Saturday 23rd June 2018

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Will Ireland’s Fall Lead To Argentina’s Collapse?

June 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Ireland’s Fall Lead To Argentina’s Collapse?


While the Catholic world is still reeling from Ireland’s capitulation to the abortion industry despite heroic resistance from within, the pro-aborts have set their sights upon a new target: Argentina.
Argentina’s Catholics are starting from a position where Ireland’s Catholics felt themselves to be about ten years ago. Back in 2004, about two out of every three Argentinians opposed a further liberalization of the current abortion laws — laws that still permit the destruction of over a half million Argentinian babies every year.
Yet despite being the home turf of one Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, not only has support for Argentina’s current abortion laws come under siege, so too is the Church itself.
Mass attendance — the most predictable indicator of opposition — is down sharply over the last 15 years.
Recent polling indicates that two out of every three Argentineans support opening up their country to the abortion industry for the vivisection of babies up to 12 weeks gestation.
And just as The Wanderer went to press this week, Argentina’s lower house voted to legalize abortion within 14 weeks of conception, as well as late-term abortions in cases of fetal deformity or to protect the “psychological” health of mothers.
The measure now moves to Argentina’s Senate; most of its members have said they will oppose it. Argentina’s president claims to be pro-life, but said he will not veto the measure if it reaches him.
Of course, any legal apparatus that functionally offers an endgame of “…and then you can kill the baby” is an unjust law in and of itself.
Argentina’s laws — though still far stricter than what we have here in the United States with some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world — should serve as a cautionary tale for those within the pro-life movement who believe exceptions are the ropes that make the bridge between today and a pro-life future. For the babies, those ropes are a half million nooses in Argentina alone…every year.
Yet the real question is this. Pope Francis was amazingly (and perhaps shockingly) quiet as Ireland moved to adopt pro-abortion legislation that would bring Ireland in line with Argentina’s current set of abortion laws.
With the nose under the tent and a half million Catholics being slaughtered every year, where is Pope Francis — the former archbishop of Buenos Aires no less — and why is the Vatican remaining silent as the abortion industry moves from one bloody conquest to another? … Continue Reading

Mexican-American Says… Men Of Other Nations Must Fight Corruption In Their Homelands

June 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Mexican-American Says… Men Of Other Nations Must Fight Corruption In Their Homelands


PHOENIX — On the same day that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot in an area of high illegal-trafficking activity near Arizona’s international line with Mexico, a fifth-generation Mexican-American in Phoenix coincidentally noted to The Wanderer that some men of other nations aren’t being properly encouraged to fight corruption and suffering in their homelands.
Rudy Pena, a registered Democrat and political conservative, remarked that he has “been around politics all my life,” with his father having served as a state representative in the Arizona legislature, and his uncle a six-term Arizona state senator.
Pena said he is working to get his own blog, “The Conservatino,” running before elections later this year.
In a Q-and-A interview published below, Pena noted the negligence of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to call “on Catholic men of foreign nations to wage their own moral battle against the actions of corruptible men of their own governments.”
Regarding the border agent being wounded, Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star posted on June 12 that the Associated Press “reported that a cattle rancher said the shooting happened in a remote part of his ranch that is frequently used by drug and migrant smugglers,” while “several bullets also struck the agent’s protective vest and that the vest probably saved his life. He also says several people were detained.”
Only a wire cattle fence in the area reportedly marks the border.
This continues a long line of violent incidents along an often-weak international line where elitists like the USCCB oppose steps for firm security. The elitists constantly seem to seek new excuses for keeping the crime-ridden border porous.
The Arizona Catholic Conference lobbying group issued a statement the previous week, on June 4, against “separating families at the border.”
The statement began by saying the conference’s bishops “wish to again express our continued solidarity” with the USCCB “about the critical need to protect immigrant children and families seeking safety from violence by keeping them together. Many of those coming to our borders are fleeing starvation, violence, or death.” … Continue Reading

Does Scripture Allow For Pre-adamic Animal Suffering?

