Monday 27th April 2015

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The Camel’s Nose?

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I have always found the phrase “the camel’s nose under the tent” uniquely useful. There is nothing quite like it to describe a proposal likely to cause more trouble in the future than when we first permit it to become part of the debate. Except perhaps, “Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a yard,” or maybe Lady Macbeth’s advice to her husband about how he should “look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.”
I am not sure which one — if any — would fit what Washington Post reporter Sarah Pullman Bailey informs us is taking place at the University of Notre Dame. You be the judge.
It is no secret that there are forces at work at our Catholic colleges seeking to follow the lead of the Ivy League colleges in severing the ties to the religious groups that founded them. Those in favor of this change refer to their goal as ending the “seminary school” model that stresses a distinctly Catholic course of study, specifically required courses in Catholic theology.
There is one school that has accomplished precisely this objective: Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In 2003, the New York Archdiocese stated definitively that Marist College is no longer Catholic. … Continue Reading

Encouraging Transgenderism In Children Is Abuse

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“When Mimi and Joe Lemay’s baby was born in 2010, they heard the three words every parent waits to hear: ‘It’s a girl.’ But by age two, their child was saying ‘I’m a boy.’ Mimi hoped this ‘obsession with being a boy would go away,’ but it only grew stronger. Now, in a rare and candid interview, they share in their own words why they decided to let their five-year-old transgender son Jacob transition and live publicly as a boy. NBC’s Kate Snow will have more on Transgender Kids beginning Tuesday night on Nightly News” — from NBC’s promotion of transgenderism its Facebook page.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you will hear about more and more as the days, weeks, and months go by. In a couple of years — if we haven’t been beheaded yet — we won’t even notice how there will no longer be such things as boys’ clothing or girls’ clothing.
If society continues down its present path, gender will become obsolete. Every child will be conditioned and indoctrinated into a nightmarish pseudo-homosexuality of hermaphroditic gender neutrality where androgyny will be the only rule of the day. Anyone daring to pick being one or the other will receive nothing but hardships and ridicule. We are truly beginning to live the nightmare already. … Continue Reading

The Price Of Generosity

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The two episodes related here are factual and teach us a noble lesson: Generosity has both its reward and its price.
When the Germans brutally invaded Belgium on August 4, 1914, two young men closely bound by a deep friendship since their grammar school days were both immediately enlisted in the small but heroic Belgian army. One of them was married and his wife had recently given birth to a boy.
The German invasion was of such brutality that it was even acknowledged by a German general: They had to win fast and the only road to immediate success was to crush the Belgian resistance delaying their entrance into France from the north not protected by the famous Maginot line. Germany and Belgium had signed a nonaggression treaty, which the Germans broke. The Germans became infuriated by the heroic defense put up by the small Belgian army. … Continue Reading

Francis Cardinal George, RIP . . . A True Prince Of The Church

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(Editor’s Note: We welcome Paul Likoudis back to our pages for this commentary on Francis Cardinal George, OMI, whom Paul covered extensively as The Wanderer’s news editor. Paul continues his battle with cancer; the prayers and the support of Wanderer readers are greatly appreciated.)

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Francis Cardinal George, OMI, archbishop of Chicago, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Appointed bishop of Yakima in 1990, archbishop of Portland, Ore., in 1996, and then archbishop of Chicago a year later, Cardinal George was the towering intellect in the U.S. episcopacy, and a prelate whom Pope St. John Paul II could rely on to reorient the Church in Chicago with its notoriously “independent” clergy and the equally notorious Americanist hierarchy “hanging loose” from Rome.
There have been many tributes to the late cardinal testifying to his kindness, generosity, and incredible stamina as he served his 2.3 million-member flock, and also to his service to the Holy See as a member of many key curial offices; this tribute looks back to some of his enduring words.
Shortly after his arrival in Chicago, the dissident clergy dubbed their new archbishop “Francis the Corrector,” but George, named a cardinal by John Paul II on January 18, 1998, would live up to the name, especially as a leader in the ten-years-plus “liturgy wars” where he was the Holy See’s greatest advocate in implementing the necessary liturgical reforms which John Paul had set as a priority early in his pontificate, and which encountered enormous opposition in this country. … Continue Reading

Of Cabbages And Kings

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
“Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
M“Of cabbages — and kings.”

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The political and media elites are aghast over the possibility that an Indiana baker might refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. What do you think they would say if a baker refused to bake a cake with a “Little Black Sambo” or Nazi storm trooper theme for an Aryan supremacist couple?
It strikes me that the most vexing thing about watching Hillary Clinton lie about her email server and Barack Obama lie about the IRS scandals, is that you can tell that they know that we know that they are lying — and don’t care, because they know the media will give them a pass.
I realize that Donald Trump can come across as the kind of no-nonsense, tough bargainer we want to represent us as president. But listen the next time you hear him talk; see if you can find some specific statement of what he will do if he becomes president, rather than self-aggrandizing bluster. You’ll get only the bluster. You have to ask yourself if he is a serious man. … Continue Reading

What Is Life Becoming For Us?. . . California Pols Call For Pioneer Fr. Serra To Be Exiled

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Hundreds of feet above the streets, the urban northern California reader at the breakfast table opened her San Francisco Chronicle the morning of January 23 to see an opinion column, including a photo of a stern-looking friar’s face, that covered a half-page and was headlined, “Serra an oppressor — not a saint.”
Eighteenth century Franciscan friar Junipero Serra, it said, had imposed “devastating losses” on the land’s indigenous peoples due to his colonial system. “Under Serra’s leadership, a first generation of mission Indians began to create the vast wealth of California through forced residence and labor in the mission,” wrote Lisbeth Haas, a history professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz is Spanish for Holy Cross, that object Serra often is depicted holding high in his hand. Why, even enduring place names carry his stain onto professors’ schools.
As for those who sit high up in their urban condos to read the Chronicle, they may thank their comfortable presence to the creation of “the vast wealth of California.” … Continue Reading

Cooperating With Obama . . . Can Put Church Charities Under His Immoral Control

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The problems of the U.S. Catholic Church trying to act as a welfare agency for an aggressively secularist government were spotlighted by a news release from the equally secularist and aggressive American Civil Liberties Union.
It’s an unfortunately familiar scenario of Church bureaucrats entangling themselves with big government in pursuit of their own goals, then discovering anti-religious tentacles grasping for control.
The Wanderer asked four Catholics for their observations regarding ACLU demands that Catholic charitable agencies ensure access to “reproductive health services” for illegal immigrant minors.
The Catholics responded with doubt that Church workers or even bishops would stand up strongly to defend Church moral requirements. In addition, an attorney at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops didn’t respond to The Wanderer.
Elements in the USCCB may hope to advance their liberal political goals by maximizing the number of illegal aliens brought into the United States, but secularists think their own agenda should trump ethical religious principles. … Continue Reading

Catholic School Teachers As Ministers: All Catholic School Teachers?

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Many of those who are protesting Archbishop Cordileone’s “morality clause” for teachers in San Francisco’s diocesan schools are the usual suspects, left-wing activists with an anti-Catholic agenda. The clause, as widely reported, requires that employees of the diocesan schools “conform their hearts, minds and consciences, as well as their public and private behavior, ever more closely to the truths taught by the Catholic Church” on moral matters such as “adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations” and “the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
The protesters, in an online petition with 5,000 signatures, contend that this requirement would “create a repressive environment in which not only dissent, but any critical thought, robust exchange of ideas and genuine dialogue are discouraged and punishable by loss of livelihood.” Requiring … Continue Reading

Hillary’s Gender Politics

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One thing about having bad government is that it makes for good talk radio and punditry.
On my drive home recently, I was listening to conservative radio favorite Mark Levin, and while I don’t necessarily subscribe to everything Levin says, I must say that he nailed it when he covered Hillary Clinton’s official announcement that she is running for president.
Levin pointed out how much Hillary Clinton talks about how the country is ready for a woman president and how often Clinton likes to use that tired old crutch of being a woman as if that were the only reason to vote for her. It’s pure and simple gender politics for the simple-minded.
Since when does gender alone qualify someone for the presidency? Are you telling me with over 320 million people in the United States, we can’t find a better woman than Hillary Clinton to be president? … Continue Reading

The Obama Doctrine

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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

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Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      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 . . .

Cardinal Burke criticizes German cardinal’s ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

ROME, April 24, 2015 ( – In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion…Continue Reading

Scandalous Commencement Honors Announced at Eight Catholic Colleges

At least eight Catholic colleges have announced scandalous speakers or honorees at their 2015 commencement ceremonies, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of college graduations. Many colleges wait to release the names of their honorees and speakers, so…Continue Reading

Charlotte’s Catholic bishop bans PFLAG event with LGBT-affirming nun from Uptown church

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An upcoming speaking engagement with an LGBT-affirming Catholic nun will have to be relocated after news Monday that she and the event have been banned from an Uptown church by Bishop Peter Jugis of the Roman Catholic Diocese…Continue Reading

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report…Continue Reading

The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act…Continue Reading

ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians

A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Responds to Recent Criticisms

In an Italian-language interview, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said, ‘I am not against the Pope; I have never spoken out against the Pope. … My purpose is to serve the truth.’ Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke,…Continue Reading

