Sunday 25th January 2015

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What Does The High Court Have To Fear If It Imposes “Gay Marriage”?

January 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

It used to sound like a persuasive argument that the Supreme Court wouldn’t dare impose “same-sex marriage” on the nation because that only would be inviting decades of unresolved social strife, much like the court caused by imprudently and impudently forcing radical permissive abortion throughout the land in 1973.
After all, Americans from coast to coast voted to uphold traditional marriage in state ballot measures. But that was before lower-court judges arrogantly began to overturn these democratically enacted affirmations of historic marriage from east to west. What would the High Court have to lose now, in its own eyes, by forcing through more judicial imperialism? What, indeed?
The justices would know the social strife to come. But, given the degenerate elite’s current urgency to mandate sex-disoriented “marriage” on the entire society, maybe that’s some strife the justices are willing to endure. … Continue Reading

Across The Nation . . . States Remember Roe v. Wade And Vow To Stop Abortion

January 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By KIRSTEN ANDERSEN and LISA BOURNE

(Editor’s Note: The Wanderer went to press this week on January 22, limiting the amount of up-to-date coverage of the March for Life we could include in this issue. More coverage will appear in next week’s issue.
(LifeSiteNews provided the article below. Kirsten Andersen wrote the first part on the various, early Roe v. Wade anniversary marches, and Lisa Bourne wrote the second part on Chicago’s record-breaking January 18 rally. All rights reserved.)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — As hundreds of thousands of people prepared to make the annual pilgrimage to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., for the 42nd annual January 22 March for Life, thousands more who couldn’t make the trip gathered earlier in communities across the nation to commemorate the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
In Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R), U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R), and Cong. French Hill (R) led a crowd of thousands on the steps of the state capitol in Little Rock. … Continue Reading

De-Barnicalization And Re-Inculturation

January 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER

In its voyage across the ocean of time or journey through the waters of history, the hull of the bark of St Peter inevitably gets encrusted with barnacles from the civilizations and cultures it passes through.
Examples would be the sedia gestatoria on which the Popes used to be carried into St. Peter’s and the flabellae or ostrich feather fans which accompanied him. Another example would be the bishop’s or cardinal’s cappa magna, a kind of cloak with a long train carried by an altar boy used on solemn occasions to emphasize the exalted nature or dignity of the episcopal office.
These “barnacles” were not bad in themselves and they could have a practical purpose. The sedia gestatoria was a kind of early Pope-mobile before the age of cars, a way of ensuring that when the Pope came into St. Peter’s for a solemn High Mass, as many people as possible could see him. … Continue Reading

Selma, 50 Years On

January 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America?
Selma, a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the Selma cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white.
Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, says Rev. Al Sharpton, the higher up you go the whiter it gets.
Even before the Selma dustup, the hacking of Sony Pictures had unearthed emails between studio chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin yukking it up over President Obama’s reputed preference for films like Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, and The Butler.
“Racism in Hollywood!” ran the headlines. … Continue Reading

Although McCain Hits Obama . . . Senator Loses His Bid To Rein In GOP Critics On Home Turf

January 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

TEMPE, Ariz. — If Sen. John McCain hoped his rebuke of Barack Obama for whizzing right past the Phoenix veterans hospital on January 8 would win the senator credibility with conservatives, he failed.
McCain’s local machine still suffered a stinging loss two days later when the Republican Party in his populous home county rejected his big-dollar effort to take over the Maricopa County GOP chairmanship. Like many Republicans elsewhere, Arizona conservatives aren’t in love with “maverick” McCain.
It has been about a decade since a McCain operative headed the GOP in a county of about 4 million people, where Phoenix is county seat — leaving McCain so distant from control that in January 2014, both the Maricopa County and the Arizona GOP annual meetings censured McCain for being untrue to the Republican platform.
Other Arizona county GOPs also issued the embarrassing censures. … Continue Reading

What Do The Islamic State And Communists Have In Common?

