Friday 17th August 2018

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Liberalism And The Crisis Of Catholicism

August 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Liberalism And The Crisis Of Catholicism

By PAUL KRAUSE

(Editor’s Note: Paul Krause is a recent graduate of Yale’s Divinity School. His writings have appeared in Crisis Magazine, Forbes Online, and other publications.)

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Can the Catholic Church be liberal? The answer to that question is probably self-evident to those with a strong knowledge of Church teachings and history. But given the current malaise and crisis facing the Church: loss of self-confidence, increasing self-doubt, retreat, and the clamoring to “get with the times,” we must understand the temptation that liberalism offers and crisis that it poses to the Church — especially in the United States but also much of the Western World.
There are two basic understandings of liberalism. One is academic and philosophical, examining the metaphysical underpinnings of liberalism from which one sees that liberalism is a materialistic, mechanistic, utilitarian, and atomistic philosophy which denies the summum bonum and is functionally hedonistic and atheistic in its practical application in life. The other, which is more pernicious, is the ignorant association of liberalism with goodness, kindness, compassion, and tolerance — a philosophy of “reform” where reform means left-wing social and political changes and those reforms are always and necessarily good.
In Europe, the Catholic Church has long been a bastion of conservatism. Conservatism, here, is not the American understanding but the proper philosophical understanding: Communitarian, hierarchal, pro-order and pro-authority, skeptical of all materialistic movements, and instinctively defensive against outside conquest (including Islamic invasion and liberal or Marxist reformism and revolution).
In America, however, the Catholic Church has long been a partner with the Democratic Party. While the Democratic Party that traces its lineage to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson is not the same Democratic Party that emerged after the Roosevelt realignment, the one thing maintaining continuity between the early iteration of the Democratic Party with the new iteration is reformism. … Continue Reading

Fight For Flake’s Senate Seat… Candidates Eager To Win, But Seasoned Aide Cautions On D.C. Dirt

August 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fight For Flake’s Senate Seat… Candidates Eager To Win, But Seasoned Aide Cautions On D.C. Dirt

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — “All candidates have warts. You have to find the less warty” among the hopefuls, an experienced political aide told a Tea Party group’s evening meeting here as Arizona’s upcoming primary election on August 28 had voters pondering whom to pick.
Earlier during the July 30 meeting, Marcus Kelley, who worked both at the Arizona State Capitol and in Washington, D.C., expressed strong doubt that all political corruption can be swept away, although he didn’t defend it.
“Just the thought we are going to clean up the corruption in Washington, D.C. — we are fooling ourselves,” said Kelley, the administrative assistant to conservative Republican Andy Biggs when Biggs was president of the Arizona Senate.
Biggs subsequently was elected in 2016 to represent Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, which runs along the eastern edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area, and has been an outspoken voice in the U.S. House.
The “swampiness” that President Trump opposes doesn’t exist only on the federal level, Kelley told the Arizona Project Tea Party meeting, but at the lower tiers of government, too, including the Arizona legislature.
“I think it’s more than we possibly can clean up. . . . I have libertarian leanings,” Kelley said. “I don’t think government is good.”
Two days later, on August 1, political maneuvering for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat on the ballot this year was a topic on James T. Harris’ “The Conservative Circus” talk program on Phoenix-based KFYI (550 AM). … Continue Reading

Why We Need Trump’s Religious Liberty Task Force

August 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Why We Need Trump’s Religious Liberty Task Force

By REY FLORES

Three weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the official announcement that President Donald J. Trump had asked him to create the Religious Liberty Task Force within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Washington Times reported that the task force will be led by Sessions, and co-chaired by the associate attorney general, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, and members from other Justice Department divisions, including the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of Legal Counsel.
Of course, the radical leftists have responded in their predictable, loathsome, and tiresome way. In a very “Chicken Little”-like reaction, NBC’s Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove wrote that Sessions’ task force is “part of a dangerous Christian nationalist campaign of discrimination. Conservative Christians have convinced Trump that they are being oppressed. And LGBT Americans and religious minorities will pay the price.”
The hysterical Wilson-Hartgrove goes on to write that this new task force will “serve an extreme agenda” and that “it’s time for people who care about the future of democratic society to reclaim the concept of religious liberty.”
Then there are the drama queens over at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). You can bet that if the ACLU opposes something, it’s probably a good thing that we should support. … Continue Reading

Reprinted From The Wanderer Newspaper June 21, 2007 . . . Dallas Charter, Five Years Later

August 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Reprinted From The Wanderer Newspaper June 21, 2007 . . . Dallas Charter, Five Years Later

Editors Note: This was reprinted from The Wanderer Newspaper, the issue dated June 21, 2007, on the 5 year anniversary of the Dallas Charter. We will be featuring these reprints on a regular basis on our website.

