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Fashionable Catholicism Strikes Again

May 23, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Fashionable Catholicism Strikes Again

By SHAUN KENNEY

Like most Catholics, I think we are all a bit perplexed at the willingness of Catholic prelates to participate in a fashion event in New York that intended to celebrate Catholic imagery in clothing and art but was predictably hijacked by the likes of Madonna and semi-pro nun-chucker Katy Perry.
Even the likes of Piers Morgan — a cultural Catholic, but a Catholic nonetheless — was truly and deeply shocked by the display of disrespect that would never be extended to any other faith.
Of course, we know what would have happened if another faith tradition had been mocked in such a manner. Muslims would have vehemently (and in places, violently) expressed their outrage. Jews would have condemned the event as anti-Semitic. Hinduism would have elicited screams of cultural appropriation from the perpetually offended left.
Voltaire used to say that if you ever wanted to find out who ruled you, simply find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.
Anti-Catholicism has a deep pedigree in the United States. It is one of the last acceptable prejudices. Those of us who understand that Catholics in America are still strangers in a strange land have no alternative at times but to smile kindly and simply turn the page, change the channel, or ignore that which is ignorant.
Yet when we see men such as Timothy Cardinal Dolan participate in the farce and then shrug it off as nothing to see, that shocks in a different way. When others such as James Martin, SJ, lend themselves to access rather than fidelity, this shocks in a different way — because for those of us who put money into the collection plate, obey the Magisterium in a spirit of fidelity, and are taught to respect the holy and sacred because they are indeed holy and sacred? This is all a bit much.
More simply put, when the leaders of the Church are unwilling to defend the sacred in the public square, why on earth should we as lay Catholics do likewise?
We know the answer. Even if our shepherds are unfaithful, we have a moral duty to remain faithful. After all, it wasn’t the priests who gave us our salvation, it was a young girl in Nazareth whose grace was perfected before the Archangel Gabriel even visited her (Luke 1:28). Jesus Christ didn’t come to us through the Sanhedrin, after all . . . though one sure does wish that our shepherds would, from time to time, humbly remind themselves of this. … Continue Reading

Ireland Until Eternity

May 22, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Ireland Until Eternity

By REY FLORES

Since the creation of mankind, every generation has believed that theirs was the most tumultuous time in history. From the biblical plagues in Egypt to the Industrial Revolution, to the so-called sexual revolution, and to 9/11, people have thought that theirs was the era which would usher in the end of times. Truth be told, these were all end times for each generation.
In our time, many of us also believe that the many troubling factors causing social upheaval are all signs of a quickly approaching apocalypse. Most recently we have the great nation of Ireland deciding whether millions of their future citizens will live or die.
We mustn’t forget the murder of Alfie Evans in the United Kingdom. If you object to my using the word “murder” to describe what happened there, please enlighten me and tell me what other word would be more accurate. Alfie would have turned two on May 9.
While there are many great people who are still fighting the good fight against the human genocide known as abortion, and some strides have been made, the practice of killing the unborn is still rampant. It is legal and, worse yet, accepted as a legitimate medical procedure throughout most of the entire world.
On May 25, Ireland is set to vote on a referendum regarding whether to save or repeal the Eighth Amendment in their nation’s constitution. As most of you already know, the repeal of “the Eighth” will open the floodgates, perhaps I should say “bloodgates,” wide open for the murderous abortion industry to kill countless future citizens of this country.
Ireland remained the one country on the planet where an unborn child remained safest; that is, up until now.
When I was a child growing up in Chicago, we had our share of the Irish. Perhaps second or third generation and so on, but the Irish always seemed liked a hard-working, very loving, faithful, and kind bunch. … Continue Reading

Berkeley Free Speech Movement Is Alive And…Well?

May 21, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Berkeley Free Speech Movement Is Alive And…Well?

