Tuesday 16th January 2018

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Arizona Schools Chief… Looks For Remedy After Clinton-Appointed Judge Boosts Racist Program

January 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Arizona Schools Chief… Looks For Remedy After Clinton-Appointed Judge Boosts Racist Program

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Just after Christmas, a federal judge slammed down his gavel against civility, a too-familiar pounding by an unaccountable judiciary that fancies itself wiser and purer than what it views as the citizen rabble.
Reacting to the ruling by Judge A. Wallace Tashima, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in part in a December 29 statement:
“I am supportive of teaching history and cultural studies, but I don’t understand why the judge felt he needed to strike down the entire law. The provisions that prevent taxpayer dollars being used for classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government, or promote resentment towards a race or class of people, just sound like common sense to me. Those should stay.”
At issue was an inflammatory program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) that The Wanderer first reported on in 2011, “Mexican-American Studies” (MAS). It became a hot issue after one of its instructors went public to reveal it wasn’t a mere history course but a tool to fire up ethnic grievances and tell Mexican-American students they’re victims of white racism who intentionally are held down by their oppressors. … Continue Reading

Taxation Migration

January 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Taxation Migration

By MIKE MANNO

In case your Christmas parties, bowl games, and New Year’s planning took your attention away from national politics, this may come as a surprise: President Trump got his tax cut plan approved and signed into law.
Now you would think that a tax cut would be very popular, but because the Democrats don’t approve, mainly because they don’t approve of Mr. Trump, and the media tirelessly report and echo what the Dems think, the bill was not popular. We’ll leave the finer points of that argument to the tax experts, but one of the shots taken was that the bill penalizes residents of states with already high tax rates.
The complaint that it hurts residents of high-tax states is because of the changes in deductibility rules for state and local taxes on the IRS 1040. The argument presented is that by reducing someone’s ability to deduct state taxes from his federal return, it will cause an increase in taxes for some in high tax states and thus there will be a migration of taxpayers from those states to lower tax states. … Continue Reading

Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

January 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Politics, From Trump To Arpaio . . . Leftists’ Sanctuaries Aid Lawbreakers, But Traditionalists Left Unprotected

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — “Sanctuary city” has an immediately understood meaning at this point in the twenty-first century United States: a location where criminal illegal aliens are protected by local authorities from lawful federal immigration requirements.
“Sanctuary city” doesn’t refer to a place in the U.S. where the atrocity of permissive abortion is rejected and unborn babies receive a sanctuary of protection. It doesn’t refer to a place where traditionally religious people are guaranteed security against the sexually disoriented who may decide to harass and ruinously sue them.
The morally deformed proclivities of coastal elites are imposed on even the most conservative locations of the heartland. However, the heart-landers aren’t telling the ACLU’s far-left executives how to live. The heart-landers don’t even effectively defend their values within their own citadels.
New York leftists impose themselves on legal systems in Wyoming and Montana, not the other way around. … Continue Reading

Life Marches On

January 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Life Marches On

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life.
President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and usually ends with a bitter “but” — especially when it comes to Trump’s determination to restore the rule of law regarding immigration, a move that threatens hundreds of millions of federal dollars that the bishops have routinely received from the Obama administration.
In the main, our bishops have concentrated their ample politicking and lobbying budget on opposing the president. On everything from immigration to taxes to preserving Obamacare, they have ramped up their megaphones and filled their official schedules to keep the drumbeat alive. … Continue Reading

What Is America’s Mission Now?

January 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on What Is America’s Mission Now?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Ambassador Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday, January 5 of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous.
France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should have looked into our Occupy Wall Street clashes and how the Missouri cops handled Ferguson.
Fifty years ago, 100 U.S. cities erupted in flames after Martin Luther King’s assassination. Federal troops were called in. In 1992, Los Angeles suffered the worst U.S. riot of the 20th century, after the LA cops who pummeled Rodney King were acquitted in Simi Valley. … Continue Reading

The Irish Anticipate A Papal Visit

January 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Irish Anticipate A Papal Visit

