Thursday 23rd March 2017

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Cynicism And Skepticism

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is a dilemma that classroom teachers struggle with: How do we promote a healthy skepticism among our students, without encouraging cynicism, when discussing the great issues of the past or current events? We want our students to learn to see through false claims and propaganda, to spot humbug. On the other hand, we do not want for them to assume that everyone is a phony with base motives.
There is, for example, a difference between the argument in favor of United States’ military and economic intervention in Eastern Europe after World War II and that of the Soviet Union.
That said, it cannot be denied that there is a tendency of political leaders and partisans to flip-flop on their principles when it becomes advantageous for them to do so. That is what is meant when we hear people say, “Arguments about process are bogus.” … Continue Reading

Lutherlust

March 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Lutherlust
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Flashback 1967

Editor’s Note. This was published in The Wanderer November 9, 1967

By Jerome Docherty, O.S.B

Being a senior citizen I am an Oldster, and therefore just 60 years out of date to the Youngsters. And as for the Council of Trent, well that is just 400 years out of date! It is very strange therefore to me, an Oldster, to see the Youngsters resurrecting Luther who died just 430 years ago! If their only fault were inconsistency one could be tolerant. But their main fault is very grave. Their efforts to re-evaluate and rehabilitate Luther con­stitute a severe judgment and condemnation of all the Popes who dealt with Luther or managed the Council of Trent, of that same Ecumenical Council itself, and of all the contemporary theologians, many of whom were saints.

WHOLESALE CONDEMNATION
OF SAINTS AND SCHOLARS

The Popes, the Council and the theologians are all condemned as lacking the ability to enter into Luther’s mind or rise to the level of his lofty thought. Is not this presumption on the part of men who lack the mental acumen of the Popes, scholars and saints of Luther’s day? These were all learned men, and at the least, masters in-theology, and knew more about Cath­olic theology than Dr. Martin Luther. Many of them were intellectual giants, like Lainez, Salmeron, Peter Canisius, Baronius. Ignorance of this fact may excuse your presumption, but cannot … Continue Reading

Did Obama Spy On Trump?

March 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Did Obama Spy On Trump?

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By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation several weeks ago. Since then, three investigations have been launched — one by the FBI, one by the House of Representatives, and one by the Senate. Are the investigators chasing a phantom, or did this actually happen?
Here is the back story.
Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump. Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.
FISA contemplates that the surveillance it authorizes will be for national security purposes, but this is an amorphous phrase and an ambiguous standard that has been the favorite excuse of most modern presidents for extraconstitutional behavior.
In the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon used national security as a pretext to deploying the FBI and CIA to spy on students and even to break in to the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, one of his tormentors. … Continue Reading

Rape, Abortion, And Domestic Violence

March 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Rape, Abortion, And Domestic Violence

By REY FLORES

Years ago when I worked as a volunteer coordinator at a domestic violence shelter, I was still young and more liberal in my views than I am now. It was a demanding job where I witnessed a lot of pain, suffering, and heartache. Thankfully I also saw women and children survive and move on to a better life in a few cases.
Some of the outreach and networking we did was with rape victim advocate organizations. We would sometimes work with the same women and families who had sadly also experienced some form of sexual assault.
The one thing that bothers me to this day is how the domestic violence and rape victim advocates and the organizations dedicated to help these women and families are staunch pro-abortion advocates.
One of my tasks was to train volunteers how to appropriately answer the emergency calls we received from women seeking shelter. Part of the intake interview, depending on whether the woman was safe at that moment or not, took place over the phone. The main interview to assess the woman’s and her children’s needs took place once they had safely arrived at the shelter. … Continue Reading

An Apology (Of Sorts) To Liberal Catholics

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I have some friends and family members who supported Bill Clinton, even after the Monica Lewinsky scandal became public knowledge. I would imagine that many conservative Catholics are in the same boat, considering the longstanding links between urban Catholics and the trade unions and the Democrats’ image as the party of “the little guy.” I never “scolded” the people I knew for their vote, limiting my remarks to explanations for why I opposed Clinton.
But I must admit that, in my private thoughts, I was disappointed in their willingness to vote for a man who had behaved so shamefully in sexual matters. I couldn’t believe it when I heard them repeat one version or another of the line, “Everyone lies about sex.” Or, “We’re not electing a preacher-in-chief, we’re electing a president.”
Because I never confronted my friends and family members about their support for Clinton, I never got an explanation for how they were able to overlook his behavior. But I think I now know what they said to themselves. My hunch is that it is something comparable to what I said to myself when I voted for Donald Trump, a man whose past sexual indiscretions may be a little less shameful than Clinton’s, but not by much. (I trust we don’t have to make a laundry list comparison to support that contention.)
What I said to myself when I voted for Trump was that, in spite of all the sleazy aspects to his character, he was the best chance we had to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. It was the familiar lesser-of-two evils argument. … Continue Reading

Who’s In Charge Here?. . . How To Go Forward With GOP’s Golden Health-Care Opportunity?

