Thursday 29th September 2016

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A Faithful Servant To The End

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Last week The Wanderer lost one of its longtime family members. Paul Likoudis lost his heroic battle with cancer and was called to his eternal reward last Thursday during the hour of mercy. The Wanderer and its readers are indebted to Paul for his many years of service to Catholic journalism. His news accounts, exposés, and critical coverage of events in the Catholic Church graced the pages of The Wanderer through some of the most tumultuous times in Catholicism.
The priest sex-abuse scandals, the sex education agenda in Catholic schools, the the homosexual incursion into the priesthood, contraception, the scandalous liturgies, the pro-life movement were just some of the many issues Paul would cover on a weekly basis.
Paul’s dedication and endurance in pursuing the truth and exposing the modern-day heresies and wild liturgies that were predominant in that period helped contribute to the reputation of The Wanderer’s credibility as a source for “telling it as it is.”
My father, Al Matt, editor of The Wanderer at the time, worked closely with Paul for most of those years. He recalls fondly his close association with Paul: They would speak on a daily basis discussing the issues of the day and identifying the heresies and the people and the movements behind those forces which were undermining the Catholic faith. They would regularly attend U.S. bishops’ meetings together, where their presence would not necessarily be welcomed by the reigning bishops of the time, who were none too eager to have their policies examined and criticized in the pages of The Wanderer. … Continue Reading

“Reverse Skepticism” In The Canonization Process

September 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on “Reverse Skepticism” In The Canonization Process


I was reading a description of the miracles that were investigated as part of the canonization process for Mother Teresa. The findings were persuasive. One miracle involved the disappearance of an incurable cancer in an Indian woman, the other the recovery of a Brazilian man with a brain infection. In both instances, prayers to Mother Teresa had been offered when the medical authorities had concluded no cure was possible.
Reading these accounts led me to turn over in my mind why these unexplainable cures do not lead nonbelievers to open themselves to the reality of the miraculous, the supernatural, and the power of God in our lives. It is not, from what I can tell, that nonbelievers accuse Church authorities of lying about the miracles. (There may be some of that going on in the fever swamps of anti-Catholic circles, but it is not central to this discussion.) Most of the critics accept that the canonization cures cannot be explained by natural causes. But they argue that there is no reason to conclude that we are looking at a supernatural intercession by a saint.
They point out that there are many instances when people recover from diseases and infirmities in ways that cannot be explained by doctors, when no prayers to saints are part of the scenario. They argue that there are things science does not yet understand about the body’s ability to heal itself, including psychosomatic cures, and that it makes more sense to await the day when scientific explanations are found than to attribute the cures to a saint.
I don’t harbor much hope that we can change the minds of those who think this way. I am convinced that the best we can hope for is an admission from them that the Church is honest and thorough in its investigation of miracles attributed to the intercession of a candidate for sainthood; that no hucksterism is going on; that we are not dealing in the canonization process with anything comparable to the images of the Blessed Mother that people find in streaky windowpanes or shattered tree trunks. … Continue Reading

Nationally Active Attorney Says… “No Limits On Where This Legal Tyranny Can Lead” Against Morals

September 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Nationally Active Attorney Says… “No Limits On Where This Legal Tyranny Can Lead” Against Morals


PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court’s “marriage mandate” in 2015 for same-sex couples “is already more far-reaching” than its original creation of a right to permissive abortion in Roe vs. Wade, a national traditional-values leader told an audience at the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
“These are very confusing times for many. . . . (T)here are no limits on where this legal tyranny can lead,” Alan Sears told more than 300 people attending a legislative seminar, “Catholics in the Public Square,” on September 17.
Among those in the audience was Bill Montgomery, a Catholic and head of the Phoenix-based Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, one of the nation’s largest public prosecuting agencies.
Sears is president, CEO and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (, an Arizona-based organization that defends and advocates for historic moral values.
Another speaker, Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., invited listeners to “take a sober-minded look at what the sexual revolution has done to our country.”
That revolution asserts the right to “unlimited sex without a live baby,” and all “for free,” she said.
Morse is founder of the California-based, nationally active Ruth Institute, whose resource center provides “research and educational tools to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture, and other forms of family breakdown,” according to its website ( … Continue Reading

