Saturday 5th September 2015

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As Ninth Horrors Video Appears… GOP Leader Says Wait Until 2017 To Cut PP Tax funding

September 5, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


What more must the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) reveal in its Planned Parenthood sting videos before the Republican Party grows a spine? Having chosen the fetal position itself, the GOP should have gestated some backbone by now.
Since the videos began to be released on a general weekly schedule in mid-July, viewers have seen a march of horrors of aborted babies having their organs cruelly harvested reminiscent of National Socialist Germany, except it’s not Adolf Hitler’s treasury that makes the money off this.
Having destroyed the babies’ lives as worthless, abortionists turn right around and sell the valuable organs they needed to survive for profit. But grown-up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) seemed as helpless as the babies themselves to stop the assaults. What more is needed to bestir McConnell?
The hapless Senate leader’s reputation, and his party’s, are going up in smoke, but he whimpers that he can’t get a fire extinguisher until at least 60 senators agree to let him ask for one. And even then, Barack Obama will say no, so what’s the use?
To spur McConnell into action, do CMP videos need to show Obama personally performing partial-birth abortions to obtain ingredients for hors d’oeuvres at a White House dinner honoring PP President Cecile Richards? … Continue Reading

Settling For Second Best

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The basic mistake that Adam and Eve made was to opt for the second best. They left a privileged life in Paradise and journeyed east of Eden where they would suffer pain and death. They preferred to sever their tie with God and make it on their own. The gap between the best and second best in this case, however, is wide enough to allow entrance to all the evils of the world.
Choosing the second best is not advisable. And yet, we continue to make this egregious mistake. We choose, as did our primal parents, the illusion of autonomy over the reality of transcendence.
Sigmund Freud, as Philip Rieff asserts in his excellent work, The Triumph of the Therapeutic, “proclaims the superior wisdom of choosing the second best.” He advises living on Easy Street rather than embarking on the “narrow road” that Christ mandated.
Consequently, he made a comfortable life that demanded few if any sacrifices intellectually respectable. “Life, as we find it,” wrote the founder of psychoanalysis, “is too hard for us; it brings too many pains, disappointments, and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures….The service rendered by intoxicating media in the struggle for happiness and keeping misery at a distance is so highly prized as a benefit that individuals and peoples alike have given them an established place in the economics of their libido.”
Freud was not interest in the sacraments. … Continue Reading

A Portrait Of St. Peter

September 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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I don’t know about you, but I have always found St. Peter one of the more endearing, if not the most endearing, of all the main figures in Holy Scripture.
By endearing I mean a particular kind of lovableness which one wouldn’t necessarily apply to everyone one loves, or even loves most. One’s mother, for instance. But it is real enough all the same, and it is partly to highlight this quality in the prince of the apostles that I have written this sketch. It makes him so easy to feel at ease with.
He doesn’t have a brilliant mind like St. Paul. He is not a natural leader like King David, and he is not a visionary like St. John. He is a homely person. He has a house, a wife, even a living-in mother-in-law, and to support them and himself a small fishing business in partnership with his father and brother and two friends. He has a naturally affectionate and humble heart. Almost the first words we hear from him are, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man.”
He must, of course, have been physically robust and had plenty of natural courage. He couldn’t have survived the storms on Lake Galilee year by year if he hadn’t. But at the same time he was impetuous and impulsive. We never see him lose his temper or do or say anything mean. But when things go wrong, he quickly loses his head and panics. At other times he is carried away by enthusiasm into proposing or doing something without considering the possible consequences. We are all familiar with the examples. “Lord bid me come to you on the waters,” rapidly followed by “Lord save me” as he starts to sink. … Continue Reading

Is The Pope A Marxist?

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Is the Pope a Marxist? You are hearing the charge more and more frequently of late, especially in the wake of Pope Francis’ visit to South America in early July. The headline in The New York Times on July 12 read: “In a Fiery Speech, Francis Excoriates Capitalism.” The article went on to quote Francis’ remarks in a speech in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he described the unfettered pursuit of money as “the dung of the devil.” The Times called attention to Francis’ insistence that “poor countries should not be reduced to being providers of raw material and cheap labor for developed countries.”
Prominent defenders of free market theory, such as Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation and Rush Limbaugh, have responded. Moore, a Catholic, has called the Pope’s “vocal skepticism about capitalism and free enterprise…very troubling.” Limbaugh used the term “pure Marxism” to describe some of Francis’ comments about economic inequality.
Moore’s and Limbaugh’s reactions deserve to be taken seriously. We should listen to the case they make. And respond that they should know better: Not every criticism of global capitalism is motivated by Marxist beliefs. … Continue Reading

Can Public School Teachers Be Witnesses To Christ?

