Wednesday 20th February 2019

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In Arizona… Questions Still Raised Over Tactics Used By Supervisor Of Voting

February 19, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on In Arizona… Questions Still Raised Over Tactics Used By Supervisor Of Voting


PHOENIX — Some national news topics were in the air when the Arizona Project Tea Party gathered here for its regular Monday evening meeting.
At the lectern, the group’s chairman, Ron Ludders, noted that embattled Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said he wanted to be a healer.
But, Ludders asked on February 11, “How can you be a healer and kill a newborn?” He referred to Northam’s shocking casualness in a recent radio interview when mentioning setting aside an aborted infant while deciding what to do about this new life.
Later during the Tea Party meeting, during questions from the audience, Veronika Corcoran, a woman who said she was born in Slovenia, and had the appropriate accent, told how important an honest voting process is to her. “Every illegal that comes and votes takes away our vote.”
She said she came to the U.S. legally and values the voting process, because back in Europe her family members had been murdered after they refused to join the Communist Party.
Corcoran declared her views after guest speaker Helen Purcell, the former Maricopa County recorder here, for the Phoenix metropolitan area, told the audience in some detail how her office had handled the voting process to ensure its integrity.
The possibility of fraudulent voting has been a concern voiced across the nation by both Republicans and Democrats.
Radical leftist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema’s victory for an Arizona U.S. Senate seat in 2018 left observers around the country scratching their heads — although some Arizonans said Sinema portrayed herself as bipartisan and projected a more personable image than her GOP foe, Martha McSally.
Purcell, a Republican who served as county recorder beginning back in 1989, finally was defeated for re-election in November 2016 by Democrat Adrian Fontes.
She had the reputation of a nonpartisan government official who wanted an honest vote, but challenger Fontes was able to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction after there were long lines waiting to cast ballots in Arizona’s March 2016 presidential preference primary.
Fontes narrowly defeated Purcell, by about one percent of nearly 1.4 million votes cast.
Once in office, Fontes developed the image of an aggressive partisan apparently unsuited to supervising ballot integrity. He became the topic of an extensive, 228-page review commissioned by the Arizona Republican Party of the November 2018 Maricopa County election process. … Continue Reading

The Epidemic Of Assisted Suicide Spreads

February 18, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Epidemic Of Assisted Suicide Spreads


While the “life” arguments these days seem to center around abortion, both pre-birth and post-birth varieties, there are other anti-life currents stirring the progressive winds of change, one of them being physician-assisted suicide, or, as I prefer, doctor-prescribed death, which, incidentally, includes euthanasia.
During the run of my old radio program, Faith on Trial, we covered the issue extensively and had numerous guests, including medical practitioners, disability and elder advocates, pro-life attorneys, as well as leaders of anti-suicide organizations. It was, to me at least, appalling how quickly the clamor, the demand, and the justification for such an idea spread. It was disheartening to see voters approving pro-suicide legislation.
We’ve come a long way since Dr. Kevorkian crudely peddled his notion of “death with dignity” by use of a suicide machine he carried from one patient to another in an old van. And, as with too many of today’s social changes, attitudes and legalities quickly bent to the will of activists who took the side of death and convinced a gullible public that designed death was not only humane but had automatic safeguards built-in.
Of course, neither was true. It was not humane and the safeguards were nonexistent. Patients who wanted to dispose of themselves were often to provide witnesses to their requests, yet most laws allowed anyone to be a witness — even someone who stood to gain from the patient’s death. Drugs prescribed were mailed to the patient who oftentimes didn’t know how to use them correctly, which resulted in a less than the promised painless death.
If the patient changed his mind, there was no protection against someone who wanted a different outcome from slipping the patient the drugs anyway — grinding up the pills to put in Uncle Ned’s morning oatmeal.
We also saw numerous abuses. Insurance companies and governmental agencies denying payment for lifesaving treatments, but offering to pay for death-producing drugs. Protocols requiring medical providers to discuss with all patients over a particular age their end-of-life options.
In one outrageous case in the Netherlands, a doctor actually drugged a patient and forced the death-producing drugs on her while she physically fought back. He was successful only after her family held her down so she could be injected with the lethal substance. A Dutch court later cleared the doctor of any wrongdoing.
In another case, the family of an older woman who went missing only learned her fate when the “death clinic” called to tell them they could pick up her remains. Two blind brothers were put to death under a European law that allowed them to be euthanized at will, as were an alcoholic and a woman with ringing in her ears. None had a fatal disease. Babies with deformities and even school-aged children can be “put down” in some places over something as simple as chronic depression. The first child was euthanized in Belgium in 2016. … Continue Reading

