Thursday 21st September 2017

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E Pluribus Unum Or Not?

September 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on E Pluribus Unum Or Not?


The recent confrontation over a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville and its spillover into other cities demonstrate a pathological sort of love of country and a distorted attempt to erase its heritage. White supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other extreme groups who practice bigotry, hatred, and violence can never be condoned. They may believe they are working to protect or purify foundational aspects of the nation, but their ideas are warped and their actions reprehensible. The 20th century provided vivid examples of extreme nationalism and its disastrous results.
Similarly, destroying or defacing statues and monuments to personages deemed offensive to some in today’s society cannot be tolerated. The effort to eliminate all reminders of the Confederacy now has expanded to commemoratives of other eras. Memorials to Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit have been vandalized, with a claim that the discoverer of America was responsible for the genocide of indigenous people. In Los Angeles, a statue of St. Junipero Serra was defaced; while the missions he started protected Native Californians from the abuses of the Spanish imperial army, they also altered the endemic culture through education and evangelization. … Continue Reading

Dismember Title IX!

September 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Dismember Title IX!


If our Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos can actually pull it off? Three cheers for Title IX dismemberment.
For those who are slightly unfamiliar with the term “Title IX” and have children heading toward a college or university that accepts federal funds, be prepared to step into a rather dark and foreboding world.
Title IX is a section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which reads that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of sex.
Seems rather innocuous at first, and it is — until one dives deeper into how this tiny section of federal law has been exploded to cover things such as gender dysphorias, transgenderism, and used to create tribunals where victims are always believed and a mere preponderance of guilt is enough to ruin the career of a young man (or woman) — often with long-lasting repercussions.
The first institutions to fall under the progressive scythe were schools such as the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, both military academies with impressive pedigrees that produced young men of quality as a male-only institution that stretched back over a century. … Continue Reading

The Value Of All Human Life

September 18, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Value Of All Human Life


(Editor’s Note: The Wanderer went to press this week just as all the confusion over the “DACA Deal” was breaking. Rey Flores’ column and the LifeSiteNews article below were both written before those developments.)

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The recent debates about President Trump’s plans to wind down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — DACA for short — have once again drawn the ire and fury of the left-wing radicals. Predictably, the fake news media also jumped into action, all of them calling President Trump a white supremacist and a xenophobe.
Whether it’s called DACA or the Dream Act, or whatever other legislation the left pushes to legitimize illegal immigrants, at the end of the day, they still have broken the law. Even if the young “dreamers” were still minors and couldn’t make their own choices, they still entered the country illegally, parents or no parents.
Jesus taught us to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” We live in a land of laws, so whenever anyone breaks any of those laws, and it is proven that they have, there are consequences and penalties to pay. If you enter our country illegally, you have officially broken the law.
In typical fashion, the leftists always like to use platitudes and sentimentality to defend their side, saying things like: “How could you be so heartless and separate these families?” or “These are ‘dreamers’ and this is the only home they have known.” … Continue Reading

But Dems Love Cutting Deals With Him… Trump’s Catholic Judicial Pick Angers Democrats

September 17, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on But Dems Love Cutting Deals With Him… Trump’s Catholic Judicial Pick Angers Democrats


Long ago having made malicious permissive abortion the core of its political ideology, the national Democratic Party has been swallowed by the resulting extremism of treating innocent preborn babies as malignant growths best destroyed by the millions, followed by the repellent extraction and sale of their human heads, hearts, brains, and other body parts.
One reason for the rise of an unconventional politician like President Trump is that unscrupulous Democrats have driven away supporters who used to give them large congressional majorities, leaving the party starving for votes. And now, like a wild animal caught in a trap, national Democrats desperately chew off their own legs in public view.
The depth to which these Democrats have sunk was illustrated anew as their U.S. senators astoundingly interrogated a University of Notre Dame law professor as if she were a seditious Catholic extremist guilty of clinging to un-American views.
Left-wing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) chillingly admonished Professor Amy Coney Barrett on September 6 that Catholic “dogma lives loudly within you,” thereby revealing the leftists’ concerns that Barrett was unsuitable for a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, to which Trump had nominated her. … Continue Reading

Catholic Trump Nominee Strongly Attacked For Her Faith

September 16, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholic Trump Nominee Strongly Attacked For Her Faith


Amy Coney Barrett, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, has been nominated by President Trump for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Her confirmation hearing on September 6 was anything but routine.
Today the curtain is pulled back and the gloves are off. It’s all about abortion.
Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, wasted no time in unloading with calculated venom:
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that — you know, dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.”
Mrs. Feinstein isn’t Catholic, but she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco in 1951. We can assume that she knew exactly what she was doing when she attacked Mrs. Barrett, because her “big issues” boil down to one: abortion. But Mrs. Feinstein was coy: She couldn’t address that issue directly. … Continue Reading

Frozen Baby Embryos: Persons Or Property?

