Monday 27th June 2016

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Phoenix Starting Point Recalled . . . Time For Trump To Use More Surgical Sharpness, Less Shrapnel?

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PHOENIX — Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a Republican who knows his numbers, went down a list of chilling statistics on a hot day here in front of a fired-up crowd waiting to hear presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
It was nearly a year since a successful Trump rally in Phoenix last July persuaded the Manhattan billionaire that he really might have a potent presidential campaign within his grasp. He may have thought he needed to bellow then to get attention.
However, treasurer DeWit’s devastating surgical presentation on Barack Obama’s damaging custody of America suggests that more such GOP precision, and less Trump bluster, is the right prescription today, when the billionaire is criticized for using failing tactics.
DeWit was among Arizona GOP leaders providing the introductions for Trump’s June 18 appearance here at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. They weren’t running away from the billionaire developer, although some high-profile people were absent.
“I can tell you that Mr. Trump is one of the smartest and quickest minds of our times,” said DeWit, who added that he had been the first elected official in the nation last year to endorse Trump’s presidential candidacy.
By the time he went down the list of horribles spawned by Obama’s left-wing government, DeWit had the crowd on its feet, chanting “USA, USA!” in defiance of the damage Obama wrought.
It was the kind of record that should destroy any left-wing Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, like Hillary Clinton, hoping to serve at least another four years in the White House in order to continue Obama’s disastrous policies. … Continue Reading

Will Hillary Be Indicted?

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Will Hillary Clinton beat the rap over her private email server?
“Beat the rap” is the appropriate term. I would wager serious money that even the most ardent of Hillary’s supporters would admit — if given a dose of truth serum — that they know her private server was set up to conceal from the public the nature of her involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative. There is no other plausible explanation for all the effort that went in to setting up the server and the contrived explanations from Hillary and her team for the 30,000 deleted emails.
If you listen to Fox News, you will be confident that an indictment is on the way.
Andrew Napolitano, a former federal judge and regular Fox News contributor, contends that Hillary violated State Department policy and broke federal laws dealing with classified material — and that there is “ample evidence to indict her.”
Former federal prosecutor and New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani argues that Hillary broke the law “at least 15 times” in the way she set up the email server.
On Sean Hannity’s program, Newt Gingrich stated flatly, “No reasonable person can doubt that Secretary Clinton broke the law.”
Another Fox News commentator, Andrea Tantaros, argues that the way Hillary handled her emails was “a felony” and “highly illegal.” … Continue Reading

Justice Scalia And The Natural Law Tradition

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In this election season, we can appreciate all the more the role that Justice Antonin Scalia played during his 30 years of service on the United States Supreme Court.
There are many facets to the campaigns waged among the contenders for the presidency of the country, but none are more significant than presidential appointments to the Supreme Court.
In the fifth century B.C., Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote, “The people must fight for their laws as for their walls.” After two and a half millennia that dictum remains relevant. The rule of law is often at stake in appointments to the nation’s highest court.
When it comes to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, Justice Scalia is associated with the principle of “strict construction.” Others hold to the concept of a “living Constitution.” It makes a difference, as we shall show.
In the last half of the 20th century, the people of the United States have seen the erosion of the rule of law at the level of the federal judiciary, as federal courts, particularly the Supreme Court, have struck down many constitutional provisions and legislatively enacted laws usually associated with the protection of life, liberty, and civility. “To fight for one’s laws” is first to understand the source and purpose of law, its feasibility for the promotion of the common good, and its limitations as well.
If Justice Scalia is associated with a strict interpretation of the Constitution, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, may be taken as an example of those who favor a living interpretation. Posner holds that a judge has no moral or political duty to abide by the written Constitution. … Continue Reading

Still More Confusion From Pope Francis

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The Wanderer in its issue dated June 16 published an article by John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews entitled, “Confusing Even the Devout…The Troubling Statements of Pope Francis.”
Just that fast, Catholics were once again faced with a series of pontifical ramblings that seemingly assaulted the unchanging and inviolable teachings of Jesus Christ on marriage and chastity.
We cite once more a LifeSiteNews report from John-Henry Westen, dated June 17:
“Pope Francis spoke yesterday at a pastoral congress on the family for the Diocese of Rome, and his remarks are causing consternation among faithful Catholics. In off-the-cuff remarks, the Pope made the dual claim that the ‘great majority’ of Catholic marriages are ‘null’ — in other words, not actual marriages — and that some cohabitating couples are in a ‘real marriage,’ receiving the grace of the sacrament.
“ ‘I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity,’ he said.
“The Vatican has provided video of the full remarks by the Pope as well as a full transcript of his remarks. In the transcript, however, the words of the Pope as heard clearly in the video (at 1:14:20) are changed from saying the ‘great majority’ of Catholic marriages are null, to ‘a part’ of them are null.
“The Pope’s remarks on cohabitation came in response to a question on the crisis in marriage today. He began by speaking of living in a ‘culture of the provisional’ recalling a story of a boy who wanted to be a priest, ‘but only for ten years.’ … Continue Reading

Were The Good Old Days All That Good?

