Tuesday 4th August 2015

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From Lee To Landrieu . . . The Changing Face Of The South

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(Editor’s Note: Peter Maurice has written for Gilbert magazine.)

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“No one should ever drive by the statehouse and feel pain.” Given the reaction to Gov. Nikki Haley’s remark, it may appear in a future edition of Bartlett’s. Her lament and the consequent removal of the Confederate flag have garnered praise from quarters high and low. Bloggers and twitterers have lauded Haley for purging the Palmetto State of “the American swastika.”
Nia-Malika Henderson of CNN Politics calls the governor “the face of the new South,” the face that “stared down hate and history.” Packer Gage, Romney’s former deputy campaign manager, espies in the rising star “a strong vice-presidential candidate…maybe she should run for president.”
Most of the Republican contenders, still jostling for elbow room at the first debate, did not go that far; they were, however, quick to lisp her praise. Following this shower of accolades, other statespersons, predictably, have found their voices: not only the detested flag, but all mementos of the Confederacy — street names, squares, monuments, and statuary, even works of art — must go.
By now voices sufficient to perform a Handel oratorio have joined the condemnation chorus. But I’ll limit my attention to that of Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans — for two reasons. First, His Honor presides over the city where I grew up, and I am therefore alert to whatever threatens its destruction, be it a hurricane, an oil spill, or the verbal crude exuded by the political class. Second, the mayor’s remarks, in a very competitive field, stand out for their pandering and vacuity. … Continue Reading

Pro-Life GOP Governors . . . Act After Planned Parenthood Horrors Exposed

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PHOENIX — After revelations of two national Planned Parenthood executives casually chatting about altering abortion procedures so as to preserve unborn babies’ organs for a mutually negotiated dollar amount paid by buyers, nine states’ officials began investigating Planned Parenthood’s tactics.
Abortion providers clearly looking to secure a better price and sell organs would break the law, as they also would if changing the abortion tactics to improve organ recovery. Nevertheless, some state officials were accused by critics only of pandering to conservatives by starting investigations.
The PP executives’ conversations were in the first of two sting videos released in July by the California-based, pro-life Center for Medical Progress, with even more damaging videos on the way, including the third one which was released July 28 (centerformedicalprogress.org).
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, in the first video, ate salad and drank wine in a restaurant while she casually talked about ways to “crush” babies in a way to preserve their organs.
In the second video, Dr. Mary Gatter, also in a restaurant, talked about negotiating prices and said she’d check with an abortionist about using a “less crunchy” method so the executed babies’ desired organs would be in better condition. … Continue Reading

Why Does Cecil Beat Cecile In Headlines?

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(Editor’s Note: As The Wanderer went to press this week, news about the release of a fourth video from CMP was breaking. We will continue to keep our readers updated about developments.)

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Last week, as the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released its third undercover video, social media websites like Twitter and Facebook were being lit up with pro-lifers sharing the video and many, many comments and memes (memes are clever images with an accompanying message) that slammed Planned Parenthood, and deservedly so.
Meanwhile, back in mainstream news media land, Cecil the lion was being mourned by allegedly the entire planet. Never mind that poor little human baby in the Planned Parenthood video, cut up into several tiny pieces in what looked like a pie dish.
No, according to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the sycophants in Obama’s Ministry of Propaganda, the world was paralyzed in mass grief over a lion who had been murdered, assassinated, and annihilated by an evil Minnesota dentist.
This is the world we live in now — or at least the world we are supposed to believe we are living in today — where the loss of a lion’s life is that much more tragic and newsworthy than the murder of millions … Continue Reading

Is It Time To Take “The Donald” Seriously?

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Back in 2011, the last time Donald Trump was talking about himself as a candidate for the presidency, I took the position in this space in The Wanderer that we “should not fall” for his sales pitch. I argued that Trump was all bluster and slogans, with no serious, thought-out policy recommendations; that he never moved beyond self-congratulatory rhetoric about how “smart, really smart” and “tough” he is.
Things have not changed since 2011. Trump is still all sizzle and no steak, with a campaign filled with promises to not let our enemies “walk all over us” and to “make America great again,” with no specifics about how he will do these things. Does that mean I still recommend that people not pay attention to Trump? No. Something has changed.
Such as? Look: Trump is not going to win the Republican nomination. By the time you read these words, his habit of putting his foot in his mouth may have effectively removed him from the race. He looks less presidential every day. But what we have ask ourselves is not whether Trump can become president, but why so many people are backing him, including many, I suspect, who agree with what he has to say but tell the pollsters that they would not vote for him.
Trump’s moment at center stage — however brief it turns out to be — is creating the pressure needed to move the eventual Republican nominee to run a campaign that addresses the issues that catapulted Trump to the top of the polls in mid-July. It would be a good thing to keep Trump on the stage for a while. Maybe for quite a while. … Continue Reading

