Monday 10th December 2018

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A Leaven In The World . . . Apologia

December 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Apologia

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK

Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone, however, can admit it. It’s a matter of theological truth that “to err is human,” because, in fact, sin is a mistake and we are all sinners.
One who has put opinion to paper in black and white for nearly 20 years and in nearly 900 columns for this newspaper, as have I, has had ample opportunity to commit uncured ideas to print, to choose words that appear to impute motives or to overstate a case of praise or blame. Mea culpas must be ever at hand for expression of the necessary attempt at reconciliation with those who feel unjustly treated. Explanations must be offered in those cases where misunderstandings have been unnecessarily sparked based on mistaken perceptions.
In other words, the dialogue and accompaniment that Pope Francis calls for so often must ever have a privileged place in the life of our Church as we journey together. If we are to be in Christ together through faith then we must treat others as we would Christ. Some may always oppose us or misunderstand us and for these we always pray. But for the many who sincerely seek Christ we seek ever to grow together in truth, justice, and love.
When one is a priest and pastor, as well as a writer, one must always seek what will best help souls. Everything must always be submitted to the Church for the sake of truth and one must be ever ready to correct oneself, if in error, in obedience to Christ who speaks through the Magisterium of the Church.
The priest, as one who preaches to God’s people the necessity of penance and repentance for sin, must be a practitioner of this first of all himself and an example for the flock. The purpose of this column is to apologize for and to retract a sentence in a previous column entitled, “Bishops: Ban Jesuit Fr. James Martin Now” (see The Wanderer, November 29, 2018, p. 2B).
I retract the following line from that column:
“Any bishop who does not ban him [Fr. James Martin, SJ] now is guilty of undermining the faith of the Church by cooperation in the sin of heresy and immorality.” … Continue Reading

Fireside Reading For Christmas

December 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fireside Reading For Christmas

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

This Christmas, good readers should celebrate good writing. And we should also share it. In the spirit of Christmas cheer, we offer here some suggestions that should brighten any smile and invite another log on the fire in every home.
We begin with Faith and Politics (Ignatius Press), a selection of Pope Benedict XVI’s writings that cover a wide range of issues touching on politics while “insisting on the centrality of the question of God.” Wasting no time, the Pope gets right to the point: “the unredeemed state of the world consists precisely in the failure to understand the meaning of creation, and the failure to recognize truth; as a result, the rule of pragmatism is imposed, by which the strong arm of the powerful becomes the god of this world.”
Pope Benedict’s treatment of Augustine, focusing on his City of God, brilliantly drills into the tension between this world and the eternal. But this is not a history text — he immediately takes us on a tour that brings us to the present, addressing the notion of nationalism that so obsesses a faction of the current political conversation.
There is something here to stoke the imagination, whatever one’s political persuasion, because the faith is prior to and beyond politics. The Pope’s discussion of Augustine alone makes this book a must-have, but one could argue that its careful consideration of conscience is equally superb. … Continue Reading

Remembering George H.W. Bush

December 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Remembering George H.W. Bush

By BILL DONOHUE

Catholic League President Bill Donohue on December 5 recalled his memories of the late President George H.W. Bush:
During the 1988 presidential campaign, I was a Bradley Resident Scholar at The Heritage Foundation. My first book, The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union, published in 1985, was the magnet that landed me the job.
It was also a time when Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president, loudly proclaimed that he was “a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union.” It didn’t take long before those working for Vice President George H.W. Bush contacted me hoping to obtain inside information on the organization: Bush was running for president.
I happily gave the Bush team what they wanted, and appeared on several talk-TV shows, notably Crossfire, defending Bush against his critics. The ACLU issue took off like a rocket. “It sometimes seems as though the election is more about the ACLU than anything else,” complained NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.
Before the first presidential debate, the Bush campaign asked me to provide them with a list of some of the most controversial ACLU policies. I did, and Bush quickly mastered them (my first of two books on the ACLU was an extension of my NYU Ph.D. dissertation on the organization; my other book, Twilight of Liberty: The Legacy of the ACLU, was published in 1994 and a new Afterword edition appeared in 2001). … Continue Reading

