Thursday 27th July 2017

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Trump Trumps Obama’s Transgender Military Nightmare

July 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Trump Trumps Obama’s Transgender Military Nightmare

Rey Flores

President Donald J. Trump has again kicked the proverbial progressive hornet’s nest. Trump just knocked over the big, tacky, rainbow-colored unicorn fantasy that Obama had forced upon our once-again proud military.


Therefore, America needed Trump, so he could fix all the insanity that Obama, the two Bushes and Bill Clinton wreaked upon our nation.

If the fake news media and politically correct, sore loser progressives, Democrats and RINOs are saying that President Trump is an international embarrassment to the United States, the exact opposite is true.


While Trump seeks to make the military exactly what the military was created to do, ex-President Obama abused it as a place to attempt a sick and twisted “transgender” social experiment.  Obama’s intentions were nothing short of nefarious. What he really meant to do was to emasculate and decimate our world military power, ultimately weakening the United States entirely.


On Thursday, the often-questionable New York Times reported that “President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not ‘accept or allow’ transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces ‘must be focused on decisive … Continue Reading

A Truly Remarkable Beatification Cause For Families

July 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Truly Remarkable Beatification Cause For Families


With recent events in the Middle East and the slaughter of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France last year as well as all the signs of anti-Catholic hostility in our own country, the subject of martyrdom for the faith has been receiving growing attention of late.
A whole new chapter in the Church’s history of venerating those who have paid the ultimate price for their faith may soon be written with the amplification this year of the “Roman phase” of the beautification cause for a Polish family of nine, Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven young children.
We have seen in recent years the advancement to the altars of two married couples, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and Blesseds Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi, but what makes the Ulma cause unique is the inclusion of the entire family, with the oldest child only seven and the youngest an unborn baby still in his mother’s womb at the moment of martyrdom. This appears to be the very first time that an unborn child has been included in a beatification cause. … Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!

July 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Humanae Vitae!


This week we celebrate the 49th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the brave and beautiful encyclical of Blessed Paul VI promulgated on July 25, 1968.
Brave? Absolutely. This eloquent articulation of the teaching of the Church and the fundamentals of the Natural Law constituted a direct challenge to what Pope Benedict has called “the spirit of the age.”
And the reaction of that decadent and resentful age demonstrates just how brave it was — Francis Cardinal Stafford, a young Baltimore priest in 1968, describes the pain suffered by the defenders of the faith that year as “Gethsemane.”
And beautiful? How could it not be? The gentle, clear, but firm unfolding of the mystery of sacramental marriage and its role in God’s plan for the family, the world, and salvation is central to the most beautiful story ever told. … Continue Reading

You Might Be A Liberal If…

July 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on You Might Be A Liberal If…


I have no idea if Jeff Foxworthy is displeased with all the take-offs on his popular “You might be a redneck if . . . ” one-liners that float around the Internet. The versions that I see most often are entitled something like “You might be a liberal if . . .”, or “You might be a Democrat if . . .”
Perhaps Foxworthy likes the publicity. Or he could resent the manner in which political views that may not be his own are linked to him. I can’t imagine that Foxworthy would want to alienate half the people of the United States. His digs at working-class Southerners, found in his best-selling books and standup comedy act, are apolitical and good-natured.
I’ll give you a few examples:
“If you’ve ever made change in the offering plate, you might be a redneck.”
“You may be a redneck if . . . your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.”
“You may be a redneck if . . . you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.”
“If you’ve ever financed a tattoo, you might be a redneck.”
“If the gas pedal on your car is shaped like a bare foot, you might be a redneck.”
“If you think the French Riviera is foreign car, you might be a redneck.” … Continue Reading

For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?

July 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on For Catholics, What Is True Wealth?


Pontius Pilate once asked, “What is truth?” Today I ask you, “What is wealth?”
Forbes magazine just released their list of the wealthiest counties in the United States. In their report titled, “Greater Washington has half of the nation’s richest counties,” coming in at number one is Loudon County in Virginia. Not surprisingly, it’s a short 36 miles away from Washington, D.C., the capital of the entire Free World.
Not trailing too far behind are Falls Church, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties respectively, and Howard County, Md. — also all a stone’s throw away from Washington, D.C. The remaining richest counties on the Forbes list are Douglas County in Colorado, Los Alamos County in New Mexico, Williamson County in Tennessee, Hunterdon County in New Jersey, and Santa Clara County in California.
Forbes also reports that the average median household income is $125,900 in Loudon County, Va., while the lowest median income of these richest counties is Santa Clara County in California, with a median household income topping out at $102,191. … Continue Reading

Will Dems Warn GOP To “Honor John”?. . . McCain’s Medical Surprise Adds Turmoil To Senate Ills

July 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Dems Warn GOP To “Honor John”?. . . McCain’s Medical Surprise Adds Turmoil To Senate Ills


PHOENIX — Politics shouldn’t take too long to give its twist to the surprise announcement here that Sen. John McCain has aggressive brain cancer.
Although initial reaction from both sides of the aisle praised McCain and expressed hopes for his recovery — sometimes even sincerely — how long could it be before Republicans were warned by liberal Democrats to truly honor the Arizona senator by working with them to improve, not replace, Obamacare?
A quick look around the web after the cancer announcement was made later in the day on July 19, Wednesday, didn’t show this line was being pushed yet. But it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t be taken up shortly, even before this hard-copy issue of The Wanderer was in readers’ hands.
Even before McCain had been taken out of action by surprise surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye on July 14 — surgery that led to the revelation of the dangerous tumor — he had reverted to a familiar stand by urging that the GOP work with Democrats on government-flavored medicine. … Continue Reading

The Real Crimes Of Russiagate

July 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Real Crimes Of Russiagate


For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC?
And until last week, the answer was “no.”
As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians . . . there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. . . . There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark.”
Well, last week, it appeared there had been a fire in Trump Tower. On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russians — in anticipation of promised dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
While not a crime, this was a blunder. For Donald Jr. had long insisted there had been no collusion with the Russians. Caught in flagrante, he went full Pinocchio for four days. … Continue Reading

The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country

July 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The New Cardinal From Stockholm… Receives Accolades From Many In His Country


In his homily at Santa Marta on June 26, Pope Francis called upon faithful to be open to “God’s surprises,” and certainly he knew what he was talking about, if we think at the “surprise” appointment of the first Scandinavian cardinal in the history of the Church.
The bishop of Stockholm, Carmelite Anders Arborelius, an ethnic Swede who could not have been a more ideal representative of what Pope Francis uses to term the “Church of the Peripheries,” received his red hat in the consistory on Wednesday, June 28, in Rome, the eve of the solemn feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul.
The Church in Sweden has been in the news on a number of occasions recently.
One occasion was June 2016 canonization of Mother Elisabeth Hesselblad, the Bridgettine nun who revived and brought the order back to Sweden in the 19th century after it was suppressed following the Reformation. … Continue Reading

The Trinity Lutheran Case

July 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Trinity Lutheran Case

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Earlier this spring, we featured a discussion in First Teachers of the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, which was scheduled at the time to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The verdict is in. The court issued a 7-2 decision favoring Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26; it should be of great consequence in the debate over taxpayer-assistance to students who attend schools run by religious groups.
Before discussing the court’s decision, let’s review the specifics of the case. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., operates a day care and preschool. The school applied to a state grant program that helps nonprofit institutions pay for the installation of rubber playground surfaces. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources denied Trinity Lutheran’s application, contending a provision in the Missouri state constitution bars the state from providing funds to religious entities.
Trinity Lutheran sued in federal district court, arguing that its exclusion was a violation of free-exercise and equal-protection rights, and that it was being singled out among nonprofit groups solely because of its religious affiliation. … Continue Reading

The Age Of Autonomy

July 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Age Of Autonomy


If you have not yet discovered the writings of Andrew J. Bacevich, you owe it to yourself to look into them. Do an Internet search; you will find dozens of his articles and columns that you will be able to download, in publications as diverse as The American Conservative, Commonweal, and The Nation.
You will not always agree with what you read. Bacevich is an independent thinker, but always informative and thoughtful, worth your while. He is a retired Army officer who served in both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, the author of several books and numerous articles, also a professor emeritus from Boston University. He identifies himself publicly as a “conservative Catholic.”
Bacevich’s most recent article — entitled “The New Normal: Social Changes That Trump Hasn’t, Won’t, and Can’t Affect” — appeared in the July 7 issue of Commonweal. If you are a supporter of Trump you may be put off by what Bacevich has to say about the president. … Continue Reading

