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Guilt By Association

September 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Guilt By Association


There was a time when serious students in college or high school would be familiar with the terms “arguing ad hominem” and the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy. I don’t know why our schools no longer introduce our young people to these errors in logic. Perhaps it is because they are in Latin and are thought to be outdated for that reason. Or it could be that our educators have concluded that these concepts can be taught without using the Latin terminology.

There is something to the latter proposition. Informed younger Americans are aware that it is a mistake to conclude that an argument is erroneous simply because the person advancing it is a villain or a fool, even if they have never heard the term ad hominem (“to the man”). They know, for example, that you cannot discredit vegetarians simply by pointing to stories about Hitler’s aversion to eating meat.
They also know that because B follows A, it does not necessarily mean that A caused B: correlation does not prove causation. Arguing post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after this, therefore because of this”) does not close the case. If you passed your physics examination the day that you wore red socks, it does not mean the socks had anything to do with your success. Studying hard the night before, on the other hand, probably did make a difference. … Continue Reading

A Bizarre Papal Move

September 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Bizarre Papal Move


(Wanderer Editor’s Note: Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, which featured this column on September 14. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.
(This letter from Pope Francis concerning Communion for divorced-remarried Catholics has received widespread comment in Catholic media.
(We direct our readers to Dr. Edward Peters’ blog ( for September 13 in which he writes, in part: “As hard as it might be to follow, my basic advice to ministers of holy Communion in the context of divorced-and-remarried Catholics is to ignore the coming furor over the Pope’s endorsement of an ambiguously worded document from some local bishops, and just follow the law of the Church, which is quite clear, unless and until that law is formally changed, at which point [if it comes to that] we will sit down and figure out what the new law directs.”)

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So now we know. We knew before, really, but didn’t have explicit confirmation. The long, agonizing slog, however, is finally over: from Pope Francis’ invitation to Cardinal Kasper to address the bishops in Rome in February of 2014 to the Pope’s letter last week to some Argentinean bishops affirming guidelines they had developed in a joint document that, in “exceptional cases,” people divorced and remarried (living in an “adulterous” relationship as we believed for 2,000 years in Western Christianity), may receive Holy Communion. This whole affair is bizarre. No other word will do. … Continue Reading

Panel Of National Radio Hosts… Supports Working For Trump To Win Presidential Election

September 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Panel Of National Radio Hosts… Supports Working For Trump To Win Presidential Election


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Republicans who decline to back GOP nominee Donald Trump for president are engaging in a sort of self-admiring political purity that will “undermine” the ability to defeat leftism in the November elections, a national radio host told a packed ballroom here.
Talk host Dennis Prager told an audience of more than 900 people that “feeling good about themselves is dominant on the left,” but the same sort of preening shows up today among Republicans who, Prager asserted, say, “I am a conservative, but I am such a noble conservative, I will undermine” the party ticket this year.
Prager was one of the conservative Salem Radio Network’s national talk hosts who spoke at Phoenix outlet KKNT’s (960 AM) “Taking Back America” panel event at a hotel here on September 8 that lasted just over two hours.
None of the speakers supported the anti-Trump movement. However, Trump hadn’t been the first choice of some, like Prager, who reconciled himself to the Manhattan billionaire’s nomination.
Also speaking were national hosts Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher, as well as political consultant Seth Leibsohn, who broadcasts a daily evening program from the KKNT studios.
Joining them for the second hour of the presentation was national author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.
The audience repeatedly applauded support for Trump. … Continue Reading

Why Hyde Matters

September 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Hyde Matters


Ever since the Supreme Court made abortion legal in the early 1970s, I have had to live with a paradox. I deal with it by repeating the bromide about “consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds.” I don’t know it is a logically sound tactic in this instance, but I know of no recourse.
The paradox is that, even though I agree that it is not wise to be a “single-issue voter,” I nonetheless view abortion as a deal-breaker: I won’t vote for a “pro-choice” candidate over one who is pro-life, regardless of the other items on the platforms of the candidates.
Fortunately, this has never been a real-life dilemma for me. For nearly a half-century now, in every election where I have voted, pro-life candidates also agree with me on economic matters, law and order, and foreign policy. They tend to be conservative on these other issues. And “pro-choice” politicians tend to be not. I guess there are exceptions in local elections somewhere, but “pro-choice” candidates in national elections always sound like Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer: big spenders, soft on defense and illegal immigration.
But I have often wondered what I would do if faced with a choice between a “fiscally conservative” Republican candidate such as “pro-choice” Susan Collins of Maine, and a liberal Democrat such as Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Notre Dame graduate with a solid pro-life position, on everything from protecting human life from conception to natural death, to banning federal health coverage that includes abortion — but who agrees with the Clintons on just about everything else. Would I be willing to vote for someone like Donnelly, even if it meant giving the Democrats more power in Washington? If you sense that I am squirming in my seat pondering such a decision, you are on the mark. … Continue Reading

