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Researcher Says . . . Report On Vatican Agency’s Help For Radical Group Evokes Outrage

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An investigation of the Vatican’s social-justice agency’s involvement with an international socialist-Communist organization has evoked shock and outrage, a pro-life researcher into the agency, Michael Hichborn, told The Wanderer.
Hichborn, a researcher, activist, and commentator with the Virginia-based American Life League (ALL), appears in an ALL video about the Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis’ cooperation with and contribution of leadership to the World Social Forum (WSF).
In an October 7 news release, ALL says, “Evidence, from both primary sources and explosive video, highlights ALL’s report showing conclusively that the World Social Forum is a radically Communist and pro-abortion organization pushing for world revolution. According to both internal and primary documents, Caritas Internationalis has held a position of leadership in the World Social Forum from its inception” in 2001.
The Wanderer’s “Online Daily” site ( soon posted the video at its “News Around the World” column.
In a subsequent email, Hichborn told The Wanderer on October 16 about some background:
“I first discovered Caritas’ involvement with the World Social Forum in November of 2010. At the time, I was investigating Catholic Relief Services’ involvement with the WSF, and after digging a little, discovered that Caritas is actually on the governing body. I have since spent a lot of time compiling thousands of pages of information on the WSF. What I have published is just the tip of the iceberg.”
A Catholic agency has no proper place with an organization pushing Communism, Hichborn said.
“Communism has been soundly condemned by Popes Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. According to the continued teaching of nearly all of the Popes since Pius IX, Catholics are forbidden from joining the ranks of Communists,” Hichborn told The Wanderer.
He said his recent video report has drawn a strong response.
“By observing the press coverage and Internet comments on my research, it’s abundantly clear that Catholics are shocked and outraged by the level of cooperation Caritas Internationalis has with an international Communist organization,” Hichborn said. “La Stampa, an Italian newspaper, reported on our investigation the day after we published our findings (
“The Italian pro-life publication Pro-Life News ( also covered the investigation, as did the German publication Katholisches (,” he emailed.
“Nowhere is there a defense of Caritas’ involvement with the World Social Forum, and, in fact, Caritas refused comment to LifeSiteNews after repeated requests,” he said.
The video shows Marxist flags flying at WSF events, as well as demonstrators hailing socialism, abortion, and revolution. There are sculpted images of pregnant women nailed to crosses as a pro-abortion protest of women supposedly being sacrificed to motherhood.
“We shouldn’t be surprised by this radical form of corruption in the Church; [the Japanese apparition of] Our Lady of Akita warned us about this in 1973,” Hichborn said. “She said, ‘The work of the Devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops…the Church will be full of those who accept compromises’.”
Concerning the manifestation of cardinals and bishops opposing one another, one might possibly think no further back than the recent Synod on the Family in Rome.
“It’s interesting that [Oscar] Cardinal Maradiaga, Caritas’ president, is one of the undersecretaries for the Synod on the Family and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers,” Hichborn told The Wanderer. “As president of Caritas, Maradiaga would not be ignorant of Caritas’ involvement with the World Social Forum, nor would he be ignorant of the WSF’s promotions and activities.”
Hichborn urges Catholics “to prayerfully and respectfully contact Cardinal Maradiaga . . . and ask him to completely disaffiliate from the World Social Forum.”
The contact information: Caritas Internationalis, Palazzo San Calisto, Vatican City State, V00120; email:
Speaking in the video, Hichborn says an examination of the WSF’s internal documents makes clear that the influence of the international Communist revolution and the WSF’s push for abortion and homosexuality have been present from the organization’s beginning.
“As horrible as the World Social Forum is, the most disturbing fact of all is that the largest and most influential social-justice organization in the entire Catholic Church is on the governing body of the World Social Forum,” Hichborn said.
In an email to The Wanderer, he said: “Caritas Internationalis betrays the Catholic Church by joining itself to the leadership of a Communist entity. Worse yet, Caritas is leading Catholics into the errors of Communism, abortion, and homosexuality by encouraging more and more Catholics to participate in the lies of the World Social Forum.
“Suppose, instead of Communism, the World Social Forum were pushing racism — would Caritas have a place on its governance then? I doubt it,” Hichborn said. “So, why is racism more disagreeable to Caritas than Communism?”
The ALL news release quoted Hichborn: “This is a very serious problem. Given how intimately connected the World Social Forum has been with the promotion of Communism, abortion, and homosexuality since the very beginning, it’s impossible to see how any Catholic can participate in it, or even speak positively about it, let alone have any involvement in its governance. But Caritas Internationalis does.”

