Friday 29th August 2014

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More On New York City’s Elite Schools

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

In the July 24 edition of First Teachers there was a discussion of the efforts of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to change the admissions process — currently based on a single test — to the city’s elite high schools, such as Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Latin, and Brooklyn Tech. De Blasio’s goal is find a way to increase the black and Hispanic enrollment at these schools, which is currently under 10 percent, in a city where the ethnic makeup of the public schools’ 1.1 million students is 15 percent Asian, 15 percent white, 40 percent Hispanic, and 28 percent black.
A reader we will identify as W.W. weighed in on the implications of de Blasio’s actions. “Diluting the standards of superlative schools,” writes W.W., “has always led to the same end, namely eradicating that which made those schools superlative. They soon become no different from the rest of the herd. In some cases they lose the reason to exist at all. … Continue Reading

When Tracking Illegal Immigrants . . . Just Follow The Money Trail To The Government Rainbow

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

 

PHOENIX — Unfairness and even cruelty often are prominently cited as reasons not to send young Latino “Dreamers” in the United States back to their home countries.
Brought here as little kids by their parents, the argument goes, they know little or nothing of the Spanish language, culture, or native land, so the U.S. practically is their home anyway.
Watch how rapidly this argument vanishes when the alien minor arrived in the U.S. just last month, and Barack Obama’s government is determined to keep her here for manipulative political reasons.
The minor doesn’t know any English? Doesn’t understand our cultural setting? Doesn’t have any parents here? No problem. Obama will furtively imbed her somewhere or the other in the U.S., with plenty of taxpayer money to make her welcome and permanent. Here, senorita, a worker from Planned Parenthood is going to talk to your newcomers’ class about “reproductive rights.” … Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Office… Draws Attention For Shielding Alleged Serial Rapist

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

TEMPE, Ariz. — A small yellowish-tan strip mall here at 1250 E. Apache Blvd. includes ethnic restaurants and a coin-operated laundry convenient to students from the main campus at behemoth Arizona State University, located a short walk to the west.
ASU has more than 60,000 students at the campus, and another 12,000 or so at its three other sites here in the metropolitan Phoenix area, making it the largest public university by enrollment in the United States.
But the “L”-shaped little strip mall has even a bigger behemoth’s outlet as a tenant, a Planned Parenthood office.
The third-of-a-million annual permissive abortions that government-funded Planned Parenthood inflicts would wipe out ASU’s total enrollment by roughly four and two-thirds times. That’s entire coliseums full of future students dumped into garbage bins each year.
Why is a birth-control and abortion office set amid the mall’s Pakistani, Indian, and kabob food counters and even a bartending academy under the drab, greenish roofing? … Continue Reading

Is Ferguson Our Future?

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By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

“America is on trial,” said Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St. Mark’s Family Church in Ferguson, Mo.
At issue, the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, on the main street of that city of 22,000, a neighbor community to Jennings, where this writer lived in the mid-1960s.
Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot multiple times by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white police officer with an unblemished record in six years on the force in Jennings and Ferguson.
From his patrol car, Wilson ordered Brown out of the street where he was walking and blocking traffic. A fight followed. Wilson appears to have been punched in the face. One police report says that there was a struggle for the officer’s gun.
According to Brown’s companion, however, after he was first shot, he threw up his hands and yelled, “Don’t shoot. I surrender.” Then Wilson gunned him down.
According to one of three autopsies, Brown was shot six times, once in the top of the head, which may suggest he was charging the officer when gunned down. A second St. Louis County autopsy found marijuana in Brown’s body. … Continue Reading