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Five years ago this month, American bishops met in Dallas to address the scandal of clerical sex abuse and chancery coverups that had finally exploded into public view. It was a critical test for the bishops, as they confronted the greatest crisis in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Sadly, they failed the test. Instead of apologizing and getting their house in order, they initiated a “ Charter” that placed heavy burdens on priests and laity, but exempted bishops altogether. Avery Cardinal Dulles warned them that the charter created “a very adversarial relationship between the bishop and the priests,” but they ignored him, choosing instead to protect one another and insisting that the scandals were now “behind us.”

As a result of their intransigence, the bishops faced outrage and hostility from the people in the pews. Countless families of victims revealed that they had been browbeaten for years by bishops and chancery officials, threatened with nonexistent canonical penalties, even financial ruin, if they did not keep their silence and just “ go away.” The bishops’ own experts revealed that over 80% of the crimes committed by priests and bishops were “ homosexual in nature.” Yet the bishops stonewalled, ignoring their … Continue Reading

The Battle Of The Sexes — Twenty-First Century Style

August 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Battle Of The Sexes — Twenty-First Century Style

By MIKE MANNO

Years ago the battle of the sexes was the conflict between men and women over their respective gender roles. Today the battle, in some respects, is still over gender roles but not necessarily between men and women but between the cis-gendered, a person who identifies with the sex of his birth, and the transgendered, those who don’t.
And the worst part is that it is playing out in our schools.
Back in the 1970s, Congress passed Title IX, a federal civil rights law, as part of the Educational Amendments of 1972. It was adopted to protect students from sex discrimination in educational programs that received federal funds. As issues involving persons with same-sex attractions and later those claiming gender nonconformance, questions began to be asked as to whether “sex discrimination” could be expanded to include gays, homosexuals, and the gender confused.
Short-circuiting a lot of legal history, the issue as to schools came to the forefront in the spring of 2016 while the Obama administration was suing North Carolina over a state law that restricted bathroom use to an individual’s sex at birth. Acting through the Departments of Justice and Education, the administration sent a “Dear Colleagues” letter to public school administrators addressing the issue of bathroom policy.
The letter stated: “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual user facilities when other students are not required to do so….When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.” … Continue Reading

Who’ll Be Able To Brag Of Big Catch?. . . Fishing For Clues About What Elections Are Telling Us

August 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Who’ll Be Able To Brag Of Big Catch?. . . Fishing For Clues About What Elections Are Telling Us

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Looking for definitive insights into early August U.S. election results may be like searching for a big fish hooked by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s dubious, unending probe of alleged Russian collusion to win the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump.
Having landed nothing important yet, Mueller’s anglers swear the catch is right there below the surface. Just wait until it gets reeled in — if only the fish will please put the barb into its mouth and start yanking on the line.
Like the elusive Russian collusion, the proportions of what mattered to voters in 2018 may not be plain until it’s flipping on the dock the evening of Election Day, November 6.
There’s plenty of partisan talk about what happened on August 7. But did it show big promise for Democrats come the November election? Or did it suggest the midterms won’t deliver so much for the out-party — the Dems this time around — despite every imaginable and unimaginable effort by dominant media to snag them a congressional majority?
Unconventional Republican President Trump surely has been making waves along the campaign trail.
Has his blustery style driven away some voters the GOP has depended on or needs? Or has experienced executive Trump managed to start rescuing a passive Republican legislative majority that, despite succeeding on tax reform, never delivered on seriously funding the vital border wall or repealing the Obamacare they swore to vanquish?
Conservative GOP political consultant Constantin Querard told Phoenix-based KFYI radio (550 AM) on August 8 that after you keep promising a product, you’d better come through. … Continue Reading

Call Me Jerry

August 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Call Me Jerry

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

A local pastor gave a surprisingly good sermon the other day. A short one, too (that’s why I remember it).
“Don’t confuse the Church with the bishops, or even the Pope,” he said. “The Church is spotless, her teachings true, beautiful, and good. But bishops — even the Bishop of Rome — are sinful men like the rest of us.
“At the same time, we must bear in mind that priests and bishops do possess real authority by the virtue of their Ordination and consecration. They defend the Church’s magisterial teachings on faith and morals in the face of a hostile world, and they teach them to us. That’s their divinely ordained role. But there’s a lot of confusion on just what those teachings are these days,” he said, “so here’s a helpful suggestion:
“As a priest, I teach Catholic principles — the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the principles that flow from them. When we talk about them, call me ‘Father.’ But when I use my office to wax eloquent on the economy, or global warming, or the horror of the carbon imprint of volcanoes, you can call me ‘Jerry’.”
Fr. Jerry is right. Catholic priests and bishops — including the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis — are ordained to teach and to defend basic truths: the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the Ten Commandments, the sacraments, the right to life, the dignity of every person, and other “magisterial” teachings — those that the Church has always taught. Those are the truths that every Catholic must believe.
But many clerics spend a lot of their time pushing various political agendas — these days it’s amnesty for illegal aliens, but they’re also big fans of the welfare state, higher taxes, bigger government, and global warming. … Continue Reading

Apple Is Not As American As Apple Pie

August 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Apple Is Not As American As Apple Pie

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY

(Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate, www.creators.com, distributed this column.)

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Last week, Apple became the first U.S.-based corporation to see its market value top $1 trillion. But is it really an American company?
“Apple imports chips, antennae, and sensors from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and Europe into China where Foxconn (a Taiwanese firm) and others assemble them into iPhones,” the Washington Post reported in March.
“About half of all iPhones now are made in a huge manufacturing facility in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou,” The New York Times reported in 2016.
So, the richest of all corporations makes its signature product in a country the State Department describes as “an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the paramount authority.”
China, home to Apple’s iPhone assembly lines, is tyrannical in its approach to personal communications.
“China was the world’s worst abuser of Internet freedom for the third year in a row,” Freedom House declared in its 2017 annual report on Internet freedom.
“Dissidents and members of ethnic or religious minority groups received the heaviest penalties for online speech, but ordinary Internet users also felt the impact of the increasingly repressive regime,” said the report.
Want to start a Facebook page? Run a Google search? Forget it — if you reside in the People’s Republic.
“Several social media and messaging apps are totally blocked, isolating the Chinese public from global networks,” said Freedom House. “These include YouTube, Google, Facebook, Flickr, SoundCloud, and WordPress.”
But Apple CEO Tim Cook sees the sunny side of the Chinese regime. … Continue Reading

When Shepherds Become Wolves

August 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on When Shepherds Become Wolves

By SHAUN KENNEY

The Catholic University of America announced last week that they were stripping Theodore Cardinal McCarrick of his honorary degree, the first time this has ever been done in the 140-year history of the nation’s premier Catholic institution.
During the university’s long history, it has been no stranger to controversy. The Americanist heresy was first identified and rooted out, claiming the career of its first rector — Bishop Keane of Richmond.
The ghost of Americanism hasn’t quite dissolved from the Catholic hierarchy in America. One of its chief errors as defined by Pope Leo XIII was that — as moderns — Catholics today were better suited to leverage and discern the Holy Spirit, an error condemned for no other reason than that the Holy Spirit is just as efficacious for our forefathers as He is today.
Yet this arrogance still seems to have its grip upon Church leaders here in the United States. We see it alive and well today among those who erroneously believe that, as they live in a literal golden age at the pinnacle of human advancement in the most powerful nation ever to grace the globe, they are booted and spurred to ride the laity and bring them along into a new age.
This new age has come along with all sorts of novelties. Perhaps it began with the nouvelle theologie of the mid-20th century? Or the new evangelization, which lives in the hearts of the John Paul II generation but serves as a catchphrase for the cynics and bureaucrats? Or the new springtime? New, new, new. Novelties, novelties, novelties. . . .
Of course, for many Catholics, Pope John Paul II is the only Pope that we have known. Both Benedict XVI and Francis have seemed as mere surrogates for the Pope who walked with Reagan and Thatcher, who stood up to the Soviets, who rallied the Polish people, and who kissed the Earth and stood apart as a contradiction to the world. … Continue Reading

Fr. Pavone Says . . . Pastors Shouldn’t Fear Restrictions On Allowing Pro-Life Activity

August 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fr. Pavone Says . . . Pastors Shouldn’t Fear Restrictions On Allowing Pro-Life Activity

