Wednesday 18th July 2018

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Counteracting The Protestant Formation Of Our Catholic Youth

July 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counteracting The Protestant Formation Of Our Catholic Youth

By ARTHUR HIPPLER

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.)

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Anyone involved in catechizing the young in our schools and parishes on the sacraments must always remind themselves that they are not writing upon blank slates — there is a formation already there, and that formation is usually Protestant. The loss of distinctive Catholic signs and symbols has had, over the decades, the cumulative effect of making our children default Protestants. Several examples should make this fact evident.
Our young people believe that everyone is a child of God. Being a “child of God” is, for them, a natural quality of humanity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, however, teaches that it is Baptism that makes us “an adopted son of God” (n. 1265).
The Catechism cites the words of the Second Vatican Council: “Incorporated in the Church through baptism, the faithful are destined by the baptismal character for the worship of the Christian religion; reborn as sons of God they must confess before men the faith which they have received from God through the Church” (Lumen Gentium, n. 11, cited at CCC n. 1270).
Without the belief that Baptism makes the baptized a child of God, we now have the view of Baptism held by evangelical Christians, namely, that Baptism is a ceremony welcoming someone into the Christian community. If we are already “children of God” by nature, it is hard to understand why the Church insists on infant Baptism. Evangelicals, who baptize adults, are more consistent on this point.
One also sees this Protestant formation in Confirmation. How many times have I heard Catholic teenagers tell me, “Confirmation is what allows me to take the faith for myself, accept the faith as an adult.” I usually remark, “Congratulations — you’re a Lutheran!” The Evangelical Lutheran Church teaches that confirmation “provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God’s promise given in baptism, to make a personal public profession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of faithfulness to Christ.”
By contrast, the Catholic understanding includes the notion not only of professing the faith, but doing so under persecution. Confirmation “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross” (CCC, n. 1303). … Continue Reading

Who Put The Wall Between Church And State?

July 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Put The Wall Between Church And State?

By MIKE MANNO

During the last couple of years we’ve heard a lot about walls and whether one is going to be built along our southern border. But as we settle into the confirmation fight over the appointment of another Supreme Court justice, we’re likely to hear about another wall, the wall between church and state.
This will be especially so as there is a continuing national divide over the concept of religious liberties following the attack on them during the eight years of the Obama administration, as well as the noise from the “progressive” left, which tries to subordinate religious liberty and conscience rights to the latest leftist whim. This takes place over abortion, same-sex marriage, and, more recently, the right to demand that a physician assist a patient in killing himself.
And put that into the context of a battle over replacing the court’s swing vote by the left’s enemy Number One, Donald Trump, and the stage is set for a battle royale, complete with mud-slinging and anti-religious and anti-Christian bias, especially since the current court term ended with several major setbacks for the progressives.
So we need to brace ourselves for the coming onslaught, which, I believe, will be unlike any confirmation battle since the 1987 nomination of Robert Bork by President Reagan.
While the confirmation process can be unpredictable, there is one legal concept that will be tossed around by politicians and media pundits: “the wall of separation” between church and state. And you’ll be led to believe that the Constitution mandates that wall. It doesn’t. In fact the phrase “wall of separation” appears nowhere in the Constitution.
It actually comes from the early religious reformer Roger Williams (1603-1683). Williams was best known as the founder of Rhode Island and as a fierce advocate for the separation of church and state.
That position put him at odds with many of his co-religionists who supported state-sponsored churches; it even got him banished from a few places. His basic argument was that the church should not concern itself with civil matters, nor the state with the “first table” of the Ten Commandments, those dealing with our relationship with God, but only with the remaining Commandments which deal with our relations with one another. … Continue Reading

Court Choice Kavanaugh… Faces A Leftist Minefield Where Tolerance Isn’t Tolerated

July 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Court Choice Kavanaugh… Faces A Leftist Minefield Where Tolerance Isn’t Tolerated