Honoring The Dignity Of Our Miscarried Children

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By REY FLORES

Miscarriage is a very real and very painful reality for many of us. While society and the medical community for the most part will dismiss a miscarriage as yet another medical occurrence without merit or value, what it really is, is a death in our families.
When my wife and I lost our sixth baby, it was at 12 weeks into Mary’s pregnancy. It was especially difficult because Mary announced that we were having a baby on our daughter Xotchil’s ninth birthday, as a sort of present to her.
When we had to share the news of our miscarriage with our other children, particularly Xotchil, it was a sad day for our family. Having been blessed five times already with healthy, beautiful children, we weren’t prepared for this.
There were tears, but more so than expected. Mary and I wanted to let our children know just how losing this baby was as hard and painful as if we had lost any of them. It was a terrific opportunity orchestrated by God and our baby in Heaven whom we named Gabriel to make an indelible mark on our children’s hearts and in their brains that every life, no matter if it only was a barely recognizable 12-week-old baby, was just as precious as any of them are. … Continue Reading

A Movie Review… This Game Stands Tall

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By REY FLORES

I’m not certain, but it sure seems like there is a Christian rebellion of sorts going on in the filmmaking industry, and I for one am glad of it.
Sure, it isn’t the major Hollywood studios and its mostly independent studios producing quality Christian films, but it sure is a welcome respite from the usual fare of sex, drugs, violence and a seemingly endless stream of recycled comic-book heroes.
In the new film When the Game Stands Tall, we welcome back one of our favorite actors who played probably the best Jesus in movie history. Jim Caviezel returns to the big screen as a middle-aged football coach who has his hands full with a football team that God has entrusted to him to guide down a righteous path in the game of life. … Continue Reading

Vatican II: The Rejected Schemas

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By JOHN YOUNG

When the bishops assembled for the start of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, they were presented with a number of schemas prepared by the Holy Office (now called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). The majority of the bishops were not happy with them, so Pope John XXIII agreed to their request that the work be done again.
Many bishops wanted a more pastorally toned style likely to have wider appeal, a style that they considered would resonate better with non-Catholics, as with those Catholics who would feel alienated by a clear-cut, dogmatic presentation. So new papers were prepared and became the basis of the final documents issued by Vatican II. … Continue Reading

Redemption Is Not Condemnation

August 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO

The Internet is a vast ocean stocked with innumerable statements that beg to be redressed. I came across the following personal confession, though quite by accident, posted by a lapsed Catholic:
“I grew up in a conservative Catholic family, went to church every Sunday, and studied Christian apologetics: My life was filled with fear, stress, anger, self-disgust, and felt like I was the lowest of the low on this planet, all taught to me by my very ‘Christ-like’ father and church community.”
While the Internet grants everyone freedom of speech, it does not require them to practice sobriety of thought. Since the above citation could be seen as an unfair indictment against the Church, I thought it might be helpful if I endeavored to frame a response. … Continue Reading

Blackstone Meeting . . . International Students Hear Call To Become Great Leaders

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Although many people began noticing moral degeneracy being thrust on society aggressively at the direction of Barack Obama in the White House, he was only continuing an elite strategy already well under way.
Permissive abortion, homosexual disorientation, and other ills didn’t start with the Chicago messiah and weren’t confined to the United States.
To take one example from ten years ago, The Family Reporter, newsletter of United Families International, in 2004 told of efforts to impose distorted morality in Latin America.
Under the headline “Invasion of Latin America,” an article told of a meeting in Puerto Rico by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) that brought up abortion and “reproductive rights.”
A resolution produced at the meeting, the article said, affirmed that ECLAC members “had declared their determination to ‘implement legislation guaranteeing the responsible exercise of sexual and reproductive rights.’
“The language ‘sexual rights’ has never appeared in any major United Nations document and is dangerously undefined,” the United Families International article in 2004 said.
It added that another resolution from the Puerto Rico meeting endorsed a document from a prior ECLAC meeting in Chile that “urges Latin American nations to ‘promote the exercise of reproductive rights and ensure the provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services that strive to ensure universal access to the widest possible range of family planning methods’.” … Continue Reading

Did Obama Ask Himself . . . What Right Does The U.S. Have To Take Other Countries’ Children?

