Friday 15th December 2017

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MCCL Scores Gov. Dayton’s Appointment Of Tina Smith

December 14, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on MCCL Scores Gov. Dayton’s Appointment Of Tina Smith

MINNEAPOLIS — Leo LaLonde, president of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), reacted on December 13 to Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Al Franken’s U.S. Senate seat:
“Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of Tina Smith to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate is overwhelmingly disappointing to the state’s pro-life majority. An abortion industry insider, Ms. Smith is a former vice president of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota. The choice of Ms. Smith is particularly egregious to Minnesota’s pro-life citizens, who will have no representation in the Senate.
“Most Minnesotans are pro-life. They support protections for unborn human beings throughout their development. Minnesotans need someone who will fight for justice for the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.”
Below is further background on Tina Smith from MCCL:
Sadly for unborn children and their mothers, Tina Smith has been named Minnesota’s next U.S. senator, replacing Al Franken after his resignation. Many know Smith as the state’s lieutenant governor, but not her long history as an advocate of abortion on demand.
Most significantly, Smith is a former vice president at Planned Parenthood in Minnesota. As a leader in the state’s abortion industry, she put her marketing background to work for Planned Parenthood from January 2003 to February 2006. The organization performed 9,717 abortions in Minnesota during that period, and increased its abortions by 22 percent.
It was also reimbursed $458,574.74 by Minnesota taxpayers for performing 1,892 abortions on low-income women. Planned Parenthood became the largest abortion provider in the state in 2004 — and has held that position ever since. It received $12.65 million in government grants from 2003 to 2005. As an executive at Planned Parenthood, Smith helped lead the organization’s fierce opposition to Woman’s Right to Know legislation. Smith opposes informing women about abortion risks, complications, and alternatives.

To Those Who Know Her Tactics… Janet Napolitano’s California Scandal Should Come As No Surprise

December 13, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on To Those Who Know Her Tactics… Janet Napolitano’s California Scandal Should Come As No Surprise

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — A columnist for the American Thinker website asked in late April, “How does Janet Napolitano do it? How does she continually wind up in places of power, despite her consistent reputation for ineptitude and corruption?”
And those questions occurred before a special independent report revealed in November that Napolitano, president of the powerful, prestigious University of California system of 10 campuses, presided while her office instructed the campuses to doctor their reports for a vital audit to make her look better. The audit followed exposure of her office’s secret $175 million slush fund.
(See page 1 story in the hard-copy edition of the December 7 Wanderer, “Janet Napolitano Scandal: Another Look at Elite’s Heavy Back-Scratching Leaving Nation Bleeding.”)
Two top aides took the fall for Napolitano and resigned while she posed as not having been fully informed of their doings. But one of them, Seth Grossman, soon went on to be hired by American University in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff to school president Sylvia Burwell, Barack Obama’s former head of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a December 2 American Thinker column. … Continue Reading

A Theological “Night Before Christmas”

December 12, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on A Theological “Night Before Christmas”

By SHAUN KENNEY

(A poem, wistfully written by an anonymous soul. Kirchensteuer refers to a church tax in Germany.)

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Church
Not a bishop was stirring, though attendance was in the lurch;
The collection plates were extended in Germany aplenty
With one very small problem — the pews were still empty.

Scowling with displeasure while snug in minor palaces.
With visions of guitars, sandals, and wooden chalices;
“A reform of the reform!” came the collective sigh,
To save the Kirchensteuer and keep their piece of the pie.

When out on the Internet there arose such a clatter,
Where tradition was prized to a Church now in tatters.
Not crazy, just faithful, were these voices so bold,
Defending the Faith of our Fathers of old.

The sons and daughters of the New Evangelization,
Raise on John Paul the Great and Benedict of high station.
“Who dares question progress?!” the German bishops saith,
“These unwashed poor Catholics defending their faith?”

Not rigidity, but fidelity, these faithful Catholics pled,
Neither vicious nor vile their arguments said.
And when the response these Germans did botch,
Came the vision of Cardinals like shepherds at watch. … Continue Reading

Pocahontas And The Deep State

December 11, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Pocahontas And The Deep State

By MIKE MANNO

Until the last few weeks, more people probably knew of the teenaged Indian princess Pocahontas, whom American mythology credits with having saved the life of Captain John Smith in 1607, than knew of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But in a brash and unsuccessful attempt to keep the CFPB under control of the former Obama administration, that all changed overnight.
And, for most people, confusion abounded. But it shouldn’t because it is fairly easy to figure out.
As we all know, the federal government (as well as state and local governments) employs bureaus and agencies to carry out day-to-day activities of government. Most of these agencies are established by an act of Congress (or state legislature, etc.) and are created to carry out a particular function of government. They typically have the ability to draft rules and regulations for their sphere of responsibility that will carry the force of law. … Continue Reading

Cascade Of News Events… Creates A Sensory Overload Around The Christmas Tree

December 10, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Cascade Of News Events… Creates A Sensory Overload Around The Christmas Tree

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — If news events were Christmas ornaments, many homes’ trees would be shivering with sensory overload this season instead of shimmering beautifully.
Some of the baubles and trinkets among the pine needles would be lovely, others ugly. But there was such a profusion of them that limbs were near to breaking.
The synergy of social media, the assortment of electronic choices, and the Internet feed off each other and speed along news developments. The cascade of events suggested that society had taken up residence at the foot of Niagara Falls.
Each second, the Niagara Falls website says, 3,000 tons of water crash into the gorge. Does that sound like the volume of events sweeping us along today? Some would be lasting, some temporary, others entirely ephemeral. The depth of their durability in history might not be evident immediately.
Some reaction said that President Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel on December 6 would be remembered by Jews not just for centuries but millennia, like Cyrus the Great decreeing rebuilding the Temple 2,500 years ago. … Continue Reading

Capital Punishment Revisited

December 9, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Capital Punishment Revisited

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Here’s a highly recommended book that sheds the patient, clear light of reason on the issue of capital punishment. Every U.S. bishop should read it.

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Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette: By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, $24.95). Visit ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531.

In recent years, position statements and lobbying efforts of the USCCB have ranged across a wide variety of prudential issues, from global warming and tax policy to immigration and the death penalty.
There are many policy approaches to such issues that might conform to the precepts of legitimate Catholic social teaching, so Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Church, requires that action on in this area be left to the laity.
However, leaders and bureaucrats at the USCCB routinely violate that magisterial teaching, and pretend that theirs is the only permissible “Catholic” position when they choose a particular agenda item to champion. … Continue Reading

Naughty Retailers To Avoid This Christmas

December 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Naughty Retailers To Avoid This Christmas

BImage result for manger and christmas treey REY FLORES

Once again, Americans are performing an annual ritual known as Christmas shopping. Most are racking up credit card bills, but supposedly it’ll all be worth getting deeper in debt when you see your loved ones’ faces light up as you give them the latest piece of Made in China plastic junk.

Do we give each other gifts in honor of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ? Not likely. We give each other gifts because that’s just what we’re supposed to do; right? We are well-trained consumers.

I’ll get off my soapbox for now regarding what I believe is for the most part a gross display of hypocrisy when we give each other gifts once a year, and the rest of the year we often treat each other in uncharitable ways.

Since Christmas shopping isn’t going anywhere, let’s address a problem at hand which we do have some control over — our own spending.

Every second half of the calendar year, retailers are preparing for their busiest shopping season. Executives at many of these companies are laser-focused on a big, fat bottom line. They want to sell us as much stuff as possible, … Continue Reading

Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

December 8, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak?
Why did he not tell the FBI the truth?
As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are committed to a new relationship.
Not only was this initiative defensible, it proved successful.
Putin accepted the loss of his diplomats and country houses on Long Island and the Eastern Shore. Rather than expel U.S. diplomats in retaliation, he invited them and their families to the Kremlin’s New Year’s parties.
“Great move . . . (by V. Putin),” tweeted Trump, “I always knew he was very smart.” This columnist concurred: … Continue Reading

May One Do Evil That Good May Come Of It?

December 7, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on May One Do Evil That Good May Come Of It?

By ARTHUR HIPPLER

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.)

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that a “good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just” (n. 1753).
In teaching this, the Catechism reaffirms the teaching of St. Paul, as St. Thomas explains: “Someone might steal to feed the poor; his intention is right, but he is lacking the requisite good will. So no evil can be excused because it is done with a good intention (Romans 3:8): ‘Those who [say we] say “Let us do evil so that good may come” are justly condemned’” (“On the Ten Commandments,” cited at CCC, n. 1759). Since many people seem to accept “necessary evils,” this is an important principle to understand.
First, one should distinguish the different components or “sources” of a moral act. First is the object; what is chosen, for example, giving to the poor or robbing a bank. The object is judged as it conforms to or conflicts with the basic commands of the natural law. Second, we have the intention — that is, why the action is chosen. Intentions, like object, may conform or conflict with the moral law. … Continue Reading

Reclaiming Christmas

December 6, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Reclaiming Christmas