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Thanks to the Trump administration, pastors needn’t be concerned about their churches losing tax-exempt status because they’ve provided political information, a veteran priest and pro-life activist told The Wanderer during a July 30 telephone interview.
While Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life (priestsforlife.org), reviewed various efforts that the Florida-based international Catholic organization is making to educate voters as the November midterm elections approach, he mentioned President Trump’s executive order issued in May 2017.
“If there were ever a year when pastors do not have to be concerned about that,” Pavone said, Trump “has made so clear” through his executive order that “the federal government is not going to punish churches for speaking about politics.”
The Washington-based conservative Daily Signal website posted on May 4, 2017 that Trump’s “executive order states that the administration’s policy is to protect religious liberty. It directs the Internal Revenue Service to use maximum discretion to alleviate the law governing churches and partisan politics, known as the Johnson Amendment.”
The Johnson Amendment, Pavone told The Wanderer, “is all bark and no bite…and the guidelines are so vague, one could easily challenge them on the grounds of vagueness.” … Continue Reading

Priests: Why we’re urging Cardinals to challenge Pope Francis on death penalty

ROME, August 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Over 75 clergy, lay scholars and prominent intellectuals today took the unprecedented step of issuing an open appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church, to urge Pope Francis to “withdraw” his new teaching on…Continue Reading

Rector Placed On Leave Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Boston Catholic Seminary

Following allegations of a culture of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse at a Boston-based Catholic seminary owned by the Archdiocese of Boston, the head priest is being placed on sabbatical. Rector James P. Moroney has been placed on immediate leave pending…Continue Reading

Pennsylvania clergy sex abuse report still not released

A last-minute round of legal manoeuvring to keep some names from appearing in a grand jury report detailing a months-long investigation of clergy sex abuse claims in Pennsylvania may have kept the document from being made public on Wednesday –…Continue Reading

Vatican archbishop: Critics of Pope Francis are not faithful to Tradition

VATICAN CITY, August 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Those who criticize the teaching of Pope Francis on the basis of former magisterial documents are not faithful to the tradition of the Catholic Church, a high-ranking Vatican official has said. In an interview with Vatican…Continue Reading

PRO-LIFE ACTRESS SLAMS BISHOPS’ INACTION ON PRIEST SEX ABUSE CRISIS

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – A pro-life Hollywood actress is slamming the U.S. bishops for their failure to prevent priest sex abuse. Actress Patricia Heaton is openly pro-life and a Catholic revert. On Twitter on Aug. 2, she responded to Cdl. Daniel DiNardo’s…Continue Reading

Conservatives skeptical of Twitter’s latest shadow-banning denial

July 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter has released an official response to the latest round of shadow-banning allegations, but the statement has failed to impress conservative, Christian, and pro-life voices affected by the practice. On Thursday, LifeSiteNews covered a Vice News report accusing the social…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ top ‘reform’ cardinal slams seminarians for exposing homosexuality inside seminary

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 26, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – One of the Vatican’s most influential cardinals, already suspected of looking the other way while gay relationships were conducted in his personal residence, has now admonished fifty seminarians for speaking out against their seminary’s…Continue Reading

Veteran Catholic Journalist: All Bishops Involved in Sex Abuse Scandal Must Resign

Christopher Manion, a veteran journalist and political analyst, makes the striking call that all U.S. bishops should resign who knew about the ongoing abuse crisis within the U.S. hierarchy for years and yet did not intervene. He also now reveals…Continue Reading

Catholic Relief Services is a major funder of contraception lobbyists

NOTE: The following information was provided to Catholic Relief Services in person in April, 2018.  After three months of discussion on the matter, the Lepanto Institute was told that while Lepanto is convinced that CRS should withdraw from InterAction, CRS…Continue Reading

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Elects New Superior General

LINCOLN, Neb. — The general chapter of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a society of apostolic life that celebrates the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, Monday elected Father Andrzej Komorowski as its next superior general. The July 9…Continue Reading

Catholic-heavy Supreme Court moves right as the church moves left

(RNS) — With his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Trump has succeeded in doing for the judicial branch what he has often failed or neglected to do in his administration: acting efficiently…Continue Reading

Election of the Superior General . . . Society of Saint Pius X

Election of the Superior General On July 11, 2018, Father Davide Pagliarani was elected Superior General, for a mandate of 12 years, by the 4th General Chapter of the Society of Saint Pius X. The new Superior General is 47…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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Cardinal Burke Addresses the Clergy Scandal

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Thomas McKenna: Your Eminence, a new wave of clergy sexual abuse has surfaced and is indicating a widespread practice of homosexuality among clergy in dioceses and seminaries across the country. What would you say is the root cause of this corruption?   Cardinal Raymond Burke: It was clear after the studies following the 2002 sexual abuse crisis that most of the acts of abuse were in fact homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men. There…Continue Reading