Strickland And Mueller Napalm Martin’s Bridge

December 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Strickland And Mueller Napalm Martin’s Bridge

By SHAUN KENNEY

Expanding just a bit on last week’s discourse regarding the tête-à-tête between Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, and Fr. James Martin, SJ — author of Building a Bridge and consultant to the Vatican Communications Office — it seems as if Strickland’s critique earned a rather lengthy response from Martin that is worth a deeper dive.
Charitably, Martin had the decency not to call Bishop Strickland a member of the “Catholic alt-right” for his defense of the Magisterium (duly noted). Nor did he call Gerhard Cardinal Mueller a member of a vast neo-Nazi network for defending Church teaching (also, duly noted).
Martin offers two points. First and foremost, Martin insists that he is not attempting to change or alter the Magisterium’s teaching on the homosexual act, pointing to his rather long defense of Catholic teaching in the pages of America. Yet Martin insists that he is being misconstrued by his critics, a questionable claim indeed when his detractors are quite frequently calumniated (alt-right?) in the heat of argument or simply blocked on social media for their impertinence. Of course, one will admit that there are horrible people on the Internet, people who will say terrible things just to get a rise out of others (or in Internet parlance, to “own the libz”).
Yet Martin seems to have an increasing sensitivity to criticism that goes beyond banning trolls. Rather, it is his way of dismissing critics that is rather hot-headed and misplaced. One might think he would be overjoyed to explain to a faithful audience why he believes that the homosexual act is “intrinsically disordered” and uniquely so. Yet what Fr. Martin tells LGBTQI+A (did we get all the letters?) crowds is very much the opposite. … Continue Reading

In New Book On Clergy… Pope Francis Addresses Homosexuality

December 6, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on In New Book On Clergy… Pope Francis Addresses Homosexuality

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — In a just-published book-length interview, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy.
“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates, if that is the case. We have to be exacting. In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the Church,” the Pope says in the book The Strength of a Vocation, released December 3 in ten languages.
In an excerpt from the book, released November 30 by Religión Digital, the Pope said he is concerned about the issue of evaluating and forming people with homosexual tendencies in the clergy and consecrated life.
“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he said.
Francis said that with candidates for the priesthood or religious life “we have to take great care during formation in the human and affective maturity. We have to seriously discern, and listen to the voice of experience that the Church also has. When care is not taken in discerning all of this, problems increase. As I said before, it can happen that at the time perhaps they didn’t exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out.”
“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates, if that is the case,” the Pope reiterated. … Continue Reading

Martin’s “Catholic Alt-Right”: The Slander Of A Weak Argument

December 5, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Martin’s “Catholic Alt-Right”: The Slander Of A Weak Argument

By SHAUN KENNEY

Allow me to continue my admiration/bewilderment relationship with Fr. James Martin, SJ, vis-à-vis his characterization of his critics as the “Catholic alt-right” — a title that most likely is intended to extend to this publication, but for whom Martin reserved for his troika of critics: Church Militant, LifeSiteNews, and the Lepanto Institute.
NBC News didn’t exactly do a full-length article on this, but it will be just enough for Martin to carry back to Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, at the Vatican communications office and share with folks at La Croix International, a French-based site designed to be a simulacrum of what the “reformers of the reform” see in their critics.
Of course, the media do not exactly go hunting for these stories. Was the article planted? Some of us have been around the block long enough to know that it likely was, and that Fr. Martin was more than happy to throw bundles of kindling onto the fire in quick succession.
The instigation for this tête-à-tête was the firing of a known homosexual employed by a parish inside the Diocese of San Diego. Naturally, both Fr. Martin and our crusading Catholic media would take an interest in such a story.
James Joyce writes in the classic Finnegan’s Wake that the Catholic Church carries the definition of “here comes everybody.” It is a line that Fr. Richard John Neuhaus of First Things reminded his readers of time and time again.
Martin claims to embrace this ideal in his effort to “build a bridge” between the Catholic Church and the LBGTQI+A (did I get all the letters?) community, all the while very careful to demonstrate his orthodoxy by producing his op-ed in America when challenged by men such as Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas. … Continue Reading