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

Two thousand years ago, Rome was the center of the civilized world — economically, commercially, socially, militarily. Its material greatness, however, was accompanied by moral depravity. Prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, same-sex unions, other lustful perversions, and suicide were accepted.
Does not the permissiveness of that ancient culture appear familiar? As we in America — and indeed the West — strive for material greatness, are we not recreating a pagan moral climate?
The Roman world changed, however. On a day now known as Christmas, the “Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” God came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, the Second Person of God assumed a fully human nature, with all of the joys and agonies, trials and tribulations, thoughts and emotions, sufferings and death that are innate to man.
Through His teachings and the Church He left behind, a new era began for the human race. His doctrines elevated women to equality with men, asserted the role of charity and social justice, showed the debasement and immorality of slavery, established the sanctity and indissolubility of marriage, and raised the status of the family and children. … Continue Reading

Facebook Is ‘Ripping Apart’ Society, Former Executive Warns

Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker expressed fears over what the social network is “doing to our children’s brains.” It was developed to be addictive, he said, describing Facebook as a “social-validation feedback loop” that exploited weaknesses in the human psyche. Now another…Continue Reading

Pro-life leaders pledge fidelity to Catholic faith, refuse to follow ‘erring pastors’

December 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Over 30 Catholic pro-life and pro-family leaders, representing 11 countries, have signed a Pledge of Fidelity to the Catholic, declaring their refusal to follow “erring pastors” in the Church today. The leaders announced the pledge…Continue Reading

Please Pray for Dr. Robert Hickson

Over the past couple of years, Maike Hickson has become a very important part of our work here. She has helped us greatly in our coverage of European stories, particularly in the German-language press. She has built relationships with other…Continue Reading

Archbishop Naumann: “If the Church is silent on the destruction of life, we’re being negligent”

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas was recently chosen by his brother bishops to lead the U.S. Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee of Pro-Life Activities. The 68-year-old native of St. Louis, Missouri, was selected on November 14 by…Continue Reading

LA convent sale controversy ends in favor of archdiocese, Katy Perry

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 6, 2017 / 12:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This week, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and singer Katy Perry were awarded a joint $10 million sum for punitive damages over a church-owned hilltop property which was illegally…Continue Reading

CDL. BURKE TO OFFER PONTIFICAL MASS AT WISCONSIN SHRINE

LA CROSSE, Wis. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Raymond Burke will offer Pontifical High Mass on Sunday, December 10. The Mass will be at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, at 9:30 a.m. The date of the…Continue Reading

Newly revealed vision of St. Pope John Paul: Islam will invade Europe

Bienno, Italy, November 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews): A close friend of Saint John Paul II has affirmed that the late pope, revealed to have been a mystic, told him that Europe would be invaded by Islam. Speaking to a large group…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan, alumni ‘baffled’ over Notre Dame decision to offer birth control coverage

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, November 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The University of Notre Dame’s recent about-face to provide birth control via its health coverage is baffling, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said. “We rejoiced when Notre Dame united with us in our expression…Continue Reading

Spain’s Catholic Church speaks out against Catalan independence drive

The head of the Catholic Church in Spain has criticised a declaration of independence approved by Catalonia’s regional parliament last month, calling it “serious and disturbing”, a spokesman said Monday. Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, the president of the Spanish bishops’…Continue Reading

Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence for Friday’s attack on a mosque in Egypt, saying he was “profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North…Continue Reading

Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

Two months ago, parents at Sacred Heart girls’ school in Hammersmith received an unexpected letter. “In recognising Jesus as our teacher through the Gospels,” wrote headteacher Marian Doyle, “the first impulse for us as a Catholic school must be to…Continue Reading

‘Crucified cow’ on display at center of Catholic church, locals outraged Belgium , Catholic , Sacrilege

November 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Local Catholics in a Belgian town are outraged as a cruciform cow has been erected as art at the center of a consecrated Catholic church. They are urging the local bishop to have it removed…Continue Reading

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

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

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

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

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Alabama election gives George Soros dangerous influence in US Senate

December 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Radically social liberal Doug Jones was elected to the US Senate by three main forces – organizations heavily financed by the world’s leading globalist George Soros, the Saul Alinsky-inspired Obama/Democratic Party Community Organizing machine (also Soros backed) and Republican Party establishment leader, Trump-despising RINO Mitch McConnell. Jones would not have stood a remo

Cecile Richards: Time for Women to Start Bragging About Their Abortions, Don’t be “Ashamed”

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards urged women to keep bragging about aborting their unborn babies to fight the Trump administration’s pro-life policies. In a new interview with Democracy Now, Richards complained that the Trump administration is trying to protect unborn babies from abortion. She blasted his choices of Mike Pence and other strong pro-life advocates for top-level positions. One of the things that Richards believes will make a difference is women who are willing to speak…Continue Reading

Apple, Google attend China internet conference that promotes control and censorship

December 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – CEOs from Google and Apple participated last week in China’s World Internet Conference, bringing what critics called “credibility” to an annual event used by the country’s Communist government to promote a more controlled and censored internet globally. Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook went as far as praising the Communist country during his keynote speech at the conference, saying that China’s vision of cyberspace as promoted by the conference “is a vision…Continue Reading

Pope Francis calls for Lord’s Prayer translation to be changed

Pope Francis has called for the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer to be changed as it implies God leads people into temptation. The line, which is traditionally translated into English as “And lead us not into temptation”, was recently changed in French to say “do not let us enter into temptation.” Currently, the Italian translation is

Archbishop: Politicians who say they’re pro-abortion and a good Catholic must be admonished

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, December 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Politicians who “flaunt” being Catholic while asserting that they are also pro-abortion are guilty of “misleading” other Catholics and must be admonished, said U.S. Archbishop Joseph Naumann in a recent interview. Naumann, who was elected last month by his brother bishops over Cardinal Blase Cupich to be the next head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts, said that openly pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians are “particularly problematic” for the bishops to…Continue Reading

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Lawsuit Contests Taxpayer-Funded Illinois Abortion Law

By MAGGIE MASLAK SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News) — A new Illinois law requiring public funding of elective abortions is opposed by pro-life groups and taxpayers who have sued the state, calling the measure illegal. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit legal…Continue Reading

Advent With The English Martyrs

By JAMES MONTI Recently I learned from an English Catholic gentleman that in late October the BBC began airing in England a new television series called Gunpowder dramatizing the historical events surrounding the “Gunpowder Plot” of 1605, a violent plot of a few Catholic extremists arising from the desperate situation of Catholics persecuted under England’s…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic. . . The Supreme Court’s Overturning Of Bad Precedents: Don’t Hold Your Breath

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. 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 the Society…Continue Reading

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

By DONALD DeMARCO “I can resist anything but temptation,” quipped Oscar Wilde. His remark is really more humorous than cynical. But it does underscore a truth, namely, that there is some measure of difficulty for all of us in resisting temptation. Even the saints had to wrestle with temptation. “I am delighted with the law…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima… Apostle Of The Immaculate Heart: The Life Of Lucia Dos Santos

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Part eleven, because of its length, will appear in two separate issues of The Wanderer.) + + +…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Children Of God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 In the readings today the Church gives us the full hope and expectation of the coming of our Lord. Long promised to the people of Israel, the Messiah was longed for and eagerly awaited by those who put their…Continue Reading

New tests have confirmed the age of the Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM (CNA/EWTN News) — Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s southern…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Is The Pope A Protestant?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: See also Steve Skojec’s report on page 1 of this week’s issue, particularly the quotations from Dr. John Joy on Magisterial authority.) You know the joke; you’ve probably used it yourself. Someone asks a question and to stress that the answer is a most emphatic “yes,” you respond: “Is the Pope a Catholic?”…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ…. The Effects Of The Sacrament Of Baptism

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 What does Baptism do, anyway? Isn’t it just a ceremony? No, it is not. The first, primordial effect of Baptism is to give sanctifying grace, a participation in the Life of God Himself: the indwelling of the Holy Trinity in the soul of the child or adult being baptized. It is never enough…Continue Reading

Marriage Under The Regime Of Sin

By DON FIER In beginning our consideration of the Sacrament of Marriage last week, it was immediately affirmed that “God Himself is the author of matrimony” (Gaudium et Spes, n. 48 § 1). Our Creator inaugurated this noble institution “from the beginning” (Matt. 19:4) when He formed Eve from Adam’s rib in the Garden of Eden on the sixth day…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Miguel Pro

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Cristero War in Mexico (1926-1929) was one more episode in the universal and eternal conflict between the Catholic Church and secularist governments. The seeds of the conflict were sown at the turn of the century, leading to the enactment of the Mexican constitution in 1917. Then it was enflamed when President Plutarco Elias Calles (president from…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Damasus I

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord gave us a very comforting promise in Matt. 16:18 when He said, “And I say to thee: ‘Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’.” The Catholic Church has survived the intrigues of numerous antipopes. An antipope is a “false claimant…Continue Reading