Saturday 21st October 2017

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Is California The “Specter Haunting America”?

October 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is California The “Specter Haunting America”?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

In the early 1970s, when I was working as a musician in Los Angeles, a song came on the radio that was so good that I actually pulled off the freeway, found a phone booth, and called the station to ask about it.
“We’ve been playing it for a week,” the gal admonished me. “Everybody’s playing it.”
“Well, I hadn’t heard it yet.”
“Where are you from,” she asked.
“Indiana.”
“Oh,” she laughed, “they won’t get it out there for a month.”
Welcome to California as America’s future. But is it still the Golden State? Recent events indicate otherwise.
The natural disasters are bad enough. Fires are raging in wine country and beyond, with suspected arsonists either in custody or on the run. Bishop Robert Vasa’s Santa Rosa chancery has been turned into an evacuation center. Dozens of people have died. None of them knew when they woke up that they would be meeting Jesus that day. … Continue Reading

Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

October 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

With his October 13 declaration that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran.
Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts.
After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council, Trump gave Congress 60 days to reimpose the sanctions that it lifted when Tehran signed.
If Congress does not reimpose those sanctions and kill the deal, Trump threatens to kill it himself.
Why? Did Iran violate the terms of the agreement? Almost no one argues that — not the UN nuclear inspectors, not our NATO allies, not even Trump’s national security team. … Continue Reading

Getting Our Priorities Right In The Sacred Liturgy

October 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Getting Our Priorities Right In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI

(Editor’s Note: For four of James Monti’s sources, books from the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the passages quoted are from pages lacking page numbers or folio numbers, so he had to give the “signatures” of the pages instead. This involved some odd-looking designations utilizing colons and parentheses — they may look like typographical errors, but actually they’re not.)

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As someone who has tended to focus upon the “nuts and bolts” of the development of the Church’s liturgical ceremonies over the centuries, I found I had much to learn from the presentations during the recent three-day annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy in Philadelphia (September 28-30). For in the talks I attended, the focus was largely upon the overriding principles of fitting celebration, genuine renewal, and authentic participation in the sacred liturgy.
Among the presenters was Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, founder of the Monastero di San Benedetto in Norcia, Italy. In his plenary address, Fr. Cassian observed that the postconciliar concept of retooling the liturgy to conform it to the alleged “needs of modern man” ought to be reassessed. For is “modern man” so different from his forefathers, he asked, that he really needs a radically new way to worship God? … Continue Reading

LGBT Mass… Leaves Some San Diego-Area Catholics Thinking People Were Misled

October 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on LGBT Mass… Leaves Some San Diego-Area Catholics Thinking People Were Misled

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Leadership at the Catholic Diocese of San Diego seriously misled Catholics and others with the way a special Mass for LGBT people was offered at St. John the Evangelist Church in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood, some orthodox Catholics who attended the event told The Wanderer.
The Mass was scheduled to observe the 20th anniversary of the Always Our Children letter on same-sex attraction, issued in the name of the U.S. Catholic bishops but never voted on or discussed by them as a body. It was called back for revision the following year, 1998.
A “heavy police presence,” noted by a local television station, was outside the Hillcrest church, reportedly because of threats received, but the time passed peacefully.
The October 7 Mass was celebrated by San Diego Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, who was named to that position last April, and concelebrated by the diocese’s bishop, Robert McElroy, who served as auxiliary bishop of San Francisco before being named to head the San Diego Diocese in 2015, according to a Mass attendee. … Continue Reading

Free Speech Or Forced Speech… Public Accommodations Vs. Religious Liberty

October 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Free Speech Or Forced Speech… Public Accommodations Vs. Religious Liberty

By MIKE MANNO
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, right? Well, mostly, but we’ll deal with the exceptions another time. What concerns me this week is whether there is a corresponding right not to speak, and, if so, what constitutes actual speech, and how far does this go?
The courts have long held that speech need not be verbal, or, for that matter, contain words. It can be symbolic, such as wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam War. It can be vulgar, pornographic, and can even take the form of an inanimate object or a piece of art. So since the government cannot, in general terms, prohibit the exercise of free speech, even in symbolic terms, can the government force you to speak against your will?
Generally the government may not require you to convey a message against your will. Generally. For example, New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die,” and state law required license plates to be embossed with the motto. State law also made it a misdemeanor to cover or obscure the plate.
Back in the late 1970s, a Jehovah’s Witnesses couple, George and Maxine Maynard, objected to the motto, claiming it violated their religious, moral, and political beliefs. After being convicted several times for covering the motto, the Maynards ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled in favor of George and Maxine. … Continue Reading

