Friday 24th November 2017

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Unserious Nation

November 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Unserious Nation

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving?
How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”?
To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic.
Today’s great question seems to be whether our 45th president is as serious a sexual predator as our 42nd was proven to be, and whether the confessed sins of Sen. Al Franken are as great as the alleged sins of Judge Roy Moore.
On both questions, the divide is, as ever, along partisan lines.
And every day for weeks, beginning with Hollywood king Harvey Weinstein, whose accusers nearly number in three digits, actors, media personalities, and politicians have been falling like nine pins over allegations and admissions of sexual predation.
What is our civil rights issue, and who are today’s successors to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s? Millionaire NFL players “taking a knee” during the national anthem to dishonor the flag of their country to protest racist cops. … Continue Reading

Education, Adoration, And A USCCB Election

November 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Education, Adoration, And A USCCB Election

By SHAUN KENNEY

Mr. M from Arizona helpfully offers two amazing bits of insight as to the times, both of which are directed entirely at the modern system of education.
The first quote comes from Voddie Baucham, a preacher, pastor, and father:
“We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.”
Quite apt given the times.
For one, I am quite thankful that my children lounge around in sweatshirts and jeans while others spend $100 for shoes they will grow out of in six months. Certainly, we have our dresses and suit jackets, and know how to wear a collared shirt in public.
Yet for the menagerie of social media apps and the endless consumerism that pervades today’s postmodern culture? As one learns growing up poor, a few durable things are far more valuable than an ocean of cheap junk. … Continue Reading

Elementary, My Dear Watson

November 22, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Elementary, My Dear Watson

By JOHN YOUNG

“The theory of evolution itself, a theory universally accepted not because it can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.”
This famous statement by scientist Dr. D.M.S. Watson appeared in a 1929 article titled “Adaption,” in the journal Nature. Dr. Watson was an eminent scientist, a professor of zoology and comparative anatomy. His statement is often used by Creationists to support the contention that evolution is held to be true not because of the evidence but because God is rejected.
Evolutionists have disputed this claim of the Creationists, pointing out that Watson in fact considered that there is solid scientific evidence for evolution. They also quote his words, “Evolution itself is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or can be proved by logically coherent evidence, but because it does fit all the facts of taxonomy, of paleontology, and of geographical distribution, and because no alternative explanation is credible.”
It is true that Watson judged that there is strong scientific evidence for the theory of evolution: He didn’t just accept it because he found the alternative, namely creation by God, to be incredible. But his famous statement is extremely relevant.
The term special creation is generally used in a sense that excludes theistic evolution: it means that God brought the various kinds of creatures into existence directly. Had Watson intended his words in that sense he would not have been right in saying that special creation is the only alternative. Theistic evolution would be a further possibility. … Continue Reading

Medical-Ethics Director… Tells Catholic Physicians’ Gathering Of False And True Applications Of Conscience

November 21, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Medical-Ethics Director… Tells Catholic Physicians’ Gathering Of False And True Applications Of Conscience

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Although much is said today about following one’s conscience, the struggle between choosing right or wrong goes right back to Adam and Eve.
The Bible “has a lot of stories where people exercise their conscience,” starting with the Garden of Eden, a priest with a recently formed religious order told a gathering of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix.
If people didn’t have free will, they wouldn’t need a conscience to point them toward choosing correctly, said Fr. Ignatius Mazanowski, chaplain to the physicians’ group and director of medical ethics for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
His presentation on November 11 lasted nearly an hour and a half in a meeting room at diocesan headquarters. It was titled: “Conscience: Medical Moral Decision-Making.” It was preceded in the diocesan facility’s chapel by prayer and availability of Confession, as well as a Mass celebrated by Mazanowski, followed by lunch.
Mazanowski is one of seven members of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit (FHS) who previously belonged to the Third Order Regular Franciscans. In July 2016 the Phoenix diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Sun, reported the establishment of their … Continue Reading

How Gender Identity Is Hurt By Bathroom “Equality”

November 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on How Gender Identity Is Hurt By Bathroom “Equality”

By MIKE MANNO

The Obama administration on May 13, 2016 set off a time-bomb. The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice sent letters to school administrators across the country informing them that they might be in violation of the law, and thus put their federal funding in jeopardy, if they did not allow students to use the locker and restroom facilities consistent with their “gender identity.”
The letters, of course, contained the usual amount of liberal pabulum: Students need not supply any medical or psychological necessity to use the opposite-sex restroom — just tell the teacher — and needless to say, to respect the “privacy” of the student, parents need not (read that “could not”) be informed.
Title IX — the law referred to in the letter — prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of sex. The time-bomb exploded almost immediately. And so did the legal wrangling.
Did “sex” include gender transitioning or simple birth gender? How far could appointed bureaucrats go in stretching the definition of “sex”? And, but not least, did the letter amount to a legal regulation or just an advisory opinion? … Continue Reading

But Elite Foes Always Pick A Bone . . . Conservatives Have Reasons For Gratitude On Thanksgiving

November 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on But Elite Foes Always Pick A Bone . . . Conservatives Have Reasons For Gratitude On Thanksgiving

By DEXTER DUGGAN

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“The Republican Party is dying,” says the executive director of the Democratic National Committee. “The old theory that parties go up and down in cycles doesn’t apply now. The Republican Party can’t bounce back any more. It has the brain wave of a dead person.”
The executive director of the Republican National Committee replies that he can’t say the Democrat is wrong. The Republicans, he says, “were beaten, and beaten so badly. We actually lost seats, and none of us expected that. The thing is, we did the very best we could. By and large, we were so pleased with our candidates. We spent enough money.
“But we lost. We cannot survive another decade like this,” the Republican official continues. “Now we are faced with a terrible problem: redistricting after the . . . census. If we keep going the way we are now — and I see nothing changing — we will be destroyed as a national political party. . . .”
The reporter who quoted these political officials goes on himself to comment that no doubt “there is always talk about the death of one or the other of our great political parties after major defeat. . . . But until now the party pros never believed that kind of talk,” confident that there always would be “another election and another chance.” … Continue Reading

Thank You, David Boren

November 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Thank You, David Boren

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

“When you were accused, it was news but it wasn’t true. Now you’re cleared — that’s true, but it isn’t news” — previous Washington Post Ombudsman.

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In case you haven’t noticed, The Washington Post hates with a vengeance. “The story must be told,” brags its website, but truth might be another matter.
According to the Post, I should be getting out of jail about now.
Thirty-one years ago, when I was a staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee working for Chairman Jesse Helms, a Reagan State Department official accused me of treason.
Well, that’s what it amounted to. He told the Senate Intelligence Committee that I had leaked information with the highest secrecy classification. And that I had leaked it to the government of Augusto Pinochet, of Chile. Whereupon the two senior senators on that committee asked the FBI to investigate. … Continue Reading

Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia

November 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Reining In The Rogue Royal Of Arabia

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him.
Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours.
Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment. Among the 200 Saudis he just had arrested for criminal corruption are 11 princes, the head of the National Guard, the governor of Riyadh, and the famed investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
The Saudi tradition of consensus collective rule is being trashed.
MBS is said to be pushing for an abdication by his father and his early assumption of the throne. He has begun to exhibit the familiar traits of an ambitious 21st-century autocrat in the mold of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. … Continue Reading

Obstacles To Teaching Genesis 1-3

November 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Obstacles To Teaching Genesis 1-3

By ARTHUR HIPPLER

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.)

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I am saying nothing shocking or even surprising when I observe that most young Catholics believe the opening of Genesis to be legendary, even mythological. Informed by modern science and fearful of looking like ignorant fundamentalists, young Catholic have largely given up believing that the creation account, the description of man’s creation and fall, have any historical content.
These same students do not realize that essentials of the faith are lost if Genesis is the stuff of legend.
One way that well-intentioned religion teachers (both in the parish and the school) have enabled this confusion is by emphasizing that Genesis is “not literal” and “not a scientific account.” While these statements are both true, one must always remember the scholastic principle “that which is received is received in the mode of the receiver.” The teachers may intend one theological point, but the students receive quite another.
When students hear “Genesis is not to be read literally,” they are not so much thinking of the distinction between “literal” and “figurative” as they are between “real” and “fictional.” … Continue Reading

Where Have All The Fathers Gone?

November 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Where Have All The Fathers Gone?

By MIKE MANNO

Like most political bodies, our local school board gets its share of criticism. How are students doing? What percentages are functioning at grade-level? Are the graduation rates acceptable? What about minority students and those from low-income families? And the list goes on.
The response by school officials is usually to break down the statistics and present numerical evidence to show that the district is operating in an acceptable range. Thus we are treated to how many students read, do math, and science at grade-levels, and the number of dropouts each year, and how the district’s minority and low-income students are doing. They give you numbers, graphs, and pie charts to make their point.
But I have always noticed that the one statistic they never give to us is a breakdown of the success or lack thereof by students coming from single-parent families, especially those from fatherless homes. And the reason, I suspect, is not that school officials want to hide the numbers, but rather that the answer would not be deemed politically correct. … Continue Reading

Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

In a freewheeling new interview with author Keith Koffler, Steve Bannon recounted his upbringing in a “very observant Catholic family” in the 1950s and 1960s and how that molded who he is now. Koffler, author of Bannon: Always the Rebel, asked Mr. Bannon—Breitbart…Continue Reading

Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an address at Georgetown University, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego criticized both extremes in the fight over religious freedom and called for public consensus based on solidarity to heal our nation in this hyper-partisan age. McElroy…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

ROME, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One year to the day after the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke today is turning again to Pope Francis and to the whole Church in an urgent and final plea for clarity.…Continue Reading

Giving bishops final word on Mass translations would ‘destroy’ Church unity: Cardinal Muller

November 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The unity of the Church would be “destroyed” if bishops’ conferences, not the Vatican, had the final word over translations of liturgical texts, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller in a recent interview. The former prefect of…Continue Reading

Notre Dame reverses decision to end coverage of birth control in university insurance plans

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In a reversal of school policy, the University of Notre Dame announced this week that it would continue to cover contraceptives for its employees, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The news marked a departure from Notre Dame’s announcement…Continue Reading

House Tax Reform Bill “Unacceptable” As Written, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

WASHINGTON—In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio called for amendments to the current draft of the House…Continue Reading

Truck honoring Dubia Cardinal stopped by police while circling Vatican

ROME, November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Today in Rome, a publicity truck carrying billboard-size images of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the dubia Cardinal who passed away three months ago, and Pope John Paul II made its way through the streets of…Continue Reading

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to ‘discipline’ lawyers for rushing teen’s abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to punish the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for lying to the government about the timeline of an underage illegal immigrant’s abortion.…Continue Reading

Christian nurse sues hospital for requiring her to assist abortions

DURHAM, North Carolina, November 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic nurse is suing Duke University Hospital, claiming that the university discriminated against her religious and pro-life beliefs by requiring her to assist in abortions. Sara T. Pedro was told during her employee…Continue Reading

It’s ‘impossible’ to change Catholic teaching against contraception: Cardinal

ROME, October 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Church’s teaching against contraception as expressed in Humanae Vitae is an “extraordinary example” of how the “truth of faith” deepens and develops while “continuing to be identical to itself,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller stated at a…Continue Reading

Thousands sign online petition to remove Madison’s bishop

MADISON (WKOW) — There’s an online petition being circulated to remove the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison. Bishop Robert Morlino is being criticized for his attitude about the LGTBQ community.  Earlier this week, an email was sent to priests in the…Continue Reading

Pontifical Academy of Sciences welcomes leftist California Governor Jerry Brown to keynote

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is again throwing open its doors to abortion and population control activists. From November 2–4, the Vatican’s scientific academy will host a conference on the environment that will feature, among others, far-left…Continue Reading

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

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

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

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

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U.S. bishop defends pro-LGBT priest speaking at Catholic college as thousands protest

DALLAS, Pennsylvania, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. bishop is defending a local Catholic university’s invitation to a pro-homosexual priest to have him speak at its winter commencement in the face of almost 20,000 Catholics having signed a petition asking that the invitation be cancelled. Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning…Continue Reading