March 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Who’s In Charge Here?. . . How To Go Forward With GOP’s Golden Health-Care Opportunity?

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The Americans who definitely need a heap of health care today would be those Republican politicians covered with bumps, bruises, black eyes, and lacerations inflicted during their Capitol Hill battle among themselves over how to repeal Obamacare.
President Trump’s political health also is seriously at stake. How did a successful multibillionaire business executive allow such enervating infighting on this signature issue to develop rapidly under his leadership?
Almost as soon as the legislation was revealed publicly on March 6, it was criticized in important quarters within the president’s own party, and among conservative-activist groups, as woefully inadequate. Word already had circulated that big disappointments were on the way.
On March 2, CBS News showed Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) being denied access to the language being devised. “This should be an open and transparent process,” Paul told reporters. “These to me are Democrat ideas dressed up in Republican clothing. . . . This is being presented as if this were a national secret.”
Trump, like any project’s top manager, can’t control every task done by his subordinates, but if one of his executives is signing major ship-building contracts while another one says airplane manufacture is what to prioritize, he’s got to get them together, to be on the same blueprint.
And then there’s the vital task of a big businessman to please his customers — in this case, making the voters smile who entrusted the GOP from Trump on down to undo Democrat Barack Obama’s medical monstrosity. … Continue Reading

Dutch Show Anti-Islamic Fear

March 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Dutch Show Anti-Islamic Fear

By JOHN BURKE

(Editor’s Note: John Burke is a British journalist who speaks Dutch, and visits the Netherlands frequently.

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The slogan Allahu Akbar has been sprayed on the outside of the Catholic church in Ede whose priest serves five parishes in the central Netherlands. Both facts explain the surge short of success by the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Dutch general election on May 15 which saw it gain five seats but still four short of the 24 it had in 2010.
The party was founded only in 2006 to combat Muslim immigration and oppose the European Union, but the PVV’s attitude toward abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality is confused. Its leader, Geert Wilders, is a baptized agnostic from the southern Netherlands that used to be seen as the Catholic heartland in a country half the size of South Carolina. Yet only one in ten of the 17 million inhabitants remains a practicing Catholic, and Protestant churchgoers number not much more.
Although most Lutherans and Calvinists agreed to union a few years ago, the religious decline now has such momentum that one Christian church closes every week. Two-thirds of Catholic parishes will be gone by next year whereas, with a million Muslims in the Netherlands, their mosques, schools, and clubs will soon match the 1,200 windmills that once typified the doughty Dutch. … Continue Reading

Is A Korean Missile Crisis Ahead?

March 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is A Korean Missile Crisis Ahead?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

To back up Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis’ warning last month, that the U.S. “remains steadfast in its commitment” to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea.
Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April.
“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way,” says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, “Are (they) really ready for a head-on collision?”
So it would seem.
It is Kim Jong Un, 33-year-old grandson of that Stalinist state’s founding father, who launched the first Korean War, who brought on this confrontation.
In February, Kim’s half-brother was assassinated in Malaysia in a VX nerve agent attack and five of Kim’s security officials were executed with anti-aircraft guns. On March 6, Kim launched four missiles toward U.S. bases, with three landing in the Sea of Japan. … Continue Reading

Kutztown University… Scrubs Chalked Pro-Life Messages From Sidewalks

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter March 13 to the president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania after officials there scrubbed chalked pro-life messages from the campus’ sidewalks even though the school permits other groups to chalk.
Members of the Students for Life chapter at the university wrote life-affirming messages onto various sidewalks and other uncovered walkways on campus as part of National Pro-Life Chalk Day, but later learned that university officials used a scrub brush to wash the messages away, saying they were “just following orders.” When students replaced the messages, officials scrubbed some of them away again.
“University officials can’t chalk up their censorship to ‘following orders’ to enforce an unconstitutional campus policy,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham.
“The university’s chalking policy only permits messages the university agrees with. Nothing could more clearly violate the First Amendment than a policy that silences students based on whether university officials like or don’t like what the students are saying.” … Continue Reading