By JOHN BURKE

GALWAY — The island of Ireland is expecting a papal visit just when it is bedeviled by interrelated moral, religious, and political issues.
It is not yet certain whether Pope Francis will say the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin from August 21-26, but the Vatican usually makes official confirmation of overseas visits six months in advance.
There is speculation here that an announcement will come on February 11, the very day that the entire Irish hierarchy will be in Galway for the installation of its new bishop. A diocesan spokesman told The Wanderer that American bishops would be welcome to attend, since the late Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston dedicated the present cathedral in 1965, having helped with fund-raising.
It was only last month that Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Brendan Kelly, currently bishop of Achonry, to succeed Martin Drennan who retired last year as bishop of Galway. Kelly spoke candidly at the funeral last March of an earlier bishop, Eamon Casey, who had resigned in 1992 following his affair with Annie Murphy, a divorcee from New York. … Continue Reading

ADF Calls 2017 A Banner Year For The First Amendment

January 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on ADF Calls 2017 A Banner Year For The First Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alliance Defending Freedom wrapped up 2017 at the forefront of the largest legal battles in defense of the First Amendment. With a critical victory at the U.S. Supreme Court and other wins, ADF action in defense of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience — including artistic freedom — is having far-reaching effects for the good of all Americans.
“The government has no business preventing any American from engaging in free speech, nor should it use its coercive power to force anyone to promote a message with which they disagree,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman.
“ADF has been honored to be involved in many important cases this past year, and chief among those have been state and federal cases involving freedom of expression and the freedom to live according to one’s beliefs.” … Continue Reading

They Won’t Stop With Marquette. Or Georgetown. Or Notre Dame.

January 9, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on They Won’t Stop With Marquette. Or Georgetown. Or Notre Dame.

By SHAUN KENNEY

It was George Will that offered me the most succinct definition of American patriotism, that being a certain assent to a specific creed: that human beings were endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Marquette University — a Jesuit institution that has seemingly forgotten its inheritance — finds itself embroiled in a First Amendment case where a 41-year tenured professor, John C. McAdams, finds himself the target of the caprice of a graduate teaching assistant who, after advising a Catholic student at a presumably Catholic institution that opposition to same-sex marriage was “homophobic” and commanding conformity to the secular religion of the day, managed not only to get McAdams disciplined by Marquette University, but McAdams lost his tenured position and was removed from the university altogether. The graduate teaching assistant had disallowed the Catholic student from expressing opposition to same-sex marriage in her class and then, in a discussion afterward, told him to drop the class. McAdams defended the free speech rights of the pro-marriage student on his blog. (See Breitbart News, April 1, 2016 and George Will’s current column on the subject.)
McAdams has been unemployed ever since. The graduate student in question has moved on to greener pastures at the University of Colorado to write her dissertation about animal rights, of all things. … Continue Reading

Let’s Teach Those Dirty, Bigoted Bakers

January 8, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Let’s Teach Those Dirty, Bigoted Bakers

By MIKE MANNO

In the days between Christmas and New Year’s, the high gods of secularism rose once again to teach unbelievers, those poor wayward Christians, that their beliefs are no longer tolerated by the enlightened illuminati of our time; and that if you dare to dissent from the new cultural orthodoxy you will be crushed by the weight of the avenging state until you are left broken and your lives destroyed.
So said the state of Oregon through its appeals court, as it crushed a poor family that only wanted to live by their arcane Christian beliefs by baking sweet treats for their clients and friends. Instead, the novelty of same-sex marriage, where a woman will leave her family for another woman, and marriage can have two wives as well as two husbands, must trump all else.
The case began in 2013 when one of the brides, Rachel Bowman-Cryer, went to a local bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to purchase a wedding cake. When told there was no groom, the bakery explained that they did not bake cakes for same-sex weddings. Even though this was before Oregon recognized same-sex weddings, the bride’s mother returned to the store and told Aaron Klein, co-owner along with his wife, Melissa, that she had once believed as he did but having homosexual children had changed “truth” for her. … Continue Reading

Catholic Media School . . . Hopes To Become A Talent Hub For Catholic Apostolates Around Nation