June 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Does Scripture Allow For Pre-adamic Animal Suffering?

Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.


I missed seeing Philip Trower’s reply (“Creation and Evolution Revisited”, The Wanderer, October 26, 2017, p. 8A) to my critique of his original article on evolution until months after it was published, so I apologize to The Wanderer and to you, dear reader, for the tardiness of this further response. It will help to begin by refreshing our memories.

The debate between Mr. Trower and myself is over whether, in order to explain theologically the millions of years of innocent animal pain, terror, and bloodshed which according to the ‘long-ages’ evolutionary worldview occurred prior to the Fall of man, we may postulate not only that God gave the angels “power to influence the evolutionary or transformative creative process” but also that he did not withhold or withdraw this power from the fallen angels (cf. P. Trower, “Creation, The CCC, Evolution And Angels”, The Wanderer, July 13, 2017, p. 8B). In short, Mr. Trower, impelled by his assumption that the aforesaid worldview is true and that the traditional Judeo-Christian alternative – young-earth, six-day creationism – is false, hypothesizes that we should … Continue Reading

John Kippley Says . . . About 20 Dioceses Now Require NFP Classes For Engaged Couples

June 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on John Kippley Says . . . About 20 Dioceses Now Require NFP Classes For Engaged Couples


MINNEAPOLIS – “They’re showing signs of exercising leadership,” said John Kippley about the U.S. bishops and the acceptance of natural family planning.
Kippley was at the Church of St. Helena here June 7 to keynote the Twenty-Second Annual Benefit Banquet for The Catholic Servant, a locally based Catholic publication. He is the founder and president of Natural Family Planning International, Inc.
Following his address to the banquet, The Wanderer asked Kippley if he sees any hopeful signs for the growth of NFP in the Church. Kippley noted that about 20 U.S. dioceses now require engaged couples to take an NFP course.
Kippley said the U.S. bishops are “aware they dropped the ball, pastorally and theologically,” on Humanae Vitae.
He referred to Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s remarks affirming that failure.
In a 2012 interview with James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal, Dolan said that Humanae Vitae “brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the Church, that I think most of us — and I’m using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself — kind of subconsciously said, ‘Whoa. We’d better never talk about that, because it’s just too hot to handle’,” said Dolan.
“We forfeited the chance to be a coherent moral voice when it comes to one of the more burning issues of the day,” Dolan then added (see LifeSiteNews, April 2, 2012).
Also, in a November 2017 address to the USCCB, Cardinal Dolan stated: “For those who are willing to accept the wisdom and the vision of Humanae Vitae, as challenging as it may be, they found beauty and freedom in the Church’s teaching. We’d like to use the occasion of the 50th anniversary to lift up that truth, beauty, and freedom.” … Continue Reading

Miss America, Mickey Mouse, The NFL, And More Madness

June 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Miss America, Mickey Mouse, The NFL, And More Madness


A couple of weeks ago, Miss America pageant officials announced that the swimsuit portion of the pageant would be scrapped entirely. Political correctness, particularly the #MeToo movement, has infected and officially killed another traditional American institution.
Is it a case of modesty, or of politically correct madness?
Let me be clear. I agree wholeheartedly that a woman’s body should be respected as much as her entire being, but when a beauty pageant is no longer about beauty, then it should simply cease to exist.
Instead, the “competition,” as it will be known from here on, has become yet another stage for fake feminism, liberal political tripe, and another lame attempt at erasing the natural attraction of the opposites.
As much as they’ll cry “girl power,” I bet they’ll still largely be behind Planned Parenthood and the femicide of unborn women.
In my opinion, beauty pageants, the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and other forms of entertainment which focus simply on a woman’s body have become nothing other than soft porn. A gateway to impure thoughts, hardcore porn, and at worst, sinful and destructive behaviors.
And Walt Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” has gone from crazy to just plain evil. Magic Kingdom? No thanks. I’ll strive and fight for the Kingdom of God instead.
In “honor” of June being supposedly gay “pride” month, Disney has been selling their iconic Mickey Mouse ear hats with a new twist. The new hats now feature rainbow-colored mouse ears, and a pair of Mickey Mouse gloved hands making a heart shape featuring a rainbow colored heart. … Continue Reading

