Saturday 6th February 2016

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National Review Versus The Donald

February 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I can’t think of any topic in recent years that has dominated the right-wing talk shows in a manner comparable to National Review’s crusade to put an end to Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency. It calls to mind William F. Buckley’s rendition of the magazine’s mission purpose when he founded it in 1955: that it will be a journal of opinion that “stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
Buckley was attempting to turn the tide against the regnant liberalism of the middle years of the 20th century. His successors at National Review have decided that a full-court press is needed to stop Trump; that the ongoing individual attacks against Trump by leading conservatives in their syndicated columns and appearances on the talk shows is not enough to do the trick.
The conservative writers who joined against Trump are some of the best-known and respected commentators on the scene today, people such as L. Brent Bozell III, Andrew McCarthy, Thomas Sowell, Jonah Goldberg, and Cal Thomas.
They minced no words, calling Trump an “unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones”; a man whose “political opinions have wobbled all over the lot,” who has “supported abortion, gun control, single-payer health care…and punitive taxes on the wealthy.” … Continue Reading

GOP Elite’s Losing Strategy . . . Mirrored In McCain’s Attempts To Suppress Arizona Grassroots

February 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — One of the mighty “might have beens” is the question of how much further the Republican Party could have advanced the well-being of this nation if the elite GOP establishment worked cooperatively with its energized grassroots rather than fighting and even betraying them as a matter of course.
On voting day, Republicans increasingly conquer the Democrats. Then GOP leaders lie down and moan they dare not act while Barack Obama’s Democrat Party dances all over them.
The elites know what the voters want because that’s what the GOP promises to deliver. Once the elections are won, though, the Mitch McConnells, Paul Ryans, and that bunch have fainting fits. Witness the bad way this worked out with the resignation last fall of failed House Speaker John Boehner.
Establishment icon Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) may be as good a specimen of the bunch as can be had. “Mavericky moderate” McCain currently is fighting to win a sixth straight term in the Senate, but his path isn’t strewn with rose petals.
In January of this new year, McCain paid the price of being repudiated by GOP ground troops here, then his desperate strategy blocked further expression of party workers’ frustration. Why try to conciliate the alienated grassroots when he can try to laugh them off? It’s the same dangerous recipe the national GOP cooks up to thwart the party base from Atlantic to Pacific. … Continue Reading

At MCCL Rally… Young Pro-Lifers Invigorate The March

February 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN

ST. PAUL — MCCL’s 42nd annual January 22 rally took place under unusual circumstances. Traditionally, the pro-life rally has been held on and below the steps of the state capitol here, with pro-lifers marching on the grounds, in view of a podium set on top of the steps. But, with the capitol undergoing renovation, the march for the second year in a row was held on the lower capitol mall, with pro-life leaders addressing the crowd from a portable platform.
Another difference: The temperature was in the 20s — above zero.
The capitol’s renovation could symbolize a needed renewal of government, and the warmer weather could be a harbinger of hope for the long battle for life.
But the real cause for rejoicing at the rally was the ever-growing numbers of young people taking part — some of whose parents might have been born after Roe v. Wade was handed down.
Among the thousands taking part were scores of teenagers, marching with friends and family or under the banners of schools and fraternities.
“Blessed José Sanchez del Rio High School Seminary — We Are for Life,” read one banner.
In a sideshow along the frozen pathway, about 20 students from the seminary led chants, like “We love babies, yes we do, we love babies, how about you?” Drums and maracas accented the chants. … Continue Reading

Theological Dimensions Of The March for Life

February 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By FR. FRANK PAVONE

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Pavone is national director of Priests for Life.)

