Tuesday 30th June 2015

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Topic Teaching In Finland

June 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

My guess is that many readers of this column find their hackles going up whenever someone in the education establishment advocates a reform. I know mine do. We have lived through too many fads that have come and gone — from the open classroom to team teaching to schools without walls to open book tests — to not be on guard. It may surprise some readers to learn that there are many teachers who react the same. There was a wisecrack that made the rounds in the public high school where I taught for about 30 years whenever an “innovative teaching technique” was proposed: “Nothing works, so they keep trying something new.”
But, while it is wise to be on the lookout for change for the sake of change, not every new idea is a bad idea. See what you think of the idea coming out of Finland, as described on the website Education News on March 28, in a column by Polymnia Hadjipanayiotou, a widely published writer on educational issues. Hadjipanayiotou writes that “Finland is leaving behind traditional subject teaching in schools in favor of topic teaching.”
What is “topic teaching”? School subjects such as math, history, and science won’t be taught distinctly and as separate courses of study. Instead, the line between subjects will become fluid as students are exposed to several subjects at once, in what Finnish educators call “phenomenon teaching.” Before examining in some detail what is being proposed in Finland, it should be noted that Finland consistently ranks among the top performers in academic achievement, with results similar to those in China and Singapore. The country is not frivolous when it comes to educational policy. … Continue Reading

Laudato Si: Sic Et Non

June 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

 


By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

 

Remember the scene in A Man for All Seasons, where Paul Scofield, playing St. Thomas More, diligently scours through the oath issued by King Henry VIII demanding Image result for pope's encyclicalrecognition of his marriage to Anne Boleyn, looking for “some way that we can take this oath” without violating his conscience? I felt that way when I started reading Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. Thomas More found that he could not in good conscience accept what Henry VIII was demanding. I don’t have that problem with Laudato Si (literally “Be praised” or “Praise to you”). I found the passages I was looking for. I can live with the encyclical.
“Live with it?” Does that mean that I wish Pope Francis had not written this encyclical? Yes. Secular leftists dedicated to government control of the economy and transnational political organizations will seize upon the encyclical, whatever Francis’ intentions, to advance their agenda. That is how the world works. You have seen the headlines by now: “Pope Francis Condemns Climate Change-deniers.” “Pope Francis Says That Global Warming is a Reality.” “Pope Blames Global Warming on Free Market Capitalism.” … Continue Reading

Is Third World America Inevitable?

June 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Thousands of U.S. troops safeguard the border of South Korea. U.S. warships patrol the South China Sea to stand witness to the territorial claims of Asian allies against China.
U.S. troops move in and out of the Baltic States to signal our willingness to defend the frontiers of these tiny NATO allies.
Yet nothing that happens on these borders imperils America so much as what is happening on our own bleeding border with Mexico.
Over three decades, that border has been a causeway into the USA for millions of illegal immigrants who are changing the face of America — to the delight of those who think the country we grew up in was ugly.
All sides of this quarrel have been using the figure of 11 million people here illegally. In her new bestseller, Adios, America!, Ann Coulter makes a compelling case that the real figure is close to 30 million.
If that is true, and if the next president embraces amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, that will mean the end to America as the Western nation we have been, and the beginning of America’s life as what Ann calls, unapologetically, a “Third World hellhole.” … Continue Reading

Satan Dons The Black Robes of “Justice” Again . . .

June 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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Not since Roe v. Wade in 1973 has the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision so diabolical in its contents and consequences. This 5-4 ruling allowing same-sex marriage may have implications beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, with threats to the rights of Catholics, other Christians, Orthodox Jews, and more.
Again this nation has exhibited its tendency to enact its own laws in the face of the laws of God and nature. How can we truthfully say “God bless America” anymore? Remember that God will not be mocked. We now have to be on our knees with a resounding plea: “God have mercy on America.”