Bishops to Trump: Don’t abandon young people to deportation

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the Trump administration, said the U.S. Catholic bishops this week. “These…Continue Reading

Facing outrage – Facebook unblocks Catholic pages

Dozens of Catholic Facebook pages have been blocked, according to several Catholic news organizations. UPDATE: Facebook has unblocked more than 20 Catholic-interest pages – blaming the issue on a technical glitch. “All Pages have now been restored,” a Facebook spokesperson…Continue Reading

Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 14, 2017 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah wants ‘liturgical reconciliation’ between old and new forms of Mass

Sarah says phrase ‘reform of the reform’ should no longer be used but wants ordinary version of Mass to be more like the extraordinary form The Cardinal leading the Vatican’s divine worship office has called for a truce in the…Continue Reading

Video game store promotes graphic animated porn to 35 million child users

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2017 (NCOSE) – A mainstream online video game store, with an estimated 35 million users under the age of 18, is facilitating gamified sexual coercion and animated pornography featuring genitalia, ejaculation, to users of all ages. This…Continue Reading

Trump: ‘If We Do Not Have Strong Families and Strong Values…We Will Not Survive’

( – The values that bind America and Europe together – freedom, faith and family — are threatened from the outside by common enemies and from the inside by bureaucracy, President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd of Poles in…Continue Reading

House Republican says health care bill in jeopardy over Planned Parenthood

Rep. Trent Franks said Wednesday that if Planned Parenthood funding is added to the GOP health care bill, numerous Republican senators will no longer support it. “I think a lot of us are ‘no’ votes,” the Arizona Republican said. “We can’t continue…Continue Reading

Müller has a clear criticism of Francis

Critical criticism of Pope Franziskus was voiced by the Kurien Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller. He told the “Passauer Neuen Presse” (Thursday) that Pope Francis Francis had informed him of the decision not to extend his office as a prefect of the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals, has died aged 83

Former German Bishops’ Conference president and Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner has died at the age of 83. Cardinal Meisner served as Archbishop of Cologne for 25 years. A spokesman for the archdiocese said he died on Wednesday morning…Continue Reading

Vietnamese Catholic blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court sentenced a Catholic blogger to 10 years in prison for propaganda against the Communist government. Rights activists described the sentence as “heavy.” Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, also known as “Mother Mushroom,” was tried…Continue Reading

‘It’s not all black and white’: New cardinal criticizes 4 cardinals asking Pope for clarity

ROME, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — One of Pope Francis’ newly appointed cardinals is already calling out fellow cardinals who are questioning the new direction in which the Pope is trying to move the Church. Archbishop Juan José Omella of…Continue Reading

Vatican’s Cardinal Pell charged with sex abuse, vows to defend himself in Australia

Australian police on Thursday charged Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, with multiple historical sex crimes, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican. As Vatican economy minister, Pell is the highest-ranking Church official…Continue Reading

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These Chicago Catholics have a game plan for evangelization

Chicago, Ill., Jul 26, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Taking its cue from the recent and massive Convocation of Catholic Leaders in the U.S., one Chicago-based organization is partnering with parishes to form missionary disciples. The convocation took place in Florida July 1-4, drawing several thousand participants. Aimed at equipping and invigorating Catholic leaders, the event addressed challenges that inhibit parishes from evangelization, especially the deflating attendance of parishioners in

Catholic nuns urge senators to oppose any bill repealing Obamacare, cutting Medicaid

More than 7,000 Catholic nuns are urging senators to oppose a motion to proceed to debate on a healthcare bill before the Senate this week, and called the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare “immoral and contrary to the teachings of our Catholic faith.” The letter, organized by the Catholic social justice organization NETWORK, was sent to senators Monday and signed by 7,150 Catholic sisters. The nuns are being led by Sister Simone…Continue Reading

Bishop Paprocki Responds to Fr. Martin

There has been quite a bit of consternation since I sent an internal communication to my clergy and staff last month that was unfortunately leaked to the public concerning my “Decree Regarding Same-sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues.” While the underlying doctrinal issues are not new, these norms were necessary to address situations in the pastoral context arising from the new reality in the law and in our culture, given that same-sex marriage is now recognized by…Continue Reading

Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia | Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon – Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia completes the reflection on the family conducted by the Synods of Bishops of 2014 and 2015, a reflection that engaged the Church throughout the world. In issuing Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis once again calls the Church to renew and intensify the Christian missionary proclamation of God’s mercy, while presenting more persuasively the Church’s teaching about the nature of the family and the Sacrament of Matrimony. In all of this the

Could a California bill make Catholic conduct codes illegal?

Sacramento, Calif., Jul 21, 2017 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-abortion groups are lobbying for a California law that Catholic leaders warn would open employers like Catholic schools to lawsuits for asking teachers to follow their codes of conduct. “The bill unmistakably targets religious organization employers in the state, and goes further, inviting expensive litigation that could take years to sort out,” the California Catholic Conference said July 14, adding that it “sets a dangerous…Continue Reading


Romero At 100 . . . The Background Of A Modern Catholic Icon

By RAY CAVANAUGH When hearing of Blessed Oscar Romero, one tends to think of his assassination and martyrdom. With good reason, the former Salvadoran archbishop’s violent 1980 death has received thorough coverage. Neglected by comparison, however, has been the earlier part of his life, which began 100 years ago this August 15. Óscar Arnulfo Romero…Continue Reading

New Research Says… Shroud Of Turin Bears Blood Of A Torture Victim

TURIN, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was…Continue Reading

The Voters Rejected You?… Push Them Aside And Push To Deliver The Agenda

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO — Including six color photos, this area’s largest newspaper co-celebrated the annual “Pride Parade,” positioned as its Sunday lead story, with about half the news space on page one and about three-quarters of an inside page, marching to the activist theme of “Allied in Action, United for Justice.” The San…Continue Reading

A Word About Useful Tools

By MOST REV. CHARLES J. CHAPUT, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia posted this commentary on July 18 at The Archdiocese of Philadelphia granted reprint permission to The Wanderer; all rights reserved.) + + + History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the…Continue Reading

Wellington Mara… A Pro-Life Giant

By DONALD DeMARCO An unexpected gift arrived in the mail some time ago — a copy of Judie Brown’s autobiography, courtesy of Wellington Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants. It was on the basis of my friendship with Mrs. Brown and the fact that I was seen as “a co-worker in her mission…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Respectful, If Unsolicited, Advice To The Bishop Of Burlington, Vt.

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon Toner is professor emeritus of leadership and ethics at the U.S. Air War College, and author of Morals Under the Gun and other books. He has also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Holy Apostles College & Seminary. (Below is his open letter to the Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, bishop…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Benedict XVI: “Resist The Dictatorship Of The Spirit Of The Age”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK What did Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI mean by his metaphor of the Church as a boat taking on so much water that it is “in danger of capsizing”? The questions are coming thick and fast as a result of the reaction to this passage in Pope Benedict’s eulogy for Joachim Cardinal Meisner, delivered by Archbishop…Continue Reading

The Church Of Jesus Christ . . . The Church Is The Bride Of Christ

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 Jesus promulgated the Church on the day of Pentecost. It was the Church’s formal birthday. I remember my smile when, on Pentecost Day, a priest in New Zealand said to the people, “Happy Birthday!” The people were a bit puzzled and did not know what to think, and then the priest explained that…Continue Reading

The Sacramental Seal Of Confession

By DON FIER Only bishops and priests, as we saw last week, are valid ministers of the Sacrament of Penance. Just as Christ works through His ordained ministers in the Eucharist to transform bread and wine into His Body and Blood, so too He works through bishops and priests to forgive the sins of repentant sinners. The Vicar of Christ…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I never hear our priest talk about the Apostolic Pardon. Please explain this blessing to me and why I don’t hear much about it. — M.G., Alabama. A. Once the Sacrament of Penance has been given to a dying person, says the document Pastoral Care of the Sick (n. 201), “the priest may give the Apostolic Pardon for the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Edmund Bojanowski

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many lay saints throughout the history of the Church from all different walks of life. There is the peasant girl, St. Maria Goretti, patron of young women. St. Thomas More, patron of lawyers, comes to mind when thinking of putting God before government. There are the many lay martyrs, especially in the first few centuries…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bonaventure

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many saints who have been called saints long before the formal process for canonization was put in place. Some of the names by which we know them may not be the names they were given at birth, but indicate their special gifts. For example, St. Veronica, known from the sixth station of the cross, may…Continue Reading