Progressives hate everything old, including the elderly

November 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Earlier this year, Maclean’s Magazinepublished an article asking a question that seemed to capture the prevailing mood on the Left: “Should older people lose the right to vote?” Because old people are practically dead, the author explained, there are some today who feel that they vote with only a short-term vision in mind, and thus should be barred from interfering with the Progress that would be brought about should young people be allowed…Continue Reading

Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for sainthood. The life of Venerable Solanus Casey is the story of his “humility, his simplicity, as well as his acceptance of whatever life gave him,” Franciscan-Capuchin Fr. Carlo Calloni told CNA Nov. 15. Fr. Solanus Casey is an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957.…Continue Reading

Swiss Planned Parenthood president invited to speak at Vatican

November 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Church’s teachings on the right to life, including the president the board of Switzerland’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the “WMA Europ

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Citizen Of The Year?

By DONALD DeMARCO The story surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the National Football League quarterback who defied tradition by refusing to stand during the national anthem, will not go away. In fact, it seems to be gaining steam. The controversial former Forty-Niner QB now graces the December cover of GQ magazine as the “Citizen of the Year.”…Continue Reading

An Underground Priest In China Tells His Story

MADRID (CNA) — Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in China. Those who adhere to Rome are persecuted by the Chinese government, which only grants freedom of worship to those belonging to the state-controlled Patriotic Church. Fr. Joseph recently shared his story…Continue Reading

SCOTUS Will Hear California Forced Abortion Speech Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on November 13 agreed to review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices regarding the availability of free and low-cost abortions in their physical clinics, printed material and online. The court agreed to hear National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Sacred Heart Vs. Secularism

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed, by Roger Buck (Angelico Press, 2016, 482 pages; $21.95 paperback, $10.12 Kindle). The Cor Jesu Sacratissimum of the title is the Latin for “Sacred Heart of Jesus,” and the premise of Roger Buck’s sizable volume is that the Sacred…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Questions In The Aftermath Of The Las Vegas Tragedy

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

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Q. I have two questions: 1) The Jewish Talmud depicts Christ as the bastard offspring of Mary and a Roman soldier. Is there any truth to this? 2) Pope Francis has called upon the nations of the world to open their borders without reservation to refugees fleeing their own lands. Since the Vatican is a sovereign state, shouldn’t the Pope,…Continue Reading

Advent And The Time Of Testing

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7 1 Cor. 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 As we begin a new Church year, we kick off with a question that burns in the hearts of many people: You are our Father, our Redeemer; why do you let us wander from your ways and harden our hearts…Continue Reading

Fr. Brian Harrison Says… It’s Not “Dissent” To Criticize “Confusing Cascade Of Papal Novelties”

By DIANE MONTAGNA ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Earlier this year, a group of over 60 scholars issued an almost unprecedented “filial correction” to Pope Francis, charging him with permitting the spread of seven heresies. This measure, unseen since the fourteenth century, has generated controversy around the world, while the number of signatories has risen to 250 professors and priests since it…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Kingmakers Reject A Papal Favorite

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The approval of one’s peers is a highly prized trophy in the complicated world of adult professional relationships. Many work for years in obscurity with little acknowledgment. The opportunity to be championed and appreciated is a blessing not to be taken askance when other forms of promotion are no longer possible for those already at…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Cisterns Of Grace

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the last article, I finished the text with a prayer for the bishops of Malta, who now allow people living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. May our Lady guide them to repentance, and to correct their wrong teaching, lest they answer before God our Lord for leading people into committing a…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Vicente Liem De La Paz

By CAROLE BRESLIN Vietnam received its first missionaries of the Catholic Church in the 1500s. These missionaries were predominantly Portuguese in the 16th century, with French Jesuits and the Dominicans coming in the 17th century. Throughout the following centuries the priests and missionaries suffered excruciating tortures and martyrdom. When the Communists captured northern Vietnam, Catholics fled to the south and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Scotland

By CAROLE BRESLIN Quite frequently saints have left their home country and died in another country, but most of them died in a foreign land because they left to serve as missionaries to Asia, Africa, or America. The land of Hungary, however, has seen a few saints depart because they were of royal families, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who…Continue Reading