Sunday 4th October 2015

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The Enigma That Is Pope Francis

October 3, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Now that the dust has settled from Pope Francis’ little Fiat 500 during his papal visit to the United States, I can reflect on some of what I learned from the entire event.
I learned mainly that most people in America don’t know what the heck they’re talking about when it comes to the Catholic Church, the Pope, and what it all means. Certainly the propaganda news media do all they can to co-opt, distort, or misrepresent who Pope Francis is and what his words mean, further confusing just about everyone, including many Catholics.
It doesn’t help that Pope Francis tends to shoot from the hip and speak from his heart; sometimes his message can be easily manipulated, and it often is manipulated, to fit the narrative of the secular media. It’s almost as though the Pope likes to speak in code, as if all of us were smart enough to figure out what he means to say when he really isn’t saying it.
If the mainstream news propaganda were our only source, they would have had us thinking that Pope Francis had repainted the Sistine Chapel in rainbow colors, made abortion the newest sacrament, and demanded that every Catholic married couple plant a tree instead of having children.
But, as an example of messages that can be distorted, when I attended Francis’ address to Congress, he spoke in no uncertain terms about things like the environment, immigration, and the death penalty. He discussed life and family in fewer words, without the elaboration and definition many of us wanted to hear. … Continue Reading

Pope’s World And The Real World

October 2, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Pope Francis’ four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph.
The crowds were immense, and coverage of the Holy Father on television and in the print press swamped the state visit of Xi Jinping, the leader of the world’s second-greatest power.
But how enduring, and how relevant, was the Pope’s celebration of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, open borders, and a world of forgiveness, peace, harmony and love is another question.
The day the Pope departed Philadelphia, 48 percent of Catalonia, in a record turnout of 78 percent, voted to deliver a parliamentary majority to two parties that advocate seceding from Spain.
Like the Scots in Britain, the Walloons in Belgium, and the Italians of Veneto, they want to live apart, not together.
While the Pope called on America and Europe to welcome the migrant millions of the Third World, Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, whose diocese stretches across the southern reaches of Catholic Hungary, says of those pouring into Europe: “They’re not refugees. This is an invasion. They come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They want to take over.” … Continue Reading

From Courtroom To Campaign Trail . . . CMP’s Videos Continue Making An Impact

October 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Sting videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) about abortionists’ greed and cruelty continue to prove their visual power, both because of people who say to view them and people who want to censor them.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina kept bringing Planned Parenthood videos up in her campaign after she rocked the second GOP debate, by issuing a challenge to watch them, while the National Abortion Federation (NAF) continued trying to block the release of additional CMP videos it feared would expose its practices.
After the southern California-based CMP began releasing the videos in mid-July, the NAF dashed off to a strongly pro-abortion federal judge in San Francisco, William Orrick, appointed by Barack Obama, to ask that he block any videos that may have been shot at two of its conventions.
Although this would be prior restraint, Orrick, who had bundled campaign contributions for Obama, was happy to oblige and issued a temporary restraining order.
After CMP appealed Orrick’s strategy to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, three judges on that court, appointed by liberal Democrat presidents, ruled against the pro-life group on September 23. … Continue Reading

Pope Francis at daily Mass: joy of the Lord our strength

October 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) The joy of the Lord is our strength, and in Him we discover who we really are: this was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflection following the readings of the day at Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. The Holy Father focused especially on the need to cultivate nostalgia – deep yearning – for God in the Christian life.

Drawing on the First Reading, from the Book of the Prophet Nehemiah, Pope Francis reflected on the people of Israel, who, after long years of exile, had at last returned to Jerusalem. He recalled that, in the years of Babylonian captivity, the people always remembered their homeland. After so many years, the day of return finally came, and with it the rebuilding of Jerusalem, as narrated in the First Reading. Nehemiah asked the scribe Ezra read to the people the Book of the Law, and the people were happy, “They were weeping in their joy, and felt God’s Word; the experienced joy, … Continue Reading

President Xi’s Swag Vs. The Pope’s Black Fiat

September 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


UNITED NATIONS — Both Pope Francis and China’s president visited the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths nearly intersected, but not touch, in New York at the United Nations are each leaders of 1.2 billion people: the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and Comrade President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. Pope Francis arrived amid White House pomp and circumstance ceremonies, rather improbably in a little black Fiat. President Xi went around in black limos as one would expect.
Pope Francis, a Jesuit from Argentina, brings a pastoral message, but often swerves into politics. President Xi, a Politburo hardliner, visits America both with his business portfolio and with the swagger of China’s new paramount ruler. Both leaders were making their first state visits to the U.S.
Both men represent a curious juxtaposition of faith and values: the Pope representing the Catholic Church, a major world religion, with Xi representing the officially atheist PRC. … Continue Reading

Vatican Confirms Pope Met With Kim Davis

September 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

Fr. Lombardi Affirms Meeting With Kentucky County Clerk Took Place in Washington

Vatican City, September 30, 2015 ( Deborah Castellano Lubov

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.”

