Thursday 22nd February 2018

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A Book Review… Despite Church’s Latitude In Judgment, Leftists Go Too Far

February 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… Despite Church’s Latitude In Judgment, Leftists Go Too Far

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Catholicism and American Political Ideologies: Catholic Social Teaching, Liberalism, and Conservatism, by Stephen M. Krason, Hamilton Books, Lanham, Md., ISBN 978-0-7618-6977-1, 262 pages, hardback, $24.99, 2017. Available at amazon.com.

House Minority Leader and leftist Nancy Pelosi, of San Francisco, conducted another of her famous Democratic Party prayer services on February 7 on behalf of young illegal aliens, holding the floor for hours as she cited Bible passages, the very denominational Catholic rosary, and the helpful Catholic hierarchy. Saith Nancy: How about saying the rosary on the House floor?
Tellingly, the nearly 78-year-old Pelosi explained, for those who may not understand, that the rosary isn’t merely five decades of mysteries, but “the full rosary,” “15 decades of the rosary.”
Actually, practicing Catholics know that hasn’t been true since John Paul II made a little rosary history and proclaimed the addition of the five Luminous Mysteries in 2002, to join the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious, and bring the total decades to 20. … Continue Reading

Slippery Slope To Euthanasia

February 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Slippery Slope To Euthanasia

By MIKE MANNO

“Death with dignity,” they call it; others claim it is a “compassionate choice.” To me it is “doctor-prescribed death.” But no matter what you call it, it is the road to euthanasia; a path that has been tread by far too many venues already.
The concept of voluntary — or even involuntary — death to prevent suffering goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans and was a fairly universally accepted proposition in pagan societies. However, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, suicide — voluntary or not — became a moral issue and emphasis was placed on the dignity of life, as society tended to follow the teachings of the Church and life was treated as a gift from God, and disrespect for it was considered sinful.
Challenges to the prevailing Christian view of suicide came over time, but in 1917 a doctor’s public decision to allow a newborn with numerous physical ailments to die rather than perform surgery started a national debate about death and suffering. In the early 1950s several British and American groups petitioned the United Nations to amend its Declaration on Human Rights to include the right of “merciful death,” which included euthanasia. … Continue Reading

The Shallow State

February 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Shallow State

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

In recent issues, we have briefly described how the “Deep State” operates in the realm of government (September 28, 2017) and the Church (December 21, 2017). In both cases, seasoned bureaucrats have burrowed deep into the organization in order not to serve its purposes but to pervert them. As a result, in government, elected officials discover that their laws (with regard to the legislative branch) or their policies (with regard to the executive branch) are in some mysterious way turned into a train wreck caused by hidden forces which they can neither identify nor control.
In the Church, bishops have created bureaucracies so large that they now depend on them, rather than vice-versa. And by what seems to be an irresistible law of gravity, power has flowed to the staffs at the chancery level and, of course, at the massive USCCB headquarters in Washington, D.C. And naturally, one bureaucracy begets more bureaucracies. Witness the Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore and the Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria, Va., both of them now dependent on federal government funding in the hundreds of millions a year.
Given this power structure, it should not surprise the bishops that key senior members of their bureaucracy might consider their consecrated superiors to be figureheads who neither share nor even notice the agendas that are so dear to key career personnel. … Continue Reading

Republican Majorities . . . Still Don’t Cut Tax Funding To Big Abortion

February 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Republican Majorities . . . Still Don’t Cut Tax Funding To Big Abortion

By DEXTER DUGGAN

What was going through the mind of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) as he spoke to the huge national March for Life in Washington, D.C., on January 19?
He said about anything the multitude could wish to hear, including this: “We’re making a lot of progress. In the House, we passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.”
Less than a month later, however, when the two-year federal government spending deal was agreed to in the early hours of February 9, Planned Parenthood wasn’t losing its customary taxpayer funding. It never has, despite scandal after scandal, including the shocking 2015 video revelations of abortionists selling specifically ordered body parts of aborted babies.
Although voters had given the GOP control of both the national legislative and executive functions, Republicans still didn’t show the muscle to clamp off the flood of funding to the nation’s biggest abortion factory.
Despite Paul Ryan’s fine words on January 19, didn’t he already know that he and other party leaders would do their regular surrender to the pro-abortion Democratic minority at crunch time? … Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Prominent Catholic Historian Stumbles In New Book

February 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Prominent Catholic Historian Stumbles In New Book

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Catholic historian James Hitchcock has been one of my favorites. When I first read his Catholicism and Modernity, I invited him to address a groundbreaking conference called to defend the family, held 40 years ago in Rockford, Ill. Several of his books line my shelf, and warm memories abide of his leadership roles in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, where his erudition was always appreciated.
Some ten years ago, Dr. Hitchcock published a series of articles in the Human Life Review (HLR) which have now been developed into a book-length account (Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics, Transaction Publishers [now the Routledge imprint of Taylor and Francis]. Routledge currently lists these prices: Hardback $100 [sic]; Paperback $44.95.)
In this book, Hitchcock offers his thumbnail analysis of the pro-life movement since before Roe v. Wade, with a parallel focus on two publications which he considers central to that history, the National Catholic Reporter and The Wanderer.
Hitchcock’s 2007 HLR article attacked The Wanderer with vigor. Its rancorous tone surprised this longtime admirer, so I immediately called and offered him an open-ended interview, resulting in a 3,000-word front-page Wanderer article where he calmly aired his views in his own words. A year later, he launched another attack in HLR. At that point, Maria McFadden, the editor of Human Life Review, graciously offered me the opportunity to reply. Hitchcock’s third article, addressing my response, appeared some months later, entitled “I Object.” … Continue Reading

Pope St. John Paul II… The Church’s Teaching On The Worthy Reception Of Holy Communion Can Never Change

February 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pope St. John Paul II… The Church’s Teaching On The Worthy Reception Of Holy Communion Can Never Change

By JAMES MONTI

Those of you who read my preceding Restoring the Sacred essay of two weeks ago may recall that repeatedly I cited Marian passages from a 2003 encyclical of Pope St. John Paul II entitled Ecclesia de Eucharistia. Frankly I must admit that prior to the preparation of my last essay I was not previously familiar with this amazing text, penned by Pope John Paul toward the twilight of his pontificate. Perusing this text has proven to be a journey of spiritual discovery for me, and I return to it now to share with you the insights it offers regarding the fitting celebration of the sacred liturgy and the “hot button” topic of the worthy reception of Holy Communion.
Ecclesia de Eucharistia proved to be Pope John Paul II’s final encyclical, written just two years before his death. Despite the fact that His Holiness was already beset by physical infirmity, the text bristles with that same apostolic intensity that marked his reaffirmations of Catholic doctrine throughout his pontificate. … Continue Reading

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput… Reminds Men’s Conference Of Gospel Responsibilities

February 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput… Reminds Men’s Conference Of Gospel Responsibilities

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The archbishop of Philadelphia reminded a sold-out men’s conference here to stand strong for the work of the Gospel despite allurements of the passing age.
“Just as memory anchors each person’s individual story, history plays the same role for cultures, nations and communities of faith. History is our shared memory,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap.
“When we Christians lose a strong grasp of our own history — our own unique story and identity — others will gladly offer us a revised version of all three — a version that suits their own goals and bigotries, and not necessarily the truth.”
Chaput was one of the speakers to an audience gathered at Xavier College Preparatory school for the Catholic Men’s Fellowship Conference here on February 3.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 attended, according to the hosts of The Catholic Man Show, Oklahomans Adam Minihan and David Niles, who brought their program for the day out from Tulsa to join in the faith-building activities and enthuse about the sunny, warm weather. … Continue Reading

Trump — Middle American Radical

February 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump — Middle American Radical

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party.
Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk, or William F. Buckley.
In the primaries of 2016, all his rivals claimed the mantle of Mr. Conservative, Ronald Reagan. Yet Trump captured the party’s heart.
Who, then, and what is Donald Trump?
In a Federalist essay, “Trump Isn’t a Conservative — And That’s a Good Thing,” Frank Cannon comes close to the mark.
Trump, he writes, “would more accurately be described as a ‘radical anti-progressive’” who is “at war with the progressives who have co-opted American civil society.” Moreover, Trump “is willing to go further than any other previous conservative to defeat them.”
Many “elite conservatives,” writes Cannon, believe the “bedrock institutions” they treasure are “not subject to the same infectious politicization to which the rest of society has succumbed.” … Continue Reading

Ontario Court… Assisted Suicide Trumps Doctors’ Conscience

February 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Ontario Court… Assisted Suicide Trumps Doctors’ Conscience

By MIKE MANNO

On the last day of January the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario unanimously held that policies promulgated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) requiring doctors to either provide suicide assistance for patients, or refer them to another doctor that will, trumped the religious rights of the doctors.
After the adoption of the policies, it wasn’t long before a collation of several Christian medical groups and several individual providers filed suit, alleging that the policies violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“I find that the objective of the Policies is of sufficient importance to warrant overriding the Individual Applicants’ rights of religious freedom,” wrote Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel for himself and two other members of the court.
“It is important in this context to note that there is no constitutionally protected right to practice medicine,” the court wrote.
At issue were policies adopted by CPSO, the governing body for the Ontario medical profession, which stated, “Where physicians are unwilling to provide certain elements of care for reasons of conscience or religion, an effective referral to another health-care provider must be provided to the patient. … Continue Reading

Coming To America No More A Dream . . . Time For McCain To Make His Peace, Become “One Of Us”

February 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Coming To America No More A Dream . . . Time For McCain To Make His Peace, Become “One Of Us”

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — In 1981, handsome national pop icon Neil Diamond’s powerful, pounding, proud Coming to America was released as a single and shot up the charts.
Not considered a bit controversial, the song hailed the historic, healthy immigration experience of the United States and left so many in the audience cheering, or with tears in their eyes.
The next year, 1982, Vietnam War celebrity and political novice John McCain was elected to his first term as a congressman from Arizona’s First District.
A bit controversial, McCain was criticized by some as a carpetbagger for moving to the Grand Canyon State with political ambitions. If he wasn’t so healthy, he’d been tortured in Asia. … Continue Reading

FRENCH CATHOLICS TO PRAY NATIONAL ROSARY

PARIS (ChurchMilitant.com) – Catholics in France are rallying for a nationwide Rosary on April 28. In the past five months, Church Militant has reported on about a half dozen national Rosary rallies organized in countries such as Poland and Ireland. Inspired by…Continue Reading

Told he has not long to live, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflects on dying well

Don Briel, founder and longtime director of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, was diagnosed in mid-January with two forms of acute leukemia. He was told the cancers were untreatable and he had a month…Continue Reading

Pope Francis says Paul VI will be canonized this year

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his annual Lenten meeting with the priests of Rome last week, Pope Francis confirmed that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be made a saint sometime this year. “Paul VI…Continue Reading

Pope reappoints O’Malley to head further work of safeguarding commission

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2018 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, also reconfirming seven members…Continue Reading

The Latest: Trump to visit Florida after school shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 11:36 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’ll visit Parkland, Florida, the site of Wednesday’s shooting that killed 17 people. Trump said from…Continue Reading

U.S. bishops: federal budget should not be balanced ‘on backs of the poor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposal on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging for a budget that shows greater concern for “‘the least of these” and warning that the U.S. “must never seek…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sticker stirs controversy at Connecticut Catholic high school

A Connecticut high school student may have to decide whether to remove a Planned Parenthood sticker on her laptop or leave her Catholic school after administrators told her to remove it, her parents said. Sophomore Kate Murray’s parents told the Greenwich Time that…Continue Reading

Fr. James Martin: ‘People take the Bible…out of context’ on homosexuality

February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts should be taken in “context” with Biblical times, Jesuit Father James Martin toldGeorgetown University students recently. Martin said as well that Catholics who support gay “marriage” should have no problem…Continue Reading

Mississippi state house votes to ban abortion after 15 weeks

JACKSON, Mississippi, February 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill banning abortion on babies more than 15 weeks old passed the Mississippi state House today 79-31. House Bill 1510 would make Mississippi the state with the most pro-life laws if it…Continue Reading

All But Three Democrats Voted to Allow Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

Just three Democrats in the U.S. Senate supported a bill on Monday that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which has strong public support from Republicans…Continue Reading

Athanasius Schneider invites world’s bishops to sign Profession of Immutable Truths

ROME, January 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In an exclusive interview two weeks after issuing a profession of immutable truths about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider is inviting his brother bishops around the world to join in raising a common voice…Continue Reading

Cardinal Eijk Asks Pope to Clarify Questions About “Remarried” Divorcees

As Katholisch.de, the official website of the German bishops, reports today, Cardinal Willem Eijk, the Dutch cardinal and Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht, requested that Pope Francis bring light into the confusion concerning the question as to how to deal with…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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State senator rebuffs Planned Parenthood activists: ‘Abortion is murder’

BOISE, Idaho, February 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Mainstream media is slinging mud at a pro-life Republican state senator in Idaho after he was filmed in a heated exchange with a dozen or so pro-abortion college students affiliated with Planned Parenthood, telling them that abortion is “murder.” When State Sen. Dan Foreman (R) canceled a meeting with University of Idaho students on Monday, the Planned Parenthood

Catholics urged to affirm ‘liberating truth’ of Humanae Vitae

The document ‘defended the integrity of married love and warned us against the danger of reducing sexuality to a source of pleasure alone’ The “liberating truth” of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” is as relevant today 50 years after its promulgation, and maybe even more so, said Archbishop of Denver Samuel Aquila in his new pastoral letter, “The Splendor of Love.” “The 50th anniversary of ‘Humanae Vitae’ is an occasio

Correcting Fr. James Martin

Fr James Martin SJ has tweeted his rage against the firing of a gay teacher from a Catholic School. The story is here in the New York Times. It concerns a female Catholic school teacher who “married” her girlfriend and was then dismissed from her job. Fr Martin tweets: Again, where are the comparable firings of straight employees who do not follow Catholic church teaching? Men and women living together before being married? Divorced and remarried without…Continue Reading

Dozens of U.S. bishops sign up for Amoris Laetitia seminars at dissident Catholic colleges

CHICAGO, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, a key promoter of the progressive agenda advanced under Pope Francis, has invited American bishops to a series of conferences about Amoris Laetitia in February. Catholic News Agency reported this week that it had “obtained” a letter by the Archbishop of Chicago about the seminars. Called “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia”,  the series is advertised as a “tailor-made program that goes from why Amoris Laetitia provides New Momentum for Moral…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Sues President Trump After He Defunded Its Programs Pushing Sex on Kids

There’s nothing, it seems, that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood won’t sue over. On Thursday, affiliates of the abortion chain in seven states sued the Trump administration for cutting funding for their questionable teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Daily Nonpareil reports the lawsuits argue that the Trump administration wrongly cut their funding prematurely and without cause. Nine groups, including Planned Parenthood affiliates in Washington, Iowa, North Carolina, South C

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Youth’s Predicament… The Longing For Love And Meaning

By GEORGE A. KENDALL Living in a nursing home has had an unexpected effect on my life — putting me in more contact with young people than I have been used to since I was young myself (about a hundred years ago). I am talking about the nurse’s aides who provide the day to day…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Professor… Criticizes University’s Provision Of “Simple Contraceptives”

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNA/EWTN News) — After the University of Notre Dame announced it would fund “simple contraceptives” in its insurance plan, one Notre Dame professor has criticized the move, calling it “a giant leap into immorality.” “Now the University [of Notre Dame] is to be sole funder and proprietor of a contraception giveaway,” wrote…Continue Reading

Fulton Sheen’s Final Resting Place Not Yet Final

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s niece has said her uncle’s remains belong in Peoria, Ill., but a lawsuit seeking his internment there has been returned to a lower court for further consideration. “I just hate that this is dragging on and on and on,” Joan Sheen Cunningham said, according to The New…Continue Reading

Blessed Paul VI Revisited

By DONALD DeMARCO Unlike the daily news, papal statements are news that stay news. On January 1, 1977, Pope Paul VI delivered a Day of Peace message entitled, If You Want Peace, Defend Life. The need to conjoin peace with life is more relevant today than it was better than forty years ago and warrants…Continue Reading

President Trump Bans U.S. Aid for International Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Within a week of taking office on January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, now called the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which bans U.S. funding for abortions overseas. The expanded policy prohibits $9 billion in U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform or…Continue Reading

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Cardinal Zen . . . “A Schismatic Church With The Pope’s Blessing Will Be Horrible!”

By DIANE MONTAGNA ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Hong Kong’s Joseph Cardinal Zen issued another strongly worded criticism February 13 of the Vatican’s proposed deal with China’s Communist regime, suggesting it would amount to a papal endorsement of schism. “There is no reason to fear a schismatic church created by the [Communist] Party. It will fade with the collapse of the regime,”…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The “Inner Room” Of Lent

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Go to your inner room and pray to your Father in private.” Another Lent is upon us. With the Mass of Ash Wednesday we hear once again the Lord’s call to grow into a deeper awareness and love of the Father who is always lovingly aware of us. The tasks of Lent in prayer, fasting,…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Delving Into The Great Mystery Of The Eucharist

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 16 The Holy Eucharist is the greatest Mystery left to our faith by Our Divine Redeemer. Thus, to delve into it is something we do on our knees, as it were, spiritually speaking, since we are considering the Presence of a Divine Person under the appearances of bread and wine. We have His word…Continue Reading

The Effects Of The Sacrament Of Matrimony

By DON FIER For a variety of reasons (a defect of consent, a diriment impediment, or a defect of the required form), many supposed modern-day marriages entered into by Catholic persons are invalid from their origin in the eyes of God and the Church. However, as we saw last week, depending on the circumstances, the Church has procedures by which…Continue Reading

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Q. Concerning what our Blessed Mother said in Fatima about the rosary, I am confused as to whether or not she meant us to meditate on the mysteries while we are praying the Hail Marys or whether she meant us to meditate on the mysteries right before we say the Hail Marys. The consensus seems to be that we are…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Bohemia

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the thirteenth century, many alliances were solidified by a marriage between members of royalty from other nations. There were also quite a few royal persons who were known for their holiness by following Christianity, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Ludmila and St. Wenceslaus of Czechoslovakia. Related to all of these saints, Princess Agnes also…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Cortona

By CAROLE BRESLIN Great sinners make great saints. It takes a strong-willed child to become a saint. These are statements which would easily fit saints such as Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine. In the thirteenth century, a young lady free in spirit and strong in will led such a life that she was essentially driven from her home village, but…Continue Reading