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Just before President Trump chose highly placed federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s vacancy on the Supreme Court, aggressive political leftists had forcefully demonstrated their intolerance for tolerance and civility by chasing Trump administration officials away from public accommodations.
Strident Cong. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) was one of the rabble-rousers helping stoke the dangerous fires by urging that “you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
Now where did we ever hear before that people shouldn’t be able to sit at a public lunch counter in peace?
Oh, that sorta had something to do with the Ku Klux Klan having infused the U.S. South by the time the 1960s arrived, when the Klan long had been arm-in-arm with, um, Southern Democrats.
In 2018, national Democratic Party officials and their allies were plenty ready to try to chase the Catholic Judge Kavanaugh’s High Court nomination out the door. But would they act a bit more restrained in the national gaze after the recent proof that their team is ready to try to destroy even the dinnertime world of whomever they disapprove?
The supposedly enlightened ranks of the compassionate leftist elite had no compunction against damning, reviling, and threatening those they differed with. The shoe kicked high, toward the throat, when it was on the other foot.
That Kavanaugh, amid such a hostile atmosphere, survived a thorough vetting for nomination by a president fully conscious of fulfilling his pledge for a constitutionalist court probably should provide encouragement, although some people may have preferred a different choice. … Continue Reading

On Interpreting The Constitution

July 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on On Interpreting The Constitution

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” — Thomas Jefferson, 1798.

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These days the simple truths of Humanae Vitae are constantly challenged by an avalanche of conflicting and confused federal court decisions that assail life, marriage, and the family.
We have a right to be bewildered, and we have a duty to understand how the once-flourishing legal field of freedom and the rule of law got turned into a fetid swamp. Let’s start with the Constitution.
In introducing Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, President Trump said, “My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”
Let’s start with a simple question: Where does the Constitution confer on the federal government the power to meddle with marriage, or abortion, or health insurance?
The answer, of course, is simple: It doesn’t.
But beginning over 100 years ago, the virtue of judicial restraint — the “chains of the Constitution” invoked by Jefferson — were gradually loosened, then sundered, giving way to judicial hubris and arrogance.
“We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution,” New York Gov. Charles Evans Hughes told the Elmira, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce on May 3, 1907.
The judiciary, and not the Constitution “is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property.” This was not an idle boast. … Continue Reading

First Teachers… The Hope For Victory

July 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on First Teachers… The Hope For Victory

By SHAUN KENNEY

For those of you firmly in the Catholic pro-life movement, Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League cautions the great many who cheered the pending resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Even if we manage to nominate and appoint a rock-solid pro-life member to the bench? It will not be a victory, merely the hope for a victory.
Consider first things. Our public education system is in a shambles, and our Catholic education system with notable exceptions here and there is just as bad. Instead of teaching Catholicism in the home and in the parish, we have handed this duty off to rigid classes in the imitation of mainline Protestantism, hoping against hope that maybe our experience will be different than theirs.
Mass attendance — while seeing a minor uptick among young families — remains at historic lows from what our parents and grandparents knew.
Anti-Catholicism remains the last acceptable prejudice, and woe to those who insist on a pro-life litmus test while being absolutely seared if one mentions the reality of a pro-abortion litmus test.
In short, even with a fifth U.S. Supreme Court pick? The hard work of undoing the damage of Roe v. Wade will have to plow through decades of jurisprudence. Planned Parenthood v. Casey — the landmark 1989 decision that makes Kennedy responsible for the onslaught of 32 million babies butchered at the hands of Planned Parenthood — is the so-called “backup plan” for when Roe comes apart, meaning that the “right to murder” will become the decision of state legislatures. … Continue Reading

At National Priests’ Conference… Fr. Richard Rohr Says He Can Make Mistakes — And Does

July 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on At National Priests’ Conference… Fr. Richard Rohr Says He Can Make Mistakes — And Does

By DEXTER DUGGAN

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An audience member rose with a question for Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, during the latter part of the internationally known priest’s freely expressing his views from the lectern for more than four hours over two days at the seventh annual national conference of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) that met here June 25-28.
The audience member said he’s a member of Democrats for Life and asked, “How do we pull these two poles together spiritually?” Rohr had been speaking of oppositions and contrasts in society.
People all are addicted to their own way of thinking, Rohr said a few moments earlier, both Republicans and Democrats, and this gets nowhere.
The appearance by Rohr seemed eagerly anticipated among members of an organization whose website says it “supports Pope Francis in his efforts to move the Church in the direction pointed by the Spirit through Vatican II.”
The Franciscan priest founded the Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org) in Albuquerque. Its website says, “Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy — practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.”
Among aspects he addressed at the AUSCP conference, Rohr spoke of the mind, religion, and understanding. He cautioned against “all-or-nothing thinking” that presents such choices as “total amnesty or wall.”
“It isn’t very life-giving. . . . You’ve got to catch yourself doing this labeling,” he told more than 200 conference attendees on June 27, the second day he spoke. … Continue Reading

No Party for Old White Men

July 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on No Party for Old White Men

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night.
All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who had aspired to succeed Pelosi and become speaker of the House.
The No. 4 House Democrat, Crowley, 56, had not faced primary opposition since 2004. He outspent his opponent, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was tending bar a year ago, by 10 to one.
The son of an Irish immigrant, Crowley was leader of the Queens Democratic Club. He had the unions’ support. So confident was he that he skipped a debate and sent a Latina politician to stand in for him.
First comes Hubris, the god of arrogance. Then comes Nemesis, the goddess of retribution.
Tossing Crowley’s credentials back in his face, Ocasio-Cortez ran as a Latina, a person of color, a millennial and militant socialist who lived in her district, and painted Crowley as a white male with lots of PAC money who had moved to D.C. and sent his kids to school in Virginia.
“The Democratic Party takes working-class communities for granted; they take people of color for granted,” railed Ocasio-Cortez. The party assumes “that we’re going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping (their) proposals are.”
“Bland or half-stepping” are not words her agenda calls to mind. … Continue Reading

The Liberal Stampede To “Abolish ICE”

July 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Liberal Stampede To “Abolish ICE”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

“No Borders! No Nations! No Deportations!” “Abolish ICE!”
Before last week, these were the mindless slogans of an infantile left, seen on signs at rallies to abolish ICE, the agency that arrests and deports criminal aliens who have no right to be in our country.
By last week, however, “Abolish ICE!” was no longer the exclusive slogan of the unhinged left. National Democrats were signing on.
Before his defeat in New York’s 14th Congressional District, Joe Crowley, fourth-ranked Democrat in the House, called ICE a “fascist” organization.
After Crowley’s rout by a 28-year-old socialist who called for killing the agency, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) declared ICE to be “a cruel deportation force (that) we need to abolish.”
Cynthia Nixon, a candidate for governor of New York, described ICE as a “terrorist organization . . . terrorizing people who are coming to this country. . . . We need to abolish ICE.”
A star of Sex and the City castigated the men and women of ICE as terrorists at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Manhattan. One wonders what the pastor thought of this Christian message.
Friday, June 29, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the clamor: “We should abolish ICE.” Over that weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) signed on:
“President Trump seems to think that the only way to have immigration rule is to rip parents from their family (and) treat rape victims and refugees like terrorists and to put children in cages.”
What ICE does is “ugly” and “wrong,” said Warren. … Continue Reading

Bye, Bye Channel 5

July 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Bye, Bye Channel 5

By MIKE MANNO

I saw something that bothered me last night on the 10 o’clock news. Here in Des Moines we have three network affiliate newscasts: CBS, Channel 8; NBC, Channel 13, and the perennial also-ran, ABC, Channel 5. I usually like to click around the dial and not settle or depend on just one. For the last few months, however, I’ve been regularly watching the also-ran, Channel 5.
I liked 5; the graphics were clear and easily readable, it had some very good feature stories, and it followed our local Iowa talent, Maddie Poppe, on her road to becoming this year’s American Idol. At 10 p.m., I’d turn from what I was watching to the Channel 5 “We Are Iowa” newscast.
But last night something on the air took my breath away. The newscast was covering the decision by the Ames Public Library to host a K-12 — ready for this? — drag camp. Yes, you heard it right, a drag camp for kids from kindergarten through high school. Naturally, since there was opposition, I expected a rational portrayal of each side’s argument.
That didn’t come.
In introducing the taped report, Anchor Stephanie Angleson said it would show how the library is standing up to “haters.” Haters. Those opposing the camp were now, officially, according to “We Are Iowa,” haters. I ran the tape back to check and see if what I heard was right. It was. I even checked the station’s webpage this morning and it was still there. “Now the library is standing up to the haters,” Angleson said. Interestingly, the written transcript did not contain the word hater, but “those who disagree.”
Now I don’t personally know Angleson; she has always appeared to me to be a bright, articulate, and professional newscaster. But there is a great difference between “the haters” and “those who disagree” and I wondered if she might have simply adlibbed the “H” word. You know it is so easy to do these days, but you would expect a trained journalist — especially in today’s polarized climate — to know better. … Continue Reading

Latest High Court Vacancy . . . Tests Whether A New Revolution Truly On Way For Americans

July 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Latest High Court Vacancy . . . Tests Whether A New Revolution Truly On Way For Americans

By DEXTER DUGGAN

As the Independence Day holiday passed, many Americans wondered if a historical new revolution truly was on the way.
Would the majority of Supreme Court justices routinely start basing their decisions again on plain constitutional understandings rather than being ghost-hunters for closeted, spectral “penumbras and emanations” that continued ripping our heritage from our arms?
The answer depended in large part on President Trump, put in office by the vote of the people. And who his next selection would be for the High Court, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement announcement of veteran Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 27.
The almost unlimited power that the court had grasped over American life was reflected in the fact of the banner headlines on Kennedy’s quitting that crossed the top of the front pages of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times the next morning.
Bannering a declaration of continental war couldn’t have gone any wider, although it would have had a second full line of equally large headline type.
Trump was to reveal his court choice and set in motion the gears of confirmation on July 9, a few days after this hardcopy issue of The Wanderer went to press on July 5.
Yet another way the Trump presidency has transformed national politics was his release of a full list of vetted candidates from whom he would make his selection, as he also had done in bringing forth Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch early last year after pledging faith with conservatives.
No more GOP mystery selections that conservatives were assured would be fine but became nightmares, like George H.W. Bush’s nomination of stealth super-liberal David Souter in 1990, who went on to serve nearly 20 years. … Continue Reading

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Elects New Superior General

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

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

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

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

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

Paradoxes and indicators of Capella’s and McCarrick’s cases

These days we will find out whether Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, the former advisor to the Washington nunciature that the Vatican sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for possession and distribution of “large quantities” of child pornography, will present an appeal…Continue Reading

Diocese led by pro-gay bishop says it’s ‘up to each parish’ whether to promote homosexuality

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic church in the heart of Appalachia has attracted media attention for the Gay Pride Month banner stretched across its front lawn. The local ordinary, Bishop John Stowe, has a record of collaborating with a…Continue Reading

Al Gore: Pope Francis a ‘moral force’ for solving climate crisis

(Vatican.news) Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, is one of the world’s most vocal defenders of the environment. His 2007 documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, won an Oscar and his Climate Reality Project recently hosted…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops heading to border to tackle family separation issues

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A delegation of Catholic bishops from across the country are heading to the border on Monday. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead the delegation in its visit to the…Continue Reading

Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality ‘evil’, McAleese says

The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is “evil”, former president Mary McAleese has said. Speaking ahead of her inaugural participation in the Dublin Pride event on Saturday, where she will march with her son Justin and his husband, the former…Continue Reading

Senate Will Vote Before Elections on Replacing Pro-Abortion Justice Anthony Kennedy

The United States Senate will vote before the elections this November on a replacement for pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made that announcement today shortly after the surprising but welcome announcement that the longtime abortion…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider respond to Pope Francis’ inflight intercommunion comments

ROME, June 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The reception of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church — even in exceptional cases — by a Protestant or other non-Catholic constitutes a “lie” that betrays the Apostolic tradition and the Church’s constant practice…Continue Reading

German Bishops Publish Intercommunion Handout with a Rhetorical Trick

Today, the German bishops have published their very controversial pastoral handout which allows Protestant spouses of Catholics, in certain cases, to receive Holy Communion. Since Pope Francis, on 21 June, objected to a national bishops’ conference publishing such an official text, the…Continue Reading

Vikings host ‘LGBTQ summit’ to promote ‘inclusion’ in sports

EAGAN, Minnesota, June 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Minnesota Vikings are hosting a conference and fundraiser today for “LGBTQ inclusion in sports,” the first of its kind in the National Football League (NFL). The event will include speeches, interviews, and…Continue Reading

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

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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British pro-lifers say abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ harm women and children

London, England, Jul 12, 2018 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a decision from the United Kingdom’s High Court, two women are attempting to overturn a ban on prayer and public discussion of abortion near a British abortion clinic. On July 2, the High Court of England and Wales upheld a “buffer zone” imposed by Ealing Council, west London, around a Marie Stopes abortion clinic. The zone prevents any pro-life gathering or speech, inc

Calligraphers face jail time for not promoting same-sex ‘weddings’

PHOENIX, Arizona, July 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Two Arizona calligraphy artists faced with fines and jail time for declining to take part in promoting gay “weddings” are asking the state’s Supreme Court to hear their challenge to the city of Phoenix’s law that compels them create artwork that violates their religious beliefs. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, face up to six months in jail, $2,500 in fines, and three

Bishop Paprocki disagrees with US bishops’ support for unions that fund abortion, LGBT

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 11, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – Hailed by free speech and religious liberty advocates alike, the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that public sector employees can no longer be required to pay mandatory fees to support unions which promote causes and political activities – including abortion – to which they are opposed. The ruling has also exposed a significant rift among the nation’s Catholic bishops. Despite public sector unions’ unabashe

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump’s choice to succeed the pro-abortion, pro-gay Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the president announced Monday night. Trump praised Kavanaugh’s committment to “equal justice under the law” and called him a “brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style.” He is “universally regarded as…one of the finest legal minds of our time.” Kavanaugh formerly clerked for Kennedy. “Justice Kennedy devoted his career to…Continue Reading

Prof fired by Catholic university for defending marriage has huge court win

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The professor forced out by a Jesuit-run Catholic university for blogging about an undergrad student being assailed by his teacher for his having voiced defense of marriage has won in court. In a landmark decision Friday the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Marquette University violated John McAdams’ right to free speech when it suspended him for writing the blog post, and it ordered the University to restore McAdams immediately with his full rank,…Continue Reading

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Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic … Old And New Tyrannies Borne Of Lust

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is 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 Society…Continue Reading

A Book Review… What Man Does Not Reverence, He Will Profane

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Society and Sanity, by Frank Sheed (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2013), 261 pp. $17.95. Available from www.ignatius.com or at 1-800-651-1531. This new edition of Sheed’s 1953 classic work of apologetics brings to mind the famous myth of Procrustes’ bed. The wicked king captures his victims then tortures them if their legs do…Continue Reading

How Vice Can Absorb Virtue

By DONALD DeMARCO Just as the Devil is at war with God, so too, vices are at war with virtue. The Devil wants people to believe that God does not exist. He also wants people to believe that neither does virtue exist. He would like to demolish virtue. One way of achieving this is to…Continue Reading

Henan, China… New Limits Imposed On The Religious Freedom Of Catholics

BEIJING (AsiaNews) — The Chinese government is approving increasingly restrictive measures against Catholics in the central province of Henan. As Eglises d’Asie reports, five new rules have been imposed which include the requirement of religious working in the province to collect data and information on their faithful. A priest from the Diocese of Zhengzhou reports…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Solzhenitsyn Remembered

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Congdon, Lee. Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West. DeKalb, Ill.: NIV Press, 2017; 163 pp. This book is descriptive of the prophetic voice of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), who was convinced that the West has set out on a road similar to that which “led Russia into the abyss.” Solzhenitsyn…Continue Reading

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Sheep Without A Shepherd

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Jer. 23:1-6 Eph. 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 In the first reading today, God speaks a word of woe through the Prophet Jeremiah to the shepherds who mislead the Lord’s flock entrusted to their care. God says that these shepherds scattered the flock and drove them away and did not…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . In Death The Church Gives Everything

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Funerals, as many priests have learned, can often be pastorally challenging and problematic episodes. Grieving family members who are not dealing with death on a regular basis by practicing their faith are suddenly confronted with its reality upon the passing of a parent or other family member. Parents who have to bury a child sometimes…Continue Reading

Martin Luther… The Man And The Myth

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 (Editor’s Note: As this October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Raymond de Souza is taking a break from his usual apologetics to correct the popular image of Luther.) + + + In the last article, I quoted from…Continue Reading

The Anatomy Of A Moral Act

By DON FIER Last week, as we considered the role that human freedom plays in the economy of salvation, it was immediately acknowledged that “man’s freedom is limited and fallible” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1739). Free will, so wondrously bestowed upon man as an essential element of his great dignity of being created “in the image and…Continue Reading

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Q. What can one say to a teenage daughter or granddaughter who wears skimpy bathing suits? I know that is the “style” these days, but it seems wrong for many reasons. — M.M., Virginia. A. When our five daughters were teens, my wife and I ruled out the wearing of skimpy bathing suits, as well as skin-tight jeans or shorts…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Veronica Giuliani

By CAROLE BRESLIN In July, the month of the Precious Blood, the Catholic Church remembers saints by the name of Veronica. On July 12, the memorial of Veronica (meaning “true image”), the saint from the first century who presented her veil to wipe the face of Jesus, is celebrated. Three days before that, on July 9, St. Veronica Giuliani is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord had a special love for the poor when He walked this earth. At one time He rebuked one of the apostles, saying, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matt. 26:11). Rather than avoiding the destitute or shun the homeless, Christians are called to love them as we love ourselves. At the beginning of…Continue Reading