The Day Will Arrive . . . When The Wicked Reign Of Abortion Must End

February 17, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on The Day Will Arrive . . . When The Wicked Reign Of Abortion Must End


The only land where evil lasts forever is Hell, and our Lord came to build a wall between it and us in hopes that we don’t try to jump over the barrier.
Every other land afflicted with evil, being temporal, will have a reign of wickedness come to an end, although we don’t know the timetable. God is the Lord of the Future that we can’t see, but is revealed to us as time passes.
Once-endurable Venezuela seemed on a never-ending descent to destruction as pathological socialism sank its fangs ever deeper when vampires Hugo Chavez then successor Nicolas Maduro went for the neck. But today, almost bled-dry Venezuela may be on the verge of repelling the raptors.
As the twenty-first century ticked by, no hope seemed to emerge for the Bolivarian Republic — until it finally peeked out when 2019 came over the horizon and shackles hinted at shattering. Our feet fastened on the ground, we can’t see around the corner or beyond the curve of the Earth, but something’s out there, out of sight. It could be better or could be worse than now, but it’s there.
And when a land is as far gone as Venezuela or National Socialist Germany or Maoist China or atheist Mexico or the USSR, it seems the turning point is likelier to turn encouragingly up than down.
This being temporal Earth, people’s lesser or greater faults and follies always will demand some time for strutting the stage, but one era’s localized errors won’t emote endlessly.
Although not as bad as the basement in a secret-police prison, even California’s financially ruinous, politically promoted “bullet train” nightmare mostly came to the end of its line when new left-wing Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom put on the brakes.
This was the kind of government scheme that left-wing ideologues love, begun with hopes higher than helium but just as vaporous. Even Newsom saw the bullet-train costs, and not only the financial ones, were unbearable.
Yet California’s bullet train, like Caracas’ bully tyrants, had seemed unstoppable. Until the little boy in the parable said the vainglorious emperor was naked. Everyone already knew it, but everyone was too scared to say it. When they could begin to say it, they could suddenly start laughing the emperor away instead of calling him the most high, all-wise and divine majesty. … Continue Reading

On The Proper Meaning Of Words

February 16, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on On The Proper Meaning Of Words


Just a year ago this week, we reviewed Jim Hitchcock’s book, Abortion and the Catholic Right. The book was both a surprise and a disappointment: The esteemed historian had left professional standards behind and produced a rant attacking pro-lifers who disagreed with him politically. Some of those pro-lifers often appear in these pages, but the most prominent of them was Donald Trump.
“The Trump movement was in many ways an ecumenical manifestation of the Wanderer Catholic underground of conspiracy theories, old religious and ethnic grudges, economic ignorance, resentment, and alienation from the entire modern world, an amalgam that for a time saw Ron Paul as its messiah and that above all yearned for the emotional release that a demagogue could provide,” Hitchcock wrote.
Well, we can pray that, if nothing else, the book at least provided some emotional release, however short-lived, for Jim Hitchcock.
The book was a surprise? Yes — because, frankly, it’s surprising that any publisher accepted it. Shoddy, without an index, unedited, and at a price of $100, one still wonders, what was going on? How could this fine man and longtime prolife advocate be so wrong about everything?
Our colleague Dexter Duggan and I have invited him repeatedly to account for the book’s many errors — some of them grievous and bordering on libel — and answer serious questions. We have promised to print every word of his response. Eleven months ago, he was kind enough to respond (in full): “Thank you, Chris. I intend to get around to responding, but I have been very busy for several months.”
Curious. He was admittedly busy when he put the book together, because he bypassed the crucial task of editing. Had he addressed that admittedly time-consuming task (or hired someone else to do it, as Michael Novak often advised good writers to do), it would have been a better book and we could take him more seriously. But his errors abide, and they need correction — especially his outright falsehoods regarding Mr. Duggan.
A talented and intelligent man, Hitchcock was undoubtedly honest about how busy he was: But a year has gone by, and he has to put a few of those important matters aside. I have renewed the invitation personally, and pray that he will respond. … Continue Reading

Time for Truth: All Abortion Is Infanticide

February 15, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Time for Truth: All Abortion Is Infanticide


One of my favorite lines in all of film comes from the epic miniseries Sharpe! where the protagonist Richard Sharpe asks a loyalist British officer whether or not he is from America.
“No sir,” the officer replies, “I’m from Virginia!”
It is the long-held conceit amongst those of us native to the soil of the Old Dominion that you never want to ask folks where they are from. If they are from Virginia, we will tell you so and if not? One simply doesn’t want to embarrass them. . . .
. . . . At least, that was true until a few weeks ago.
Let’s review. Virginia lawmaker Delegate Kathy Tran (D., Fairfax) proposed legislation that would allow a mother to kill her baby for reasons of mental health while she was in active labor. Our illustrious governor, Ralph Northam, took to the radio the following day and described in graphic detail how infanticide is practiced in the medical profession. A baby who survives such a procedure “would be kept comfortable,” and then a conversation would ensue between the mother and the doctors as to how to proceed.
What should shock readers isn’t the fact that Northam — himself a pediatric neurologist — described such a process. Rather, what should appall and horrify us all is that this is the current medical standard in the United States across the board.
But it gets worse. At core here isn’t a conversation about infanticide, but rather a timeline discussion as to when Americans are comfortable justifying infanticide. After all, there is no difference between killing a living being inside the womb than outside the womb. What is the difference between 39 weeks and 40 weeks to term? Or 18 weeks? Or 6 weeks? Or as an embryo?
The answer, of course, is time and a natural process of development. Arguments for viability are utter tripe. As any parent of teenagers can tell you, there are fully grown humans out there who cannot fend for themselves without extraordinary help. … Continue Reading

Did Pope Francis “Apostasize” In Abu Dhabi?

February 14, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Did Pope Francis “Apostasize” In Abu Dhabi?


A storm worthy of the windswept sands of Arabia was immediately whipped up in the media last week by Pope Francis’ signing of a document along with Ahmad Al-Tayyab, the Grand Imam of
Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, an institution widely regarded as the most authoritative source of Sunni Islamic theology. This joint declaration, “On Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” was signed on February 4 in Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates.
While much of the document is fairly uncontroversial for Catholics — it emphasizes the need for mutual tolerance between Christians and Muslims and an end to terrorism and violence initiated in the name of God — the eye of this desert storm is the paragraph that reads thus (with emphasis added):
“Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept.”
A retired American bishop, the Most Rev. Rene Gracida, immediately denounced the Pope’s action in his “Abyssum” blog under the heading, “Bergoglians are the party of Apostasy, and none can deny it now.” Bishop Gracida claims that Francis has “apostasized” by signing the above affirmation, and so is clearly not a true Pope. He thus urges all Catholic laity to insist to their priests — shouting it out to them during Mass if necessary! — that they must cease mentioning “Francis our pope” in the Eucharistic Prayer.
With all due respect to His Excellency, who has long been a stalwart defender of orthodoxy, this reaction goes much too far; and I am afraid runs the risk of crossing the line into schism.
His basic argument for claiming Francis has apostasized is this:
“If you were to say God wills that religions be different and many, then you have…apostasized, because you are saying that God is indifferent to religion. But the god who is indifferent to religion is not the Christian God. So by saying such a thing, you have taken as your god, the Father of Lies.”
Now, apostasy (according Canon 751 of the 1983 Code, and the whole of Catholic tradition) means the “total repudiation of the Christian faith.” It’s distinguished from heresy (cf. same canon), which means the obstinate repudiation of one or more particular dogmas while still professing others, and so still claiming to be a Christian. But in order to “totally repudiate the Christian faith” in the sense intended by Catholic law and doctrine, Pope Francis would need to do a lot more than just sign a single statement that by itself implies, or seems to imply, such repudiation. Canon 18 of the Code declares that laws which prescribe a penalty (as the law against apostasy does) “are to be interpreted strictly.” … Continue Reading

Catholic Medical Group . . . Hears Of Growing Risk Of Illicit Drugs Including Fentanyl

February 13, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Medical Group . . . Hears Of Growing Risk Of Illicit Drugs Including Fentanyl


PHOENIX — Notorious Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell first got into really hot water — hotter than a lax abortionist might use for sterilizing instruments — when investigators suspected he was running a pill mill out of his office. He was, but their raid in 2010 also exposed his baby-killing kinkiness.
In a July 2013 news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Gosnell pled guilty to running the pill mill. It added:
“Gosnell went from writing several hundred prescriptions for controlled substances per month filled at pharmacies in 2008 to over 2,300 filled at pharmacies in January of 2010.”
His increased business in dangerous substances was to foreshadow growing ravages by illicit drugs across the United States.
In late January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the largest-ever load of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, about 254 pounds, with an estimated value of about $3.5 million. It was concealed in a truck carrying cucumbers, at the Nogales, Ariz., port of entry from Mexico, about a 180-mile drive southeast of Phoenix.
The Nogales International newspaper posted on January 31, “‘One kilogram of fentanyl produces one million fatal doses,’ said Juan Mariscal, assistant special agent for Homeland Security Investigations’ Nogales office.”
The truck also carried about 395 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated value of nearly $1.2 million, the newspaper reported, adding that CBP Nogales Port Director Michael Humphries said, “Over the last few years, marijuana has decreased and hard narcotics and opioids such as fentanyl (have) increased” in shipments.
The Fortune magazine site said on January 31, “Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. The CDC notes that fentanyl is often sold as heroin, or at least mixed with it, and in pill form, fentanyl is often mistaken for other potent painkillers.
“For all of these reasons, alarmingly, fentanyl has emerged as the cause of nearly half of all drug-overdose deaths in the U.S., a staggering uptick from just a few years ago and a major shift in how enforcement and public-health officials think about the ongoing opioid crisis,” the Fortune article said.
The Arizona Department of Health Services said that from mid-June 2017 through the end of January 2019, there were “2,348 suspect opioid deaths” in the state. Arizona has about seven million people.
The department’s site added, “Prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin are addictive and can be deadly. More than two people die every day from opioid overdoses in Arizona.”
Former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote in the January 14 edition of The Washington Times National Weekly edition: “Around 75 percent of approximately 42,000 opioid-related deaths (nationally) in 2016 were caused by illicit fentanyl and heroin….(‘Illicit fentanyl’) is pouring into our country through our open borders and lax mailing system. … Continue Reading

An Address For The Ages . . . President Trump’s SOTU Lets Our Voices Be Heard

February 12, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on An Address For The Ages . . . President Trump’s SOTU Lets Our Voices Be Heard


As I was watching the State of the Union address being so powerfully delivered by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, I thought to myself that he is a kind of Moses for our times.
What he said — and how he said it — was exactly what the petulant, prideful, and arrogant socialist Democrats needed to hear. The president delivered his America First message to these rude and obnoxious Democrats with the swiftness of a father’s hand to his child’s rear end when the child misbehaves.
Before the start of his speech, news media cameras were broadcasting the interactions of all parties present. There were a lot of smiles as the Capitol was filled with an electricity of something great that was about to happen. It was amusing to watch how Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was holding on to the speaker’s gavel like Thor clenching his beloved Mjölnir.
The cameras also showed the pouting, frowning, and downright contempt of the Democrats present, with many of the women on that side of the aisle dressed in white — not unlike like the brown shirts in World War II Germany. White seems somehow inappropriate for these abortion promoters.
First Lady Melania Trump looked more beautiful than any other first lady before her. She radiates a good, caring soul. As I looked at her face, it left me wondering what exactly is going on in her mind, given the hostility the left and the fake news media have demonstrated toward her and her husband and their family.
When it was time to introduce the Supreme Court justices, it was great to see Justice Brett Kavanaugh walk in there with a great big smile. One station panned in on Kamala Harris, who looked like someone just fed her a sour lemon.
As the president’s cabinet was introduced, I was particularly glad to see Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, who has taken much abuse from the left regarding our southern border. Nielsen appeared very emotional at one point as the president addressed the numbers of Americans who have suffered at the hands of dangerous illegals who are proof that what we have at the border is indeed a national emergency.
As the president was introduced, there was thunderous applause that lasted a few minutes. There he was, the leader of the free world. Thank God it was Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinton there! It was also very satisfying to know that we will never see Barack Obama in that position again. … Continue Reading

