Thursday 30th July 2015

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800 Plus Pro-lifers Attend Local “Women Betrayed” Rally . . . St. Paul, MN

July 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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Over 800 pro-lifers rallied in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, where over 49 percent of all abortions in Minnesota were carried out in 2014.  The rally was in reaction to the videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby parts. The St. Paul rally was one of over 60 held across the United States on Tuesday, July 28.
Sponsors of the rally were Pro-Life Action Ministries, Students for Life of America, and the Minnesota Family Council.
As seen in many of the signs at the rally, Students for Life of America’s theme was “Women Betrayed” and Pro-Life Action Ministries’ theme was “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.”
Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, told The Wanderer that the main point of the rally was “the fact that Planned Parenthood is all about abortion, increasing their number of abortions” and that because of the videos, people are realizing that “there are bodies — there are bodies left over” following an abortion

Another Video Released . . .Third Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Carnage And Cold Souls

July 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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By REY FLORES

Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Planned Parenthood medical director for the Pacific Southwest, is our newest macabre celebrity doctor to star in the ongoing expose of Planned Parenthood videos from the Center for Medical Progress.
This latest video can be viewed on the Internet under this title: Human Capital — Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts.
In one clip of this latest video, Dr. Sheehan gushes, “Oh, you’re warm, I want to hang on to you,” as she shakes one of the undercover investigator’s hands. It is so telling that Dr. Sheehan rejoices in a tiny moment of human contact with a warm, breathing, living human being, perhaps because she is so used to dealing with cold dead ones so much.
I still have a hard time referring to these women as doctors. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath? Aren’t doctors supposed to heal and save lives?
Two weeks ago we met Dr. Deborah Nucatola, last week we met Dr. Mary Gatter, and this week it is Sheehan, and for a brief moment, another doctor. Four women who a month ago were going about business as usual, dealing in the profitable
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Tribute To A Prophetess

July 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By DONALD DeMARCO

The name Clare Boothe Luce is one that should not remain absent from the minds of contemporary Catholics. She may not have been a saint, but was vitally concerned about how much a saint can do to restore a backward culture. She understood only too well that in times of crisis we need saints. In 1952 she edited a classic entitled, Saints for Now. It was a compilation of 20 essays written by 20 distinguished authors (mostly Catholic) about their favorite saints and how much these servants of God meant to the times in which they lived.
In her introduction, Mrs. Luce made the following comment:
“We live in an intellectual climate of ambiguity, of multiple and conflicting ‘truths,’ of exclusive and warring ‘freedoms.’ In a world where truth is relative, where one man’s ‘truth’ is another man’s ‘lie,’ and his definition of ‘freedom’ is his neighbor’s definition of ‘slavery,’ plainly the burden of carrying the argument…must fall on an appeal not to the mind, but to the emotions. Advertising, propaganda — the sophisticated tools of irrationalism — supersede fact, persuasion, and logic, the tools of reason.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Phyllis McGinley reiterated the point in Saint-Watching when she stated: … Continue Reading

Honest And Open Debate On Laudato Si

July 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

In his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis, after pointing to a “very solid scientific consensus” indicating that “we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” added that there are “certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus” and that the “Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. I want to encourage an honest and open debate, so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.”
It would be out of line for me to raise suspicions about the sincerity of the Pope’s recommendation for an honest debate on this matter. I can’t read his mind. My problem is that Laudato Si reads as if it is in agreement with Al Gore’s contention that global warming is “settled science” — and therefore not a proper topic for the “honest and open debate” that the Pope is calling for.
Is it unfair of me to say that? Consider the reaction to the encyclical from two of its most ardent supporters, Commonweal and the Jesuits’ America. These publications praise Laudato Si precisely because they are convinced it did not shrink from making the case that man-made climate change is settled science requiring a national and international political call to action. … Continue Reading

Or 1 Lamborghini/Year . . . The Average Planned Parenthood CEO Salary: $200,000

July 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAY HOBBS

(Wanderer Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this essay with permission from the website Pregnancy Help News. All rights reserved.)

