Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Why Does Cecil Beat Cecile In Headlines?

August 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(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?

August 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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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

July 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


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”

July 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


“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

July 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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

July 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off
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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

July 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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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

July 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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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

Or 1 Lamborghini/Year . . . The Average Planned Parenthood CEO Salary: $200,000

July 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Wanderer Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this essay with permission from the website Pregnancy Help News. All rights reserved.)

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Now is as good a time as any to mention a factoid about the average salary for a Planned Parenthood regional CEO: just a cut below $200,000.
In other words, about one Lamborghini a year. And that’s before you consider the bonus potential of wheeling and dealing with aborted baby parts distributors.
Yessir, the sky’s the limit when you sign on to work for America’s most profitable nonprofit — experts at exploiting existing revenue streams like taxpayer dollars and paid baby dismemberment, and veritable creative geniuses when it comes to pioneering innovative business lines like the resale of livers, kidneys, and lungs.
Of course, climbing Big Abortion’s corporate ladder does have its downside.
For instance, you might need to crank up the music in your posh ride to drown out the voices in your head that call you a grave robber, or compare you to Dr. Frankenstein’s lab assistant.
Plus, business can get a little slow when you’ve only got 800 abortions per year at the “much smaller affiliate” of Planned Parenthood you might find yourself overseeing. … Continue Reading

A Mideast Game Of Thrones

July 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


As President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is compared to Richard Nixon’s opening to China, Bibi Netanyahu must know how Chiang Kai-shek felt as he watched his old friend Nixon toasting Mao in Peking.
The Iran nuclear deal is not on the same geostrategic level. Yet both moves, seen as betrayals by old U.S. allies, were born of a cold assessment in Washington of a need to shift policy to reflect new threats and new opportunities.
Several events contributed to the U.S. move toward Tehran.
First was the stunning victory in June 2013 of President Hassan Rouhani, who rode to power on the votes of the Green Revolution that had sought unsuccessfully to oust Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
Rouhani then won the Ayatollah’s authorization to negotiate a cutting and curtailing of Iran’s nuclear program, in return for a U.S.-UN lifting of sanctions. As preventing an Iranian bomb had long been a U.S. objective, the Americans could not spurn such an offer.
Came then the Islamic State’s seizure of Raqqa in Syria, and Mosul and Anbar in Iraq. Viciously anti-Shiite as well as anti-American, ISIS made the U.S. and Iran de facto allies in preventing the fall of Baghdad. … 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 . . .

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

Kenyan President to Obama: You Will not Impose The ‘Gay Rights’ Agenda In Kenya

We need to speak frankly about these things” says President Kenyatta in response to Obama’s statement that Kenya must share the same values as the United States on sodomite rights issues. Kenyatta, at the press conference this morning in Kenya,…Continue Reading

Nancy Pelosi: Ignore Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Investigate Pro-Lifers


House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has no interest in digging deeper into the revelations that the Planned Parenthood abortion business is selling the body part of aborted babies Instead, she wants the Obama administration to investigate the pro-life activists who…Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina to Planned Parenthood: You Deny Ultrasounds to Show Women Life Within Them, but Use Ultrasounds to Preserve Organs of Their Dead Babies


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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 . . .

‘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

Canada’s Bishops Urge Faithful to Respond to Government Consultation on Euthanasia

Canada, July 31, 2015 ( Staff Reporter Canada’s bishops are calling on the faithful to respond to a government consultation on euthanasia. Earlier this month (July 17), the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada’s lifting of the prohibition…Continue Reading

US Bishops Respond to Planned Parenthood Videos

Washington, D.C., July 30, 2015 ( Kathleen Naab The Center for Medical Progress released today its fourth video exposing Planned Parenthood’s use of fetal tissue, with the results of its investigation attracting growing national and international attention. On Wednesday, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities released a brief statement about the videos. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, cited Pope Francis’ teaching on abortion and said that the heart of the…Continue Reading

BREAKING: Court blocks pro-life group from releasing some new fetal part footage

July 29, 15 (LifeSiteNews) – The California Superior Court has issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life group, from releasing further undercover video footage taken of three top-level staff of StemExpress. CMP is the organization behind the series of three videos released over the past three weeks exposing the alleged harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood – body parts that are…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 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

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Homosexuality And The Church Crisis”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at + + + “Facts are stubborn things,…Continue Reading

Defend The Little Sisters Of The Poor — And American Liberty

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

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 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

Obergefell V. Hodges . . . “To Sin By Silence . . . Makes Cowards Of Men”

By FR. PETER MITCHELL (Editor’s Note: Fr. Peter Mitchell is the pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Greenville, Wis. He gave this homily on the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 28 — two days after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.) + + + “To sin by silence when they…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

Catholic Heroes… St. Bridget

By CAROLE BRESLIN One of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s most quoted sayings would fit with this column’s saint, “God hasn’t called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.” What encouraging words for anyone seeking to do God’s will, knowing that the cross, the setbacks, and the obstacles are all part of working for the Kingdom of…Continue Reading