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right

December 5, 2018 Frontpage, Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right
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By PEGGY MOEN

(Editor’s Note: This interview took place in Rome on October 22, 2018, the Feast of St. John Paul II, during the final week of the October 3-28 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and before its conclusion. See The Wanderer, November 1, 2018, p. 1 for an article based on this interview.)

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Q. Your Eminence, the first thing I wanted to ask is, many Catholics, following this Summer of Shame, think they are living through the worst period of Church history. Do you agree?
Cardinal Burke: It’s certainly among the worst, if not the worst. The Church has had other periods of great scandal. But this has dimensions about it that seem to be equal to or greater than other scandals that the Church has endured.
The primary scandal with the situation of Theodore McCarrick is, it’s clear, that he was able to lead this life of abuse of young people as a priest, and as a bishop, because he was protected and promoted. This is the source of the greatest scandal. And so, I think that we’ve reached a moment of terrible crisis that has to be addressed.
Q. If you had to pick, which other troubled period of Church history would you compare this one to?
Burke: One would think of the Renaissance, which involved both financial and sexual scandals that corrupted the clergy.
We know for instance, with regard to this plague of the homosexual agenda, that St. Peter Damian [born 1007, died 1073] wrote a whole treatise on this because of the scandal in the Church of his time. So I think, above all, there’s the need for a consciousness of this difficulty of homosexual activity in seminaries, in the clergy, and even in the hierarchy.
And that has to be addressed in a very thorough and effective way.
Q. As we speak, the Synod fathers have yet to vote on the final Synod document, which fortunately will be a paragraph by paragraph vote. Do you have any predictions or concerns about the document? Or concerns about the authoring of it? … Continue Reading

In Twenty Years . . . Why Democrat Leaders Turned On Their Heels Against Pro-Lifers

December 4, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on In Twenty Years . . . Why Democrat Leaders Turned On Their Heels Against Pro-Lifers

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Highly placed Catholic liberal Democrats were outraged when President Bill Clinton in April 1996 issued the first of what was to be two vetoes of congressional bills against repellent partial-birth abortion. His other stubborn veto came in October 1997.
The Slickster, as some foes called Clinton, insisted on the slaughter, and Catholic Democrats later learned to eat defeat with a shrug.
As the first of the two bills had proceeded on the legislative pathway from the House to the Senate, columnist George Will noted in his column in Newsweek on December 11, 1995, that 73 House Democrats voted for this pro-life bill.
In her opinion column in the April 14, 1996, Washington Post, just after the first of the two vetoes, politically liberal Catholic writer Mary McGrory said she happened to be at a party for the liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal the night Clinton killed the bill. The liberal Catholics’ reaction, McGrory wrote, “was consternation, dismay, anger.”
McGrory wrote that the Commonweal editor, Margaret Steinfels, “defined the sense of betrayal” by commenting that, “Tonight, a liberal friend called me and said, ‘How can I possibly vote for him after this?’”
That year Clinton was facing the voters for his presidential re-election campaign. To his good fortune, his opponent was the amiably passive veteran Republican Sen. Bob Dole.
Closely identified with the politics and personalities of Boston’s Catholic John F. Kennedy generation, McGrory was a typical partisan liberal of her time. And she saw nothing to apologize for when she blasted pro-abortion Clinton for stabbing Catholic Democrats. Her column, headlined, “Clinton Vetoes Catholic Voters,” concluded that Clinton “let them down so hard.” … Continue Reading

Is Due Process An Outdated Concept?