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Now is as good a time as any to mention a factoid about the average salary for a Planned Parenthood regional CEO: just a cut below $200,000.
In other words, about one Lamborghini a year. And that’s before you consider the bonus potential of wheeling and dealing with aborted baby parts distributors.
Yessir, the sky’s the limit when you sign on to work for America’s most profitable nonprofit — experts at exploiting existing revenue streams like taxpayer dollars and paid baby dismemberment, and veritable creative geniuses when it comes to pioneering innovative business lines like the resale of livers, kidneys, and lungs.
Of course, climbing Big Abortion’s corporate ladder does have its downside.
For instance, you might need to crank up the music in your posh ride to drown out the voices in your head that call you a grave robber, or compare you to Dr. Frankenstein’s lab assistant.
Plus, business can get a little slow when you’ve only got 800 abortions per year at the “much smaller affiliate” of Planned Parenthood you might find yourself overseeing. … Continue Reading

A Mideast Game Of Thrones

July 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

As President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is compared to Richard Nixon’s opening to China, Bibi Netanyahu must know how Chiang Kai-shek felt as he watched his old friend Nixon toasting Mao in Peking.
The Iran nuclear deal is not on the same geostrategic level. Yet both moves, seen as betrayals by old U.S. allies, were born of a cold assessment in Washington of a need to shift policy to reflect new threats and new opportunities.
Several events contributed to the U.S. move toward Tehran.
First was the stunning victory in June 2013 of President Hassan Rouhani, who rode to power on the votes of the Green Revolution that had sought unsuccessfully to oust Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
Rouhani then won the Ayatollah’s authorization to negotiate a cutting and curtailing of Iran’s nuclear program, in return for a U.S.-UN lifting of sanctions. As preventing an Iranian bomb had long been a U.S. objective, the Americans could not spurn such an offer.
Came then the Islamic State’s seizure of Raqqa in Syria, and Mosul and Anbar in Iraq. Viciously anti-Shiite as well as anti-American, ISIS made the U.S. and Iran de facto allies in preventing the fall of Baghdad. … Continue Reading

Not Solving “Whole Universe’s Problem”. . . California Media School Plans For A Global Reach Anyway

July 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — As he talked about the latest plans for expansion at John Paul the Great Catholic University here, The Wanderer asked school president Derry Connolly, Ph.D., how much this would cost.
He flashed a big grin. “Probably a good question. Many million. . . . Our big challenge is buying real estate. While real estate is depressed, $10 million.”
The real estate would be much more expensive if it were right in the Pacific Ocean coastal city of Carlsbad, he said. However, San Diego County’s Escondido is over to the east, in California’s coastal hills.
Cost-conscious Connolly and his administrators know the value of a dollar, but they also trust in God to provide for the orthodox Catholic school that wants to help renew the culture.
“When you’re working for God, you never know where the money comes from. . . . We’re not a fund-raising machine,” Connolly said.
Having been inspired to start a new Catholic school focused on providing education in media and business here in southern California, down the coast from the media and business hub of Los Angeles-Hollywood, Connolly has become familiar with mapping and carrying out expansion plans. … Continue Reading

Paving The Road To Hell . . . The New Standard In Ethical Guidelines

July 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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The Obama administration, at a July 17 press briefing, when confronted with the ghoulish reality that federally funded Planned Parenthood is profiteering with the sale of aborted baby parts, responded by citing Planned Parenthood’s statement that it has acted in a way “entirely consistent” with the “strictest ethical guidelines.” (See p. 1A of this week’s issue.)
Not even at the pinnacle of the reign of the Third Reich as the minions of Adolf Hitler were heinously marching the Jews into the chambers of the death camps would the ministers of misinformation have released a statement as belligerent or as in-your-face as this is. Have we now redefined the word “ethical” to the point where it is not only acceptable to murder a human being, but we can also market the body parts of that person?
Anybody with a hint of a conscience who is not repulsed by this statement either does not have a heartbeat or has sold his soul to the Devil.
Upon reflection on the July 17 statement, it becomes … Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood’s War On The World . . . As Tragedy Deepens, Can Elitists Awake From Their Nightmare?

July 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

When handed a winning issue, will a candidate accept it? Often for Republicans, the answer has been “no” when the issue is pro-life.
Their courage collapses because they know that dominantly pro-abortion “news” media would savage them as much as these media favor savaging unborn babies.
The public wouldn’t stand for what the abortion industry has been getting away with for decades if people knew, if they were educated in the public square.
But too many GOP candidates are well aware that bombast battleships like The New York Times still portray opposition to massive permissive abortion as foolish superstition that must be crushed at all costs.
So these candidates go hide from the issue, let the atrocities continue, and leave many members of the public thinking that massive abortion maybe either is a minor issue, or too embarrassing.
Meanwhile, nothing should put Democratic pro-abortionist presidential hopefuls for 2016 in a tougher spot than trying to defend crushing and crunching innumerable babies, to use the slaughterhouse language of Planned Parenthood executives themselves in two recently released sting videos, as of July 21.
Hey, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Martin O’Malley, start trying to figure out how to brag about these stark reminders of the 1940s work of Hitler’s handyman Dr. Josef Mengele.
You may think you can duck having to answer questions on this. But pro-lifers sharp enough … Continue Reading

