Friday 6th March 2015

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Under “Same-Sex” Assault . . . Florist “Just So Grateful” For Support, Says Attorney

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The video begins with Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Washington state, sifting through letters at a dining table covered with a flower-patterned white cloth, with the Bible at hand.
“She has received a lot of letters of support,” as well as some hate mail, attorney Kristen Waggoner told The Wanderer, adding that each letter matters to her. “She reads it and she cries. She’s just so grateful” for the support expressed.
Stutzman is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, in Richland, Wash., who has been targeted by a powerful legal assault to force her to celebrate “same-sex marriage,” contrary to her Christian beliefs.
Homosexual activists used to taunt people opposed to their crusade by asking, “How does my gay marriage hurt you?” … Continue Reading

Mock Outrage? Or Fuzzy Thinking? Protesting Archbishop Cordileone’s Morality Clause

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The headline in The Los Angeles Times on February 12 read: “S.F. archbishop’s imposition of morality clause at schools outrages many.” When I read the story, the first words that came to mind were “phony outrage” and “crocodile tears.” I was convinced that what we were seeing were examples of disingenuous protestations by left-wing pressure groups to shape public opinion. Outrage? Over what? An archbishop defending the teachings of the Catholic Church?
Then I had second thoughts. I began to lean toward the explanation that the expressions of outrage were sincere; that the people up-in-arms over the archbishop’s position were genuinely convinced that they were taking a stand against a great injustice — even though they were employing a flagrant double-standard to make their case. Such things happen.
The secular leftists enforcing the codes of political correctness on our college campuses these days are good examples. They are people who have spent their entire adult lives championing the causes of freedom of expression and diversity of opinion. But that doesn’t seem to matter now that they control our universities. Their ideological enthusiasms lead them to see nothing inconsistent about demanding academic freedom for Marxist and atheistic professors, while at the same time condoning, encouraging — or leading — the protests that shout down conservative speakers who question the liberal orthodoxy on feminist, homosexual, environmental, and racial issues. … Continue Reading

Namibia’s Nemesis

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The moonless night was pitch black, and I could see nothing. But I could hear several small children playing and laughing a few yards away. I pointed my bright laser pointer at the schoolhouse wall right over where I guessed their heads would be, and there was instant complete silence. Then the kids started to chase the bright red dot like a bunch of kittens, screaming with delight. After several minutes of this, Fr. Boquet walked over and showed them how the laser pointer worked.
Our Human Life International team was relaxing over a late supper after finishing an intensive four-day pro-life training session for community leaders in Rundu, at the northeastern corner of Namibia, just off the Caprivi Strip. Fr. Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International, Emil Hagamu, HLI’s regional coordinator for English-speaking Africa, and I had presented a dozen talks on such topics as the origins and natures of the Cultures of Life and Death, the population control movement, myths about abortion and homosexuality, the moral problems specific to Namibia, and how to organize to fight the threats. … Continue Reading

In San Francisco Archdiocese . . . Rumbles Against Liberal Culture Roll Through

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Not long before San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone rattled California’s liberal political and cultural establishments in early February with a reminder about modeling basic Catholic beliefs to high school students, one of his priests at a parish near the Golden Gate Bridge sent out modest shock waves of his own in the land of the San Andreas Fault.
A lifelong San Francisco resident, Dolores Meehan, lauded these developments in a February 23 interview with The Wanderer, explaining that “the prevailing culture coming out of City Hall” isn’t something that many people want their children to grow up with. … Continue Reading

Who Are The Muslim Moderates?

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The February 5 edition of First Teachers featured a discussion of the Obama administration’s decision not to use the terms “Muslim terrorists” and “radical Islam” in describing the assassins of the editors of the French publication Charlie Hebdo and terrorist groups such as ISIS. Several readers have written to add their thoughts to this topic.
J.D.C., a reader from Texas, is convinced that concerns for political correctness distort the way many Americans think about Islam. He writes, “It is not the role of the government of the United States to define what is genuine Islam and what is not. It is even perilous for any non-Muslim to draw this distinction. ‘Moderate Muslims’ commit many horrible crimes, as when Saudi moneybags buy sex slaves from India and Pakistan, but won’t let girls flee burning buildings unless properly dressed. As far as I can tell, what makes a Muslim moderate is that he is in some sort of shaky alliance with the United States, not much more. When Catholic leaders seeking to appear ‘enlightened’ and ‘ecumenical’ pretend that Islam is some sort of kindred religion, or offer up mealy-mouthed excuses for Muslim behavior, it becomes hard to take them seriously.” … Continue Reading

No Compromise When It Comes To The Preborn

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“Right now, we are just trying to convince people that it is not right to abort children through the ninth month of pregnancy and that is an uphill battle in itself without having to explain to people that unborn babies conceived in rape and incest have the same right to life.”

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The above message was sent via Facebook last week to my friend Rebecca Kiessling. If you aren’t familiar with Rebecca, she is one of the most powerful pro-life speakers that one would ever hope to hear.
Rebecca was conceived through rape. Her mother almost aborted her, but obviously God had other plans for both mother and baby. Rebecca was indeed born, and was raised by an adoptive family.
Today Rebecca is an attorney and the founder of Save the 1, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate everyone on why all preborn children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise. Save the 1 works to educate pro-life advocates, leaders, and clergy on how to articulate a proper defense of children conceived in rape or incest, as well as those with special needs. … Continue Reading

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Drop Box’

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Rey Flores – March 1, 2015
If there’s a genre of film that I am not necessarily a big fan of, it’s documentaries. They seem so academic and formal that little room is left for the humanity of the person aside from facts and history. ‘The Drop Box’ is the exception to the rule.
‘The Drop Box’ tells the story of one man’s efforts to protect and care for newborn babies who might have otherwise been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Pastor Lee Jong-Rak built a ‘baby box’ – a safe harbor to welcome and care for these babies.
So far, more than 600 babies – many of whom … Continue Reading

Rest In Peace, Dr. Jack Willke

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(Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this tribute to Dr. Jack Willke by Joseph Scheidler from the Pro-Life Action League, which Scheidler founded in Chicago in 1980. All rights reserved.
(Dr. Willke died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 20. He was 89.)

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The Handbook on Abortion by Dr. Jack and Barbara Willke became my Bible just as soon as abortion became legal nationwide in 1973.
It had been published in 1971 and was already on the shelves when the U.S. Supreme Court made abortion on demand the law of the land. I don’t know what we would have done without it. It answered all the questions we pro-lifers had in those early days, and we were glad someone had done our work for us.
The book ended up being used worldwide and was eventually translated into 32 languages and went through multiple reprintings.
Jack was an obstetrician who quit delivering babies in the late 1960s in order to work full-time in the abortion battle.
But who was Jack Willke? And why did he do all his writing and give his talks with his wife, Barbara? … Continue Reading

Except Which Party Runs Congress… Little Changes In USCCB’s Open-Borders Push As Years Pass

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PHOENIX — Arizonans are well-acquainted with the open-borders reputation of the regional bishops’ lobbying arm, the Arizona Catholic Conference, of whom the Diocese of Tucson’s liberal Bishop Gerald Kicanas is an unabashed champion.
These ideas were on display again in Washington, D.C., in February testimony. They’re ideas that were strongly rejected by a Republican Latino activist in a February 22 interview with The Wanderer. But first, some words from Kicanas.
Drawing to the conclusion of his prepared remarks before a U.S. House subcommittee on February 11 on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” Kicanas said:
“We are hopeful that, as our public officials debate this issue, that immigrants, regardless of their legal status, are not made scapegoats for the challenges we face as a nation. Rhetoric which attacks the human rights and dignity of the migrant are not becoming of a nation of immigrants. Neither are xenophobic and anti-immigrant attitudes, which only serve to lessen us as a nation.” … Continue Reading

Neither Dignity Nor Justice . . . Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia

February 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.)

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On February 6 the nine judges of the Canadian Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in a unanimous decision, reversing a previous 1994 ruling.
The move continued a tendency toward judicial activism that started with the striking down of abortion laws, then the introduction of same-sex marriage, and then the striking down of laws on prostitution.
While technically the court did not eliminate the legal prohibition regarding assisted suicide, it said that it no longer applied to a person who consents to the termination of his or her life and has a “grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease, or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.”
Commentators pointed out that this is not limited to terminal illnesses and could even apply to persons with psychological problems, including depression.
The effect of the decision is suspended for 12 months so that Parliament has an opportunity to pass a law on this matter. With an election coming up later in the year in October there is doubt that a law will be passed in the near future. … Continue Reading

‘Quit Catholic schools if you can’t stand our principles’

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu has dared students who cannot comply with the religious rules and practices in Catholic schools to quit and move to other schools, if they so desire. According to him,…Continue Reading

Robert McElroy Named New Leader of Roman Catholic Church

The new leader of the Roman Catholic Church Diocese in San Diego has been named. Robert W. McElroy, 61, an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco, has been named the new bishop for San Diego, which has about one million Catholics…Continue Reading

Catholic Schools Should Be Catholic, Even in San Francisco

Archbishop Cordileone is predictably blasted for a commonsense policy. If you care to learn how thin our conception of religious liberty has become, look to the Bay Area. In early February, San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordileone released a statement “regarding…Continue Reading



Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed Raymond Cardinal Burke via telephone on numerous topics. Nothing was off the table for this interview and His Eminence was incredibly generous with his time. He showed himself to be brilliant and yet filled with…Continue Reading

Hit job on Card. Pell because he’s doing his job

His Eminence George Card Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to oversee cleaning up the finances of the Holy See. He is doing his job. And so as Pell drills into the financial corruption and is getting closer to the…Continue Reading

Oil company hit man has Archbishop Cordileone in his sights

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 27, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to…Continue Reading

What about Henry VIII?

Interestingly, Jesus’ hard teaching that “what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–35). It is true that Jesus did…Continue Reading

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Fr. Bob (that’s what we’ll call him) was a faithful parish priest for more than 25 years. One day, a process server showed up at the rectory door and handed him a summons and complaint. The complaint alleged that some…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Must Save Students from Pornography Epidemic, Says Counseling Expert

Catholic colleges and universities owe it to their students to do everything within their power to help combat the destructive effects of pornography, argued Dr. Peter Kleponis in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. Kleponis, a licensed clinical…Continue Reading

Imagine: A Catholic Archbishop!

If it weren’t so predictable, it would be infuriating, but because of that, it is infuriating to thinking people. It’s happening again as San Francisco drops the hammer – again – on the Catholic Church and especially Archbishop Cordileone. He’s…Continue Reading

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign…Continue Reading

University of Scranton to end all abortion coverage

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The University of Scranton plans to end employee health care coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. The Times-Tribune of Scranton ( ) reports Thursday that the…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 . . .

Holy See to UN: Countries Should Strive To End The Death Penalty

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Wednesday declared “bloodless means” are capable of defending the common good and upholding justice, and called on States to abolish the death penalty. Speaking to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, urged countries to use a “more humane” form of punishment. “As for those countries that claim…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Worldliness Blinds Us To The Needs Of The Poor

(Vatican Radio) Worldliness darkens the soul, making it unable to see the poor who live next to us with all their wounds: this was the message, in brief, that Pope Francis had for the faithful gathered for Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Thursday morning. Commenting on the parable of the rich man, a man dressed “in purple and fine linen,” who “every day gave lavish banquets,” the…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: An Invitation To Do Good


(Vatican Radio)  God “generously forgives” those who “learn to do good”, but what he doesn’t forgive is “hypocrisy and fake saints”, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta chapel. Pope Francis said that there has never been any doubts that God prefers “sanctified sinners” – people who, despite their past sins, learn how to do a greater good — to “fake saints” – people who are more concerned with appearing saintly…Continue Reading

Pope: Jesus reveals himself, as the perfect icon of the Father

(Vatican Radio) Before the Angelus the Pope recalled Sunday’s Gospel on the Transfiguration in which Jesus “is at the peak of his public ministry. The Holy Father explained that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, where the prophecies of the ‘Servant of God’ will be fulfilled. The crowds, he added, facing the prospect of a Messiah that does not fit their earthly expectations, abandoned him. They thought that the Messiah would be a liberator…Continue Reading

Our Lady And The New Evangelization

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY This article will look at the Marian dimension of the New Evangelization in the documents of Vatican II, and also in the teaching of Popes John Paul II and Benedict, as well as further aspects of the Fatima message. We can see the documents of Vatican II as a blueprint for…Continue Reading

Best Of Times Or Worst Of Times?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss. Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in “a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally —…Continue Reading

The Good Pagan’s Failure

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY As Europe faces what seems to be a cultural crisis, a book written in 1939 comes to mind for its present relevance. It is Rosalind Murray’s The Good Pagan’s Failure. (1) Murray was the daughter of the Australian-born, British classical scholar Gilbert Murray, and the wife for 30 years of Arnold…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Birth Control For Teens Who Are ‘Doing It Anyway’?”

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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at + + + If pressed, many “family planners” admit that, in an ideal world, all young people would…Continue Reading

Virginia Parish Calls On Catholics . . . Join In An “Affirmation Of Faith” To Pope Francis

By LISA BOURNE FRONT ROYAL, Va. (LifeSiteNews) — A Virginia Catholic parish is publicly affirming Church teaching on marriage and its fidelity to the Church, while at the same time calling on Pope Francis to proclaim and defend the same. In the wake of the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome, St. John…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .


By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

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Editor’s Note: Regarding the question of whether the story of Jonah really happened, R.T. of South Dakota recalled the time that he was a seminary student in Rome and one of his professors said that the story was a myth. R.T. said that one of the other students in the class produced a modern-day newspaper article, which was about a…Continue Reading

Practice Mercy And Charity

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Lent (YR B) Readings: 2 Chron. 36:14-16, 19-23 Eph. 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 In the second reading today St. Paul reminds us that God is rich in mercy. For this we are all most grateful because without that mercy we would all be headed to a very hot eternity. Sometimes, however, we get impatient…Continue Reading

It Looks Like Someone Is Trying To Shout Us Down

By JOSEPH CARDINAL ZEN ZE-KIUN (Editor’s Note: The widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless, according to Cardinal Zen, the archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong. He says that the key issues remain unresolved, namely, episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Root Of Faith Crisis In Rupture Between Life And Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Quite a few years ago, I went hiking in the Alps on the border between Italy and France with a group of reformed drug addicts and their family members. One father brought his two sons who observed my delight as I ran up to the snow line ahead of the group and collected fresh snow…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Isidore Of Seville

By CAROLE BRESLIN Spain is one of two countries located on the Iberian Peninsula. During the time of the Roman Empire, it was the Romans who first called this land “Hispania.” To this land the Romans brought the Latin language, civil organization, and law, as well as the Christian religion. However, as the Roman Empire began to crumble during the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Augustus Chapdelaine

By CAROLE BRESLIN Christianity has never been warmly welcomed by the authorities in China, but that did not stop the missionaries over the centuries who have gone there to save souls. Christianity has existed in various forms since the Tang Dynasty (eighth century). The first reports of Catholic priests going to China go back to the 13th century. John of…Continue Reading