By MIKE MANNO

It wasn’t that long ago that rioters at the University of California at Berkeley gained national attention by rioting against “provocative” speakers. In response the university chancellor appointed a Commission on Free Speech to review the causes of the disturbances and to recommend policy changes.
Appointed to the commission were 23 faculty, staff, and student members. The commission duly filed its report and recommendations finding that the cause of the campus upheaval was the conservative students themselves, bigoted as they are:
“The rise of ultra-conservative rhetoric, including white supremacist views and protest marches, legitimized by the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, encouraged far-right and alt-right activists to ‘spike the football’ at Berkeley. This provoked an at-times violent (and condemnable) response from the extreme left, tearing at the campus’s social fabric.”
Interestingly, the phrase “spike the football” was footnoted with an explanation of what the term means, just in case the Berkeley-educated didn’t know. But I digress.
The commission noted that conservative speaker Ben Shapiro spoke without incident at Berkeley in April of 2016, yet was met by hundreds of protesters when he appeared there in September of 2017. What was the difference?
Well, the commission noted that for his second appearance the university spent $600,000 to “protect both his first amendment right to speak and the safety of supporters and detractors around the venue.” Yet it still blamed the rise of ultra-conservative rhetoric on the riot — not the increased sensibilities of those on the left who, presumably, cannot control themselves when someone speaks from the other side of the political aisle…or sidewalk, or whatever.
The commission blames speakers, such as Shapiro and author Ann Coulter, who “expressed little interest in reasoned discussion of contentious issues,” and were sponsored by “very small groups of students working closely with outside organizations.” Adding, “Although those speakers had every right to speak and were entitled to protection, they did not need to be on campus to exercise the right of free speech.” … Continue Reading

Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

May 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

By DEXTER DUGGAN

President Donald Trump’s scheduled keynote speech to a national pro-life organization’s gathering should encourage hard work to enlarge the pro-life majority in Congress, according to a priest-activist who helped boost pro-lifers’ support for Trump’s Republican presidential candidacy in 2016, when many still doubted the Manhattan developer.
Since moving into the White House in January 2017, Trump has made himself the most publicly dedicated pro-life GOP president since the U.S. Supreme Court unconstitutionally imposed permissive abortion throughout the United States in January 1973.
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told The Wanderer on May 16: “I am sure the president will emphasize what he has said before: We must work hard in this upcoming election to increase our pro-life majorities in Congress, so that the commitment of the president to sign pro-life bills that will, for instance, take our tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood, can in fact come to reality in the law.”
Trump is scheduled to speak May 22 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., to the eleventh annual Campaign for Life Gala of the nationally active pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (sba-list.org), known for its strong get-out-the-vote activities.
Pavone told The Wanderer that Trump’s presence at the dinner “is another sign of what we in the pro-life movement have now come to expect of the nation’s most pro-life president: He knows that government exists to protect the God-given rights of the people, and the first such right is life itself. He is present to the pro-life movement.
“As a member of his pro-life advisory council, I know that he and his team are listening and learning from this greatest civil-rights movement in our nation’s history,” Pavone said. “In particular, having the president with us…marks the importance of the mid-term elections. The Susan B. Anthony List and Priests for Life work closely together to make voters aware that the right to life is the most important issue, because it is the foundation of every issue.”
In a May 14 news release announcing Trump’s talk, SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn.” … Continue Reading

Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

May 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Washington in shocked, shocked! that businesses are willing to pay lawyers and lobbyists millions for influence and access to politicians and their staffs, regulators, even the media.
’Tis the season to ruffle feathers, apparently. But this is nothing new. For years, Washington lobbyists have been charging billions for such influence. Somehow, the fact that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been peddling his “insider knowledge” has the nation’s capital in a twit fit. But as the dependable Tim Carney points out, “that’s typical swamp behavior.”
Carney, who writes for the Washington Examiner, is the rare journalist who actually wears out a lot of shoe leather to dig for news — and few Swamp Dwellers appreciate what he reveals. He finds an instructive lesson in the news that Novartis, a major pharmaceutical provider, had hired Cohen. After a single meeting, they realized that Cohen would be “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to U.S. healthcare policy matters.”
But they had already paid Cohen $1.2 million. For nothing.
“This story is a whole different species of Beltway shadiness,” writes Carney. “Cohen’s racket, it seems to me, isn’t selling policy to the highest bidder, it’s ripping off gullible companies who thought he could be a MAGA rainmaker.”
Why do countless special interests spend billions a year for such “services”? Carney explains: “Sometimes these businesses are seeking special favors. Sometimes they’re trying to avoid special mistreatment. Novartis, surely, wanted to ward off Trump’s promises to drive down drug prices.” … Continue Reading

Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

May 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it was a week of triumph.
Last Tuesday, May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, May 10, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria.
“If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”
The day before, Bibi was in Moscow, persuading Vladimir Putin to cancel the sale of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to Damascus.
In an event televised worldwide, the U.S. embassy on May 14 was transferred to Jerusalem, with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner doing the honors in what Bibi called a “glorious day.” Few can recall a time when Israel seemed in so favorable a position.
The White House and the Republican Party that controls Congress are solidly behind Israel. Egypt is cooperating to battle terrorists in Sinai.
Israel has a de facto alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf royals. And the Palestinians have never been more divided, isolated, and alone.
Yet, there is another side to this story, also visible.
As the transfer ceremony of the Jerusalem embassy was taking place, TV split screens showed pictures of protesting Palestinians, 52 of whom were shot dead May 14, with thousands wounded by snipers. Some 40,000 had rallied against the U.S. embassy move. … Continue Reading

From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

May 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

Throughout the nineteenth and most the twentieth century, schoolbooks depicted the early European settlers of the North American Continent as noble-minded immigrants, in the Old World persecuted for their religious faith, and in the New World bent on the creation of a more congenial society.
In spite of attempts to totally secularize public school curricula, that story may yet prevail, if only to support the liberal immigration policy advanced by the progressive left. The truth is far more interesting, and perhaps more relevant.
From the ranks of the Pilgrims who settled in the New World between 1620 and 1630 emerged a theocracy which was to prevail in New England through the latter part of the seventeenth century and most of the eighteenth. It was a theocracy that came to be replaced by a democracy in accord with its own conception of God’s plan for mankind.
The Puritans were a reform-minded group in the Anglican Church whose objective was the practice of Christianity in its pristine purity. Opposed to what they described as “fleshly and worldly compromise,” opposed to sacramental ritual and all rite, the Puritans insisted in doctrinal matters on the “right of private judgment” and in worship on the “priesthood of all believers.” They were united in their conviction that the Church of England had not gone far enough in disassociating itself from the Church of Rome.
The most renowned congregation of Puritans is the one that fled Holland in 1607, sailing from Scrooby, Holland, on the Mayflower to the shores of Cape Cod where the Plymouth Colony was established in 1620. That colony became the model for many others in North America. Taking their cue from Thomas Cartwright, the Puritan Bay Colony fashioned a framework for the church. Only the elect would vote and rule in the commonwealth. The Church was not to govern, but it was to supply the instruments of rule, namely, the rationale for law and the principles which determine election procedures. Biblical law was to be the primary law for ordering both church and state. The Bay Colony prospered and it was taken as evidence of the favor of God.
True, it had its heretics: Roger Williams, Anne Hutchison, and Mary Dyer, for example, and the Colony did not hesitate to banish them. Some among the banished Quaker group founded by Dyer returned to be punished and finally hanged. … Continue Reading

Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

May 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

By SHAUN KENNEY

Both Fr. James Schall, SJ, and our very own Christopher Manion have written about the concept of America’s impending revolution (The Wanderer, May 10, p. 1) — in short, the prospects of a leftist revolution right here at home.
I am saddened to report that the revolution has already occurred. Not only have we lost, but we lost in tremendous numbers with generations of casualties.
Some might say it began with the 1968 counterculture movement, but in truth we all know it began far earlier than this. Veterans returning home from post-Second World War Europe, perhaps? The rise of beatnik culture, the advent of existentialism in the works of thinkers such as Derrida, Camus, and Foucault, and last but certainly not least the prospect of nuclear annihilation at any chosen moment without warning. Nihilism — this idea that nothing matters — crept in to our culture at the precise same time that dialectical materialism had conquered Eastern Europe and began infecting sociology and economics departments throughout the West.
True, there were some rearguard actions. Richard Weaver and the Southern agrarians tried, but industrialization and the New South were by then far too dominant. Russell Kirk attempted to remind us that for all our economy, our souls demanded our first attentions. William F. Buckley Jr. staked out an intellectual homestead at National Review. Patrick J. Buchanan was perhaps the last of the desperados — his admonishment of republicanism over imperialism fell on deaf ears as the so-called end of history ushered in the Pax Americana. We stood athwart history yelling stop, and the train of the revolution rolled right over top of us.
More than anywhere else, the institutions that kept us free were either whittled away or entirely conquered as the occupational forces of bureaucrats and left-wing intolerance crept in. As liberal demands for free speech transformed into progressive demands for “good speech,” the institutions surrendered one by one. Press, schools, the military, churches, local governments, unions, and diplomats all yielded to the Fabian operators.
How successful was this operation? Take a sane culture and fast forward to now. Abortion on demand. Marriage redefined by the state and the Christian position defined as hate speech. College campuses rejecting the principle of free speech and free inquiry. Catholic priests and bishops refusing to defend family and life for fear of losing government funding. Parents denied the right to educate their children (as we have seen in California).
Since 1973, an estimated 55 million babies have been exterminated in no small part by a eugenics operation — Planned Parenthood — that not only celebrates its victories but sell the body parts of little babies on the open market as a butcher would have done in a bygone era. … Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

May 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America, by Robert G. Marshall, TAN Books, Charlotte, N.C., ISBN 978-1-5051-0940-5, 311 pages, hardback, $24.95, 2018.
Bob Marshall, who passed a lot of years in the Virginia House of Delegates, serving 13 two-year terms, covers a lot of territory in this valuable political how-to book, from the Founders’ philosophy to precinct door-knocking, and from unacceptable judicial supremacy to voter-registration forms kept handy in the car to hand out.
Whether the reader wants to know what the U.S.’s early architects thought about the three co-equal branches of government, or how effective Barack Obama was at voter contact in Virginia for the 2008 presidential election, Marshall, basically an exemplary pro-life GOP conservative, has that word in Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America.
He has a warning for Republicans and conservatives in this mid-term election year.
Left-wing Democrats have become energized, and they successfully tested a strategy for 2018 that included sending him down to defeat in Virginia’s 2017 state elections. But did part of the Democrats’ winning ways occur thanks to Republican voters dispirited by the typically apologetic, passive performance of the national GOP’s majority in Congress, not at all in tune with brash Donald Trump?
Virginia “Republicans failed to turn out for Republican candidates perhaps because the Republican Congress failed to keep its promises to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, or follow through on any number of policy intentions,” Marshall observes. “Democrats were prompted, in part, by their anti-President Trump animosity.” … Continue Reading

To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

May 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

By MIKE MANNO

Well, the Brits did it again. Not satisfied after killing Little Charlie Gard last July, they found a new victim, err, patient, whom Her Majesty’s government decreed should die, in his own best interests.
We all know the story of Little Alfie Evans, a child with an undisclosed — read that: undiagnosed — brain ailment and whose parents, with unmitigated gall, decided to try to save his life. You see, apparently in Great Britain, its Public Health Service — read that: socialized health service — is understood to be a better decision-maker for small children than the kid’s parents.
The government’s imprimatur grants to the decision-makers in the health service a wisdom that is not given to ordinary mortals, especially not to parents. That imprimatur bestows upon them an insight granted to few individuals: to determine when it is in the best interest of this mother’s child to die.
And, of course, complying with the government’s edict, Little Alfie — good subject of Her Majesty that he was — died quietly. Rule Britannia!
Not quite a Churchillian moment.
And now the British press is reporting that the boy’s legal team, the Christian Legal Centre, could face an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is now reviewing the matter. Apparently it is not enough to kill the boy; his defenders must also be dissuaded from ever doing that again!
Perhaps that is why, even though Pope Francis supported Little Alfie’s parents, English bishops were not exactly on the Alfie bandwagon. Liverpool Archbishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon even publicly supported the hospital against Alfie. Apparently, when you behead a bishop in 1535 (St. John Fisher), it produces a centuries-long chilling effect on some in the clerical state.
In Britain children belong to the state. But why worry? England and all this socialized medicine is, as they say, “across the pond.”
Worry.
What happened to Little Alfie Evans, just like what happened to Little Charlie Gard before him, is not limited to Britain, European society, or even to children. It is happening here, perhaps not in the same manner, but it is happening even though the elite among us laughed at Sarah Palin’s “death panel” warnings, and taught us to laugh along, too. … Continue Reading