A Designated Space For Black Students

March 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Designated Space For Black Students

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I had never heard of the website The College Fix (www.thecollegefix.com) until recently, when an article that appeared there was brought to my attention. It was entitled “University of Michigan students demand no whites allowed space to plot social justice activism.”
From what I can tell The College Fix is worth some of your time. It publishes articles from college students who want to make the country aware of the intolerance being practiced by politically correct administrators, professors, and student groups at colleges around the country, bringing to our attention incidents that the national media are likely to ignore.
We must keep in mind, of course, that they are not written by trained reporters, nor fact-checked by professional editors. Readers would be well advised to read them an eye out for questionable sources and hearsay accounts.
That said, it strikes me that the article by Mason Clark, a student at King’s College, on the demand by black students at the University of Michigan for a “no whites space,” is reliable. It is straightforward and factual, relying for the most part on direct quotes from the list of demands made by the black students at the university. … Continue Reading

Raymond Desouza . . . Shield of Faith PART 4

Chris Manion . . . European Union's Demographic Whimper; Vatican Hosts The Enemy; Can Rogue Federal Judiciary Be Controlled?

 

Chaput: Everyone who’s a legal citizen should come pray for immigrants

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 18, 2017 / 05:32 am (CNA).- As fears of deportation threaten to keep many immigrants home from a prayer service on Sunday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is calling on citizens and legal residents to attend the…Continue Reading

Rabbi says Pope’s homilies could threaten Catholic-Jewish relations

March 13, 2017 An Italian rabbi has raised a protest against the topic of a conference to be held by the Italian Bibilical Association: “Israel, people of a jealous God. Consistencies and ambiguities of an elitist religion.” Rabbi Giuseppe Laras…Continue Reading

This man drives for Uber to spread the pro-life message

TROY, Ohio, March 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As an abortion abolitionist, Bryan Kemper wears many different hats – including sharing the pro-life message while driving for Uber. “I am in an area where I drive a lot of college students…Continue Reading

The secret obsession that will destroy modern feminism

March 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – What does it mean to be a woman? Planned Parenthood and the modern-day feminist movement are profoundly confused about this. Today is International Women’s Day. Planned Parenthood and its allies would have people believe that…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood refuses Trump offer to give up abortions and keep funding

March 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood has declined an offer from President Trump to keep – and possibly increase – its federal funding in exchange for ceasing to commit abortions. The proposal was an “impossibility” for Planned Parenthood officials,…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address to Roman Clergy (Part I)

The Holy Father’s Meditation The Progress of Faith in the Life of a Priest “Lord, increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5). This question arose spontaneously in the disciples when the Lord was speaking to them of mercy and said that we…Continue Reading

Southern MN Catholic diocese files bankruptcy over abuse claims

MINNEAPOLIS — The Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, the 14th U.S.  Catholic diocese nationwide and third in Minnesota to do so in the face of mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy. The…Continue Reading

Trump hit with ultimatum on global ‘atrocity’

An organization representing the sentiments of more than a quarter-million Americans is asking the nation’s new U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, to urge the global body to launch a campaign to protect Christians and other Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/trump-insider-hit-with-plea-to-stop-genocide-of-christians/#5TeczOEyZqlCUFew.99

Cardinal Cupich: No Immigration Agents In Catholic Churches Without Warrant

CHICAGO — Archbishop Blase Cupich told Chicago’s Catholic priests Tuesday not to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on to church property without a warrant. In a letter to the archdiocese’s priests, Cupich said the Archdiocese of Chicago “stands in…Continue Reading

Scholas Occurrentes: Another Vatican-Soros Connection?

After our recent report about Pope Francis’ praise of a Soros-funded left-wing organization called PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — we have been informed by some Spanish-speaking sources about a connection between Pope Francis’ papal foundation Scholas Occurrentes…Continue Reading

Ohio bishops support bill protecting clergy’s religious liberty in same-sex ‘marriage’

COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a rare move of legislative activism, all of Ohio’s Roman Catholic bishops officially expressed support for the state’s proposed Pastor Protection Act (HB-36). The Catholic Conference of Ohio (CCO) testified last week…Continue Reading

Leaders call for Catholic sanctuary movement to blunt deportation crackdown

MODESTO, Calif. (CNS) — The push for sanctuary was on a lot of minds at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. Concerns about President Donald Trump’s intention to deport millions of unauthorized immigrants rose throughout the Feb. 16-19…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

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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Cardinal Cupich tells national TV audience: Church ‘stands with’ immigrants

Town Hall meetings are out of fashion for certain Republican congressmen who have spent the start of 2017 dodging Democratic Party activists. But Cardinal Blase Cupich got an altogether warmer reception when he used a nationally broadcast town hall this weekend to tell recent immigrants, “the church stands with you.”