Chin Up! Maybe…

July 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is easy to see why Americans with traditional values would be in a gloomy mood. It seems as if the country is turning against us; that behaviors and beliefs that would have been seen as bizarre and inimical to a virtuous society in the America of our youth are now mainstream, everything from same-sex marriage to legalized pornography and drug use.
We see the media making no effort to disguise their contempt for us. And it would not be an exaggeration to hold that American higher education is dedicated to ensuring that future generations of American will not think as we do about the important questions in life. Not good.
But all may not be lost. We should keep in mind the many pendulum swings that have characterized American history. Ideas and movements once seen as lost causes have risen again. The American left, for example. As hard as it is to believe in the light of recent events, it was not that long ago that “liberal” was a word that politicians ran from like the kiss of death. Even now, many on the left favor the term “progressive.”
Think back to the early 1970s, when Kevin Phillips was all over the television dial explaining the logic behind his book The Emerging Republican Majority. In it, he argued that a political alliance between suburbanites, disaffected blue-collar workers, and Southerners was going to lead to control of our government by conservative Republicans for as far as the eye could see. … Continue Reading

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Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks…Continue Reading

The Remnant REALLY? . . . Is This How We Support Fellow Catholics Battling A Cause We Should All Be Behind?

Planned Parenthood Hires PR Firm to Run Damage Control After It’s Exposed Selling Aborted Babies

The Planed Parenthood abortion business is so desperate to put out the public relations fires that have developed in the wake of it being caught numerous times selling the body parts of aborted babies that it has hired a top…Continue Reading

More than Half of Young Catholic Families Are Latino Despite Recent Decline

More than half of young Catholic families (53 percent) identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic compared with 32 percent of all Catholics, according to a recent survey. Could the presence of Hispanic families in the Catholic Church indicate Latino congregational…Continue Reading

New York Catholic churches closing after decades of service

Parishioners in New York are losing their churches as the Catholic Archdiocese carries out an aggressive consolidation plan. The cuts are driven by declining membership, fiscal insolvency of churches, and fewer priests, according to church officials. While there are 2.8…Continue Reading

Kenyan President to Obama: You Will not Impose The ‘Gay Rights’ Agenda In Kenya

We need to speak frankly about these things” says President Kenyatta in response to Obama’s statement that Kenya must share the same values as the United States on sodomite rights issues. Kenyatta, at the press conference this morning in Kenya,…Continue Reading

Nancy Pelosi: Ignore Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Investigate Pro-Lifers

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has no interest in digging deeper into the revelations that the Planned Parenthood abortion business is selling the body part of aborted babies Instead, she wants the Obama administration to investigate the pro-life activists who…Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina to Planned Parenthood: You Deny Ultrasounds to Show Women Life Within Them, but Use Ultrasounds to Preserve Organs of Their Dead Babies

Venezuela’s bishops caution against the adoption of no-fault divorce

The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either’s part , Christian Telegraph reports…Continue Reading

Rationing? Obamacare Health Care Plans Have 34 Percent Fewer Doctors, Hospitals

According to the Washington Examiner, a new study reveals that Obamacare plans have 34% fewer doctors and hospitals than other health insurance plans. The information was released today by Avalere Heath and proves that exchange networks actually provide fewer heart…Continue Reading

Cdl. Vincent Nichols to Expand LGBT Ministry

WESTMINSTER, July 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic bishops conference of England and Wales, is pushing to expand the Church’s ministry to those in the LGBT community. Monsignor Keith Barltrop, parish priest of St. Mary…Continue Reading

LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 21, 2015 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film, Fr. Robert Barron will have a new responsibility: auxiliary…Continue Reading

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

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A blessing to one another: John Paul II and the Jewish People

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Vatican City, 28 July 2015 (VIS) – “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening today in the Vatican (Charlemagne Wing, 29 July to 17 September), previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where it received more than a million visitors. The exhibition, presented as a gift to John Paul II for his 85th birthday, was inaugurated at the Xavier…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Multiply good works like the loaves and fishes