Life is the ‘true source of America’s greatness,’ President Trump tells pro-life gala

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — President Donald Trump affirmed the importance of the right to life and called on pro-life voters to help secure it Tuesday night, in his keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List’s 11th…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Priests who ‘bless’ gay unions will answer for it on Judgement Day

May 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Clerics who “bless” homosexual unions are “reintroducing a kind of pagan temple prostitution,” which is “akin to apostasy,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider said in a newly-published interview addressing ongoing controversies and crises in the Catholic Church.…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Catholics must let Christ reign as King in face of ‘apostasy’ within Church

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics must consciously place themselves under the “Kingship of Christ” in the face of enemies of the Church today attempting to “infiltrate the life of the Church herself and to corrupt the Bride of…Continue Reading

President Trump to cut Planned Parenthood funding

The Trump administration is announcing its intentions to cut a significant amount of taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. The proposed regulation will also better protect victims of sexual assault, incest and rape because it will require that…Continue Reading

Bishop Tobin is right: the Catholic Church must stay true to itself

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, who is the Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, in the United States, has tweeted, and it is a mighty tweet, a gem amidst the dross and banality of Twitter. The Bishop has written:

Alfie Evans laid to rest today with no coroner’s investigation, no toxicology report

LONDON, May 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The question of what caused the death of UK toddler Alfie Evans may never be known. The UK High Court refused today to order a post-mortem examination of the toddler’s remains at the request…Continue Reading

Google and Facebook Censor Pro-Life Free Speech Ahead of Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion

This has been coming on in Ireland for months, really since the outlines of the wording for the May 25 referendum to gut protections for unborn children were released. Simon Harris, the Minister of Health, and others, committed to overturning…Continue Reading

Bill Nye the Science Guy Headlines Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” a man who became famous for teaching children about science, has anything but children’s best interests at heart. Nye is an abortion activist who spoke Tuesday at fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in Texas. San Antonio…Continue Reading

Pope Francis one week after Alfie Evans’ death: ‘all possible assistance’ must be given to dying

May 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis spoke out on Sunday in favor of providing complete health care to dying patients, in an apparent reference to the case of Alfie Evans, a child who died in a British public hospital…Continue Reading

Abortionist to be jailed after killing woman in botched late-term abortion

QUEENS, New York, May 4, 2018 (Operation Rescue) – In a move that shocked the court, abortionist Robert Rho accepted a previously offered plea bargain and admitted his guilt to Felony Negligent Homicide immediately after the judge announced that the jury had…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell, Vatican treasurer, to become most senior member of Catholic church to stand trial on sex charges

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s treasurer, has become the most senior Catholic figure to face sexual assault charges after a court in Melbourne committed him to stand trial on historical offences involving multiple victims. After being asked for a plea, 76-year-old…Continue Reading

Michigan Catholic School Revokes ‘Modesty Poncho’ Prom Plan for Female Students

A Catholic high school in Michigan has ended a plan to make female students wear “modesty ponchos” at prom if they are dressed inappropriately. After some parents and students at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich. said the “modesty…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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Cardinal Sarah: Ordaining married men would be a ‘break’ with Apostolic Tradition

CHARTRES, France, May 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Ordaining married men to the Catholic priesthood would be a break with apostolic tradition, a leading Catholic prelate has said. Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said that “serious consequences” would arise in the Church if she were to admit married men of sound reputation, or “viri probati” into the priesthood. The Cardinal, who is 72, made

Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals from five continents

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates that work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor.

