her life that we were most privileged to hear. In 1962,…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “Outcasts” And True Social Justice

By REY FLORES “A bold example of social justice in action” — Follow the cameras of Grassroots Films, the Award-Winning producers of The Human Experience and Child 31, on an unexpected journey across the globe. Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York, and Ireland’s most treacherous…Continue Reading

Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on May 14 affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sincerely held religious beliefs. Hands On Originals’ managing owner, Blaine Adamson, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, refused to print T-shirts for the…Continue Reading

No Help For Minor Children… Gender Confusion Prevails In The Courts

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + This month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a Ninth…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: In his parish bulletin recently, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City recalled the famous words of the great jazz singer Al Jolson: “You ain’t heard nothing yet” and compared them with the words of Jesus: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John…Continue Reading

Discover God’s Gifts And His Will

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Pentecost Sunday (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the first reading today we hear about the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles as they were gathered in prayer. The event was marked by some extraordinary phenomena: the noise like a driving wind filling the house and the tongues of fire.…Continue Reading

The Canonization Mass For Jacinta And Francisco . . . Pope Francis Says: “Dear Pilgrims, We Have A Mother”

(Editor’s Note: Pope Francis on May 13 canonized Jacinta and Francesco Marto, as the highlight of his May 12-13 Apostolic Pilgrimage to Fatima. Below is the Vatican translation of the Pope’s homily during the Mass, as provided by ZENIT News Agency. (It is followed by the text of Pietro Cardinal Parolin’s homily at the vigil. Earlier at the vigil, the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… 25th Ordination Jubilee Solemn High Mass And Celebration

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: The staff of The Wanderer congratulates Fr. Cusick on his upcoming 25th anniversary of Ordination.) + + + Thank you for reading my column so faithfully over the years and for all that you have done to support the apostolate of The Wanderer. As we mark the 25th anniversary of my June 6,…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… More On The Gabirah, The Queen Mother

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, in his celebrated book True Devotion to Mary, explains that our Lady is not only the Mother of Christ, the Mother of God Incarnate, but she is also the spiritual Mother of All Christians, of all those who are baptized into the Church founded by her Son. He…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Sanz And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1748, the Viceroy of Peking with great frustration asked, “What are we to do with these men? Their lives are certainly irreproachable. . . . Their jailers and their families become their disciples and embrace their religion. To prolong this state is only to give them the opportunity of increasing the number of Christians.” Thus Peter…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Celestine V

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the death of Pope St. John Paul II, faithful Catholics rejoiced at the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next Vicar of Christ. The German prelate took the name of Benedict XVI for two reasons: in memory of Pope Benedict XV who led the Church during the turbulent times of World War I, seeking peace…Continue Reading