The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail

September 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail


“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” — Matt. 16:18
You better believe it. Jesus was not kidding or playing around when He said this to Peter, so let’s take solace in this before continuing our column here.
Perhaps the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her, but Hell sure is trying to do everything in its power to hurt as many within the Church as possible.
Case in point. In 2015, the Pew Research Center (which in my opinion is more dedicated to swaying opinions than actually collecting and sharing truthful information), released the results of one of their surveys about Catholics in America in anticipation of last year’s papal visit to our nation.
Pew “reported” all sorts of depressing statistics and information about how Catholics are leaving the Church in droves and how the few of us who are left are contracepting ourselves into obsolescence. Except of course those of us who will remain will be getting married to people of our same gender . . . by priestesses no less, as the Church conforms to the dark lord of this world.
While the Pew survey didn’t actually say it in these exact words, they might as well have. In the overview they write “This may be in part because Francis’ American flock is experiencing life in all its modern complexity.” … Continue Reading

If He Were A Radical Islamist . . . Think Of What The Media Would Allow Trump To Get Away With

September 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on If He Were A Radical Islamist . . . Think Of What The Media Would Allow Trump To Get Away With


He enslaves women, hates foreigners, and despises other religions. Who is he?
If the answer is Donald Trump, those offensive acts mean he doesn’t agree with Hillary Clinton’s love of ravenous abortion, he thinks un-vetted travelers from the Mideast should be screened before entering the United States, and he knows that Islamic radicals are dangerous.
Trump’s guilt for having such thoughts makes him totally unqualified to run for any office, much less the presidency, say the elite arbiters of correctness.
However, if his name were Donaldrahni Muhammed al-Trumpani, he might keep women chained at home and wearing shroud-like outfits, he’d capture travelers to behead them, and set off bomb blasts in “infidel” areas.
This would seem to be the exact opposite of the world that elite secular arbiters want, a direct threat to all they desire and admire. However, they actually make excuses for, avert their eyes from, and carefully ignore all the offenses that an al-Trumpani would relish.
What is intolerable to them among conservative Americans is accepted willingly by them if it’s far more extreme and done by Mideast anti-“Crusader” zealots. … Continue Reading

The West Is Its Past

September 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on The West Is Its Past


The West is its Past. The same is true for Islam. Though we may be knowledgeable about the past, what the future portends is impossible to ascertain. History has no predictive value. For one thing, the historian does not spend time formulating historical laws. For the most part he concentrates on telling his story. The historian of political philosophy may be an exception. He may try to show connections between philosophies and movements that he believes are connected, but this does not amount to the formulation of laws.
Some law-like statements can be made if one examines the history of philosophy, but they have little predictive value. If one embraces an empiricist outlook in the beginning, it is certain he will never develop a philosophy of being. But one cannot say with confidence where empiricism will lead — perhaps to Kant, to Wittgenstein, or to Russell or to Ryle, or to the neurobiologist Graziano.
In general, ideas do not follow a set course. There is no law that might enable us to predict the future of Europe as it now confronts a militant Islam. … Continue Reading

Guilt By Association

September 24, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Guilt By Association


There was a time when serious students in college or high school would be familiar with the terms “arguing ad hominem” and the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy. I don’t know why our schools no longer introduce our young people to these errors in logic. Perhaps it is because they are in Latin and are thought to be outdated for that reason. Or it could be that our educators have concluded that these concepts can be taught without using the Latin terminology.

There is something to the latter proposition. Informed younger Americans are aware that it is a mistake to conclude that an argument is erroneous simply because the person advancing it is a villain or a fool, even if they have never heard the term ad hominem (“to the man”). They know, for example, that you cannot discredit vegetarians simply by pointing to stories about Hitler’s aversion to eating meat.
They also know that because B follows A, it does not necessarily mean that A caused B: correlation does not prove causation. Arguing post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after this, therefore because of this”) does not close the case. If you passed your physics examination the day that you wore red socks, it does not mean the socks had anything to do with your success. Studying hard the night before, on the other hand, probably did make a difference. … Continue Reading

