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Christian America

May 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


“This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892.
“America was born a Christian nation,” echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: “This is a Christian nation.”
But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”
Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate.
Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics, or nonbelievers has risen to 23. That exceeds the Catholic population and is only slightly below evangelicals.
Those in the mainline Protestant churches — Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians — have plummeted from 50 percent of the U.S. population in 1958 to 14 percent today. By accommodating the social revolution of the 1960s to stay relevant, mainline churches appear to have made themselves irrelevant to America’s young. … Continue Reading

Now A “Protected” Class . . . School Board Allows “Transgenders” To Use Facilities Of Opposite Sex

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Barack Obama’s administration trying to force “transgender” students into the lavatories and locker rooms of the opposite sex frighteningly demonstrates there’s no limit to the radical “transformation” of this nation planned by the morally corrupt president.
If Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 had warned that a vote for Democrat Obama would mean boys and girls soon invading each other’s bathrooms at school, McCain would have been forced to withdraw his candidacy amid hurricanes of media outrage.
And many other voters would have been astonished at McCain making such an assertion.
Yet Obama and his administrative thugs are doing precisely that now, yet liberal media look away benignly. Should Obama be forced off the public stage for this overwhelming violation? Never! Move along, nothing to see here.
The public is expected to buckle under with a meek smile and slouched shoulders to government-imposed outrages. And just keep that tax money pouring in to fund Obama’s bureaucrats. … Continue Reading

Fr. Fessio Weighs In . . . Why Did Pope Choose Homosexuality-Activist Priest For Pontifical Council?

May 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, isn’t unique among certain well-known, dissident Church figures whose cultivation of a “Spirit of Vatican II” far exceeds anything officially done by that council a half-century ago.
Still, many faithful Catholics were dismayed by the May 16 announcement that Pope Francis chose Radcliffe as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Once again the direction of the Church seemed up for grabs, rekindling an issue of uncertainty for both the 2014 and 2015 sessions of the Synod on the Family.
The announcement by Vatican Radio indicated nothing controversial about Radcliffe’s reputation. It said:
“Ordained in 1971, Fr. Timothy is a longtime friend and contributor to Vatican Radio’s English Service. He is a well-known preacher and speaker, and author of several books including What Is the Point of Being A Christian? He served as master of the Dominican order from 1992 until 2001 and is now resident at the Dominican Priory at Blackfriars, Oxford (UK). He has been a member of the Las Casas Advisory Board and director of the Institute. He is an Honorary Doctor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.”
The liberal Crux blog, citing some of Radcliffe’s controversial statements, posted on May 16: … Continue Reading

Attorney Says . . . Hungarian Decision Should Bolster Those Seeking To Honor Humanity Of Unborn

May 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


A recent court ruling in Hungary against using parts of aborted babies for cosmetic purposes should provide inspiration to those fighting to tighten restrictions against related unethical practices in the United States, a pro-life attorney told The Wanderer.
Steven Aden, a senior counsel with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said the decision “reflects the consensus in both Europe and the West that human beings in the womb are just that, human beings, and not commodities. . . . Life begins at conception.”
Aden is director of the Center for Life Alliances at ADF, an organization that works across the U.S. and internationally to defend life, religious liberty, faith, and historic morality.
He added that international laws hold that human life in the womb is not to be trafficked or profited on because it’s precious and sacred.
A May 12 ADF news release said, “The City Court of Budapest has found eight people guilty of illegally harvesting embryonic stem cells and tissue from aborted babies and using them for profit in cosmetic procedures.”
The news release said that according to the brief filed in the case by ADF International, “the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that, in the context of European patent law, life begins from the moment of conception,” and that human embryos cannot be used for “industrial or commercial purposes.” … Continue Reading