Ghoulish, Grisly, And Gruesome

February 11, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Ghoulish, Grisly, And Gruesome


A few years ago I was part of a parish group that provided hot lunches to the needy in downtown. We did so in conjunction with several other churches, both Catholic and non-Catholic, so that each would serve one day a month.
One day some of the ladies began discussing politics and the upcoming visit by then-Sen. Barack Obama. One by one, those engaged in the conversation indicated their support for his presidential campaign. After half listening, I turned to the group, all Democrats, and asked why they supported Obama since he was an ardent supporter of abortion.
I was shocked by the reply. “Yeah, but abortion is just one issue.”
Just one issue?
I met with fellow attorneys every other month at Lawyers for Life where I heard similar stories from the Catholic members about their parishes. I guess I wasn’t really surprised hearing that some Catholics actually supported abortion. But then I got another jolt — a pro-abortion Democratic state senator served as a Communion minister at her parish.
Over the years I heard these stories over and over: Catholics supporting, or at least turning a blind eye to, abortion. The overwhelming majority were liberal Democrats. The arguments over the issue, and who was taking which side, have led me to conclude that a Catholic’s opinion on abortion is dictated more by his or her political beliefs than by religious ones. And for those Catholics who are politically liberal, and tend to vote Democratic, abortion is truly “just one issue.”
Perhaps much of this was occasioned because one of the early champions of abortion was a leading (so-called) Catholic, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, who more than any other politician brought acceptance of abortion to the mainstream of the Democratic Party.
I don’t know where Sen. Kennedy would stand on the latest iteration of the “Abortion Now” crowd, but his party has finally jumped the shark on the issue, supporting unrestricted abortion through the date of delivery as a woman’s right. And too many Catholics on the political left don’t seem to appreciate the moral dilemma it poses.
Just recently, under the nominal Catholic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York passed legislation that would not only allow abortion throughout pregnancy, but would even allow it on the baby’s due date, where the fully formed baby would be killed, then its lifeless body delivered. And if the abortion was botched (which it could easily be since the law does not require a doctor to perform it), and the baby was born alive, the law allows those in attendance to simply watch as the baby dies.
In God’s Name, who could support that? Yet the legislators cheered when the bill passed and the audience gave a standing ovation to the governor when he signed it. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, called the new law “ghoulish, grisly, and gruesome.” … Continue Reading

Congresswomen At SOTU . . . May Have Worn White, But They Were Deeply Soiled Within

February 10, 2019 Frontpage Comments Off on Congresswomen At SOTU . . . May Have Worn White, But They Were Deeply Soiled Within


Amid the flurry of accusations about some modern-day Southern Democrat leaders’ past sympathies for the white-robed Ku Klux Klan, it was fitting that Democrat congresswomen came in for President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address attired in white.
They sat as silent as blanched, inert tombstones when the president denounced national Democrats’ newly exposed hunger for infanticide, eugenic and otherwise. He asked for protective legislation for the babies.
Blacks have a disproportionately high abortion rate, so the observer would ponder why the whitened leftist ladies didn’t leap up applauding Trump’s proposal to protect the babies’ civil rights.
And how strange that for all their proudly proclaimed diversity, they sat together in a rainbow-less, bleached-sand whiteness that would have had them cast into social and political exile if they’d had an explanatory poster pledging their allegiance to a Caucasian Women’s Solidarity Caucus.
The very same symbolism is either very good or very bad. The coin-flipping elitist referee has to tell you which.
Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion in southern California in 1977, tweeted, “The ladies in white made me want to wear black for the rest of my life.”
Virginia blogger Mary Ann Kreitzer posted at her “Les Femmes — The Truth” page on February 6:
“ ‘Democrats for Infanticide!’ or maybe ‘No Baby Left Unmurdered’ ought to be slogans for the Democrat women in white at last night’s State of the Union. They high-fived and cheered for themselves when Trump talked about advances for women. Like happy, clappy little narcissists, they only care about what benefits them.
“They sat in stony, stiff and cold silence when President Trump spoke for the babies,” Kreitzer added.
“How many are mothers in that group? Where is their compassion and concern for the most innocent and helpless among us? Can anyone believe they care about the born when they so happily support the murder by neglect of newborns?”
Bad Catholic and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seated directly behind Trump as befits her office, repeatedly did that thing of twisting her mouth when her ears are unhappy, like her disrespectful tongue wants to stick itself out but her lips are fighting to keep a clamp on displaying her disdain for decency and moderation. … Continue Reading

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Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

ROME, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors…Continue Reading


RAPID CITY, S.D. ( – A bishop is calling a Catholic apostolate “evil” for being critical of Cdl. Blase Cupich. Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota issued a statement to be read from all parish pulpits the weekend of Feb. 9–10 condemning…Continue Reading

The Christian Faith: The only valid and the only God-willed religion

The Truth of the filial adoption in Christ, which is intrinsically supernatural, constitutes the synthesis of the entire Divine Revelation. Being adopted by God as sons is always a gratuitous gift of grace, the most sublime gift of God to…Continue Reading

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s liberal wing in blocking Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing on Thursday in temporarily blocking a Louisiana law that would have placed restrictions on abortion clinics, in the high court’s first major ruling on abortion since the confirmation of Associate Justice…Continue Reading

Supermodel Takes On Catholic Poland With Sex Education Campaign

Supermodel Anja Rubik could be a symbol of any modern, progressive European country. After joining a campaign to defend women’s rights, she started tackling school sex education and published a book for teenagers that sought to counter the teachings of…Continue Reading

Cardinals endorse campaign to stop homosexual networks in Church

February 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller – the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – commented on a recently launched campaign to Stop homosexual networks in the Catholic Church as organized by the Swiss organization…Continue Reading

Back on Twitter, Bishop Tobin rebukes Catholic pols who support abortion rights

PROVIDENCE — After a months-long hiatus, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence has returned to Twitter to pointedly remind Rhode Island’s Catholic legislators — and the state’s Catholic governor — of his “track record on dealing with pro-abort…Continue Reading

US bishop rebukes Virginia Governor for ‘staggering’ infanticide remarks

ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The staunchly pro-lifeCatholic Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, has strongly rebuked pro-infanticidecomments made earlier this week by Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam. Bishop Michael Burbidge today called Northam’s comments a “staggering admission” that reveals just “how far abortion…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: ‘We must provide sex education in schools’

ROME, January 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis is advocating sex education in schools, saying he believes children “must” be taught “objective” lessons about human sexuality that aren’t “soaked with ideological colonization.” During an inflight press conference on his return…Continue Reading

Trump blasts Virginia Democrats for defending infanticide

January 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump lambasted Virginia Democrats for supporting abortion up until, during, and even after birth, calling Delegate Kathy Tran’s comments on her bill permitting abortion even as a woman goes into labor “terrible.” Virginia…Continue Reading

Catholic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Vows to Sign Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing a radical pro-abortion bill in her state while claiming to be Catholic. The legislation, which contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A…Continue Reading

Undiscovering Columbus: Notre Dame President Puts Explorer Under Wraps

The University of Notre Dame has capitulated to several left-of-center causes and ideologies that threaten its reputation as the premier Roman Catholic college in the nation. The most recent submission to contemporary ideologies is the decision to cover the murals…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love


  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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Dubia cardinals to bishops at Vatican abuse summit: ‘Will you also be silent?’


VATICAN, February 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the two remaining dubia cardinals, wrote an open letter to the Presidents of the worldwide Bishops’ Conferences meeting in the Vatican for the Summit on sexual abuse. “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church,” they write, “promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.” The Church hierarchy, however, wishes…Continue Reading

Vatican sex abuse cover-up unravels as prosecutors home in on bishop protected by Pope Francis

February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Argentinean prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation for alleged sexual abuse against a bishop and close personal friend appointed and protected by Pope Francis, according to the attorney general’s office of the province of Salta, Argentina. The target of the investigation is Gustavo Zanchetta, who was named bishop of the diocese of Orán by Pope Francis in 2013. Zanchetta suddenly fled his diocese and resigned from his office in July…Continue Reading

McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis


Vatican City, Feb 16, 2019 / 01:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered this week the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, and a once powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and political circles in the U.S. and around the world. The decision followed an administrative penal process conducted by the CDF, which found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament…Continue Reading

Daleiden decries gov’t ‘collusion’ with Planned Parenthood in body parts case

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life advocate David Daleiden decried what he said was “collusion” that he witnessed happening in court yesterday between California’s deputy attorney general and abortion organizations.