A Tale Of Two Cases — Both Misunderstood

June 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Tale Of Two Cases — Both Misunderstood


Two cases popped up on my radar this week, both engendered strong passion, and the results of each are being misunderstood by those writing the news. One involves Iowa’s new Heartbeat Legislation and the other a Colorado baker by the name of Jack Phillips.
Turning homeward first: On May 4 Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Senate File 359, which is the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. The new law restricts abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is sometime around the sixth week of pregnancy. There are exceptions, such as conditions which endanger the mother’s life, rape which is reported within forty-five days, incest which is reported within one hundred and forty days, and fetal abnormality.
As soon as the bill was signed into law the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood, an abortionist, and an independent abortion clinic in Iowa City. The state attorney general, Tom Miller, declined to defend the law so the state obtained the services of The Thomas More Society which agreed to defend the law pro bono. The lead lawyer for Thomas More is Martin Cannon, an Iowa lawyer affiliated with Thomas More’s Omaha office.
Martin, an experienced pro-life litigator, has successfully defended over 40 cases revolving around Leroy Carhart’s late-term abortion clinic facility in Omaha and additional cases relating to clinics there. He also effectively presented the case against webcam abortions before the Iowa Board of Medicine.
A hearing on Planned Parenthood’s motion for a pre-enforcement injunction was scheduled for June 6, but due to the shortness of time between Thomas More’s entry into the case and the hearing, Martin realized that he had insufficient time to prepare a case and thus chose to agree to a temporary injunction until the case can be heard in full. … Continue Reading

Trump Baits His Hook . . . Have 21st-Century Dictators Become Different When Prosperity Is The Lure?

June 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump Baits His Hook . . . Have 21st-Century Dictators Become Different When Prosperity Is The Lure?


You mean that if President Franklin Roosevelt had suggested building flashy resort hotels to improve the economies for Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, the bloody dictators would have renounced being political gangsters and become good guys?
Highly doubtful, because those World War II bad guys were wedded to murderous statist ideologies that took precedence for them over burnishing their images by acquiring hotel swimming pools and fancy cuisine for tourists.
Still, sanguinary Stalin’s aggressive Communist, atheist ideology didn’t prevent Roosevelt from embracing him as a U.S. ally against the equally reprehensible totalitarian exterminator Hitler.
And capitalism perhaps hadn’t grown so visibly alluring yet, at that point in history, that it might tempt a totalitarian to trade his ways, even if for the enhanced welfare of his own nation.
In 1942, capitalism obviously had built Wall Street and provided the foundation for the continent-wide industrialized U.S. to have developed from mostly a wilderness only two centuries earlier.
But sparkling high-rise cities with their resort hotels around the world were yet to be grasped, much less realized. Moscow itself was a forbidding citadel of a prison-camp nation, not a transformed, soaring metropolis of the twenty-first century that includes American-themed California and barbecue restaurants. And including McDonald’s.
Today, the Kim dictatorship family of totalitarian North Korea seems literally to have a taste for McDonald’s.
It wouldn’t be the first time that once the invading McDonald’s Secret Sauce starts leaking under the door and seeping across the floor, totalitarians’ toes start slipping from their standing. Just ask Moscow.
Unusual developments have become standard for Donald Trump’s administration. But perhaps the most unusual of all was the apparent decision by North Korean dictator Kim Jong un to accept Trump’s invitation to renounce his land’s sordid ways of being an isolated threatener of nuclear disaster and become a budding consumerist society full of promise. … Continue Reading

Does Humanae Vitae Need To “Mature”?

June 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Does Humanae Vitae Need To “Mature”?


Who wrote better stories than C.S. Lewis? Everybody loves his Chronicles of Narnia. They present in fiction many themes also addressed in his Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity, but in a winsome way that only storytelling can. Take The Great Divorce. Who else could call divorce “great,” I thought, when I first ran across the book in my parents’ library years ago.
Surprise! The story the book tells is not one of a broken marriage; rather, it is an allegory of a broken cosmos, sundered by a “Great Divide” greater than the breadth of the universe itself. That “Divorce” separates Heaven and Hell.
Enjoying this captivating story requires that we set aside the Gospel passage where Dives, the rich man, gazes from afar as Abraham comforts Lazarus, the beggar whom angels have carried to paradise. There we see Dives asking Abraham for a drop of water to soothe his tongue parched by the fires of Hell. Abraham has to demur, and explain that “between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us” (Luke 16:26)
A sidebar: The Vulgate calls this chasm a “chaos magnum.” And a scholarly Latin dictionary defines chaos as “The boundless, empty space; as the kingdom of darkness, the Lower World.”
Back to our story.
Lewis asks, “Well, imagine: if those in Hell were able to cross that chasm, would it change anyone’s eternal destiny?”
To consider that prospect, Lewis describes the voyage of a tour bus that picks up passengers in Hell and drops them off on the outskirts of Heaven to look around. They can even stay if they want to. Things don’t turn out too well. In fact, it is chilling.
As the tourists from Hell alight from the bus, they are greeted by old friends from Earth, now saints, sent there by angels to convince them to repent — and stay. Alas, they find it’s a hard sell. Lewis presents us with a particularly tough case, a bishop (in his earthly life) who lost his faith and died an apostate. Will he repent? Will he stay? … Continue Reading

Behind Trump’s Exasperation

June 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Behind Trump’s Exasperation


At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.”
After he left Quebec, his director of Trade and Industrial Policy, Peter Navarro, added a few parting words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. . . . And that’s . . . what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. And that comes right from Air Force One.”
In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank.
“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades…(while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”
To understand what drives Trump, and explains his exasperation and anger, these remarks are a good place to begin.
Our elites see America as an “indispensable nation,” the premier world power whose ordained duty it is to defend democracy, stand up to dictators and aggressors, and uphold a liberal world order.
They see U.S. wealth and power as splendid tools that fate has given them to shape the future of the planet.
Trump sees America as a nation being milked by allies who free ride on our defense effort, as they engage in trade practices that prosper their own peoples at America’s expense.
Where our elites live to play masters of the universe, Trump sees a world laughing behind America’s back, while allies exploit our magnanimity and idealism for their own national ends. … Continue Reading

Can State Force Painter To Promote Satan?

June 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Can State Force Painter To Promote Satan?


(Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.)

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When you drove down California Street through San Francisco’s Richmond District in the 1970s, one house made a stronger impression than most others.
This was not because the house was an architectural marvel. It was a small, cookie-cutter Victorian.
No, it stood out because it was painted black. From sidewalk to rooftop, every inch was coated in a uniform darkness.
Its owner in those days was Anton LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible; and, years later, when it was about to be torn down, the San Francisco Chronicle would refer to it as “the building that once housed San Francisco’s sordid Church of Satan.”
“The Black Pope, as (LaVey) liked to be called, was a self-proclaimed sorcerer with a devilish penchant for marketing,” the Chronicle reported in a story published on March 22, 2001.
“While the nation’s media, led by the San Francisco papers, regularly descended upon the 1905 Victorian to pen the latest weird act to emanate from (LaVey’s) bizarre chambers,” the Chronicle said, “his great contribution — if that’s the correct term — to counterculture was a 1969 manifesto called the Satanic Bible, which his followers and publicists claimed sold more than 1 million copies.”
Anton LaVey died in 1997 and the black house was torn down in 2001.
But looking back there can be no doubt the house — and its black paint — were evidence of what the Chronicle called LaVey’s “devilish penchant for marketing.”
Now, suppose a new denomination, also presenting itself as Satanic, were to rise up today in Colorado. The leader of this hypothetical church buys a house in a prominent place — with plans to paint it black in the hope of “marketing” his faith.
Could the state of Colorado force a Christian painter to do the job?
Following the reasoning presented in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the answer would be yes — so long as the Colorado state officials forcing the Christian to paint the Satanic church black were enforcing a “generally applicable law” and took a “neutral” approach to the painter’s religion.
In Masterpiece, the question was whether Colorado could force a Christian baker to make a customized wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. The baker said this violated both his First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech. … 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