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I don’t want anyone to misunderstand what will follow in this column. I am fully on the side of those who want to preserve a strong Catholic identity in the curriculum and campus life at Catholic colleges.
Whenever I hear an administrator at a Catholic college talk about the need to “move beyond the seminary model” of Catholic colleges in the past, my hackles go up. I know the administrator is going to push for policies that will take Catholic colleges down the same path that led to the full secularization of the Ivy League schools, which once were affiliated with Protestant denominations.
That said, a letter to the editor in the Jesuits’ America magazine a few months ago, from a woman who graduated from a Catholic women’s college in the pre-Vatican II era, struck a chord with me. Her experiences echo mine at Fordham in the early 1960s. She concludes, “The issue of ‘Catholic identity’ in Catholic universities and colleges is not as simple as some would have it.” I have to agree.
The woman begins by describing her time at college, where she lived “not just in single-sex dorms, but on a single-sex campus.” Her professors? “Mostly (maybe all) Catholic.” “We had crucifixes in every classroom; and most professors started class with a prayer.” Her curriculum? “Six semesters of philosophy and six of theology long before ‘peace and justice’ studies had arrived.” Her point? “My classmates and I grew up…doing all the things that some believe would be the magic needed to stem the hemorrhaging of adults from the Catholic Church.”
She says it didn’t work, that “about 25 percent of my classmates left the church immediately upon graduation. Over the years, more than half, pushing two-thirds of my friends and classmates left the church.” She adds that those who “are still going to Mass don’t believe in what the church teaches. Some don’t even believe in God.” She concludes that there “is no panacea, no magical formula to ‘keep’ young adults in the church.” … Continue Reading

Does Pope Francis Dislike Americans?

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At first, I was taken aback when I read John L. Allen’s May 23 column about Pope Francis on the website Crux ( The title of the column was “Let’s face it: Americans just aren’t this Pope’s favorites.” Upon reflection, I would say that Allen is on to something. (In addition to serving as editor of Crux, Allen also writes a column on Catholic issues for The Boston Globe.)
I’ll let Allen speak for himself: “By now, it’s clear that one defining feature both of Francis’ personality and his approach to governance — which shouldn’t be all that surprising when you think about it — is a distinct ambivalence about the United States and Americans. When Francis talks about ‘interests’ and ‘powers’ and ‘forces’ behind global political and economic systems he finds unjust, those often appear to be code words for the United States — and that, for the record, was before Donald Trump became a major party candidate for president.”
If Allen is right, this explains why Francis is so critical of our efforts to control our borders, why he is chummy with Raoul Castro and the Iranian leaders, and why he is so harsh in his evaluation of economic inequality in the United States (and silent about the mess in Venezuela and Cuba created by socialists professing their dedication to economic equality).
Allen points out: “Repeatedly, [Pope Francis has] been forced by reporters to respond to Rush Limbaugh calling him a Marxist. On a flight on the way back to Rome from Paraguay last July, he acknowledged hearing that ‘there were some criticisms from the United States’ about his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si. Ecclesiastically, there’s no more visible icon of resistance to some of reforming elements of the pontiff’s agenda than American Cardinal Raymond Burke. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller . . . Rejects Image Of Doctrinal “Throwing Stones”

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(Editor’s Note: The article below concerns Gerhard Cardinal Mueller’s take on the “throwing stones” image used by Pope Francis., which published this piece on June 14, graciously granted The Wanderer reprint permission.)