Bishop Schneider: Abuse summit will be ‘doomed’ if it doesn’t address homosexuality

KAZAKHSTAN, February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan said that the upcoming Vatican abuse summit is “doomed to failure” if the “predominant role” of homosexuality in the crisis is not addressed. “If the upcoming Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Vatican will not address the issue of the moral relativism and the non-belief in the perennial validity of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue as the deepest cause of clerical…Continue Reading


Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Exhumation Of The Equal Rights Amendment

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is a professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the…Continue Reading

God Counts The Tears Of Women

By DONALD DeMARCO The Talmud states that God counts the tears of women. This is a beautiful statement and underscores the compassion that God has for all women. Moreover, it is a compassion that should be shared by men, for the same text warns men that “they do not cause their wives pain.” Rabbi Chaim…Continue Reading

Abortion And The Green New Deal… De-Developing And Dehumanizing The United States

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate — — distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + Do you know who said the following? “If you further decided to buy a small car that would last 30 years, be easily repairable and…Continue Reading

Has Trump Found The Formula For 2020?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN (Editor’s Note: This column was released February 8, before further developments in Virginia.) + + + His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers — 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents, and 30 percent of Democrats. Seventy-two…Continue Reading

Pope Francis . . . Names Cardinal Farrell To Be Camerlengo

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis Thursday, on February 14 nominated a new camerlengo, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, and a former bishop of Dallas. The responsibilities of camerlengo include overseeing the preparations for a papal conclave and managing the administration of…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Be Like God And Love Your Enemies

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 1 Cor. 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38 In the second reading today St. Paul teaches there are two Adams, the first Adam is of Earth, the second, Jesus, is from Heaven. St. Paul points out that the natural came first, then the spiritual, so…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Men Are Not Women” And Other Inconvenient Facts

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Of course men are not women, you might respond — it’s a matter of fact. You can certainly say that for yourself if you so choose, but you cannot say it for everyone. Not anymore. The politically correct absconding from the use of reason is exploding into a political and social lobby of ever-increasing proportions.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Some words of wisdom from Fr. George Rutler in the parish bulletin of The Church of St. Michael in New York City: “The other day, intemperate journalists accused youths from a Catholic high school in Covington, Ky., of making racial threats against an elderly Native American during the March for Life. Videos proved that there was no truth…Continue Reading

Cardinal Zen In New Book… Vatican’s China Strategy Was All About Compromise And Surrender

  By MAIKE HICKSON Joseph Cardinal Zen, For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent, Ignatius Press: 2019,; paperback, 153 pages. (LifeSiteNews) — Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen has strongly criticized in a new book the Vatican’s recent dealings with China, stating that the “strategy was wrong,” adding that it was “all about compromise and surrender.” He has…Continue Reading

The Trustworthiness Of God

by FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Jer. 17:5-8 1 Cor. 15:12, 16-20 Luke 6:17, 20-26 In the first reading today the Prophet Jeremiah declares cursed those who trust in human beings while turning their hearts from the Lord. Blessed, on the other hand, are those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

By CAROLE BRESLIN India has almost as many people (1.37 billion) as China (1.42 billion), which has three times the land area. Of the population of India, under three percent are Christian. In Kerala, a state on the southwest coast of India, nearly 20 percent are Christian. Perhaps the greater proportion is a result of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Jacoba Of Settesoli

By CAROLE BRESLIN Two millennia of Catholicism have produced saints from all walks of life: rich and poor — and the wealthy who became poor, such as St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his inheritance, St. Anthony of Egypt who gave his wealth away, and St. Thomas Aquinas who became a poor monk. There have also been those who lived…Continue Reading