Saturday 18th April 2015

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The Obama Doctrine

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By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why:
“The United States will not be imprisoned by the past — we’re looking to the future. I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born.”
Obama was not yet born when Fidel rolled into Havana, January 1, 1959. He was one year old during the missile crisis. His mother belonged to a 1960s generation that welcomed the Cuban Revolution. His father came from an African generation that won independence from the European empires.
Churchill’s bust may have resided in the Oval Office of George Bush. Obama sent it back to the British Embassy. His hero is Nelson Mandela, who overthrew centuries of white rule in South Africa. … Continue Reading

An Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis

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pope(picture)   Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter (letter follows below) appealing for clarification from His Holiness on those matters which are causing great concern for both clergy and laity.

In an age when Catholics and other Christians alike have been fighting the forces that are out to destroy the traditional family, clear and concise clarification from His Holiness is needed more than ever.

We remind our readers that The Wanderer has always been faithful to the Magisterium and will continue to be, for without Peter there is no Church. Catholic doctrine does not and cannot change. Yes, every crisis in the Church appears to be like no other but we must not get discouraged: Remember that Christ Himself assured us He will be with His Church until the end of time.

Joseph Matt President, The Wanderer   … Continue Reading

Can The President Kill Americans?

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By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

Can the president kill you? The short answer is: Yes, but not legally. Yet, President Obama has established a secret process that involves officials from the Departments of Justice and Defense, the CIA, and the White House senior staff whereby candidates are proposed for execution, and the collective wisdom of the officials then recommends execution to the president, who then accepts or rejects the recommendation.
If the recommendation is to kill and the president rejects the recommendation, the CIA is directed to arrest the person. If the president accepts the recommendation to kill, then death is ordered. This is not unlike the procedure used in the reign of the monstrous British King Henry VIII, except that the king himself delegated the final say to his chancellor so that he could publicly disavow participation in the government murders.
Obama does not disavow them; he defends them. But the Constitution he swore to uphold makes clear that whenever the government wants the life, liberty, or property of anyone, it must follow due process.
Stated differently, it must either sue the person for his property or prosecute him for his life or liberty, and the law that forms the basis for the lawsuit or the prosecution must have existed before the person did whatever the government says he did that resulted in its pursuit of him. The whole reason for the requirement of due process was to prevent what Henry VIII did and Obama is doing from ever happening here.
It is happening here. … Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Indiana Aftermath And A Christian Call To Action

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By STEPHEN M. KRASON

(Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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 cofounder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.)

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The controversy about the Indiana religious liberty statute is a textbook example of the increasing timidity of leading Republican politicians in the face of the homosexualist movement. It is an exposé of how they just can’t get past the politics of the moment — which they often poorly analyze — to see the civilizational questions that confront us in these times. … Continue Reading

Documentary In Production . . . Shows How Honduras Can Help Itself

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

Impacting culture for Christ is the goal of California’s John Paul the Great Catholic University, located in northern San Diego County. A key tool the school uses is educating students in media production, aided by experts from Southern California’s entertainment industry.
Among recent items at the “news center” at the school’s website (www.jpcatholic.com) is an article about a former John Paul the Great student, Brian Olson, working on a documentary about the positive side of Honduras, despite problems the Central American country faces. It’s titled La Otra Cara, meaning The Other Face or The Other Side.
The website article, “Documentary aims to show ‘another side’ of Honduras,” says the production company, Lush Works, recently launched a small Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to cover remaining expenses.
Olson was believed to be traveling back to Honduras and unavailable for comment when The Wanderer attempted to contact him for an interview at the end of March. However, the school’s president, Derry Connolly, Ph.D., praised Olson. … Continue Reading

Arizona Governor… Signs Bill Informing Women Drug Abortions May Be Reversed

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A reminder that elections have consequences occurred when Arizona’s new Republican governor, Doug Ducey, signed a pro-life bill requiring that doctors tell patients the effects of the “abortion pill” may be reversed if quick action is taken.
It was the first such measure in the nation to become law.
And, on the tax-funding issue, the new law also prohibits plans on Arizona’s federally run health-care exchange from offering coverage for elective abortions.
During the 2014 gubernatorial election here, pro-abortion liberal Democrat Fred DuVal said at a candidate forum that a 14-year-old girl shouldn’t need parental consent for an abortion because the young teenager should be able to exercise her own “reproductive freedom,” without her parents’ agreement.
Critics quickly pointed out various other choices that a 14-year-old isn’t free to make on her own, such as attending an R-rated movie, receiving a vaccination, or taking a school field trip. … Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Little Boy: All Things Are Possible

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By REY FLORES

Little Boy is a cinematic triumph. This movie is simply one of the best movies I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Perhaps I am a little biased because I actually heard a fundraising pitch back in 2010 for the movie, a pitch made by filmmaker Alejandro Monteverde himself.
While Monteverde described what his new project would be, little did I imagine that he would accomplish the glorious film he did, but enough about that.
Little Boy takes us into another era when America was a much different place — a time when our country was still united by traditional family values and when men were expected to be men and women were happy to be women.
In one of the best performances I have ever witnessed by any actor of any age, seven-year-old Jakob Salvati plays the lead role of Pepper Flynt Busbee, whose entire world revolves around his loving father, who is as much of a little boy as his son is. … Continue Reading

Political Researcher . . . Offers Idea For Winning GOP Team In 2016

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Conservatives must step up their efforts to prevail in the 2016 elections or else face the threat of being swallowed up by a “one-party state” empowered by massive illegal immigration and engineered by radical leftist Barack Obama, a researcher, author, and political activist warned a meeting here.
New Zealander Trevor Loudon was on another of his speaking tours of the United States when he appeared before the Arizona Project Tea Party here on April 6, the day after Easter.
After reviewing current developments, Loudon went on to offer hope for how a Republican presidential team could campaign in 2016.
His talk occurred just after many Americans had been shocked by the vehemence and scope of the assault on traditional religious believers by homosexual activists and their elite allies, mainly in the Democratic Party and media, during Holy Week. … Continue Reading

The Myth Of The Back-Alley Abortion

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By REY FLORES

Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, and all of their stooges in Washington, D.C., always like to use their “back-alley abortions” straw man argument whenever any anti-abortion bills are presented at either the state or the federal level.
Do these organizations and the fiends that run them really believe that we will return to those scary old days of back-alley abortions? Really?
It is a fact that no matter how many stop signs we have or how many traffic signals are signaling red, there are and most likely will always be car accidents because someone did not obey the stop sign or the traffic signal. It is also a fact that no matter how many laws are put into place, starting with the Ten Commandments, there will always be someone there to break them. … Continue Reading

Mideast Christians, Cultures Under Attack

April 11, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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UNITED NATIONS — Throughout the chaos, calamity, and conflict that have befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities.
As countries like Iraq and Syria face the sharp end of ethnic and political strife, the persecution of small but significant Christian communities by terrorist elements such as Islamic State (IS) has tragically followed. This deadly plague of religious persecution has spilled over into neighboring countries, including Libya and Egypt.
In the vast “cradle of civilization” — that extraordinary historic region following the Tigris River in Iraq — the contemporary flow of events includes the Islamic State horde that kills and imprisons Christians and the Yazidi minority. IS smashes and pillages the museums and the archaeological sites, and its members instill a fear and an intimidation that seem to hark from another dark age. … Continue Reading

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American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2015 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will…Continue Reading

Cardinal George, archbishop emeritus of Chicago, dies at 78

DEVELOPING: Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago from 1997 to 2014, died Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, the Archdiocese of Chicago has confirmed.

We Must Pray For And Defend This Good Bishop

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I call on all the readers here to pray and offer fasting and alms for the spiritual defense of Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco. Will San Francisco be the Alamo of the Church in these USA? Today, in the ultra-liberal…Continue Reading

Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop

In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of…Continue Reading

This teacher cannot sue the Catholic Church for firing him because he openly rejects Catholic teachings: Legal experts

OMAHA, NE, April 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Legal experts agree that, if you openly flout Christian teachings, you have no right to sue a religious school for firing you – in most instances. That analysis comes after a sexually active…Continue Reading

PETITION TO POPE FRANCIS: Declare St. John Paul II “Doctor of the Church”!

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I, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, do hereby petition our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to declare St. John Paul II Doctor of the Church. I ask that St. John Paul II, who instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, be declared Doctor of…Continue Reading

Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’ – even if they are bishops

April 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has been among the leading voices critical of proposals stemming from the Vatican’s Synod on the Family that risk subverting Catholic teaching on the sacraments and morality. He was one of five…Continue Reading

Obama administration: Catholic school upholding marriage is ‘sex discrimination’

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found “reasonable cause” to rule that a Catholic prep school has unlawfully discriminated against a homosexual band director formerly in the school’s employ. Mount…Continue Reading

God or Nothing

ROME, April 10, 2015 – He has said so himself, with candor: “I have the feeling that God has put me here for a short time.” Four or five years, or even less. It is natural that this disclosure of…Continue Reading

USA, 25% more priests in 2015

Good news for the American Church. 595 priests are expected to be ordained in 2015: an increase of 24.7 on the previous year. The news was announced by the United States Episcopal Conference, which nevertheless prefers to err on the…Continue Reading

Catholic school reinstates teacher suspended for defending Catholic teaching on Facebook

SOMERVILLE, NJ, April 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A teacher suspended from a Catholic school for using Facebook to defend traditional marriage has been reinstated. Almost one month ago, Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey,…Continue Reading

Müller suggests new task for Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

The German cardinal has suggested a new area of responsibility for his dicastery: to provide the “theological structure of a pontificate” andrea tornielli vatican city In one of the numerous interviews he has given over the past few weeks focusing…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 Francis: Christian humility is not masochism, but love

Vatican Radio) Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus. That was what Pope Francis said in his homily at the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he invited Christians to never cultivate sentiments of hatred, but to give themselves time to discover within themselves sentiments and attitudes that are pleasing to God: love and dialogue.   Is…Continue Reading

Pope Francis to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

(Vatican Radio)  A communique from the Holy See’s Press office on Thursday announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to three Latin American countries in early July. It said following invitations from the respective heads of state and the Catholic Bishops, the Pope will be in Ecuador from the 6-8th, Bolivia from the 8th- 10th  and Paraguay from the 10th-12th. Full details of the programme for the visit will be published at a…Continue Reading

Pope at Mass: Those who do not dialogue disobey God

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday offered the Mass at Casa Santa Marta for his predecessor, the Pope Emeritus, on the occasion of Benedict XVI’s 88th birthday. “I want to remember that today is the birthday of Benedict XVI,” Pope Francis said at the liturgy. “I offered the Mass for him, and I invite you to pray for him, that the Lord might sustain him and grant him much joy and happiness.” In his homily,…Continue Reading

Pope: Christians must not hoard their riches but offer them to the needy

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that Christians must not hoard their riches, but offer them in service to the needy. He was speaking on Tuesday morning during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Taking his cue from a passage of the Acts of the Apostles that describes life in the first Christian community, Pope Francis said that a community that is renewed in the Spirit seeks harmony and endures suffering with patience. Referring to the…Continue Reading

Income Inequality: Married Couples With Kids Make Average Of $107,054

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + If American politicians wanted to drive down the income of the American people and make this a poorer nation — and they actually studied the government’s own data…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . The Artful Ploys Of The Noonday Demon

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Time, by Jean-Charles Nault, OSB (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2015), 203 pp. $16.95. Available through www.ignatiuspress.com. Some temptations are bold and brazen in their seduction, and some are subtle and artful. While the temptations of the flesh disorder the appetites and produce uncontrollable…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Can We Use Our Consciences On Contraception?”

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 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about…Continue Reading

Protecting Freedom Of Religion

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. (ZENIT made Fr. Flynn’s essay available; all rights reserved.) + + + Great Britain’s Equality and…Continue Reading

A Russian Orthodox Bishop Speaks Plainly To Ecumenists

By JAMES LIKOUDIS In a previous article (see The Wanderer, February 26, 2015, p. 6A) attention was focused on the ecclesiological views of the Metropolitan Hilarion (Aleyev) of Volokolamsk, one of the most important Russian Orthodox bishops as chairman of the Department for External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate. In an important speech delivered at…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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The Church’s Origin, Foundation, And Mission

By DON FIER Sacred Scripture reveals a rich and diverse tapestry of images to describe the Church. Each of these symbols enables one with faith to gain additional insights into the various complementary aspects which are present in this great mystery which the Fathers of Vatican Council II refer to as the “universal sacrament of salvation” (Lumen Gentium, n. 48…Continue Reading

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Q. In the second reading on Good Friday (Heb. 5:8-9), there is a phrase toward the end of the epistle that says: “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” I am puzzled by the words “when he was…Continue Reading

The Good Shepherd

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18   In the Gospel reading today we hear our Lord telling us that He is the Good Shepherd. We have all heard this many times and, in our minds, we have our own notions of what that means. We can think about…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Catherine Of Siena

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Catherine of Siena lived in the 14th century, a century of great upheaval and confusion in the Church. The Church celebrates her feast on April 29. She not only was a great saint, but her writings and her example were so extraordinary that she is one of the few persons who have been given the title…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… We Worship The Easter Christ In The Eucharist

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Christ is risen, Alleluia! The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!” A blessed Easter full of joy in the graces of our risen Lord to you and your families. During the “three days” of the sacred Triduum, this year I received an email note from a parishioner: “I went to church with my mother on Holy…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anselm

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Anselm was born in France near the Swiss Alps around 1033. At the age of 15, he wished to enter religious life by joining a monastery. Sadly, his influential father was so against it that the monastery refused to accept him. This so discouraged the youth that he drowned his sorrows in worldly pursuits. He deeply…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Marguerite D’Youville

By CAROLE BRESLIN By 1701 the European colonies in North America had expanded beyond the Appalachian Mountains. The Anglo population in the English American colonies had reached 275,000. The French had recently established a colony in Detroit. Catholics, however, were persecuted as Massachusetts passed a law ordering all Roman Catholic priests to leave or face execution. New York passed a…Continue Reading