December 3, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Due Process An Outdated Concept?

By MIKE MANNO

It hasn’t been that long ago that we should have already forgotten the lessons learned from the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation. The judge, having a heretofore sterling reputation, was assailed from the left as some type of sexual predator. It was claimed that as a teenager he had groped a young student, although the accuser could not remember exactly when, or where, or if the groping might have been from another man.
But she was sure it happened. There followed a litany of other accusations that the judge had arranged for everything from the gang raping of coeds to spiking punch bowls. And all through the judge’s ordeal, there were those who claimed that “accusers” must always be believed.
One, Sen. Mazie Hirono (of “men should shut up” fame), declared that Judge Kavanaugh didn’t deserve the presumption of innocence because she disagreed with his judicial philosophy. That U.S. senator from Hawaii even suggested that the very principle of “innocent until proven guilty” should not apply in sexual assault cases.
Accusers, of course, must be believed. Thus, there is a presumption of guilt, not of innocence.
Unfortunately, this does not happen in just high-profile cases. Over the years my old radio program was inundated with press releases from campus reform groups pointing out that men accused of sexual harassment or assault would often be prejudged by college administrators as “guilty,” who would then hand down punishments that would range from suspension to expulsion. The typical case involved an “investigator” from the diversity office who would conduct an interview — oftentimes with only the accuser — and who would then render the preordained judgment of guilt. … Continue Reading

Threat Of War On The Border . . . Part Of The Overall Political Battle In U.S.

December 2, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Threat Of War On The Border . . . Part Of The Overall Political Battle In U.S.

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Donald Trump’s election as president was attributed at least partly to many people being fed up with the old, failed system. But the old way of doing things seemed as tasty as ever to some politicians cooking up their plans and programs once the midterm elections had passed.
Arizona’s newly elected U.S. senator whose pedigree was radical left, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, had campaigned as a bipartisan moderate who rejected old warhorses like Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.).
On July 3 Politico headlined that if she were elected senator, Sinema flatly said she wouldn’t vote for Schumer as party leader. Politico said she was staking her “surprisingly strong campaign” on such elements as “a distaste for the Democratic leader.”
But hardly had the victorious Sinema arrived in Washington, D.C., in November than Schumer was chosen by acclamation to retain his Senate post. Sinema shrugged that no one else was running for Schumer’s job, so what could she do?
A columnist for The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest daily, quickly recalled that in Sinema’s victory speech, she had lauded the example of the late Sen. John McCain, “fighting for what you believe in, standing up for what’s right even if you stand alone.”
So, moderate-liberal columnist Laurie Roberts said, “if you repeatedly say on the campaign trail that you’re going to do something — like, say, not vote for Schumer — then you ought to keep your promise — like, say, by standing up and objecting to his being elected by acclamation.” … Continue Reading

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Pro-LGBT priest promotes ‘rainbow’ rosary with prayers for ‘full acceptance’ of gay couples

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is promoting on social media a rosary with “rainbow” beads for one of the decades which are to be used, the rosary’s creators say, to pray for the “full…Continue Reading

Archbishop Viganò denies claims he defrauded his brother

ROME, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today has denied claims he defrauded his brother, and has sought to clarify an October court ruling ordering him to pay his brother €1.8 million in inheritance. Many believe the ruling is being…Continue Reading

Vatican’s former doctrine chief: ‘LGBT’ has ‘no place’ in Church documents

VATICAN CITY, November 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An influential cardinal says that pro-homosexual terminology such as “LGBT” has no place in the documents of the Roman Catholic Church. In a recent interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, formerly the Prefect of the…Continue Reading

