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Surrendering To The Welfare State

July 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I go out of my way to read Thomas Sowell’s columns. He has the unique ability to be both informative and entertaining. A recent column, found in the online edition of National Review, entitled “Conservatives Shouldn’t Treat the Welfare State as Inevitable,” was no exception. Sowell points out the dangers of accepting the welfare state as part of our societal life, of trying to come up with a “better approach” to distributing welfare payments, a way of “managing the costs.”
He begins by pointing out the debilitating effects of the welfare state upon both the taxpayers who finance it and the “clients” who rely upon it. He contends it makes no sense for conservatives to seek a more “efficient” way of providing its support payments. Cost isn’t the issue, as much as welfare’s effect, “which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility.”
Sowell does not disagree that “there are some people unable to provide for their own survival — infants and the severely disabled, among others. But providing for such people is wholly different from a blanket guarantee to everybody that they need not lift a finger to feed, clothe, or shelter themselves.”
Doing that, he continues, has resulted, in both England and the United States, in a “vast expansion in the amount of crime, violence, drug addiction, fatherless children, and other signs of social degeneration.” … Continue Reading

After Buccaneer Obama . . . GOP Convention Hopes To Show The Skill To Steer U.S.

July 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The newscaster came on the screen abruptly.
“We interrupt our regular programming this morning because of shocking news from the Republican National Convention.
“The party’s presidential nominee was to have delivered his acceptance speech to the delegates this evening. But a leak from his speech text caused such immediate and widespread outrage that he has renounced being nominated. There is no longer a nominee. The convention is in chaos.
“It was learned that the candidate planned to say in his speech that if his Democratic opponent is elected president this November, the federal government will require that naked men be allowed into women’s and girls’ public locker and bath rooms because of nondiscrimination policies.
“That accusation by the Republican is being blasted from all quarters as ‘insane,’ ‘absolutely crazy,’ ‘vile,’ ‘unthinkable,’ ‘contemptible,’ ‘horrid,’ and ‘despicable.’
“Stay with us for further developments as our commentators assess why Sen. John McCain ever thought he needed to level such unbelievable charges against Sen. Barack Obama,” the newscaster concluded in late summer 2008.
A startling scenario that didn’t actually happen eight years ago. However, the Obama administration’s assertion of this new bathroom “right” came to pass in 2016, in the final full year of Obama’s radical White House reign of unbounded lies and lawbreaking.
Nothing is beyond the reach of media-coddled left-wing political schemers. It’s all sail and no anchor to restrain their wild buccaneer adventures. … Continue Reading

Business Sense

July 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

For an honest account of what the future portends, one may be advised to look to business leaders rather than to politicians, economists, or academicians. The business world seems to know where the country is headed and is acting accordingly.
We read daily of hundreds of employees being let go at once-flourishing manufacturing or retail establishments. Union leadership has been unable to prevent large-scale reductions in government employees at all levels.
“Scaled down for modern living” has become a real estate slogan. Seemingly upscale has become the province of an elite class. It wasn’t all that noticeable in times past when middle-class accommodations were available to those who knew there was a first class, something they might enjoy from time to time, if not on a regular basis.
We now read that the venerable Waldorf Astoria with 1,100 rooms is being turned into a condominium, save for 300 to 500 rooms that are being groomed for first-class patronage. A few years ago Chicago’s Ambassador East, and more recently, New York’s Plaza, were similarly reconstructed to serve an increasingly smaller clientele.
A recent newspaper headline proclaimed, “Dining out falls victim to the economy,” though you may not know it if you lived in or near the nation’s capital or in other centers of affluence.
It is well known that employment opportunities for a middle class have shrunk as a result of major corporations seeking lower production costs abroad for products that are then imported into the United States. Couple that with the Federal Reserve’s policy known as “quantitative easing,” a policy that robs the thrifty middle class of reasonable interest on retirement savings, and we have, apart from adverse tax laws and overregulation, two factors contributing to a loss of middle-income purchasing power. Business leaders sense this and act accordingly, though politicians ignore it. … Continue Reading