After Helping Synod Get Back On Track . . . Orthodox Catholics Reflect On Its Missteps

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It was a nightmare image. Smugly smiling Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as he wears a mitre emblazoned with the rainbow colors of homosexual radicals.
It wasn’t an image done by the Pope’s detractors. It was an approving editorial cartoon in the United States, drawn by a gratified pro-homosexual left-winger after the recent Synod on the Family.
The Pope actually promoting homosexuality? Whatever the message in Rome turned out to be, left-wing media again were adjusting it to fit their agenda. … Continue Reading

Faith And The Ballot Box

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On November 4, people across this nation will have an opportunity to vote for those who will represent them at the federal, state, and local levels. The work of these representatives, who will enact the laws and regulations under which we live, will significantly affect our lives for years to come.
The challenges before the nation are serious, highly political, and profoundly moral. There is the continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and new efforts to eliminate the elderly through euthanasia and assisted suicide; movements to coerce Catholic health care, education, and social service ministries to violate their religious beliefs; efforts to undermine marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman; and restraints on religious liberty and the exercise of individual conscience; among others. … Continue Reading

Ebola, Ideology, And Common Sense

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Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and 1940s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease — measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.
None of us believed we were victims of some sort of invidious discrimination against large Catholic families. It was a given that public health authorities were trying to contain the spread of a disease threatening the health of children.
Out came the Monopoly board.
Polio, or infantile paralysis, was the most fearsome of those diseases. The first two national Boy Scout jamborees, which were to be held in Washington in 1935 and 1936, were canceled by Presidential Proclamation because of an outbreak of polio in the city.
Franklin Roosevelt, who had apparently contracted polio in 1921, never to walk again, appreciated the danger. In the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s, there were outbreaks of polio in D.C. Swimming pools were shut down. … Continue Reading

The Fundamentally Changed America

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I recall driving home that cold November evening in 2008, with a sense of doom and fear after learning that Barack Obama, the Illinois state senator whom I had met on several occasions when I was a writer for The Chicago Tribune, had just been elected president.
I kid you not — as I looked up at the clear night sky that evening, I saw a crescent moon and a star!
People at my office were angry at me the next day because I had told them that Obama would never get elected. I said that it was impossible, and that the American people just couldn’t be that stupid.
Not only were there plenty of stupid, low-information voters, but combine that with rampant election fraud and we now have the absolutely worst president anyone could have ever imagined. … Continue Reading

Seven Levels Of Belonging

October 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off


The dictionary is not a very good teacher of philosophy. Its definitions are limited and fail to show the wondrous versatility of the word. Philosophy, on the other hand, loves analogies, metaphors, shadings, and nuances. Moreover, it likes to put the various meanings in order. Consider the word “belonging.” The dictionary fails to reveal its breadth and how its various meanings are all connecting with each other and form a ladder that ascends from the humblest to the highest. The following seven levels of belonging illustrate the dictionary’s need for philosophical explication.
Position: On the humblest level, the jigsaw puzzle offers us a good illustration. “Where does this piece belong?” someone asks. Its peculiar shape and contour indicates that there is but one position that answers the question. And so, we put the puzzle piece exactly where it belongs and enjoy of small glimmer of satisfaction. … Continue Reading

The Son Of Man

October 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off


Joel J. Miller identifies himself as a writer “whose perspective is informed by the teaching tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church.” His blog site, Two Cities, is designed, he writes, to “explore how Christians can practice the historic faith in a modern context while navigating its many challenges and pitfalls.” Miller is widely published, with articles appearing in publications such as Reason, The American Spectator, and National Review.
I don’t know anything else about Miller, but one of his recent posts helped me understand something I have never been able to get a handle on: the term “Son of Man” that Jesus used to describe Himself. I am not a theologian or a Scripture scholar and have had to rely until now on teachers and editors about what Jesus meant when He characterized Himself this way. … Continue Reading

Latino GOP Leader Says . . . Democratic Party’s Attacks On Morality Hurt Its Membership

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PHOENIX — It’s not enough for Republicans to say their party is the natural home for Latinos who just don’t know it yet, a Latino GOP activist told The Wanderer. They need to see why that moral-values message is true.
At the same time, said Reymundo Torres, “There’s a great opportunity to bring over [Latino] Catholic Democratic officeholders who resent being told to toe the line against their faith and their culture” by party bosses of Barack Obama’s “Culture of Death.”
Torres, a Catholic and president of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA), sat down for a Wanderer interview on October 10. He talked about prospects for adding both groups to active Republican participation. Although ALRA doesn’t limit its membership to Catholics, those who join it share traditionalist moral values. … Continue Reading

In November Election . . . Why GOP Candidates May Not Get Resounding Wins

October 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off


Actress Julia Roberts starred in the 1999 movie Runaway Bride, about a recurringly hesitant wife-to-be who keeps leaving her grooms cold at the altar.
Was the movie just re-released?
There’s Mr. Conservative Activist at the head of the church aisle for the 2014 election, waiting to tie the knot. He still believes in traditional rules and “social issues” like opposite-sex weddings. But coy Miss GOP has disappeared again, white lace flapping.
Big, bad judges are inventing all kinds of weird rules these days, including creating homosexual “marriage” as a constitutional mandate. Tremulous Miss GOP doesn’t want to offend anyone, left, right, or in-between. But if she absolutely has to disappoint, she’d rather do it to the faithful guy who brung her than some judicial bar-fly who holds her in contempt. … Continue Reading

The Bishops Of Poland… Synod Report Departs From John Paul II’s Teachings

October 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: The Rorate Caeli website provided the following report and translation about the reaction of Poland’s bishops to the interim report from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan spoke with Vatican Radio on October 13.)

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In an October 13 interview with Vatican Radio, the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference did not hesitate to say that this document departs from the teaching of John Paul II, and even that in it can be noticed traces of the anti-marriage ideology.
According to Archbishop Gadecki, this text also highlights the lack of a clear vision for the synodal assembly.
“Is the purpose of this synod pastoral support to families in difficulty, or is its goal the study of special cases? Our main task is to support the family pastorally, not to hit her, exposing these difficult situations that exist, but which do not constitute the nucleus of the same family; they [the special cases] do not void the need for support, which should be given to good, normal, ordinary families, who are struggling not so much for survival as for fidelity,” said Archbishop Gadecki. … Continue Reading

Angola: Catholic Priest Refutes Criticism of Church Practices

Lubango — The Southern Huila province?s Lubango city emeritus archbishop, Zacarias Kamwenho, rejected as false the claim that Catholic Christians worship images. Speaking on Sunday in the Muxima Diocese, in Lubango, the archbishop explained that Catholic Christians worship God instead,…Continue Reading

Ave Maria School of Law Wins Its HHS Mandate Case in Federal Court

The Obama Administration has suffered another defeat in its quest to force Catholics and people of faith to pay for abortion-causing drugs, as required by the HHS Mandate. Today the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida came down…Continue Reading

Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate

Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule mandating insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing…Continue Reading

Toronto schools hosting ‘LGBTQ’ conference for students as young as 11

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting three student conferences within the span of eight days for the purpose of LGBTQ activism.  The conferences, which have been organized in collaboration with Jer’s Vision, will take place on October 28,…Continue Reading

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation?

Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naïve about the news business, yet convinced…Continue Reading

Chaldean Catholic patriarch suspends 10 priests, including 1 from El Cajon

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday…Continue Reading

Retired Pope Says Interreligious Dialogue No Substitute For Mission

VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation…Continue Reading

California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical…Continue Reading

Relax. God’s Still In Charge.

It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: The “Relatio Synodi” Is “A Significant Improvement Over The Text Of The ‘Relatio Post Disceptationem'”

In a third short interview with CWR, conducted by e-mail late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, offers his impression of the Relatio Synodi, comments on reports that the Synod has…Continue Reading

Synod Final Document Reaffirms Church Teaching

The final document of the Extraordinary Synod was released Saturday as the Synod Fathers voted to approve all 62 paragraphs, but with three paragraphs not receiving the normally required two-thirds majority vote. The three paragraphs, which in the past would…Continue Reading

Catholic Synod: Gay Rights Groups ‘Disappointed’

Catholic gay rights groups say they are disappointed after bishops rejected proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, which had the Pope’s backing. The call to “accept and value” homosexuals was in a draft report, but failed to win the…Continue Reading

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Writes Personal Ordinariate Of Our Lady Of Walsingham


(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was established for former Anglicans in England in 2011.  The message was on the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which was released on November 4th 2009. The Pope Emeritus was responding to a letter he received…Continue Reading

Pope At Audience: The Church Visible And Spiritual


(Vatican Radio)  “Often, we hear people say: the Church doesn’t do this …the Church doesn’t do that!’ ‘Tell me who is the Church? – ‘Well the Church is the priests, the bishops, the Pope …’ We are all the Church! All of us all of us Baptized! We are the Church, the Church of Jesus’”. This was the message at…Continue Reading

Pope At Angelus: Love Of God And Neighbour Are Inseparable

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter’s Square beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Sunday. In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father offered some reflections on the Gospel reading of the day, which was taken from Gospel…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Called To Be Children Of Light

(Vatican Radio) At morning Mass on Monday Pope Francis said that a conscientious examination of our words will help us understand whether we are Christians of light, Christians of darkness or Christians of grey areas. Reflecting on the First Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the Pope said men are recognizable by their words. By inviting Christians to…Continue Reading

Pass-Fail Grading: For The Professors’ Benefit?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK S.M. writes to offer some observations about the proposal to introduce a “pass-fail” grading system for freshmen at Princeton University. The possibility of doing that was discussed in the October 9 edition of First Teachers. He sees the idea as a “form of grade inflation that is solely intended to accomplish…Continue Reading

Contemporary Culture Encapsulated In A Single Sentence

By DONALD DeMARCO It is remarkable how much a single sentence can reveal about the temper of a culture, even when its author is trying to be withholding. Jacalyn Duffin, a historian and practicing hematologist, is the author of History of Medicine (University of Toronto Press, 2000). It is a 243-page tome that was produced…Continue Reading

Synod Document Of October 13, 2014

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 [] of…Continue Reading

Elite Judges Think The Highest Judge Never Will End Their Misrule

By DEXTER DUGGAN Today people worry about globe-trotting terrorists, the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus, and the way contagions can cross borders when the government insists borders must be open for everyone’s alleged benefit. Meanwhile, unaccountable U.S. judges continue their contagion of immorality, as if God’s judgment never will come, maybe in little germs,…Continue Reading

Chilling Free Speech

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Temples Of The Holy Spirit

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Feast Of The Dedication Of St. John Lateran In Rome Readings: Ezek. 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Cor. 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of a church building that many people have never heard of and also have no idea of its significance. In Rome, there are four major basilicas; the…Continue Reading

Message Of The Extraordinary Synod Of Bishops . . . We Ask You To Walk With Us Toward The Next Synod

(Editor’s Note: Below is the text of the concluding message of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, held October 5-19. This message was released on October 18. (See Fr. Kevin M. Cusick’s column in this issue, p. 2B, and the front page for reporting and commentary on the separate final document of the Extraordinary Synod.) + + +…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Redefining Marriage: Not About The Kids And The Picket Fence

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Following the Extraordinary Synod and the rollback on confusing language about same-sex attraction and the divorced and remarried in the final version of the Relatio Synodi document, the predictable reactions are coming in. Those who continue to hold Church teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman are labeled as “bigots,” while…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… True Tradition And False “Tradition”

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 A classical objection: What Catholics call the “Apostolic Tradition” is just a human tradition, which Jesus clearly condemned in the Gospel, when He said to the Pharisees, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?…So, for the sake of your tradition you have made void the…Continue Reading

Public Revelation Vs. Private Revelation

By DON FIER Our previous installment ended by citing a pair of remarkable verses from the Letter to the Hebrews, verses that concisely summarize God’s divine pedagogy, His master plan of divine Revelation: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by a…Continue Reading

Cast A Gauntlet – Sola Scriptura: Part 1

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Wolfgang

By CAROLE BRESLIN October 31 has come to be yet another Christian holy day corrupted by our secular society. All Hallows Eve, Halloween, is now celebrated with emphasis on evil and horror. Corn mazes with frightening objects around the corner, haunted houses to terrify even the bravest of persons, glorification of vampires, and decorations of death and witches — these…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Mary Claret

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Anthony Mary Claret has something in common with at least three other saints. Like St. Peter Claver, he was born in northeastern Spain — over 200 years later. Like St. Pio of Pietrelcina, when he heard Confessions, he frequently could read the souls of the penitents, asking them about a sin that they had not confessed.…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