Catholic bishops are quick to attack Trump but slow to advise their voters

(RNS) — President Trump had no sooner returned home from his historic photo op with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore when he faced condemnation from a host of religious leaders, from Southern Baptists to African Methodists to Catholics,…Continue Reading

Bishop: Deny Communion to Border Agents. It’s a ‘Life Issue.’

Is enforcing U.S. immigration law a moral evil that demands excommunication? Or would a new proposal politicize the Eucharist, strengthen organized crime, and hurt even more migrant children? Roman Catholics must face these questions after Bishop Edward Weisburger of Tucson suggested “canonical…Continue Reading

Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while…Continue Reading

Pope Francis rejects German proposal for inter-communion

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2018 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist…Continue Reading

St. Paul archdiocese settlement is largest-ever in Catholic bankruptcy case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout…Continue Reading

Church’s teaching on male-only priesthood is ‘infallible’: Vatican doctrine chief

ROME, May 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Vatican office overseeing Church doctrine has insisted that the Church’s teaching on the male-only priesthood is “infallible,” and has offered a veiled rebuke of a prominent Cardinal who recently claimed the…Continue Reading

The revolt against Humanae Vitae continues to haunt us today

ROME, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — As in 2017, 2018 is also a year that is rich with important and significant anniversaries which we need to remember, because the roots of the present are found in the past. The best known…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Communion cannot be shared with non-Catholics like beer or cake

BUCKFASTLEIGH, England, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Protestants who want to receive Holy Communion should become Catholics, Cardinal Francis Arinze said this week, and added that “it is rather serious” to presume marriage can be dissolved for the purpose of…Continue Reading

Speaker Ryan Proposes a Return to Catholic Social Doctrine at Prayer Breakfast

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday about how he believed the answer to many of the political problems society faces today, including “moral relativism” and “tribalism,” can be found in Catholic…Continue Reading

Judge rules ‘transgender’ high-schooler should have been allowed opposite-sex bathroom

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia, May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge has ruled that a Virginia high school should have allowed a gender-confused former student to use the restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Gavin Grimm is a female Gloucester High School…Continue Reading

One of the most ‘liberal abortion regimes’ if vote passes

Ireland will have one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe if Friday’s referendum is passed, the No campaign warned during its final press conference on Wednesday. With the broadcasting ban set to come into force on the eve of the…Continue Reading

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


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

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

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


Today . . .

Cardinal Burke responds to Francis: We hand-delivered dubia letter to Pope’s residence

ROME, June 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking with Reuters in an interview which appeared yesterday, Pope Francis criticized Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other cardinals who joined him in begging the Pope for clarification on key issues of faith. The cardinals used the long-standing ecclesial practice of issuing dubia, or questions to the Pope. There were five such questions altogether. But, according to Reuters the Pope said that “he had heard about the cardinals’ letter criticizing him…Continue Reading

GOOD NEWS . . .Fr. Phillips Exonerated

We have confirmation that after several weeks the Congregation of the Resurrection has indeed concluded its hearings and investigation of the accusations directed against Father Phillips. An independent Review Board of three public-spirited leaders from the Chicago area, who are not members of St. John Cantius Church, was constituted. Thereafter, the Review Board interviewed the detractors and several witnesses, persons who personally know the accusers, and other individuals who

Cardinal Brandmüller Questions Francis’ Claim Not to Have Received the Dubia Before Publication

Today, on 20 June, Reuters published a new interview with Pope Francis. Although the interview is making headlines because of the Pope’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, it also contains another controversial assertion: the pope surprisingly now claims that he only heard about the Dubia (concerning his document Amoris Laetitia) “from the newspapers” — a claim that Dubia cardinal Walter Brandmüller has now questioned in comments to OnePeterFive. From the text of the interview: The pope also commented on internal criticism of his…Continue Reading

US Cardinal removed after ‘credible’ allegation he abused a minor

NEW YORK, June 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., “is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry,” says a news release from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “The review board found the allegations credible and substantiated,” Dolan’s statement said. “The Vatican…Continue Reading

Trump Admin Withdraws U.S. From UN Human Rights Council That Pushed Global Right to Abortion

The Trump Administration announced today that the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council. That’s good news for pro-life advocates as the so-called human rights organization pushed for a global right to kill unborn children in abortions. According to news reports: The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling the 47-member council “a protector of human rights abusers, an


But What Happened To The News Coverage? . . . Pope Says Homosexual Couples Are Not A Family

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue on June 18 commented on remarks by Pope Francis that have been censored by the media.) + + + Pope Francis says gay couples cannot be considered a family. The media know he said this but, with few exceptions, they refused to run this story.…Continue Reading

Holy Bashfulness Vs. Shame By ALICE von HILDEBRAND

My dear young friend, Years ago, Cardinal O’Boyle was discussing some sexual matters with a group of men; all of a sudden the cardinal noticed that a young girl had joined the group, and interrupting his talk, he said to her: “Please excuse me.” But he was immediately rudely rebuked by one of the men…Continue Reading

On The Role Of Beauty In The Spiritual Life

By JAMES MONTI In recent years, thanks largely to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the role of beauty in the sacred liturgy — and the appalling chasm created by its absence — has been a topic of frequent discussion among those concerned with a restoration of the sacred in divine worship — the beauty of the…Continue Reading

Civil Court… Rules Fulton Sheen’s Remains Can Go To Peoria

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — The Superior Court of New York ruled June 8 in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the body of her uncle, Venerable Fulton Sheen, to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The body of the late archbishop is currently in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New…Continue Reading

Lindsey Graham’s Unjustifiable Call for War

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Question: Has North Korea reinvaded South Korea since it signed an armistice 65 years ago suspending the Korean War? Answer: No. Question: Why? Answer: It has been deterred. Question: Would it…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Q. Following up on a recent question about a divorced and remarried non-Catholic adult who converts to the Catholic Church, you said that the conversion would not change the status of the person, that he would still be married to his previous spouse and could not marry again without a decree of nullity or the death of the first spouse.…Continue Reading

None Dare Call It Treason

By DEACON JAMES TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Air War College, and author of Morals Under the Gun and other books. He has also taught at Notre Dame, Norwich, Auburn, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He serves in the Diocese of…Continue Reading

The Glorious St. John The Baptist

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Nativity Of St. John The Baptist (YR B) Readings Isaiah 49:1-6 Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:57-66, 80 Today we celebrate the birth of a man who is important to us in a variety of ways. St. John the Baptist is, according to our Lord’s own words, the greatest man born of woman. For this…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Will Marriages Outside A Church Keep Couples In The Church?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church makes exceptions to its own rules; this is well known. There are God’s rules, such as the Commandments, exceptions to which cannot be granted by man. And then there are the regulations promulgated by the Church, using the authority given her by the Lord, in order to better facilitate the pastoral work of…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Understanding Confession More Deeply

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 33 When Jesus gave the apostles the power to bind and unbind things here on Earth (Matt. 18:18), He gave them authority over His flock. Hence, from the very first century, Popes and bishops passed laws to be observed by the people. Consequently, considering the seriousness of sin, and the risk many take for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Cafasso

By CAROLE BRESLIN Truman Capote wrote: “Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.” More important, grace is a chain of grace with one grace leading to another. And holiness a chain of holiness as God pours His love through one person to another, as the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of all graces, pours…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph The Hymnographer

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the late sixth and early seventh century, the glories of Gregorian chant began to develop in Rome. Then, in the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote beautiful hymns to celebrate Corpus Christi and to honor the Real Presence. In the Eastern Church, around Constantinople, they also sang hymns, but it was not until the late ninth…Continue Reading