September 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


An article by Berny Belvedere in the July 27 edition of the American Thinker sought an answer to a question that Catholics, who teach in public high schools and colleges and who are serious about their faith, have to wrestle with throughout their teaching career. They know that Jesus instructed His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).
They are likely to have heard since they were children of the importance of being a “witness” to their faith, along with the encouragement given in many Catholic lay organizations to “live their faith in their daily lives.”
What, then, should they do if they are teaching a class that includes many non-Christian, or even atheist, students — whose parents pay their salary? This may not be much of an issue in a math or science class, but it can be a major concern in a history, social studies, literature, or philosophy course.
It is routine for left-wing teachers and professors to promote their secular humanist views in their classes. Should a Catholic teacher find some way to do the same, to openly promote Catholic positions in his classes? Should a Catholic professor teaching at a school like Michigan State or Florida State, for example, assign a healthy dose of the works of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Christopher Dawson to his classes? He would be raked over the coals by his colleagues and the liberal media if he did. … Continue Reading

Drones On Horizon?. . . Ben Carson Suggests Tough Dealing With Border Crime, But Church Naps

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PHOENIX — Heading for Arizona’s international border seems to be almost as popular with U.S. political candidates as with illegal immigrants. The candidates head southward; the aliens come north.
Conservative candidates want to show their seriousness about protecting border integrity and citizens’ safety after the unauthorized entrants show their untrustworthiness about respecting U.S. law.
That crisis assumed such proportions by mid-August that a mild-mannered retired pediatric neurosurgeon on the campaign trail suggested using drones to attack the supply caves of dangerous alien smugglers in southern Arizona.
With border security among his topics, White House hopeful Dr. Ben Carson spoke to a cheering crowd here estimated as high as 12,000 people on August 18, followed the next day by a trip to the border, with southern Arizona sheriffs telling him how seriously the problem looms.
Meanwhile, an opinion column on the general issue of welcoming immigrants in the August 20 issue of the Phoenix diocesan paper, The Catholic Sun, expressed the U.S. bishops’ standard position of assuming the good character of aliens who head here.
“Immigrants don’t come here to steal and commit crimes. They can do that anywhere. They come here for the opportunity for a better life,” the column asserted. … Continue Reading

The Pro-Life Revolution

August 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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“You say you want a revolution, well you know . . . we all want to change the world. . . . But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out! Don’t you know it’s gonna’ be alright, alright, alright!” — Lyrics from The Beatles 1968 song Revolution, written by Lennon-McCartney
Yes, ladies and gentlemen . . . there is a revolution, a pro-life revolution happening right now as you read this. Just this past week hundreds of thousands of Americans protested, rallied and got together to speak out against one of the greatest injustices, if not the greatest, injustices of our time.
All across this land and other countries like England and Ireland, men, women, and children gathered outside of Planned Parenthood and similar abortion facilities to speak out against the systemic slaughter of innocents to let the world know that we will not remain silent about abortion anymore!!
Because of a handful of undercover videos, the pro-life revolution has finally arrived in full force. … Continue Reading

As Eighth PP Video Appears . . . California Commentator Explains Why Media Avoid Facing Facts

August 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Media people and politicians who are “married” to the pro-abortion view would rather be “biting into their wrists” than give up that belief, a veteran California reporter, anchor woman and talk host told The Wanderer as the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released its eighth sting video on selling baby parts.
The abortion defenders “are married to the idea that abortion is a woman’s right, and if you do anything to undermine it, they’ll lose that right,” said Barbara Simpson, who worked at major electronic news outlets in Los Angeles and San Francisco before becoming a Bay Area radio talk host. She currently writes a weekly commentary for World Net Daily.
“They just will not do anything that will begin to undermine this idea they’ve had” favoring permissive abortion, including not providing news coverage of the videos as a serious, important story, Simpson said in an August 25 interview.
When The Wanderer suggested that the CMP would receive a special Pulitzer Prize for journalistic excellence if its investigative work had exposed a major scandal that liberals wanted to expose, Simpson replied, “Absolutely. No question about it.” … Continue Reading

The Great Agent Of Mischief

August 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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If Mortimer Adler, after writing his classic, How to Read a Book, authored How to Read the Newspaper, he probably would have warned his readers that newspapers convey something other than news. They convey, he would advise, propaganda carefully concealed within what the inattentive reader might assume to be mere news. Consider the following three newspaper items culled recently from the same newspaper.
1) Gretta Vosper, an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, has declared that she believes neither in God nor in the Bible. When she decided to abandon the Lord’s Prayer, 100 of the 150 members of her congregation left in protest.
She claims that belief in God can motivate bad things. Rev. Vosper has expressed “shock” that her position is now under review since, as she states, her congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe. The board chairman who hired her says that he has had no complaints from congregants and avers that people enjoy engaging in critical thinking as they explore new ways of expressing their faith and values.
The 57-year-old Rev. Vosper is depicted in the newspaper as flashing an engaging smile, an image that will win her support against the an alleged conservative elite that opposes “rich and alive” discussions. Her being “victimized” is sure to win her national sympathy. … Continue Reading

Stand Strong

August 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


A significant danger facing America today is that its people are losing their sense of religious values and allowing the culture of the country to be shaped by militant secularists. The results are unsurprising: abortion and same-sex marriage are legal; assisted suicide and euthanasia are gaining acceptance; pornography is rampant; and religious persecution is underway.
When secularism dominates the culture, religious freedom must be curtailed. Secularism is a belief system that is anti-theistic, rooted in materialism and hedonism. It is alluring because it gives societal acceptance to unbridled human passions. It does away with distinctions of right or wrong, even treating wrong as right and right as wrong. Secularism is an idolatry in which the beliefs of the movement replace God in setting the standards of morality, of conscience, and of truth.
If man genuinely believes in God and lives his life accordingly, he will be in direct and continual contradiction to the aims of secularism. Hence, secularism must necessarily oppose religion, persecute its believers, drive it from the public square, and nullify it.
Religious persecution in America has begun: … 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 . . .

UNLV Football Player Shows How to Stay Catholic in College

Marc Philippi credits his powerlifting father and home-schooling mother for maintaining stability and strengthening his faith. by TRENT BEATTIE 09/04/2015 Courtesy of the Philippi family Marc Philippi – Courtesy of the Philippi family The University of Nevada-Las Vegas football team…Continue Reading

Head of CDF, Cardinal Müller warns of a split as big as the Reformation

The Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has criticized in Regensburg on Tuesday a “climate of the German claim to leadership for the whole universal Church”. At a book presentation, he pointed out the high number of people leaving…Continue Reading

When Defiance of Marriage Law Was Hailed as Heroic

Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who will not issue marriage licenses to anyone because, she says, she cannot in good conscience issue them to same-sex couples is being sharply criticized for lawlessness and abuse of her office. Consider…Continue Reading

Good News . . . Brief update on Father John Corapi

A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and…Continue Reading

9th Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies, One “Just Fell Out” of the Womb

The Center for Medical Progress released a new video this morning — the 9th in its series of videos catching the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts. This latest video catches a Planned Parenthood medical…Continue Reading

All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

September 1, 2015 7:33 AM Vatican City, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Francis Arinze: 50 years as a Bishop

Yesterday Saturday 29 August 2015, Francis Cardinal Arinze, 82, marked fifty years as a Bishop. In an interview with Vatican Radio’s English Africa Service to mark to the milestone, Cardinal Arinze was in high spirits. Although now retired and living…Continue Reading

Russians to construct ‘the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world’

Towering 80 meters monument to ‘Christ the Teacher’ by Zurab Tsereteli to find home in Vladivostok, Christian Telegraph reports according to RISU. The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such…Continue Reading

If You Still Support Planned Parenthood, You Are Simply Not A Decent Person

Another Planned Parenthood video has been released. I promised I would write about every new video that comes out, so here is my write up on the latest. Please read and share. I don’t usually ask you to share things…Continue Reading

“Catholic” Group Sends Cakes to Thank Planned Parenthood Staff After It Sells Aborted Babies

Apparently, Catholics for Choice want their friends at Planned Parenthood to know how appreciated they are since they will be “harassed” tomorrow at the protests across the country regarding their organ harvesting business.  As LifeNews previously reported, tens of thousands…Continue Reading

Facebook’s very (very) suspicious ‘trending’ Planned Parenthood story

Update Aug. 20, ’15 at 7:54 AM EST: I woke up this morning, and lo and behold, the “trending” news topic had changed. It now reads, “7th video critical of organization released by anti-abortion group.” That’s more like it. I…Continue Reading

Questions raised after pro-life activist Twitter accounts suspended without warning: one now restored

ONTARIO, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life activist campaigning against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s abortion extremism as well as a pro-life organization on a mission to show the violent reality of abortion through large graphic billboards had their Twitter…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 . . .

Pope: Doctrine must never be apart from pastoral context

(Vatican Radio) Church doctrine must never be isolated from a practical pastoral context. That theme was at the heart of a video message that Pope Francis sent to participants at an International Theological Congress taking place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in the capital Buenos Aires this week. Speaking in his native Spanish, the Pope said a theologian is above all a child of his or her people, who knows the tradition…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Sowing divisions is a sickness in the Church


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church and described a person who indulges in gossip as like a terrorist who throws bombs. His comments came during his homily at his Friday (4th September) Mass in the Santa Marta residence. Taking his inspiration from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians where the Apostle spoke of how Christ was sent by God to sow reconciliation and peace among humanity,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: The astonishment at the encounter with Jesus

(Vatican Radio) The capacity to recognize ourselves as sinners opens us to the astonishment at the encounter with Jesus: that was the message of Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass for the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. Pope Francis’ homily focused on the day’s Gospel reading which tells the story of the miraculous catch of fish. After working throughout the night without catching anything, Peter, trusting in Jesus,…Continue Reading

General Audience: love of family combats city desertification

(Vatican Radio) An estimated 15 thousand people were in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s General audience on Wednesday, as he continued his catechesis on the family, which this week focused on the importance of families in spreading the faith. The Holy Father underlined that by creating the foundations of a solid faith in the home, the fruits are revealed in a more humane society. The Pope said that the alliance of the family with…Continue Reading

Dis-Integrating America

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today. Their killer, Vester L. Flanagan II, said as much in his farewell screed. He ordered his murder weapon, he…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Champion of Fitting Worship

By JAMES MONTI On a recent visit to the chapel of a Catholic nursing facility I observed an elderly resident arriving with her walker to spend time in the presence of the Lord. With her infirmity she obviously could not be expected to offer anything more than a gentle nod toward the Tabernacle before transferring…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . This Belongs On Every Catholic Pro-Lifer’s Bookshelf

By REY FLORES Redeemed by Grace — A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino with Roxane Salonen. Ignatius Press: 2015; hardcover, $17.95; 157 pages. To order, visit or call 1-800-651-1531. Almost anyone who is either Catholic or involved in the pro-life cause has heard of Abby Johnson. Johnson, of…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . The Sabbatine Privilege

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY We recently celebrated, on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which, according to tradition, is associated with the giving of the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock on that date in 1251. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him with the scapular saying, “This will be for you…Continue Reading

Is Trumpism The New Nationalism?

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent on all goods made in China, and the tariff revenue used to cut U.S. corporate taxes. The…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Bishops Teach, Sanctify, And Govern

By DON FIER The college of bishops, as we saw last week, consists of the entire body of bishops of the Roman Catholic Church united under the Pope as an episcopal community. “This community of pope and bishops, and the bishops among themselves,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “was created by Christ and therefore belongs, by divine right, to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. The Supreme Court has a history of immoral decisions, such as declaring black slaves as property, permitting credit card companies to charge usurious interest rates, allowing the public sale of contraceptives, okaying the killing of unborn babies, and approving sodomy. What’s next? Polygamy? Incestuous “marriage”? Person-animal “marriage”? It would appear that we are on a par with Sodom of…Continue Reading

Take Up Your Cross

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9a James 2:14-18 Mark 8:27-35 Faith is a great gift and, given the times in which we live, it is more necessary than ever that we have our faith. However, in the second reading today St. James says that faith without works is dead. He then gives…Continue Reading

Communiqué Issued at the end of the Pro-Life Conference In Accra, Ghana (August 8-9

Preamble In response to the increasing violation of the sanctity and dignity of human life and the continuing culture of death in Ghana and around the world, and in line with Pope Francis’ call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Church in…Continue Reading

End Media Blackout On Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Scandal

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The baby parts sale scandal at Planned Parenthood is being aided and abetted by another scandal: the refusal of vast portions of the mainstream media to cover the issue. The release of numerous videos that detail the brutal and criminal killing and dismembering even of babies outside of the womb in order to obtain body…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Of Cupertino

By CAROLE BRESLIN Now that the school year has begun, students — especially Catholic students — will find recourse to their favorite patron saint of studying. Some may choose St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine of Hippo. For those students who find it difficult to retain what they read and write about it, perhaps this saint will encourage them: St.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Aidan

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Church names many saints as patrons of certain professions, troubles, or countries. St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe. As the father of Western monasticism, he is credited with building Western civilization. St. Catherine of Siena is also a patron of Europe since she played important roles in settling both civil and ecclesiastical disputes. St.…Continue Reading