Saturday 27th August 2016

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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

August 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

By BRIAN CLOWES

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(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 on euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)

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“Oh, for more Quality and less Quantity in Generation/ Oh, for less Suff’ring and more Wisdom in Termination” — Robert H. Williams, MD, “My Life Prayer.”

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The Four-Step Strategy. There can only be one possible ultimate outcome of the utilitarian thinking that brought us contraception and abortifacients, sterilization, population control, and abortion.
Once society compromises the paramount right to life in any way, once it sets aside certain classes of human beings and declares them disposable, once it calculates and assesses the “value” of each human life and balances it against lists of health-care expenses, the lethal dehumanization of others by the elite will continue unabated until the society either disintegrates or returns to a sanctity of life ethic.
The first step down any slippery slope is intimidating but, once a society’s downward plunge gathers momentum, it will find itself moving so quickly that it will be very difficult to stop or turn back — even if the majority wants to do so. Subsequent steps on the road to wholesale killing are always easier, as we have already observed with abortion. As always, evil takes on a life of its own.
Pro-euthanasia activists are now using precisely the same strategy used by the pro-abortion movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as they saw how successful it was. The pro-abortionists’ methods were undeniably effective: We now have abortion on demand for any reason in the United States and in most of the world — and even abortion on command in some nations, including the People’s Republic of China. … Continue Reading

The Need For Apologetics

August 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Need For Apologetics

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

First Teachers has received many letters in recent weeks regarding the secularization taking place at modern Catholic colleges. Some of the correspondents point to the honorary degrees given to pro-abortion politicians, others to performances of the play The Vagina Monologues, others to the official status given to LGBTQ student groups and activities, others to the large numbers of graduates of these schools who no longer practice the faith.
J.R.B., Ph.D., points to something else: the absence of courses in apologetics at these colleges. He writes, “I’m accepting your invitation to comment on why so many of our Catholic colleges are and have been ineffective in cementing religious loyalty to the faith in their graduates.
“In my view the answer is simple: Catholic colleges do not and have not taught apologetics! Even when Catholic colleges offer courses about the dogmas of the faith and moral precepts, for the most part they do not offer formal courses in how to counter the arguments of our adversaries.”
J.R.B. offers an illustration. “There are elements in the American economic system that run counter to our faith. Why? How? Our graduates just don’t know. Training in economic apologetics was never given to them. Our graduates find jobs in our economic system and quickly run into injustices which challenge their faith. Unarmed, they are mowed down and lost. Most graduates of Catholic colleges know virtually nothing about the social encyclicals.” … Continue Reading

Three Kinds Of Human Beings

August 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Three Kinds Of Human Beings

By DONALD DeMARCO

The American humorist, Robert Benchley, once remarked: “There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.”
In so saying, Benchley logically and amusingly placed himself in the first class. He went on to point out, however, that it would be “extremely unpleasant” for members of these two classes to meet socially. On this point, he may have been more inadvertently wise than intentionally witty.
It is a dangerous thing to divide people into two classes. Opposites oppose, whereas complementarities complete. Dividing people into two classes is a recipe for making enemies.
For Karl Marx, one is either a member of the ruling class or of the working class. This dichotomy creates a situation that is more than socially unpleasant; it ignites a revolution. The ancient Greeks saw non-Greeks as barbarians. They would meet on the battlefield. If a person believes he is a saint and not at all a sinner, he risks falling into self-righteousness; if a sinner believes that he is nothing more than a sinner, he may lose hope.
The divisions are legion: good guys vs. bad guys, winners vs. losers, natives vs. foreigners, us vs. them, normal vs. abnormal, citizens vs. aliens. … Continue Reading

As Biden Widens The Whirlpool… Consider How Hierarchy Has Made Catholics Head For Lifeboats

August 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on As Biden Widens The Whirlpool… Consider How Hierarchy Has Made Catholics Head For Lifeboats

