Monday 15th September 2014

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Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

September 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:
When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?
The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.
Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.
But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama, and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?
Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.
She voted against the surge in 2006, but confided to Defense Secretary Bob Gates that she did so to maintain her political viability for 2008. … Continue Reading

An Unhappy Summer For Liberty

September 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

 

At the root of the chaos in the Middle East and here at home are governments that respect no limits on their exercise of power. Public officials — who are supposed to be our public servants — routinely behave as if they are our masters. They reject the confines of the Constitution, they don’t believe that our rights are inalienable, and they fail to see the dangerous path down which they are leading us.
It is a path to an authoritarian America, predicted by the British writer George Orwell in his dark and terrifying novel 1984, in which governmental power was fortified by fear at home and war abroad.
President Obama has dispatched 60,000 NSA spies to monitor the cell-phone and landline calls, as well as the emails, texts, bank statements, and utility bills, of nearly all Americans, in utter disregard for the constitutional standard required for doing so: probable cause of criminal acts by the persons spied upon.
Yet his spies somehow missed the Boston marathon bombing, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and theft of Crimea, the downing of the Malaysian civilian airliner, and the growth of ISIS in the Middle East. … Continue Reading

Dissenter Invited To Address Priests… Diocese Of San Diego Won’t Comment

September 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The San Diego Catholic Diocese declined to comment to The Wanderer about a major speaker scheduled for its diocesan priests’ annual convocation who, some local Catholics say, is well-known for his opposition to basic Church teaching, including on homosexuality.
“We respectfully decline the invitation to comment for this article,” diocesan chancellor Rodrigo Valdivia promptly emailed on September 2 when this newspaper asked about Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, and the Catholics’ request that the speaking invitation to him be withdrawn.
An August 18 letter from five San Diego-area Catholics linked to a number of references about Radcliffe’s views and record. The Catholics sent the letter to a local priest believed to have invited Radcliffe to speak, and copied their letter to three San Diego diocesan officials.
The Catholics wrote: “Fr. Radcliffe openly dissents on the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, frequently celebrated Mass for the gay dissent group the Soho Masses Pastoral Council. During the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe was stopped from speaking at the General Assembly of the Catholic development agencies. … Continue Reading

The 40 Pro-Life Film Should Be Aired On PBS

September 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

It was last week that PBS aired After Tiller, a documentary about the four last late-term abortionists left in America after abortionist George Tiller was gunned down a few years back by an obviously mentally unstable person.
PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, is a publicly funded broadcasting entity that many of us grew up watching. What once was a respite from mainstream commercial television has now become just one more platform to push pro-abortion propaganda and other anti-Christian agendas, like homosexuality.
As a child, I enjoyed the daily visit to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or a stroll down Sesame Street. As I grew older, I enjoyed all of the National Geographic programs featuring all sorts of wildlife and deep-sea expeditions with Jacques Cousteau. … Continue Reading

The Great Disease Of The Modern World

September 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DONALD DeMARCO

“The disease afflicting the modern world,” wrote Jacques Maritain, “is above all a disease of the intellect.”
How serious is this disease? Scripture has adequately warned us: “If your eye is worthless, your whole body will be in darkness” (Matt. 6:23; Luke 11:34). The mind provides light so that we can see where we are going and know what we are doing. Who would drive an automobile with his eyes shut? Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense, underscoring the importance of a clear head and a sound mind.
Yet, it is all too common for people in our generation to live under the influence of a culture that disdains clear thinking and sound judgment, a culture that puts appetite before understanding, desire ahead of thinking, and impulse over reason. A certain primacy naturally belongs to the intellect according to the commonsense maxim that we should think before we act. Reason’s place of primacy must be reinstated. … Continue Reading

Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

September 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:
When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?
The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.
Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.
But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama, and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?
Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career. … Continue Reading

Loving Those Who Hate Us

September 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I haven’t checked with reputable theologians to determine if the way I deal with our Lord’s directive that we “forgive our enemies” and “love those who hate us” is sound. But I think it is. What I do is interpret Jesus’ words as a requirement that I not wish ill of those who wish me ill. I wish them good health and happiness in this world and the next.
But I don’t go beyond that. I do not think I am required to like them or to make them part of my life. Nor do I think I have an obligation to forsake the appropriate criminal and civil punishment for their misdeeds. “Loving our neighbor” does not mean being a chump. I want murderers, for example, to spend a long, long time behind bars — where I hope they find the Lord and save their souls. And if I had invested with the investment embezzler Bernie Madoff, I’d be first in line to take him to court.
But there is another angle to this issue, isn’t there? Don’t we have a moral right to ask why those who hate us hate us? We have no moral responsibility to solve that problem, of course. It is their problem. But it is an intriguing question nonetheless. It makes a difference if those who hate us do so with malice, or because of an inaccurate caricature of our motives established through no fault of their own. The answer to that question will determine the nature of the Christian “love” and “forgiveness” we will extend to them. … Continue Reading

On Loving The Church

September 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH, MM

These days, because of all the attacks on the integrity of the Church, especially since the sex scandals, I think it is very important that we take a look at the Church as a divine institution, the way Jesus, the Son of God, created it and promised to be with it until the end of time.
I would like to begin this essay on the Church with a quote from the Gospel of St. John (chapter 17). The night before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He prayed to His heavenly Father for His future followers that they would be united in the truth. Jesus said:
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to this world anymore than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I send them into the world. I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” … Continue Reading

Malcolm Muggeridge On School Sex Education

September 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS

Fifty years of formal classroom sex education in our schools both public and Catholic have apparently taught nothing to millions in our society who gaze blindly at the moral debris all around them: families broken by divorce, fatherless children, widespread fornication, promiscuity, and adultery, the horrific number of unborn children killed, and the spread of homosexual activity and AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.
The boasted promises of such organizations as the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), Planned Parenthood, the American Humanist Association, the National Education Association, the National Catholic Education Association, and other “progressive” groups that a “scientific sex education” in our schools would ensure a “healthy” view of human sexuality and prevent sexual delinquency among our youth has proved to be only “dust and ashes” in the mouths of parents whose rights in education were simply ignored or outright betrayed. … Continue Reading

Lessons From Ferguson

September 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

As I write these words, it is not clear whether the worst rioting is over in Ferguson. But, whatever comes next, there are lessons we have learned from the week of confrontations with the police in the St. Louis suburb.
Above all else, we are learning the importance of the rule of law and due process. If the authorities — everyone from the Ferguson police chief to the governor of Missouri to Eric Holder and Barack Obama — put their sympathies for injustices suffered by African-Americans above the pursuit of truth, we could be looking at an ugly disregard for the rights of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown on the night of August 9. Police officers deserve the presumption of innocence as much as anyone else. That should go without saying. … Continue Reading

Hermeneutic of Continuity: Pope Benedict XVI’s 10 Step Guide to Vatican II

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In 2005 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI gave a Christmas address to the Roman Curia that sparked a “Holy Revolution.” The good pontiff’s comments were received as “epoch-making” by many of those faithful to Sacred Tradition.1 At the heart of…Continue Reading

Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma ‘Black Mass’ Event, Will Stage Exorcism Despite Christian Protests

The Satanist group that will stage a controversial “black mass” at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will…Continue Reading

Catholic League Bowing Out Of New York’s St. Patrick’s Parade

NEW YORK –  The Catholic League says it will sit out next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren’t letting an anti-abortion Catholic group march. Catholic League head Bill Donohue said Thursday that his organization…Continue Reading

Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C. “In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself…Continue Reading

MURDER OF CATHOLIC NUNS SHOCKS WORLD

The triple murder of three elderly Italian religious sisters in Burundi has their religious family and the local community reeling. The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed Monday’s death of a third missionary, Sister Bernadette Boggian, who wasdecapitated, according to a…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

by Hon. Bob Marshall Sept. 8, 2014 New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “I have…Continue Reading

Founder: Catholic Studies programs help colleges fulfill call to faithfulness

St. Paul, Minn., Sep 8, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- University-level Catholic Studies programs are an essential response to the increasingly fragmented college experience, said the man who founded the first such program 20 years ago. “At the heart of…Continue Reading

A ‘dereliction of duty’? Catholics react to Cardinal Dolan’s role in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s decision to act as grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade despite its decision to allow an openly homosexual organization to participate has drawn strong criticism from Catholic writers and outrage from many…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Caves

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The following comes from an Aug. 30 email from the Sycamore Trust, “alumni protecting Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.” Notre Dame is complying with the abortifacient/contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with…Continue Reading

Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been…Continue Reading

You’ve Been Dolanized!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City has finally thrown in the towel and agreed to let gay Irish groups march. The announcement was made yesterday. In response, Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington posted on…Continue Reading

Gays to march in NYC Parade, with Cardinal Dolan as 2015 Grand Marshal

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A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice. On Wednesday, September 3, at…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis: Homily for Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sunday with Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s basilica during which he presided over the Sacrament of Marriage of twenty couples. Below please find the official text of the Holy Father’s homily: Today’s first reading speaks to us of the people’s journey through the desert. We can…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: War Is “Madness” Which Brings Destruction

