Saturday 29th August 2015

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The Great Agent Of Mischief

August 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By DONALD DeMARCO

If Mortimer Adler, after writing his classic, How to Read a Book, authored How to Read the Newspaper, he probably would have warned his readers that newspapers convey something other than news. They convey, he would advise, propaganda carefully concealed within what the inattentive reader might assume to be mere news. Consider the following three newspaper items culled recently from the same newspaper.
1) Gretta Vosper, an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, has declared that she believes neither in God nor in the Bible. When she decided to abandon the Lord’s Prayer, 100 of the 150 members of her congregation left in protest.
She claims that belief in God can motivate bad things. Rev. Vosper has expressed “shock” that her position is now under review since, as she states, her congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe. The board chairman who hired her says that he has had no complaints from congregants and avers that people enjoy engaging in critical thinking as they explore new ways of expressing their faith and values.
The 57-year-old Rev. Vosper is depicted in the newspaper as flashing an engaging smile, an image that will win her support against the an alleged conservative elite that opposes “rich and alive” discussions. Her being “victimized” is sure to win her national sympathy. … Continue Reading

Stand Strong

August 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

A significant danger facing America today is that its people are losing their sense of religious values and allowing the culture of the country to be shaped by militant secularists. The results are unsurprising: abortion and same-sex marriage are legal; assisted suicide and euthanasia are gaining acceptance; pornography is rampant; and religious persecution is underway.
When secularism dominates the culture, religious freedom must be curtailed. Secularism is a belief system that is anti-theistic, rooted in materialism and hedonism. It is alluring because it gives societal acceptance to unbridled human passions. It does away with distinctions of right or wrong, even treating wrong as right and right as wrong. Secularism is an idolatry in which the beliefs of the movement replace God in setting the standards of morality, of conscience, and of truth.
If man genuinely believes in God and lives his life accordingly, he will be in direct and continual contradiction to the aims of secularism. Hence, secularism must necessarily oppose religion, persecute its believers, drive it from the public square, and nullify it.
Religious persecution in America has begun: … Continue Reading

Iran And The Lessons Of Munich

August 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I guess it was in high school where I first heard the term the “lessons of Munich.” It has been part of my life from that time on, during my college years and my teaching career. Just about everyone I encountered — colleagues, professors, people in the media — whether on the left or the right, agreed that it was a mistake for the European powers to appease Adolf Hitler and the Nazis by giving in to their demands for control of parts of Czechoslovakia at the Munich Conference in 1938.
As Winston Churchill phrased it, “Appeasement only feeds the appetite of the aggressor.”
It was the way I taught the story of the outbreak of World War II all through my teaching career. I think everyone on the faculties of the schools where I taught during that 35-year period — one Catholic, one public — did the same; it was the consensus in the academic world.
It is also what informed Dennis Prager’s column on the agreement made between the Obama administration and the government of Iran over Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Which means I should agree with Prager. But I don’t. So I have some explaining to do. … Continue Reading

Why Is “Paddy Wagon” Politically Correct?

August 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I haven’t come across many defenders of the University of New Hampshire’s “Bias-Free Language Guide,” a 4,500-word document posted on the university’s website in early August by Sylvia Foster, the school’s coordinator of equity and diversity.
Even the usual suspects on the politically correct left are keeping their distance, sensing that Foster went too far, making a mockery of the university community. UNH President Mark Huddleston moved quickly to give assurances that “the views expressed in this guide are not the policy of the University of New Hampshire,” and that “no one on campus is required to obey these suggestions,” where speech is “free and unfettered.”
But Huddleston’s protestation does not close the discussion. Obviously, Sylvia Foster thought she would be applauded in the academic world for her attempt to make the University of New Hampshire, in her words, “an inclusive learning community” by informing incoming students of words they may use that “for some, feel like a form of violence.” She knows the views of her colleagues.
What words does Foster have in mind? The “Guide” suggests that students use the expression “person with a mental health condition,” rather than “crazy”; “people of advanced age,” in place of “senior citizen”; “person living at or below the poverty line,” instead of “poor person”; “persons seeking asylum,” instead of “illegal immigrants.” … Continue Reading

What Pope Francis Must Address During His Visit To America

August 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

According to the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pope Francis will be the fourth Pope to come the United States. His visit to our nation is scheduled to take place September 22-27, 2015, when he will make stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. This trip will be the tenth time a Pope has made an apostolic journey to the United States.
The last time a Pope visited our country was in April of 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI came to Washington, D.C., and New York. Before that, St. Pope John Paul the Great visited us seven times and traveled to about 20 American cities. Before that, the first time a Pope visited the United States was in October of 1965 when Pope Paul VI came to New York City.
I have some terrific memories of a papal visit when Pope John Paul II came to Chicago in 1979.
According to The Chicago Tribune, there were 2.4 million Catholics in the city, making the Chicago Archdiocese the largest in the country at the time. Add to that the fact that Pope John Paul II was the first Polish Pontiff in history and Chicago had the largest Polish population outside of Poland, and it was a complete madhouse! … Continue Reading

As PP Dissects Victims . . . Are Campaigning GOP Candidates Greater Than The Sum Of Their Parts?

August 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

When Planned Parenthood obtains mothers’ consent to provide parts or all of their aborted babies’ bodies for research, the inquiring observer’s question should be, just what words did PP use when seeking that consent?
Was it well-informed consent, or exactly the opposite? Just what is being obtained from mothers so PP can attain its harvest?
That resembles the situation voters find themselves in today as presidential candidates make their pitches for support. How much pertinent information is being disclosed to voters? What’s being withheld? Do the candidates even know sometimes where they actually stand? Or are they making things up as they go?
Don’t expect Planned Parenthood to start talking plainly from its cornered position.
Over at the abortuary, it’s unlikely PP describes its pregnant clients as “mothers” or mentions their babies’ bodies. Honest language would introduce organ-purchase issues to be avoided at all, um, costs.
In an interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal website posted August 10, former PP clinic director Abby Johnson explained how her Texas abortuary got what it sought. Using disembodied words. … Continue Reading

A Book Review… How To Abolish Abortion

August 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day by Fr. Frank Pavone. See www.abolishingabortion.com or www.amazon.com for ordering information.

“Abortion is like a bone stuck in the throat of the American people. We can’t swallow it, and yet we can’t quite get rid of it either.”
This is the analogy that Fr. Pavone uses in his new book Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day. It makes a good analogy for a few reasons Fr. Pavone points out, such as: “When we speak about abortion in church, we’re told it’s too political. When we speak about it in the political arena, we’re told it’s too religious.”
He’s absolutely correct. Think about it; when was the last time anyone in this nation has had a civil discourse on abortion? I’m talking about people who disagree on abortion being able to rationally discuss the topic. The reason is that if we were to have that discussion, people who support abortion would be completely incapacitated and totally unable to provide any rationalization of any kind for abortion.
Of course, those who support abortion would invent their own rationale which makes this fight that much more complicated because of the lies and deception the abortion and contraception industries continue to use to justify such heinous atrocities. … Continue Reading

Seventh Planned Parenthood Video . . . Removing Live Baby Brain Made Procurement Worker Quit

August 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Like many other pro-lifers, Mallory Quigley prayed outside abortion clinics, knowing of the extent of destruction occurring inside.
She’d viewed “graphic signs” picturing what happens to the unborn babies, and images of small victims from the homicide trial of Philadelphia abortion butcher Kermit Gosnell, MD.
Still, Quigley felt a sort of surprise at the seventh in a series of sting videos, released August 19 by California’s Center for Medical Progress (CMP), titled “Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product.”
Previous videos have shown PP executives negotiating to get higher prices for providing baby parts to procurers, as well as their callous, casual attitude toward aborting and harvesting the infants on a large scale. Some mangled bodies were shown, including what looked like a casserole dish full of freshly killed baby parts including an arm torn off near the shoulder.
In the latest video, Holly O’Donnell, a specialist who later quit her job with the procurement company StemExpress, tells of seeing a freshly aborted, well-developed baby boy with a beating heart at a San Jose, Calif., abortuary. His head is to be cut open to remove his brain. … Continue Reading

Equality And Truth

August 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO

Twenty years ago, a Canadian lawyer wrote an article in which he listed three seemingly irrefutable examples of abusing the notion of equality.
The first was a blind Manitoban fencer who claimed he had the right to compete against sighted opponents. The second involved an alcoholic who insisted that his workplace should accommodate his disability. The third, according to our Canadian defender of the law, was a homosexual couple that demanded the right to marry.
How times have changed! What was viewed as an absurdity two decades ago is now law. Philosophical values such as truth, justice, and goodness, however, do not change. There can be no justice without truth, nor can there be equality without truth. We need truth to render justice; we need truth to distinguish between equals and un-equals.
Aristophanes understood the relationship between truth and justice far better than our present liberal society does. In his play, The Assembly of Women, dating from 391 BC, he shows, in comic fashion, the absurdities that result when equality is severed from truth and taken to an extreme.
In the play, some women take over parliament and pass laws to ensure that absolute equality between citizens is achieved. Private property is abolished so that no one person owns more than any other person. … Continue Reading

New York City… Bad Old Days Are Here Again

August 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I have some family remembers who remain steadfast members of the Democratic Party, though if you met them the last word you would use to describe them would be “left-wing.” They are what you might call “Kennedy Democrats,” Irish Catholics and union members who still see the Democratic Party as the party of the “little guy,” the party that helped our family members get on their feet when they arrived in New York from Ireland in the early years of the 20th century.
Even so, my relatives agree that liberal Democratic Mayor David Dinkins was a disaster, and that Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani rescued New York City from very dark days in the mid-1990s. Because of that, I was curious what they would say when Bill de Blasio became mayor in January of 2014. De Blasio is a man of the left on both economic and social issues. That he traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 to bring economic aid to the Sandinista regime, and honeymooned in Castro’s Cuba in 1991, speaks volumes about the man.
When I asked my Democrat family members whether they thought there was any likelihood that de Blasio would undo the reforms instituted by Giuliani that resulted in the remarkable resurgence in New York City, they were confident he would not; that Giuliani’s stress on law and order was common sense, and that no Democrat would reverse Giuliani’s stress on law and order for fear of going back to the mess of the Dinkins’ years. … Continue Reading

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Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

If You Still Support Planned Parenthood, You Are Simply Not A Decent Person

Another Planned Parenthood video has been released. I promised I would write about every new video that comes out, so here is my write up on the latest. Please read and share. I don’t usually ask you to share things…Continue Reading

“Catholic” Group Sends Cakes to Thank Planned Parenthood Staff After It Sells Aborted Babies

Apparently, Catholics for Choice want their friends at Planned Parenthood to know how appreciated they are since they will be “harassed” tomorrow at the protests across the country regarding their organ harvesting business.  As LifeNews previously reported, tens of thousands…Continue Reading

Facebook’s very (very) suspicious ‘trending’ Planned Parenthood story

Update Aug. 20, ’15 at 7:54 AM EST: I woke up this morning, and lo and behold, the “trending” news topic had changed. It now reads, “7th video critical of organization released by anti-abortion group.” That’s more like it. I…Continue Reading

Questions raised after pro-life activist Twitter accounts suspended without warning: one now restored

ONTARIO, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life activist campaigning against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s abortion extremism as well as a pro-life organization on a mission to show the violent reality of abortion through large graphic billboards had their Twitter…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cordileone thankful for San Francisco teacher contract agreement

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 23, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new…Continue Reading

Catholic Priests’ Forgotten Flock: Catholic Men

The New Emangelization Project has documented that a key driver of the collapse of Catholicism in the U. S. is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis”.[1] One third of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority of…Continue Reading

Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 15, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American…Continue Reading

Do We really need a new day dedicated to the environment?

The Pope has decided in the wake of his well received encyclical on the environment to institute a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day will take place on 1st September. At present the 1st September…Continue Reading

There is no equivalence

Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very…Continue Reading

Syrian Bishop: on kidnapping of Christians from Qaryatain

(Vatican Radio) The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria, Antoine Audo says he believes the so-called Islamic State fighters are seeking to push Christians out of Syria and spread terror everywhere. He also warned that if the war continues, as…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cupich will attend synod, Vatican source says

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Originally selected as an alternate synod delegate, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago will in fact be an attendee at the Vatican gathering on the family this fall, a Vatican source told…Continue Reading

A word of caution about the Society of Saint Pius X

Bishop’s Column Written by Robert C. Molrino, Bishop of Madison Thursday, Aug. 06, 2015 — 12:00 AM The 50 years since the close of the Second Vatican Council have been tumultuous for the Church. Forces both inside and outside of…Continue Reading

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

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Pope Francis Recalls Feast of St. Monica

Vatican City, August 27, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis has recalled the feast day of Saint Monica, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. Toward the conclusion of Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square in his remarks to Italian-speaking pilgrims, Pope Francis recalled that today, August 27, is the feast day of St. Monica. To the intercession of her and her son, Francis said, “We entrust newlyweds and Christian parents so that, like…Continue Reading

Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love

God’s greatest and most beloved treasure is human life by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki The Bible points us to the truth of what lies at the heart of every moral teaching of Jesus Christ and his church. In the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians, we hear him warn the people to “[w]atch carefully how you live” (Ephesians 5:15). He does this not because he wants to control their lives, dictating what they can…Continue Reading

Pope to parents: find time for prayer in busy family life

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his reflections on family life, focusing especially on the importance of finding time for prayer. Greeting visitors from many different countries, gathered for the weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said families often experience difficulty in devoting time for prayer. But he said a heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or small gesture of devotion into a moment…Continue Reading

Thousands Rally at Planned Parenthoods for End to Tax Payer Funding

United States of America, August 24, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter A national day of protest took place Saturday at Planned Parenthoods across the United States as the federal and local governments are being asked to defund the abortion giant. Though there has been an ongoing call for an end to tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood for years, Saturday’s rallies came in response to a series of undercover videos that have been released in recent…Continue Reading

ACLU: Force Catholic Hospitals To Abandon Catholic Faith

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The woefully misnamed American Civil Liberties Union is launching a crusade to force Catholic hospitals to act against Catholic moral teachings and the natural law. This is an un-American attack on religious liberty. The ACLU’s intentions came to light this week after it threatened to sue Mercy Medical Center in Redding,…Continue Reading

Kenneth D. Whitehead, RIP . . . A Personal Tribute To An Outstanding Layman

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Last April, the Church in the United States lost to cancer one of its most dedicated and well-informed laymen. His life was dedicated to defending the faith from the major errors that have afflicted the Church in the postconciliar period. I had the great privilege of working with Ken Whitehead when for…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Same-Sex “Marriage” And The Crisis Of Leadership

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bi-monthly]. 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

A Book Review . . . Carry On The Fight With Faith

By ANNE W. CARROLL Robert C. Cetrulo, J.D. On the Gift of Life, From Eden to Eternity. Northern Kentucky Right to Life Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY 41012, 2015. 189 pp. $10.00. “I tell you not for your comfort, yea not for your desire,/ Save that the sky grows darker yet, and…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Sainthood In Married Life

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla, edited by Elio Guerriero (Pauline Books & Media, Boston: 2014); 282 pp.; $17.95. Available through www.pauline.org. Many know the courageous story of St. Gianna’s sacrifice of her life for the sake of her newborn fourth child and recall…Continue Reading

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A Blindness In The Heart

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 In the first reading God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah telling the people that those whose hearts are frightened should be strong and not afraid because God is with them. He then says that on that day the eyes of the blind…Continue Reading

Novena To Our Lady Of Knock . . . The Family Is Reason To Give Thanks

By MOST REV. KEVIN DORAN KNOCK, Ireland (ZENIT) — Here is the homily given Sunday, August 16 by Bishop Kevin Doran for the 2015 National Novena to Our Lady of Knock, which lasted through August 22. The theme was “Always and Everywhere Giving Thanks — The Gift of the Family.” Bishop Doran heads the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland. ZENIT News…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Our Persecuted Faithful Desire Leadership In Tradition

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Many of our Catholic people today are very insecure in their faith and thus needlessly fearful because they are without the experience of the presence of God in an abiding way. Whether because of Islamic terrorism which is committing genocide against Eastern Christians or attacks through a newly re-paganized society and our unjust and anti-Christian…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Jesus’ Greatest Miracle: His Resurrection

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 16 If we take the Gospels as simple historical records about the life of a Galilean preacher, we’ll find in them a remarkable entry: They say that the man died and rose again. He was crucified, had His side pierced after death, and was buried. No doubt about it. The tomb was found empty,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Aidan

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Church names many saints as patrons of certain professions, troubles, or countries. St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe. As the father of Western monasticism, he is credited with building Western civilization. St. Catherine of Siena is also a patron of Europe since she played important roles in settling both civil and ecclesiastical disputes. St.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bernard Of Clairvaux

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Gospel of John, during the Last Discourse at the Last Supper, our Lord prays for unity. Jesus said: “that they may be one even as we are” (John 17:11). During the most challenging times of Church history, God has sent men to restore peace to His Church. Certainly St. Bernard of Clairvaux should be counted…Continue Reading