Davis was put in jail for six days for disobeying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, stressing she couldn’t go against her conscience and citing biblical opposition to same-sex marriage. Davis’ dilemma has sparked a controversy across the country over whether government employees, along with private businesses, have a legal right to refuse to serve same-sex couples.

Pope Francis just concluded his Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States’ cities of Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, during which time he highlighted in his various discourses the importance of religious freedom.

According to Davis’ lawyer, Matthew Staver, yesterday, Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe were discretely brought by car into the Vatican Embassy on Thursday afternoon. He noted that Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong.” During the 10 to 15 minute encounter with the Holy Father, security, helpers and photographers were reportedly present.

On the press conference on the papal flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sunday, Francis was asked about public officials refusing to carry out duties on grounds of conscience. Without mentioning Davis, the Pope responded, “I can say the conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. … Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right.

Seeking An Alternative To The Boy Scouts

September 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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The decision by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to permit open homosexuals to be active as members and leaders of local troops has forced many parents to make a difficult decision. Some parents may decide that their children’s troop is unaffected by the new policies and that there is no reason to remove their children from the group. No doubt there are many Scout troops and Scout leaders who remain faithful to Scouting’s heritage.
But what should parents do if they do not feel that confidence in their local troop, or if they do not want their children to be part of an organization with a national leadership committed to the homosexual agenda? Are there youth groups that can provide an alternative to the Boy and Girl Scouts of today?
C.M. writes to recommend that Catholic parents examine the Federation of North American Explorers. The group has 25 chapters in Canada and 16 in the United States. Founded in 1956 by French and German leaders, the group sees itself as an effort to practice the original principles of Scouting in a Christian context, stating specifically that the “movement was, and remains, Catholic in character.” It lists among its objectives encouraging “our boys to embrace their faith in their everyday life as they grow ever stronger in their faith.”
First Teachers has no firsthand knowledge of the activities of the group, but its web site gives a favorable impression of its purpose and activities, and is worth consideration by parents unhappy with the direction that the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are taking in the United States these days. … Continue Reading

Former Congressman Says . . . Obama Should Be Confronted On PP Issue With Every Funding Bill

September 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


As the Republican-majority Congress struggled to produce a federal budget, a fiery former conservative GOP congressman said in an interview that any appropriations bill sent over to Barack Obama for his signature should have a rider denying funding for Planned Parenthood.
Because Obama has promised to veto any such bill, this would keep a damaging focus on the Democrat president’s pro-abortion extremism, former southern California Cong. Robert Dornan told The Wanderer in a September 20 interview.
Dornan characterized major-media reporters as Obama’s “2,000 PR people.”
“When you make the president veto a bill, it forces his PR people at the networks . . . to discuss the issue at hand,” having to explain that Obama chose to deprive government agencies of funding to operate rather than stop the flow of tax money to the abortion giant, Dornan said.
When the president issues a veto, he has to go on the record and make a statement explaining his action, the former congressman said. “He then is exposed as the anti-life zealot that he is.”
The rider against PP funding should be on “every single bill” of appropriations, including for the Department of Justice, Treasury and the Interior, and military construction, he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, don’t understand how to use the news cycle against Obama, Dornan said. “The Republican Party under Boehner and McConnell, they don’t know how to drive the news and pin this guy down, disgracing himself.” … Continue Reading

Pope Visits Little Sisters Of The Poor .. . Includes Pro-Life, Pro-Family Themes In Talks

September 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

(From combined sources)

U.S. pro-lifers were eagerly waiting to hear what, if anything, Pope Francis would say about abortion and life issues generally during his visit here.
In Cuba, he had denounced abortion and euthanasia. (See this week’s News Notes column on p. 2A and also see the Shepherds column on p. 4B.)
While his references to abortion were not as frequent or as detailed as many pro-lifers had hoped, nonetheless, he did raise the issue.
Most notably, in his September 23 address to the bishops of the United States in St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Pope Francis listed the “challenging issues of our time,” which included the innocent victims of abortion.
He also then said: “I appreciate the unfailing commitment of the Church in America to the cause of life and that of the family, which is the primary reason for my present visit.”
On that same day, Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C., to support them in their court case over the HHS contraception mandate, the Vatican’s spokesman revealed.
It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference during the papal visit to the nation’s capital. … Continue Reading

U.S. And Catholicism In Crisis

September 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Editor’s Note: This column by Patrick J. Buchanan was released on September 22, the day Pope Francis arrived in the United States and before the Holy Father had delivered any talks in the U.S.)