Gorsuch defends Hobby Lobby, religious freedom at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Sen. Orin Hatch, R-UT, gave Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch the chance to explain how an important religious freedom law is applied today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Regarding whether the Obama administration’s birth control mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Gorsuch ruled it “failed to meet RFRA’s standard,” Hatch recalled. While on the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch sided with the majority in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius. The…Continue Reading

House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are “troubling” and “must be addressed” before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, who is chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sent a letter March 17 to…Continue Reading

Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on ‘deposing the pope’

PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope. Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even…Continue Reading

‘To hell with accompaniment’: Catholic prof points to damage Pope Francis is causing the Church

March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a “symbol” by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it!” Relating this encounter in a letter, O’Connor added: “That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of The Eugenics Movement

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of more than a thousand pro-eugenics quotes, including those by Margaret Sanger, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The eugenic movement, therefore, cannot be a short campaign like many political…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred The High Drama Of Palm Sunday

By JAMES MONTI As we advance through the later days of Lent, it is certainly not too soon to begin turning our attention to the days for which we are preparing, beginning with Palm Sunday, the great portal to Holy Week. Palm Sunday is one of the solemnities of highest drama in the liturgical year.…Continue Reading

The Pelosi Principle

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: This column was released March 15, one day before the House Budget Committee narrowly approved the Republican health-care bill.) + + + Suppose the federal government confiscated 90 percent of the income of every private sector worker who earned more than the poverty level. Then suppose the government used…Continue Reading

Jacques Maritain . . . On The Person Of The Church And Her Personnel

By JUDE DOUGHERTY At a time of when strong ecclesiastical leadership is warranted as the West drifts further from its historical anchorage, the voice of Church seems to be muted or confused. With reason, Pope Francis has been accused of deliberate ambiguity, given that he has not responded to repeated calls for clarification of his…Continue Reading

Should Some People In Irregular Unions Receive Communion?

By JOHN YOUNG A Catholic couple living in an adulterous relationship are not necessarily subjectively in a state of mortal sin. Objectively their state of life is mortally sinful, but there is such great ignorance today about marriage and sexual relationships that we can’t presume that these people are subjectively guilty of mortal sin, and…Continue Reading

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Die To Sin And Live In Righteousness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45 As we draw near to the end of Lent, there is more that is removed from our senses when we come to Mass. The statues are covered, the music is supposed to be more solemn, the Mass itself is more simplified; everything is…Continue Reading

Sermon XXXIX: On Lent I

By POPE ST. LEO I (AD 390-461) (Editor’s Note: This sermon was delivered during the Lenten fast by Pope Leo the Great, whose date of birth is cited as AD 400 as well as AD 390. This is a translation of a sermon from Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Second Series: volume XII, in the public domain. We have generally…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Contraception Dooms Secularism While Religion Grows

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Is the Trump victory, with the accompanying new wave of sexual morality and respect for life, the first hint of a societal sea change born, ironically, of contraception? It turns out that religious people have more babies and thus pass on the faith while secularists are self-obsolescing. It’s “news” that seculars are dying out because…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Original Sin And Answering More Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 29 In this article we continue providing replies to objections against the Bible narrative about the fall of our first parents. Fourth objection: If the serpent that tempted Eve was not a real serpent but an evil spirit disguised as a serpent, why did God punish the whole serpent tribe by cursing them from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Part 3 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as we saw last week, is a true sacrifice in the fullest sense of the word “because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1366). The perfect sacrifice of Christ on Calvary becomes present and actual each time the Holy…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Toribio Alfonso De Mogrovejo

By CAROLE BRESLIN Those who wish to attack the Catholic Church usually bring up two “weapons”: the Crusades and the Inquisition, which started in the Middle Ages. The Spanish Inquisition had the most just procedures and did not exile the Jewish people the way England (in 1290) and France (in 1306) did. In the late 16th century, King Philip II…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. José Gabriel Del Rosario Brochero

By CAROLE BRESLIN At the tip of the South American continent lies one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with its towering Andes Mountains, lush valleys, beautiful plateaus, and colorful glaciers. (Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Andes Mountains.) Argentina, the eighth largest country in the world, established its nationhood in the…Continue Reading