Killing America

October 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Killing America

By REY FLORES

While I’m not a fan of the pompous Bill O’Reilly, I liked how he named his series of books with titles such as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Patton, and so on. I thought it only appropriate given the state of our nation today to title a column “Killing America.”
While the secular radical left wants us all to believe that our nation is gasping for its last breath, this is factually untrue. It’s fake news, if you will.
Quite honestly, I am tired of writing about how some of our own citizens have been totally brainwashed by the mainstream media into believing that our country is such an awful place.
I couldn’t think of a place I’d rather live than these great United States of America. Of course, I’ve fantasized about having a villa in Italy or Spain, or a great big “rancho” in the country of my ancestry, Mexico; but reality says that the United States is my destiny — and I’m OK with that. … Continue Reading

Political Climate Change . . . Capitol’s Ice Jam Starting To Break Up Beneath Polarized Bears’ Feet?

October 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Political Climate Change . . . Capitol’s Ice Jam Starting To Break Up Beneath Polarized Bears’ Feet?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

How’s this for climate change that conservatives can believe in?
A changing political climate heated up by Donald Trump’s blustery winds, leaving polarized political bears futilely pawing the air. The ice jam starts to break up below their feet frozen in immobility. Things start to shift.
For a change, we’ll be able to see big steps taken right in front of us instead of only promised at the end of that rainbow over the horizon?
Whether or not Trump himself is eclipsed by events, his challenge to the establishment has ruptured rigid patterns and opened the opportunity for the public to get somewhere if lawmakers are forced to reanimate their frosted-over political cryonics.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), who impressively looks like a handsome movie senator but depressingly acts like an ineffective, anti-Trump real one, announced on September 26 he wouldn’t seek re-election next year.
Tennessee stalwart GOP Cong. Marsha Blackburn quickly said she was running for that Senate seat, proclaimed her support for Trump, and straightforwardly stood up for unborn babies and blasted Planned Parenthood. The real deal, not a pallid imitation. … Continue Reading

In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

October 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

In Poland, Catholics take their faith very seriously. On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a million Poles gathered at thousands of points on the country’s borders to pray the rosary “for the Poles and for the whole world,” one participant told the BBC. Coming from hundreds of churches throughout the country, Poles joined arms in prayer, “some on beaches on the Baltic Sea, some in fields and some in towns” on the 2,000-mile border, the BBC reported.
Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, of Krakow in southern Poland, said during his sermon on Saturday morning that people should pray for “Europe to remain Europe. . . . Let’s pray for other nations of Europe and the world to understand that we need to return to the Christian roots of European culture if we want Europe to remain Europe.”
The anti-Catholic left, on the other hand, was outraged. Krzysztof Luft, a former member of the country’s largest opposition party, called the rosary crusade “a ridicule of Christianity on a massive scale. They treat religion as a tool for maintaining backwardness in the Polish backwater.” … Continue Reading

Trump Embraces The Culture War

October 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump Embraces The Culture War

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas.
With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as The Star Spangled Banner began.
The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee. When the national anthem ended, Pence walked out. His limousine took him back to the airport to fly to LA.
“A stunt! That plane trip cost taxpayers $250,000,” wailed the media who were rarely critical of Michelle Obama’s million-dollar junkets with Sasha and Malia.
The president took credit for Pence’s walkout, tweeting, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled.”
Pence’s statement: “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” … Continue Reading

Trump’s Commitment To Emphasizing English

October 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump’s Commitment To Emphasizing English