May 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


What do you think about PSLF, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program? I haven’t heard much about it since it was established during George W. Bush’s time in office. I recently came across an op-ed column in my local newspaper here in Connecticut describing how it works.
The author was Tiffany Williams, who describes herself as an “idealist,” a woman from a working-class background who took out student loans to finance her $50,000 a year education at Columbia University’s graduate program in social work. That Williams is going into social work, rather seeking work in the corporate world, is why she thinks of herself as an idealist.
The problem Williams faced was paying off the loans. She found herself, while employed as a social worker, “living on credit cards and coupons and trying to cover rent and utilities for the 8-by-8-foot room” where she lived, just trying to “stay afloat.” Until, that is, she received an email from a friend, “a freshly minted idealist like me, with a link to a new federal program. It would forgive our remaining debt after we made 10 solid years of payments while employed in public service. It was available for future teachers, firefighters, librarians, or in our cases, social workers.”
Her friend was talking about PSLF, a program that she describes as one “that helps people like me who want to work at organizations that match our values — without forsaking our chance to buy homes, have kids, and plan for retirement.” … Continue Reading

Louis C.K. And His Hatred For The Catholic Church

May 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


“If the world hates you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you” (John 15:18).

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While it’s no mystery that Catholics are hated and disparaged around the world far and wide, it still hurts me whenever I see people taking cheap shots at my Church. What is it about all the hatred that’s directed toward us?
As we all know, there’s no love lost between the mainstream media industries of so-called entertainment and news and the Catholic Church. They despise us and I certainly don’t care much for them, either.
It’s always interesting, however, to realize that the most rabid anti-Catholic celebrities would never have the guts to criticize another religion — even when some elements within one religion actually oppress women to the point of stoning a rape victim to death for her impurity.
Louis C.K. is a 47-year-old comedian who has made a lucrative career by bashing the Holy Roman Catholic Church that you and I love so much. Since we consider the Church as our Holy Mother Church, he is, in essence, insulting our mother to her face. … Continue Reading

A Greek Orthodox Theologian . . . Pleads For A Petrine Primacy For The Patriarch Of Constantinople

May 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Centuries of violent polemics against the Bishop of Rome’s affirmations of a universal authority and jurisdiction over all the Churches of East and West have marked the history of Eastern Orthodoxy since the rejection of the famous Reunion-Council of Florence (1439).
What is interesting — despite the mellowing of attitudes with the advent of the ecumenical movement and participation of Orthodox hierarchs and theologians in dialogues with Catholic theologians — is the continued resistance of certain Orthodox bishops and theologians to “papism and the pan-heresy of ecumenism.”
Orthodox websites have widely circulated articles by theologians Protopresbyter George D. Metallinos of the University of Athens; Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis of the Theological School of the University of Thessalonica; Archimandrite George Kapsanis, abbot of the Monastery of Gregoriou on Mt. Athos; Nicholas P. Vasiliades of the Brotherhood of Theologians “O Sotir”; and Dr. Demetrius Tselengidis, professor at Aristotle University of Thessalonica — all of whom condemn in no uncertain terms papal primacy as “a hideous ecclesiological heresy.”
Various Orthodox bishops have gone on record to reject any possible accord with “heretical Rome.” Bulgaria’s youngest metropolitan, Bishop Nikolay, called the Pope a heretic on national TV. … Continue Reading

Open Letter To U.S. Bishops Attending The Synod… The Church’s Teachings On The Family Need No Updating

May 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Editor’s Note: Michael Hartnett lives with his family in the Chicago area, where he works as a project manager and public policy analyst. He has authored or coauthored numerous published reports that address federal transportation, environmental, and pension and retirement policies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, he is studying at The Institute for Lay Formation, University of St. Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Ill.)

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To the American Bishops participating in the Synod on the Family,
I was disturbed recently to learn that my diocese has felt it necessary to survey the faithful regarding the role of the family in their lives, ostensibly as a way to assist the Pope and the bishops who will be participating in the second and final session of the Synod on the Family next October.
I decided not to complete the survey distributed at my parish, but the issue and the alarming signals coming out of the 2014 synod session are of great concern to me. Therefore, I offer this brief response.
The Roman Catholic Church has a venerable … Continue Reading

Is It Really All Our Fault?