$25 MILLION PAPAL FOUNDATION GRANT TO VATICAN REMAINS UNACCOUNTED FOR

PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – After Cdl. Donald Wuerl spearheaded a $25 million grant to the Vatican earlier this year through the Papal Foundation, sources confirm the money remains unaccounted for, the Rome hospital designated as beneficiary apparently never having received the grant. Sources also confirm Wuerl…Continue Reading

Cardinal guilty of covering up sex abuse addresses US bishops’ conference

BALTIMORE, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A cardinal barred from public ministry since 2013 as a result of his systematic cover-up of sex abuse spoke at the U.S. Bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore Tuesday, telling the bishops they “need to lead by witness.” In…Continue Reading

US bishops consider asking Pope Francis to release McCarrick documents

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider officially asking Pope Francis to release any documents related to alleged serial sexual abuser Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The motion was made from the…Continue Reading

U.S. Catholic Bishops Meet in the Shadow, Still, of Clergy Sex Abuse

This weekend, the Catholic bishops of the United States gather in Baltimore ahead of their three-day annual general assembly, which opens Monday. By coincidence, it will be 16 years exactly since their session in 2002, when they met to amend…Continue Reading

The Synodal Church

Antonio Spadaro, SJ – Carlos Galli Forty years ago, Jesuit Father Arij Roest Crollius wrote: “What is so new about inculturation?”[1] His reflection was a milestone in the understanding of that word and in welcoming a concept at the heart of…Continue Reading

National network of Catholic church leaders told to preserve all communications

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to preserve all electronic and paper documents in case other federal prosecutors need to look into accusations of sexual assault against current…Continue Reading

Cdl. Burke ‘strongly’ endorses new virtue education program for young people

October 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of life, marriage, and family, has “strongly” endorsed a new virtue education program for children. “Alive to the World” is a continuous, story-based virtues/values program. Much…Continue Reading

Pittsburgh wants to revoke Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of kids event over Christian marriage views

PITTSBURGH, October 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – America’s most successful Christian food chain may be driven out of a children’s community event in Pittsburgh over the owners’ Christian-based view of marriage and homosexuality, if the Pittsburgh City Council has its way.…Continue Reading

Australian bishop touts women’s ordination: ‘transformation of priesthood’ is underway

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, October 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian bishop recently told priests that admitting women to the priesthood in the Church’s current state of affairs would be like pouring new wine into old wine skins, but that a “transformation…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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Cdl. Burke: ‘Synodality’ suggests some kind of ‘new church’ where pope’s authority is destroyed

LIMERICK, Ireland, (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has come out criticizing the concept of “synodality” that was barely discussed during the recently concluded “Youth Synod,” but, nevertheless, found its way into the final document, surprising many of the Synod Fathers. “It’s become like a slogan, meant to suggest some kind of new church which is democratic and in which the authority of the Roman Pontiff is relativized and diminished—if not destroyed,” said Card

Facebook unblocks image of Santa kneeling before Baby Jesus after LifeSite report goes viral

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook is no longer censoring an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus that it had deemed “violent or graphic content” after a report on LifeSiteNews about the matter went viral yesterday. Facebook had obscured the picture, explaining that the “photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to se

Pro-LGBT Catholic prof: Many German bishops don’t believe homosexual acts are wrong

December 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic German ethics professor calls Cardinal Müller’s recent remarks on homosexuality “unbearable” and claims that, just as the Church’s teaching on the death penalty has changed, the teaching on homosexuality is also open to change. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has been under constant sharp criticism since his 21 November interview with LifeSiteNews, in whi

Cardinal accuses EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo of attacking Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has come out swinging against EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, accusing him of reporting “negatively” on as well as “attack[ing]” Pope Francis. The former Archbishop of Durban tweeted last night that Arroyo was like a “throwback” to Northern Ireland’s most notorious anti-Catholic “Ian Paisley & his ilk.” “The World Over” hosted by Raymond A

Taxpayer dollars help California Planned Parenthood surpass record high income level