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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Saturday morning celebrated Mass at the Italian Military Memorial of Redipuglia.  The visit to the area, which was the scene of fighting between Italy and the forces of the Central Powers during World War I, was to mark the centenary of the beginning of the war.  The Mass was said for the fallen and victims…Continue Reading

Deacon Describes Last Hours… Convicted Killer In Prolonged Execution Was Baptized

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Although most news attention focused on the nearly two hours it took for a convicted Arizona double murderer to die during the execution by lethal injection in July, he had been baptized a Catholic not long before, according to a deacon who helped Joseph Wood prepare for death. Ed Sheffer,…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… A “Better Life Index” That Ignores What Makes For A Better Life

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary… The Weeping Madonna Of Syracuse

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This little-known event involves a small plaster figure of our Lady showing her Immaculate Heart, which wept tears on numerous occasions in the city of Syracuse (Siracusa), Italy, for four days from August 29 to September 1, 1953, attracting thousands of pilgrims. Although not an apparition as such, this seems to…Continue Reading

One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Common Core Opponent Wins Surprise Statewide Victory

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Last winter a woman with a low public profile was turning up at local conservative meetings around here, hoping to stir some interest in her identity and her candidacy. Was the task hopeless, like trying to sell snow shovels in Phoenix? Her message? I’m Diane Douglas, I’m against Common Core,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Origins Of Pro-Abortion Slogans In The Birth Control Review”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, which is organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Most of us have heard all of the…Continue Reading

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Priestly Celibacy: Unnatural? Or . . . Supernatural? Celibacy In The Teachings Of St. Paul

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 St. Paul was not one of the twelve, but he is known as “the Apostle,” certainly because of the richness of his apostolic zeal in teaching, possibly more than all the other apostles put together. He was educated in the faith by Jesus Himself, and after that intense training, he became as zealous…Continue Reading

The Implications Of Faith In One God

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks, we have reflected on but an infinitesimal fraction of all that the faithful affirm when they reverently and genuinely say the first four [or five] words contained in the Creeds of the Church: “I believe in [one] God.” In saying these words with heartfelt sincerity, one is acknowledging his belief in who…Continue Reading

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Q. I have recently read a book entitled Constantine’s Sword by James Carroll. I was taken aback by its premise and wonder about its veracity. Do you have an opinion on the book? — E.J.S., New Jersey. A. You have good reason to wonder about the veracity of Constantine’s Sword (and the movie based on the book) since its author,…Continue Reading

Magnify The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9 Phil. 1:20c-24, 27a Matt. 20:1-16a In the first reading today, Isaiah cries out to all the people that they are to seek the Lord while He may be found. This becomes extremely important to us because Scripture speaks of the possibility of the Lord coming to…Continue Reading

Bishop Mark Davies Of Shrewsbury . . . Urges Youth To Stand Up For The Faith

LONDON (ZENIT) — Young Catholics are being called to be authentic and convincing witnesses if their contemporaries are to come to know Jesus Christ, the bishop of Shrewsbury, England, has said. He reflected on how often young people are being offered no direction in life except “make your own mind up. Go left, go right — see what works for…Continue Reading

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Catholic Heroes… Mother Teresa Of Calcutta

By CAROLE BRESLIN After returning from a visit to Mother Teresa of Calcutta and giving a retreat to her Missionaries of Charity there, Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, told a class of lay faithful, “Americans are living in a dream world.” He spoke of the thousands of people dying on the streets of Calcutta where Mother had begun her work…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Mary, The Mother Of God

By CAROLE BRESLIN I have a confession to make. It was not until I was nearly 40 years old that I learned about the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. While I understood the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, I never paid much attention to the feasts and the time of the year they were celebrated. For example,…Continue Reading

What to Do If Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion?

by Krisi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/20/14 4:00 PM Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Note: This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. If you are a guy who is trying to find out how to stop an abortion, please see this article written for dads. 1.  Stand your…Continue Reading

It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

February 13, 2014 by Anthony Esolen   It might have been worth repairing, if it had once been noble and beautiful, or at least conceived in an orderly way, for ordinary human purposes. But it wasn’t. It was constructed upon false principles. Its walls looked like those of a bad factory. It smelled like a warehouse. It could be terribly…Continue Reading

Why I am Pro-Life

February 4, 2014   Pro-Lifers   By Therese Recinella   Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today.   There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children…Continue Reading

Fathers . . . The Essential Role of the Father

Posted on February 10, 2014 by The Catholic Gentleman 13 Comments   Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view…Continue Reading

How Much is One Billion Dollars?

This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills.…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood

This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941.  (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in…Continue Reading

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven…Continue Reading