Monday 22nd January 2018

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Appeals Court… Upholds Clinic’s Right Not To Promote Abortion

January 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Appeals Court… Upholds Clinic’s Right Not To Promote Abortion

By MIKE MANNO

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a double rebuke to the City of Baltimore’s attempt to enlist a crisis pregnancy center to promote abortions, with the final blow delivered January 5.
Concern by city officials that women seeking abortions might be confused by advertisements and misled into visiting pro-life pregnancy centers rather than an abortion clinic which might cause a delay in their ability to terminate their pregnancy, the city council passed an ordinance in December of 2009 that required any “limited-service pregnancy center” to post a disclaimer notifying clients that it “does not provide or make referral for abortion or birth-control services.”
In short, the ordinance forced crisis pregnancy centers to either refer for abortions or display a pro-abortion message, drafted by the government, on its walls. In response, the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc., filed a federal lawsuit against the city to block enforcement of the law.
The Center, housed rent free in a Catholic church, provided pregnant women with counseling, pregnancy tests, sonograms, prenatal vitamins, diapers, and other assistance, all free of charge. It did not, however, refer for abortions.
The Center initially won in the district court which granted summary judgment for the Center on the basis that the ordinance violated its right of free speech and because it was not narrowly tailored to seek a compelling state interest. … Continue Reading

Trump: In Immigration Debate, Race Matters

January 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump: In Immigration Debate, Race Matters

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

President Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. . . . I cannot believe…any president has ever spoken the words that I . . . heard our president speak yesterday.”
So wailed Sen. Dick Durbin after departing the White House.
And what caused the minority leader to almost faint dead away?
Trump called Haiti a “s—hole country,” said Durbin, and then asked why we don’t have more immigrants from neat places “like Norway.”
With that, there erupted one of the great media firestorms of the Trump era. On Martin Luther King Day, it was still blazing.
Trump concedes he may have disparaged Haiti, which, at last check, was not listed among “Best Places to Live” in the Western Hemisphere. Yet Trump insists he did not demean the Haitian people.
Still, by contrasting Norway as a desirable source of immigrants, as opposed to Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, Trump tabled a question that is roiling the West, the answer to which will decide its fate.
Trump is saying with words, as he has with policies, that in taking in a million people a year, race, religion, and national origin matter, if we are to preserve our national unity and national character. … Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia And The Pope’s Deafening Silence

January 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Amoris Laetitia And The Pope’s Deafening Silence
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By JOSEPH MATT

Countless petitions, open letters, heartfelt editorials, endless pleas from concerned Catholics, bishops, and cardinals, filial corrections, and even a plea in the form of a Dubia have all resulted in a deafening silence from the Holy Father.

Pope Francis through his failure to clarify or his unwillingness to acknowledge that there is a serious issue with the infamous chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia implies a complicit approval if not an advancement of the dissident thought that is surrounding this harmful document. Publication of Pope Francis’ letter confirming the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia by the Buenos Aires bishops in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis makes it more probable that the Pope has said all he is going to say concerning the defense of this document.

As we approach the second anniversary of this troublesome document, it is difficult to deny the damage that it is doing to the Church. … Continue Reading

Why Are Enemies Of The Church Being Praised By The Church?

January 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Are Enemies Of The Church Being Praised By The Church?

Image result for Lilianne Ploumen vatican  By SHAUN KENNEY

Dutch national and abortion advocate Liliane Ploumen may not be a household name in the United States, but she ought to be.
This is a woman who, in six short months, raised over $300 million to help foreign nationals work around the Mexico City Policy, a directive instituted by President Ronald Reagan and extended by every Republican president since — Trump being no exception — that prohibits the funding of abortion overseas.
In fact, the organization Ploumen represents is a group named SheDecides. What is she deciding? Abortions. A lot of them, and in numbers that would make Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards positively bloodthirsty with envy.
It took Michael Hichborn with the Lepanto Institute and Steve Skojec with the popular Catholic news site One Peter Five no time at all to rack up the research on Ploumen’s past history — as a visceral advocate of abortion services. … Continue Reading

Questions Vs. Questioning Or, How Can This Be?

January 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Questions Vs. Questioning Or, How Can This Be?