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Just a few days ago, OnePeterFive was able to highlight an important allusive statement made by Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), about Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, whose undifferentiated idea that the Pope need not necessarily reside in Rome in order to govern the Catholic Church was labeled by the CDF prefect as “heretical.”
There is yet more to come. Mueller’s June 2016 interview with the German Catholic journal, Herder Korrespondenz, contains even more comments of importance that deserve our special attention. For example, Cardinal Mueller balks at a tonal image Pope Francis spontaneously and repeatedly likes to use: that of those throwing stones at sinners, or at the faithful themselves, as such.
Herder Korrespondenz asks Mueller in the interview the question as to how he himself as a guardian of dogma would comment on the papal document Amoris Laetitia, especially its statement that “the Church’s teaching should not be thrown — just like stones — at the faithful.”
Cardinal Mueller responds, as follows — and here I quote extensively:
“Theologically, there is not much to say about it. Perhaps this sentence has been formulated out of a certain feeling. These images are more destined for a parenetic [i.e., hortatory] use, rather than a dogmatic use. I do not believe that God gave us the Commandments so that we use them as weapons [like stones] against others, but, rather, that we sanctify ourselves by fulfilling them. Blessed be he who hears the Word of God and follows it, says St. Luke 11:28.
“In this sense, I would not be happy — and I say this very openly and humbly — if someone would quote the Pope in order to demean our loyal and zealous professors of theology as [rigid] ‘teachers of the law.’ Theology and theologians are indispensable for the proclamation of the Church. For, we are to answer any question from him who asks us how to understand the reasons for our hope, and for our faith, as it says in the First Letter of St. Peter, 3:15. … Continue Reading

While Identity Politics Suffers . . . Praying For Repose Of Orlando Souls And A Moral Awakening

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Start with the logical explanation.
If your car’s not in the garage, your first thought is that your teenaged son took it, not an interstellar spacecraft’s explorers. That’s the way the mind tends to work.
If an unlikely interruption occurs at an entertainment venue, the first thought probably is: just part of the show.
That’s what audience members thought at Paris’ Bataclan theater last November when Islamist terrorists burst in. But they brought bullets, not ballads.
That’s also what at least some revelers thought early on June 12 when an Islamist gunman began firing in Orlando’s Pulse club, popular with an LGBT audience.
When people were wondering what’s the next moment’s music, the reality was the sudden and lasting end of their lives in this world. About 50 dead and slightly more wounded.
Although news reports addressed various aspects of the Florida tragedy, largely missing was the first reaction of traditional religious people concerned about the everlasting welfare of these people’s souls.
Who wishes for anyone’s unanticipated violent death? But that happens somewhere, somehow every day — sometimes in more newsworthy ways. When one’s departure isn’t forestalled, at least let’s hope he’s entering a better land.
A secular-dominated age that thinks either there’s no afterlife, or that everyone goes to Heaven anyway, sees no reason to worry about the spiritual welfare of victims suddenly thrown upon the mercy and justice of God. … Continue Reading

Brotherhood Without Fatherhood

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Pope St. John Paul II made a claim in his international best-selling book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, that may be startling to many, namely, that original sin, is, above all, an attempt “to abolish fatherhood.”
Upon reflection, this statement makes a great deal of sense. After all, Adam and Eve chose to reject God and side with the serpent. This initial act of disobedience, or original sin, has cast a shadow that has covered all of human history. For the late Holy Father, the notion that God is not a loving Father, but is a tyrant or oppressor, has led to a rebellion against Him as a slave would rebel against the master who kept him enslaved.
Whether God is a loving Father or an oppressor is perhaps the most fundamental of all moral questions.
In addition to the attempt to abolish the Fatherhood of God is the outright rejection of Him. This rejection has an immediate impact on society in that it also represents the rejection of all forms of fatherhood.
Writing for the American Psychologist, authors Louise B. Silverstein and Carl F. Auerbach assert that “the argument that fathers are essential is an attempt to reinstate male dominance by restoring the dominance of the traditional nuclear family with its contrasting masculine and feminine gender roles” (“Deconstructing the Essential Father,” June 1999).
A concerted attempt has been underway in the last few decades to “deculture” paternity. Fatherhood is something bad.
The attempt to abolish Fatherhood is by no means restricted to academia. For example, on the cover flap of Philip Pullman’s best-seller, The Golden Compass (which was made into a popular movie), the author offers us a brief description of his theology:
“My sympathies definitely lie with the tempter. The idea that sin, the Fall, was a good thing. If it had never happened we would still be puppets in the hands of the Creator.” … Continue Reading

