Friday 29th July 2016

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A Culture Of Life 101… “The Third Time Around: The History Of Euthanasia In The United States”

July 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES

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(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)

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“Everyone has a right for suicide, because a person has a right to determine what will or will not be done to his body” — Jack “The Dripper” Kevorkian.

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The Courts: Mighty Engines for Social Change. In Nazi Germany and the Netherlands, the euthanasia movement was led by doctors. In the United States, however, it is being led by a handful of judges. Although the leadership cadre is different, the result is the same — a steady and ruthless chipping away at the right to life after birth.
The steps in the push for euthanasia in Nazi Germany and the Netherlands were crystal clear and relatively wide in their scope. By comparison, in the United States, several legal principles such as the illicitly expanded “right to privacy” and food and water as “extraordinary means” are advancing in parallel. The courts are systematically removing bricks from the foundation that supports respect for life in this nation. If enough of these bricks are removed, the entire structure will collapse, and euthanasia will be legalized without limits.
The Supreme Court of the United States, ably assisted by the courts at the federal and state levels, has decisively rejected its role as the interpreter of the Constitution and has transformed itself into the greatest engine for social change our country has ever seen.
Most people do not accept the far-left agenda because it flies in the face of common sense and basic human decency. Furthermore, most state legislatures are still close enough to the people to reflect their views. Even Congress, populated by re-election minded political animals, wouldn’t dream of enacting most of the anti-life wish list. … Continue Reading

A Marian Study Center . . . Couple Hopes To Find Others Interested In Starting St. Kolbe Project

July 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Books have been a steppingstone through life for scholarly Remi Ruiz, who has collected them for decades. He met his future wife, Alma, at a bookstore. Today, if he wanted, he could pave the floors beneath their feet at home with books, if that wasn’t being disrespectful of the printed word.
Welcoming a visitor to their bookcase-lined living room that looks more like a library in this Phoenix suburb, the Ruizes speak of their dream to put their thousands of volumes into service at a hoped-for center for the Blessed Mother as St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe revered her, the Immaculata, the Mother of the Savior who would lead others to Christ.
“One of our dreams is to have a center —” Alma Ruiz begins a sentence.
“ — to study, teach, and publicize who Mary Immaculate really is,” her husband, Remi, pitches in, expressing the hope for “a Marian retreat study center.”
The couple, who both teach at a Catholic school, hope to find others to join in their dream, whether the proposed center ends up in Arizona or elsewhere.
“. . .We’re looking for ideas . . . then we can begin to act,” he says. Maybe some “landed gentry” could offer space for the project.
“As our Lady wills,” Remi says during the July 16 interview.
They have a business card proclaiming, “Ave Maria! Academy of the Immaculata.” It gives their phone number, 602-681-7146, and email, artotustuus13@gmail.com. … Continue Reading

Ignoring The Obvious

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There must be some old figure of speech — or maybe an Aesop’s fable — that expresses the idea that certain truths go unrecognized because people fear that mentioning them will result in retaliation from powerful forces in society. But I can’t think of it at the moment. The Hans Christian Andersen story about the emperor’s new clothes comes close, but does not cover all the bases, such as what happened recently at Baylor University.
Baylor is a school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church, with an openly stated commitment to Christian beliefs. It is also a football powerhouse. Nothing inherently incompatible about that. Catholics like to think that the University of Notre Dame can be described the same way.
But it turned out that Baylor looked the other way about its Christian identity in pursuit of athletic success. The school’s president, Ken Starr, best known for his role as leader of the three-judge panel that conducted the investigation of Bill Clinton’s lies about his extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, was fired by the university. So was the school’s football coach. They were charged by the university with not responding appropriately to sexual assault claims made against several of Baylor’s football players, thereby “failing to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.”
The Pepper Hamilton law firm was retained by Baylor’s Board of Regents to conduct a comprehensive review on the university’s response to the accusations.
It charged the school with failing “to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players” and failing “to identify and maintain controls over known risks.” … Continue Reading

Is The Party Over For Bushism?

July 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, went to Cleveland. Nor did John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees.
These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so.
For Trump’s nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma.
America crossed a historic divide and entered a new era. Even should Trump lose, there is likely no going back.
Trump has attacked NAFTA, MFN for China, and the South Korea trade deal as badly negotiated. But the problem lies not just in the treaties but in the economic philosophy upon which they were based.
Free-trade globalism was a crucial component of the New World Order, whose creation George H.W. Bush called the new great goal of U.S. foreign policy at the United Nations in October of 1991.
Bush II and Jeb are also free-trade zealots.
But when the American people discovered that the export of their factories and jobs to low-wage countries, and sinking salaries, were the going price of globalism, they rebelled, turned to Trump, and voted for him to put America first again.
Does anyone think that if Trump loses, we are going back to Davos-Dubai ideology, and Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership is our future? Even Hillary Clinton has gotten the message and dumped TPP.
Economic nationalism is the future.
The only remaining question is how many trade deficits shall America endure, and how many defeats shall the Republican Party suffer, before it formally renounces the free-trade fanaticism that has held it in thrall. … Continue Reading

Powerful Vox Vitae Pro-Life Camp To Launch in L.A.

July 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

If anyone has followed my columns throughout the years, you’ll know that I am both pro-life and Hispanic. It burns me up to see how many people in the Hispanic communities throughout our nation fall for the lies of Planned Parenthood and the abortion and contraception industries altogether.
Being that Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority in these United States, the evil geniuses at Planned Parenthood have their eyes set on these communities. Cecile Richards and the rest of Planned Parenthood have dollar signs in their eyes when they look at young Hispanic people.
Along with the lies that the regressive left-wing Democratic Party extremists continue to use to pander to Hispanics, Planned Parenthood has ramped up efforts in states like California where there is a high Hispanic population. This is mainly because it operates in that state with much support from their pro-abortion elected officials.
This is why Vox Vitae’s mission is to “Educate, Empower, and Spiritually Nurture People to Actively Be a Voice for Life.” It is so important in a city like Los Angeles where at least 220 babies are aborted each day.
While education and street ministries like sidewalk counseling or “Face the Truth” public witness efforts are important in the fight against abortion, many times, aside from rosaries prayed and Masses celebrated outside of the abortuaries, there is still a need to add a deeper spiritual dimension to this battle. … Continue Reading

Hate Speech Laws

July 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

The Cato Institute in its Policy Analysis bulletin of May 24 has published a timely article by Robert Corn Revere on “Hate Speech Laws.” Revere is a Washington-based lawyer who practices First Amendment and media law.
Whether intentional or not, racial tension is promoted daily by big media as they give coverage to what otherwise might be construed as minor events in Baton Rouge or St. Paul. Protests in one part of the country or another against police brutality (never alleged police brutality) are treated as national events and in major newspapers, they are given front-page treatment under headlines such as “officers ought to be held accountable.”
In the context of discussions of hate speech, the right not to be offended is presented as a First Amendment right. Although related, that is a different issue.
Robert Revere turns to Justice Robert Jackson, whose dissenting opinion in a case that reached the Supreme Court in 1949 as Terminiello v. City of Chicago provides a guide.
Judge Jackson made an important distinction between the free expression of unpopular ideas and the expression of those ideas in a context that has the potential for violence, the imminence of a riot, for example. In Jackson’s opinion, it is the potential for violence — not the presence of hate — that separates free from restricted speech.
By reviewing a series of cases since Terminiello, Robert Revere shows that Jackson’s opinion has come to prevail in American law. In the words of Chief Justice Roberts, delivered in a case that reached the Supreme Court in 2007, “In the United States the presumption favors freedom of expression and the speaker gets the benefit of the doubt. Where the First Amendment is implicated the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.” … Continue Reading

Surrendering To The Welfare State

July 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I go out of my way to read Thomas Sowell’s columns. He has the unique ability to be both informative and entertaining. A recent column, found in the online edition of National Review, entitled “Conservatives Shouldn’t Treat the Welfare State as Inevitable,” was no exception. Sowell points out the dangers of accepting the welfare state as part of our societal life, of trying to come up with a “better approach” to distributing welfare payments, a way of “managing the costs.”
He begins by pointing out the debilitating effects of the welfare state upon both the taxpayers who finance it and the “clients” who rely upon it. He contends it makes no sense for conservatives to seek a more “efficient” way of providing its support payments. Cost isn’t the issue, as much as welfare’s effect, “which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility.”
Sowell does not disagree that “there are some people unable to provide for their own survival — infants and the severely disabled, among others. But providing for such people is wholly different from a blanket guarantee to everybody that they need not lift a finger to feed, clothe, or shelter themselves.”
Doing that, he continues, has resulted, in both England and the United States, in a “vast expansion in the amount of crime, violence, drug addiction, fatherless children, and other signs of social degeneration.” … Continue Reading

After Buccaneer Obama . . . GOP Convention Hopes To Show The Skill To Steer U.S.

July 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

The newscaster came on the screen abruptly.
“We interrupt our regular programming this morning because of shocking news from the Republican National Convention.
“The party’s presidential nominee was to have delivered his acceptance speech to the delegates this evening. But a leak from his speech text caused such immediate and widespread outrage that he has renounced being nominated. There is no longer a nominee. The convention is in chaos.
“It was learned that the candidate planned to say in his speech that if his Democratic opponent is elected president this November, the federal government will require that naked men be allowed into women’s and girls’ public locker and bath rooms because of nondiscrimination policies.
“That accusation by the Republican is being blasted from all quarters as ‘insane,’ ‘absolutely crazy,’ ‘vile,’ ‘unthinkable,’ ‘contemptible,’ ‘horrid,’ and ‘despicable.’
“Stay with us for further developments as our commentators assess why Sen. John McCain ever thought he needed to level such unbelievable charges against Sen. Barack Obama,” the newscaster concluded in late summer 2008.
A startling scenario that didn’t actually happen eight years ago. However, the Obama administration’s assertion of this new bathroom “right” came to pass in 2016, in the final full year of Obama’s radical White House reign of unbounded lies and lawbreaking.
Nothing is beyond the reach of media-coddled left-wing political schemers. It’s all sail and no anchor to restrain their wild buccaneer adventures. … Continue Reading

Business Sense

July 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

For an honest account of what the future portends, one may be advised to look to business leaders rather than to politicians, economists, or academicians. The business world seems to know where the country is headed and is acting accordingly.
We read daily of hundreds of employees being let go at once-flourishing manufacturing or retail establishments. Union leadership has been unable to prevent large-scale reductions in government employees at all levels.
“Scaled down for modern living” has become a real estate slogan. Seemingly upscale has become the province of an elite class. It wasn’t all that noticeable in times past when middle-class accommodations were available to those who knew there was a first class, something they might enjoy from time to time, if not on a regular basis.
We now read that the venerable Waldorf Astoria with 1,100 rooms is being turned into a condominium, save for 300 to 500 rooms that are being groomed for first-class patronage. A few years ago Chicago’s Ambassador East, and more recently, New York’s Plaza, were similarly reconstructed to serve an increasingly smaller clientele.
A recent newspaper headline proclaimed, “Dining out falls victim to the economy,” though you may not know it if you lived in or near the nation’s capital or in other centers of affluence.
It is well known that employment opportunities for a middle class have shrunk as a result of major corporations seeking lower production costs abroad for products that are then imported into the United States. Couple that with the Federal Reserve’s policy known as “quantitative easing,” a policy that robs the thrifty middle class of reasonable interest on retirement savings, and we have, apart from adverse tax laws and overregulation, two factors contributing to a loss of middle-income purchasing power. Business leaders sense this and act accordingly, though politicians ignore it. … Continue Reading

The Jesuit Trajectory

July 20, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There has been an ongoing discussion in recent editions of First Teachers about what one of our correspondents called the “Jesuit trajectory” toward secular liberalism at their universities. He meant by that everything from the awarding of honorary degrees to pro-abortion politicians, to regular performances of The Vagina Monologues, to explicit cooperation with the agenda of LGBTQ activists, to course offerings with a strong modernist bent.
In line with this theme is a letter First Teachers recently received from a husband and wife who are graduates of Fordham University in the 1960s. They were contemplating a sizable donation to the school, but were concerned about stories they had read in the press about the school’s chairman of the theology department, J. Patrick Hornbeck, being married to another man.
The couple gave First Teachers permission to publish the response they received from Bob Howe, the university’s special adviser to the president & senior director of communications, which included Fordham’s official press release about Hornbeck:
“While Catholic teachings do not support same-sex marriage, we wish Professor Hornbeck and his spouse a rich life filled with many blessings on the occasion of their wedding in the Episcopal Church. Professor Hornbeck is a member of the Fordham community, and like all University employees, students and alumni, is entitled to human dignity without regard to race, creed, gender, and sexual orientation. Finally, same-sex unions are now the law of the land, and Professor Hornbeck has the same constitutional right to marriage as all Americans.” … Continue Reading

Trump Is Driving Catholic Voters Toward Clinton

Donald Trump has held onto the support of evangelical Christians even as he has screwed up the name of a book of the Bible, said he doesn’t feel he needs forgiveness for anything, and struggled to answer the question that…Continue Reading

Catholic Tim Kaine Now Supports Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Well, of course, the media thinks that Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president, is the most Catholic of Catholics. The Washington Post gushed over him, calling the senator the “Pope Francis Catholic” due to Kaine’s work…Continue Reading

Pro-abort VP candidate Tim Kaine gets standing O at Mass, bishop mum on denying Communion

RICHMOND, Virginia, July 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination. Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied…Continue Reading

Anti-abortion duo behind Planned Parenthood videos cleared

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the tampering with…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Islam is ‘fundamentally a form of government’

Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a telephone interview that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” Speaking with Religion News Service, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said that “when they (Muslims) become the majority in any…Continue Reading

Nienstedt: misconduct allegations retribution for opposition to gay marriage

In other words, he’s the real victim here. Marino Eccher of the PiPress says, “John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response…Continue Reading

5 faith facts on Mike Pence: A ‘born-again, evangelical Catholic’

(RNS) While an official announcement has not yet been made, IndyStar and other media outlets are reporting that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate. Pence became governor of the Hoosier State in…Continue Reading

Trump In Tatters As Catholic Voters Shift Their Support To Hillary Clinton

A new Pew poll on religion and the 2016 campaign revealed devastating news for Republicans as Catholic voters have shifted their support to Hillary Clinton. A new Pew poll on religion and the 2016 campaign revealed devastating news for Republicans…Continue Reading

St. Anne Catholic Church prepares for 136th annual novena

There used to be a steady flow of stories, tales of miracle cures. They were covered in the Daily Journal, the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, in the early 1900s. The Catholic church in St. Anne, a village of 1,239,…Continue Reading

More deception in the war on Card. Sarah

Speaking at a liturgy conference in London, Card. Sarah, clearly not acting in his role as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a personal appeal to priests to say Mass ad orientem and the world is coming down on his head.…Continue Reading

Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church

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Editor’s note: the following is an exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson. Cardinal Caffarra is Archbishop emeritus of Bologna and former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It was in a letter to Cardinal…Continue Reading

Vatican Liturgy Chief asks all priests and bishops to face east for Mass, faithful to kneel for Communion

LONDON, July 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking at a conference on the liturgy in London yesterday, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the highest authority on the topic in the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, asked all bishops and priests to adopt the…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

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Catholics urged to fast, pray for peace; group plans novena for nation

By Catholic News Service • Posted July 27, 2016 MANCHESTER, N.H. (CNS) — Bishop Peter A. Libasci of Manchester is urging Catholics to pray and fast for peace in response to the ongoing violence in the U.S. and around the world. “The current civil unrest in our country, the acts of unspeakable violence in Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and in Nice, France, the violence and political instability in Turkey, and the ongoing suffering in the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis on his way to Poland

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is on his way to Poland for his 15th Apostolic Journey aborad and where he will also be participating in World Youth Day events. The Alitalia Airbus A321 on which he is travelling is scheduled to land in Krakow at 16.00. He is accompanied on board the plane by a Pontifical Delegation and some 70 members of the press. Before setting off for the airport a group of young refugees of…Continue Reading

An eighty-four year old priest brutally murdered by Islamic terrorists during Mass in a Church in Normandy – The seed of hate

2016-07-26 L’Osservatore Romano Paris, 26. Shock and horror at the “absurd violence”, radical condemnation for “every form of hatred” and prayer for the victims. These were the first sentiments expressed by Pope Francis – through the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi – at yet another episode of jihadist terror in Francis, barely two weeks from the attack in Nice of 14 July. Two men armed with knives broke into a…Continue Reading

Catholic priest to Tim Kaine: ‘Don’t show up in my communion line’

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and not show up in his Communion line. “I take Canon 915 seriously. It’d be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.

WaPo: A “Pope Francis Catholic” can have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL

Just one example of how the secular media is going to spin, spin, and spin some more in the quest to provide cover for pro-abort, pro-homosexual politicians. UPDATED (9:15pm, Pacific; July 22): Sen. Kaine has been chosen to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate. In the meantime, CWR’s managing editor, Catherine Harmon, reminded me of this interesting story from last year: U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic and former missionary, had a clear message Wednesday…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Indissolubility Of Marriage, As Affirmed By The Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI Later this year, as you may have already read, a revised edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony is going to be promulgated in the United States, featuring notably a new, more accurate translation of the Latin text revised according to the principles of the Holy See’s 2001 instruction Liturgiam Authenticam. Additionally,…Continue Reading

James Patrick: The Loss Of A Child

By DONALD DeMARCO We had five healthy and happy children. “God giveth and God taketh away.” And so, in His inscrutable wisdom, He called our sixth child to His home the day after he was born. It would have been far more difficult for us if we had lost our first child. And it would…Continue Reading

Companions Of Jesus

By JAMES DRUMMEY Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Below is a talk given by James Drummey, editor of the Catholic Replies column, at a retreat in Vermont, June 11, 2016. We are publishing his talk in two parts because of its length.) + + + Of all the 73 books in the Bible, only one —…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Indissolubility Of Marriage, As Affirmed By The Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI Later this year, as you may have already read, a revised edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony is going to be promulgated in the United States, featuring notably a new, more accurate translation of the Latin text revised according to the principles of the Holy See’s 2001 instruction Liturgiam Authenticam. Additionally,…Continue Reading

UN Court Rebuffs China’s Claims To South China Sea

By JOHN J. METLZER UNITED NATIONS — In a major legal setback for Beijing, an international tribunal has rejected and rebuffed many of Mainland China’s claims regarding exclusive sovereignty and rights in the disputed South China Sea. The mid-July landmark ruling in The Hague, by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, stated there was no evidence…Continue Reading

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Have Trust In God’s Promises

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 18:6-9 Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48 In the first reading today we are told that the ancient Jews knew the night of the Passover beforehand so that they would have courage through the sure oaths that had been made to them. It seems to us to be…Continue Reading

From Casuistry To Mercy… Toward A New Art Of Pleasing?

By MSGR. MICHEL SCHOOYANS Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Michel Schooyans wrote the following essay for LifeSiteNews, which graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer. The essay is appearing in two parts because of its length; part one appeared in last week’s issue. (John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, provided this background information about the essay: (“Msgr. Michel Schooyans, a top…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Profile Of A “Saturday Vigil Commando”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Meet the Saturday vigil commando: She will go to Mass any day of the week, at practically any time of the day, except Sunday. She is a veritable fixture at the Saturday vigil Mass and will even return to the parish on Sundays faithfully once per month to help count the offertory collection, but will…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Great Catholic Library: The Bible

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 10 “Ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome, one of the greatest Bible scholars of all times, who translated the whole Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek into Latin in the fourth century — over one thousand years before Martin Luther preached his heresies in Europe. Luther and his followers down…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Olaf

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Vikings! The word Viking comes from a Scandinavian word vik meaning bay or creek, with the extended word meaning pirate. The images the word brings to mind are amazing ships landing around Europe, even on the northeastern fringes of North America, to raid, pillage, and destroy. Although this did happen to some extent, the Vikings also…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Cassian

By CAROLE BRESLIN Frequently, the lives of the saints demonstrate that God calls us to go in directions that we would never consider unless it became clear that it is God’s will. St. Francis Xavier went to the Far East, St. Damien died in Hawaii on the opposite side of the world from his native Belgium, and St. John Cassian…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