January 7, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Media School . . . Hopes To Become A Talent Hub For Catholic Apostolates Around Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — John Paul the Great Catholic University here always has aimed to prepare a primarily lay student body to evangelize society for Christ while working in the world.
Now it’s looking into attracting existing Catholic apostolates around the nation to congregate in this area, at least by establishing branch offices if not their headquarters, so the school could act as a direct talent hub for them, the school’s president told The Wanderer.
“Our big focus in 2018 is how can we be a hub of new evangelization and media,” Derry Connolly, Ph.D., said during a December 27 interview in his campus office on Grand Avenue, which runs through the center of town in this suburb amid California’s coastal hills, about 31 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.
Whether the topic is film, acting, writing, camera work or sound, Connolly said, “We have those resources in droves.” The school includes its own sound stage.
And its students who specialize in its business program could go on to careers in media companies. … Continue Reading

Vikings quarterback lists winning pass as 3rd best life-moment, behind finding Jesus

January 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –  Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum said throwing the game-winning pass in the last few seconds of Sunday’s championship game against the New Orleans Saints was only the third best moment in his life. Keenum’s first best…Continue Reading

On the purpose of politics and the salvation of souls

“Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal creator of all things, today became our Savior by being born of a mother. Of his own will he was born for us today, in time, so that he could lead us to…Continue Reading

Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2018 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a special Mass Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said that while it is normal to be afraid of the unknown, we can’t let…Continue Reading

Notre Dame could face legal investigation for flip-flopping on contraception coverage

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, January 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of over sixty Notre Dame alumni attorneys has written an open letter to the university’s president, Father William Jenkins, CSC, to protest the university’s decision to continue the dissemination of…Continue Reading

Poland: Marches of the Three Kings Draw 1.2 Million

Under the motto “God is for everyone”, 1.2 million Poles in more than 660 cities and towns in Poland and abroad joined in the March of the Three Kings. This year’s event was accompanied by fundraising “Kings for the East”,…Continue Reading

Bishops’ letter on sexual identity prompts LGBT counter-lobbying

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2018 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several Catholic bishops’ call for clarity and compassion on sexual identity issues such as transgenderism drew the ire of a dissenting Catholic group which is part of a well-funded LGBT…Continue Reading

Rural Minnesota Catholic parish dismisses musicians over gay marriages

For weeks now, a Catholic parish in the rural St. Croix River Valley north of the Twin Cities has been praying through turmoil, brought by a trio of startling dismissals. On one hand, even many of the most distressed don’t…Continue Reading

Trump replaces Obama-appointed gay ambassador with family man: report

MADRID, January 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump Administration recently installed a new Ambassador to Spain. The former Obama appointee who was a pro-LGBT openly gay man ‘married’ to a man was replaced with a family man who has a…Continue Reading

Former bishop of Charlotte’s Catholic diocese dies at 90

Bishop William Curlin, who presided over the rapidly growing Catholic Diocese of Charlotte from 1994 to 2002, died Saturday at Carolinas Medical Center. He was 90. The cause of death was cancer, which he had battled for years. Curlin was…Continue Reading

Pope takes 27 candidates a step closer to sainthood‎

Pope Francis has authorized 12 decrees on miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of 22 men and 5 ‎women. ‎ by Robin Gomes Pope Francis on Monday took 27 men and women a step closer to sainthood.  The Pope received Card. Angelo Amato,…Continue Reading

Catholic League: Boston Globe Refuses to Name Its Own Abusers

The Boston Globe, which has turned stories about child sexual abuse by Catholic priests into a cottage industry, refuses to publish the names of its own staff members who have been charged with sexual harassment, according to Bill Donohue, president…Continue Reading

Facebook Nixes Photo of Vatican Nativity Scene as ‘Sexually Provocative’

In one of the least likely stories of all time, Facebook has vetoed a photo of the Vatican’s yearly Nativity scene, referencing its policy against “sexually suggestive or provocative” images. The manger scene integrates into the typical depiction of the…Continue Reading

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

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  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

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U.S. Congressman: Pro-life ‘turf battle’ preventing vote on bill to ban nearly all abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life groups and members of Congress are divided over whether on the day of the March for Life, the U.S. House should vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions, or instead a bill to ban infanticide after botched abortions. The Heartbeat Protection Act would make it illegal to abort babies whose heartbeats can be detected. “It’s the most protective incremental bill in existence,” said one…Continue Reading

Professor rebukes new Academy for Life member’s ‘disastrous’ approval of contraception

ROME, January 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A prominent Austrian Catholic philosopher has issued a forceful rebuttal to the call of a new member of the Pontifical Academy for Life to allow contraception in some circumstances. Professor Josef Seifert, co-founder of the International Academy of Philosophy (IAP) and a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has said the positions of Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, delivered on Dec. 14, 2017 during a public lecture at the…Continue Reading

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholic

New Academy for Life member uses Amoris to say some circumstances ‘require’ contraception

ROME, January 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Responsible parenthood can obligate a married couple to use artificial birth control, a recently appointed member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has argued, basing his theory on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. Italian moral theologian Father Maurizio Chiodi said at a December 14 public lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome that there are “circumstances — I refer to Amoris Laetitia, Chapter 8…Continue Reading

Justice Thomas Opens Up On Life, Faith And His Interracial Marriage

Justice Clarence Thomas is in his 27th term in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he agreed to become the 341st leader interviewed for my Daily Caller News Foundation series. Now at age 69, he is looking back on his life with gratitude and discernment with valuable lessons for others. People often want to define you by the bad things that happen in your life, he says, but there has been so much good amidst the…Continue Reading

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Restoring The Sacred Humility In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI One of the most serious and endemic problems in how the sacred liturgy is celebrated in many parishes in our own age is a conspicuous lack of humility. Certain contemporary hymns seem calculated to drum into the congregation how supposedly holy, gifted, lovable, and prophetic they are, with scarcely a word about…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Sexual Harassment “Crisis” — Time For Some Clear Thinking

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 co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

Revisiting “The Four Loves”: The Four Rights

By DONALD DeMARCO C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, which was published in 1960, is a classic. The author succeeded with his accustomed wit and wisdom in showing how four kinds of love — affection, friendship, amorous love, and charity — are both distinctive as well as interrelated. He penned this work just three years before…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… The Close Of The Fatima Centenary

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the twelfth and final article in a series on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. The staff and readers of The Wanderer wish to thank Fr. Connolly for his scholarly and inspiring…Continue Reading

Court Strikes Baltimore Forced Abortion Speech Law

BALTIMORE — The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 5 struck down a Baltimore City Ordinance seeking to impose notification requirements on unlicensed pregnancy centers. The ordinance compelled these pregnancy resource centers to post notices that conspicuously state in English and Spanish that they do not provide nor refer women for abortions or birth…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

“Ad Orientem” Dei Gloriam

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK We have all heard the saying that “he who hesitates is lost.” We don’t hear enough about the fact that dithering in the face of opportunity can also mean the loss of an immortal soul. How many priests hesitate every day to courageously proclaim the truth or to offer the traditions of the Church in…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Confirmation: A Spiritual Coming Of Age

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 In previous lessons, we have learned that out of the seven sacraments instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ, three of them can be received only once in life, namely, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. This is so because they imprint a “character,” that is, a spiritual, indelible mark that lasts forever, and, therefore,…Continue Reading

Requirements For Matrimony

By DON FIER The celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony between two baptized Catholics, as we saw last week, normally takes place during the Eucharist. “Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church,” states the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a…Continue Reading

Follow The Lord And Repent

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: John 3:1-5, 10 1 Cor. 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 In the beginning of our Lord’s public ministry, the first message He spoke, as St. Mark recorded it, was that it is a time of fulfillment and that the Kingdom of God is at hand; therefore, it is necessary to…Continue Reading

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Q. In the Mass readings leading up to Christmas, we have the Angel Gabriel appearing first to Zechariah and then to Mary. Both seemed to have the same doubts about the angel’s words, but Zechariah was struck mute and Mary was not. Why were they treated differently? — E.M., via e-mail. A. Zechariah was punished because he doubted (“How shall…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raymond Penafort

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church has been blessed with a plethora of doctrinal resources, thanks in large part to Pope St. John Paul II. The Code of Canon Law, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the many encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, books, and letters continue to provide the Church with a solid foundation for learning and applying the truths of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord has no limits and conditions for persons whom He calls to sainthood. They may be the richest, such as St. Francis of Assisi, or the poorest such, as the children of Fatima. They may be powerful, such as St. Louis, king of France, or humble, such as our Lady. They may be the most brilliant,…Continue Reading