The Jesuit Trajectory

July 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There has been an ongoing discussion in recent editions of First Teachers about what one of our correspondents called the “Jesuit trajectory” toward secular liberalism at their universities. He meant by that everything from the awarding of honorary degrees to pro-abortion politicians, to regular performances of The Vagina Monologues, to explicit cooperation with the agenda of LGBTQ activists, to course offerings with a strong modernist bent.
In line with this theme is a letter First Teachers recently received from a husband and wife who are graduates of Fordham University in the 1960s. They were contemplating a sizable donation to the school, but were concerned about stories they had read in the press about the school’s chairman of the theology department, J. Patrick Hornbeck, being married to another man.
The couple gave First Teachers permission to publish the response they received from Bob Howe, the university’s special adviser to the president & senior director of communications, which included Fordham’s official press release about Hornbeck:
“While Catholic teachings do not support same-sex marriage, we wish Professor Hornbeck and his spouse a rich life filled with many blessings on the occasion of their wedding in the Episcopal Church. Professor Hornbeck is a member of the Fordham community, and like all University employees, students and alumni, is entitled to human dignity without regard to race, creed, gender, and sexual orientation. Finally, same-sex unions are now the law of the land, and Professor Hornbeck has the same constitutional right to marriage as all Americans.” … Continue Reading

Holiness And Hypocrisy

July 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By ALICE von HILDEBRAND

Even though I have never met you personally, nevertheless I feel I know you and I care for you. Having spent most of my life teaching people of your age, I have learned a lot about them: their desires, their hopes, their longings, their disillusions, their bitterness, their insecurity, their suffering. This is why I know that deep down, you — my anonymous young friend — long for what is noble, great, and beautiful.
The French poet, Paul Claudel, wrote: “Youth is not the time for eroticism; it is the time for heroism.” This craving for what is heroic is a characteristic of youth, and one that remains fully alive in those who conquer “eternal youth.” But, alas, it often happens that these noble impulses are either misdirected or choked in the bud, and then degenerate into radical cynicism (and young people can be great cynics).
The purpose of these talks with you — an invisible partner — is to help you realize that all human beings are threatened to fall into some trap because of lack of maturity, lack of experience, impatience, or (mostly) lack of wisdom. They are all tempted to make choices and decisions that will lead to unhappiness, suffering, and even heartbreak.
Approaching the end of my life, I would like to share with you some of the experiences which I have made and some of the conclusions I have drawn, hoping that these signposts will help you avoid making mistakes which could ruin your life. I wish you to enjoy — if not perfect happiness which does not exist on this fragile earth — inner peace which is the reward of those who love wisdom and pursue it. … Continue Reading

Support Still Needed . . . Culture Of Life Studies Sanger Program Hits Goal

July 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

How many of us truly believe that the responsibility of spreading the culture of life belongs to every single one of us? It can be easy to overlook suffering when it happens behind the closed doors of an abortion clinic, or if we have not had an abortion ourselves or helped to abort one of our own children.
For most of us, we can ignore the fight for the right to life of innocent preborn human beings, but we wouldn’t be the first people in history to say, “It’s not my problem.”
During World War II, the Nazis took control over most of Europe, spreading their lies about the value of dignity of human beings. Classifying the Jews as valueless, unfit, and even subhuman, the Nazis spread their culture of death — and no one dared to stop them until it was too late.
Countless Jews living in Europe were captured or murdered during the one of the worst holocausts the world has ever seen. But the most shocking part of the Holocaust was that millions of ordinary citizens stood silent and allowed their Jewish neighbors, friends, and colleagues to be sent to the gas chambers and concentration camps. Many people were fearful about getting involved; some argued that it wasn’t their business, and some people claimed that they didn’t know what was really going on in the camps.
This was the case for most of Europe, with one great exception: Denmark. Danish citizens — ordinary men, women, and children — decided to fight back against the Nazi culture of death. Every person used their talents to help the Jews escape. Fishermen offered their boats; grocers, doctors, and neighbors offered their homes to their Jewish friends for the duration of the war. Out of approximately 7,500 Jews living in Denmark, only an estimated one percent died during the Holocaust. … Continue Reading

The Mirage Messiah . . . Unleashes His Inner Sufferings With Dangerous Results For Nation

July 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

A tourist from Florida in her 30s, all smiles beneath her hiking cap, was having a great day on a trail to admire northern Arizona’s enormous Grand Canyon up close.
A misstep and her life was over as she plummeted into the chasm, according to an Orlando television station’s news report on July 11.
The shock could have represented a summary of most Americans’ emotions as they saw their nation toppling into what seemed like chaos before the first half of July was over. Violent outbreaks, shootings and murders, racial unrest and resentment, angry marchers and tense law enforcers in state after state.
This wasn’t what many voters had expected in November 2008. They thought that electing Democrat Barack Obama was a new dawn for the nation, from Grand Canyon trails to Florida beaches and everywhere else. However, he was a mirage messiah who didn’t bring others healing but desperately needed it within himself after an emotionally deprived young life.
Obama’s continued inner sufferings that he thought to conceal beneath his boastful bluffing only made the rest of the nation, and the world, vulnerable to more death and destruction as he wasn’t able to cope with much reality within himself, outside, or far beyond.
He’d hoped to cocoon himself in far-left theorizing after an early life with a freaky left-wing white mother and double-devastating father-absence, by both African and Asian male adults. … Continue Reading

The German District . . . FSSP Publishes A Critique of Amoris Laetitia

July 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON

On the official website of the German section of the Fraternity of St. Peter, the head of the German District, Fr. Bernhard Gerstle, has published a polite critique (http://petrusbruderschaft.de/pages/archiv/distriktsoberer/mai-2016—amoris-laetitia.php) of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
In his short May 19 commentary of one page, there are to be found some strong objections against the message of Amoris Laetitia which very well now could, in Gerstle’s eyes, give a doubtful opening toward the already widespread practice (praxis) of allowing “remarried” divorcees to receive Holy Communion.
In the aftermath of this official statement, the Fraternity also has received permission to print and sell a more detailed critical commentary (http://petrusbruderschaft.de/pages/bakery/stellungnahme-zu-amoris-laetitia-63.php) written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan.
With both of these publications the Fraternity of St. Peter makes it clear that it too has a gravely concerned view of this papal document because it might well endanger, at least through its effects, the salvation of souls.
In the following, I shall present some of Fr. Gerstle’s own words about Amoris Laetitia.
After first benevolently saying that the papal text, “without doubt, contains many beautiful and precious thoughts about human love, marriage, and the family,” Gerstle then addresses the grave issue of the “remarried” divorcees and their possible access to the sacraments.
Fr. Gerstle continues: “The Church has up to now always had a clear attitude [Haltung] in this question [of the ‘remarried’ divorcees], even if there has developed, already for quite a while now, a practice of receiving Holy Communion that is in opposition to the objective norms of the Church.” … Continue Reading

Loretta Lynch, Meet Craig Livingstone

July 15, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It doesn’t always make sense to apply Occam’s Razor to a problem. Sometimes a problem is too complex, with multiple dimensions and interconnecting causes, for that. (The 14th-century English Franciscan friar, William of Occam, argued that the simplest explanation for an occurrence, the one that requires the fewest assumptions, is usually the best.) But Bill Clinton’s 30-minute meeting with Loretta Lynch on her private airplane on the tarmac at the Phoenix Airport is not one of those exceptions.
The simplest explanation makes the most sense: Clinton was up to no-good. The only question was what technique he employed to achieve his ends. Lynch said that the meeting with Mr. Clinton on June 29 was unplanned, largely social, and did not touch on the email investigation; that Clinton walked uninvited from his plane to her government plane, both of which were parked on a tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
“He said hello and I basically said hello, and congratulated him on his grandchildren, as people do,” she said. “That led to a conversation about those grandchildren.”
Baloney.
Am I saying that Lynch is lying and that Clinton “threatened” her in some way? No. He wouldn’t have to do anything that obvious. Clinton may have talked only about the topics Lynch mentioned. But there was a subtext. And Lynch knows that. Lynch knows about the Clintons’ “war rooms” and that strange collection of soft men with beady eyes who serve as their hatchet men. Clinton knows how to use smiles and small talk to hint at their existence. … Continue Reading

Lives Of The Saints… Not An Optional Extra

July 14, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER

My theme in this article is that the lives of the saints should be seen as necessary reading for any literate Christian, not just an optional extra for the devout or pious. It is as necessary in its way as learning the catechism or reading books of doctrine, theology, and Church history, since the lives of the saints are the supporting evidence — what the French call pièces justificatives — for what we believe and preach.
Ideally, of course, our own and our fellow Christians’ lives should be that. Since they so often fall short, however, we need the lives of the saints to supply the deficiency and reinforce our belief that the unam sanctum catholicam apostolicam ecclesiam to which we belong really is what it claims to be.
To find support for this view we need only turn to Holy Scripture where we find “lives of saints” either woven into the texts of the historical books, or independently as books on their own. Examples of the first are the stories about Elijah and Elisha in Kings I and II, and of the second the books devoted to the life of a single man or woman like Tobit, Ruth, or Esther.
Indeed, one could argue that the greater one’s knowledge of doctrine and theology or Church history as a record of public events the more urgent the need for watering it regularly with time devoted to the life of a saint, or a book of spiritual reading like The Imitation of Christ or the Little Flower’s Story of a Soul which could be described as handbooks on how to become a saint.
This is because intellectual activity, however good, important, and necessary in itself, which it is, can, when indulged in exclusively or to a high degree, have a desiccating effect on the heart and soul as a totality. One could call it an occupational hazard. Great thinkers like St. Thomas and St. Bonaventura would have been protected by their holiness and life of prayer. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Islam is ‘fundamentally a form of government’

Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a telephone interview that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” Speaking with Religion News Service, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said that “when they (Muslims) become the majority in any…Continue Reading

Nienstedt: misconduct allegations retribution for opposition to gay marriage

In other words, he’s the real victim here. Marino Eccher of the PiPress says, “John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response…Continue Reading

5 faith facts on Mike Pence: A ‘born-again, evangelical Catholic’

(RNS) While an official announcement has not yet been made, IndyStar and other media outlets are reporting that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate. Pence became governor of the Hoosier State in…Continue Reading

Trump In Tatters As Catholic Voters Shift Their Support To Hillary Clinton

A new Pew poll on religion and the 2016 campaign revealed devastating news for Republicans as Catholic voters have shifted their support to Hillary Clinton. A new Pew poll on religion and the 2016 campaign revealed devastating news for Republicans…Continue Reading

St. Anne Catholic Church prepares for 136th annual novena

There used to be a steady flow of stories, tales of miracle cures. They were covered in the Daily Journal, the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, in the early 1900s. The Catholic church in St. Anne, a village of 1,239,…Continue Reading

More deception in the war on Card. Sarah

Speaking at a liturgy conference in London, Card. Sarah, clearly not acting in his role as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a personal appeal to priests to say Mass ad orientem and the world is coming down on his head.…Continue Reading

Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church

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Editor’s note: the following is an exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson. Cardinal Caffarra is Archbishop emeritus of Bologna and former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It was in a letter to Cardinal…Continue Reading

Vatican Liturgy Chief asks all priests and bishops to face east for Mass, faithful to kneel for Communion

LONDON, July 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking at a conference on the liturgy in London yesterday, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the highest authority on the topic in the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, asked all bishops and priests to adopt the…Continue Reading

This priest died in a Korean prison camp. Will the Catholic Church beatify him?

Wichita, Kan., Jul 2, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There’s good news in Kansas: former army chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun has taken a step closer to possible beatification and sainthood. But for Scott Carter, coordinator for the Father…Continue Reading

The Affirmative Argument for Receiving Communion on the Tongue

A recent post at the site Roman Catholic Man has focused a great deal of attention on the manner in which the faithful receive Communion. As any discussion regarding the Eucharist is a discussion about Our Lord Himself, the importance…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton: “I Will Always Stand With Planned Parenthood,” It Does “Extraordinary Things”

Earlier this month, pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told activists at a Planned Parenthood abortion business rally that she would “always have your back.” She means it. In an op-ed written to bolster support for America’s biggest abortion business, Hillary…Continue Reading

United Way Sent $3 Million to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2015

LifeNews has repeatedly chronicled the relationship between dozens of local United Way agencies and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Last year, on the heels of shocking videos showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies,…Continue Reading

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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

Today . . .

Hillary Clinton Names Pro-Abortion Tim Kaine VP, Says He’s “Catholic” Who “Supports Abortion”

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Abortion activist Hillary Clinton today tapped pro-abortion Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has her vice-presidential running mate. The Virginia politician is on record as trying to have it both ways — saying he is both a “traditional Catholic” and a strong supporter of abortion. Kaine has a pro-abortion record and the potential Clinton running mate is not following anyone. As LifeNews previously reported, Kaine said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly…Continue Reading

Macy’s Fires Catholic Employee for Questioning Transgender Policy

FLUSHING, New York, July 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Macy’s department store has fired a Catholic employee because he questioned their transgender bathroom policy, even though he says he told his employer he would enforce the policy. Back in May, Javier Chavez, a senior store detective at Macy’s Flushing, New York, location got a phone call about a male accessing the ladies room along with a female. A female customer and her daughter were afraid to enter…Continue Reading

Land O’ Lakes on Steroids

In this bulletin on the Laetare Medal/Vice President Joe Biden episode, we consider its broad significance. As Bishop Kevin Rhoades declared, the University of Notre Dame has given scandal, but there is much more. In publicly spurning the counsel of Notre Dame’s (and his) bishop for the third time, University President Father John Jenkins has further undermined the crucially important relationship between Notre Dame and the Church. More, he rejected the recommendations for honorees from…Continue Reading

GIRM warfare: Experts criticize Vatican’s quick dismissal of Cardinal Sarah’s call for Mass facing East

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July 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Recent official statements from the Vatican and United States bishops’ conference on the Catholic Church’s chief liturgist Cardinal Robert Sarah’s call for priests to offer Mass facing the apse have been misleading, Catholic liturgists and experts say. Earlier this month, Sarah spoke at a London conference on sacred liturgy and asked priests and bishops to offer Mass ad orientem — that is, facing the tabernacle with the congregation rather than facing…Continue Reading

Pope Angelus: Listen and offer welcome to one another

(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Marian prayer the Holy Father spoke of the importance of hospitality calling it a real Christian virtue, but one which at times the world neglects. He drew his inspiration for this theme from the Sunday Gospel in which St Luke recounts the story of Jesus who is welcomed into the home of two sisters Martha and Mary. They both offer their hospitality in different ways. Martha is busy…Continue Reading

Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Her mind is shot.” That was the crisp diagnosis of Donald Trump on hearing the opinion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the possibility he might become president. It all began with an interview the past week when the justice was asked for her thoughts on a Trump presidency. Ginsburg went…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Second Time Around: The Future Of Euthanasia In Holland”

By BRIAN CLOWES “There will be casualties” — Australian euthanasia activist Dr. Philip Nitschke. + + + The Final Step: Accepting And Accommodating Evil After decades of struggling with the euthanasia issue, it appears that the government of the Netherlands is in the process of accepting reality. It has given up attempting to place any…Continue Reading

New Film . . . Explores Jerome Lejeune’s Life And Work

By MARY O’NEILL LE RUMEUR “To kill or not to kill; that is the question.” It is August 1969, in San Francisco, and Professor Jerome Lejeune is addressing the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Ten years before, in 1959, he had discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, when he saw…Continue Reading

Lawyer Says . . . Not Even Kafka Could Write Something Like Obama’s Bathroom Edict

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Obama administration’s legal assault against sexual reality is something that not even novelist Franz Kafka could have written, an attorney representing the North Carolina legislature told a presentation at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Attorney Kyle Duncan made that comparison as he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… The Innocents: The Light Of Life

By REY FLORES Poland 1945 — cold, dark, and bleak. This is how The Innocents starts off, giving the viewer an idea of what the rest of the film will look like. But despite the grayish and neutral look of the movie, the light of life and faith in God radiates much brighter than if…Continue Reading

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Liturgical Diversity And Unity

By DON FIER In considering where the liturgy is celebrated, we saw last week that “the worship ‘in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24) of the New Covenant is not tied exclusively to any place because Christ is the true temple of God” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCCC], n. 244). It is through Him that the…Continue Reading

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Q. I would like to know where St. Patrick is buried. — M.A., Pennsylvania. A. St. Patrick, who died in AD 461, is thought to be buried next to Down Cathedral in Northern Ireland. Once a former Benedictine monastery that was built in 1163, the church now belongs to the Church of Ireland and is known as the Cathedral Church…Continue Reading

Seek What Is Above

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Eccl. 1:2; 2:21-23 Col. 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21 “Vanity of Vanities, all things are vanity!” What a great line and what profound insight Solomon shows in writing these words. Most everything that the world holds up to be of some importance is nothing but vanity. Unfortunately, it is…Continue Reading

From Casuistry To Mercy . . . Toward A New Art Of Pleasing?

By MSGR. MICHEL SCHOOYANS Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Michel Schooyans wrote the following essay for LifeSiteNews, which graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer. The essay will appear in two parts because of its length; part two will appear in this space in next week’s issue. (John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, provided this background information about the essay: (“Msgr.…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Sex Outside Of True Marriage Is A Lie

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Every one of us searches for comfort in this world, one example being that we all experience weariness and a need for sleep. No one has yet denied the experience of pleasure upon arising from bed after a good period of needed rest. All of our physical needs are like this: Our pleasure indicates that…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Cassian

By CAROLE BRESLIN Frequently, the lives of the saints demonstrate that God calls us to go in directions that we would never consider unless it became clear that it is God’s will. St. Francis Xavier went to the Far East, St. Damien died in Hawaii on the opposite side of the world from his native Belgium, and St. John Cassian…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Saints Louis And Azelie-Marie Guerin Martin

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Lord sends the Church the men and women who are needed to keep her holy in times of trouble. Among these are: St. Francis of Assisi, St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Faustina, and the first married couple ever to be canonized together: Louis and Azelie-Marie (Zelie) Martin. Their feast day is…Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading