Tuesday 3rd March 2015

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Who Are The Muslim Moderates?

March 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The February 5 edition of First Teachers featured a discussion of the Obama administration’s decision not to use the terms “Muslim terrorists” and “radical Islam” in describing the assassins of the editors of the French publication Charlie Hebdo and terrorist groups such as ISIS. Several readers have written to add their thoughts to this topic.
J.D.C., a reader from Texas, is convinced that concerns for political correctness distort the way many Americans think about Islam. He writes, “It is not the role of the government of the United States to define what is genuine Islam and what is not. It is even perilous for any non-Muslim to draw this distinction. ‘Moderate Muslims’ commit many horrible crimes, as when Saudi moneybags buy sex slaves from India and Pakistan, but won’t let girls flee burning buildings unless properly dressed. As far as I can tell, what makes a Muslim moderate is that he is in some sort of shaky alliance with the United States, not much more. When Catholic leaders seeking to appear ‘enlightened’ and ‘ecumenical’ pretend that Islam is some sort of kindred religion, or offer up mealy-mouthed excuses for Muslim behavior, it becomes hard to take them seriously.” … Continue Reading

No Compromise When It Comes To The Preborn

March 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

“Right now, we are just trying to convince people that it is not right to abort children through the ninth month of pregnancy and that is an uphill battle in itself without having to explain to people that unborn babies conceived in rape and incest have the same right to life.”

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The above message was sent via Facebook last week to my friend Rebecca Kiessling. If you aren’t familiar with Rebecca, she is one of the most powerful pro-life speakers that one would ever hope to hear.
Rebecca was conceived through rape. Her mother almost aborted her, but obviously God had other plans for both mother and baby. Rebecca was indeed born, and was raised by an adoptive family.
Today Rebecca is an attorney and the founder of Save the 1, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate everyone on why all preborn children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise. Save the 1 works to educate pro-life advocates, leaders, and clergy on how to articulate a proper defense of children conceived in rape or incest, as well as those with special needs. … Continue Reading

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Drop Box’

February 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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If there’s a genre of film that I am not necessarily a big fan of, it’s documentaries. They seem so academic and formal that little room is left for the humanity of the person aside from facts and history. ‘The Drop Box’ is the exception to the rule.
‘The Drop Box’ tells the story of one man’s efforts to protect and care for newborn babies who might have otherwise been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Pastor Lee Jong-Rak built a ‘baby box’ – a safe harbor to welcome and care for these babies.
So far, more than 600 babies – many of whom … Continue Reading

Rest In Peace, Dr. Jack Willke

February 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOSEPH SCHEIDLER

(Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this tribute to Dr. Jack Willke by Joseph Scheidler from the Pro-Life Action League, which Scheidler founded in Chicago in 1980. All rights reserved.
(Dr. Willke died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 20. He was 89.)

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The Handbook on Abortion by Dr. Jack and Barbara Willke became my Bible just as soon as abortion became legal nationwide in 1973.
It had been published in 1971 and was already on the shelves when the U.S. Supreme Court made abortion on demand the law of the land. I don’t know what we would have done without it. It answered all the questions we pro-lifers had in those early days, and we were glad someone had done our work for us.
The book ended up being used worldwide and was eventually translated into 32 languages and went through multiple reprintings.
Jack was an obstetrician who quit delivering babies in the late 1960s in order to work full-time in the abortion battle.
But who was Jack Willke? And why did he do all his writing and give his talks with his wife, Barbara? … Continue Reading

Except Which Party Runs Congress… Little Changes In USCCB’s Open-Borders Push As Years Pass

February 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Arizonans are well-acquainted with the open-borders reputation of the regional bishops’ lobbying arm, the Arizona Catholic Conference, of whom the Diocese of Tucson’s liberal Bishop Gerald Kicanas is an unabashed champion.
These ideas were on display again in Washington, D.C., in February testimony. They’re ideas that were strongly rejected by a Republican Latino activist in a February 22 interview with The Wanderer. But first, some words from Kicanas.
Drawing to the conclusion of his prepared remarks before a U.S. House subcommittee on February 11 on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” Kicanas said:
“We are hopeful that, as our public officials debate this issue, that immigrants, regardless of their legal status, are not made scapegoats for the challenges we face as a nation. Rhetoric which attacks the human rights and dignity of the migrant are not becoming of a nation of immigrants. Neither are xenophobic and anti-immigrant attitudes, which only serve to lessen us as a nation.” … Continue Reading

Neither Dignity Nor Justice . . . Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia

February 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC
(Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.)

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On February 6 the nine judges of the Canadian Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in a unanimous decision, reversing a previous 1994 ruling.
The move continued a tendency toward judicial activism that started with the striking down of abortion laws, then the introduction of same-sex marriage, and then the striking down of laws on prostitution.
While technically the court did not eliminate the legal prohibition regarding assisted suicide, it said that it no longer applied to a person who consents to the termination of his or her life and has a “grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease, or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.”
Commentators pointed out that this is not limited to terminal illnesses and could even apply to persons with psychological problems, including depression.
The effect of the decision is suspended for 12 months so that Parliament has an opportunity to pass a law on this matter. With an election coming up later in the year in October there is doubt that a law will be passed in the near future. … Continue Reading

San Francisco Economist . . . Changes Mind, Says Porous Borders Harm Families, Nations

February 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

An economics professor at the Jesuit University of San Francisco offered ideas for significantly improving the lives of Central Americans in their home countries, rather than having a porous border, in an article posted January 8 at Christianity Today, a major evangelical magazine and website.
In “Border Crisis = Church Opportunity — The international difference a local congregation can make,” evangelical Bruce Wydick wrote that he used to think border security was callous, but changed his mind to see that orderly, fair entry is needed, in part because of the way the current migration system hurts families left back at home.
Wydick also explored the organized crime and its narco-trafficking as they affect the Latino countries.
“Many have called for an increase in border security,” Wydick wrote. “I used to think that this represented a callous and heavy-handed approach [to] the problem. But I have come to believe otherwise. Failing to regulate the flow across our borders makes us unable to genuinely act with compassion to those who have legitimate refugee status, such as seriously threatened children. … Continue Reading

Alex Schadenberg . . . Decries Canadian Supreme Court’s Striking Down Assisted Suicide Ban

February 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN

ST. PAUL — The Supreme Court of Canada made “a horrific decision” when it struck down the country’s ban on assisted suicide, said Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, here to address the February 11 Legislative Dinner of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
In his remarks, Schadenberg said the court’s February 6 ruling used “totally subjective” language, leaving Parliament to decide many particulars without objective standards to guide it. He said the ruling would allow both assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Assisted suicide, he explained, is when someone helps you to take your own life, while euthanasia is when someone “lethally injects you.”
Of the decision, he said: “You need to read it . . . to understand the end game,” especially if you think something like that can’t happen in the United States, Schadenberg told his audience of 200.
The United States might not allow active euthanasia now, Schadenberg said, but once killing is permitted, “the only question is how we’re going to do it.” … Continue Reading

Further Comments On Notre Dame

February 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

In the January 15 issue of First Teachers, we published portions of a letter from John Lyon to the administration at the University of Notre Dame, questioning the university’s decision to create a student organization designed, writes Lyon, “to provide peer- to-peer support, direct service opportunities, and friendship” for homosexual students, along with “the creation of a committee to advise the Vice President for Student Affairs on relevant matters, and the hiring of a full-time Student Development Professional in this area.” Lyon is an alumnus of the Notre Dame and a retired professor and university administrator with many years of experience. … Continue Reading

What Do Human Rights Mean Anymore?

February 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

For months now, we have been seeing pictures and watching videos of many Christians in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe being persecuted, beheaded, raped, murdered, and even burned alive. It’s hard not to see any of this if you’re anywhere near the Internet.
What I see in the faces of the recently beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt is courage. The fearlessness in their faces was that of martyrs, pure and simple. These men could have fought back and at least made it difficult for the Muslim extremists to carry out their deadly plan, but instead they were heroically stoic and ready to accept God’s will.
I have stopped watching these videos because I never want to get so desensitized that I am no longer affected by such gruesome butchery. I read plenty, however, and I have to keep asking myself what it will take for the United States and the United Nations to respond to these atrocities against humanity.
Where are all the do-gooders and so many of our supposed human rights organizations? They are nowhere to be found. Does it make a difference to the rest of the world? … Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: CARDINAL BURKE INTERVIEW WITH RORATE CAELI

Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed Raymond Cardinal Burke via telephone on numerous topics. Nothing was off the table for this interview and His Eminence was incredibly generous with his time. He showed himself to be brilliant and yet filled with…Continue Reading

Hit job on Card. Pell because he’s doing his job

His Eminence George Card Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to oversee cleaning up the finances of the Holy See. He is doing his job. And so as Pell drills into the financial corruption and is getting closer to the…Continue Reading

Oil company hit man has Archbishop Cordileone in his sights

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 27, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to…Continue Reading

What about Henry VIII?

Interestingly, Jesus’ hard teaching that “what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–35). It is true that Jesus did…Continue Reading

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Fr. Bob (that’s what we’ll call him) was a faithful parish priest for more than 25 years. One day, a process server showed up at the rectory door and handed him a summons and complaint. The complaint alleged that some…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Must Save Students from Pornography Epidemic, Says Counseling Expert

Catholic colleges and universities owe it to their students to do everything within their power to help combat the destructive effects of pornography, argued Dr. Peter Kleponis in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. Kleponis, a licensed clinical…Continue Reading

Imagine: A Catholic Archbishop!