A Bizarre Papal Move

September 23, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on A Bizarre Papal Move


(Wanderer Editor’s Note: Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, which featured this column on September 14. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.
(This letter from Pope Francis concerning Communion for divorced-remarried Catholics has received widespread comment in Catholic media.
(We direct our readers to Dr. Edward Peters’ blog ( for September 13 in which he writes, in part: “As hard as it might be to follow, my basic advice to ministers of holy Communion in the context of divorced-and-remarried Catholics is to ignore the coming furor over the Pope’s endorsement of an ambiguously worded document from some local bishops, and just follow the law of the Church, which is quite clear, unless and until that law is formally changed, at which point [if it comes to that] we will sit down and figure out what the new law directs.”)

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So now we know. We knew before, really, but didn’t have explicit confirmation. The long, agonizing slog, however, is finally over: from Pope Francis’ invitation to Cardinal Kasper to address the bishops in Rome in February of 2014 to the Pope’s letter last week to some Argentinean bishops affirming guidelines they had developed in a joint document that, in “exceptional cases,” people divorced and remarried (living in an “adulterous” relationship as we believed for 2,000 years in Western Christianity), may receive Holy Communion. This whole affair is bizarre. No other word will do. … Continue Reading

Panel Of National Radio Hosts… Supports Working For Trump To Win Presidential Election

September 22, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Panel Of National Radio Hosts… Supports Working For Trump To Win Presidential Election


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Republicans who decline to back GOP nominee Donald Trump for president are engaging in a sort of self-admiring political purity that will “undermine” the ability to defeat leftism in the November elections, a national radio host told a packed ballroom here.
Talk host Dennis Prager told an audience of more than 900 people that “feeling good about themselves is dominant on the left,” but the same sort of preening shows up today among Republicans who, Prager asserted, say, “I am a conservative, but I am such a noble conservative, I will undermine” the party ticket this year.
Prager was one of the conservative Salem Radio Network’s national talk hosts who spoke at Phoenix outlet KKNT’s (960 AM) “Taking Back America” panel event at a hotel here on September 8 that lasted just over two hours.
None of the speakers supported the anti-Trump movement. However, Trump hadn’t been the first choice of some, like Prager, who reconciled himself to the Manhattan billionaire’s nomination.
Also speaking were national hosts Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher, as well as political consultant Seth Leibsohn, who broadcasts a daily evening program from the KKNT studios.
Joining them for the second hour of the presentation was national author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.
The audience repeatedly applauded support for Trump. … Continue Reading

Why Hyde Matters

September 21, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off on Why Hyde Matters


Ever since the Supreme Court made abortion legal in the early 1970s, I have had to live with a paradox. I deal with it by repeating the bromide about “consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds.” I don’t know it is a logically sound tactic in this instance, but I know of no recourse.
The paradox is that, even though I agree that it is not wise to be a “single-issue voter,” I nonetheless view abortion as a deal-breaker: I won’t vote for a “pro-choice” candidate over one who is pro-life, regardless of the other items on the platforms of the candidates.
Fortunately, this has never been a real-life dilemma for me. For nearly a half-century now, in every election where I have voted, pro-life candidates also agree with me on economic matters, law and order, and foreign policy. They tend to be conservative on these other issues. And “pro-choice” politicians tend to be not. I guess there are exceptions in local elections somewhere, but “pro-choice” candidates in national elections always sound like Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer: big spenders, soft on defense and illegal immigration.
But I have often wondered what I would do if faced with a choice between a “fiscally conservative” Republican candidate such as “pro-choice” Susan Collins of Maine, and a liberal Democrat such as Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Notre Dame graduate with a solid pro-life position, on everything from protecting human life from conception to natural death, to banning federal health coverage that includes abortion — but who agrees with the Clintons on just about everything else. Would I be willing to vote for someone like Donnelly, even if it meant giving the Democrats more power in Washington? If you sense that I am squirming in my seat pondering such a decision, you are on the mark. … Continue Reading

Shocking Report Reveals Scientists Have Created the Word’s First Baby With Three-Parents

A shocking new report claims the world’s first three-parent baby (pictured above) has been born. Children born through ‘three-person IVF’ would contain some genetic material from each of three different people. There are about 50 known mitochondrial diseases (MCDs), which…Continue Reading

Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life Catholics as Key Advisers

Fresh from announcing a list of pro-life leaders who are advising him on issues that matter to pro-life voters, Donald Trump has named a group of pro-life Catholic leaders as additional key advisers, including pro-life former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.…Continue Reading

Argentine bishop threatened with prosecution for condemning ‘culture of fornication’

September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop…Continue Reading

First minor killed by euthanasia in Belgium after child euthanasia legalized

BELGIUM, September 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Belgium’s federal euthanasia commission confirmed Saturday the country’s first instance of child euthanasia, which became legal in 2014. Belgian media suggested the minor killed via lethal injection was 17. Some media also suggested the…Continue Reading

Donald Trump commits to defunding abortion, Planned Parenthood if elected

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Donald Trump has pledged to end taxpayer funding of abortion in the United States and to defund the nation’s leading abortion provider. In a new, personally signed letter, Mr. Trump attacked “Hillary Clinton’s…Continue Reading

Pope Francis issues motu proprio harmonizing Canon Law codes

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter motu proprio on Thursday, in which he brings the basic legal instruments that govern the Latin Church and the Eastern Churches in communion with Rome more closely into accord with one another…Continue Reading

Another “Catholic” Politician trying to redefine the Catholic Faith . . . Devout Catholic™ Kaine breaks with his church on gay marriage, with media blessing

Tim Kaine has officially joined the ranks of Devout Catholic™. How do we know? Because he says he’s Catholic, yet criticizes the church. The Democratic vice presidential nominee played weekend prophet and theologian when he told activists in the Human…Continue Reading

Bishop Morlino’s Move to Ad Orientem Masses in Madison

This past weekend the Most Reverend Robert Morlino, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin made an announcement of great liturgical importance. Going forward His Excellency will be offering all of his Masses at the Cathedral ad orientem. Make no…Continue Reading

Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92


Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92, according to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded. Schlafly had been an…Continue Reading

Soros’ Catholic useful idiots

By Robert A. Sirico – – Tuesday, August 30, 2016 A most remarkable set of documents was coughed up recently by WikiLeaks. George Soros‘ Open Society Policy Center, it turns out, made donations to two faith-based organizations to the tune…Continue Reading

Pope Francis “gratified” by UN goals that demand “universal access to sexual and reproductive health”

Pope Francis has said that he is “gratified” by UN goals that call on member states to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health” by 2030. The term “sexual and reproductive health”, as generally defined, includes access to contraception, including abortifacient methods, and,…Continue Reading

Psychiatrist: The Vatican’s sex ed is the most dangerous threat to youth I’ve seen in 40 years

September 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — In recent years, the Catholic Church has been going through one of her most severe crises as a result of the priestly abuse of youth. The primary victims have been adolescent males.1  This worldwide scandal was…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 + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

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Emails Show California AG Kamala Harris Teamed Up With Planned Parenthood to Target David Daleiden

New emails show officials in the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris teamed up with the Planned Parenthood abortion business to target David Daleiden, the pro-life advocate who filmed undercover videos exposing the abortion giant selling aborted baby parts. Earlier this year, California authorities seized a laptop and hard drives containing the video footage collected during Daleiden’s 3-year investigation of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains, according to a…Continue Reading

Benedict XVI Admits Qualms of Conscience about Vatican II

After the German publisher Droemer Verlag first released it on 9 September 2016, much has already been deeply discussed and variously reported about Benedict XVI’s new interview-book, Benedikt XVI. Letzte Gespräche (Benedict XVI – Last Conversations) which so far has only been published in the German language. It has been shown, for example, how the former pope supports whole-heartedly Pope Francis’ papacy and how he still defends his decision to leave his Petrine office, not…Continue Reading

">We May Not Have A Church To Go To . . .