November 30, 2018 (American Life League) – For the first time in the history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, one of its 56 affiliates documented that its annual income surpassed $100 million. The affiliate is Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, headquartered in San Jose, California. In its latest official document (Federal Form 990) filed with the federal government, PPMM reported that in the fiscal year, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, it had a…Continue Reading

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Will Paris Riots Scuttle Climate Accord?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In Katowice, Poland, all the signers of the 2015 Paris climate accord have gathered to assess how the world’s nations are meeting their goals to cut carbon emissions. Certainly, the communications strategy in the run-up was impressive. In October came that apocalyptic UN report warning that the world is warming faster…Continue Reading

Amid Veto Threat… Ohio “Heartbeat Abortion” Bill Nears Senate Vote

COLUMBUS (CNA/EWTN News) — The Ohio Senate was expected to pass legislation banning abortion on an unborn baby after he or she has a heartbeat, and there could be enough votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s promised veto, amid questions over whether the proposal could withstand U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny. Republicans control the Senate with…Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals . . . EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

IRONDALE, Ala. (EWTN) — Following a legal battle that has lasted nearly seven years, EWTN Global Catholic Network has prevailed in its lawsuit against the U.S. government over what has become known as the “HHS Contraception Mandate.” In an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit published Thursday, November 29, 2018,…Continue Reading

Major Companies Take Action Against Porn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across the country, several major companies are taking action against pornography use. Tumblr, Starbucks, Comcast, and multiple hotel chains have all taken steps to reduce pornography access within their respective industry. These decisions come during a time of increasing awareness over the harms of pornography. “Companies are quickly realizing the harms of…Continue Reading

Marie Stopes International Is No Friend Of Africa

By DEBORAH M. PIROCH (Editor’s Note: Deborah M. Piroch is the PR director for Human Life International. HLI posted this article at their website, www.hli.org, on November 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + + FRONT ROYAL, Va. — HLI is delighted that the government of Kenya has banned Marie Stopes International (MSI)…Continue Reading

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The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the two previous articles we have learned from great Catholic theologians that a layman can resist a wrong decision of a bishop and even of the Bishop of Rome — the Pope. But — and this “but” is very important — wouldn’t such a resistance go against the teaching on papal infallibility?…Continue Reading

The Theological Virtues — Faith

By DON FIER As we transitioned last week from a lengthy treatment of the four cardinal virtues (and a brief overview of sanctifying grace) to the theological virtues, emphasis was given to the fittingness of the term “theological” (as derived from the Greek Theos and logos), for these virtues have God Himself as their Author, motive, and direct object. “Infused…Continue Reading

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Q. For the benefit of those who do not have a computer or library access, could you please give us a list of the Doctors of the Church? I have a book entitled 33 Doctors of the Church, but I think some have been added since that book was published. — B.W., Florida. A. Doctor of the Church is a…Continue Reading

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right

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By PEGGY MOEN (Editor’s Note: This interview took place in Rome on October 22, 2018, the Feast of St. John Paul II, during the final week of the October 3-28 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and before its conclusion. See The Wanderer, November 1, 2018, p. 1 for an article based on this interview.) + +…Continue Reading

God’s Providence Is Perfect

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Baruch 5:1-9 Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:1-6 In the second reading today, St. Paul states his confidence that the One who “began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This can certainly be applied in a variety of situations, for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Maria Virgo

By CAROLE BRESLIN When I visited my aunt in St. Louis, Mo., we would visit the basilicas, the museums, and other places of interest. She had many sites near her that were particularly special to her, such as her parish, The Little Flower, in Richmond Heights. In addition, she described a place where she frequently went for eucharistic adoration at…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raphael Kalinowski

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many terms we use in our language which are clichés. We hear people say that somebody “kicked the bucket,” meaning that he has died, or “I’ll send you to outer Mongolia,” meaning that they will ship you so far away no one will find you. Fr. Kalinowski not only went to a place just north…Continue Reading