— Joseph Matt, The Wanderer

Catholic Exceptionalism: Worth Fighting For

June 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

We have heard the expression “American exceptionalism,” and this I believe is true, although in the current era, our nation has been anything but exceptional.
As Catholics, however, we are exceptional simply by being baptized into our Church — and living up to that isn’t going to be easy, but it is well worth the fight.
There happens to be a dark cloud that hovers over us all, but beneath that cloud, there are lower-lying clouds that are unique and exclusive to each one of us. We all carry a cross — some crosses are given to us, while other crosses are ones that we built and thrust upon ourselves. But the one thing that is certain is that we are all Catholic.
Catholic exceptionalism is a gift. Having been born American is a blessing in and of itself, but having been baptized as Catholics — that is nothing less than a grace which has been bestowed upon us. Let us thank God ceaselessly for that grace.
I bring all this up because it is seemingly harder and harder to be a Catholic nowadays by the world’s standards, but by the same token, because the world is in such a mess, our Catholicism has become that much more important and valuable. … Continue Reading

New Coulter Book Shows . . .. Crime Has No Race, But Criminals Know How To Play Racial Game

June 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The liberal Boston Globe’s Sunday, June 14, front page had a prominent photo of a scowling, middle-aged man with the headline, “Don’t take your eyes off this man (or the hundreds like him); They were warned, but federal immigration officials did just that.”
The elusive man was identified as Santos Hernandez Carrera, a knifepoint rapist.
The lengthy story told of immigrant criminals, some but not all of them with Latino names, simply released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because their home countries wouldn’t take them back.
“They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers — among ‘the worst of the worst,’ as one law-enforcement agency put it,” the Globe reporter wrote. “Yet the Globe found that immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.”
The Globe quoted a former deputy assistant U.S. attorney general: “These are dangerous and predatory individuals who should not be prowling the streets. In fact, they should not be in the United States at all.”
The newspaper added, “Immigration has even lost track of immigrants they insisted were too dangerous to set free.” … Continue Reading

Obamatrade’s Conga Line . . . Have Elite Party Leaders Finally Misstepped Too Far?

June 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

What could it take to shake the ponderous Republican Party congressional leadership out of its determination to deliver a harmful globalist trade deal that would mean a major triumph to enhance the clout of the Republicans’ most powerful, arbitrary, and deceitful foe, Barack Obama?
Just to ask the question is to reveal the depths GOP leaders had sunk to. This was a totally self-inflicted wound after they’d been on top of the world with victory in the November 2014 elections.
They’d been empowered by voters to rein in and constrict the out-of-control Obama. But before you could blink an eye, diffident GOP leaders like the Senate’s Mitch McConnell and the House’s John Boehner desperately were waving their surrender flag so Obama would be reassured they were no threat to him.
They were, as one pundit noted, running on a hamster wheel whose only purpose was to produce something politically — no matter how irrational or inimical to conservatism or America.
With internationalist Obamatrade a current point of sharp contention, think back to the sudden birth of the conservative Tea Party movement in early 2009. The Republican establishment quickly recognized what this uprising meant, and didn’t like it. … Continue Reading

Don’t Miss This Week’s Print Edition Of The Wanderer . . .

June 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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There is much to be concerned with the Pope’s new encyclical on the environment, such as the “scientific advisers” who were consulted for this document, as well as some of the “accepted scientific theory” treated as fact in Laudato Si.

Unsurprisingly, a firestorm of criticism has erupted on the Internet and over the airwaves about the Pope’s new encyclical.

James K. Fitzpatrick’s front-page column for The Wanderer this week reminds us about what seems to be lost in the conflict: “The Church claims authority only in faith and morals, not in science and economics.”

On the other hand, Fr. Kevin M. Cusick’s column highlights the portions of the document where Catholic teaching does play an important role.

The Pope has encouraged honest and open debate regarding the environment. Perhaps in the weeks and months ahead The Wanderer can shed some light on the controversies, particularly on those areas where the encyclical lacks authority and may inadvertently become a tool for those who wish to use it to further agendas contrary to Church teaching.

— Joseph Matt, The Wanderer

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Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 Conference . . . What Will The “Reform Of The Reform” Look Like?

June 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI

His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke took a front row seat in the audience for the morning session of talks on Day Two (Tuesday, June 2) of the Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference in New York City.
The Tuesday proceedings began with a presentation by the accomplished author and liturgical scholar Fr. Thomas Kocik, a contributor to Dom Alcuin Reid’s forthcoming T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy.
Addressing the key concept of a “Reform of the Reform” in the sacred liturgy, Fr. Kocik outlined the diversity of opinions as to how such a reform should be carried out. He endorsed an approach that takes the 1962 Missale Romanum as its starting point.
Noting that the liturgical reform should address not only the missal but the other liturgical books and rites as well, he pointed out the deficient rewording of certain prayers and formulas that occurred in the postconciliar reform of blessings and exorcisms, eliciting a round of laughter when he observed that it is a problem “when some blessings don’t actually bless and some exorcisms don’t actually exorcise.” … Continue Reading

Milquetoast Mass While Our House Is On Fire

June 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

This past Sunday due to family scheduling conflicts, I attended Sunday Mass at a nearby parish instead of our family’s parish, which is about 75 miles away from our home.
Given that I have attended the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively for the past 12 years, it’s always an adventure for me when I attend a Novus Ordo Mass at a parish that is completely new to me.
I always find it interesting to see how crowded the parking lots and pews are, but it’s almost as if people are there because they have to be there, not because they want to be there.
Almost immediately upon entering the church a couple of minutes late, I hear the sounds of Protestant-like hymns being sung by a shrill-voiced woman who apparently thinks this is a platform for her to perform, rather than to give greater glory to our Lord through song.
I attended with my five-year-old son Pio, who was one of only two children in the entire building under 14 years of age. I didn’t notice this at first, but my son did. He said, “Papa, why are there no little kids here?” I told him that perhaps these families didn’t have any little kids.
Nothing against older and elderly people, but this was the personification of a dying parish. Almost everyone in attendance was 60 or older. I imagine there will be no one to fill the pews as the older people continue to pass on. … 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 . . .

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did…Continue Reading

Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October’s Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report…Continue Reading

Abortion Drone Will Fly Dangerous Abortion Pills to Poland to Violate Its Pro-Life Laws

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The pro-abortion organization that formerly ran the abortion boat that distributed the dangerous abortion pill in international waters outside pro-life nations that protect unborn children has come up with a new marketing scheme to push abortion in pro-life nations: drones.…Continue Reading

St. Louis’ Catholic Archbishop Carlson discusses same-sex marriage, clergy sex abuse, racism, more

At their annual spring meeting held in St. Louis last week, U.S Catholic bishops discussed several issues currently facing the Catholic Church, including: the clergy sex abuse scandal, what the Church sees as challenges to marriage, and the pope’s upcoming…Continue Reading

Nienstedt resigns; New Jersey bishop named interim head of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt has resigned in the wake of criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its “role in failing to protect children and contribution to the unspeakable harm” experienced by victims in priest sex-abuse cases. Nienstedt says…Continue Reading

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can’t keep up

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper hints at new ‘Vatican II’ strategy to gain approval of Communion proposal

June 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In the face of increasing opposition to his plan to approve giving Holy Communion to people who are in adulterous remarriages, Cardinal Walter Kasper is hinting at a new “Vatican II” strategy for accomplishing his…Continue Reading

No Law Can Be Based on Injustice

In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was designed by President Obama and Congressional leaders to expand access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage in the United States. After the law…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Divorced and remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on communion

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli summarized the advice of…Continue Reading

Obama: Without Catholic Nun We Would Not Have Gotten Obamacare Done

(CNSNews.com) – While addressing the Catholic Health Association Conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday, President Barack Obama said that the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare—would not have been enacted had it not been for Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper Backpedals on Papal Endorsement of Controversial Proposal

Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate. For decades, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has promoted a proposal to allow divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion after a period of…Continue Reading

The Body God Gave Us Doesn’t Lie

The latest tragic twist in the “Bruce Jenner saga” (more on that below) illustrates yet again one of the great errors of our day: the rejection of the truth that our bodies have something to tell us about who we are and…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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Fr. Z Blog . . . Congratulations To His Eminence Cardinal Burke . . .

