Thursday 7th May 2015

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“Progressives” Promote Their Own Ideas To Pressure Synod On Family

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The sorts of pressures being exerted by U.S. “progressives” for the upcoming Synod on the Family in October were illustrated in an April 21 media release presenting the results of 51 of their “listening sessions” in 18 dioceses, with possibly 781 participants, conducted in February and March.
The Our Catholic Family report said a total of 71 percent of its participants were between 50 and 79 years old — 45 percent from ages 50 to 69, and 26 percent from 70 to 79. Seventeen percent were between ages 30 and 49.
This age distribution might be seen as verifying the profile of Church “progressives” as people aging through the decades whose long-ago dreams of an illusory “Spirit of Vatican II” persist without comprehension.
Participants weren’t classified only as male or female. Females were 68 percent of the participants, males were 31.8 percent, while those who “self-identified in another category” were 0.2 percent, the report said. … Continue Reading

Cuba And Beyond

May 5, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16).
“Man is neither angel nor beast and unhappily whoever wants to act the angel, acts the beast” — Blaise Pascal, Pensées.
Much has been talked about and commented on, both in the media and in intellectual circles, not to mention the public in general, about the recent secret negotiations carried out by the Obama administration and the totalitarian Communist regime of the Castro brothers in Cuba. The negotiations were made public, leading to the consternation of all those who still believe in responsible freedom, the greatest gift granted by God to the human race.
This brief article will not concentrate on the economic consequences of these so-called negotiations between the richest and most powerful economy in the world and a much smaller and bankrupt nation desperate for economic and financial assistance.
It is difficult to hide the fact that the Cuban economy is in shambles and, what is even worse, the Cuban people have been denied the basic rights so much emphasized by John Locke (1) and others of his contemporaries during the Enlightenment; ideas which played a role in the thinking of the Founding Fathers of the United States. … Continue Reading

The Common Core “Opt-Out”

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It is easy to see why people often feel overwhelmed by the prospects of changing the way our schools and colleges operate. Powerful vested interests can make the task seem insurmountable, even when the polls indicate that the majority of the country agrees with those seeking the change. Examples abound, everything from school prayer to tenure rules to left-wing biases in school textbooks.
But the situation is not hopeless. The so-called Common Core “opt-out” is showing us how a grassroots movement can successfully challenge the powers-that-be in the education establishment and government.
An Associated Press story on April 18 reports that “thousands of students are opting out of the new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core.” According to the AP, “some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams.”
It has gotten to the point where some “lawmakers, sensing a tipping point, are backing the parents and teachers who complain about standardized testing,” even though federal aid can be withheld from school districts where “fewer than 95 percent” of the students “participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards.” (It should be noted that, to date, no school district has had its funds withheld as a result of the opt-out, according to AP.) … Continue Reading

As Another Of Many Affronts . . . Heedless Elitists Push Lynch’s Approval Through

May 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Revolts and rebellions can occur when oppression becomes unbearable. People decide they won’t buckle any longer under hostility and injustice.
As 2015 unfolds, conservative Republicans and Christians see they’re coming under withering attacks by the forces of big-government liberal immorality. And big-money interests who might be thought to support Republicans aren’t rushing to their defense.
Christian vendors like florists and bakers face huge fines and ostracism for daring to honor millennia-old traditional views on historic marriage that the entire society acknowledged only a few years ago.
And on April 25, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reportedly said the time for civil disobedience is here when a politician sends the police to get a church pastor’s sermons.
Last fall openly homosexual Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s city lawyers subpoenaed local pastors’ remarks who spoke against her favored “gay rights” ordinance. … Continue Reading

Dissenters Are Running Scared

May 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his blog [] and is reprinted with permission.)

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Articles that have appeared in the media controlled by Catholic dissenters seem to indicate that they are running scared. Humanae Vitae and natural family planning are not their favorite subjects except for criticism. They generally consider these subjects as settled in the negative and not worth discussing.
Airplane comments by Pope Francis perhaps have made them almost giddy. After all, if the Pope can be soft on sodomy, what can he have against the use of unnatural methods of birth control that seek to make the marriage act just as sterile as sodomy?
Of course, those who actually read what the Pope said and consider the circumstances in which he said it realize that he was not talking about sodomy in general but only whether that sin disqualified a particular priest for a Vatican banking job. On that one, he reserved judgment. … Continue Reading

What You Didn’t Read About Elite’s Continuing Attack On Sheriff Joe Arpaio

May 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


PHOENIX — Arizona’s quotable Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in national news again on April 23, but a key remark he made was buried or ignored in various reports. So, to avoid burying it now: Arpaio testified in court that a tipster said the wife of a judge overseeing the sheriff was heard to say that the judge “wanted to do everything to make sure I’m not elected.”
Defeating Arpaio would be quite a task. The popular, nationally known sheriff plans to run again after being elected to six consecutive four-year terms to head up law enforcement in a county that has grown to more than four million people, with Phoenix as county seat.
Arpaio also testified on April 23 that “I guess” the wife’s remark was checked out and was confirmed to have been made.
The Catholic sheriff, who employs a significant number of Latinos at his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, agrees with the views of most Americans who oppose massive illegal immigration. … Continue Reading

Sorry, Kathleen, It Is You

April 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


It strikes me that there are two opinions about the “friendlier face” that Pope Francis is presenting to the world. One is that Francis is attempting to move the Church slowly but surely — even deviously — into accepting serious doctrinal changes on issues such as Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics and homosexuality. Some who take this position go so far as to charge the Pope with heresy.
The second opinion is that Francis’ goal is merely to encourage those who have left the Church because of its teachings to come home, to reconcile themselves with the Church and the Catholic community; that Francis has no intention of altering Church doctrine because of this welcoming call, but merely to gently coax those who are engaged in actions condemned by the Church to find some way to alter their behavior so as to remain members of the Church and entitled to the sacraments.
I have no opinion poll to prove this, but I am confident that this latter view is the one held by the majority of the world’s Catholics who hold the Pope in such high regard. It is my view. … Continue Reading

GOP, Go And Do Likewise . . . Rand Paul Asks A Logical Question On Abortion

April 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Going down the buffet line to select the 2016 presidential candidate they like best, conservatives immediately encounter a limitation.
If you like Candidate A, you have to put all of him on the tray. You can’t lop off his hand you don’t like, which maybe holds too much free-trade policy in it, and replace it with one hand off a rather protectionist Candidate B.
That’s the enduring issue of trade-offs and compromise in politics. There’s no utterly perfect candidate. But at least don’t buy what’s guaranteed to cause electoral indigestion.
The main idea this time is to avoid splitting the vote among so many conservative hopefuls that — where have we heard this before? — the “moderate,” unmagnetic John McCain or Mitt Romney or Bob Dole ends up with the Republican nomination but loses the general election.
Let’s, for heaven’s sake, see if we can’t settle on a candidate pretty early on, precluding a prolonged contest that keeps fracturing conservatives, even while the media trumpet the supposed inevitability of the “moderate” they don’t really want but consider to be useful in their strategy to throw the November election to the Democrat. … Continue Reading

Just After New Bishop Installed . . . U Of San Diego Stages Its Annual “Superstar” Drag Show

April 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Courtesy seemed to be lacking when the University of San Diego, a Catholic school, staged its fourth annual “drag show” celebrating “gender expression” the very day after Bishop Robert McElroy was installed as the new head of the Diocese of San Diego.
At the least, university leadership could have spared McElroy the embarrassment of having this hot potato thrust onto his plate with the raunchy performance on April 16, during the Easter season, one day after he took formal control of the diocese on April 15.
Or, leading up to the drag show’s scheduled date, McElroy could have taken the initiative to pass the word to university administrators that as the incoming head of the diocese, he’d consider it a definite favor from them, if not a downright duty on their part, to spare him this defiant homosexual advocacy on the Catholic campus scheduled right after his installation.
In the unlikely event that McElroy, previously an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco, was unaware that the fourth annual event was on the calendar, San Diego diocesan officials surely would have made him aware. … Continue Reading

The Camel’s Nose?