If it weren’t so predictable, it would be infuriating, but because of that, it is infuriating to thinking people. It’s happening again as San Francisco drops the hammer – again – on the Catholic Church and especially Archbishop Cordileone. He’s…Continue Reading

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign…Continue Reading

University of Scranton to end all abortion coverage

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The University of Scranton plans to end employee health care coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/1JstU9i ) reports Thursday that the…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say

February 20, 2015, at 11:02 AM  |  By Kimberly Scharfenberger  | Following the election of University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. to his third term, Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their…Continue Reading

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Have Higher Priorities Than Communion for Divorced and Remarried

by CNA/EWTN NEWS 02/19/2015 Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 14, 2014. – Bohumil Petrik/CNA ROME — A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero in on strengthening…Continue Reading

LGBT Catholic group gets special seating during Pope’s weekly address

(CNN)Members of New Ways Ministry — an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics — have made three pilgrimages to the Vatican, under three different popes. But only once have they been treated like VIPs. That’s the treatment…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

Today . . .

Pope At Santa Marta: Judge Not

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(Vatican Radio) It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. The Pope, recalling that “we are all sinners” – not “in theory” but in reality – said that the ability to judge oneself is “a Christian…Continue Reading

Pope Angelus: Prayers for Syria, Iraq and Venezuela

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday remembered the people of Syria and Iraq saying “Unfortunately, there is no cessation in the dramatic news about violence, kidnapping and harassment against Christians reaching us from Syria and Iraq. The Pope went on to say that those facing these situations were not forgotten and prayed that the intolerable brutality of which they are victims would soon be at an end.  …Continue Reading

Pope Francis at the close of the Spiritual Exercises – With a piece of Elijah’s mantle

2015-02-27 L’Osservatore Romano The meditations this morning, Friday 27 February, in Ariccia were the last of the Spiritual Exercises in which the Pontiff and members of the Roman Curia participated. Meditations were led by Carmelite, Fr Bruno Secondin, in the chapel of the House of Divin Maesto belonging to the Pauline Fathers. At the end of his reflection Friday morning, Pope Francis wanted to thank the preacher. “On behalf of everyone, myself included,” the Pope…Continue Reading

Pope Francis returns to Vatican after Lenten retreat

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia have returned to the Vatican at the conclusion of their  5-day Lenten retreat held in the town of Ariccia near Rome. The spiritual exercises began last Sunday (February 22nd) and took place in the Casa Divin Maestro centre in Ariccia. In brief remarks at the conclusion of the retreat the Pope thanked Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin for leading the spiritual exercises with them. Please find…Continue Reading

Virginia Parish Calls On Catholics . . . Join In An “Affirmation Of Faith” To Pope Francis

By LISA BOURNE FRONT ROYAL, Va. (LifeSiteNews) — A Virginia Catholic parish is publicly affirming Church teaching on marriage and its fidelity to the Church, while at the same time calling on Pope Francis to proclaim and defend the same. In the wake of the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome, St. John…Continue Reading

Egalitarian Chess

By DONALD DeMARCO A high school principal, let us imagine, who is thoroughly devoted to political correctness, summoned the school’s chess coach into his office. In that venue the following conversation took place. P: I think it is time to bring the game of chess into the 21st century. C: But chess is a timeless…Continue Reading

What If The Government Fears Freedom?

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the U.S.? What if Reagan knew and respected the history of…Continue Reading

Our Lady And The New Evangelization

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 3 This article will look at the importance of the modern Marian apparitions, and particularly Fatima, and in this regard, this is what the Church, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 67) says about private revelation: “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which…Continue Reading

Hanging Rudy Out To Dry

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Back in 1987, this writer was invited by friends to advise them on a press conference they had called to oppose President Reagan’s signing of an INF treaty to remove all nuclear missiles from Europe. My advice: Deplore the treaty; do not attack the president. The next day, Howard Phillips declared…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Root Of Faith Crisis In Rupture Between Life And Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Quite a few years ago, I went hiking in the Alps on the border between Italy and France with a group of reformed drug addicts and their family members. One father brought his two sons who observed my delight as I ran up to the snow line ahead of the group and collected fresh snow…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath…Continue Reading

Catechesis In The Twenty-First Century

By Don Fier “In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council.” With these words in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei announcing the upcoming Year of Faith…Continue Reading

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Q. As a longtime subscriber to The Wanderer, I am puzzled that your writers don’t hesitate to criticize and disagree with bishops and cardinals on particular issues, but when it comes to the Pope you automatically close shop, yet he is human just like the bishops and cardinals. There is no teaching in our Church that says one cannot disagree…Continue Reading

God’s “Foolishness” Is Wisdom

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sunday Sermon for March 8, 2015 Third Sunday Of Lent (YR B) Readings: Exodus 20:1-17 1 Cor. 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 In the Gospel reading today, we hear about our Lord cleansing the Temple because the people had turned God’s house into a marketplace. The people, naturally, were appalled at this action because the buying and selling…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Augustus Chapdelaine

By CAROLE BRESLIN Christianity has never been warmly welcomed by the authorities in China, but that did not stop the missionaries over the centuries who have gone there to save souls. Christianity has existed in various forms since the Tang Dynasty (eighth century). The first reports of Catholic priests going to China go back to the 13th century. John of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Jacinta Marto

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Catholic classic Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, we learn that wisdom is to be valued much more than knowledge. There is an entire book of the Old Testament called the Book of Wisdom. While holiness does not equal happiness, we can be sure that joy comes only from God. Little Jacinta Marto, the…Continue Reading