By SHAUN KENNEY

If one were to consider the things that kept the vast domains and provinces of the Roman Empire together for so long, any number of things might spring to mind. The legions, roads, coinage, a system of uniform laws.
Yet even as the Romans and Latins themselves thought of themselves as citizens of a vast empire, the Romans were indeed a polyglot of Britons, Celts, Goths, Jews, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Macedonians — just to name a few.
But they all spoke Latin. Yes, the bane of elementary school students and college freshmen alike, with its declensions and Yoda-like organization of words. After all, as those who have benefited from a classical education will reminds others: quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
Yet beyond the Kaiser’s wanny-widdy-wiki and the ability to actually enjoy Martial’s epigrams, the lingua franca of the past fails to inspire us moderns in quite the same way for some reason. Latin, after all, is a dead language everywhere but the Vatican. The Institute for Works of Religion, also known as the Vatican Bank, has an ATM with instructions in Latin — without the hopeful side-effect of dispensing denarii! … Continue Reading

Catholic youth: Thanks for asking our opinion, here’s what we think

A survey of nearly 900 local Catholic young adults shows they fear for the future, they want to do works of service and they want to gather with other young people in retreats, sports and in the Sunday Mass. The…Continue Reading

Fr. Perrone: without an intense, devout life, Catholics will not survive the age

The saintly priest, learned theologian, and catechist extraordinaire, Fr. John A. Hardon, was fond of saying that without an intense, devout life Catholics will not survive the age. I admit that at the time I thought this a ruse to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Be agents of Mary’s Immaculate Heart to combat ‘diabolical forces’

BUCKFAST ABBEY, England (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke has summoned the faithful to become “agents” of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to combat the “diabolical forces” that have been “unleashed upon the world” and are…Continue Reading

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23. In a…Continue Reading

Pope Francis canonizes 35 new saints

(Vatican Radio) Inviting all faithful to practice Christian love every day, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, holding them up as models who “point the way”. To the over 35,000 pilgrims gathered in…Continue Reading

President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump said this morning that his administration is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” in a rousing speech at the Values Voter Summit. In his first major speech to a socially conservative conference…Continue Reading

Capuchin Priest Who Ministered Under Soviet Rule Moves Closer to Sainthood

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis advanced nine causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years. Father Serafin Kaszuba was born June 17, 1910, in Zamarstynów, near Lviv, in…Continue Reading

Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan

The Trump administration’s plan to roll back mandatory insurance coverage for birth control faces a new federal court challenge. Washington state’s attorney general sued Monday to stop the new rules from taking effect. California and Massachusetts have already filed similar complaints. Last…Continue Reading

European Nation to Unite in Prayer for Its Salvation

On Saturday, October 7, up to one million Poles are expected to line the country’s border to pray the rosary. They will be joined in prayer by many others in Poland and throughout the world. This extraordinary display of public…Continue Reading

A big-money Catholic group just said it’s yanking all of its cash out of fossil fuels

A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions on Tuesday announced a decision to pull their money from — or block future investment in — fossil fuels. The Global Catholic Climate Movement called it the biggest collective announcement of divestment by Catholic…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Returned to Vatican Court, but not as Prefect

VATICAN CITY, September 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews): Pope Francis has reinstated Cardinal Burke as a member of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. Cardinal Burke, dismissed as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura nearly three years ago, has been appointed to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke to offer Mass at conference exactly 100 years after major Fatima miracle

BUCKFAST ABBEY, United Kingdom, September 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Exactly 100 years after the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke will offer Mass at a Marian conference celebrating the centennial of the messages of Our Lady to…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

Today . . .

At university, it’s risky to ‘come out’ as Christian

In the university town of St Andrews, along the narrow road that overlooks the North Sea, there is a modest townhouse with a red door. The small black plaque at the building’s entrance reads “Chaplaincy”. Between its steps and the ocean is the little Catholic church of St James and, nearby, the ruins of a great cathedral. The chaplaincy’s interior, its 1970s decor, dim lighting and musty scent, in many ways symbolises the impression I…Continue Reading

Priest who signed Filial Correction: It was ‘the Catholic thing to do’

BUCKFAST ABBEY, England (LifeSiteNews) — The number of signatories of the Filial Correction charging Pope Francis with spreading seven heresies, at least by omission, has now risen to 245 professors and clergy. That is up from 62 at the time of its publication on September 24, and 40 when it was delivered to Pope Francis on August 11 at his Santa Marta residence. Critics of the Filial Correction have accused the signatories of standing as “judges over the…Continue Reading

Trump admin makes protecting citizens “from conception to natural death” top priority

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a stunning change of direction from the Obama administration, the Trump Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not only declared that human life begins “at conception,” but has made protecting citizens “from conception to natural death” one of its top priorities. While the Obama HHS under Kathleen Sebelius

Pope invites prisoners to lunch, they break free instead

Bologna, Italy, Oct 17, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis. During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, the Holy Father was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a “Lunch of Solidarity” at San Petronio Basilica. Instead, two of the Italian prisoners shirked their invitation for what they saw as…Continue Reading

A biblical interpretation of Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun

BUCKFAST ABBEY, England, October 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Miracle of the Sun which took place in Fatima, Portugal, exactly one hundred years ago today (on October 13, 1917), was one of the most extraordinary events of the 20th century. An estimated 70,000 people witnessed the Miracle of the Sun, both believers drawn by the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise to the three shepherd children the previous July that she would perform a miracle in October,…Continue Reading

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Book Review… Meditating On The Mysteries

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews The Rosary In Action, by John S. Johnson (TAN Books and Publishers), 271 pages; $16.95 paperback, $7.98 Kindle on Amazon). The Rosary In Action is a reprint of a book originally published in the early 1950s. It was written by a Catholic layman who had served in…Continue Reading

The Making Of A Philosopher

By DONALD DeMARCO A new year arrives every 12 months; a new millennium, every 12,000 months. In celebrating the latter, how does one begin to do justice to its magnitude? The rarity of the event demands something far more imaginative than noisemakers and funny hats. There should be some serious reflection about life and the…Continue Reading

Fr. Solanus Casey To Be Beatified November 18

The beatification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey is scheduled for November 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. “Not unlike the [1987] Silverdome Mass celebrated by St. John Paul, this, too, will be a history-making liturgy,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit. “The beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the Church in the…Continue Reading

Poverty As An Evil And Poverty As A Good

By PHILIP TROWER On November 19 the Church will celebrate the first “World Day of the Poor” which the Holy Father instituted last year at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy by means of the apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera. Then on the June 13 he issued a papal message entitled Do not Be…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic. . . The Many Assaults On The Rule Of Law

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

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Common Priesthood Of The Faithful And The Ministerial Priesthood

By DON FIER The priest-king Melchizedek, as we saw last week, is a type, or figure, of Christ. He appears only briefly in the Old Testament and his figure is shrouded in mystery. Yet he is the first person in the Pentateuch to explicitly be called a “priest,” he is the only figure in the Book of Genesis to be…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent issue, we addressed the problem of pornography addiction by an 84-year-old man. At the end of the column, we invited readers of the column to pray for this man. The following note from the man’s wife illustrates the power of your prayers: “I’m writing to thank you for asking your readers to ‘pray for this…Continue Reading

Love God And Neighbor

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Exodus 22:20-26 1 Thess. 1:5c-10 Matt. 22:34-40 In the second reading today St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians about the nature of their conversion. They had turned from idols to worship the Living and True God. By itself that is wonderful, but it becomes extraordinary when we hear that…Continue Reading

Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog of October 7. All rights reserved.) + + + There is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Two Academics Enter the Lists Against The Filial Correction

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK, M.A. The battle is joined and the duel of the academics over the fate of the Filial Correction is heating up. On one side of the ring we have Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D., and Dawn Eden Goldstein, STD. On the other side we have, as of this writing, 235 signatories of the Correction. Many of these…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Catherine Of Alexandria

By CAROLE BRESLIN The list of saints is long, and includes both men and women from all walks of life and from all disciplines. For some saints, there is a plenitude of documents and accounts of their lives from which we can draw much information. For most of the saints from the early centuries of the Church, however, there is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Edward The Confessor

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Middle Ages, England not only endured the raids of the Vikings, but also suffered from the raids initiated by Denmark and Normandy to control the small kingdom across the straights. Battles and intrigues were frequent, leaving little peace until the time of King Edward the Confessor. Even his reign experienced the plots and conspiracies so…Continue Reading