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — When conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe released a dramatic video on August 11 of a rubber-faced terrorist easily wading across the Rio Grande River into Texas, there was another touch he could have added but didn’t.
O’Keefe could have floated some little rubber ducks on the river separating the U.S. and Mexico and labeled them “fierce alligators.” Remember when Barack Obama pledged in 2011 that the border already was secure, but, the president said, some picky critics wouldn’t be satisfied until there were alligators on patrol?
Some little duckies on the Rio would have had all the bite of Obama’s toothless border security. … Continue Reading

Outcry flares over California abortion push in Catholic colleges

August 27, 2014 “California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions.” Sacramento, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration…Continue Reading

SATANIC ‘BLACK MASS’ GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM U.S. CITY

Concerns mount about ‘dark powers that this invites into our community’ The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City has agreed to drop a lawsuit against a satanic cult that plans to perform a “black mass” in the city now that the…Continue Reading

California reverses: Catholic colleges must now pay for all abortions

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Two California Catholic universities must cover elective abortions in the health care plans they provide employees, according to a decision released Friday by Governor Jerry Brown. The affected schools are Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University. The decision comes…Continue Reading

Catholic Church Warns Pro-Lifers About Ice Bucket Challenge Donations

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/25/14 11:59 AM A Catholic Archdiocese is warning pro-life advocates about the final destination of donations for the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a pop culture and social media…Continue Reading

Why Top Catholic Education Organization Says Common Core Could Threaten Religious Liberty

Aug. 21, 2014 10:25pm Fred Lucas A leading Catholic education organization is warning that Common Core could pose a threat to religious freedom for Catholic schools that adopt the controversial education standards. The Cardinal Newman Society’s summer newsletter named among the 10 things…Continue Reading

It’s hard to engage in interfaith dialogue when your head has been cut off.

  By Benedict Kiely In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a “clear light” are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response To Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

August 22, 2014 Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’ Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom More thorough study and detailed comments to come WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced…Continue Reading

Obama Tweaks the Birth Control Mandate—and the Right Is Still Angry

By Jonathan Cohn @citizencohn The controversy over Obamacare’s contraception mandate is back in the news. And it’s the same old story as before. Religious conservatives who run businesses and provide health insurance to employees don’t want those policies to cover all forms…Continue Reading

The “Closure Crisis” Within The Church.

(RNS) What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question Nicole Stelle Garnett and Margaret F. Brinig, two Notre Dame law professors, pondered as they studied closures in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. There were 7,000…Continue Reading

Satanists Return Stolen Host to Archbishop Coakley

The organizer of a Sept. 21 black mass surrendered the consecrated Host, one day after the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit for its recovery. by CNA/EWTN NEWS 08/21/2014 OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s archbishop voiced relief that Satanists…Continue Reading

Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

August 20, 2014 08:45 EST By Catherine Harmon The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria.…Continue Reading

Black Mass Organizers Face Lawsuit Over Stolen Host

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 20, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of a satanic black mass slated to take place in Oklahoma City next month face a lawsuit on grounds that the consecrated Host used for the sacrilegious event…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis’ General Audience Catechesis, August 27th . . . On the Dangers of ‘Parish’ Sins

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Vatican City, August 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) Below is a translation of the Pope’s address during today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Every time we renew our profession of faith reciting the “Creed,” we affirm that the Church is “one” and “holy.” She is one because she has her origin in God Trinity, mystery of…Continue Reading

The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Ethical Surprise

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Denver Archbishop Supports Alternative Charities; Recalls One Life Can’t Be Sacrificed for Another Denver, Colorado, August 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success,…Continue Reading

Why Pope Benedict Called For The Rebirth Of The Church

By FR. JEROME ROMANOWSKI (Fr. Romanowski is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J.) +    +    + In studying the important summary of a meeting Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger attended in July 22-24, 2001, Fontgombault, France, I thought again of why the Holy Father had to retire. The proceedings were held in the Benedictine Monastery…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Dizzying World Of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review”

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 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, which is more than 300 pages long and is organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… The Apparition At Knock, Ireland, August 1879

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 1 This is the first of two articles on the apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Knock in Ireland, on August 21, 1879. At the time the country was going through a period of upheaval in the aftermath of the Great Famine of 1845-1849, during which a million and a…Continue Reading

Memo To The Wanderer Family

By PAUL LIKOUDIS With all my heart I want to thank the many Wanderer readers who have supported me with their Masses and prayers through what has been a very challenging time, and is likely to become more challenging. The July 16 surgery was not a success, and complications required a two-week hospital stay, which…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Most Secure Way To Sanctity

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Totus Tuus Maria: Personal Consecration to Our Lady Following the Spiritual Teaching of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, by Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus (Gracewing Publishing, 168 pages, $14.91, www.gracewing.co.uk; also available at amazon.com). The author is a priest of the Diocese of Regensburg in Germany. He works in the Secretariat of State…Continue Reading

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Justice And Charity

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matt. 18:15-20 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us that we are to owe nothing to anyone except to love one another. The fact that St. Paul puts this into the category of something that is owed to another person is of…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address To Young People Of Asia… “Today Christ Is Knocking At The Door Of Your Heart”

SEOUL (ZENIT) — The Holy Father gave the following address to the young people of Asia on August 15. Pope Francis visited South Korea from August 14-18. ZENIT News Agency provided the text and translation of his address; all rights reserved. +    +    + Dear Young Friends, “It is good for us to be here!” (Matt. 17:4). These words were…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Changing Papacy Under Changing Demands

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Who would have thought that a 21st-century Pope would be accused of leading the charge of a new crusade? Not me. But that’s what has happened in the wake of U.S. air strikes on Iraq in defense of religious minorities at Mount Sinjar and in the effort to retake Mosul Dam. Pope Francis undoubtedly felt…Continue Reading

Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or…Supernatural? The Biblical Foundations Of Celibacy

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Years ago in New Zealand I listened to a talk by Scott Hahn where he told the story of a conversation he had had with a young man from Steubenville University. The youth has shared his desire to go to the seminary to become a priest. Some time later, the same young man…Continue Reading

The Creeds

By DON FIER In last week’s column, we laid the groundwork to begin an in-depth exposition of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that we, as Catholic Christians, are called to believe: the one, true faith we profess in the Creeds of the Church. For it is in the formulas of the Creeds that, “through the centuries,…Continue Reading

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Catholic Heroes . . . St. John The Baptist

By CAROLE BRESLIN Thousands of years before the time of Christ, the Pharaoh of Egypt held the children of Israel in bondage. Our Lord proved His love for them when Moses led them out of Egypt. When Mary was carrying Jesus, she and Joseph, because of an imperial decree, had to travel to Bethlehem in order to be counted in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Pope St. Pius X

By CAROLE BRESLIN This month the Catholic Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope St. Pius X who had so many things in common with the last few Popes. Like Pope Francis, he had a special affinity for the poor — especially since he came from a poor family. Like Pope John Paul II, who updated the…Continue Reading

What to Do If Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion?

by Krisi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/20/14 4:00 PM Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Note: This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. If you are a guy who is trying to find out how to stop an abortion, please see this article written for dads. 1.  Stand your…Continue Reading

It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

February 13, 2014 by Anthony Esolen   It might have been worth repairing, if it had once been noble and beautiful, or at least conceived in an orderly way, for ordinary human purposes. But it wasn’t. It was constructed upon false principles. Its walls looked like those of a bad factory. It smelled like a warehouse. It could be terribly…Continue Reading

Why I am Pro-Life

February 4, 2014   Pro-Lifers   By Therese Recinella   Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today.   There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children…Continue Reading

Fathers . . . The Essential Role of the Father

Posted on February 10, 2014 by The Catholic Gentleman 13 Comments   Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view…Continue Reading

How Much is One Billion Dollars?

This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills.…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood

This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941.  (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in…Continue Reading

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven…Continue Reading