April 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


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

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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 . . .

Germany’s bishops vote to allow Church employees to publicly defy Catholic teaching

WURZBURG, Germany, May 6, 2015 ( — On April 27 in Würzburg, the German bishops approved with more than a two-thirds majority a reform of the Catholic Church’s Labor Law in Germany, allowing some Church employees to publicly defy Church…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cupich Getting Comfortable With Pro-Aborts On Immigration Reform

True to his claim that immigration reform is “God’s agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway.  On Sunday, the Archbishop joined Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Il), a…Continue Reading

Pope’s doctrine chief under attack as he takes strong stand for marriage and family


ROME, May 1, 2015 ( – Pope Francis’ top advisor on Catholic doctrine is coming under attack as he continues to defend the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality amid a campaign by a “progressive” faction of prelates. On…Continue Reading

Obama Admin. Denies Visa to Nun Pleading For Persecuted Iraqi Christians – Will Media Cover?

The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea spotlighted the plight of a Catholic sister, who was denied entry to the U.S. by the Obama administration, in a Thursday item for National Review. She noted how “every member of an Iraqi delegation of…Continue Reading

States could force Catholic priests to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or lose legal status: Justice Scalia

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015, ( – If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, one justice has said that the government could force clergy of all denominations to perform gay “weddings” or lose the ability…Continue Reading

The Attack on San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone–Who’s Behind It and Why?

In spite of a recent newspaper poll that showed 89% of the public supports San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a small but vocal group of people are keeping up a campaign to get Pope Francis to replace him as archbishop…Continue Reading

Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience

“We will not obey.” That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage. “We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,”…Continue Reading

Feminist Steinem Touts Abortion, Ridicules Church at St. Norbert College


Abortion advocacy, support for euthanasia and applause for excommunicated and “ordained” women priests—such were the highlights of last week’s “dialogue” with radical feminists Gloria Steinem and Bell Hooks on the Catholic campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.…Continue Reading

Vatican hosts two leading pro-abortion, population control activists at climate conference

April 28, 2015 ( — Two of the world’s leading pro-abortion advocates were addressing a Vatican workshop on the environment today. At the same time, a press conference at the Palazzo Cesi, in Rome, organised by the Heartland Institute, was…Continue Reading

Climate Change Skeptics Write Open Letter Urging Pope Francis to Rethink Global Warming

ROME, Italy, April 27, 2015 (Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.) – As the Vatican gears up for a high-level workshop on climate change this Tuesday, a group of 90 prominent scientists, religious leaders and academics have written an open letter to Pope Francis,…Continue Reading

Charlotte Bishop To LGBT-Advocate Nun Gramick: You’re Not Speaking in My Diocese

Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese. Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive…Continue Reading


As Catholic priests we commit ourselves anew to the task of presenting the teaching of the Church on marriage in all its fullness, while reaching out with the Lord’s compassion to those struggling to respond to the demands and challenges…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 Francis: Marriage Inscribed In Creation

2015-05-06 Vatican Radio   (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, during which he continued his catechetical reflections on the nature and purpose of marriage in the order of creation and in the Divine plan of salvation. This week, the Holy Father focused specifically on Christian marriage as a Sacrament: an efficacious sign of God’s love for each and every person, for all humanity and for the whole world, a means…Continue Reading

Pope Francis tells Swiss Guards they have a “significant” friendship


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted the members of the Swiss Guard and their families on Monday, ahead of the annual May 6th swearing in ceremony for new Guards. Pope Francis said the meeting was an opportunity to “strengthen a [significant] friendship,” noting the words of Christ who said “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “In the history of the Church, many men and women have embraced…Continue Reading

Pope: Bear The Fruits Of Membership In Christ And The Church


(Vatican Radio) On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about Jesus’ parable of the vine and the branches – Jesus is the true vine, and we are the branches, dependent on Him. Through this parable, “Jesus wants us to understand the importance of remaining united to Him.” What is this new way, the Pope asked? Although Jesus is no longer with us as He was with the Disciples, we are able to remain united with Christ “in vital…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Attends Swiss Guard Flag Ceremony


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis attended a Swiss Guard ceremony Friday afternoon — unexpected by most of the people present — and addressed the corps, speaking as well about the characteristics of a commander, according to the Gospel. Following the nomination in February of Christoph Graf as the new Commander of the Swiss Guard, the military corps held a ceremony May 1 for the inauguration and blessing of its new flag. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Introduction To The Fight Over Homosexuality”

  By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + “Evil may have its day, but to God go the weeks and the years. It must ever be so” — Fr. Eugene Fahy, SJ. + + + So far, the Culture…Continue Reading

Betrayed By Culture

By DONALD DeMARCO I was reading, with genuine sadness, about a Jesuit priest who visits a Catholic home for unwed mothers three times a year to give weekend retreats. He describes the tragedies in the lives of these young girls as “appalling.” The age of these young mothers ranges from 13 upwards, with the median…Continue Reading

Can America Stop The Tide Of Assisted Suicide?

By CRAIG TURNER (Editor’s Note: Craig Turner is a graduate of the English honors program at the University of Texas and a former journalist who covered Capitol Hill. Since 1990, he has served as director of communications for three Washington, D.C., companies. Turner is the author of two books recently published by Saint Benedict Press:…Continue Reading

Reel Faith . . . An Interview With Catholic Actor And Filmmaker Eduardo Verastegui

By REY FLORES Eduardo Verastegui is a man on a mission. He is tirelessly traveling, either working on his latest film project or helping to promote his most recently completed one. On top of that, Verastegui (pronounced Ver-ah-steg-eeh) also helps run a crisis pregnancy clinic in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The…Continue Reading

Give Every Child In Baltimore A $17,329 School-Choice Voucher

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “The education system has failed them.” That is part of the explanation that Billy Murphy, a lawyer representing the family of Freddie Gray — who died after his spine was…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)

Archbishop Sartain’s Homily At Cardinal George’s Funeral . . . We Only Take With Us What We Have Given Away

(Editor’s Note: Below is the text of the homily that Archbishop J. Peter Sartain delivered at the April 23 funeral Mass for Francis Cardinal George, OMI, the retired archbishop of Chicago. Before Sartain was named archbishop of Seattle in 2010, he was the bishop of Joliet, Ill. (Cardinal George died April 17 at the age of 78, after fighting cancer…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Social Networks, Virtual Reality, And Trinitarian Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The omnipresent cell phone is blamed as often as it is praised. We like our cell phones for the convenience of reaching out to others by voice or text whenever we like as well as surfing the Internet and obtaining information and directions whenever we need them. Electronic devices of all kinds have become a…Continue Reading

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

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 The Church is holy. Sanctam: The ultimate goal of the Church is personal holiness, identification with Christ, as St. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). It is not merely covering oneself with the Blood of Christ, and allowing the inside to remain sinful…Continue Reading

The Mystery Of The Church

By DON FIER The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, as the “convocation” of God’s people, was prefigured from the beginning when our first parents sinned and were promised a Redeemer. Her remote preparation began with the calling of our father in faith, Abraham, and her immediate preparation began with the election of the Chosen People of Israel, a sign…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Writing in his blog ( about the long-term consequences of dissent from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, John Kippley said that this dissent not only “entailed the rejection of the whole idea of natural law as the reasoned basis for Catholic moral teaching,” but it allowed Catholics to substitute personal preference for personal morality, which means…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Philip Neri

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church when great persecutions and heresies have been promoted, there were also great saints who underwent persecution in their attempts to protect the Deposit of Faith. Such was the case in the early 16th century, when the Catholic Church was suffering her greatest crisis to date with the Protestant Revolt. During this…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Pope St. Pius V

By CAROLE BRESLIN Can anyone imagine a more challenging time in the history of the Church than the 16th century — besides this century? The Protestant Revolt north of Rome decimating the numbers of faithful Christians; to the west, England persecuting all Catholics; to the southeast, the Turks of the Ottoman Empire conquering at will place after place, setting their…Continue Reading