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During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-Communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII.
During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish Pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance.
When Pope Francis arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, the country he enters will be a very different one from Eisenhower’s America or Reagan’s America. And Catholics will be welcoming a new kind of Pope.
In America 2015, homosexuality, abortion on demand, and same-sex marriage — shameful crimes in Ike’s America, mortal sins in the catechism of Pius XII — have become constitutional rights.
These represent the values that define Barack Obama’s America, the values our officials defend at the United Nations, the values we preach to the world.
What Ike’s America saw as decadence, Obama’s America calls progress. And among its noisiest celebrants are our Catholic vice president, Joe Biden, and the Catholic leader of the Democratic Party in the House, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Since Eisenhower’s time, Christianity, the faith that created the West, has been purged from American public life. The Bible, prayer, and all Christian art, books, and symbols have been expunged from the public schools as they were in Cuba when Fidel Castro took power.
Our cradle faith cannot be taught in our public schools. … 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 . . .

Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,…Continue Reading

Putin defends Russia’s ban on youth-focused gay propaganda: ‘I believe we should leave kids in peace’

MOSCOW, September 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2013, Russia passed an amendment to the country’s Child Protection Law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors,” which also safeguards children from being adopted by homosexuals. Western governments, led by the…Continue Reading

EXPOSED: The billionaire Planned Parenthood donor who wants his donations kept very, very secret

Sept. 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Three weeks after I left my job at the clinic, Planned Parenthood took me to court. I am always asked, “Why would they take you to court? Did they have something to hide?” Well, yes.…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Brought Back Into Roman Curia By Pope Francis

Raymond Cardinal Burke has been re-appointed to Congregation for the Causes of Saints from which he had been removed in December of 2013.

The Secret Meeting of the Papal Trip

Washington, D.C. One meeting during Pope Francis’ whirlwind trip to America has remained secret. Until now. It was, arguably, the most significant meeting, symbolically, of the entire trip. It should, therefore, be brought to the attention of the public, both…Continue Reading

Angry Pope Blasts Mayor of Rome as a ‘Pretend Catholic’

Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”. The unforgiving assessment of Ignazio Marino — a man the Italian media love to hate — further…Continue Reading

Bishop Fellay Petitions Pope Francis

A petition to Pope Francis: uphold marriage! The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X has just published a petition to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asking him to publicly defend the institution of holy matrimony. Bishop Fellay…Continue Reading

Pope Assigns Some Homework to Catholic School Children

Tells Immigrant Families That Everyone Has a Right to Dream New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Kathleen Naab Pope Francis was visibly relaxed and joyful as he met with students, their families, immigrants and others in New York this…Continue Reading

Loved Ones of 9/11 Victims Say Faith Is What Gets Them Through

At Ground Zero for Pope’s Visit, Mourners Take Solace in Francis’ Presence New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Deborah Castellano Lubov When your heart is broken, how do you cope? According to many who lost their loved ones when…Continue Reading

Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of ‘Mafia’ Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist…Continue Reading

Pope declares Junipero Serra a Saint

(Vatican Radio) Celebrating his first Mass in the United States on Wednesday, Pope Francis declared a new saint of the United States. Fr. Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan priest known for starting nine missions in the 18th century in what…Continue Reading

Catholic Divorce – Canonical critiques of annulment reform are piling up: Will the Vatican, the bishops, and the Francis “Amen corner” listen?

Something is definitely in the air: Prominent canonists initially lauding the marriage nullity reforms, then backtracking, then public coming out strongly against these, and very real talk of discontent among a significant number of canon lawyers and prelates. And we’re…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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Pray For The Intersession Of Saint John Paul ll For A Successful Outcome To The Synod . . .


With the start of The Synod of the Family, it is appropriate to invoke the intercession of now St. John Paul ll for a successful outcome. It was John Paul ll who at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family in 1980 reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, despite the many dissidents and the heretical thinkers of the day. The following prayer was written by Pope John Paul ll prior to…Continue Reading

Fr Lombardi reacts to revelations by gay prelate

(Vatican Radio) The director of the Holy See press office Father Federico Lombardi on Saturday reacted to revelations by a high-ranking Vatican official that he is in a gay relationship. 43 year old Polish Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa has been living in Rome for 17 years and has worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2003. He also serves as assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission and teaches theology at two…Continue Reading

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri explains how the Synod on the Family will unfold


Vatican City, 2 October 2015 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, gave a presentation of the phases and methods of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”, which will commence on Sunday 4 October. “Tomorrow evening, in St. Peter’s Square, in the presence of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Respect and listen to our Guardian Angel

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says God has given everybody a Guardian Angel to accompany us and offer advice and protection, an Angel to whom we should listen with meekness and respect. He was speaking during his homily at Mass on Friday (2nd October) celebrated in the Santa Marta Residence. Taking his cue from Friday’s feast of the Guardian Angels, the Pope’s homily reflected on this divine presence in our lives, describing the Angel as God’s…Continue Reading

What’s In A Motto?

By DONALD DeMARCO Pope St. John Paul II’s 1998 encyclical Fides et Ratio is a thorough and thoughtful discussion of the harmony between “faith” and “reason.” It does not break new ground but reaffirms to a modern audience what St. Thomas Aquinas and more recent thinkers such as Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson have carefully…Continue Reading

Non-Catholic Communities As “Means Of Salvation”

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS Many dissident traditionalists claim that Vatican Council II’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (UR) is irreconcilable with traditional Catholic doctrine. The passage most commonly singled out in support of this claim is the affirmation in article 3 of the Decree that “the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from…Continue Reading

The Future Is More Of The Past

By DONALD DeMARCO “The outlook on the future is by no means free from anxiety; on the contrary, there are many serious reasons for alarm, on account of numerous and longstanding causes of evil, of both a public and a private nature.” What do we make of this sentence? There is an unmistakable contemporary ring…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 .… “The Homosexual Intimidation Tactic”

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a guide on how to organize a pro-family group, e-mail him at + + + From the homosexual activist’s point of view, simple censorship is even better than retaliation because it makes…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Complementarity Of Man And Woman In The Spiritual Life

By JAMES MONTI In the Book of Genesis, we read, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him’” (Gen. 2:18). These words herald God’s creation of Eve from the side of Adam. From the very beginning God intended that man…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Mission Of The Catholic Laity: Priest, Prophet, And King

By DON FIER Thus far in our examination of the vocation of the laity in the mission of the Church, it has become manifestly clear that theirs is a role that is distinctive and indispensable. Characterized especially by their secular nature, it pertains in a unique way to the lay faithful “to illuminate and order all temporal things with which…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Recently we got a new pastor who has resumed the holding of hands during the Our Father that our previous pastor had eliminated. Has this now become part of the liturgy? And what is the purpose of the holding hands to begin with? Also, what do you think of “Polka Masses”? — C.G., Wisconsin. A. No, holding hands during…Continue Reading

Wisdom Is Worth More Than Gold

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 7:7-11 Heb. 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that no creature is concealed from God, but that everything is naked and exposed to Him to whom we must render an account. We know from the Gospels that our Lord, on several…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address To Families In Cuba… The Family Is A School Of Humanity

(Below is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave the morning of September 22 in his meeting with families. The Holy Father largely followed his prepared text, but ZENIT has transcribed and translated the various remarks he added off-the-cuff. Those are found in brackets. (The Holy Father’s theme was “families are not a problem, they are first and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Bishop O’Connell Sounds Cautious Note About Papal Spontaneity

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Pope continues to get heat for departing from his prepared texts in talks to the faithful at Rome and in his pastoral journeys around the world, most recently in Cuba and the U.S. It isn’t just the folks at Rorate Caeli, for example, who have misgivings about the inadvisability of the pontifical penchant for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Thomas of Hereford

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the High Middle Ages the power of kings began to disintegrate, as shown by the Magna Charta, which was established in 1215. Although neither party of the agreement held up to its commitments, the beginning of more democratic rule had arrived. Three years later a noble family gave birth to a man who played a significant…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Simon De Rojas

By CAROLE BRESLIN The subject of this article lived in a time of great saints, great Spanish saints, so it is not surprising that he is little known. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) who wrote the Spiritual Exercises, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) who reformed the Carmelites and wrote The Interior Castle, and St. John of the Cross who wrote…Continue Reading