Exposing Sanger In A Powerful New Educational Tool

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While everyone in the pro-life movement knows that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America, few people outside the movement know the agenda on which it was founded.
Beginning on June 20, American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program (CLSP) needs our financial help and support to produce its latest multimedia unit study for high school students. This powerful tool can save lives through education on historical facts about Margaret Sanger, who changed the course of history, leading to the killing of millions upon millions of innocent human lives.
Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger? is a three-part educational video series and unit study that is in the works about Sanger, her eugenicist leanings, and how she changed America’s mind about birth control.
Part one of the video series will introduce students to the social climate of the early 1900s, and about Sanger’s eugenics agenda and how she influenced society’s views on morality. The CLSP hopes that this first powerful video leaves students craving more information about the infamous Sanger and how her ideas still affect them, their peers, and our entire society today.
The second video in the series will discuss how Sanger based her campaign for birth control on the false science of eugenics in order to create a “better breed” of humanity. Students will be challenged to see and understand the devastating impact Sanger and her cohorts had on their generation. The veil is lifted on her agenda, revealing her diabolical plan to eliminate certain groups of people whom she deemed to be unfit to live or reproduce. … Continue Reading

Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher: Men for our season

The Church of the Little Flower is blessed today to receive relics of two great English saints: one, St. Thomas More, was a statesman, an intellectual, a Catholic layman who took his baptism seriously; the other was a bishop who…Continue Reading

Catholic Bishops Blast Obama Admin for Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions

The leading pro-life spokesmen for the Catholic bishops are blasting an Obama administration decision revoking federal protection for chruches in California forced to pay for abortions. As LifeNews reported, churches in California are officially subject to an onerous state regulation…Continue Reading

Church Leaders React to Supreme Tie on DAPA/DACA

Catholic leaders from around the country were expressing disappointment today in response to a Supreme Court tie vote that effectively terminates Obama administration initiatives on immigration that shielded millions from deportation. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, described…Continue Reading

Catholic universities must insure abortion, Obama administration rules

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Obama administration has ruled against two Catholic universities, upholding a rule issued by the state of California requiring all employers to cover elective abortions in their insurance plans – even if the…Continue Reading

Progressive Catholic groups publish “Pope Francis” voter guide

While the IRS revoked the non-profit status of the George Soros-subsidized Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) in October 2013 for failing to file a form 990 for three consecutive years, the organization recently re-emerged with a progressive…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Most Catholic marriages are null, some ‘cohabitations’ are ‘real marriage’

June 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis spoke yesterday at a pastoral congress on the family for the Diocese of Rome, and his remarks are causing consternation among faithful Catholics. In off-the-cuff remarks, the pope made the dual claim that…Continue Reading

From Fox News . . .Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign

By Adam Shaw ·Published June 17, 2016 · Pope Francis’s three-year-old papacy, marred by controversy from the beginning, has hit a new low. After Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, he quickly justified his…Continue Reading

Florida Bishop Blames Orlando Massacre on Catholic ‘Contempt’ for Homosexuality

The Catholic Bishop of St. Petersburg, Fla, has blamed Catholic disapproval of homosexual acts for the brutal slaughter of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub on Sunday. In a blogpost Monday, Bishop Robert Lynch said that Catholicism “targets” and “often…Continue Reading

WATCH: Congresswoman Blasts Sales of Aborted Baby Parts in Explosive Speech Filled With Evidence

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler gave a recent speech on the flood of the House of Representatives blasting the sales of aborted baby parts. The member of the special panel investigating Planned Parenthood and the sales of aborted baby parts provided shocking…Continue Reading

Transgender bathroom debate: Lawmakers in Massachusetts pass bill allowing use of restrooms based on gender identity

The Massachusetts’ House of Representatives has passed a bathroom bill on Wednesday that will allow transgenders to use restrooms according to their gender identity. Voting 116-36, lawmakers passed the bill despite protests from people who went to the House to…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Pope’s exhortation will lead to practice that ‘trivializes and profanes … three sacraments’

June 7, 2016 (Voice of the Family) — Bishop Athanasius Schneider has made his strongest comments yet on the “real spiritual danger” posed by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The bishop said that the document contains expressions that are “objectively…Continue Reading

Kasich admin gives Planned Parenthood waiver to continue abortions in defiance of state law

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Cincinnati can continue performing abortions, despite the fact that it is breaking state law, because Gov. John Kasich’s administration issued a waiver. On Friday, Ohio Department of…Continue Reading


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

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

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Papal press conference touches a host of issues

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke on the Armenian genocide, the relation of the Church to homosexuals, and Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union, as well as a host of other topics in a wide-ranging press conference on his flight back to Rome following his Apostolic Voyage to Armenia. Sunday’s in-flight press conference began with questions about the Apostolic Voyage to Armenia that Pope Francis had just concluded. Asked about his message for…Continue Reading

Pope Francis arrives in Armenia


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in Armenia’s capital Yerevan at 12.55 pm Rome time on Friday 24th June to begin his 14th apostolic journey abroad. Armenia is a landlocked mountainous nation which borders with to the west Turkey, to the East Azerbaijan, to the north Georgia and to the South Iran. He was warmly welcomed by the President of the nation’s Republic Serzh Sargsyn and the Catholicos of All Armenia Karekin II. Also present were…Continue Reading

Thomas Aquinas and the Art of Making a Public Argument

taqun June 22, 2016•Bishop Robert Barron I would like to revisit a time when people knew how to have a public argument about the most hotly-contested matters … There is, in many quarters, increasing concern about the hyper-charged political correctness that has gripped our campuses and other forums of public conversation. Even great works of literature and philosophy – from Huckleberry Finn and Heart of Darkness to, believe it or not, Kant’s Critique of Pure…Continue Reading

Pope: All of Amoris Laetitia is ‘sound doctrine’; ban the death penalty

Francis doubles down on Amoris Laetitia In the wake of substantial criticisms of his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has stated that “everything” written in the document is “sound doctrine.” The remarks are especially pertinent in light of the first critical observations on the exhortation issued by Raymond Cardinal Burke which stressed that parts of the document were the Pope’s personal opinion and not to be taken as magisterial. Speaking at the opening of…Continue Reading

Valencia’s Card. Cañizares persecuted for defending nature, common sense against “gender theory”, homosexualist agenda

I was in Spain recently, having breakfast – as one does – and, while munching the ubiquitous toast with tomato looked up at the TV only to see a discussion of Card. Canizares Llovera and the trouble he was in for giving what sounded like a really good sermon in Valencia. I shot a photo of the screen… it I can find it… Since then the Cardinal’s problems have multiplied. BTW… he had the nickname…Continue Reading

The First Canonized Saint . . . A Milestone In The Saintly Process

By RAY CAVANAUGH When asked to name a few saints, chances are that “Ulrich” will be overlooked. St. Ulrich (also known as Udalric) of Augsburg is an obscure figure, and, as far as saints go, there isn’t anything especially compelling at this point about his life as a 10th-century Bavarian bishop. Ulrich — whose feast…Continue Reading

The Fine Art Of Gibberish

By DONALD DeMARCO Gibberish is not restricted to merely speaking unintelligibly. It can be fine-honed into the art of saying something that seems to make sense, but makes no sense whatsoever. The success of gibberish depends on how the mere sound of words can have a mesmerizing effect on the listener, even though they do…Continue Reading

“No Fly, No Buy” Means No Freedom

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. This past week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense,…Continue Reading

Islam & The West: Irreconcilable Conflict?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN On Saturday night, June 11, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser. Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name. He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “The First Time Around: Euthanasia In Nazi Germany”


By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at + + + Step 2: Dehumanization The first…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Christ Preaches Ideals And So Must His Church

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: Because of its timeliness, Fr. Cusick’s column appears on the front page this week, instead of its usual place on p. 2B. In that spot we are reprinting an article by Fr. John Flynn, LC, on “Parenthood in an Age of Surrogacy.”) + + + “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Heroes Of Jesus Christ — The Martyrs!

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). No other people have proved their love for Jesus Christ more than the Catholic martyrs. From the Colosseum during the first three centuries of pagan persecution to today’s Islamic persecution in many countries, from…Continue Reading

Liturgical Seasons And Cycles

By DON FIER As we continued our consideration of “how the liturgy is celebrated” last week, we saw that sacred art (along with sacred music) plays a prominent role in our worship of God. In his 1999 Letter to Artists, Pope St. John Paul II highlighted its importance by saying: “In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I just want to ask what James J. Drummey’s qualifications are for answering the questions that subscribers ask. Does he have a title or does he consult with an authority on these issues? — K.C., via e-mail. A. My qualifications for writing the Catholic Replies column for the past 25 years include reading, studying, pondering, praying, writing, speaking, and teaching…Continue Reading

Take Up Your Cross

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 66:10c-14 Gal. 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the seventy-two men the Lord had sent out ahead of Him. He had given them authority to heal people and to expel demons. That sounds great, but when one actually sees it happen…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Mother Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala

By CAROLE BRESLIN Which basilica in the country of Mexico has been visited by both Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis? The Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, the story of Our Lady of Zapopan begins in the year 1531. Beginning in 1531, the same year that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John Francis Regis

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the late 16th century, Calvinism began to make significant advances in the Catholic population of France. More and more Catholics left the faith, or simply stopped going to Mass and practicing their faith. Then God sent a man to the French who preached tirelessly and then spent hours in the confessional, helping the penitents return to…Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family


By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading