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Donald Trump And Celebrity Populism

May 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It is among the most quoted biblical passages, a favorite of Christians and non-Christians alike: “How is it that thou canst see the speck of dust which is in thy brother’s eye, and are not aware of the beam which is in thy own?”
Jesus’ words hit all the right notes. The Lord warns of ignoring your own faults while you defame others, of hypocrisy, of what the old Baltimore Catechism used to call the sins of calumny and detraction. The passage came to mind when I read E.J. Dionne’s attack on Donald Trump and his supporters.
There are reasons to be unhappy with Trump’s candidacy, but no one deserves a cheap shot. That is what Dionne hit him with in the May 20 issue of Commonweal. (Dionne’s columns are syndicated by The Washington Post.) He attacked Trump for things he has overlooked for years now in his favorite liberal Democratic politicians. Trump is the speck, Barack Obama and the Clintons are the beam. William F. Buckley was fond of using the term “selective indignation” when describing liberals. It fits Dionne.
The headline for Dionne’s column is “The Irony of Celebrity Populism: How Trump Exposes the Weaknesses of Our Political Culture.” He accuses Trump of bringing about “the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement,” of “converting fame directly into electoral currency, moving from celebrity to front-runner status without going through the messy time-consuming work” of holding political office. … Continue Reading

Catholic Convert And Writer Walker Percy Turns 100

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By RAY CAVANAUGH

Along with Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy’s name is about the first to surface when it comes to Southern Catholic writers. Yet he was neither born nor raised Catholic. He also had a somewhat unusual literary career — not publishing his first book until he was well into his forties, and yet he became a major Southern voice when that first book appeared.
Though Walker Percy wrote his novels in Covington, La., he was born in Birmingham, Ala., exactly 100 years ago this May 28. He was the eldest of three boys in an aristocratic Southern family that had problems with depression and suicide.
Not long after Percy was born, his grandfather killed himself. Then when he was age 13, his father committed suicide. The Percys moved to the mother’s family in Athens, Ga. Soon after relocating, his mother died when her car veered off a bridge.
The incident went into the books as an accident, but Percy regarded it as a suicide — a view he kept secret “even from members of his family and his closest friends,” according to Walker Percy: A Life, written by the Jesuit scholar Patrick Samway.
Following the mother’s death, Percy and his brothers moved to Greenville, Miss., to live with their second cousin, known as “Uncle Will,” a lawyer and a writer who fostered the boy’s love for literature.
While in Greenville, Percy met a boy his age, Shelby Foote, who would also become a prominent writer. The two would maintain a lifelong friendship and correspondence. … Continue Reading

Obama’s Transgender Transformation Of America

May 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

Please forgive me for covering this disturbing topic again. I really wish that I did not have to write about subjects like these, but as a writer I am simply documenting the sick state of our current human condition.
There are ugly things happening in our times, things that should have been kept in the dark depths of a seedy New York City nightclub. But here we are in the middle of America and coast to coast, facing the biggest attack on decency and morality in our lifetimes.
It is no surprise that President Barack Obama has named a transgender individual to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Now whatever this word “transgender” means, I’m not sure, but the powers-that-be will ensure that it’s here to stay.
A “transgender” individual for all intents and purposes is someone whose circuit board has gone haywire. A transgendered person believes that he or she is the opposite gender of their God-given biological gender.
Some attempt to surgically transform themselves into the opposite sex.
A Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, has studied transgendered people for 40 years, and has stated that it is a scientific fact that “transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men.”
What is it about this unsettling transgender obsession President Obama and his administration have? If they aren’t threatening to cut federal funding from any school that does not adopt the “anything goes” bathroom rules, Obama is naming men in dresses to advise him on faith-based issues and concerns. … Continue Reading

Baby’s Struggling Survival… Leaves Abortuary Struggling For Words

May 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Along city streets you see fast-food outlets, grocery stores, day-care drop-offs, restaurants, office-supply stores, home-improvement big boxes, apparel shops, florists, a regional bus line’s terminal, and pizza, pizza, pizza.
It’s the panoply of modern commerce just around the corner from your home, competing for attention with big windows and bright lighting, boasting of their excellence to lure you into opening your wallet.
Businesses vying for notice are today’s equivalent of the three-ring circus under the big tent. How lucky if a television reporter happens to stop by, looking for some feature-story material.
What if the worker behind the counter were to say about the food or the flowers, “I’d prefer not to talk about it”? “I really can’t go over what we do here”? “This is sort of touchy to get into”? “I’m not comfortable discussing this”?
That’d be even stranger if this reluctant business had been lauded as a provider of basic constitutional rights by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court.
But that’s the paradox of the 21st century abortion clinic that slinked in to the strip mall, trying to normalize the abnormal by blending into the everyday.
The enterprise may be right across the neighborhood street from a toddlers’ nursery or pet store, but at some level it realizes its shame. Including when it fails to deliver the goods by accidentally delivering a live baby. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . . Says Pope’s Exhortation Must Be Read “Critically”

May 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JEANNE SMITS

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(Editor’s Note: Below is part 2 of an interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke by Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent for LifeSiteNews, dated May 18. Part 1 was published in last week’s issue.
(LifeSiteNews graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer for this exclusive interview. All rights reserved.)

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Q. Many Catholics are troubled by the text but are reluctant about expressing their doubts and even misgivings because its author is the Pope. What would you advise them to do?
A. My own thought is that we haven’t been accustomed to this kind of writing on the part of the Holy Father. In the past the Holy Father spoke very seldom, or wrote very seldom, and it was always with a great attention to the fact that he is the Vicar of Christ on Earth and therefore, that every expression of the Faith had to be faithful to the truth of her Magisterium.
I was recently talking with a cardinal who worked very intimately with Blessed Pope Paul VI, and he told me how even in his homilies, he would go over them and over them before their publication because, as he openly acknowledged, his responsibility was very grave.
Pope Francis has chosen to write and speak in a way in which there is a kind of mixture between presenting the Church’s teaching and also giving his own thoughts, and many times in a very colloquial language, where it isn’t so easy at times even to know exactly what it means.
And so I think that we have to realize that we have a different kind of papal writing here, and we have all the tools in our faith to understand correctly this kind of writing, but it is not familiar to us. But to take the position, for instance, that this document which is not written in the same way as documents like the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, or Familiaris Consortio which was also a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, is part of the Magisterium in the same way as they were is simply not true. It is written in a very different way. … Continue Reading

Catholic College Leaders . . . Give Excuses For Honoring Pro-Aborts

May 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By ADAM CASSANDRA (Editor’s Note: Adam Cassandra is the news editor at The Cardinal Newman Society [www.cardinalnewmansociety.org], which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education. Follow him on Twitter: @adamcassandra.) + + + If you’ve ever wondered why so many Catholic colleges think it’s okay to honor abortion advocates at their commencement ceremonies, a former Jesuit university president recently helped shed some light on the issue. The Jesuit publication America magazine posted a three-part series on its website this month about scandalous commencement honors at Catholic colleges. In parts one and two of the series, Fr. Jim McDermott, SJ, of America spoke with me about concerns raised by The Cardinal Newman Society regarding former President Bill Clinton being chosen to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles. The interviews also touch on the broader issue of the damage done to a college’s Catholic identity — and the potential spiritual harm done to students — when Catholic colleges choose to hold up individuals as worthy of praise and emulation who publicly advocate for the murder of unborn children. But it is in the third article, an interview with Fr. Stephen Privett, SJ, former president of the University of San Francisco (USF), that we get to see a glimpse of the muddled excuses that college leaders use to explain their decisions. At the beginning of the interview, Fr. Privett mentions USF’s 2012 commencement honor of Bill Cosby that was rescinded last September after Cosby admitted to affairs with several women, and was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting some. In the case of Cosby, USF took a principled stand, and the example speaks volumes about the moral factor in commencement honors. … Continue Reading

From Boating To Battlefield . . . Federalism A Forgotten Solution For Happier U.S.

May 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Maybe you can find a museum exhibit explaining the slightly remembered concept of federalism, unless it’s concealed like pornography under the counter, to avoid giving people bad ideas.
Federalism was the founding philosophy that the individual states of the United States were free to go their own ways, discrete experiments in self-rule, subject to the limited demands of unity in one great, big country.
That’s why, as one explanation of federalism says, each state has its own constitution.
Poor federalism is dead, killed at the hands of centralizers, political power-grabbers, judicial over-steppers, and know-it-alls who define liberalism as the power to run everything for their own actual benefit and everyone else’s theoretical, but not actual, betterment.
In some ways, 21st century technology might mean this modern U.S. of more than 320 million people should work more smoothly than the original 13 states along the stagecoach-connected 18th century Eastern coast.
However, anyone staggering through TSA airport screening lines in mid-May before eventually being strapped in to skim through the upper atmosphere in a jet-powered big cylinder knows the limits to ambition and control. … Continue Reading

Big Brother Facebook?

May 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By REY FLORES

Facebook has become a very important part of our lives for a few reasons, the first being that it is a great way to communicate with like-minded people across the entire world.
For example, the pro-life movement has utilized social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter in effective ways to expose the Kermit Gosnell abortion horror case, which had been ignored by the liberal mainstream news media.
Another terrific way pro-life warriors have capitalized on Facebook was when David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released their undercover Planned Parenthood videos last year. If it hadn’t been for Facebook and YouTube, what are the chances that those videos would have so widely exposed the horrendous Planned Parenthood “baby parts for sale” scandal?
Now some former staffers who had worked at Facebook have charged that the company often put the kibosh on trending stories that were gaining traction, simply because it contradicted the slanted liberal narrative of the Internet giant’s political views.
While Facebook’s anti-conservative bias shouldn’t really surprise anyone, it simply goes to show how powerful the “culture of death” power brokers truly can be in disseminating propaganda disguised as “news.” … Continue Reading

Bathroom Edicts And The Depth Of Obama’s Disorder

May 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Barack Obama is even more determined than former President George W. Bush to get his goals with aggressive invasions.
Bush mistakenly believed that overthrowing some foreign dictators would lead to a blooming of democracy in countries that he apparently regarded as not much different culturally than Iowa or Kansas, who just needed a better mayor in town.
Despite his aversion to Bush’s example, Obama’s foreign policy kept the Mideast aflame as dictators toppled and wide instability followed.
Reuters news service reported that Pope Francis referred to the phenomenon in his May 16 interview with the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. “As a Libyan said recently, ‘We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have 50,’ Francis said in reference to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was deposed and killed in 2011.”
That was during Obama’s meddling, not Bush’s.
However, Obama’s most notable aggressions are against the integrity of the people of the United States. The U.S. already has a working democracy, although he’s doing his utmost to shatter this political system with his lawless edicts, mandates, and directives out of the blue.
Leading up to mid-May, the invasion force of Obama’s fierce culture warriors was targeting, of all things, U.S. restrooms.
National conservative radio talk host Mark Levin told his listeners on May 12 that he liked the “two-state solution.” But, Levin explained, he wasn’t mentioning that phrase as commonly used for peace attempts between Palestinians and Israelis. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . . Says Pope’s Exhortation Must Be Read “Critically”

May 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JEANNE SMITS

Part 1

(Editor’s Note: Below is an interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke by Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent for LifeSiteNews, dated May 18.
(Because of the length of the interview, we will publish it in two parts, with the second part appearing in next week’s issue.
(LifeSiteNews graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer for this exclusive interview. All rights reserved.)

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ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Two days after the Rome Life Forum in which he called faithful Catholics to be prepared to endure the “Martyrdom of Witness” for the sake of “the defense of human life and its cradle in the conjugal union of husband and wife,” I was privileged to obtain a personal interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke for LifeSiteNews in which he made clear that in his view, Amoris Laetitia can be read “critically.”
He spoke gravely, even sadly, deploring the fact that many Catholics today are “ignorant of their Catholic faith,” underscoring also that “the part played by artificial contraception is fundamental and lethal” to many marriages that fail, “because what it does is diminish the love between the husband and wife.”
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation has been widely criticized by many lay Catholics on several points, including its almost complete lack of condemnation of contraception. At the Rome Life Forum, having called attention to several of Amoris Laetitia’s marked failings to uphold the Church’s traditional teaching, a very large majority of participants vocally approved an appeal to withdraw the text.
In his interview, Cardinal Burke recalled that “we have all the tools in our faith to understand correctly this kind of writing,” parts of which, being “personal thoughts” of Pope Francis, are not “part of the Magisterium.” … Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia is ‘objectively unclear’ since even bishops have conflicting interpretations: Cardinal Caffarra

ROME, May 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The cardinal tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II 36 years ago with founding an institute to study marriage and the family has criticized Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation on the family for lacking…Continue Reading

34% of “Pro-Choice” Women Who See This Viral Video Turn Against Abortion

A new four-minute viral video is causing over a third — 34 percent — of “pro-choice” women surveyed to view abortion “less favorably.” And 28 percent of pro-choice women who watched the video stated there should be more restrictions on…Continue Reading

‘Biblically wrong’: Oklahoma lawmakers urge Obama’s impeachment over transgender bathrooms

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have introduced legislation calling for President Barack Obama to be impeached because of his administration’s support for transgender bathrooms. Another bill calls for a declaration of emergency in the state. In a measure called Senate Concurrent Resolution…Continue Reading

Oklahoma legislature passes bill making it a felony to perform abortions

Lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill Thursday that would make performing abortions a felony and revoke the medical licenses of most physicians who assist in such procedures. This sweeping measure, which opponents described as unconstitutional and unprecedented, now heads to…Continue Reading

Unanimous Win for Little Sisters of the Poor at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine the Little Sisters of the Poor.  The Supreme Court vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the government’s admission that it could meet…Continue Reading

Conservatives outraged over Obama transgender directive to public schools

The Obama administration’s directive Friday that every public school provide transgender access — or face the loss of federal funds — drew swift and strong condemnation from conservatives, with one public official blasting it as presidential “blackmail.” The administration’s directive…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Leaders Decry Scandals, Urge Catholic Colleges to Reject Culture of Death

Concerned by recent high-profile events at Catholic colleges featuring pro-abortion leaders — including Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, Bill Clinton, Wendy Davis and Vice President Joe Biden — 31 Catholic and pro-life leaders joined a statement urging Catholic colleges to “stand firm…Continue Reading

ACLU launches campaign to strip Catholic hospitals of federal funds

NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic hospitals across the U.S. are “withholding emergency care” and denying “essential health services,” the ACLU is alleging in a new campaign. They also inflict harm on “transgender and gender-non-conforming patients” “when seeking…Continue Reading

Harvard Law Professor Says Pro-Life Christians Should be Treated Like Nazis

Every day, it seems, the United States is becoming a more hostile environment for people with pro-life and conservative positions. Abortion activists constantly challenge pro-life laws, stall abortion industry investigations, force religious objectors to pay for abortions and attack life-affirming…Continue Reading

Obama plans new push for transgender rights in schools

The divisive and politically combustible issue of bathroom access for transgender individuals is about to become further inflamed, as the Obama administration is expected in coming weeks to aggressively reinforce its position that transgender student rights are fully protected under…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Notre Dame is Wrong

Notre Dame’s Great Scandal: Honoring Vice President Biden By Thomas McKenna, President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family: The University of Notre Dame has announced that they intend to confer the Laetare Medal, an honor given to Catholics “in…Continue Reading

DoJ to North Carolina: You Have Until Monday to Reverse Bathroom Bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory received a letter from the Department of Justice that gives him until Monday to reverse his state’s controversial bathroom bill, reports The Hill. The DoJ said the law is in violation of the federal Civil…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis at Santa Marta: memory, prophecy, hope

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father focused on the threefold theme of the dynamic unity in Christian life, the signs of which are living memory, the prophetic spirit, and the sure horizon of hope. The Pope took as the central focus of his reflection the Gospel passage of the day…Continue Reading

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Planned Parenthood sponsors bill to make it illegal to record and post undercover footage

A bill making its way through the California State Assembly, sponsored by Planned Parenthood, seeks to make it a crime to publish conversations with certain health care providers, notably those associated with abortion facilities. California has already squashed the rights of pro-life pregnancy centers, demanding they offer abortion as an option to their clients, despite their pro-life mission. Now, Planned Parenthood and CA Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez think it’s a fine idea to prosecute someone from posting a “photo…Continue Reading

