Friday 28th October 2016

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Not In My Locker Room

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A string of athletes and people associated with professional sports — extending from basketball superstar LeBron James to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — rushed to the microphone to proclaim that no one in their locker rooms engages in the coarse language about women that Donald Trump used on tape with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in early October, the comments that Trump labeled “locker-room talk.”
I have never been in a professional sports team’s locker rooms, but I have been in locker rooms or similar settings with men, for more than 60 years, from high school to when I was a member of Catholic men’s groups in parishes from the Bronx, to Westchester County, to North Carolina to the suburbs of New Haven, Conn. I think I have information about what is said in those places that will be of interest to the women reading this column. (I think it will be old hat for the men.) My observations should be reassuring to these women. … Continue Reading

Cognitive Dissonance On Our Side?

October 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Cognitive Dissonance On Our Side?


The psychologists define cognitive dissonance as the “mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time.” I think I might have a case of it. I think that many other Catholics with traditional views have it as well. I am hoping that readers of this column may be able to clear up my confusion.
Here’s what puzzles me: The people I agree with on educational issues — media figures, writers, people I meet in my everyday life — are opposed to the rise of political correctness on our college campuses. They are impatient with the college leftists who shout down opposing points of view, demand safe spaces where they will not have to encounter ideas that clash with their beliefs, and in general threaten the freedom of expression central to the educational process.
Yet these critics of political correctness are also opposed to moral relativism, to pornography festivals and to various convocations by campus chapters of LGBT sympathizers. The question: Why is it wrong for campus leftists to protest a speech on campus by Ann Coulter or Patrick Buchanan, but high-minded for conservative students to petition the administration to stop performances of The Vagina Monologues? The very day I am writing these lines, a group of Notre Dame grads is protesting the school’s invitation to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to speak on campus. Where do these lines get drawn? … Continue Reading

Who Ya Gonna Vote For?

October 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Who Ya Gonna Vote For?


Imagine a terrorist attack in which all the men, women, and children in the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota were killed. As horrendous as this would be, fewer people would have been slaughtered than the number of children aborted in the United States in the last eight years.
The abominations to the sanctity of human life and the indifference to the teachings of the Catholic Church in this period extend well beyond abortion. There have been restrictions on religious liberty, coercion of individual conscience, the approval of same-sex marriage, a growing legality of physician-assisted suicide, sanctions on public prayer, the creation of special “rights” for LGBT individuals, the elimination of a distinction between genders in accessing public bathrooms, a movement toward creating children with three genetic parents, and experimentation with human-animal chimeras. God has been largely marginalized and religion is being driven from the public square.
How many more societal and governmental abuses can the Church sustain and still carry out its mission to evangelize and minister to the faithful? How much more repression can it bear and still remain an influence on public matters, helping to develop the moral underpinnings necessary for a government of and by the people? … Continue Reading

Political Burnout

October 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Political Burnout


With the revelations exposing the many lies and ongoing corruption of our government officials, everyone from Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey, and countless others, it has been a brutal last six months for Americans.
I feel completely spent and burned out. Watching the unraveling of our nation, or at least the recent exposing of what may have existed for a long time now, I find myself disappointed and disillusioned.
I realize Christ is King and, no matter who is president of the United States, this always remains true. But still we face the nation’s collective disappointment over our leaders and those who aspire to be our leaders.
The skeletons in the closet are being paraded out like some kind of sick and macabre procession of lies and deception, fixed and stolen elections, rampant and shameless voter fraud, and sexual perversions.
Finding out about the corruption in the Clinton campaign is bad enough, but the amount of the corruption is enough to make one lose hope in our supposed democracy. … Continue Reading

Arizona GOP Activist Explains His “Never McCain” Effort

October 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Arizona GOP Activist Explains His “Never McCain” Effort

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PHOENIX — A veteran Arizona conservative Republican activist, Rob Haney, launched an effort to defeat U.S. GOP Sen. John McCain in the November election, even though liberal Democratic Senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick would replace him.
Among various items, Haney points to the powerful McCain’s lack of significant conservative legislation despite decades in Washington, his continuing hostility to conservatives, and the fact that when McCain moved to the Grand Canyon State, he planned to run as a Democrat but was told he couldn’t win the congressional district he wanted with that party.
Haney, a supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump for president, also notes McCain’s inconstancy toward Trump.
After being standoffish toward the billionaire, McCain successfully sought Trump’s endorsement for Arizona’s August primary election, where McCain triumphed. But the Arizona senator then withdrew his own endorsement of Trump in October after an old tape of lewd comments by Trump surfaced, for which the New Yorker apologized. … Continue Reading

Kaine And Clinton . . . Think That Flapping Their Lips Makes Voters Blind To Reality