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND

Reading the Bible can be puzzling. A case in point is the beginning of St. Luke’s Gospel. He relates how the priest Zechariah (or Zacharias) had entered the temple of the Lord to fulfill his priestly function of burning incense. An angel of the Lord appeared to him and informed him that his elderly wife, Elizabeth, would give him a son. His response was fear. The angel told him not to be afraid and that his son’s birth would be a cause of joy to many. But, Zacharias insisted, “How can this be, for I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years” (Luke 1:18). The angel then revealed his name, Gabriel, and informed Zacharias that because of his lack of faith, he would lose his power of speech until the birth of his child.
Some six months later, the very same angel went to Nazareth and appeared to a young virgin named Mary, and broke to her still more amazing news: she was to conceive and bear a son whose name would be Jesus. Like Zacharias, she too was greatly troubled and raised the very same question as Zacharias: “How can this be, for I know not man.” But unlike Zacharias, Mary was not punished by dumbness; upon pronouncing the words, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy words,” the Holy Spirit covered her and the Savior of the world was conceived in her womb.
We are presented here with two seemingly identical scenarios: In both cases, an angel informs two persons of extraordinary happenings which would revolutionize their lives. Both respond with fear; both raise the very same question. One of them is punished; the other is rewarded by receiving the most incredible gift: a divine Child. … Continue Reading

On Honor and Fortitude

January 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on On Honor and Fortitude

By Shaun Kenney

Can honor set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honor hath no skill in surgery, then? No. What is honor? A word. What is in that word “honor”? What is that “honor”? Air. A trim reckoning. Who hath it? He that died o’ Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. ’Tis insensible, then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it. Therefore, I’ll none of it. Honor is a mere scutcheon. And so ends my catechism. — William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, Scene 1.

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One of the earliest lessons in honor comes from the Ten Commandments, and it is a lesson that we all learn as young children. Honor thy father and mother.
The concept of honor is something we have lost in society today, held deeply by those who recognize honor’s value and held in utter contempt by those who deem it a relic. To give one’s word was typically held as one’s bond; honor rather than contract bound one another to an agreement — in effect, to hold it in honor.
True, there is a reason why we call justices of the court by the name of honor. Even politicians once held the moniker of “The Honorable” and still do, even if the concept of holding elected officials to standards has gone by the wayside. … Continue Reading

Arizona Schools Chief… Looks For Remedy After Clinton-Appointed Judge Boosts Racist Program

January 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Arizona Schools Chief… Looks For Remedy After Clinton-Appointed Judge Boosts Racist Program

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Just after Christmas, a federal judge slammed down his gavel against civility, a too-familiar pounding by an unaccountable judiciary that fancies itself wiser and purer than what it views as the citizen rabble.
Reacting to the ruling by Judge A. Wallace Tashima, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in part in a December 29 statement:
“I am supportive of teaching history and cultural studies, but I don’t understand why the judge felt he needed to strike down the entire law. The provisions that prevent taxpayer dollars being used for classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government, or promote resentment towards a race or class of people, just sound like common sense to me. Those should stay.”
At issue was an inflammatory program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) that The Wanderer first reported on in 2011, “Mexican-American Studies” (MAS). It became a hot issue after one of its instructors went public to reveal it wasn’t a mere history course but a tool to fire up ethnic grievances and tell Mexican-American students they’re victims of white racism who intentionally are held down by their oppressors. … Continue Reading

Taxation Migration

January 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Taxation Migration

By MIKE MANNO

In case your Christmas parties, bowl games, and New Year’s planning took your attention away from national politics, this may come as a surprise: President Trump got his tax cut plan approved and signed into law.
Now you would think that a tax cut would be very popular, but because the Democrats don’t approve, mainly because they don’t approve of Mr. Trump, and the media tirelessly report and echo what the Dems think, the bill was not popular. We’ll leave the finer points of that argument to the tax experts, but one of the shots taken was that the bill penalizes residents of states with already high tax rates.
The complaint that it hurts residents of high-tax states is because of the changes in deductibility rules for state and local taxes on the IRS 1040. The argument presented is that by reducing someone’s ability to deduct state taxes from his federal return, it will cause an increase in taxes for some in high tax states and thus there will be a migration of taxpayers from those states to lower tax states. … Continue Reading

Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

January 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — “Sanctuary city” has an immediately understood meaning at this point in the twenty-first century United States: a location where criminal illegal aliens are protected by local authorities from lawful federal immigration requirements.
“Sanctuary city” doesn’t refer to a place in the U.S. where the atrocity of permissive abortion is rejected and unborn babies receive a sanctuary of protection. It doesn’t refer to a place where traditionally religious people are guaranteed security against the sexually disoriented who may decide to harass and ruinously sue them.
The morally deformed proclivities of coastal elites are imposed on even the most conservative locations of the heartland. However, the heart-landers aren’t telling the ACLU’s far-left executives how to live. The heart-landers don’t even effectively defend their values within their own citadels.
New York leftists impose themselves on legal systems in Wyoming and Montana, not the other way around. … Continue Reading

Life Marches On

January 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Life Marches On

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life.
President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and usually ends with a bitter “but” — especially when it comes to Trump’s determination to restore the rule of law regarding immigration, a move that threatens hundreds of millions of federal dollars that the bishops have routinely received from the Obama administration.
In the main, our bishops have concentrated their ample politicking and lobbying budget on opposing the president. On everything from immigration to taxes to preserving Obamacare, they have ramped up their megaphones and filled their official schedules to keep the drumbeat alive. … Continue Reading

Nikki Haley blasts Venezuela for targeting Catholic bishops

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s denunciation of a pair of Roman Catholic bishops is the latest example of a government turning to tyranny, according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. “Maduro’s reign of violence, repression, corruption, and bankruptcy…Continue Reading

Wedding on Pope’s airplane not as spontaneous as it appeared, evidence indicates

January 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A wedding ceremony presided over by Pope Francis on a recent flight in Chile and portrayed as spontaneous by the couple appears in fact to have been planned well in advance. In the website of the Chilean…Continue Reading

NEW SURVEY: CATHOLIC WOMEN “DISENGAGED & DISENGAGING” — AND DON’T LISTEN TO US BISHOPS

Nearly five years into Pope Francis papacy, with its great expectations for a revival of Catholicism among the flagging faithful, a new large-scale survey of American Catholic women finds the flock faithful but disengaged from the rituals of the church…Continue Reading

‘Catholic’ Georgetown to Offer LGBT Housing to Students

Georgetown University, founded in 1789 and ostensibly a “Catholic” school, will offer a “gender & sexuality” housing complex for students starting in the 2018-19 academic year, which will operate as a residential center for homosexual, transgender, and “q

Catholic Bishop: “Abortion is a Uniquely Intimate Form of Violence With Bitter Public Consequences”

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter…Continue Reading

Vikings quarterback lists winning pass as 3rd best life-moment, behind finding Jesus

January 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –  Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum said throwing the game-winning pass in the last few seconds of Sunday’s championship game against the New Orleans Saints was only the third best moment in his life. Keenum’s first best…Continue Reading

On the purpose of politics and the salvation of souls

“Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal creator of all things, today became our Savior by being born of a mother. Of his own will he was born for us today, in time, so that he could lead us to…Continue Reading

Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2018 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a special Mass Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said that while it is normal to be afraid of the unknown, we can’t let…Continue Reading

Notre Dame could face legal investigation for flip-flopping on contraception coverage

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, January 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of over sixty Notre Dame alumni attorneys has written an open letter to the university’s president, Father William Jenkins, CSC, to protest the university’s decision to continue the dissemination of…Continue Reading

Poland: Marches of the Three Kings Draw 1.2 Million

Under the motto “God is for everyone”, 1.2 million Poles in more than 660 cities and towns in Poland and abroad joined in the March of the Three Kings. This year’s event was accompanied by fundraising “Kings for the East”,…Continue Reading

Bishops’ letter on sexual identity prompts LGBT counter-lobbying

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2018 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several Catholic bishops’ call for clarity and compassion on sexual identity issues such as transgenderism drew the ire of a dissenting Catholic group which is part of a well-funded LGBT…Continue Reading

Rural Minnesota Catholic parish dismisses musicians over gay marriages

For weeks now, a Catholic parish in the rural St. Croix River Valley north of the Twin Cities has been praying through turmoil, brought by a trio of startling dismissals. On one hand, even many of the most distressed don’t…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . 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…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON (RNS) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are backing public sector unions in an upcoming Supreme Court case, pitting church leaders against the Trump administration and conservatives in a legal battle over how organized labor is financed. In an amicus brief filed on Friday (Jan. 19) in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sides with the union, which is being challenged by…Continue Reading

Trump’s historic speech to March for Life: Abortion is ‘wrong, it has to change’

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — In the first-ever live streamed address of a sitting president to the March for Life, Republican President Donald Trump vowed his administration will work to uphold the sanctity of life. “Under my administration, we will always defen

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Give President Trump Credit for Protecting Pro-Life Doctors and Nurses From Abortion

I am sometimes asked how religious people could vote for a man with the personal history of Donald Trump. Consider this Smith on the Election, but I always answer that I think it was an act of self defense. The Obama Administration had been very hostile to the free exercise of religion–even to the point of trying to force nuns to participate in contraception coverage–and Hillary Clinton threatened to be even worse. And now, Trump…Continue Reading

Canon lawyer calls for Amoris Laetitia’s 8th chapter to be ‘withdrawn’ on EWTN show

January 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fr. Gerald Murray, a regular commentator on EWTN’s news program The World Over, told show host Raymond Arroyo in a recent interview that the infamous chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia is in “error,” and that he hopes it will be “withdrawn” by the pope. Murray, a canon lawyer, also condemned the interpretation of Amoris laetitia published by the Argentinean bishops of the Pastoral Region of Buenos…Continue Reading

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A Book Review… Priests As Builders Of Western Civilization

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build — And Can Rebuild — Western Civilization, by William J. Slattery (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2017), 272 pp. $24.95. Available through www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. A work of great erudition and comprehensive scope, Fr. Slattery’s eloquent book provides a survey of the seminal ideas…Continue Reading

A Nation Of Sheep

By DONALD DeMARCO In a sociology text book (Sociology) that has been widely used in Canadian universities, the author makes the following statement: “Canadian society could not continue to exist unless the thousands of new members born each year eventually learned to think, believe, and behave as Canadians. . . . The continuity of our…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider… Explains The Kazakhstani Profession Of Truths On Marriage

By CARL BUNDERSON ASTANA, Kazakhstan (CNA/EWTN News) — Fidelity to the words of Christ makes it necessary to profess the truth about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider told Catholic News Agency (CNA) in a recent interview. Bishop Schneider, an auxiliary bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana, was a drafter of the “Profession of the immutable…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Now Offers “Transgender” Hormone Therapy

ORLANDO, Fla. — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has expanded its services to offering “transgender” hormone therapy, according to a January 10 report from Liberty Counsel. Planned Parenthood’s 2016-2017 annual report states: “We’re expanding access to care — from pioneering research on self-injectable birth control to offering new services for our transgender patients.…Continue Reading

Chinese Government Destroys Major “House Church”

BEIJING (AsiaNews) — New details have come to light about the forced demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen on January 9. The faithful have also released a video of the building being destroyed, while they were forced to watch from a distance as the walls, the tower, and the cross…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… We Fight Distractions To Grow In Holiness

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Life in this world is a gift from God: Don’t let it become a distraction from the one He offers us forever in Heaven. We have more information, more images, more choices in our possession than ever before. Each of us has only so much concentration. If we don’t learn to discern and to make…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Confirmation: From The Standpoint Of Tradition

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 12 We have studied the Sacrament of Confirmation from the point of view of Sacred Scripture. Now it is time to investigate it from the point of view of Tradition — that, is, the oral teachings from the apostles that were handed down through the early centuries of Christian history. Non-Catholics of all sorts…Continue Reading

Declaration Of Matrimonial Nullity

By DON FIER Last week, we saw that the Church teaches that certain conditions must be fulfilled for valid reception of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. As summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, a man and woman must both be baptized. They must be free to marry and to express their mutual consent.…Continue Reading

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Q. Jesus is the king of the universe, so why did He choose to be born in a lowly stable instead of in a palace, or at least in an ordinary house? — R.S.. via email. A. If Jesus came into the world as a powerful king, or perhaps as a military warrior, or as a wealthy member of the…Continue Reading

Love And Obey The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut. 18:15-20 1 Cor. 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 In the first reading today God tells Moses that He will raise up a prophet like Moses for the people of Israel. We know there were many prophets in Israel; some have writings contained in the Scriptures, some are mentioned by…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raymond Penafort

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church has been blessed with a plethora of doctrinal resources, thanks in large part to Pope St. John Paul II. The Code of Canon Law, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the many encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, books, and letters continue to provide the Church with a solid foundation for learning and applying the truths of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord has no limits and conditions for persons whom He calls to sainthood. They may be the richest, such as St. Francis of Assisi, or the poorest such, as the children of Fatima. They may be powerful, such as St. Louis, king of France, or humble, such as our Lady. They may be the most brilliant,…Continue Reading