Paul Likoudis (RIP)

Calling hours will at Vedder And Scott Funeral home on Tuesday September 27th from 4pm to 7pm. 122 N Genesee Street Montour Falls NY 14865 A Mass of Christian Burial Will Be held at 11am on Wednesday September 28 with a reception to be held immediately following at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. 905 N. Decatur Street Watkins Glen NY 14891 Dear Friends, Paul Augustine Likoudis, age 61 of Caywood, NY, passed away due…Continue Reading

500 Catholic scholars lash back at Humanae Vitae critics

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 50 years after the “prophetic” papal document Humanae Vitae, the Catholic Church’s longstanding teaching against contraception continues to promote the human good, said a group of Catholic thinkers on Tuesday. “We hold that Catholic teaching respects the true dignity of the human person and is conducive to happiness,” said hundreds of Catholic scholars in a Sept. 20 document. “Humanae Vitae speaks against the distorted…Continue Reading

Homily For The Funeral Mass of Phyllis Schlafly

By FR. BRIAN HARRISON, O.S. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Harrison concelebrated and gave the homily at the funeral Mass for Phyllis Schlafly held on September 10, at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. reprinted with permission.) + + + Dear Friends — Whenever Christian believers gather in God’s house to mark the passing from this life of someone…Continue Reading

Obama: God-Given Rights “Was A Radical Idea”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY President Barack Obama affirmed this week that the Declaration of Independence recognizes that “individual human beings” have “God-given rights.” Yet, he insisted this was a “radical idea” at the time of the founding. Were he right — which he is not — history would see it as one radical idea Obama…Continue Reading

Never Trump? . . . The Case Against “Sitting Out” The Presidential Election

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: To receive an electronic copy of this four-part article with footnotes, e-mail Brian Clowes at + + + “When you have a binary choice, you must make a decision. It’s frankly irresponsible to stay on the sidelines right now, given where the republic is heading” — Marjorie Dannenfelser,…Continue Reading

Bibi Backs Trump — On Putin

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated. Arriving on Capitol Hill to repair ties between Trump and party elites, Gov. Mike Pence was taken straight to the woodshed. John McCain told Pence that Putin was a “thug and…Continue Reading

Sex On The Brain

By DONALD DeMARCO The late Malcolm Muggeridge, who, in his later years, had some sensible things to say about human sexuality, lamented that people “have sex on the brain, and that’s an unhealthy place for it to be.” What he meant by this remark was based on his observation that sex, which is a natural…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Faithfulness Of Converts

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 2 Kings 5:14-17 2 Tim. 2:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 There is an old saying that states that converts make the best Catholics. There are, of course, several reasons for this; there are also numerous exceptions to this rule that can be easily demonstrated in the lives of the saints.…Continue Reading

The Role Of The Sacred Liturgy In Developing A Catholic Conscience

By FRANCIS CARDINAL ARINZE Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered this lecture at The Church Teaches Forum in Louisville, Ky., July 16, 2016. (The lecture is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved. We are presenting it in two parts because of…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in the business of making Catholics, of proclaiming and calling all to the fullness of saving truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. Our mission to those who doubt or refuse some of our teachings is to call them to that fullness, whether Catholics already in our pews or Protestant brothers and sisters…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Is Faith Necessary For Salvation?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM For most of us who are cradle Catholics, it is not difficult to believe, since we received the theological virtue of faith in Baptism and grew up with it. Our parents and/or teachers taught us all about the Bible stories, the catechism, the sacraments. We learned to pray the Creed from an early age, and…Continue Reading

The Necessity Of Baptism

By DON FIER The Church’s immemorial tradition of baptizing infants demonstrates in a particular way one of the great truths of our Catholic faith — that every human person is in need of salvation. Born into this world afflicted with original sin, “a sin which is the death of the soul” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 403), even…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John Of Capistrano

By CAROLE BRESLIN In Texas there is an old building that is part of the Missions National Historical Park of the National Park Service near San Antonio, Texas. This restored mission was founded in 1731 on the San Antonio River by the Franciscans and named after the soldier saint, St. John of Capistrano. In San Juan Capistrano, Calif., the Franciscans…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska

By CAROLE BRESLIN Some people look back on their lives and see how differently things turned out from what they had planned. A professor once told his business students that very few students work in the field they studied in college. If someone had told the young Bernardina Maria Jablonska that she would be the superior of a religious order…Continue Reading