Cardinal Burke warns upcoming youth synod may release ‘new storm in the Church’

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There is a risk that the upcoming synod on youth will bring “more difficulties” for the Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke said at the Rome Life Forum today, noting there have already been allegations of manipulation. “What can we expect about and after the new synod in October?” he was asked. “A new storm in the Church? A new ambiguous exhortation? More dubia?” “I think simply from a point of human…Continue Reading

Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” in investigating abuse and protecting children. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign. Francis can accept the resignations, rej

Iowa attorney general refuses to defend heartbeat abortion ban

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Democratic attorney general of Iowa is refusing to defend the state’s new ban on aborting babies with detectable heartbeats, citing his personal opposition to the duly-enacted law. “Attorney General Tom Miller has disqualified himself from representing the state” in the inevitable court battle over the law, Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson announced in a letter Tuesday. “The

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Iraqi “Republic”: No Christian Converts

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. His column is distributed by Creators.com.) + + + The 2017 State Department report on human rights in Iraq, which was released last month, begins by unambiguously declaring: “Iraq is a constitutional parliamentary republic.” It says, “The outcome of the 2014…Continue Reading

The Consequences Of Relativism… A Desperate Call From The Youth Of America

By ALBERTO M. PIEDRA Recently I read an article entitled “From the Heart of a Young Father” written by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. It appeared in First Things in April and it is worth receiving wide support and shared by as large an audience as possible. The article relates the anguished cry of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Reconstructing The Entire Social Order

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY An Economics of Justice and Charity: Catholic Social Teaching, Its Development and Contemporary Relevance, by Thomas Storck; Angelico Press, 182 pages. Buy from Amazon.com; $24.00 hardcover, $16.95 paperback. An Economics of Justice and Charity looks at Catholic social teaching from the time of Pope Leo XIII, that is the end of…Continue Reading

The Vote On The Eighth Amendment . . . The Pro-Abortion Elites Are Active In Ireland

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented May 14 on Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion.) + + + In 1983, Ireland passed the Eighth Amendment outlawing abortion in most cases. Its future will be decided in a May 25 referendum. Activists from both sides have drawn support from inside and outside…Continue Reading

What Greatness Requires

By DONALD DeMARCO In a world such as ours, where mediocrity and confusion reign, where leaders mislead us and governments deceive us, the need for greatness is particularly critical. What is greatness, we may well ask? If we are not clear about the nature of this esteemed quality, how easy it is to settle for…Continue Reading

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The Tenth Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum… “Any Experience Of Rupture Must Come To An End”

By ARCHBISHOP ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE (Editor’s Note: The Most Rev. Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., gave this homily for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2018. (The occasion was a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter that…Continue Reading

The Oneness Of God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, Moses addresses the people of Israel, challenging them to think about what they might believe about God and about themselves in relation to God. The problem for the Jewish people, having come out of Egypt,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Weird World Far From God

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Some say the Catholic Church has to become more like Protestants (e.g., married priests, women priests, abortion, gay marriage) to survive. A new ABC Poll shows that Protestant membership has declined 14 percent in the last 15 years! We Catholics had better look before we leap.” Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence, R.I.,…Continue Reading

Replies To Objections To The Mass

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 29 In this article, we respond to objections against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which non-Catholics are wont to raise in order to attempt to justify their many different doctrines about the Eucharist. They do not agree among themselves on a great many points of doctrine — see how many thousands of sects,…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Merciful

By DON FIER In last week’s consideration of the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [justice], for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6), we saw that those being referred to are souls who intensely desire that their wills are in accord with God’s will. They want what God wants, and their desires are always satisfied.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Ivan Merz

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord paid the laborers the same wage whether they worked from early morning or began in the afternoon. The rewards were the same (Matthew, chapter 20). So too are the rewards for serving the Lord with zeal and perseverance. St. Augustine, converting at the age of 33, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Francis of Assisi — all…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bede The Venerable

By CAROLE BRESLIN In northern England — what is now known as the county of Tyne and Wear — on the Wear River sits St. Peter’s at Monkwearmouth. About seven miles away are the ruins of St. Paul’s Parish, which contain the oldest stained-glass window in the world. Both churches played an important role in the development of Christianity in…Continue Reading