‘Prominent’ Catholics attacking Archbishop Cordileone are big donors to Pelosi and pro-abort Democra

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 17, 2015 ( — Big donors to the Democrat Party and pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi are among those publicly harassing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for protecting Catholic identity in the area’s Catholic high schools. A big-ticket…Continue Reading

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


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

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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 names new Archbishop for Santa Fe

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has named Bishop John C. Wester as the new Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Bishop Wester has been serving as Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah. At the same time, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michael Sheehan from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, in conformity with canon 401, paragraph 1 of the Code of Canon Law. Biography of Archbishop-elect John…Continue Reading

Pope ordains priests for diocese of Rome


Vatican Radio) On Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the ordinations of priests for the diocese of Rome in Saint Peter’s Basilica, reminding them they are ministers of unity in the Church. Most of the 19 men ordained 26 April were part of Roman seminaries, including the Pontifical Roman Seminary, the Redemptoris Mater diocesan college, and the Madonna del Divino Amore seminary. In off-the-cuff remarks during his homily for morning Mass, Pope Francis had advice for…Continue Reading

Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a major earthquake in Nepal. The major earthquake, which  measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, shook Nepal just before noon on Saturday, causing major damage to the densely-populated Kathmandu Valley. Officials fear hundreds of people have died. The quake’s epicenter was 80 km northwest of the country’s capital, Kathmandu. The quake toppled a 100-year -old temple, split roads, and razed houses and buildings. Among the…Continue Reading

Pope is a modern-day St George fighting the forces of evil


(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Guillermo Karcher is an Argentinian priest and pontifical usher and has known the Pope for over 20 years. It was he who held Pope Francis’ microphone when he addressed his first words to the world from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica following his election. In an interview with Vatican Radio marking the Pope’s name-day of Jorge or George, Monsignor Karcher described the Pope as a modern- day St. George because “he…Continue Reading

A San Francisco Priest Who Defied Tyrants

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + Every San Franciscan — and every friend of freedom — should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Lucia And The True Message Of Fatima

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary: Biography of Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart O.C.D., by Carmel of St. Teresa, Coimbra, Portugal (World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, 440 pages, $19.95 — available from publishers: at A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary, which runs to…Continue Reading

Church Leaders . . . Pour Out Prayers, Mourning For Cardinal George

CHICAGO (CNA/EWTN News) — The death of Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, OMI, on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who now heads the Chicago Archdiocese, remembered his “beloved” predecessor in a press conference shortly…Continue Reading

Obama’s Republican Collaborators

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama’s illicit seizures of congressional power must end. That was then. Now is now. At this writing, Congress takes up legislation to cede His Majesty full authority to negotiate the largest…Continue Reading

Natural Selection And The Natural Law

By DONALD DeMARCO These two expressions — Natural Selection and Natural Law — sound very much alike. Yet their implications are radically different. In fact, they differ to the degree that matter differs from spirit. Charles Darwin’s major opus, The Origin of the Species, is immensely influential. Despite its influence, few have read or properly…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .


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


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A New Lepanto: “Prayer Will Deliver Us”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Terrors, terrors on every side.” The Passion of Christ which we just celebrated in the most intense way during Holy Week is followed closely in the Triduum by the Lord’s total victory over sin and death in His glorious Resurrection. Although His triumph is already completed in Himself, His suffering continues to be worked out…Continue Reading

Did Jesus Christ Found A Church? If He Did, How Can She Be Identified?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The Church is indefectible because of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of the Church’s indefectibility: He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to them — the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Counselor — to bear witness to Him, Jesus; to remind them…Continue Reading

Origin, Foundation, And Mission

By DON FIER Part 2 The beginning of the Church in the mind of God can be traced back to the creation of the world. As taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life” (n. 760). Christoph Cardinal Schönborn states the same notion with different words:…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I would be interested in your analysis of the enclosed article that was in my parish’s Sunday bulletin. — F.W.R., Florida. A. Here is the text of what appeared in the bulletin: “Addition to homilies/reflections on the daily Scripture readings at daily Mass. It is permissible, according to the Roman Catholic liturgy regulations, that any competent lay person may…Continue Reading

Our Hearts Will Be At Peace

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 In the second reading, St. John says that if our hearts do not condemn us, then we have confidence in God and we will receive from Him whatever we ask. We live in a relativistic society where very little is seen as…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Isidore Of Spain

By CAROLE BRESLIN Saints come from all walks of life. There are scholars and illiterate, rich and poor, men and women, religious and laity, kings and peasants. There are those who are more active in their faith and those who are more contemplative. Despite the widely varying backgrounds of the saints, they all have several things in common. First of…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