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Chris Matthews Versus The Donald

May 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There is no question that Chris Matthews was acting as a partisan and a cheap-shot artist during his MSNBC interview with Donald Trump a few weeks ago. He was looking for a “gotcha” moment to serve the Democratic Party candidate in the upcoming presidential election. He got what he wanted: It was prudent for Trump to walk back his initial comment about punishing women who procure abortions. Hillary and Bernie Sanders were jumping all over it. In fact, they are still are.
Just to refresh your memory about the exchange. Matthews, with fiery eyes and clenched jaw, pressed Trump repeatedly about whether women who have abortions would be punished if Trump gets his way and abortion is made illegal. Trump fidgeted and sought to deflect the question, but Matthews would not let go, the way debaters behave when they know they have their opponent on the ropes.
When Matthews put him in the corner on whether he thinks women who violate laws against abortion should face legal consequences, Trump responded, “There has to be some form of punishment, yeah.” The media were aghast.
Which resulted in the walk-back the next day. Here it is: “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman….The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.” … Continue Reading

The Wanderer Looks Back . . . January 23, 1969.

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As new Feature on our Online Daily we will highlight an article or column that was featured in The Wanderer in years past. Most of these articles provide insight or relevancy to the same issues of today. Please feel free to comment on these articles. The discussion box is open.

Revolutionists Then And Now

By THE MOST REV. WILLIAM
L. ADRIAN, D. D., Bishop of Nashville. Tenn.

The Wanderer Newspaper January 23, 1969
The Church from its very beginning has had to fight for its very life against external attacks, yes, — but more against the traitorous attacks within the Church. When one looks back over the history of the Church, one must become convinced, that if the Catholic Church were not of Divine institution — founded by Christ on the Rock, it could never have survived these assaults. You know of these external persecutions in which millions of souls have suffered cruelly, from injustice, from dishonor, from loss of property and of life. But always the Church ‘ has suffered a greater loss of … Continue Reading

Trump Slips Up Again . . . Lavatory Liberalism The Next Step To Steam Americans

April 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Like many other wars, this one started with bright flags flying, great hopes for victory and for the defeat of presumptuous enemies. But, like those wars, combat meant the banners started drooping and assured strategies became hopeless assumptions.
Seventeen Republican presidential hopefuls soon were sifted down to two, plus one more who refused to admit he had hardly any ammunition. They were Gen. Donald Trump, of New York, Gen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Cpl. John Kasich, of Ohio.
The ability to read battlefield maps in the old days — or use satellite images and drones’ information today — can be the key to conquest.
Leading GOP contender Trump’s winning maneuvers seemed to show he can plot a superior path through the battlefield. But a couple of recent detours may warn that he’ll leave conservatives in the ditch, if not himself. Is he worth following anymore?
His winning sweep through generally more liberally inclined northeastern states in their April 26 primary contests helped keep his momentum maintained. But what if he ends up undercutting himself elsewhere with voters who previously believed he basically had become their kind of traditionalist conservative, like prominent endorsers Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Palin?
Trump’s clumsy comments, plural, about the pro-life issue during this campaign might have been excused as unfamiliarity with the language by a relatively recent convert. If he could be counted on as president to appoint experienced pro-lifers to key positions, it wouldn’t matter so much how fluent he’d been personally. … Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina . . . Gives Women A Real Option For The White House

April 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By REY FLORES

The 2016 presidential race has just gotten much more interesting. Ted Cruz has announced that he has selected Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate. What does this mean for the rest of the candidates remaining and what does this mean for the American citizenry?
What this means in my opinion is that the Trump campaign is now faced with either also picking a female vice-presidential running mate, or risking the loss of the women’s vote among conservatives.
Trump’s propensity for having offended so many women in his “bull in the china shop”-style campaign since 2015 has only hurt him, starting with his on-again, off-again feud with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. The two have since made up enough to have signed off on a Fox prime-time Barbara Walters-style broadcast, in which Kelly interviews Trump. This will serve to give them both unlimited publicity.
With Cruz having chosen Fiorina as his running mate, it goes to show how far ahead of the curve he is when it comes to intelligent political strategy. Women voters who want a woman in the White House, but are repelled by the very troubling Hillary Clinton, now have Fiorina as a far superior choice.
I don’t care what kind of garbage keeps getting drudged up about Fiorina’s failures as CEO at Hewlett-Packard years ago. Haven’t we all failed at one job or another during our working years or at some time in our professional careers?
While Hillary Clinton has demonstrated time after time that she is untrustworthy, arrogant, and self-aggrandizing, Fiorina brings a steely edge of no-nonsense, all-business, “don’t mess with me” attitude that I like. … Continue Reading

Benedict On The Loss Of Missionary Zeal

April 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

On March 17 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI was interviewed by Fr. Jacques Servais, SJ. The interview, originally published in German, is now available in the English language courtesy of CNA/EWTN. It is a remarkable document that can be read as Benedict defending the Catholic faith against certain theological trends.
Early in the interview Benedict speaks of the nature of faith. “Faith is not the product of reflection nor is it an attempt to penetrate the depths of my own being….In order for me to believe, I need witnesses who have met God and who have made him accessible to me.”
“The faith community,” he says, “does not create itself. It is not an assembly of men who have some ideas in common and who decide to work for the spread of those ideas. . . . A Church built in this way cannot be for me the guarantor of eternal life nor require decisions that make me suffer and are contrary to my desires.”
The Church did not produce herself. “She was created by God and she is continually formed by Him. This finds expression in the sacraments and above all in baptism. I enter the Church not through a bureaucratic act but through the sacrament [of baptism].”
Sadly, Benedict finds in some quarters the notion that God is obliged to justify Himself to mankind given the horrible things in the world for which He is ultimately held to be responsible as Creator. Developing this view some have taken the heretical position that God did not suffer for the sins of man, but to cancel the guilt of God.
Addressing another distortion of the faith, Benedict identifies one that he takes to be a sign of the times, namely, the idea of the mercy of God as central to the Church’s dogmatic teaching. He finds this expressed in the notion, “Only with mercy do evil and violence end. It is mercy that moves us toward God, while justice frightens us before Him.” Although Benedict does not explicitly say so, one may find in this a version of a doctrine advanced by Luther and the Reformers, namely, “justification by faith in the mercy of God.” … Continue Reading

Amoris Laetitia . . . God Does Not Experiment With Souls — Neither Should We

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By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Kevin M. Cusick’s column appears here earlier this week because of its importance and timeliness. Fr. Cusick sets out the serious problems within Amoris Laetitia and also the apostolic exhortation’s dangerous implications.)(comment box is open)

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The false compassion operative in experimentation with souls is a dangerous sport. We don’t explore new and uncharted moral ground with lives and souls through moral or social experiments because neither does God: For Him only the truth is good enough.
God has appeared among us as Truth Incarnate in Jesus Christ. This means that now for our salvation we must never settle for anything less than the truth. Anything less than Jesus Christ and His clear teaching isn’t love or compassion. Any talk for Catholics of experimenting in matters of faith and morals is a betrayal of Christ and a serious sin.
Our Lord was never more strict in His teaching than He was in matters of marriage and chastity. Divorce and remarriage is adultery. Adultery after Baptism removes a state of grace that can be restored only by absolution and by avoiding any further occasion of sin such as adulterous cohabitation.
Giving Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics who are not sorry for the sin of adultery, do not intend to remove themselves from the near occasion of that sin and, therefore, cannot receive the Sacrament of Confession is experimentation and of the very worst kind.
Communion is given to build up grace in those who are in a state of grace, thus giving Communion to such individuals is a failed experiment and a sacrilege as well as useless. … Continue Reading

Did The Atlantic Spill The Beans?

April 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I am wondering if The Atlantic magazine said more than it should have said from the point of view of its readers and ideological allies. It published an article in its online edition on March 25 by Jonathan Merritt describing the flip-flop that has taken place in the education establishment, away from the moral relativism it championed in the past to the strict codes of political correctness of today. I don’t think the left in this country wants us to become too aware of what happened in academia. It is hard to defend hypocrisy.
The Atlantic and the establishment liberals who read the publication have long been champions of an open-minded and a diverse society, leaders in the fight for academic freedom and against censorship and enforcement of orthodoxies based on traditional values. The odds are that your local librarian who proudly tacks up the poster for “Banned Books Week” is a longtime subscriber.
Those days are over, writes Merritt. Relativism is out. The “old bogeyman” of moral relativism, he writes, has gone “the way of the buggy whip.” Everywhere — from films to popular novels to politically correct protesters on our college campuses — we now see manifestations of a “shame culture” that has replaced the “subjective morality of yesterday” and replaced it with “an ethical code that, if violated, results in unmerciful moral crusades on social media.” … Continue Reading

The Show Goes On . . . Nurse Criticizes Dangers From USD’s Fifth Drag “Celebration”

April 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

A San Francisco native who provided nursing care to people suffering from their homosexual lifestyles there expressed regret that the University of San Diego (USD), a Catholic school, continues to promote sexual “confusion” with an annual spring drag show on campus.
“I was really sad the administration gave students a forum to act out craziness,” Jeannie Stiles, RN, told The Wanderer in an April 15 telephone interview. “This was like new confusion” added to their lives when they’re “still trying to figure things out” as young people about their identity as “children of God.”
Stiles spoke about suffering and death she saw in San Francisco that resulted from allowing gender confusion into people’s lives.
The previous evening, April 14, USD staged its annual “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar V” for more than 600 people packing Shiley Theatre on campus. This official promotion of sexual disorientation began in 2012.
Three successive bishops of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego in that time span took a passive approach to this affront to Church teaching — long-serving Robert Brom, who took normal retirement in September 2013; his coadjutor-successor, Cirilo Flores, who soon died of cancer, in September 2014, and Robert McElroy, who assumed formal control as new bishop on April 15, 2015, one day before last year’s drag show.
McElroy previously was an auxiliary bishop in, coincidentally, the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Two years ago, well-known southern California drag queen Tootie Keanuenue Nefertootie was among the gender-confusing acts at the show, performing in satanic garb — a black robe with high collar and a goat-horn headdress. … Continue Reading

Compromise Is A Two-Way Street

April 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Compromise is like the tango: It takes two to really make it work. It assumes goodwill on the part of the disputants, a willingness to bargain in search of a reasonable common ground.
The Washington Post reported a few weeks back that the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC), which, in the Post’s words, “oversees the health care insurance provided for individuals working for Catholic institutions in the state,” is willing to “play its part” on the issue of providing health care for homosexual employees. “The MCC announced in a letter in early March that it is modifying its coverage in a way that will make it possible for gay employees of the church to get health benefits for their partners and spouses.”
Here is the MCC’s proposal, as described by the Post: “In a letter to pastors and church employees, the conference stated that health care coverage will be expanded to include legally domiciled adults.” Individuals will be considered legally domiciled adults, “if they’re 18 or older, are financially interdependent with the church employee, and have lived with that person for at least six months.”
This means, according to Dave Maluchnik, director of communications for the MCC, a “person’s sexual orientation or behavior will not factor into the church’s decision to provide employees with health care. Instead, the church’s primary consideration will be residency.”
Maluchnik told the Post reporter that “the church’s teaching on marriage and human sexuality is not changing. Our health benefit plan is expanding its eligibility to include a legally domiciled adult and, as such, the benefit is not dependent upon the relationship.” … Continue Reading

Clarence Thomas’ Courage . . . Provides Lesson Today About How To Triumph Over Campaign Challenges

April 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Pointing out the liberal propaganda tilt of HBO’s TV movie Confirmation in mid-April, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders brought back a vivid memory to those of us around at the beginning of the 1990s. We recalled a photo.
Known conservative Clarence Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, and left-wing Democrats were grimly determined to stop Thomas however it had to be done — standard unethical procedure against conservatives.
The black Thomas who rose from poverty couldn’t be routinely smeared as a right-wing racist or silver-spoon son of privilege. Oh, let’s claim he talks dirty about sex! It seemed a prim new standard for a left-wing machine that rose from the ashes of sex-n-drugs destructive campus radicalism, but how ya gonna know if mud sticks unless you throw some?
Thus, a powerful 1991 photo of seven left-wing, pro-abortion Democrat congresswomen striding over to the U.S. Senate to heave their mud balls. “People call this photo ‘The female Iwo Jima’,” one of the participants improbably said later, comparing their raw politicking to the time of the war photo of the U.S. flag-raising against Japan.
It was a tough warning of what Thomas faced, take-no-prisoners leftist feminists who made liberal reporters squeal in delight. Democrat politicians and media being united to overwhelm a foe in a very uneven fight. … Continue Reading

Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

April 28, 2016, at 9:03 AM  |  By Dan Guernsey  |  Opinion How do Catholic schools best serve students who struggle with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria (popularly called “transgendered”)? What should a school’s policies prescribe in order to prevent…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Group Lists Every Company Backing Planned Parenthood

A pro-life organization that has spent decades working to try to get corporations to stop giving financial donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business has released a revised listing of companies backing the abortion giant. Life Decisions International has released…Continue Reading

Trump completes 5-state sweep; Clinton beats Sanders in most Super Tuesday III contests

Donald Trump completed a five-state sweep in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries, strengthening his shot at avoiding a contested convention – while Hillary Clinton scored convincing victories but was denied the same bragging rights of a primary sweep by a surprise…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Caught Again

Kentucky is suing a new Planned Parenthood clinic after Governor Matt Bevin found out that they have illegally killed 23 unborn children. The clinic knowingly operated without a license for nearly two months. The request for a license was later…Continue Reading

Top Vatican cardinals aren’t commenting on pope’s exhortation

April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two of the Vatican’s most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Church’s tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter…Continue Reading

Indiana diocese: Catholic teachers must uphold Church’s moral teachings

FORT WAYNE, Indiana, April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Another Catholic bishop has taken steps to reinforce Catholic identity in the schools of his diocese. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades promulgated “The Mission of Our Catholic Schools and the Importance…Continue Reading

Abby Johnson to Georgetown: Pray for Cecile Richards because no one is beyond conversion

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – No one is beyond conversion, former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson said at Georgetown University Wednesday, just hours after Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards delivered a lecture to a packed room at…Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Pro-life NFL star Matt Birk reveals real reason he skipped meeting with Obama

April 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — When football star Matt Birk decided to quietly decline an invitation to meet President Obama after winning the 2013 Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, he said at the time that he was acting on…Continue Reading

Head of US Bishops’ news agency resigns, blames ‘far right blogosphere’

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—The editor-in-chief and director of the U.S. bishops’ official news service resigned Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference general secretary. Tony Spence, who had worked for Catholic News Service since 2004, had…Continue Reading

Scandal: More ‘Drag Shows’ at Catholic Colleges

Annual drag shows — where individuals dress up and perform as the opposite sex — have become a consistent presence on several Catholic college campuses, punctuating the spring semester with scandal and disregard for Church teaching on human sexuality. Despite…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood: Ted Cruz is ‘the biggest threat we face’

April 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Ted Cruz’s pro-life views make him the “biggest threat” Planned Parenthood faces, the abortion giant said in a fundraising email last week. Citing the Texas senator and presidential candidate’s opposition to abortion in cases of…Continue Reading

Details Released for Planned Parenthood Event at Georgetown

March 7, 2016, at 8:12 PM  |  By Adam Cassandra In a statement sent to The Cardinal Newman Society Monday night, the Archdiocese of Washington responded to the controversy surrounding the invite of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .  

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

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Pope’s Morning Homily: No to Double Lives!

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You are in communion with God, walk in the light. Do works of light, don’t say one thing and do another •April 29, 2016•ZENIT Staff• Pope Francis today exhorted Christians to avoid the “double life” of saying one thing and doing another. This was a main message of his homily this morning in the Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. “If you say you are in communion with the Lord, then walk in the light.…Continue Reading

Top Catholic Philosopher: Amoris Laetitia Will “Split the Church”

Today, 28 April, an important exclusive interview with a well-known Catholic philosopher has been published in Germany. The important statements of Professor Robert Spaemann might well indicate that the wind is turning now against the “Francis Revolution”. Spaemann – who is a personal friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – says about Amoris Laetitia that there are some ways of interpreting the document against the continuous teaching of the Church. He then continues: However, the article…Continue Reading

Christians in Crisis: Report Details Dire Situation in Iraq and Syria

ZENIT.ORG People of all religions will miss Christians’ contribution to education, healthcare •April 28, 2016•Fr. John Flynn• With no end in sight to the fighting in Iraq and Syria the remaining Christian population continues to experience very difficult conditions. A recent report, “Salt of the Earth: Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis,” details the significant contributions Christians have made to the region and what it stands…Continue Reading

Pope: Do We Know the Other Lesson From the Parable of the Good Samaritan?

Zenit.org At General Audience, Says There’s More to Learn Than ‘Who Is My Neighbor?’ •April 27, 2016•Kathleen Naab• We know the parable of the Good Samaritan is a lesson to teach us that we must love our neighbor, and that there’s no one in the category of non-neighbor, but beyond that, Pope Francis asked today, have we also learned the parable’s lesson that God treats us with the compassion of the Samaritan? “In the gestures…Continue Reading

Over 750,000 pledge to boycott Target for giving men access to women’s bathrooms

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April 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—Over 750,000 people have pledged to boycott Target over the company’s new policy allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. The American Family Association, which launched the petition, says the fact that it’s generated such a large response in only five days shows how outraged Americans are. “American families are concerned about their wives and daughters being harmed by predators or voyeurs who will now have more freedom to enter women’s bathrooms,” AFA…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . On Defending Doctrinal Truth Without Compromise

By JAMES MONTI Several years ago I had the curious misfortune of having to listen to several homilies regarding St. John the Baptist in which this great Forerunner of the Christ was cast as somewhat of a villain. The homilist claimed that John was being too judgmental in condemning Herod for his adultery and incest,…Continue Reading

Luther 1517-2017… Five Hundred Years Of Heresy And Doctrinal Confusion

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 (Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment in a series by Wanderer contributor Raymond de Souza on Henry VIII’s book defending the seven sacraments against Martin Luther. De Souza edited this updated version of Henry’s work, which is presented to readers in this series. (This series will appear…Continue Reading

If God Is Dead…

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation. “The vast majority of leading conservative writers . . . have a secular outlook on life. . . . They are unaware of the disaster that godlessness in the West has led to.” These secular conservatives may think that “America can…Continue Reading

Being Conscientious About Conscience

By DONALD DeMARCO My earliest recollection of an explanation of conscience was when I was a young lad sitting in a movie theater and being enthralled by Walt Disney’s 1940 classic, Pinocchio. The newly carved puppet had been brought to life by the Blue Fairy. But he was still a puppet and had not been…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How To Fight Dissent”

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 the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +…Continue Reading

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An Apologetics Course… The Inquisition: Answering Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 52 First objection: The Inquisition was intolerant! Reply: Before we dissect the Inquisition, we first have to define the terms we use, to ensure that we share the same meaning. What is “tolerance”? In today’s liberal parlance, it means something like accepting other opinions, views, and preferences, so that we are not seen to…Continue Reading

The Liturgy — Work Of The Holy Trinity

By DON FIER Part 4 The cooperation between the Holy Spirit and the Church that is at work in the liturgy is so close that the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) treats the two together. As stated in the section’s opening paragraph, when the Advocate “encounters in us the response of faith…the liturgy becomes the common work of the…Continue Reading

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Editor’s Note: Regarding the question of whether Jesus after the Resurrection appeared first to His Mother, which is not mentioned in the Gospels, or to Mary Magdalene, which is mentioned, F.A. of Massachusetts called our attention to the following comments by St. John Paul II in an audience on May 21, 1997: “How could the Blessed Virgin, present in the…Continue Reading

Faith And Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR C) Readings: Acts 7:55-60 Rev. 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 John 17:20-26 In the Gospel reading today we hear a portion of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus in which He prays not only for His apostles, but also for those who will believe because of their word. What a wonderful thing to…Continue Reading

Five Remedies For Sorrow From St. Thomas Aquinas

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog. All rights reserved.) + + + Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Hugh The Great

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the 11th century, over 150 years before St. Francis of Assisi received the order from our Lord to “repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin,” the secular rulers sought to control the appointment of bishops, abbots, and even the Pope. During this period of simony and conflict, St. Hugh the Great entered…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Maria Gabriella Of Unity

By CAROLE BRESLIN Just before Italy formally entered World War I in April 1915, a poor farmer and his wife welcomed a little girl into the peaceful land of Sardinia, an island about 150 miles west of Italy. Maria Sagheddu was born on March 17, 1914, the fifth of eight children. During the war that lasted until 1918, over 1,800,000…Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading