Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

May 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bill De Blasio’s Call For Pre-Pre-K Classes In New York

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is often said by liberal commentators that Americans on the right are being “alarmist” when they argue that the social programs of the Democratic Party will put us on a slippery slope toward totalitarian socialism. They insist that there is no reason to assume a socialist endgame at work when proposals are made to help the poor through, say, food stamps or increased spending on education.
Fair enough; we can’t read minds. But that does not mean we should ignore the track record of liberal Democrats. It never fails. They are never satisfied. They — always, continually, persistently — push for greater control over our lives by government officials.
They may do this with good intentions, with proposals to help the needy, the downtrodden, those who hunger and thirst for justice’ sake. But the point is that they are never satisfied. They are driven by the urge to redistribute wealth, with the government assuming more and more control in areas that few thought required government intervention in the past. And that is a classic slippery slope, a progression that leads to authoritarian socialism. … Continue Reading

Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

May 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Stirring Up Buyer’s Remorse Over Donald Trump

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t see stories on my Internet homepage from commentators, on both the left and the right, designed to convince voters who voted for Donald Trump that they have been “had”; that they voted for an incompetent and unprincipled con man who has no idea what he is doing in the White House.
They will tick off the “broken promises” on tax reform, repealing Obamacare, building the wall on the Mexican border, and an avoidance of overseas military interventions.
National Review and The Weekly Standard lead the charge on the right; MSNBC and CNN on the left. Serious discussions are featured in these venues on the upcoming impeachment of Trump. They interview people who voted for him in the hope of finding a groundswell of defections.
So far, there is no such groundswell in sight.
Why not? Permit me to take a stab at the question.
I am among those who have not a trace of buyer’s remorse over the decision to vote for Trump. I was never a Trump enthusiast. I can see the man’s failings. … Continue Reading

Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

May 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Do We Have Covenant Eyes?

By REY FLORES

There’s a little story I probably have shared in this column at least once or twice, but because I love the lesson I learned by it, I will share it once more.
When I visited with the Sisters of Life in New York City about five years ago, one of the sisters asked me how I liked the city so far. I told her that it was as big, noisy, and dirty as any big city is expected to be. I did also share that I was somewhat shocked by some of the barely there immodest fashions some women were wearing in public.
She told me, “Rey, you are allowed that first look because you weren’t expecting to see a woman so immodestly dressed. But after that, you are aware of it and responsible to remain vigilant of your eyes and thoughts.” Boom! … Continue Reading

Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

May 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Wait’ll Dominant Media . . . Discover Trump Kidnapped Three-Headed Giraffes From Mars

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A dominant left-wing U.S. media hungry to destroy Donald Trump will whip up issues from nothing against him, including the so-called scandal that he had two scoops of ice cream for dessert when other diners got just one dollop.
Trump’s just lucky that he didn’t have whipped cream on top. In these hysterical media days, it’s not hard to imagine the headline, “Trump had chef beaten.” Huh? Oh, it’s the cream that was tortured? Huh? Oh, the cream was whipped. It’s all the same! Impeach this man who eats tortured animals. Well, the cows were killed, then ground up, then roasted. Monster! Cannibal!
But we recall when Barack Obama passionately wanted thousands of babies brutally whipped every day. Well, actually, aborted to death. Which is even worse than being whipped. Media were swell with that. And actually screamed against pro-lifers who said this was bad.
As for the fact that Obama back in Illinois fought against allowing medical care for babies who survived abortion, and he gave the excuse that saving their lives would discourage abortion — and all the dominant media said was hush-hush-hush, don’t perturb poor, sweet baby Barack. He needs his beauty sleep! … Continue Reading

Truth At The Crossroads At Our Lady’s University

May 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Truth At The Crossroads At Our Lady’s University

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism” — Professor Walter Williams.

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Vice President Mike Pence will speak at Notre Dame’s commencement on May 21, but the occasion makes many students feel “unsafe” — so supporters of sodomy and their allies will demonstrate on campus with the blessing of the administration, as America’s stalwart future Catholic leaders decry Pence’s “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, offensive, or ostracizing” past.
As our beloved Fr. Rutler wryly observes, many of these students are older than those kids who stormed the beaches at Normandy, who dared to fly the flimsy fighter planes over Imperial Germany….
Ah, but they feel “unsafe.” And yet they insist on referring to themselves as the “Fighting Irish” (which term is trademarked, by the way).
As the late Charles E. Rice, eminent pro-life leader and Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame Law School, wrote in 2009, What Happened To Notre Dame? … Continue Reading

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

May 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.
On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre.
Yet, the differences are stark.
The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Bill Ruckelshaus and the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox came in the middle of an East-West crisis.
On October 6, 1973, the high holy day of Yom Kippur, in a surprise attack, Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and breached Israel’s Bar Lev Line. Syria attacked on the Golan Heights.
Within days, 1,000 Israeli soldiers were dead, hundreds of tanks destroyed, dozens of planes downed by Soviet surface-to-air missiles. As Egypt’s army broke through in the Sinai, there came reports that Moshe Dayan was arming Israeli F-4s with nuclear weapons. … Continue Reading

St. Anthony’s Closes Its Doors

May 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on St. Anthony’s Closes Its Doors

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

My guess is that some readers of this column will know a great deal about St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, while others will never have heard of the school. The determining factor is whether you are a basketball fan.
The school is a high school basketball powerhouse. Its coach since 1972 has been Bob Hurley, a now-retired New Jersey probation officer, arguably the most famous high school coach in the country. His teams, made up of players from throughout the New York metropolitan area, have won more than two dozen state championships.
Some 150 of his players have gone to college on athletic scholarships, including his son Bobby, the point guard on that great Duke team that included Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. Several went on to play in the NBA.
An upcoming Showtime series centering on Hurley and St. Anthony’s will soon be aired. All of this led New York Times reporter Joe Nocera to do a column on April 13 about Hurley and St. Anthony’s. What Nocera has to say will be of interest to Catholics concerned about the fate of Catholic schools, whether or not they are basketball fans.
Nocera: “Late Wednesday afternoon, a man named Bob Hurley announced the sad news that St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J. — a school he had put on the map as its basketball coach — was going to close on June 30. Earlier that day, Hurley and other St. Anthony officials had a last-ditch meeting with the Archdiocese of Newark, knowing they had fallen short of the financial targets the archdiocese had set but hoping for a miracle nonetheless. Instead, the archdiocese told them it was over.” … Continue Reading

Bioethics Seminar Sees… Pressure Increases For War Against Medical Conscience

May 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bioethics Seminar Sees… Pressure Increases For War Against Medical Conscience

By JAMES ASHER and DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — St. Thomas More, who was executed in 16th-century England for his fidelity to religious conscience, was cited at a two-day seminar here for health-care professionals, presented by the Philadelphia-based National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).
More, a Catholic who had risen to become Lord High Chancellor of England, later was beheaded for treason, in 1535, after he refused to acknowledge King Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church in England and the king’s invalid attempt to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
The bioethics center’s website says its seminars “are intended to benefit health-care workers, clergy, those involved in research in the life sciences, members of ethics committees, and others who provide spiritual support and counsel to patients and their families. … Continue Reading

Left-Wing News Media More Radical Than Ever

May 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Left-Wing News Media More Radical Than Ever

By REY FLORES

I am a news junkie. I no longer listen to music in my car, but only conservative talk radio. Therefore, people like me are especially angered by the fact that in our lifetime, we’ve seen journalism devolve into one big, awful joke.
Thank God for the Internet as well. Before that we were pretty much at the mercy of broadcast and print media, having to take their word that they were reporting factual news and not just delivering propaganda to the masses.
When I was in high school, my father had a subscription to Time Magazine. Since I was usually the first to get home from school, I would look forward to the day of the week when Time would be delivered to our mailbox. At that time, Time still had somewhat of a good reputation — unlike today. … Continue Reading

The Problem Of Evil… C.S. Lewis Takes On Bill Maher

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The term “theodicy” was coined by Gottfried Leibniz in 1710 in his “Essay on the goodness of God, the liberty of man and the origin of evil in the world.”
It was his attempt to refute Pierre Bayle’s theory that it was impossible to reconcile the existence of a loving and omnipotent God with the presence of evil and suffering in the world. The medieval scholastics wrestled with the problem as well.
It is the same dilemma that the angry modern atheists — Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins, for example — trot out when they seek to discredit religious belief.
Maher is especially fond of the ploy. He will lean back in his chair on his HBO programs, smirk and mock anyone who prays for help from an “all-good God” when that God permits all the horrors we see in the world: abused children, mass murders, the reports of torture and natural disasters on our nightly newscasts.
He will ridicule people who ask for cures for cancer and family distress, but who go on praying for these things when their misfortunes continue. … Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it. At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will…Continue Reading

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak…Continue Reading

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), as ambassador to the Holy See, the White House announced Friday. The nomination comes just five days before Trump is set to meet with Pope Francis…Continue Reading

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 19, 2017 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop’s martyrdom. Because of an amnesty law that prohibited…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label. Here’s Why

The “pro-choice” label has not been working out so well for the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The labels pro-choice and pro-life have been used for decades to help identify people’s positions on abortion, but young adults seem to be moving…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley: The Pro-Choice Political Dictatorship of Relativism

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would soon be elected Pope Benedict XVI, preached that “we are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and…Continue Reading

These Republicans Voted Against the Bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday voted for a Reconciliation bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s…Continue Reading

Cecile Richards Comes Unglued After House Defunds Planned Parenthood: Republicans Hate Women

Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards it’s not happy that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood. The main response of the CEO of the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate can be summed up in three words:…Continue Reading

Despite pro-life provisions, healthcare bill raises serious concerns

Vatican City, May 4, 2017 / 05:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for…Continue Reading

Nine Catholic Colleges to Honor Opponents of Catholic Teaching at Commencement Ceremonies

This spring’s commencement honorees at nine Catholic colleges include pro-abortion politicians, a dissenting priest, and advocates for same-sex marriage, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients at more than 200 Catholic colleges…Continue Reading

Matt Walsh: Dear Christians, there’s nothing ‘compassionate’ about helping people get to Hell

I received this email yesterday. The subject line, as you could guess, was “Compassion”: Matt, you call yourself a Christian but you have no compassion. The Jesus I believe in just wants people to be compassionate towards each other. We…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

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Catholic Church Sues St. Louis to Stop It From Becoming a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

Several Missouri Catholic groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a St. Louis ordinance that could force them to hire abortion activists and rent to pro-abortion groups. The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, the pro-life maternity home Our Lady’s Inn and a local Catholic businessman said the city ordinance violates their constitutional freedoms. In their lawsuit, they ask the court to block the city from enforcing the measure. In February, the St. Louis Board of Alderman…Continue Reading

Canon lawyer tells diocese to follow guidelines allowing Communion for remarried

May 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A canon lawyer told priests at a workshop run by a U.S. diocese that Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia has allowed them to break with the Church’s tradition practice of refusing Communion to “remarried” Catholics. Since the diocesan bishop has not issued his own guidelines on the Pope’s exhortation, the canonist said, the priests can follow the controversial interpretations from the bishops of Malta and Buenos Aires. The workshop was recorded…Continue Reading

Pope Francis announces new June 28 consistory

Vatican City, May 21, 2017 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity” of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of 5 new cardinals,” the Pope said May 21, adding that…Continue Reading

CDL. BURKE: RUSSIA MUST BE CONSECRATED TO IMMACULATE HEART

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Raymond Burke is publicly calling for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. His comments came in front of an audience at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which included co-author of the dubia Cdl. Carlo Caffarra, as well as Bp. Athanasius Schneider and more than 100 pro-life leaders from around the world. In his address, “The Secret of Fatima and a New Evangelization,” Cdl. Burke spoke of a connection between the Third Secret…Continue Reading

The first Catholic church in 60 years is being built in Cuba

Tampa, Florida, May 18, 2017 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years. Father Ramon Hernandez, pastor of St. Lawrence church in Tampa, said he and his parishioners are happy to see how their funds have financed the project, and said he looks forward to the inauguration Mass taking place early…Continue Reading

Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on May 14 affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sincerely held religious beliefs. Hands On Originals’ managing owner, Blaine Adamson, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, refused to print T-shirts for the…Continue Reading

No Help For Minor Children… Gender Confusion Prevails In The Courts

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + This month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a Ninth…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Conservatism, Economics, Social Welfare, And Catholic Social Teaching

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly, sometimes bimonthly. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Pragmatism Revisited

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Putnam, Hilary, and Ruth Anna Putnam. Pragmatism as a Way of Life: The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey. Edited by David Macarthur. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017. xi + 475 pp. Cloth, $49.95. This book consists of twenty-seven essays, thirteen by Ruth Anna Putnam, eleven by Hilary Putman,…Continue Reading

Can The U.S. Fix Afghanistan?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Three days after the 9/11 attacks both houses of Congress voted correctly — and without objectors — to authorize the president to use force against those who perpetrated the attacks and…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… 25th Ordination Jubilee Solemn High Mass And Celebration

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: The staff of The Wanderer congratulates Fr. Cusick on his upcoming 25th anniversary of Ordination.) + + + Thank you for reading my column so faithfully over the years and for all that you have done to support the apostolate of The Wanderer. As we mark the 25th anniversary of my June 6,…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… More On The Gabirah, The Queen Mother

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, in his celebrated book True Devotion to Mary, explains that our Lady is not only the Mother of Christ, the Mother of God Incarnate, but she is also the spiritual Mother of All Christians, of all those who are baptized into the Church founded by her Son. He…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Of Healing

By DON FIER When we began our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the seven sacraments several months ago, it was noted that they are often grouped into various categories: sacraments of the living and of the dead; sacraments of initiation, healing, and vocation or service; sacraments that can be received only once…Continue Reading

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Q. I find the following passages in the Gospels puzzling. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and they asked Him if He was Jesus the Nazorean, He replied, “I told you that I AM. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” John says that “this was to fulfill what he…Continue Reading

Do Not Be Ashamed!

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 1:12-14 1 Peter 4:13-16 John 17:1-11a At the end of the second reading today St. Peter says that anyone who is made to suffer for being a Christian should not be ashamed, but should glorify God because of the Name of Christian. Before there is any possibility…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Sanz And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1748, the Viceroy of Peking with great frustration asked, “What are we to do with these men? Their lives are certainly irreproachable. . . . Their jailers and their families become their disciples and embrace their religion. To prolong this state is only to give them the opportunity of increasing the number of Christians.” Thus Peter…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Celestine V

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the death of Pope St. John Paul II, faithful Catholics rejoiced at the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next Vicar of Christ. The German prelate took the name of Benedict XVI for two reasons: in memory of Pope Benedict XV who led the Church during the turbulent times of World War I, seeking peace…Continue Reading