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(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Marian Prayer before the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis recalled Sunday’s Gospel about the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. The Pope explained that “Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but the most profound of hungers, the hunger for meaning in life, the hunger for God.” He went on to say that  “in the face of suffering, loneliness, poverty and difficulties of so many people,…Continue Reading

How PPFA Manipulates Women Into “Donating” Their Babies’ Organs

By DAVE ANDRUSKO (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from National Right to Life News Today, July 15, 2015. All rights reserved.) + + + We’ve discussed at some length a shocking hidden-camera video in which two undercover investigators are shown discussing with a high-ranking PPFA official how these supposed “procurers” of fetal tissue could work with Planned Parenthood affiliates to harvest intact baby body parts. I would also like to talk about…Continue Reading

Analyzing The Heterodoxies Of The “Shadow Council”

By MAIKE HICKSON As some readers might recall, on May 25, 2015, the presidents of the German, Swiss, and French Bishops Conferences had organized a private conference at the Gregorian University in Rome. This “Shadow Council,” as it soon was called, was criticized for its secrecy and obliqueness. The suspicion arose that this meeting was intended for preparing some revolutionary strategies and argumentation in order to promote the liberalizing agenda at the upcoming October 2015…Continue Reading

Defend The Little Sisters Of The Poor — And American Liberty

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing…Continue Reading

Aggressive Obama, Passive National GOP . . . Is Third-Party Option Starting To Look Better?

By DEXTER DUGGAN House Speaker John Boehner said the recently released sting video of a national Planned Parenthood official at lunch, munching away and chatting about how to “crush” unborn babies to harvest their organs for money, was “disgusting.” Republican Boehner finally seemed to have found his voice in a Washington where he usually blends…Continue Reading

Is This What Determines Our Position On Common Core?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The mail that we receive at First Teachers is overwhelmingly opposed to Common Core, the federal government’s effort to establish education standards for the country. Certain of our correspondents object to what they see as a liberal bias in Common Core’s curriculum, while others object to what they believe are confusing…Continue Reading

When Trump Talks, People Should Listen

By REY FLORES How many of you recall the old E.F. Hutton television commercials where everyone on an airplane would stop and listen to one man when he says, “My broker is E.F. Hutton, and E.F. Hutton says….” The voiceover would then state: “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Donald Trump can do the same…Continue Reading

Thinking About The Church And Our Lives As Catholics

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: This essay is an abridged version of a 2009 talk Philip Trower gave to the David Foster Summer School in England.) + + + I want this evening to share some thoughts with you about what being a Catholic has come to mean to me since I was received into…Continue Reading

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Obergefell V. Hodges . . . “To Sin By Silence . . . Makes Cowards Of Men”

By FR. PETER MITCHELL (Editor’s Note: Fr. Peter Mitchell is the pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Greenville, Wis. He gave this homily on the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 28 — two days after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.) + + + “To sin by silence when they…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Like Love, Assent To Faith Is A Matter Of The Will

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Reaction to my column last week titled “Where Is There Room to Disagree With Jesus? In Hell!” included the following note from a Facebook follower. Kim wrote, “Perhaps the question posed to you was not worded correctly. How about this onea. . . . Is there a line where Catholic teachings are not something Catholics…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Why Is The Gospel Message Unique Among Religions?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 12 In this series of articles on apologetics, we have followed a logical sequence, moving from the simpler to the more complex. So, first we saw how it makes sense that truth is objective, and not subjective; that is, our minds do not create the truth, they learn it, discover it, and grasp it from…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Catholicity

By DON FIER Part 3 As we continued to examine the third mark of the Church last week, that she is catholic (or universal), we saw that all mankind is called to belong to the one true Church, the new People of God. Christ’s clear mandate to His apostles was to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the…Continue Reading

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Q. In our parish it is a custom following the final blessing at Mass for the priest to lead the congregation in a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and a Hail Mary. This past Sunday during that prayer, I was reminded of the tradition in the late 1940s and the 1950s to offer prayers for the conversion of Russia following…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Martha

By CAROLE BRESLIN A popular pilgrimage among the Catholics of southern France takes visitors to the Grotte de la Sainte-Baume, located in the hills of Provence about 20 miles east of the port of Marseilles. To reach this holy site, the driver must cover miles of winding, ascending roads to the foot of the mountain. Then the pilgrim ascends a…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bridget

By CAROLE BRESLIN One of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s most quoted sayings would fit with this column’s saint, “God hasn’t called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.” What encouraging words for anyone seeking to do God’s will, knowing that the cross, the setbacks, and the obstacles are all part of working for the Kingdom of…Continue Reading