January 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY

How should a free society react when confronted with a subversive movement that seeks to exploit our liberty to destroy it?
Matthew Olsen, who was then director of the National Counterterrorism Center, gave a speech at the Brookings Institution in September that pointed to a growing threat to people in the Middle East and to the free nations of the West.
Radical Muslim terrorists fighting in Iraq and Syria under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had revealed their great vision.
“By late June, ISIL declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate under the name the ‘Islamic State’ and called for all Muslims to pledge support to the group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” said Olsen. … Continue Reading

Joseph Farah Vs. Pope Francis

January 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The question of how evolution should be handled in Catholic schools and by Catholic parents continues to be an issue. Pope Francis offered some comments recently to those who feel there is no reason for Catholics to defend a literal interpretation of Genesis. Speaking at an unveiling of a statue of Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope stated flatly that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “not incompatible” with the Church’s teachings on the origins of the universe and human life:
“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine Creator, but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Francis went on to say that God should not be seen as a “magician with a magic wand able to do everything.” Rather, “God created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one so that they would reach their fulfillment.” … Continue Reading

The Challenge Of Being A Catholic American

January 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

Our nation was established by people who desired freedom — freedom in both their private and public lives, freedom in their homes, churches, enterprises, and associations. They wanted a person’s conscience to be held inviolable so that individuals could freely express themselves on political and social matters and worship the Almighty as they choose. The genius of the Founders lies in the basis they pronounced for that freedom.
In the England they had left, liberties and rights were granted by the king and a parliament. In the France they knew so well, liberties and rights were rooted in the will of the majority of the populace and set forth in a constitution. But views can change and constitutions altered. If a king or a parliament or a majority of the people can grant rights, they can also take them away. … Continue Reading

Noted Liberals… Seem To Think Pope Francis, Not LBJ, Began “War On Poverty”

January 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — It was an all-star panel of leading national liberals come out west to Phoenix to reflect on “economic justice.”
Local liberal Lutheran clergyman Rev. Jan Flaaten noted from the stage that the day was January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany — “the coming of wise people from the East,” he said. The audience of nearly 500 people laughed appreciatively in the Great Hall at the Jesuits’ Brophy College Preparatory school.
The “Community Conversation on Economic Justice” highlighted Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, commentator and former editor of the Jesuits’ America magazine; Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of the liberal lobbying group NETWORK and author of A Nun on the Bus, and John Carr, veteran Catholic bureaucrat who served 20 years as director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. … Continue Reading

What Freedom Of Speech?

January 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday, January 11 with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers’ comrades.
The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of freedom of speech in the West; yet it hardly could have been held in a less free speech-friendly Western environment, and the debate over Obama’s absence misses the point. … Continue Reading

Cardinal: No pro-life victory without reaching the marginalized

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston…Continue Reading

70 Churches Destroyed in ‘Anti-Charlie Hebdo’ Protests

The Christian community in Niger says it is in shock in the wake of weekend violence that has claimed the lives of 10 people and led to the destruction of dozens of places of worship and Christian homes. The protest,…Continue Reading

ITALY: Muslims smash, urinate on statue of Mary

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.” The…Continue Reading

At new in-flight press conference Francis says good Catholics are not required ‘to be like rabbits’

Catholics fail to practise “responsible parenthood” when they have too many children, Pope Francis has said during an in-flight press conference on the way home from Manila. He also denounced the teaching of “gender theory” in schools, likening it to…Continue Reading

CRUX’s “spirituality columnist” is “devastated” the Pope upholds Catholic teaching

Margery Eagan appears to be angling for a job as editor of National “Catholic” Reporter. Or perhaps spokesman for the LCWR: The news that Pope Francis has strongly defended the Church’s ban on artificial birth control left me, in a word, devastated. Goodness. Even…Continue Reading

St. Paul-Mpls. archdiocese declares bankruptcy in response to abuse lawsuits

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, saying it cannot meet its financial obligations from an unprecedented wave of clergy sex abuse lawsuits. The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese…Continue Reading

Pope Francis strongly defends church teaching against contraception

Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” Francis also denounced the corruption that has plagued…Continue Reading

Bella Dodd, who rejected Communism in favour of faith, is a lesson for young jihadis

Her story shows how easily the best human impulses can be twisted to evil Having blogged last week about John Beaumont’s book, The Mississippi Flows Into The Tiber, with all the extraordinary, uplifting and grace-filled stories of conversion that it…Continue Reading

Fox News’ Bret Baier, actor Gary Sinise cancel on Catholic group after gay gripes

FOX News Channel’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, has shown himself to have a thinner skin than might be guessed from his on-air persona.  Baier has caved in to pressure from the homosexual activist group ‘Good as You’ to back…Continue Reading

Federal judge strikes down South Dakota’s gay marriage ban

SIOUX FALLS – A federal judge has declared South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but has stayed the decision pending appeal. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday issued a summary judgment in favor of the six couples who filed…Continue Reading

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it

Recently, I had the great honor to have an audience with His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Here is the full transcript: Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project:…Continue Reading

Catholic laypeople must have maturity to speak up about bad things happening at highest levels in Church

This morning (Dec. 28), I spoke during Mass in the parish church of St Theresa of the Child Jesus, in north west London, about the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome last October. Interestingly, my talk was very well…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 Angelus: Jesus Wanted United Christians

(Vatican Radio) On Sunday and before the Angelus, the Pope recalled the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and its theme, “Give me a drink”, the sentence uttered by Jesus to the Samaritan woman. He told the faithful gathered that the “desire for unity” of the disciples of Jesus is part of our “thirst not only material for water, but…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”

(Vatican Radio) The vital role that men and women religious of different Christian Churches play in the ecumenical journey was at the heart of Pope Francis’s meeting on Saturday with participants in a conference on consecrated life and the search for Christian Unity. The three day meeting, which concludes on Sunday, comes in the context of both this Week of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Thursday Mass in Santa Marta

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(Vatican Radio) The most important thing is not the grace of a physical healing, but the fact that Jesus saves us and intercedes for us: this was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks following the readings of the day at Mass on Thursday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. Commenting on the Gospel of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Blesses The Lambs On The Feast Of St. Agnes

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the Feast of St. Agnes with a centuries-old rite: the blessing of the lambs, from whose wool the Pallium will be made. As per tradition, the small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were carried to the Casa Santa Marta, where the Pope blessed them in the atrium, in baskets. Come summer these same…Continue Reading

“I Can’t Breathe”… The Plight Of The Preborn

By REY FLORES (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from www.all.org, the website of American Life League. All rights reserved.) + + + This past year has seen race relations decline as a result of a well-orchestrated attempt by a corrupt government that wants to divide us at all costs. And the propaganda peddlers known…Continue Reading

“Flee Immorality,” Church Unity, & Right To Life March

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his January 18 blog…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Christianity’s Gift To The World

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Siedentop, Larry. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. viii + 434. Does it still make sense to still talk about the West in what some call a “post-Christian world”? Larry Siedentop, emeritus fellow of Keble College, Oxford, asks, “Can the West still be…Continue Reading

Author And Monk Thomas Merton Turns 100

By RAY CAVANAUGH The most famous Trappist monk of the 20th century was not originally a Catholic. Thomas Merton, born 100 years ago this January 31, was baptized first in the Church of England. Both of his parents were artists: His father was from New Zealand and his mother was from the U.S. Merton was…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: Abortion Pill Reversals”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of this article with footnotes, contact him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + The scientific name of the abortion pill RU 486 is mifepristone, which is sold under the brand names Mifegyn,…Continue Reading

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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . The Faith Of The Early Christians

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the perpetual virginity of the Mother of Jesus? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned alive, racked, beheaded. Others were crucified, flayed alive,…Continue Reading

I Believe — We Believe

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which…Continue Reading

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Q. I remember a nun telling us back in Catholic school that after God ejected Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, He promised that He would eventually send them a Messiah. Where is that in the Bible? — M.R., Indiana. A. In chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis. Actually, the promise was made before God expelled our…Continue Reading

Joy And Fulfillment

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut. 18:15-20 1 Cor. 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 In the first reading today God makes a promise and a command. He promises that He will raise up for the people a Prophet like Moses. At the same time, He requires that the people will listen to that Prophet because…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ranjith’s Address To Pope . . . We Need Your Prayers, As Well As Your Guidance

(Editor’s Note: Here is the text of a speech given the morning of January 14 by Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, in gratitude to the Holy Father. He addressed these words at the end of the Mass of Canonization of St. Joseph Vaz that Pope Francis celebrated. He was interrupted by applause several times. See page 1 of this…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Of Egypt, Abbot

By CAROLE BRESLIN While we can understand that God is infinite, it is difficult to comprehend the stretch of such infinity. Certainly our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend it. Hence, since our minds our finite, the more we have cluttering our minds with worldly affairs such as possessions, relationships, and activities, the less time and room we have in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Stephen, Protomartyr

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the popular Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, a different gift is given for each of the twelve days of Christmas. This celebration of twelve days begins with December 26, the Feast of St. Stephen, and ends with the Epiphany, traditionally celebrated on January 6. The Catholic Church celebrates the Christmas octave, eight days of…Continue Reading