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

Three conservative Christian public figures lamented the lack of courage by national Catholic leaders when The Wanderer asked their reaction to a widening social whirlpool whose velocity increased when Vice President Joe Biden performed a “same-sex marriage” of two homosexual White House staffers at his residence as August began.
The Wanderer noted Biden’s defiance in last week’s August 18 hardcopy issue, under the front-page headline, “Soft Treatment for Clinton, Biden — But Media Boast Over Hostile Coverage of Trump.”
This week we follow up with observations from three laypeople about the failure of bishops over the years to prevent the U.S. Church’s foundational moral authority from slipping away, until one day it may vanish.
It seemed to suffice that all would be well with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as long as politicians followed liberal political checklists.
Indeed, in 2004, when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome, soon to become Pope Benedict XVI, sent liberal Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington, instructions that openly defiant, unrepentant Catholic politicians must be denied the Eucharist, McCarrick stuck the instructions into his drawer and gave the U.S. bishops a watered-down version of what Ratzinger had said.
Liberal Democrat Biden long has claimed to be a faithful, practicing Catholic even while boldly spurning foundational Church teaching on issues including massive permissive abortion, religious believers being forced to violate their consciences, embryonic stem-cell research and tax funding for it, and now marriage and bathroom invasions. … Continue Reading

Smearing Donald Trump

August 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Smearing Donald Trump

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I suspect that there are many in the same boat with me, uncomfortable with the idea of coming down on all fours in support of Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, but who will vote for him anyway. The prospect of the Clintons back in power closes the discussion for me.
That said, I have to admit backing Trump requires that I eat a lot of crow. I can remember saying to myself (fortunately for me, I didn’t get in anyone else’s face about it) that Catholics who backed Bill Clinton’s run for the presidency were selling out; that they were willing for partisan political motives to back a sleazy pro-abortion candidate with the personal morals of an alley cat. Trump’s personal life is not far removed from Bill Clinton’s.
I am comforted in my decision to back Trump by seeing many of the conservative commentators I admire leaning his way: Patrick J. Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Napolitano, and Laura Ingraham, for starters.  Their logic is the same as mine: Trump is the only hope we have to keep Hillary away from the White House.
But there is something else that makes me eager to speak out in defense of Trump: the hatchet job he is getting from the media. Whatever Trump’s failings, the media should not be permitted to get away with this attack without some resistance. I have never seen anything like what is happening to Trump. The liberals in the media used to be subtle in their attacks. No more.
If the press gets away with destroying a candidate for political office by changing longstanding guidelines for journalistic ethics, it will send a signal to students in schools of journalism that will change the relationship between the press and the voters from this day forward. … Continue Reading

Racism Then . . . Manufactured Racism Now

August 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Racism Then . . . Manufactured Racism Now

By REY FLORES

Man’s inhumanity to man is just another part of our fallen nature. We have brutalized each other in so many different ways. Today we are rediscovering that brutality and trying hard to find new ways and worse ways to hurt each other.
There is no excuse for any kind of racism, given that as Catholics we all believe we are made by the same Creator. And even the worst of us deserve to be treated with human dignity since we are made in His image and likeness.
Systemic slavery and institutional racism are realities we cannot erase from man’s history. There are countless examples throughout the ages of how certain cultures and people have become the slaves of others, having their native land colonized by more advanced societies.
There’s a funny little thing called time, and time passes. Only God is timeless, but we are not. When will we stop beating the proverbial dead horses of racism and bigotry and leave them in the past?
It appeared that after the civil rights movement of the 1960s we had come to almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps not institutionally, but certainly through popular culture as we embraced more movies and music which no longer relegated blacks to secondary roles or being banned from radio airplay.
Integration was a fast-growing social experiment in America’s inner-cities. While the idyllic breaking down of racial barriers was the desired intent, the reality was that formerly white neighborhoods deteriorated into low-income slums and an ugly urban sprawl to the suburbs became white America’s escape. … Continue Reading

Blind Lead Blind?. . . Campaign Peeks At Polls, Precipices, Lesbian Farms, And McCain

August 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Blind Lead Blind?. . . Campaign Peeks At Polls, Precipices, Lesbian Farms, And McCain

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The story of the blind men who reached conflicting conclusions about what an elephant is because they touched different parts of the beast’s body doesn’t apply to the blind folks of the hostile dominant media trying to size up the Donald Trump Republican pachyderm.
Can the elephant fly because the flapping ears are like the wings of a huge nocturnal bat? Is the beast immobile because its stout legs are like deeply rooted trees? Does the coiling trunk suggest the creature resembles a boa constrictor?
However, assorted media left-wingers don’t arrive at differing interpretations of this GOP beast. No matter what part they touch, they cry out, “Awful! Terrible! Monstrous! Ghastly!”
Zoo elephants may be behind signs saying, “Don’t feed the animals.” But the warning sign against the Trumpian elephant is, “Always assume the worst.”
New York Times writer Jim Rutenberg posted on August 7 that news-media members concluded Trump was too dangerous to be allowed to win the White House, and were putting their biases into action on the job.
When Trump said that Barack Obama founded the ISIS terrorist army, because of the way he had cast the Mideast into deeper chaos, the reporters thought Trump’s only meaning could be that Obama flew secretly into Iraq, dashed down a hidden tunnel, and signed some founding document in Arabic. Oh, what a great gaffe Trump had made, they thought; Obama did no such thing! … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke… Shows Way To Hope For A Suffering Church

August 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Cardinal Burke… Shows Way To Hope For A Suffering Church

By DEXTER DUGGAN

(Editor’s Note: Below is Dexter Duggan’s review of and commentary on Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s new book Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ. An Interview with Guillaume d’Alancon. Ignatius Press, San Francisco, ISBN 978-1-62164-116-2, 123 pages paperback, $14.95, 2016. Visit ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531.
(We are featuring the review on our editorial page because of the book’s importance.)

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Hope, rightfully one of the seven virtues, ultimately looks toward the reward of everlasting Heaven, for which God created everyone. But some people, whose numbers are unknown to us now, choose to reject this bliss.
Why would anyone refuse to accept unbounded joy when the alternative is the everlasting deep suffering of Hell?
Biblical wisdom informs us that our temporal path is strewn with temptations and deceptions to make us choose wrongly and chain us into the cruel custody of God’s prime enemy, Satan. This supremely evil spirit let his pride lead him to reject his Creator and then resolve to mislead fallible humans into joining him in his awful ocean of unquenchable fire.
Although God welcomes every person’s honest, possibly faltering attempts to find Him and His bountiful goodness while passing through this brief life on a small planet, the pilgrim best turns to the Church on Earth as the proven guide past Satan’s snares and serpents. That’s why the Evil One hates the Church so deeply and intrudes into her gardens when a fissure in the wall opens.
In this extended conversation with French author Guillaume d’Alancon that can be read in a few hours, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke recalls his early life that resembled many others’ in mid-20th century America. A faithful, hard-working Catholic family on a Midwest farm, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, familiar parish life and practices, an understanding they were “part of a Church that spread throughout the whole world.” … Continue Reading

A Squandered Patrimony

August 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Squandered Patrimony

BY JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Recent editions of First Teachers have featured letters from readers who are unhappy with the drift toward secular liberalism and politically correct cultural views at Jesuit universities. This week we offer a different perspective, not from parents of students at Jesuit colleges but from a Jesuit priest. We will identify him only as a “Jesuit correspondent” to preserve his anonymity. You will have to take my word that he is who he says he is.
This priest does not pull his punches: He says the critics of Jesuit higher education who wrote to First Teachers are “on the money,” that modern Jesuit educators have “squandered the patrimony donated by Irish, German, Italian, and other European immigrants who built the Jesuit colleges and universities.” He says that he bases his views on what he has seen “watching the decline of Jesuit universities since 1987. The Society of Jesus has just given up trying to control and keep Catholic its universities.”
Strong words, but our correspondent backs them up: “There is a complete lack of will. Spiritually, Jesuit superiors have ignored Ignatius’ meditation of the ‘Two Standards’ — the Devil tempts first by riches, second by fame and honor, and third by pride. The Society has fallen to temptation on all three counts in regard to their universities.”
Our Jesuit correspondent points to how “riches, honor, and pride have weakened the wills and darkened the minds of the Jesuit decision-makers. Avarice, vainglory, and pride have led to other vices that feed the desire to have a university that is competitive according to secular criteria.” He is confirming what many outside the order suspect: that the modern Jesuits are seeking to curry favor with their peers in the secular academic world. … Continue Reading

Rio Olympics Mask Truth About Brazil

August 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Rio Olympics Mask Truth About Brazil

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By REY FLORES

About 20 years ago I learned a fact about the city of Rio that has stuck with me ever since. At that time, I learned that Rio had the highest number of homeless children who were addicted to huffing inhalants. That is, using anything in an aerosol can, like household cleaning products, insecticide, glue, paint thinner, nail polish remover and lighter fluid, in order to get high.
These kids weren’t just rebelling or trying to have fun. These children as young as five years old were trying to mask the starvation and pain that stalked them for their entire short lives.
Like any other injustice which I have learned about, I cannot unlearn it. These injustices are forever stuck with me and that is what has driven me to much of my life’s work in at least trying to bring light where there is darkness.
Sometimes I wish I had never heard of any human suffering or injustice, and had remained an inconsequential soul, living in blissful ignorance. I don’t say this for self-aggrandizing purposes, but I say it because sometimes the pain is too much to even think about. I wish I had never known.
Nevertheless, many of these children have been abandoned, left to the wolves in the streets to do with them what they will. Unspeakable horrors haunt the lives of these kids, including rampant child prostitution which involves torture, rape, and murder. … Continue Reading

Video: Biological males can stay overnight with female, but parents can’t be told, school officials say

NewsGenderThu Aug 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm EST ANNAPOLIS, MD, August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Maryland school district will allow members of one biological sex to sleep in the bedrooms of the opposite sex during school activities – and…Continue Reading

Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as…Continue Reading

Life isn’t black and white – teach priests to discern the gray, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2016 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a conversation with members of the Jesuit order from Poland, Pope Francis said the real life situations of everyday Catholics aren’t black and white, but rather vary on a…Continue Reading

Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

August 24, 2016 Writing in the Vatican newspaper, a Spanish ecclesiology professor said that Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is part of the non-definitive ordinary Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff to which the faithful owe religious submission of intellect…Continue Reading

BREAKING: Leaked e-mails show George Soros paid $650K to influence bishops during Pope’s US visit

August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing]…Continue Reading

Catholic school faculty member sues school after she’s fired for being gay

A lesbian teacher was fired from Paramus Catholic High School after administrators learned that she was married to a woman, according to her lawsuit. Kate Drumgoole, 33, was the school’s head basketball coach and dean of guidance when the school…Continue Reading

Scottish Catholic Church denies supporting ‘mandatory’ LGBT activist school program

GLASGOW, Scotland, August 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic Church in Scotland is flatly denying that it is lending its support to advancing a pro-homosexual curriculum in Catholic schools, despite secular as well as gay news sources claiming the opposite.…Continue Reading

Amid falling sales, Target responds to backlash with $20 million plan for single-stall bathrooms

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NewsGenderThu Aug 18, 2016 – 2:57 pm EST Amid falling sales, Target responds to backlash with $20 million plan for single-stall bathrooms  #flushtarget , bathroom bills , target , transgender , transgenderism MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Facing…Continue Reading

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Signs New Book Deal with Bloomsbury

Indeed, it’s official. Bloomsbury is announcing that Pope Benedict has a new book coming in November 2016, entitled, The Last Testament. It appears to be 224 pages. Ever since Bloomsbury merged (“bought out?”) T & T Clark, they have been…Continue Reading

Transgender Bathroom Access Extended to All Federal Buildings–Including Prisons

The Obama administration is set to unveil a new regulation this week that will expand transgender people’s access to restrooms consistent with their “gender identity” to thousands of federal buildings and facilities across the country — including prisons. Buzzfeed News…Continue Reading

Satanic ‘Black Mass’ held in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A small group attended an event held by a satanic church in Oklahoma City Monday night. The ‘black mass’ was met with Christian masses and prayer rallies. Leaders of Oklahoma City’s Church of Ahriman set the…Continue Reading

Uplifting Story . . . Gymnast Simone Biles soars to Olympic gold while grounded in Catholic faith

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, August 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — When three-time world champion gymnast Simone Biles flew to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the 19-year-old carried a rosary her mother gave her and a St. Sebastian medal from…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 bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

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For David Daleiden, Soros money shows Planned Parenthood in a panic

Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2016 / 10:55 am (CNA).- A leaked grant report from the Open Societies Foundation seems to show Planned Parenthood and its allies in a panicked effort to raise millions of dollars to counter a series of investigative videos alleging the abortion provider broke the law. For undercover journalist David Daleiden, it’s a sign of hope. “It shows that the issue of selling baby body parts for profit is an issue that…Continue Reading

Meeting Point Sex Ed Program Not Ready for Catholic Schools

The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People (http://www.educazioneaffettiva.org/) is a high school-level sex education program developed by “a group of married couples in Spain,” supported by the Spanish Bishops’ Conference and released online by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family in July 2016.  It is intended for use in Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. Although The Cardinal Newman Society does not formally review educational materials, we have taken a…Continue Reading

Why this diocese is ditching Common Core for liberal arts

Marquette, Mich., Aug 24, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Marquette in Michigan says it is already experiencing success in their process of adopting a Catholic liberal arts curriculum for all its schools, rather than using Common Core State Standards. The schools in the diocese previously had no set curriculum. The adoption of a classical curriculum comes at a time when two bills that would repeal and replace the Common Core State

Baton Rouge Establishes Special Flood Victims Fund

By KATHLEEN NAAB The Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., is welcoming assistance as so many thousands of people have lost homes or property and many have been killed in the massive flooding affecting the state. “The historic flooding that has taken place has impacted nearly every corner of our diocese, and our parishes and schools are struggling to recover in an effort to provide for the spiritual and educational needs of their parishioners and students,”…Continue Reading

Catholic Politician Defends Abortion, Says Catholic Church Doesn’t Think Unborn Babies are People

Minnesota state Rep. John Lesch is a Catholic and a politician in the conservative mid-west. He also supports abortions. Lesch, a board member of the pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice, wrote a column for The Hill this week explaining why he supports abortion and why other Catholic politicians should, too. “I came of age in a time when we learned to respect a woman’s conscience-based decisions, and we were more cautious of the institutional church’s…Continue Reading

Government: New 700,000-Word Regulation Is Good For You

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The nine-second video of two federal bureaucrats the White House posted on its blog the past week was notable for something it omitted. That something was very big — and putting it on display might not have fit with the apparent propaganda purpose of the video. The video itself starred EPA…Continue Reading

With Different U.S. Policies… Imagine The Possibilities In Africa

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. He and Brian Clowes, HLI’s director of research and training, recently went on a pro-life mission to Tanzania; see the article on the front page of The Wanderer, August 18, 2016. In the article below, Fr. Boquet thanks all…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… “The Expense Is Reckoned, The Enterprise Is Begun; It Is Of God”

By JAMES MONTI The recent slaughter in odium fidei of the 85-year-old French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel on July 26 shortly after two terrorists stormed into the church where he was celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a vivid manifestation that the price for being a faithful Catholic has been rapidly escalating of…Continue Reading

Summer 1916 . . . The Second Apparition Of Angel Of Portugal

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The previous article on this topic (April 28, 2016, p. 8A) looked at the first of the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, or the Angel of Peace, to the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1916. This…Continue Reading

ISIS And Other Useful Fictions

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) and al-Qaeda are useful fictions. “Islamicist” is another ill-used word. Has anyone ever identified the borders of the so-called Islamic State, identified the site of its central government, attributed to it a president, prime minister, cabinet, parliament, or congress, or anything resembling such? Even the most…Continue Reading

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The Mystagogy Of The Celebration Of Baptism

By DON FIER The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River marked a turning-point in His life. Having lived in a hidden manner in obedience to Mary and Joseph for thirty years (see Luke 2:51), our Lord now began His public ministry by freely submitting to the penitential baptism of St. John the Baptist. Although unblemished by sin and in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Can you possibly provide the name and e-mail address of the bishop of the “renowned” Catholic Vice President Joe Biden? This latest mockery of his faith — officiating at the “marriage” of two men — cries for some type of action from the shepherd of his flock. I would like to be able to communicate my concern to the…Continue Reading

Prepare For Eternal Life

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 9:13-18b Phmn. 9-10, 12-17 Luke 14:25-33 In the first reading the question is asked about who can know God’s counsel or conceive what the Lord intends. We know that God’s ways are not our ways; we know that God looks into the heart while we look at…Continue Reading

Divine Mercy And Justice

By Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke Part 2 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the Consecration Weekend, The Marian Catechist Apostolate, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wis., July 23, 2016. Because of its length, we are publishing it in two parts; part 1 appeared in last week’s issue. And also because…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Moral Outrages Mount While Bishops Snooze

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The U.S. bishops’ conference is a leadership disaster. Joe Biden presiding over the marital simulation ceremony of two men who work in the Obama administration was the latest unanswered provocation to assail the American portion of the Body of Christ. Vice President Biden has completely sold-out on Church teaching. He enthusiastically promoted the rainbow revolution…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Euphrasia Eluvathingal

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1605 Fr. Robert De Nobili, a Jesuit priest, arrived in India to evangelize the people. He found them to have a noble bearing and a deeply spiritual life filled with fasting, prayer, and meditation. Difficulties presented themselves to him as he struggled to convert them: “If these people did not see me do such penance, they…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Joseph Of Cupertino

By CAROLE BRESLIN Now that the school year has begun, students — especially Catholic students — will find recourse to their favorite patron saint of studying. Some may choose St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine of Hippo. For those students who find it difficult to retain what they read and write about it, perhaps this saint will encourage them: St.…Continue Reading