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and Chair of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children, unfortunately will not be able to participate in the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26. Though previously scheduled to moderate a panel presentation and discussion at the World Meeting of Families, important matters pertaining to the pastoral care of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, has been named more than 200 times in a Pennsylvania grand jury report, released Aug. 14, after an 18-month investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses. The cardinal released a statement in response to the report, underscoring the gravity of the sexual abuse for the Church and the…Continue Reading

Vatican advisor: Pope ‘breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’

Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now ‘ruled by an individual rather than by… its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture’ Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican advisor has said. Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Pope Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is

A Priest Responds to the Catholic Church’s ‘Summer of Shame’

The ongoing scandals are the bitter fruit of a corrupt clerical culture, marked by a widespread failure to accept traditional teaching on sexual morality. A few weeks before I was ordained a Catholic priest in the late autumn of 1994, my superior in the seminary told me that, in his opinion, it was probably the most difficult time in a century to become a priest. Yet, he went on, it was also the most exciting time.…Continue Reading

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KCs Pledge Support For Persecuted Christians

By COURTNEY GROGAN BALTIMORE (CNA) — Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the fraternal organization’s continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, during his August 7 address at the 2018 Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore. Anderson also unveiled a new pilgrim icon, Our Lady Help of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Finding A Map For Matters Of Life And Death

By DONALD DEMARCO Matters of Life & Death: A Catholic Guide to the Moral Questions of Our Time, by Gerard M. Verschuuren (Angelico Press, Brooklyn, NY, 2018, 201 pp.). Available in paperback at amazon.com for $16.95. The state of perplexity and the need for guidance has long been characteristic of human beings. Rabbi Moses Maimonides…Continue Reading

Book Review… A Classic Critique Of Postconciliar Modernism

By JAMES MONTI Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Charitable Anathema, new 2017 foreword by Raymond Cardinal Burke. $22.95; Roman Catholic Books, P.O. Box 1209, Ridgefield, CT 06877; BooksForCatholics.com. In his address at the July 21, 2018 “Humanae Vitae at 50” conference brilliantly organized by Fr. Sean Connolly at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, N.Y., which I…Continue Reading

Are Globalists Plotting A Counter-Revolution?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the EU drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.” Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone? We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes,…Continue Reading

How Not To Resolve A Discrepancy

By DONALD DeMARCO Procrustes, according to the Greek legend, was a robber who carried with him an iron bed on which he compelled his victims to lie. If the victim was shorter than the bed, he stretched him until he fit the bed. If the victim was longer than the bed, he cut of a…Continue Reading

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Amid Church Scandals… Fix Your Hearts On Christ

By FR. JOHN DE CELLES (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews on August 6 featured the following homily by Fr. John De Celles of St. Raymond of Penafort Church, Springfield, Va., the Diocese of Arlington. (Father reminded his flock: “We follow Jesus Christ, ‘the God of Jacob,’ and we follow the Holy Catholic Church which He founded.” (In May 2005, Fr. De Celles…Continue Reading

The Eucharist Is Jesus Himself

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Prov. 9:1-6 Eph. 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 In the Gospel reading today our Lord makes several statements that we either have to believe are true or we have to run as far and as quickly from Him as we can. People who want to call themselves Christian while ignoring…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Teaching Failures At Root Of Sexual Immorality

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. “But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 (Editor’s Note: As this October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Raymond de Souza is taking a break from his usual apologetics to correct the popular image of Luther.) + + + Gerhard Cardinal Muller, the former prefect of…Continue Reading

The Judgment Of Conscience

By DON FIER When the average person hears the word “passion” spoken in the hyper-sensualized culture in which we live, the first thought likely to come to mind is sexual desire, and perhaps with a disordered association. However, as we saw last week, in the parlance of moral theology the term has a more basic, neutral meaning. As defined in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Clare Of Montefalco

By CAROLE BRESLIN In central Italy about one hundred miles north of Rome, lies the peaceful town looking down on the Clitunno River named Montefalco. It attracts tourists with its wildlife, wineries, and vineyards, and stunning churches. One of the most beautiful churches with its vaulted, painted ceilings, marble pillars, and inspiring altars is the Basilica of St. Clare of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Lawrence

By CAROLE BRESLIN Valencia, claim its inhabitants, is the premier city in all of Spain. Located along Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coastline, it boasts stunning beaches, ancient history, and magnificent churches. Perhaps the most famous is the Valencian Cathedral, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, which holds a chalice which has been defended as the relic of the true…Continue Reading