September 15, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Frozen Baby Embryos: Persons Or Property?


A Colorado divorce case may, for good or ill, help establish a lasting precedent over how to handle (or perhaps “dispose of”) embryos remaining in cryogenic storage after in vitro (IVF) fertilization procedures.
Mandy and Drake Rooks used IVF to have a son and later twins. Created at the same time were six other embryos that were left in storage. The dad later filed a petition for divorce and asked for custody of the “frozen embryos” so that he could destroy them. The mother, on the other hand, wanted the embryos for possible future implantation.
The trial court “awarded” — a property rights concept — the embryos to dad finding that he had a “negative right” to avoid the burdens of fatherhood and that right outweighed Mandy’s interest in preserving them. On appeal the trial court’s decision was upheld. The appeals court noted that American courts have adopted three different approaches to determine the disposition of these embryos:
The contract approach simply enforces a contractual decision the parties made about embryo disposition when the embryos were created. Of course, sometimes one or both of the parties will change their minds, which, in most cases, will render the contract unenforceable. … Continue Reading

Tribalism Marches On!

September 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Tribalism Marches On!


Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play.
Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991.
“Is there no room for new nations in the New World Order?” was my title, and the column began:
“In turning a stone face toward embattled Slovenia and Croatia, President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker have not only put America’s chips on the wrong horse. They have bet on a losing horse.
“Can the U.S. Government seriously believe that a Yugoslavia of such disparate peoples, all of whom wish greater freedom, most of whose republics wish to be free of Belgrade, is a viable nation?”
The State Department had denounced “these unilateral steps by Croatia and Slovenia” to break free: “As Secretary Baker made clear last Friday, we will neither encourage nor reward secession.” … Continue Reading

With Arpaio Pardoned . . . How About Turning Attention To Ethics Of The Judge Who Took Him Down?

September 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on With Arpaio Pardoned . . . How About Turning Attention To Ethics Of The Judge Who Took Him Down?


PHOENIX — Furthering two news events, President Trump called attention to baby Charlie Gard in early July and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in late August.
The seriously ill English baby was unknown to many before Trump tweeted his offer of assistance, which cast the president in a more sympathetic light while many news organizations took an impartial look at the case of the suffering infant being denied vital medical treatment.
Arizonan Arpaio, well-known for discouraging illegal immigration, was saddled with burdens of media bias that favors open borders. But in providing a pardon to Arpaio, recently convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court, Trump said nothing to refute assertions that both he and the Italian-heritage Arizonan are bigots, one aiding the other.
This could have been a teachable time, but a passive approach hardly enhanced either Trump’s or Arpaio’s reputation.
Even though the August 25 White House news release noted Arpaio’s admirable long career in public service including law enforcement, a life of good deeds may not outweigh subsequent criminal activity.
However, the White House didn’t call necessary attention to the highly questionable path that led to his conviction on July 31. … Continue Reading

It Begins At Home And Among The Family

September 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on It Begins At Home And Among The Family


One of Thomas Jefferson’s compliments to Benjamin Franklin when he was appointed ambassador to France was that no one could replace Franklin; Jefferson could only serve as his successor.
As his successor, I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. James K. Fitzpatrick for carrying the torch here at The Wanderer for as long and admirably as he has. Of the names of editors and Catholic columnists of the turn of the century, one really does have to consider the few names that remain outstanding — the legacy writers to whom the rest of us merely grasp. Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Deal Hudson, R.R. Reno, and others certainly come to mind.
Fitzpatrick’s work will remain the golden standard for Catholic writers who appreciate the paced, thoughtful, and objective Catholicity that only a Fordham education presents.
For myself, the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia will have to serve as humble substitutes for what remains of Catholic education today. True, Mr. Jefferson’s university is the epicenter of counterculturalism on the East Coast today, and despite the departure of some of its leading Catholic historians over the last two decades, one might be pleasantly surprised at the Dominican habits who walk across the lawn and toward the newly built priory at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish.
Such is the development of the low-key counter-reformation that the previously infamous “bumper Buddha” — an overweight depiction of Aquinas made literally from chrome bumpers — has been removed to a more appropriate repose at the local art park, overseeing his dominions in appropriate silence. … Continue Reading

The Necessary Act Of Forgiveness

September 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Necessary Act Of Forgiveness


“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
This has got to be the single most powerful plea, as well as an accord, to do God’s will when it comes to forgiveness. No wonder the Our Father is known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”
When God commands us to love one another as He loves us, He isn’t just kidding around. He means this as a command and not a request. When we fail to forgive one another, we fail to love one another.
The God we worship is a living and timeless God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Like Him, His commands were not just words spoken in the past. He and His Commandments are not bound by chronological constructs of time. He and His commands were, are, and forever shall be; right here, right now.
We must remember that when we forgive, it does not necessarily mean that we condone the actions of those who hurt us. That isn’t what forgiveness means.
When we forgive, the burden is lifted from us. It is no longer, nor was it ever, about the other person. Forgiveness frees us from the bondage of fear, anger, and resentment. That cross is no longer one for us to bear.
Oftentimes we carry grudges and resentments around with us for years, failing to forgive, let alone forget, how others have trespassed against us. The failure to forgive does not hurt the person or persons we refuse to forgive. They are not the ones bearing that cross. We who do not forgive are the ones who primarily suffer. … Continue Reading

Popular priest disinvited from Catholic University’s seminary after protests over his LGBT book

The Rev. James Martin, a popular priest who published a book earlier this year encouraging a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, has been disinvited from giving an address at Catholic University’s seminary. Martin, who was planning…Continue Reading

Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary _ without pope

Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis. Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of…Continue Reading

Pro-gay Vatican adviser gets Catholic group suspended from Twitter

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A faithful Catholic lay apostolate was suspended by Twitter last week after Vatican adviser Father James Martin complained about a tweet that teasingly stated the pro-gay Jesuit had been bested in a theological…Continue Reading

Durbin, Feinstein and Catholic judges

Washington is currently embroiled in one of its “gotcha” controversies, which often arise when minor missteps are blown into major crimes. It’s a game both parties and a variety of activists play whenever they see political advantage in it. The…Continue Reading

Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2017 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke ‘treasured’ work with deceased dubia Cardinal to oppose ‘gravely harmful confusion’

ROME, September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke paid tribute today to fellow dubia signer Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on his passing after a long illness. In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Burke said he was “deeply saddened” by the 79-year-old’s…Continue Reading

Some Personal Reflections on the Late Cardinal Caffarra

As Steve Skojec reported this morning, our beloved Cardinal Carlo Caffarra died today, in Italy. Our hearts are broken over this news since he was such a lovable and charitable and truthful man for us. Just to know that he was out…Continue Reading

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Day of Prayer Proclamation

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen.  Friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger — we’ve seen it perhaps more so than at any time, so vividly at…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: The Pope who ‘seems to’ permit adultery bears a ‘grave responsibility’

POLAND, August 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia “seems to” go in the direction of a pastoral “discernment” that “allows the adulterers to continue in adultery,” says Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The consequences for many could be…Continue Reading

REPORT CARD: Faithful college praised for financial aid; Praying for Notre Dame; ‘Pride Prom’ at Marquette

With college affordability becoming an increasingly prominent (and problematic) issue, Thomas Aquinas College’s recognition by The Princeton Review’s national Financial Aid Honor Roll is especially refreshing. “We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide,”…Continue Reading


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. ( – The flagship school for the diocese of Jefferson City has updated its handbook with clear Catholic instruction to counter the LGBT agenda being foisted on schools. Just in time for the new school year, St. Joseph…Continue Reading

Australian priest rips confession proposal as government ‘intrusion’

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission’s recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if they do not disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional a breach of religious tolerance. Fr. Kelvin Lovegrove,…Continue Reading

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Today . . .

Pro-Life Speaker Ben Shapiro Answers Pro-Abortion Student’s Question With an “Epic Takedown”

Popular conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro continued to impress his audience Thursday at UC Berkeley when he rapidly refuted a young man’s abortion arguments. Shapiro’s speech at the liberal California university drew massive media attention because of the violent protests that have broken out on campus during past conservative speakers’ talks. The university and local police increased security, and several people were arrested Thursday. Inside the sold-out auditorium, Shapiro received a huge applause when…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah: Reverent liturgy is essential to fighting the culture of death

ROME, September 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the chief antidotes to a world “marked by the blight of Godless terrorism, of an increasingly aggressive secularism” and an “advancing culture of death” is to restore primacy to God in the Catholic liturgy, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said Thursday. The cardinal was speaking to an international gathering of cardinals, priests, religious and laity at the Fifth Roman Colloquium on Summorum…Continue Reading

Pope to new bishops: ‘Discernment’ means avoiding ‘rigid’ answers to moral questions

ROME, September 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis told a group of newly ordained bishops that “authentic discernment” cannot be reduced to repeating “rigid” moral formulas to persons whose situations “can’t be reduced to black and white.” Discernment, the pope said, “can’t be reduced to repeating formulas such as ‘high clouds send little rain’ to a concrete person, who’s often immersed in a reality that can’t be reduced to black and white.” He cautioned bishops…Continue Reading

Catholic leaders defend Trump after Pope challenges his pro-life views

September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life Catholic leaders are defending President Trump against Pope Francis after the Pontiff questioned Trump’s pro-life views, despite the fact that Trump has racked up major pro-life accomplishments during his short time in office. “If Pope Francis is so concerned with the commitment of others to the defense of preborn children, he should consider his own words and actions, as well,” said Michael Hichborn, founder and president of the Lepanto…Continue Reading

Sex, sanity, and beliefs that ‘live loudly’ within us

“I do not know any country where, in general, less independence of mind and genuine freedom of discussion reign than in America.” — Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Alexis de Tocqueville was the great French chronicler of the early United States.  Nearly 200 years ago, he spotted a basic tension in our national character.  It’s this:  Americans place a big stress on individual rights.  But we’re also big conformists.  The dynamic of self-assertion and fear of being…Continue Reading


Who Were The Colombian Martyrs Beatified By Pope Francis?

By ELISE HARRIS ROME, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — During his six-day visit to Colombia, Pope Francis beatified martyrs Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve and Fr. Pedro Maria Ramirez Ramos, who provide testimony as the country heals from decades of conflict. Bishop Jaramillo was killed by Colombian Marxist guerrilla forces in 1989, while Fr. Ramirez was…Continue Reading

20 State Attorneys General Lauded… For Opposing Pro-Abortion Judge Orrick’s Gag Order Against CMP

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — “It is definitely very encouraging, and it’s great news” that 20 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the gag order against videos by pro-life investigators, an official with one of the law firms representing David Daleiden and the California-based Center for Medical…Continue Reading

Preparing To Enter Into The Awesome Mystery Of The Mass

By JAMES MONTI For every Catholic, there can be no more important event in one’s spiritual life than Holy Mass. For in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist we encounter our God in a more intimate manner than in any other sacrament, sacramental, or form of prayer. I recall hearing of a modern writer who…Continue Reading

Moral Judgments — Facts Or Opinions?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.) + + + Allan Bloom began his Closing of the American Mind with this memorable observation: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the…Continue Reading

The Complete Thinker

By DONALD DeMARCO “The Complete Thinker” is borrowed from the title of Dale Ahlquist’s 2012 book, the subtitle of which is The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton. “Thinking,” for Chesterton, “means connecting things.” Ahlquist regards G.K.’s thinking as “complete” in the sense that it deals with a wide variety of subjects and integrates them in…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Professor Josef Seifert… Amoris Laetitia’s “Immense Threat” To The Moral Teaching Of The Church

By MAIKE HICKSON (Editor’s Note: In light of Professor Josef Seifert’s recent essay examining some of the dangerous logical consequences of Amoris Laetitia — an essay for which he was dismissed from his teaching position by the archbishop of Granada — Dr. Maike Hickson of reached out to the Austrian philosopher to ask him some additional questions about not…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Can Division In Worship Bring Unity Of Faith?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis has given authority through a new motu proprio, Magnum Principium, issued this month, to local bishops’ conferences to approve translations of the liturgy from Latin into local languages. By doing so he hopes to accomplish a couple of things. First, as we know by now Pope Francis places full trust and confidence in…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men… Other Christs

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In a previous article, I mentioned that sanctifying grace makes us brethren of Christ. It is, by the way, one more reason to have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of us, our common Mother. The reason is quite simple to understand: Christ is the Head of the…Continue Reading

The Effects And Fruits Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER The proper time for receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for a baptized Catholic “has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1528). However, as we saw last week, the sacrament is not exclusively for those who…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Please clarify 1 John 5:16-17. Does this refer to mortal sin? What is meant by not praying for one in deadly sin? Isn’t deadly sin a top priority for prayer? — P.S., Indiana. A. The passage in question reads: “If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Thomas Villanova

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord drew amazing men and women from the population of Spain to protect that country from the ravages that swept through Germany and the Scandinavian countries in the Reformation era. Two events marked by Augustinian monks sparked these events. In Germany, an apostate Augustinian monk who fell from grace led hundreds of thousands into error —…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Simon De Rojas

By CAROLE BRESLIN The subject of this article lived in a time of great saints, great Spanish saints, so it is not surprising that he is little known. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) who wrote the Spiritual Exercises, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) who reformed the Carmelites and wrote The Interior Castle, and St. John of the Cross who wrote…Continue Reading