Today is His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke’s 40th anniversary of ordination to the sacred priesthood.  He was, I believe, ordained by Paul VI. That was a good day for the Church. Card. Burke is one of the kindest men alive and a great scholar of Holy Church’s law. I am sure that all of you will stop, right now, and say a prayer for him.

Saint John Paull II (2003) . . . Clear And Emphatic Opposition Is A Duty

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Thanks to Lifesitenews for this graphic CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING PROPOSALS TO GIVE LEGAL RECOGNITION TO UNIONS BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS  

Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools

By Terence P. Jeffrey | June 26, 2015 | 1:53 PM EDT       CNSNews.com) – In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the court’s…Continue Reading

USCCB Head calls Supreme Court decision “a tragic mistake”

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(USCCB) The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the…Continue Reading

The Myth Of Autonomy

By DONALD DeMARCO I Never Sang for My Father, a 1970 film based on Robert Anderson’s play by the same name, features a father who identifies himself as a “self-made man” who struggled hard for everything he achieved. Toward the end of the play, the father, now elderly and incapacitated, offers a desperate declaration of…Continue Reading

More On The Particular Judgment

By JAMES LIKOUDIS As pointed out in a previous article (The Wanderer, July 3, 2014, p. 8B), the “silence regarding this particular dogma from all too many pulpits together with funeral Masses that focus on celebrating the life of the deceased and are replete with eulogies (amounting to instant canonization) have tended to make the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah Says . . . Allowing Communion For Divorced And Remarried “Insults Christ”

By MARY JONES ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Robert Cardinal Sarah, the highly respected prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, appointed in 2014 by Pope Francis, has made it abundantly clear since last October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family that any attempt to detach Catholic teaching from…Continue Reading

France’s Terri Schiavo . . . Shocks The Nation With Video Showing He’s Alive

By JEANNE SMITS (Editor’s Note: Jeanne Smits writes from Paris for LifeSiteNews, which made this commentary available. All rights reserved.) + + + The friends of Vincent Lambert — France’s Terri Schiavo — are true to their promise. Since the European Court of Human Rights ruled on June 5 that there is nothing wrong with…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Why Are Homosexual Activists So Afraid of ‘Ex-Gays’?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The 19th century writer Oscar Wilde…Continue Reading

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An Apologetics Course… Refuting Objections To The Spiritual Soul’s Existence

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The reader will have noticed the progression of thinking in this new series of articles in The Wanderer: Instead of dealing with various topics rather randomly, the section consists of a series of articles in the format of lessons within a course. So, the first topic was the most basic one, that is,…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

By DON FIER For the past two weeks, we have been unpacking the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the first of her four marks, that she is one. Our Lord left no room for uncertainty when He said, “There shall be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16), nor did St. Paul when he proclaimed that…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the Bruce Jenner fiasco in his usually perceptive way, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City said in a recent bulletin: “Anyone who can remain awake listening to the conversations of sedentary former athletes on ESPN is perhaps unable to think clearly on any subject of significance, but the declaration…Continue Reading

Prophets Among Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Ezek. 2:2-5 2 Cor. 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 In the Gospel reading today our Lord says that a prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin. The obvious problem is that those people know the prophet and have known him since he…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Address To Rome Conference . . . “The Gift Of Marriage…Is Also A Mission”

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave Sunday evening, June 14 when he opened the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome, held in St. Peter’s Square. The theme this year is: “‘We Deliver to You What We Have Received’ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3) — We Parents, Witnesses of the Beauty of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Josemaria Escriva

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 1 God, in His loving Providence and perfect timing, gives the Church holy men and women to guide the Mystical Body of Christ. During the chaos of the Protestant revolt, he provided St. Ignatius and St. Teresa of Avila. At the beginning of the 20th century, as the lay faithful were being called to participate in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Romuald

By CAROLE BRESLIN The importance of parents in the life of each and every child cannot be denied. In fact, St. Francis Xavier, one of the first Jesuits, said, “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Raising a child in holiness, teaching him the truths of the Catholic faith, and forming a…Continue Reading