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An Open Letter To President Donald J. Trump

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Congratulations, Mr. President! Likewise, congratulations to our new first lady, Melania Trump, and to your entire family!
As an American, I have always been proud of our great nation even when things looked bleak, especially during the last eight years. When things got tough, that’s when I became more involved in helping to make positive changes for our nation instead of simply complaining.
Little did I imagine a few years back when I attended one of the very first Tea Party rallies in Joliet, Ill., that we would come back stronger than ever as a nation, led by a proven and strong leader like you.
I guess it took an extremist and radical president like Obama to slap some sense into many Americans like me who simply became apathetic and despondent over American politics.
Thank you for shaking things up the way you have. When I hear you speak, I don’t see a celebrity billionaire; what I see and hear are all heart. The heart of a man who loves our nation and has courageously made many personal, professional, and financial sacrifices to lead our nation. … Continue Reading

After Eight Long Years… Beleaguered Trump Has To Revive The Remnants Of Obama’d Nation

January 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on After Eight Long Years… Beleaguered Trump Has To Revive The Remnants Of Obama’d Nation

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One kind of “marriage inequality” grew far more unfair by the end of the Obama era, but social radicals who’d successfully pushed for “same-sex marriage” were okay with this particular imbalance.
President Barack Obama had an eight-year honeymoon with the dominant media, but successor Donald Trump isn’t getting a single day, not even a half-day, of media honeymoon, and he wouldn’t even if Trump were to get married three more times and wrote “Just Married” in iridescent paint on the White House that Obama had lighted with the gay rainbow.
More than ever, dominant media identified themselves with Obama’s pro-immorality value system and forcefully attacked what looked like any potential dead end to nightmares like his supporters selling aborted babies’ skin, eyes, spines, and brains.
Should it matter to Trump’s new administration that whatever action it takes will be portrayed as monstrously cataclysmic and catastrophic, even immediately after years of the same dominant media ignoring, shrugging off or making excuses for one barbarity, scandal, or outrage after another by the Obama gang? … Continue Reading

Reagan And Trump: American Nationalists

January 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Reagan And Trump: American Nationalists


Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
And they have much in common.
Both came out of the popular culture, Reagan out of Hollywood, Trump out of a successful reality TV show. Both possessed the gifts of showmen — extraordinarily valuable political assets in a television age that deals cruelly with the uncharismatic.
Both became instruments of insurgencies out to overthrow the establishment of the party whose nomination they were seeking.
Reagan emerged as the champion of the postwar conservatism that had captured the Republican Party with Barry Goldwater’s nomination in 1964. His victory in 1980 came at the apogee of conservative power.
The populism that enabled Trump to crush 16 Republican rivals and put him over the top in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan had also arisen a decade and a half before — in the 1990s. … Continue Reading

Our Not-So-Elite Elites

January 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Our Not-So-Elite Elites


It is a comment that you hear all the time from exasperated parents trying to figure out how they will ever pay the cost of sending their children to college: “This is crazy. How can anyone afford these skyrocketing college costs? Colleges are going to price themselves out of the market.”
To date, this frustration has not lead to a significant drop in college applications. Most parents, especially those who are the first in their family to attend college, continue to see a college education as the necessary path toward respectability and a decent job. They find it hard to recommend that their children learn a trade instead, even when they hear stories about small business owners and skilled craftsmen earning incomes comparable to successful white collar workers in the corporate world.
I have no way of verifying it, but I have heard that most European families do not hold this view of blue-collar work; that in Europe skilled technicians working at a Mercedes plant or chefs in an upscale restaurant are as well-paid and respected as professors or members of the government bureaucracy. … Continue Reading

Why Left Opposes Sessions: He’s Right; They’re Wrong

January 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Left Opposes Sessions: He’s Right; They’re Wrong


(Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.)

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Richard Allen, President Ronald Reagan’s first national security adviser, once wrote an essay for Human Events describing a visit he made to Reagan’s California home in 1977.
Allen went there, he wrote, to ask Reagan to support his campaign for governor of New Jersey. He and the future president ended up talking about foreign policy.
“I’d like to tell you of my theory of the Cold War,” Reagan told Allen. “Some people think that I am simplistic, but there is a fundamental difference between being simplistic and having simple answers to complex questions.”
“So,” Reagan said, “my theory of the Cold War is that we win and they lose.”
Twelve years later, the Berlin Wall came down. … Continue Reading

As Conference Begins . . . New Courage Director Pleased By Reception Of Its Message For Chastity

January 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on As Conference Begins . . . New Courage Director Pleased By Reception Of Its Message For Chastity


PHOENIX — The director of an international ministry to Catholics who want to follow Church teaching on same-sex attractions has been “very pleasantly surprised by . . . what a welcome reception we get to the message that we bring,” despite secular culture’s goal to define homosexual activity as normal.
Fr. Philip Bochanski, the new executive director of Courage International (, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., spoke with The Wanderer shortly before the organization’s three-day “Truth and Love Conference 2017” began here at St. Paul’s Church.
Bochanski said about 250 people including clergy and lay professionals were expected to attend the international gathering from January 9 through 11 on providing pastoral care. A brochure described the conference as aimed at “welcoming and accompanying our brothers and sisters with same-sex attractions or confusion regarding sexual identity.”
With such challenging events as the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing “same-sex marriage” in its 2015 Obergefell decision, “I really welcome the conversation that’s emerging in the culture. . . . It’s a time when people are certainly thinking about these issues,” Bochanski said. … Continue Reading

Of Cabbages And Kings

January 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Of Cabbages And Kings


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

What do you think Hillary’s old mentor Saul Alinsky would say about the influence-peddling and money-grubbing couple Bill and Hillary turned out to be?
Don’t you wish you could ask the crowds that applauded wildly and squealed with delight when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura announced their intentions to run for public office, to explain to us what they were thinking? We can see now that being a glib amateur, professing to apply common sense to the mess made by professional politicians, isn’t enough.
And aren’t you a bit — in the back of your mind — troubled that someone in the future might want to ask us the same question about Donald Trump?
Do you think Pope Francis ever ponders in his private moments why waves of illegal immigrants are seeking to escape the kind of planned economies that he favors in favor of the greedy and materialistic capitalist societies that he abhors?
What’s worse? If Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff really believe she lost to Donald Trump because of “Russian hackers” and the “racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia” of the American people? Or that they would make that charge as a purely political calculation? … Continue Reading

Make America Great Again… It’s A Mission, Not Just A Slogan

January 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Make America Great Again… It’s A Mission, Not Just A Slogan

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This week, like it or not, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. For the record, I am very happy about this.
There are, however, a large number of malcontent elitists, from those who live in mansions in Beverly Hills and Hollywood to the high-rollers who dwell in the penthouses of New York City and the pricey real estate in Washington, D.C., who are beside themselves.
There is nothing worse than the hypocrisy of “limousine liberals” who like to imagine that they are “down with the people,” but in reality they are completely out of touch with the real Americans who help pay for their expensive lifestyles by watching their movies, attending their sporting events, or electing them to office, term after term.
These elites pontificate in their self-congratulatory events about how a Trump presidency will further oppress the oppressed, further impoverish the impoverished, and further discriminate the discriminated against.
While some of these so-called celebrities, be they actors, athletes, or political juggernauts, may have come from humble beginnings, they no longer dwell among the peasantry like the rest of us do. They are now removed for the most part from the drudgery of the daily life of us non-elites, who can only imagine what it would be like to live in such luxury. … Continue Reading

John McCain Embarrasses Himself . . . Trump Wins Big After “Fake News” Media Attack Backfires Badly

January 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on John McCain Embarrasses Himself . . . Trump Wins Big After “Fake News” Media Attack Backfires Badly

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PHOENIX — When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, many U.S. conservatives were skeptical that its end had arrived. Was the sight of the apparently crumbling empire an intentional deception, to put the Western world off guard?
Had the aggressive atheist power center really fallen to its own decay? Or was this a Moscow ruse to make Washington relax its vigilance so the Soviet bear could pounce? The term “Potemkin village,” after all, came from the creation of massive fakery by 18th-century Russian military man Prince Grigory Potemkin to deceive the viewer.
But as the old 20th century was replaced by the new 21st, the situation actually appeared to be improving in Russia, the heart of the old USSR, and its former vassal states. Maybe that was a real stake driven through the heart to pinion atheist Sovietism in its coffin.
Even those conservatives who continued to entertain their doubts for decades about the Soviet demise probably felt they had the proof they needed by 2016 that the USSR had passed away.
What proof? The dominant U.S. media that adored and curtsied to snarling Communist Moscow for decades suddenly were up in arms and blaring alarms about the dangers of predatory non-Communist Russia hacking the recent presidential election. … Continue Reading

Iran Nuclear Deal — Alive Or Dead?

January 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Iran Nuclear Deal — Alive Or Dead?


Though every Republican in Congress voted against the Iran nuclear deal, “Tearing it up…is not going to happen,” says Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Hopefully, the chairman speaks for the president-elect.
During the campaign, Donald Trump indicated as much, saying that, though the U.S. got jobbed in the negotiations — “We have a horrible contract, but we do have a contract” — he might not walk away.
To Trump, a deal’s a deal, even a bad one. And we did get taken.
In 2007 and 2011, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies assured us, “with high confidence,” that Iran did not have an atomic bomb program.
Yet our folks forked over $50 billion for an Iranian show and tell to prove they were not doing what our 17 intelligence agencies told us, again and again, they were not doing.
Why did we disbelieve our own intelligence, and buy into the “Chicken Little” chatter about Iran being “only months away from a bomb”?
Corker also administered a cold shower to those who darkly warn of a secret Iranian program to produce a bomb: “In spite of all the flaws in the agreement, nothing bad is going to happen relative to nuclear development in Iran in the next few years. It’s just not.” … Continue Reading

Pope Francis sends good wishes to US President Donald Trump

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his good wishes to United States President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated in a ceremony at the US Capitol Building on Friday. “At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian…Continue Reading

TRAD LIVES MATTER! US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum

UPDATE: I’ll be a bit more restrictive with comments.  Some of you are… sheesh.  Think before even starting to write, please. ___ Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2017 @ 14:25 ___ I received a copy of a letter sent by the…Continue Reading

Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that “the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her”. Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to…Continue Reading

Priests for Life Banned From Orlando Diocese

All are welcome — except pro-life group ORLANDO ( – The bishop of Orlando is forbidding parishes from hosting speakers from Priests for Life or handing out their material. Priests for Life (PFL) was founded in 1991 with the canonical…Continue Reading

New York Times refuses to call the March for Life by its name. And pro-lifers are mad.

January 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life leaders are calling out The New York Times for its biased coverage of the March for Life after the newspaper steadfastly avoided identifying the event by its name in a recent article. In a story published…Continue Reading

The Maltese Disaster

The bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking holy Communion provided they feel “at peace with God”. Unlike, say, the Argentine document on Amoris which, one could argue, left just…Continue Reading

Malta’s bishops allow civilly remarried divorcees to receive Communion

Update: In a move taken as a sign of approval, the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper published the Maltese bishops’ guidelines Friday morning in its print and online versions. MALTA, January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The bishops of Malta have given the…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by “Divine Providence”

As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have the final victory, there…Continue Reading

Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be ‘humanly impossible’ Malta’s bishops have said that remarried people should receive Communion if they think they are at peace with God. In a new document, Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of…Continue Reading

Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb,…Continue Reading

Speaker Paul Ryan: We Will Defund Planned Parenthood Period, And Here’s Why

Last night, in an interview on CNN, pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan explained why the Republican Congress will defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Ryan said Congress has a long-standing pro-life principle that it will not force taxpayers to be involved…Continue Reading

REVEALED: The most pro-life and most pro-abortion U.S. states. Where does your state rank?

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Oklahoma stands at the top and Washington ranks at the bottom of the Americans United for Life’s annual “Life List” released Tuesday that ranks the most pro-life and pro-abortion states in the U.S.…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

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Pope to Roman Rota: Legal and sacramental preparation needed for married couples

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday received members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year. Addressing those gathered for the opening of the judiciary year of the Sacred Roman Rota, Pope Francis focused his attention on the relationship between faith and marriage. Love and Truth Quoting from his predecessors including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, he noted the importance of Love and Truth. “Love needs…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage

The U.S. Catholic hierarchy was one of the staunchest foes of the Affordable Care Act, nearly derailing its passage in 2010 over concern about abortion funding and exacting a political toll that helped doom abortion-opposing Democrats who backed the law while boosting Republican efforts to take control of Congress. But faced with the prospect of the GOP’s following through on pledges to repeal the health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is changing…Continue Reading

Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, a Maltese island, has allegedly threatened priests that he will suspend them a divinis if they refuse Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly “remarried”. The German website Katholisches reports that Bishop Mario Grech announced his decision to impose this canonical punishment immediately on returning from Rome. Bishop Mario Grech is the co-signatory with  Archbishop Charles Scicluna of the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia“. Archbishop Charles Scicluna…Continue Reading

Bishop Athanasius Schneider . . . Appeal to prayer:


That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage. Following the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, in some particular churches there were published norms for its application and interpretations whereby the divorced who have attempted civil marriage with a new partner, notwithstanding the sacramental bond by which they are joined to their legitimate spouse, are admitted to the sacraments of Penance and…Continue Reading

A list of the most insane things uttered by the abortion activist speaking at the Vatican next month

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The leading population control activist speaking at the Vatican next month has compared human babies to garbage, said every sexually active woman needs “free access” to abortion and contraception, and said the Catholic Church’s moral teachings are “just as unethical” as a “terrorist act.” Dr. Paul Ehrlich is the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement. He has defended mass forced sterilization and even forced abortion. Ehrlich has made inflammatory statements…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

By JAMES MONTI At the very moment when the sacred waters of Baptism are poured over the head of a newborn child, that child in an instant becomes heir to an incredible patrimony — all the invisible riches, to be sure, of sanctifying grace, the Scriptures and the sacraments, but also nearly two thousand years…Continue Reading

Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + White House Spokesman Josh Earnest and Secretary of State John Kerry finished President Barack Obama’s final term with fitting acts of propaganda. Had you listened uncritically to Earnest, you would…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

By DONALD DeMARCO Thomas Aquinas was born in the year 1224 in Rocca Sicca, the hereditary castle of the counts of Aquino in the Neapolitan province. While he was residing in the womb, a holy man brought a prophecy to the unborn child’s mother, Theodora, countess of Aquino: “Rejoice, O lady, for thou art about…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

By ROBERT L. FASTIGGI A signed copy of Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims From Byzantium to Rome ($19.95) can be obtained by ordering directly from the author: James Likoudis, P.O. Box 852, Montour Falls, NY 14865. I first met James Likoudis during a visit to Rome in 1996 — though I had…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

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 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at + + + IVF Procedure Efficiency: The probability of a single transplanted embryo surviving the entire…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Sacred Liturgy… Where Thy Glory Dwells

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 Yes, the liturgy of the Church must be sacred. The Church did not institute the liturgy for our Sunday entertainment, but to give glory to God. Because of its sacredness, it cannot be celebrated just anywhere, as in parks, beaches, or backyards. Today, there is a weird trend — to put it charitably —…Continue Reading

The Eucharist — Source And Summit Of Christian Life

By DON FIER To complete our treatment of Confirmation, it is fitting to end with a concise summary from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the sacrament’s purpose and the benefits it bestows to help us live a fully Christian life: “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I noticed people collecting for the Salvation Army at Christmastime. What can you tell me about them? — M.D., Arizona. A. The Salvation Army is known for its charitable works and its role in disaster relief. They spend more than $2 billion a year, and the group in the United States is made up of commissioned officers who proclaim…Continue Reading

Living The Beatitudes

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Zeph. 2:3, 3:12-13 1 Cor. 1:26-31 Matt. 5:1-12a In the Gospel reading today we hear the beatitudes, all those whom the Lord pronounces blessed for their goodness. Most of us can look at one or two of these and think properly that we may fit into this or…Continue Reading

Reservation Of Hosts

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Below is a ZENIT column by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University. ZENIT News Agency published the column. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. I’m a member of a religious community, and a question came up about reservation of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

By CAROLE BRESLIN Beginning at the mouth of the Niger River in the Gulf of Guinea, you can reach some of the most remote areas of Africa. About 150 miles inland from the delta, the Anambra tributary branches to the northeast and if you travel another 15 miles up the river, you can disembark and travel another five miles to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. André Bessette

By CAROLE BRESLIN High on Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, stands the largest Catholic church in Canada, the Basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory. As the pilgrims climb the steps through the lovely grounds and statuary, they can turn and see the city of Montreal spread out below. Once inside they can visit the main statue of St. Joseph, surrounded by…Continue Reading