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I have been attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., since 1976, when I was a senior in high school. I had, at the very same time, begun paying more attention to my faith, to the Scriptures, and to the Church. Since those early years of the March, I have thought and spoken much of the theological dimensions of this massive, annual pro-life event.
With some exceptions, the participants in the March for Life are believers, and with a few more exceptions, are Christians. And they are Christians from every segment of the Body of Christ. The March — and the pro-life movement generally — is in fact one of the most powerful manifestations of Christian unity in our world today. And interestingly, the March falls each year within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18 to 25).
Within a few months of one another in 1995, Pope St. John Paul II issued the encyclicals The Gospel of Life and That They May be One. And in both of these documents, one about pro-life and the other about Christian unity, he calls on the disciples of Christ to reach across denominational lines to secure the rights of the oppressed. In one of my favorite lines of The Gospel of Life, he declares, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility.”
Marching for life should indeed deepen our desire for what our Lord prayed on the night before He died: “May they be one.” … Continue Reading

The Assault On The Traditional Family

February 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

R.J.K., a reader from Naples, Fla., writes to ask why Church authorities do not make a more concerted effort to defend the traditional family from the attacks being leveled against it by today’s “neo-pagan culture, led by the media.” He is convinced that the media are making a “mockery” of the image of the father as the “breadwinner” and the wife as “a stay-at-home mother.”
He argues it will be difficult for the “Second Vatican Council’s teaching (and the headline banner each week for First Teachers) that ‘parents are the first to pass on the faith to their children and to educate them in it’ to be realized if those traditional roles are undermined.”
R.J.K. points out that we seldom see any longer in films and on television a favorable portrayal of the roles of mother and father in the traditional family structure, roles which were depicted as the norm by Hollywood in the not so distant past. R.J.K. is correct about that.
There are few television programs these days in the same vein as popular shows of the past, such as Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, and The Donna Reed Show — which portrayed the stable nuclear family as something young Americans should aspire to.
Modern children get a far different picture of what it means to be a family than children of the middle years of the 20th century got. First Teachers welcomes letters from those who feel I am being overly gloomy in this matter. I would like to discover that I am wrong.
R.J.K. continues: “The mockery by the media of the traditional family is only a small part of the problem. The most damaging impact on the family in the United States in recent decades has been the exporting of blue-collar jobs to low-wage Third World countries. The resulting unemployment and underemployment at low-paying jobs of young males has prevented them from earning what is necessary to support a family. This has forced married women to work, rather than stay home with their children. What makes this situation worse is that single mothers and non-traditional families have been exalted by the media.” … Continue Reading

Prelate Notes Unworthy Communions . . . San Francisco Pro-Life Rally Urged To Continue Fight

January 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

SAN FRANCISCO — As an African pro-life leader saluted U.S. pro-lifers and urged them to continue their fight for babies and moms around the world, two American pro-life strategists told The Wanderer of plans to help keep abortion giant Planned Parenthood in disarray.
This was part of the scene January 23 at the nation’s second-largest annual pro-life gathering, the Walk for Life West Coast, which assembles on the broad plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall for speeches, then marches curb-to-curb on major thoroughfare Market Street through downtown.
Before the 12:30 p.m. rally, Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated a packed 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, which looks down from a hilltop onto City Hall. He commented in his homily about Catholics who unworthily receive the Eucharist.
Cordileone didn’t mention names. However, local Democratic Cong. Nancy Pelosi has become renowned for energetically promoting the Culture of Death while claiming to be a faithfully practicing Catholic and receiving Communion.
At the rally, Nigerian-born speaker Obianuju Ekeocha, looking out over tens of thousands of participants, exclaimed, “I am so excited by the crowd I see here today!. . . I bring you greetings from the pro-life movement throughout the continent of Africa….You are such an example for every pro-life person in the world.”
The founder and president of Culture of Life Africa (cultureof
lifeafrica.com), Ekeocha said pro-lifers speak truth to power. She added: “I tell you as a woman, we should never have to buy success with the blood of our babies. . . . Authentic development should not be paid with the blood of the innocent.” … Continue Reading