“Never Trump?”. . . The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election

September 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on “Never Trump?”. . . The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election


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“If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern” — Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito, on laws specifically targeting Christians being upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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We have seen that eight or even four years of Hillary Clinton in the White House will result in a truly catastrophic headlong rush to the left in our court system. This will result in judges sweeping away all of the gains pro-lifers have been struggling to achieve over nearly half a century, and millions more preborns will die during her tenure.
But the unborn are not the only people in danger; unrestricted immigration will allow terrorists to flood over our borders. As ISIS has boasted, this will make it much easier for its members to bring death and destruction to even the smallest towns in the “Great Satan.”

Religious Freedom

Of Hillary Clinton’s many, many outright lies, the most laughable is her claim that “I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years.” … Continue Reading

Let’s “Get Out the Vote” In 2016

September 19, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Let’s “Get Out the Vote” In 2016


How many of you are registered to vote? How many of your family and friends of voting age are registered to vote? These are important questions, my friends, because whatever is left of our nation is totally at stake here.
The reason I ask these questions is that I am currently conducting a series of powerful “Get Out the Vote” training workshops across the country as grassroots outreach coordinator for the fantastic Leadership Institute. These last few months have found me conducting training sessions in California, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin — just to name a few places.
If you aren’t familiar with Leadership Institute, you should be.
Since 1979, the institute has prepared conservatives for success in politics, government, and the news media. Over the years, the Leadership Institute has trained more than 176,413 students and its mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process.
To accomplish this, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. We offer over 40 different types of training ranging from speech writing, on-camera interviewing skills, effective uses of social media, political campaign management, and high-dollar fundraising courses. … Continue Reading

Doctors Or Spin Doctors? . . . Tumbling Hillary, Catholic Officials Both Need Healthier View Of Reality

September 18, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Doctors Or Spin Doctors? . . . Tumbling Hillary, Catholic Officials Both Need Healthier View Of Reality


When Hillary Clinton had her own towering 9-11 collapse at Ground Zero in New York City on September 11, the chills extended far beyond the alleged pneumonia living inside her pantsuit.
Implicitly acknowledging that no claims from the Clinton camp can be fully trusted, sweating Democratic Party officials began to worry if they should start thinking of a replacement for their aggressively pro-abortion presidential nominee.
After all, if a confession of pneumonia finally was wrung from her upon being cornered, how much worse might her rumored poor health actually be?
Even if Hillary feared she’d be looking straight into the tomb before too long, one can imagine this desperately power-hungry, strident woman ordering doctors with their syringes: “Just keep me going until Election Day, then I can take some weeks off to rest before my inauguration.”
Someone else who should have been feeling the chills were various U.S. Catholic Church officials. … Continue Reading

Never Trump?… The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election

September 17, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Never Trump?… The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election


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(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes is the director of research and training at Human Life International. To receive an electronic copy of this four-part article with footnotes, e-mail him at

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The consequences of anti-Trump voters sitting out this election go far beyond President Hillary Clinton packing the federal court system with extreme leftists. Conservatives who don’t vote or who write in a hopeless candidate are helping ensure that millions more unborn babies will pay the ultimate price.
The Obama administration has backed up the abortion industry at every turn, but President Hillary Clinton will go much further. Pro-abortion leaders universally acknowledge that the three highest priorities of Clinton’s presidency will be abortion, more abortion, and even more abortion.
Since 2010, when Republicans swept state elections across the country, 334 new protective pro-life laws have been enacted. Under a Clinton presidency, this momentum would quickly grind to a halt.
As the federal court system under President Clinton becomes progressively more and more liberal, leftist judges will throw out most pro-life laws, and the abortion rate will steadily creep back up to 1.2 million a year or even more. At the end of Clinton’s second term, only ineffectual vestiges of state restrictions will remain — and, as a result, at least an additional two million babies will have died unnecessarily during her tenure. … Continue Reading

Mike Pence And Common Core

September 16, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Mike Pence And Common Core


My hunch is that even the most ardent supporters of Donald Trump will admit that Trump never gave a thought to what Common Core is all about before he decided to run for president, and that when he shakes his head and tells us “Common Core is a flop; we have to end Common Core,” he is repeating a line an adviser gave him shortly before his first speech on the topic.
We know that if some reporter asked him to give specific examples of what he dislikes about Common Core, he would find a way to change the topic so fast that our eyes would spin.
There is nothing wrong with him being in this dilemma. No presidential candidate can be an expert on every topic that is at issue during the campaign. I suspect that Hillary Clinton could give us little more than a couple of pious generalities about the “need for standards to help our children compete in the world,” if she were asked why she favors Common Core.
Fortunately for Trump and those who support him, his vice-presidential pick Mike Pence should be able to take up the slack for him on this issue. Pence has a record on Common Core.
Grace Smith in the July 21 edition of Education News (, in an article entitled “With Trump Quiet on Education, Pence’s Record Stands In,” summarizes it for us. … Continue Reading

The Catholic Vote And Donald Trump

September 15, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Catholic Vote And Donald Trump


Even though I spent my graduate school years nodding in agreement with the writers for conservative publications such as National Review, Triumph, and Intercollegiate Review, I went through a year or so when I was intrigued by the writers associated with the Progressive Era of the early 20th century: people such as Eugene Debs, Herbert Croly, Edward Bellamy, and especially Walter Rauschenbusch. It is not that I thought about becoming a liberal. No chance. But I found the Progressives’ thesis persuasive.
The Progressive theorists’ premise was that the rise of corporate power required a broad-based campaign for a large and active central government to serve as an advocate for the ordinary American in the formation of public policy. What Rauschenbusch added was the idea that a strong Christian presence was needed to give this movement a sound moral base. He became one of the leaders in the school of thought that became known as the Social Gospel.
In his book Christianity and the Social Crisis, Rauschenbusch argued that capitalism had the power to generate great wealth, but at the price of “exalting selfishness to the dignity of a moral principle. It pits one against one another in a gladiatorial game in which there is no mercy….It makes men who are the gentlest and kindliest friends and neighbors, relentless taskmasters in their shops and stores.” It leads merchants and producers to “beseech and persuade us to buy what we do not want. Their show windows and bargain counters are institutions for the promotion of covetousness.” … Continue Reading

Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life Catholics as Key Advisers

Fresh from announcing a list of pro-life leaders who are advising him on issues that matter to pro-life voters, Donald Trump has named a group of pro-life Catholic leaders as additional key advisers, including pro-life former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.…Continue Reading

Argentine bishop threatened with prosecution for condemning ‘culture of fornication’

September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop…Continue Reading

First minor killed by euthanasia in Belgium after child euthanasia legalized

BELGIUM, September 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Belgium’s federal euthanasia commission confirmed Saturday the country’s first instance of child euthanasia, which became legal in 2014. Belgian media suggested the minor killed via lethal injection was 17. Some media also suggested the…Continue Reading

Donald Trump commits to defunding abortion, Planned Parenthood if elected

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Donald Trump has pledged to end taxpayer funding of abortion in the United States and to defund the nation’s leading abortion provider. In a new, personally signed letter, Mr. Trump attacked “Hillary Clinton’s…Continue Reading

Pope Francis issues motu proprio harmonizing Canon Law codes

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter motu proprio on Thursday, in which he brings the basic legal instruments that govern the Latin Church and the Eastern Churches in communion with Rome more closely into accord with one another…Continue Reading

Another “Catholic” Politician trying to redefine the Catholic Faith . . . Devout Catholic™ Kaine breaks with his church on gay marriage, with media blessing

Tim Kaine has officially joined the ranks of Devout Catholic™. How do we know? Because he says he’s Catholic, yet criticizes the church. The Democratic vice presidential nominee played weekend prophet and theologian when he told activists in the Human…Continue Reading

Bishop Morlino’s Move to Ad Orientem Masses in Madison

This past weekend the Most Reverend Robert Morlino, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin made an announcement of great liturgical importance. Going forward His Excellency will be offering all of his Masses at the Cathedral ad orientem. Make no…Continue Reading

Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92


Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92, according to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded. Schlafly had been an…Continue Reading

Soros’ Catholic useful idiots

By Robert A. Sirico – – Tuesday, August 30, 2016 A most remarkable set of documents was coughed up recently by WikiLeaks. George Soros‘ Open Society Policy Center, it turns out, made donations to two faith-based organizations to the tune…Continue Reading

Pope Francis “gratified” by UN goals that demand “universal access to sexual and reproductive health”

Pope Francis has said that he is “gratified” by UN goals that call on member states to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health” by 2030. The term “sexual and reproductive health”, as generally defined, includes access to contraception, including abortifacient methods, and,…Continue Reading

Psychiatrist: The Vatican’s sex ed is the most dangerous threat to youth I’ve seen in 40 years

September 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — In recent years, the Catholic Church has been going through one of her most severe crises as a result of the priestly abuse of youth. The primary victims have been adolescent males.1  This worldwide scandal was…Continue Reading

Catholics protest at Tim Kaine’s parish: If priest won’t ‘instruct parishioners’ on Church teaching, we will

RICHMOND, Virginia, August 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Roughly a dozen pro-life activists protested Sunday outside of pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine’s Catholic parish. “Sen. Kaine has failed in his duty as a Catholic public servant to…Continue Reading


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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Paul Likoudis (RIP)

Sad news today, we received word that Paul Likoudis, The Wanderer news editor from 1990 to 2014 has died. He lost his battle with colon cancer yesterday, which he had been fighting for over three years. Please pray for the repose of his soul. (The Wanderer will have much more in the days to come).  