October 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Kaine And Clinton . . . Think That Flapping Their Lips Makes Voters Blind To Reality


As a native of Mexico born early in the 20th century, new St. José Sanchez del Rio, canonized in mid-October, spoke Spanish. But he also spoke an entirely different language from this year’s Spanish-speaking U.S. Democratic vice-presidential hopeful, Tim Kaine.
Shortly before his 15th birthday, Sanchez was tortured and martyred by the sternly anti-Catholic Mexican government of that era for refusing to renounce Christ. He had been a flag bearer for the Cristeros, the heroic Catholics who rose to war against the Godless government that was punishing the Church and her faithful.
They threw the government back on its heels. Without their armed resistance, how much longer would the political rulers have been hanging Catholics in rows from telephone poles alongside the railroad tracks?
Kaine, who claims to be a Catholic, talks in an entirely different tongue about life-ending topics. He worships a U.S. government increasingly hostile to Catholics and other religious people. To Kaine, young Sanchez’s sacrifice of his own life had to be useless and foolish. All the youngster needed to say was the blasphemous, “Death to Christ the King.” … Continue Reading

Is The System Rigged? You Betcha!

October 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Is The System Rigged? You Betcha!


“Remember, it’s a rigged system. It’s a rigged election,” said Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Saturday, October 15.
The stunned recoil in this city suggests this bunker buster went right down the chimney. As the French put it, “Il n’y a que la vérité qui blesse.” It is only the truth that hurts.
In what sense is the system rigged?
Consider Big Media — the elite columnists and commentators, the dominant national press, and the national and cable networks, save Fox News. Not in this writer’s lifetime has there been such blanket hatred and hostility of a presidential candidate of a major party.
“So what?” they reply. “We have a free press!”
But in this election, Big Media have burst out of the closet as an adjunct of the regime and the attack arm of the Clinton campaign, aiming to bring Trump down.
Half a century ago, Theodore White wrote of the power and bias of the “adversary press” that sought to bring down Richard Nixon.
“The power of the press in America,” wrote Teddy, “is a primordial one. It sets the agenda of public discussion; and this sweeping power is unrestrained by any law. It determines what people will talk about and think about — an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties, and mandarins.” … Continue Reading

Banned Books Week: Again

October 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Banned Books Week: Again


It is that time of the year again as I write this, the last week of September, Banned Books Week. I keep thinking that the trendy leftists behind this yearly tub-thumping against censorship will get hit with an “uh-oh moment” and start sending emails to each other to stop this annual bout of self-congratulatory posturing.
Why would they do that? Well, wouldn’t you think they would be alarmed that the American people will notice that they are the same crowd that is leading the charge to censor everything they disagree with in the name of political correctness?
Shouldn’t they be worrying about what their response will be if someone asks them how they can lead the charge against “microaggressions” and to disinvite conservative speakers on campus, while at the same time becoming indignant when some parents’ group wants to remove a book glamorizing teenage homosexual encounters from a high school’s reading list? But they are unfazed. The champions of Banned Books Week go on, head high and undaunted. The “free speech” advocates get away with ignoring the list of the books that they ban.
What books am I talking about? Check it out for yourself. Your local high school library is not likely to have copies of Joel Chandler Harris’ Song of the South, or the children’s story about “Little Black Sambo,” or books by former homosexuals describing how they were able to cure themselves of a same-sex attraction, books that could be described as anti-Semitic, books glamorizing right-wing militias. There will be no videos in the school library of the old Amos and Andy show or The Our Gang comedies, because of what critics allege is material demeaning of African-Americans that can be found in them. … Continue Reading

The Right To Life “Trumps” All Else

October 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Right To Life “Trumps” All Else

A last-minute plea … To the Glenn Becks, Never Trumpers, Third Party Crowd, and the rest of the voters who are facilitating a Hillary Clinton victory:
Each presidential election becomes more critical than the last, as our country continues its fast track to distance itself from our Creator and His laws. Here we are again with another election more important than the last. To the Catholic and the Christian, the two most crucial issues of the day are the right to life and the right to religious liberty, period.

Without life, the most fundamental right, all other rights become insignificant. If we lose the right to practice our faith, every other right also becomes inconsequential. Any person or politician who does not respect these two rights will ultimately compromise or negotiate on any other right.
Either major candidate in this year’s presidential election will have a direct and lasting impact on both of these issues. And they draw a stark contrast.
Donald Trump has said he will support the pro-life cause, from the appointment of pro-life Supreme Court justices to upholding the Hyde Amendment to defunding Planned Parenthood. He also has assured us he will protect our religious liberties.Witness the last debate.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has promised us that she … Continue Reading

Of Straw Men And “Toxic Commentators”

October 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Of Straw Men And “Toxic Commentators”


The term “a straw man” is a useful figure of speech. It points to a tactic used by commentators to create an unfair or overly simplistic caricature of an opponent or opposition point of view. It is done to carry the day in a debate by casting the opposition’s ideas in the worst light — to make them as easy to cut apart as a child’s straw doll.
Everyone — on the left and on the right — agrees it is a cheap shot to use the tactic. But only in theory. Journalists and politicians — and the folks around the water cooler — do it all the time when it is useful for them. What is hard to determine is whether they do it deliberately and dishonestly, or if they fail to recognize this faulty logic when they employ it themselves. The latter is possible: Political enthusiasm can blur one’s judgment.
For example, I am not sure if Stephen Colbert was being deliberately dishonest when he scolded white conservatives for condemning the black rioters in Charlotte a few weeks ago for their violent tactics, when those white conservatives also condemned the football player Colin Kaepernick for kneeling silently in peaceful protest during the National Anthem. Colbert’s point was that this was hypocritical of whites, a reflection of a frame of mind that condemned blacks whether they protested peacefully or resorted to violence.
Please. One would be hard pressed to find a white conservative who condemned the violence in Charlotte, who would also have condemned the protesters in that city if they had knelt like Kaepernick in a peaceful prayer vigil. Their argument against Kaepernick was based on other grounds. Colbert created a straw man of white conservatives who could not make this distinction. … Continue Reading

Vatican: Cremated bodies may not be scattered

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2016 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an instruction Tuesday regarding burial and cremation, reiterating the Church’s teaching that cremation, while strongly discouraged, can be permissible under certain…Continue Reading

Pope’s climate message failed to sway Catholic conservatives: study

Pope Francis’s landmark statement on climate change and his call for more work on the issue failed to sway conservative American Catholics, according to a new study. The report, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, concluded that…Continue Reading

Live From New York Should a Catholic Vote for Hillary or Trump?

Almighty God has been very good  in giving us as the day’s Gospel passage that of Our Lord’s famous admonition to “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s but to God what is God’s.” I say that in view of the…Continue Reading

Catholic university blasts ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ posters as ‘bigotry,’ bans them on campus

CHICAGO, Illinois, October 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – College Republicans at DePaul University were prohibited by the university president from displaying posters on campus advertising their group with the pro-life message, “Unborn Lives Matter.” Vincentian Father Dennis Holtschneider indicated to the…Continue Reading

For Archbishop Chaput, ‘Catholic Spring’ group did untold damage

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 14, 2016 / 05:53 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput did not enjoy his first and only encounter with two leaders of Catholics United. “It was an interesting experience,” Archbishop Chaput recounted in his Oct. 13 column…Continue Reading

The anti-Catholic Catholics (and the bishops who support them)

Yesterday Ross Douthat of the New York Times embarked on a lengthy Tweetstorm —21 tweets in all—questioning whether it’s accurate to refer to the leaked emails from the Clinton campaign as evidence of “anti-Catholic” bigotry. Douthat—who is no friend of…Continue Reading

The next ‘deplorables’? Clinton campaign rips ‘backwards’ Catholic beliefs in leaked e-mails

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – “Conservative Catholics” are the latest Americans to be smeared by members of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, leaked emails revealed on Tuesday show. Catholic beliefs are bashed as “backwards” and conservative Catholics…Continue Reading

German Bishop’s New Proposal: “There Exists More Than Man and Woman”

The Catholic Church in Germany seems to be becoming more and more unbounded in its proposals. In the recent past, for examples, the official website of the German Bishops’ Conference,, has reported about the idea to have women cardinals; about…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah presents counter-vision to Francis as he launches new book

After being reprimanded by Pope Francis over the summer for calling on priests to face east while saying Mass, Cardinal Robert Sarah is refusing to back down and is becoming a rallying point of opposition to this papacy.  The Vatican’s…Continue Reading

Massachusetts’ highest court grants full parental rights to unmarried gay woman

BOSTON – The Mass. court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States ruled Tuesday that an unmarried gay woman whose former girlfriend gave birth to two children through artificial insemination has the same parental rights as…Continue Reading

Shunned for supporting natural marriage, former Mozilla CEO is back with new browser

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The former CEO of Mozilla has released a new Internet browser called Brave. Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, continues to lead the technological revolution with Brave, an innovative concept in Internet browsers.…Continue Reading

Lay Catholic Group: Tim Kaine’s Radical Views Stem From Embrace of Liberation Theology

An organization of committed lay Catholics is challenging Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, who’s invoking his Catholic faith and the words of Pope Francis as a basis for his radical positions on abortion and marriage, as well as his…Continue Reading


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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

Today . . .


Pope Francis addresses JPII Institute

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the administration, faculty, students, and staff of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome on Thursday, at the opening of the Institute’s academic year. The Holy Father’s address was also in view of the Institute’s upcoming 35th anniversary, to be marked in November. In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered on Thursday morning in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace,…Continue Reading

Father Gerald Murray, Blasts Clinton for Not Apologizing for Staff Emails, Suggesting Pope Francis Supports Her

A Catholic priest said Friday on Fox News that he is very disappointed Hillary Clinton didn’t apologize for her campaign staff’s anti-Catholic remarks during her appearance at the Al Smith dinner. The annual Al Smith roast-style fundraiser for Catholic charities was held Thursday night in Manhattan, and featured both candidates for president. Father Gerald Murray, the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City, was also incensed that Clinton suggested that Pope Francis was endorsing her…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’

October 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — In a recent publication of the German journal Stimmen der Zeit (Journal for Christian Culture), Cardinal Walter Kasper published an article calling Amoris Laetitia a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s teaching. “Amoris Laetitia: Break or Beginning” is the title of a recent scientific article by Kasper in which he analyzes the post-synodal exhortation and provides his opinion on the right hermeneutic in reading it. In the first part called “Discussion…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood rips proposal to require father’s consent for abortion

SOUTH CAROLINA, October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is walking back suggestions it made last month that fathers of pre-born children consent for their mothers to abort them. The proposed regulations would possibly update abortion accident reporting requirements, requirements for abortion licensure, “complaint reporting, patient rights, infection control,” “record maintenance,” and “fire and life safety requirements,” according to the SCDHEC, which is accepting public comment on…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Definitive Biography Of Hitler To Date

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Ullrich, Volker. Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939. Translated from the German by Jefferson Chase. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. x + 998 pp. Confronted with a 998-page volume, one can only hint at its content. The book is not a pleasant read, although it contains a lot of material relevant to the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Advance Medical Directives” (Conclusion)

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at + + + We have seen that there are many problems associated with the standard Living Will, although…Continue Reading

Restoring The Rightful Place Of The Supreme Court In American Government

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of…Continue Reading

Time To Pray Unceasingly . . . The Catholic Church Is Under Attack

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI The Gospel reading for Sunday, October 16 was Jesus’ parable about the persistent widow demanding of a corrupt judge that he render a fair verdict on her claim. The judge gives in “lest she finally come and strike me.” It’s a humorous anecdote which Jesus turns into an illustration of…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Coming To God In An Unconventional Way

By REY FLORES “I see you dressed in white. Every wrong made right. I see a rose in bloom. At the sight of you (oh so priceless). Irreplaceable, unmistakable, incomparable. I see it all in you (oh so priceless).” The above are the closing lyrics for the song Priceless by country duo For King &…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Q. I personally don’t believe too many women’s lives are endangered when choosing an abortion. It also seems to me that our Church says if such a circumstance happens during an abortion or a regular delivery, doesn’t the Church rule the baby should be saved first? That seems to conflict with what Mrs. Clinton believes. — D.L.H., Iowa. A. No, the…Continue Reading

Let Your Hearts Be Strengthened

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 2 Macc. 7:1-2, 9-14 2 Thess. 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38 In the first reading today we hear about the heroic family who all suffered death at the hands of a tyrant who was trying to force the Jewish people to give up their faith because it made them different…Continue Reading

Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2004 Letter… Forbids Catholics To Vote For Hillary Clinton Under Pain Of Mortal Sin

(Editor’s Note: Below is a commentary The Wanderer is reprinting with permission from Catholics 4 Trump [catholics4trump], originally posted on October 11. All rights reserved. Catholics 4 Trump makes the case that a vote for the pro-abortion Hillary Clinton is objectively grave matter. Note the contrast between Trump’s and Clinton’s abortion stands in the third and final presidential debate on…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Pray Always And Never Grow Weary

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A moment of dawning experience when I was young gave birth to a nearly perfect prayer. This farewell to innocence of which I speak was a blessing. In the light of it I came to know the presence of God through His goodness which is the heart of prayer in the life of faith. I…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Other Attributes Of God

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 8 “I love thee, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:1-2). The enthusiasm with which the psalmist praises God our Lord comes from his knowledge of God’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Colman Of Kilmacduagh

By CAROLE BRESLIN Ireland, the Emerald Isle, a green country of lush fauna, friendly people, and beautiful views — if you can find a clear day — has a rich and troubled heritage. It is a land full of the lore of elves, fairies, and, most important, Catholic saints. Numerous books have been written about the many Irish saints and…Continue Reading

Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi

By CAROLE BRESLIN When a society is riddled with evil and corruption, the worst thing we can do is to remain quiet. If we truly believe in God, then it is our obligation to do all we can to save the souls in danger of being lost in such a society. The threats and dangers of this world are not…Continue Reading