Crunchy PP Creates Its Own 9-11… Newest Video Shows So Much Horror As Morality Is Crushed

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You want vivid? Covering the continuing revelations in the Center for Medical Progress’s videos stripping the skin off Planned Parenthood’s corpse is like trying to have followed the tragedies of the thousands of victimized people in New York’s Twin Towers back on 9-11.
There’s just so much horror. Something will be overlooked, some detail could be lost. But there still is so much that rivets the mind, that commands clarity like a laser.
Since the first video was released in mid-July, Planned Parenthood’s defenders have grasped at whatever excuse slithers into their hands. Of course, bloody surgery may seem offensive, they say, but that’s just the routine reality medical professionals are used to, even with abortions.
However, as someone whose job routinely is collecting blood, phlebotomist Holly O’Donnell wasn’t a bit prepared for blood-soaked little aborted babies’ torn bodies. She fainted and was given smelling salts. O’Donnell said another worker told her, “Don’t worry. It still happens to a bunch of us. Some of us don’t ever get over it.”
When she had picked up a tiny severed leg, O’Donnell said, “I could feel death and pain shoot up my body,” according to text at the Federalist website.
In the Center for Medical Progress’ third video, released on July 28, O’Donnell in an interview says she was on a new job assignment one day, thinking she just was to be drawing blood, “not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses.”
However, “They were just looking for someone who could get as much money, as many samples” as they could, she said. “They wanted someone who could get the numbers up.” … Continue Reading

“A New Dark Age”

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“If God does not exist, then everything is permissible.”
Ivan Karamazov’s insight came to mind while watching the video of Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood describe, as she sipped wine and tasted a salad, how she harvests the organs of aborted babies for sale to select customers.
“Yesterday was the first time . . . people wanted lungs,” said Nucatola, “Some people want lower extremities, too, which, that’s simple. . . .
“I’d say a lot of people want liver. . . . We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
Nucatola is describing how an unborn baby should be killed and cut up to preserve its most valuable organs for sale by its butchers.
Welcome to God’s Country, 2015.
Planned Parenthood’s image — a progressive organization that provides free birth control to women who seek to space pregnancies as they plan their families — will not easily survive these tapes.
For Nucatola sounds as though she were reading from a film script about a 1940s clinic in Nazi Germany devoted to the disposal of “useless eaters” in the Third Reich.
Watching these tapes, one name comes to mind: Mengele. … Continue Reading

800 Plus Pro-lifers Attend Local “Women Betrayed” Rally . . . St. Paul, MN

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Over 800 pro-lifers rallied in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, where over 49 percent of all abortions in Minnesota were carried out in 2014.  The rally was in reaction to the videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby parts. The St. Paul rally was one of over 60 held across the United States on Tuesday, July 28.
Sponsors of the rally were Pro-Life Action Ministries, Students for Life of America, and the Minnesota Family Council.
As seen in many of the signs at the rally, Students for Life of America’s theme was “Women Betrayed” and Pro-Life Action Ministries’ theme was “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.”
Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, told The Wanderer that the main point of the rally was “the fact that Planned Parenthood is all about abortion, increasing their number of abortions” and that because of the videos, people are realizing that “there are bodies — there are bodies left over” following an abortion

Another Video Released . . .Third Planned Parenthood Video Exposes Carnage And Cold Souls

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Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Planned Parenthood medical director for the Pacific Southwest, is our newest macabre celebrity doctor to star in the ongoing expose of Planned Parenthood videos from the Center for Medical Progress.
This latest video can be viewed on the Internet under this title: Human Capital — Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts.
In one clip of this latest video, Dr. Sheehan gushes, “Oh, you’re warm, I want to hang on to you,” as she shakes one of the undercover investigator’s hands. It is so telling that Dr. Sheehan rejoices in a tiny moment of human contact with a warm, breathing, living human being, perhaps because she is so used to dealing with cold dead ones so much.
I still have a hard time referring to these women as doctors. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath? Aren’t doctors supposed to heal and save lives?
Two weeks ago we met Dr. Deborah Nucatola, last week we met Dr. Mary Gatter, and this week it is Sheehan, and for a brief moment, another doctor. Four women who a month ago were going about business as usual, dealing in the profitable
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Tribute To A Prophetess

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The name Clare Boothe Luce is one that should not remain absent from the minds of contemporary Catholics. She may not have been a saint, but was vitally concerned about how much a saint can do to restore a backward culture. She understood only too well that in times of crisis we need saints. In 1952 she edited a classic entitled, Saints for Now. It was a compilation of 20 essays written by 20 distinguished authors (mostly Catholic) about their favorite saints and how much these servants of God meant to the times in which they lived.
In her introduction, Mrs. Luce made the following comment:
“We live in an intellectual climate of ambiguity, of multiple and conflicting ‘truths,’ of exclusive and warring ‘freedoms.’ In a world where truth is relative, where one man’s ‘truth’ is another man’s ‘lie,’ and his definition of ‘freedom’ is his neighbor’s definition of ‘slavery,’ plainly the burden of carrying the argument…must fall on an appeal not to the mind, but to the emotions. Advertising, propaganda — the sophisticated tools of irrationalism — supersede fact, persuasion, and logic, the tools of reason.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Phyllis McGinley reiterated the point in Saint-Watching when she stated: … Continue Reading

Honest And Open Debate On Laudato Si

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In his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis, after pointing to a “very solid scientific consensus” indicating that “we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” added that there are “certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus” and that the “Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. I want to encourage an honest and open debate, so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.”
It would be out of line for me to raise suspicions about the sincerity of the Pope’s recommendation for an honest debate on this matter. I can’t read his mind. My problem is that Laudato Si reads as if it is in agreement with Al Gore’s contention that global warming is “settled science” — and therefore not a proper topic for the “honest and open debate” that the Pope is calling for.
Is it unfair of me to say that? Consider the reaction to the encyclical from two of its most ardent supporters, Commonweal and the Jesuits’ America. These publications praise Laudato Si precisely because they are convinced it did not shrink from making the case that man-made climate change is settled science requiring a national and international political call to action. … Continue Reading

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Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Archdiocese responds to petition signed by 20,000 in support of fired gay teacher

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – The Philadelphia Archdiocese received a petition Monday signed by more than 20,000 people in support of a fired catholic school teacher. Margie Winters lost her job at Waldron Mercy Academy because of her same-sex marriage. Today’s petition…Continue Reading

Democrats Defeat Senate Effort to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Babies

Senate Democrats today defeated an effort to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by filibustering the bill and preventing a vote on it. Republicans were unable to secure the 60 voted needed to invoke cloture and stop…Continue Reading

With Apologies to Donald Trump for the Crazy ‘Nativist’ Rant of Cardinal Dolan

This week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan took to the New York Daily News to write an incoherent and defamatory political hit piece against Donald Trump. As a Catholic priest, I can only say it is embarrassing to have a Cardinal so blatantly and unfairly trying…Continue Reading

Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families. “An economy thrives only when it is centered on the…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Must Regain the Art of Temperate Drinking, Says Author

July 30, 2015, at 2:40 PM  |  By Justin Petrisek  | Catholic colleges need to be mindful of the moral and spiritual state of their students, said Dr. Michael Foley, associate professor of patristics at Baylor University, in an interview…Continue Reading

Last Catholic priest at US base in Antarctica leaves post

A Catholic priest who served at the U.S.-operated McMurdo Station in Antarctica was told he will have to leave his post due to declining attendance and budget cuts. Father Dan Doyle, who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, would spend summers…Continue Reading

Jamestown Excavation Unearths Four Bodies and a Possible Catholic Reliquary

Could a mysterious box unearthed in historic Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America, point to a Catholic connection with the foundation of the United States of America? While Spanish and Portuguese exploration, settlement and conquest of…Continue Reading

Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks…Continue Reading

The Remnant REALLY? . . . Is This How We Support Fellow Catholics Battling A Cause We Should All Be Behind?

Planned Parenthood Hires PR Firm to Run Damage Control After It’s Exposed Selling Aborted Babies

The Planed Parenthood abortion business is so desperate to put out the public relations fires that have developed in the wake of it being caught numerous times selling the body parts of aborted babies that it has hired a top…Continue Reading

More than Half of Young Catholic Families Are Latino Despite Recent Decline

More than half of young Catholic families (53 percent) identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic compared with 32 percent of all Catholics, according to a recent survey. Could the presence of Hispanic families in the Catholic Church indicate Latino congregational…Continue Reading

New York Catholic churches closing after decades of service

Parishioners in New York are losing their churches as the Catholic Archdiocese carries out an aggressive consolidation plan. The cuts are driven by declining membership, fiscal insolvency of churches, and fewer priests, according to church officials. While there are 2.8…Continue Reading


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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

‘It was a twin’: New video shows dissection of 20-week baby for parts to sell at Planned Parenthood

 Ben Johnson AbortionTue Aug 4, 2015 – 10:45 am EST HOUSTON, TX, August 4 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A Planned Parenthood official admits that abortionists sometimes provide “intact” babies’ body for organ harvesting and experimentation, in the latest undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress. It also includes graphic footage of investigators seeing pristine organs extracted from a 20-week-old aborted baby. The director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, told undercover investigators…Continue Reading

Pope: St Theresa of Avila source of truth and values


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a letter of greeting and encouragement to participants of an Interuniversity Congress on Saint Theresa of Avila. The letter, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father, expresses gratitude to the Academic world for highlighting the relevance of Saint Theresa’s teachings. Organized by the Catholic University of “Santa Teresa de Jesus de Avila” in collaboration with other Catholic Universities, the 3-day Congress…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: “Jesus is the bread of life”


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged the faithful to look beyond material needs and turn to Jesus who is “the bread of life”. The Pope’s words came as he addressed the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus. Taking his cue from the Gospel reading of the day which tells of the crowd that went looking for Jesus, not because they saw the signs but because they had eaten the loaves of…Continue Reading

‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

By Andrea Gagliarducci Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil. These are the positions advocated by speakers at the May 25 “shadow council” which gathered prelates and theologians, led by the German bishops, at a Jesuit university in Rome. That day 50 specially chosen representatives of the the…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Fragrance Of Baroque Liturgy And Art

By JAMES MONTI All of us have had at some time or another a special moment in church when we have found ourselves before a particularly beautiful altar, with the Blessed Sacrament enthroned upon it in a splendid gold or silver sunburst monstrance, its molded rays sparkling with the shimmer of candles ablaze around it,…Continue Reading

Caring For The Elderly Vs. Assisted Suicide

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.) + + + On Sunday, July 26, the Church in England and Wales…Continue Reading

Holy See Stresses Pro-Life Creds At UN Amid Questions

By PATRICK B. CRAINE and PETE BAKLINSKI NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) — The Holy See is emphasizing its commitment to promoting life and family at the United Nations after a confusing statement the nunciature made in a negotiation on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in June. In a speech on June 22, Msgr. Joseph Grech, representing…Continue Reading

Hillary Lies Again

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Excellent Guide To Answering Anti-Catholic Attacks

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Five Anti-Catholic Myths: Slavery, Crusades, Inquisition, Galileo, Holocaust by Gerard M. Verschuuren (Angelico Press: 2015; 181 pages, $16.95 print edition). Available at http://angelicopress.com/. In this book the author sets out to investigate just how it has come about that anti-Catholic myths about particular topics have managed to become so deeply embedded…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Marking Humanae Vitae’s 47th Anniversary

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Families are under attack on several fronts: whether it is what makes a marriage with one man and one woman, whether it is children who should have a mother and a father or about how life comes into the world. Those who wish to redefine God’s plan continue to apply euphemisms in attempts to change…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Divinity Of Christ — A Response To Islam

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 13 In our days, a misguided sense of ecumenism tends to equate the main monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) as different ways to worship the same God. It is like saying that all Protestant denominations are OK as long as you mention the name of Jesus, regardless of the visceral doctrinal contradictions that…Continue Reading

The Four Marks Of The Church — Catholicity

By DON FIER Part 4 “The Church is catholic,” proclaims the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), firmly and without hesitation. “She proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all times” (n. 868). Moreover,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In the wake of the latest Planned Parenthood scandal involving selling the body parts of aborted babies (see LifeNews.com to view the videos of interviews with Planned Parenthood officials), this is an opportune time to contact not only your legislators about ending taxpayer funding of this conglomerate that kills more than 330,000 babies a year, but also to…Continue Reading

Our Journey Through The Desert

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8 Eph. 4:30-5:2 John 6:41-51 In the second reading today St. Paul instructs us to do nothing that will grieve the Holy Spirit. In his brief list of offenses that would grieve the Holy Spirit, St. Paul includes bitterness, fury, anger, reviling, shouting, and all malice.…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. Martha

By CAROLE BRESLIN A popular pilgrimage among the Catholics of southern France takes visitors to the Grotte de la Sainte-Baume, located in the hills of Provence about 20 miles east of the port of Marseilles. To reach this holy site, the driver must cover miles of winding, ascending roads to the foot of the mountain. Then the pilgrim ascends a…Continue Reading