Hillary And The Big Lie On Abortion

January 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The term “the big lie technique” is most often associated with Adolf Hitler and his henchman Josef Goebbels. The theory is that a preposterous lie will eventually be accepted by the masses if it is repeated confidently and emphatically.
In Hitler’s words in Mein Kampf, “Because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily, in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters, but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”
Goebbels expressed the idea more concisely: “When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.”
Hitler and Goebbels are not the only ones who have used this tactic. The big lie has been employed by liberal Democrats since the early 1970s, when abortion was first made legal in this country. Remember how we were told for decades that they never had any intention of forcing taxpayers to pay for anyone else’s abortion? They insisted that no one would be forced to violate their conscience on abortion in that manner; that all they wanted was to guarantee a woman’s right to “control her own body.”
We were told it was right-wing scare tactics to contend that the day would come when those who believed that an abortion was the taking of an innocent life would have to pay for the procedure with their tax dollars. … Continue Reading

Rebooting The Pro-Life Movement

January 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

It was the blizzard of 2016 which almost derailed the national March for Life in our nation’s capital a couple of weeks ago, but thanks to some hearty pro-life souls, the March proceeded as planned, albeit a little smaller than expected.
Some made the great escape out of D.C. before the snow started falling in the late afternoon, but many of these same folks also got stranded across eastern highways. One group even celebrated Mass on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on an altar made of snow and ice. (See Donald DeMarco’s editorial “Fire From Ice” on p. 4A of this week’s issue.)
Either way, the blizzard was symbolic of where the pro-life movement stands today. It is paralyzed to the point that, as you read this column to the end, thousands of babies will again be aborted in the United States alone. Why aren’t we stopping this? What has happened?
On the day before the March, I attended the March for Life expo held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to meet a man I’d like to introduce you to.
His name is Henry Hewes and he is a pro-life Democrat who is running for president. Hewes has run for the presidency in the past, and also for mayor of New York City back in the late 1980s.
While his chances may look like a long shot, part of Hewes’ plan is to air a series of powerful pro-life ads on major media broadcast and cable networks. These ads will be tied into his campaign. This, however, will need the entire pro-life movement, or at least a good-sized portion of it, supporting Hewes’ efforts. … Continue Reading

Blizzard Doesn’t Obscure Student Focus On Planned Parenthood

January 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

SAN FRANCISCO — Modern media capabilities allow pro-lifers to get their messages straight out to the public, jumping past the restrictions of dominant pro-abortion writers and editors.
Such capabilities also helped Students for Life of America (studentsforlife.org) reach young people even though the east coast’s dominant blizzard shut down SFLA’s annual major conference scheduled to complement the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Although about 2,000 registrants couldn’t attend the planned January 23 east coast conference, “many of them tuned in to the livestream” of SFLA’s west coast conference here the following day, January 24, the organization’s director of communications, Kristina Hernandez, told The Wanderer.
Predictably, Planned Parenthood’s ravaging the nation came in for conference attention.
“We have frequent trainings with our student groups on talking about Planned Parenthood as well,” Hernandez added.
The scheduled content was to be the same at both conference locations, she said.
The California conference is scheduled the day after the nation’s second-largest pro-life march, the Walk for Life West Coast through downtown San Francisco, exceeding 50,000 people.
Presentations at the daylong student conference included “Learn how to defend your beliefs,” “Knowing your rights on campus,” “Creating a culture of life,” “Dialogue,” “Reaching your peers,” and “Leadership and effective practices.”
The San Francisco audience, and anyone else who tuned in, also heard of challenges in the works to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood — a “Women betrayed” tour and a “We don’t need Planned Parenthood” tour. … Continue Reading

Portrait Of St. Paul

January 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER

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To paint a completely faithful word portrait of St. Paul would require the gifts of a literary Titian or Rembrandt. I can therefore only give you a pencil sketch. But I have called it a portrait so as to match the “Portrait of St. Peter” which The Wanderer published some months ago. Because history and divine Providence have linked the two princes of the apostles so closely, I can’t help feeling that any representations of them ought to be in the form of a diptych.
I first began to appreciate the greatness and gifts of St. Paul and the unique nature of his vocation in a way I never had before about two years ago when I started putting together an anthology to be called Christian Belief and Life in the Epistles of St. Paul.
The more you study his life and letters the more you are tempted to feel that without him the other apostles would have taken much longer to get the Church off the ground, which is presumably why God called him into his service. It is a bit like a university graduate being sent to the rescue of middle-schoolers. St. John would seem to have been the only exception. He would seem to have been on the same level spiritually and intellectually. But he doesn’t appear to have had St. Paul’s drive or organizing abilities.
If, for instance, God had left the original twelve on their own, how long would it have taken them before they could make the necessary break with Judaism, circumcision, and the ritual law and carry the Gospel to the Gentiles? This, surely, is why, to use St. Paul’s own words, God sent them “one born out of due time.” … 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

Marco Rubio, David Daleiden; Chi-Town priest ‘outs’ himself

The young investigative journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden – whom GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently defended – will present himself before Judge Brock Thomas in Houston on February 4. Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society,…Continue Reading

Catholic Italy mobilises as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions

It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday . Clutching banners reading “We defend our children” and…Continue Reading

New documents prove Planned Parenthood profited from selling aborted body parts: pro-life group

HOUSTON, January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, furthering a Texas state investigation and possibly triggering a new grand jury in…Continue Reading

TRUMP’S SPOKESWOMAN MUST APOLOGIZE

Bill Donohue comments on a remark made by Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson: On December 18, 2011, Katrina Pierson sent the following tweet: “Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church

Faithful Catholic Education Offers Understanding of True Freedom, Says Archbishop Lucas

Catholic education prepares students to live a life of faith, but also offers students a true understanding of God-given freedom in an environment in which they can grow in virtue, said Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb.,…Continue Reading

NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – All the speakers at the 2016 March for Life play a pivotal role – but only one was regularly called an MVP. Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the…Continue Reading

2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The blizzard snows are falling on the nation’s capital, layering the city in a blanket of frost that could be two to three feet thick by tomorrow morning. But for awhile this afternoon,…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

Half of all four-year, residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. are within five miles of Planned Parenthood facilities, a study by The Cardinal Newman Society has found. Catholic pro-life leaders warn that the close proximity of these Planned Parenthood centers…Continue Reading

81 percent of Americans support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms: Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An overwhelmingly majority – including two-thirds of self-described “pro-choice” Americans – would support greatly strengthening laws that protect the unborn, according to a new poll released this morning. In all, 81 percent of…Continue Reading

New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

For years, Chad Crow has attended the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ annual conference for men. And the father of four, who is a parishioner at Transfiguration in Oakdale, said that he and other men who attend the conference…Continue Reading

Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

Diocese of Rome Responds to Holy Father’s September Invitation for Parishes to Host a Family of Refugees January 15, 2016  By ZENIT Staff Responding to Pope Francis’ appeal this September, Vatican parishes have begun welcoming refugee families. In his Sept.…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sues group that exposed its trafficking of babies’ body parts

Ben Johnson IRVINE, CA, January 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the organization that exposed their practice of receiving financial remuneration for collecting the body parts and tissues of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood sued the…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

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INTERVIEW: Padre Pio In Rome: Saints as Living Icons of Divine Mercy

Stefano Campanella, Director of Padre Pio TV and Author of Publications on the Friar of Pietrelcina, Reflects on Significance of the Historic Transfer •February 4, 2016•Osvaldo Rinaldi• Stefano Campanella, born in 1964 in Putignano, Italy, lives with his family at San Giovanni Rotondo. He has been a parliamentary journalist and Vatican expert. Currently, he serves as director of Padre Pio TV and heads the press office of the religious province of Sant’Angelo and Padre Pio…Continue Reading

Pope: The Faith is the greatest inheritance we can leave

(Vatican Radio) The most beautiful inheritance we can leave to others is the Faith: that was Pope Francis’ message during Holy Mass on Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. In his homily, he invited us to not fear death, because the course of life continues. Thinking about death illuminates life The day’s first reading tells the story of the death of King David. “In every life there is an ending,” the Pope said. This…Continue Reading

The Pope: consecrated life must be close to the people

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Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive extracts of the Holy Father’s extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter’s Basilica he will celebrate the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life. “I have prepared a text for this occasion regarding the themes of consecrated life and three of its most important pillars:…Continue Reading

Pope’s Morning Homily: If You’re Not Humble, You Won’t Be Holy

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Francis Says Sometimes We Need to Be Humiliated to Entrust Ourselves Truly to God February 1, 2016 Deborah Castellano Lubov Zenit If you wish to be holy, then you better start by being humble. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, as he recalled the story of King David who, aware of his own sin, accepted humiliation…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address to Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

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ZENIT ‘This attention to the works of mercy is important: they are not a devotion. It is the concreteness of how Christians must carry forward the spirit of mercy.’ Dear Brothers and Sisters, I meet with you at the end of the works of your plenary session. I greet you cordially and I thank the Cardinal Prefect for his courteous words. We are in the Holy Year of Mercy. I hope that in this Jubilee…Continue Reading

Sources, Methods, And Lives

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points. In…Continue Reading

Is A New Era Upon Us?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Bernie Sanders, with his mammoth crowds and mass support among the young, represents, as did George McGovern in…Continue Reading

Fire From Ice

By DONALD DeMARCO One of the most improbable ways of getting a fire started is by using ice. That’s right, using ice. No survivor’s manual would be complete without describing how this can be accomplished. First, one finds some clear ice and then shapes it into a disk that can be used as a lens.…Continue Reading

The Jurisprudence Of Benedict XVI Vs. That Of August Comte

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In his address to the German Bundestag on September 22, 2011, Benedict delivered a lecture on the framing of law that is worth revisiting in this election year. Well, in any year. Speaking to that body of lawmakers, he asks, “How do we recognize what is right and may be given the…Continue Reading

Federal Report: 40 Percent Qualify For Need-Tested Benefits

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate provided this column. All rights reserved.) + + + As of December 2012, the total population of the United States — including members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas — equaled 315,255,012, according to the Census Bureau’s estimate. At…Continue Reading

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Q. I know that in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are supposed to practice more fervently the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Most of these are fairly easy to understand, but I wonder about the one that says we are to “admonish the sinner.” How can one do that without judging another person, which we’re not supposed to…Continue Reading

One Truth, One Lord, One God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Deut. 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 In the Gospel reading today we hear about Satan tempting our Lord. In the third temptation the Devil offers all of the kingdoms of the Earth to Jesus if He would just bow down and worship the tempter. In response, our Lord quotes…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address To Roman Rota… Proclaim The Truth Of God’s Plan For Marriage

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ January 22 address to the tribunal of the Roman Rota in the Vatican. In his talk, the Holy Father affirmed: “The Church, in fact, can show the indefectible merciful love of God to families, in particular those wounded by sin and by the trials of life and, at…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Rest In Peace, Fr. Mark Wayne Ervin

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In a welcome example of bringing greater clarity to moral teaching, Pope Francis is urging us to distinguish sacramental marriage from other unions. As reported by Catholic News Service on January 22: “Pope Francis said there can be no confusion between God’s plan for marriage as an indissoluble bond between one man and woman who…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Summing Up And Answering Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 39 Yes, to join the Church of Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. But we must understand that when the Church teaches that outside her pale there is no salvation, she does not intend to pass judgment on individual cases, nor on God’s mercy and Providence. Whatever is connected as exceptions to the rule…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church observes the Church Unity Octave from January 18 through January 25. For each day of the octave, we pray for a different form of unity. For example, on January 18, the intention is for the return of separated Eastern Christians to communion with the Holy See. Another day the intention is for the restoration…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Vincent Pallotti

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church, beginning with Christ Himself, disenfranchised youth have found a friend in the followers of the Lord. St. John Bosco and St. Philip Neri come to mind. There is another saint who also helped both young men and young women, St. Vincent Pallotti, a man born and raised in Rome during the…Continue Reading