South Carolina governor signs ban on abortion for babies who feel pain

CHARLESTON, May 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – South Carolina has joined 13 other states that forbid abortions to be performed on unborn children capable of feeling pain. As expected, Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Wednesday. The law restricts abortion to the first 19 weeks of pregnancy. “South Carolina took a courageous stand to protect women’s health and safety in limiting abortion at a point at which the risks…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Perseverance in prayer needed, but not “magic wand”

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday said “prayer is not a magic wand.” He was speaking during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope was discussing the Parable of the Unjust Judge – also known as the Parable of the Persistent Widow – from the Gospel of Luke. In the parable, the persistence of a widow forces the unjust judge to grant her request for justice, “so that she will not eventually…Continue Reading

Luther 1517-2017… Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

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By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 (Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment in a series by Wanderer contributor Raymond de Souza on Henry VIII’s book defending the seven sacraments against Martin Luther. De Souza edited this updated version of Henry’s work, which is presented to readers in this series. (This series will appear…Continue Reading

Excluded From Arizona House . . . Racial Healing Meet Has To Find Another Location, Loses Audience

By DEXTER DUGGAN MESA, Ariz. — The chairman of an Arizona Tea Party group introduced a representative of Black Lives Matter Arizona at a racial-healing conference here, saying, “Black lives matter, and of course we agree that all lives matter,” but blacks are unique in U.S. history as “a people who have endured chattel slavery.”…Continue Reading

Havana: The Potemkin Village Of The 21st Century

By ALBERTO MARTINEZ PIEDRA According to the media, it is often heard that many Americans are interested in traveling to Cuba because, as relations between the jewel of the Caribbean and the United States warm, they “want to see the island before it changes.” And they make this statement with a certain degree of optimism.…Continue Reading

Rocky Homilies

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., serves at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, N.C.) + + + The Holy Father’s admonition in Amoris Laetitia that priests must understand that the moral law should not be thrown at people as if it were so many stones (n.…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Procession To The Ends Of The Earth

By JAMES MONTI Several weeks ago, after attending the Easter Vigil at a nearby seminary, and the emptied chapel had fallen silent, I began to hear the sound of the sacring bell being rung in the sacristy. Puzzled by this, I wondered whether the seminarians were perhaps trying to repair the bell. But then from…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World… Look To Our Father In Heaven

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Everyone has made a wrong decision at some point in his or her life, and everyone can speak about the suffering or pain caused by bad decisions. What, on the other hand, about the suffering or pain that is caused by doing the right thing? How often can we say that we suffered personally and…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church Miracles And The Saints

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’.” “Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse the lepers, cast out demons” (Matt. 10:7-8). It is evident that our Lord Jesus Christ gave to His disciples the power to perform miracles, and many of them did just that. Not…Continue Reading

The Church’s Liturgy — Who Celebrates?

By DON FIER There is an ancient Latin saying in the Church that eloquently expresses what her members believe of the efficacy of the sacraments and their relationship to faith: lex orandi, lex credendi (“the law of prayer is the law of faith”). Each of the seven sacraments, as we saw last week, can be classified in various categories. Yet…Continue Reading

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Q. My husband and I are wondering when to say the “Amen” after the Lord’s prayer is prayed during Mass. I believe “Amen” should be said after we say “deliver us from evil.” — J.W., Georgia. A. Although it is correct to say “Amen” at the end of the Our Father while saying it outside of Mass, for example, while…Continue Reading

God’s Prophet

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Tenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Kings 17:17-24 Gal. 1:11-14a, 15a, c, 16a, 17, 19 Luke 7:11-17 In the first reading today we hear about the death of the son of a widow with whom the Prophet Elijah stayed when he was passing through that region. The woman had been very good to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Kevin Of Glendalough

By CAROLE BRESLIN Dublin, the largest city in Ireland, lies on the east coast of Ireland, just across the Irish Sea from Liverpool, England. It is the heart of Irish commerce and the gateway for travelers who wish to enter into the heart and soul of the ancient Irish culture of the Emerald Isle. Traveling south past the Wicklow mountains,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Augustine Of Canterbury

By CAROLE BRESLIN A Celtic cross erected in 1884 marks the spot in Ebbsfleet, Thanet, East Kent, where St. Augustine of Canterbury is said to have landed in 597. While some form of Christianity in England may be traced back to the times of the Roman occupation, it did not become a strong presence until the arrival of St. Augustine,…Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading