Monday 24th November 2014

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Visiting Nebraska’s Boys Town . . . A December Gift To Aid Troubled Youngsters Since 1917

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

BOYS TOWN, Neb. — Like a salvific event in a scruffy Middle Eastern manger centuries earlier, there was a modest beginning in far-eastern Nebraska in December 1917 that would go on to attract the mighty in awe.
No astrologer-kings on their camels searched for the Christ Child in the Cornhusker State, just west of the border with Iowa. However, a succession of human stars in the rising 20th century came to pay tribute to the work done for other children made in His image.
Movie, music, and sports personalities, a national humorist, a war hero, and a U.S. president were among those who came to this location on the west side of Omaha to recognize what was being accomplished after Irish-born Fr. Edward Flanagan opened a modest house in the city to a few troubled boys on December 12, 1917. … Continue Reading

A Catholic Thanksgiving

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By REY FLORES

Before you get the idea that you will be reading a historical account of Catholics and the Thanksgiving holiday, forget it. This is simply one man’s way of being grateful for having been baptized a Catholic.
It kind of reminds me of those funny bumper stickers I see once in a while when I’m in the South that read: “American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.” Except in our case as practicing Catholics, it’s more like: “Catholic by birth, practicing by the grace of God.”
It’s one thing to be born into a Catholic family and baptized Catholic, but it really is by the grace of God that some of us out here can fully take advantage of all of the graces and blessings, because not every Catholic will do that. Just take a look at your Cousin Jimmy or your Aunt Mabel. In my case, it’s my sisters. … Continue Reading

On Border Chaos . . . USCCB Casts Its Lot With Obama, Not The U.S. Voter

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — To hear the dominant media and other elites tell the story, the Republicans were on the wrong side of issue after issue leading up to the midterm elections, including immigration, environmentalism, and “health care.”
However, reality-based voters in November rewarded the GOP with bigger numbers not only in the U.S. House and Senate, but also at state capitol executive offices and legislative chambers. The Democratic Party grew weaker.
Voters rejected the illegality, deceit, and disorder that Barack Obama’s political party clearly represents on a number of fronts, including repeated serious lies about Obamacare and defiant massive illegal immigration that places the overwhelming burden on the United States, not native countries, to embrace wanderers careless about respecting U.S. law. … Continue Reading

Playing With Constitutional Fire

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By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

This past week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down.
Can he legally do that?
To address that question, we need to start with the principle that a presidential action may be lawful at the same time that it is unconstitutional. The president has the legal power to defer deportations. The power is called prosecutorial discretion. This is a power traditionally recognized as inherent in the presidency that enables him to defer or modify all federal law enforcement. … Continue Reading

The Oil Weapon In America’s Hands

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By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

In July of 1941, after Japan occupied French Indochina, the Roosevelt administration froze Japan’s assets in the United States.
Denied hard cash, Japan could not buy the U.S. oil upon which the empire depended for survival. Seeing the Dutch East Indies as her only other source, Japan prepared to invade.
But first she had to eliminate the sole strategic threat to her occupation of the East Indies — the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor.
FDR’s cutoff of oil to Japan was thus a primary cause of WWII in the Pacific, which led to hundreds of thousands of U.S. war dead, the destruction of Japan, Mao’s triumph in China, and a U.S. war in Korea.
A second stunning use of the oil weapon came in 1973. Arab members of OPEC imposed an embargo in retaliation for Nixon’s rescue of Israel with an airlift in the Yom Kippur war. Long gas lines helped to bring Nixon down.
Now the oil weapon appears to be back in America’s hand. … Continue Reading

Midterm Political Wins Satisfying . . . “But Our Hope Has To Be In Christ,” Rector Says

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Although it’s not wrong to take hope from political victories in the November 4 midterm elections, politics isn’t the answer in the long term, the rector of the cathedral for the Diocese of Phoenix told The Wanderer after offering an evening Mass here.
Fr. John Lankeit celebrated Mass at an upscale hotel for Catholic supporters of the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom before they and other friends of this national legal-activist organization that stands up for traditional values sat down to a dinner.
Being at Mass is “the most important thing we can do,” Lankeit said in his homily. . . . This [Eucharist] needs to be the most important food you will eat.” … Continue Reading

Overthrowing Capitalism To Stop Global Warming

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I am an agnostic about global warming. Is it because I’m a waffler? I hope not. My problem is that I am not a scientist and have no way of making an empirical analysis of the question on my own. Beyond that, when I go for answers from the “experts,” I get conflicting answers. I am told that the “overwhelming majority” of scientists agree that “man-made global warming” is a reality. But then I come across scientists — who do not seem to be “tools of the oil companies” or “right-wing flakes” — armed with facts and figures who disagree. Who’s right? I don’t know. Especially when we are told that even colder weather can be a consequence of global warming, something about the impact of the “polar vortex.”
That leaves us with the question of how this matter should be handled in our schools. What should we teach our children about this issue? That global warming is a reality, as the majority of scientists say? Or should we give equal weight to the climate-change deniers? … Continue Reading

Pope’s Name Cited . . . Creighton University Extends Same-Sex Benefits

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

Pope Francis’ name was cited as a factor for Omaha’s Creighton University recently extending health benefits to same-sex “spouses” of university employees.
In a letter to the well-known Midwest Catholic university’s board of trustees, the president of the Jesuit institution, Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ, acknowledged that the Omaha archbishop opposed the move.
“I have notified Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha of my decision, acknowledging his disagreement and disapproval of such a decision based upon a previous conversation he and I had,” Lannon wrote.
“Consequently, the decision was not made lightly,” Lannon wrote the trustees. “After much prayer and discernment, I believe the extension of benefits is the right thing to do at Creighton. The decision involves the tension between the Church’s teaching on same-sex marriage and social-justice concerns for the care and well-being of our colleagues’ families.” … Continue Reading

Abolish The CCHD

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By REY FLORES

Heads up, folks! Once again that old turkey known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is descending upon us, reaching into our pockets to help fortify Saul Alinsky’s disciples across the land.
The collection baskets will be passed around a second time asking us to support a variety of organizations that claim to be helping the poor in all sorts of ways. In some parishes, you may even be treated to a guest speaker at Mass who is trained to tug at your heartstrings with one hand, while reaching for your wallet with the other.
No matter how many times many people have investigated, reported, and written countless articles about this campaign, many continue to support it, trusting that the bishops have finally learned their lesson. … Continue Reading

It’s Official . . . Pope Francis Removes Cardinal Burke From Apostolic Signatura

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(From combined sources)

The Vatican announced on Saturday, November 8 that Pope Francis has removed Raymond Cardinal Burke from his position as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
The choice of a Saturday for the announcement was, according to Robert Royal on his The Catholic Thing blog, “the ecclesial equivalent of the White House late-Friday ‘news dump’ to lessen controversy.” Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, D.C., said that move “was also singularly ineffective.”
He continued: “Even major secular newspapers and other media outlets — who have, shall we say, a certain interest in pushing the line that the Church is finally coming their way — carried stories Sunday about the ‘demotion of a Vatican hardliner’.”
And, noted Royal, the Associated Press further reminded readers that Burke had earlier been dropped from his position on the Congregation for Bishops.
Burke — who was until … Continue Reading

Pope Appoints New Bishop For Gary, USA

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has named an Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Donald J. Hying as the new Bishop of Gary, USA. He succeeds Bishop Dale J. Melczek, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted upon having the age limit. On Monday…Continue Reading

TOP CATHOLIC BISHOPS AIDE ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY: OBAMA’S ‘LAST CHANCE TO MAKE GOOD ON PROMISE’

In a statement last Friday in the New York Times, the top aide on immigration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said that executive amnesty is President Barack Obama’s “last chance to make good on his promise…Continue Reading

Catholics Want To Learn More About Their Faith, Bishops Report

BALTIMORE – For three and a half years, members of several U.S. bishops’ committees have been trying to pinpoint what Catholics in the pew are thinking and why they accept or reject church teachings. To this end, they have conducted…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal: Catholic charity ‘is not only giving food … but giving God’

The Vatican cardinal who oversees the Church’s charitable initiatives has emphasized again that Catholic charities cannot be satisfied with meeting the material needs of those they serve. “Charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity…Continue Reading

Prof at Catholic university tries to justify same-sex ‘marriage’ acceptance from Scripture

Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota recently published a piece for The Christian Century utilizing the writing of St. Paul to create an argument legitimizing acceptance of same-sex marriage. In light of Schlabach’s article, The Cardinal Newman Society…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Group: “We Will Not Obey the Obamacare HHS Mandate, Not Today, Not Ever”

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that…Continue Reading

Court Says Obama Admin Can Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that…Continue Reading

Where Are Our Young People Going?

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and formally affirmed their desire to be confirmed. It was part of the preparation for…Continue Reading

US Bishops Elect New Secretary, Discuss Health Care Ethics Guide

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall…Continue Reading

Fidelity to Bishop of Rome crucial to evangelization, US bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Pope Francis on Monday, the U.S. bishops vowed fidelity to the Holy See and voiced hope that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families…Continue Reading

Nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore Monday

Nearly 300 bishops from across the nation will determine the coming year’s agenda for the American Roman Catholic church when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops begins its annual fall meeting Monday in Baltimore. The bishops will spend four days…Continue Reading

Pope names new ‘foreign minister,’ prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke given new position

The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Mamberti replaces Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has served…Continue Reading

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Pope at Santa Marta: Everything For The Lord And Others

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(Vatican Radio) When the Church is humble and poor, then “it is faithful” to Christ, giving all it has for the Lord and others, leaving nothing for itself said Pope Francis at morning Mass in  Casa Santa Marta Monday. Pope Francis based his reflections on the Gospel of the Day which recounts the episode of the poor widow who gives…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Homily For Christ The King Canonization Mass

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Mass celebrated in St Peter’s Square on Christ the King Sunday, during the course of which he canonized six new saints: Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi, and Ludovico da Casoria. Below, please find the full text of the official English translation of the…Continue Reading

Pope: All Christians Called To Be Missionaries, ‘Not Just The Few’

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(Vatican Radio) All Christians and “not just the few” are called to intensify their missionary spirit and go out to proclaim the joy of the Gospel, said Pope Francis.He issued the call on Saturday in speaking at the Vatican to a group of more than 700 participants in Italy’s National Missionary Congress, which was organized by the Italian Episcopal Conference…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Pays Tribute To Blessed Paul VI’s Devotion To Mary

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis paid tribute on Thursday to Blessed Pope Paul the 6th and his great love for the Mother of God, saying he always turned to Mary at crucial and difficult moments for the Church and humanity. The Pope’s words came during a message which was read on his behalf by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin…Continue Reading

Changing Their Tune

By PHILLIP DEAN (Editor’s Note: Music has always been especially important to Phillip Dean. Gifted as a singer and musician, the high school sophomore leads a Wednesday night youth band at his Rock Hill, S.C., church. And, though he completes his academic coursework online from home, he played for the last four years in the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Birth Control Pill: Unintended Consequences”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have seen…Continue Reading

The Synod And The New Evangelization

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his blog [johnkippley.com] of…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Detailed Studies Of Galileo

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Finocchiaro, Maurice. The Trial of Galileo: Essential Documents, translated and edited by Maurice A. Finocchiaro. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii+160. This book draws upon Finocchiaro’s previously published works, The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History (1989) and Retrying Galileo: 1633-1992 (2005), at once making those masterful works more readily accessible,…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . The Apparitions At L’Ile Bouchard

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 1 This is first of two articles about the Marian apparitions at L’Ile Bouchard, in northwestern France, near Tours, which took place from December 8-14, 1947. The situation in postwar France was very serious, and there was a real threat from Communism, and even of civil war, but, unknown to…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World . . . Some Bishops Are Beginning To Find Their Voice

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In recent weeks the Pope hosted the “Humanum” conference in Rome. In his remarks of welcome he clearly reiterated his commitment to the right of children to have both a mother and a father while stating that marriages and families cannot be redefined by or subject to manipulation by ideologies. (See p. 4B of this…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The visit I received from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs, for short) gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that repetitive prayer — especially the rosary — is entirely in line with Sacred Scripture. When they walked into my living room and did not miss the sight of my rosary on the mantelpiece, I knew…Continue Reading

Reading And Interpreting Scripture

By DON FIER We ended last week’s installment by launching into a discussion on a question of critical importance: “How is Sacred Scripture to be read and interpreted?” The significance and the relevance of this question become apparent if one examines findings outlined in the 2012 “Status of Global Mission” report, a publication of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research…Continue Reading

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Q. We recently celebrated the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Why does the Church celebrate a church building in Rome? — P.R., Massachusetts. A. Because the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in Christendom and is the church of the Pope, not St. Peter’s Basilica. The Lateran Basilica was built in the fourth century…Continue Reading

Be Watchful And Alert

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7 1 Cor. 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-17 In the first reading today we hear of the conflict that has tormented humanity from the very beginning. The problem is that we blame God for everything. Isaiah cries out to God in a lament, “Why do you let us…Continue Reading

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Catholic Heroes… St. Cecilia

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church has thousands of saints. For the last two millennia, people of great holiness, exemplifying heroic virtue, have been honored as saints, members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven giving honor and glory to God. Some have been formally declared saints by the Church, while others have been so honored from the beginnings of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

By CAROLE BRESLIN Since the United States is a relatively new country compared to the rest of the world, we do not have as many canonized saints as do France, Italy, or Spain. Elizabeth Ann Seton (died 1821) was the first person born in the United States to be canonized, although she lived many years after Kateri Tekakwitha (died 1680)…Continue Reading

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