500 Catholic scholars lash back at Humanae Vitae critics

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 50 years after the “prophetic” papal document Humanae Vitae, the Catholic Church’s longstanding teaching against contraception continues to promote the human good, said a group of Catholic thinkers on Tuesday. “We hold that Catholic teaching respects the true dignity of the human person and is conducive to happiness,” said hundreds of Catholic scholars in a Sept. 20 document. “Humanae Vitae speaks against the distorted…Continue Reading

“Catholic” Tim Kaine: “I Believe Women Should Be Able to” Have an Abortion

Yesterday on Meet the Press, Democratic Vice Presidential pick Tim Kaine, attempted to make his pitch to Millennials by saying that they agree with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform on the big issues. One of the big issues is obviously abortion. Part of what he said was: “Do you believe women should be able to make their own health care decisions, or don’t you? Millennials do, Hillary Clinton and I do, Donald Trump doesn’t.”…Continue Reading

Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2016 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy. In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an…Continue Reading

Alberta bishops: No Communion for ‘remarried’ Catholics unless they practice continence

EDMONTON, Alberta, September 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic Church has not changed her practice towards divorced and civilly remarried Catholics — despite what the faithful may have been led to believe through the media or other sources, the Alberta and Northwest Territory bishops stated in pastoral guidelines released Wednesday. It is “erroneous” to conclude that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion “if they simply have a conversation with a priest,” stated…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Bridge Between Abortion And Euthanasia

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at + + + Speaking at a conference of the Hemlock Society — an organization whose primary…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… At The Hour Of Our Death

By JAMES MONTI The onset of autumn has deeper lessons to offer than merely the return of students to their classrooms for another semester of studies. Our Lord Himself told us to derive spiritual instruction from even the change of seasons when He compared the budding of leaves on the fig tree that presage summer…Continue Reading

Last Chance For The “Deplorables”

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Speaking to 1,000 of the overprivileged at an LGBT fundraiser, where the chairs ponied up $250,000 each and Barbra Streisand sang, Hillary Clinton gave New York’s social liberals what they came to hear. “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” smirked Clinton…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Limitless Wisdom Of The Parables

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Hints of Heaven: The Parables of Christ and What They Mean for You, by Fr. George Rutler (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2014), 151 pp.; $14.95. Available through or 1-800-888-9344. A collection of short meditations on the 24 parables that appear in the Gospel, this book relates these stories to the…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Cost Of Assimilation

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Shaw, Russell. Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation From John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016; 141 pp. This is a delightful book, to say the least, in part because Russell Shaw has a way of uncovering facts you wish you had known all along. The book…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Necessity Of Baptism

By DON FIER The Church’s immemorial tradition of baptizing infants demonstrates in a particular way one of the great truths of our Catholic faith — that every human person is in need of salvation. Born into this world afflicted with original sin, “a sin which is the death of the soul” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 403), even…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Following up on a recent question about how much money the U.S. bishops get from the federal government, an article in LifeSiteNews reported that the Obama Administration is pouring hundreds of million of dollars into Catholic institutions and charities. “We’ve got the most virulently anti-life administration in the history of the United States,” said international child rights advocate…Continue Reading

If It Delays, Wait For It

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Hab. 1:2-3, 2:2-4 2 Tim. 1:6-8, 13-14 Luke 17:5-10 I have commented many times before on the last lines of the Gospel reading today where our Lord tells us to say: “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” Tragically, I wish that…Continue Reading

The Role Of The Sacred Liturgy In Developing A Catholic Conscience

By FRANCIS CARDINAL ARINZE Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered this lecture at The Church Teaches Forum in Louisville, Ky., July 16, 2016. (The lecture is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved. We are presenting it in two parts because of…Continue Reading

A Noble Confession Of Faith

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Amos 6:1a, 4-7 1 Tim. 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31 In the second reading today, St. Paul addresses Timothy in a very strong and direct manner. Calling him a man of God, St. Paul then tells him to strive for righteousness, to compete well for the faith, and to take…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska

By CAROLE BRESLIN Some people look back on their lives and see how differently things turned out from what they had planned. A professor once told his business students that very few students work in the field they studied in college. If someone had told the young Bernardina Maria Jablonska that she would be the superior of a religious order…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Aubert

By CAROLE BRESLIN Near the west coast of France just below England lies the See of Avranches. If you take a drive around the waterways for about 24 miles, you will arrive at one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages, another World Heritage Site — one of 41 in France. This place, Mont Saint-Michel, is dedicated to St. Michael the…Continue Reading