May 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady.
A recent lead editorial began:
“Here we go again. In the 1990s Pat Buchanan launched a civil war within the Republican Party on a platform targeting immigration and trade. Some claimed Pitchfork Pat was the future of the GOP, though in the end he mainly contributed to its presidential defeats.”
But, woe is us, “the GOP’s Buchanan wing is making a comeback.”
Now it is true that, while Nixon and Reagan won 49-state landslides and gave the GOP five victories in six presidential contests, the party has fallen upon hard times. Only once since 1988 has a Republican presidential nominee won the popular vote.
But was this caused by following this writer’s counsel? Or by the GOP listening to the deceptions of its Davos-Doha-Journal wing?
In the 1990s, this writer and allies in both parties fought NAFTA, GATT, and MFN for China. The Journal and GOP establishment ran with Bill and Hillary and globalization. And the fruits of their victory? … Continue Reading

Everyone God Creates Is Very Good

May 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Editor’s Note: John Paul Lavallee, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda, Md., wrote this pro-life essay that has won local and national awards. Wanderer columnist Fr. Kevin M. Cusick met this young man at a recent Maryland Right to Life banquet. Fr. Cusick points out that John Paul, who has autism, dictated his essay because he cannot read or write. Someone read the essay out loud for him at the banquet.
(The Lavallee family granted The Wanderer permission to reprint John Paul’s essay. All rights reserved.)

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I have many friends with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Some of them would have been aborted if their parents did not respect their lives. If this happened, there would be fewer people on the planet. Many people say this is good, because large populations are too hard on the Earth’s resources, but I believe that the Earth can sustain every person God creates. People with autism would not get a chance to write a book about their experience, or be a genius, or be a good friend if they were aborted.
Many people with Down syndrome, 9 out of 10, are aborted every year because of a genetic test that can predict this condition before birth. This is sad and evil because these babies cannot defend themselves. All of us are being deprived of a chance to love and serve most children with Down syndrome, and to receive the love and kindness they grow up to give. … Continue Reading

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Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Ireland is worse than the pagans for legalising gay marriage, says senior cardinal

Ireland has gone further than paganism and “defied God” by legalising gay marriage, one of the Church’s most senior cardinals has said. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was recently moved from a senior role in the Vatican to be patron of…Continue Reading

UN Official Reports on Islamic State’s “War on Women”

A United Nations official has painted a chilling picture of how the Islamic State group oversees a vast network of sexual slavery, including an elaborate pricing system, violent treatment by slave masters and casual branding of female bodies and reselling…Continue Reading

Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions

ROME — A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the…Continue Reading

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued,…Continue Reading

Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

May 22, 2015 ( — Jeffrey Sachs wears many hats. He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The…Continue Reading

Boy Scouts president: We need to allow open homosexual leaders

May 22, 2015 ( – Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates says the youth organization must change with the times and allow open homosexual men to serve as Scout leaders. Gates, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA…Continue Reading

Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay…Continue Reading

The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in…Continue Reading

‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop

According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand. The…Continue Reading

Africa’s experience of family life must be heard at synod, Pope tells Togo’s bishops

Pope Francis received Togo’s bishops in audience on May 11 as part of their quinquennial ad limina visit to Rome. The West African nation of 6.8 million is 20% Muslim, 15% Protestant, and 14% Catholic, with approximately half of the…Continue Reading

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

By the time the environment encyclical of Pope Francis is released, it will be anti-climactic. Not anti-climate change to be sure, as the Holy See is certainly enthusiastic about the issue. Actually, it is against climate change, but enthusiastic about…Continue Reading

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape.”

The Pew Research Center just released its latest study on “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” The subtitle tells the story: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” For our purposes, I want to focus…Continue Reading

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis: Evangelize with a language of merciful love

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday received members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the end of their Plenary session. During the course of their Plenary session the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has been discussing the relationship between evangelization and catechesis and it was on that theme that Pope Francis addressed members of the Council, including its President Archbishop Rino Fisichella. Speaking to them…Continue Reading

Pope: coherent Christians draw people to Christ


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ homily this morning focused on the Gospel account of Bartimaeus, the blind man who cried out to Jesus to be healed, and whom the disciples called to be silent. The Gospel led the Holy Father to reflect on three different groups of Christians. First, there are Christians who are concerned only with their own relationship with Jesus, a “closed, selfish” relationship, who do not hear the cries of others: “This group…Continue Reading

Pope speaks with open heart to Argentinean newspaper

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that being with people does him good. In a long and very personal interview with Juan Beretta, a reporter from the Argentinean newspaper “La Voz Del Pueblo”, the Pope speaks of his feelings of when he was elected Pope, of how he misses walking the streets, using public transport and sitting down for a pizza, of how he feels moved and sad when he meets sick children, prison inmates and…Continue Reading

Pope: worldly Christians can’t have both heaven and earth


(Vatican Radio)  It’s sad to see a Christian who wants to “follow Jesus and the things of this world.” That’s what Pope Francis said at Tuesday morning’s Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, stressing that a Christian is called to make a radical choice in life:  you can’t be “half” Christian or have both “heaven and earth.” In his homily Pope Francis reflects on Peter’s query to Jesus:  what would he and the disciples get…Continue Reading

Saving The Fourth

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following 9/11, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their own search warrants. The…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Many People Are Homosexuals?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + “Homosexuality is one in 10. It’s one in 10 on the football team. It’s one in 10 on the baseball team. It’s one in 10 on the softball team. It’s one in…Continue Reading

It Is A Christian Country: At Least It Used To Be

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I realize that there are intelligent commentators on the right who are convinced that homosexual activists are pushing for the day when Christian churches will be compelled by law to perform same-sex marriages. I may be wrong, but I do not think that we will see that dictate anytime soon. It…Continue Reading

Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth

By DONALD DeMARCO Commutative justice demands that we repay what we owe. If I owe my brother $10, I should pay him $10. Justice in this sense is a proportion between the debt and the repayment. It is morally and often legally binding. There is a similar proportion on a higher level though it does…Continue Reading

Intense Conflicts . . . Is The Catholic Church In Germany In Danger Of Apostasy?

By MAIKE HICKSON For several weeks now, the German Catholics — bishops and laymen alike — have been in debate and disagreement over Catholic moral teaching and its continuing validity for Catholics today. After the German Bishops’ Conference came out on April 16 with its report to be sent to Rome for the upcoming October…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .


By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

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Q. I like to attend daily Mass, but the town where I live only offers two — at 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. at two different churches. Now that I am getting older and have trouble sleeping, these early Masses are very difficult to attend regularly. I wonder if every parish priest would consider offering at least one Mass per week in the…Continue Reading

The Blood Of Christ Cleanses Our Consciences

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR B) Readings: Exodus 24:3-8 Heb. 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 In the first reading today we hear about the covenant that was entered into between God and the people of Israel. Moses was the representative of both God and the people in this case. Consequently, he speaks to the people on behalf…Continue Reading

Archbishop Martin In Lourdes . . . In Defending Marriage, We Are Not Trying To Hurt Or Offend

LOURDES (ZENIT) — Here is a homily given May 13, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, by Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. + + + At Mass in Lourdes, Archbishop Martin remembered and acknowledged the faithful in Ireland, and around the world, who…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Social Networks, Addiction To Images, And Custody Of The Eyes

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A follower on my Facebook page recently messaged me about a sordid situation arising from an association based on a Facebook “friendship.” She “friended” a man who then used her account to gain access to her daughter. What started out as a hope to meet someone who may become a real friend ended in inappropriate…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Order Of The Universe Proves God’s Existence

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 3 Let us put our thinking cap on, and reason: Whenever you see something whose parts are arranged in order, following a specific logical pattern, you know that someone did it. Furniture in a living room, chess pieces on a board, books in a library. Orderly arrangement cannot be explained except as being due to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . St. Ephrem

By CAROLE BRESLIN For centuries — no, for millennia — the Mideast has been the center of tragedy and unrest. Particularly significant in this historical conflict sits the city of Nisibis, now named Nusaybin. Nusaybin is an ancient city which sits on the border between Syria and Turkey. In ancient times this fertile land, located between the Tigris and Euphrates…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Charles Lwanga And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church in Africa has experienced unprecedented growth in the past century. In 1900, shortly after the martyrdom of Charles Lwanga and companions, there were two million Catholics in Africa. When Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa in 2009, the Catholic population was 158 million. Once again the Church has witnessed that the blood of martyrs is…Continue Reading