Thursday 19th April 2018

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A Movie Review… The Tragedy Of Chappaquiddick

April 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Movie Review… The Tragedy Of Chappaquiddick

By REY FLORES

“We tell the truth, or at least our version of it” — Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, July 1969.
These words explain everything about what money, power, and influence can do in the swamp of establishment American politics. These are the words Kennedy shared with the damage control team put together by his father, Joe P. Kennedy Sr. All done to cover up the tragic death of an innocent young woman at the hands of the senator, and an attempt to maintain the sterling Kennedy name untarnished — or so they thought.
In American politics, there have been few families who have had the cultural impact of the Kennedys. While most Americans with a basic knowledge of U.S. political history know about family patriarch Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr., the family’s political involvement goes back to their roots in Ireland in the earlier half of the 1800s.
Sen. Ted Kennedy was the fourth longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Ted survived through a storied and tragic family history. His older brother Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. — the first son that Joe Sr. wanted to be the first Kennedy president — was a Navy lieutenant killed in action during World War II.
Ted’s brother John F. Kennedy did fulfill Joe Sr.’s wishes years later, serving as president of the United States from 1961 through 1963. His presidency was abruptly ended in November of 1963 in Dallas by an assassin.
A few years later in 1968, Teddy Kennedy and his family suffered through yet another tragic and violent loss. His other brother, Sen. Bobby Kennedy, was also taken out by an assassin’s bullet.
Tragedy plagued the Kennedy clan as recently as 1999 when John Kennedy Jr. was killed in a plane crash along with his wife.
In Chappaquiddick, we are finally told the inside story of how this became one of the most fantastic coverups in modern American politics. It has been nearly fifty years since this incident occurred. I believe many Americans are more than ready to hear what may really have happened that night.
Here’s a little background for younger Wanderer readers who may not be familiar with this story.
After a small party thrown in July of 1969 in the town of Edgartown, Mass., near Chappaquiddick Island, then-Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy got himself in a heap of trouble.
Sometime during said party, Kennedy got behind the wheel while intoxicated and ended up running his car into Lake Chappaquiddick. Kennedy survived, but his passenger, a young, beautiful, and talented 28-year-old political secretary and campaign specialist, did not.
Mary Jo Kopechne died that night because of the late senator’s negligence. Not only did Kennedy drive drunk that night, but as happens with many drunks, one poor decision led to another. Instead of making every attempt possible to save Kopechne from the submerged car, Kennedy freed himself, and walked away from the scene of the accident.
He eventually did admit in court to leaving the scene of the accident and was sentenced to only two months of incarceration, but because of the powerful political influence of the Kennedys, he got a slap on the wrist with a suspended jail sentence, and only served a very brief stint of probation. … Continue Reading

Pastoral Mercy Requires Sound Doctrinal Judgment

April 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Pastoral Mercy Requires Sound Doctrinal Judgment

By SHAUN KENNEY

It’s been a whirlwind week for Catholics with news of an apostolic exhortation, some business with the Chilean bishops, a gathering of cardinals in Rome, and a surprisingly orthodox interpretation of Catholic teaching on homosexual acts from none other than James Martin, SJ, in the pages of America magazine no less.
Yes, that Fr. Martin. Yes, that America magazine.
Interestingly enough, Martin discusses with surprising firmness the Catholic Church’s teaching on the homosexual act as intrinsically disordered. His words, or more accurately, the words chosen by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Moreover, Martin goes to great lengths to explain the difference between the doctrine of the Church and the pastoral mission of the Church, explaining to the reader that his approach was a weighty bet on the pastoral.
Whether any of the readers of Building a Bridge are open to the possibility of confessing the doctrinal truths of the Church is a point we raised in these pages…but it strikes one as the crux of the conversation as to whether charity requires the additional step of bringing those with sin to Christ, rather than merely accepting us in the condition of sin.
One has to openly wonder whether or not Martin was urged to print such a column, especially coming on the heels of Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad).
[Editor’s Note: Please also see Robert Royal’s commentary on the exhortation, p. 5A of this week’s issue, reprinted with permission from The Catholic Thing.]
What is remarkable about the exhortation is not just the style, written much more in the manner of a pastor to a parishioner rather than a Pontiff issuing diktats from on high. Rather, Francis places a tremendous emphasis on individual holiness being the only path to social holiness — lines borrowed directly from Evangelii Gaudium, but refined in a personal pastoral sense.
In this sense, Francis cautions against two heresies that have gobbled up the attentions of the modern world: Gnosticism and Pelagianism.
Gnosticism is an old wineskin that predates Christianity, one that effectively argues that knowledge alone will redeem souls. Pelagianism is an ugly kid sister to Gnosticism, one that argues that rules alone will redeem souls.
Both are enemies of the faith. But what is fascinating about how Francis employs both is that they are very nearly responses to Christian realism. To one side, the Gnostic becomes an empiricist and egotist. On the other, the Pelagian becomes wrapped in a form of physicalism — or rather, where nature is bound by rules and by their understanding, we can control human nature itself. … Continue Reading

But It Should Bring A Blush… These Fans Are Taught “Team Pride”

April 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on But It Should Bring A Blush… These Fans Are Taught “Team Pride”

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — How society has been thrown for a loop was on display April 3 at the sharp downtown arena where the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise plays. On the official program was honor for sexual confusion and dysfunction as the Suns observed their Pride Night.
It was a long toss from when the 1968 expansion Suns first played at the concave-roofed Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, looking somewhat like a big saddle, at the state fairgrounds, northwest of downtown Phoenix. Back then, values were just, you know, so square.
On April 4, the number-two story on the front sports page of the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic, the state’s largest daily, was headlined, “Suns celebrate equality, inclusion.” Inclusion of whom? Why, “the LGBT community.”
The first 5,000 fans at the arena received a free shirt with a rainbow Suns logo, said the story, which presented a quotation with an echo effect about “embracing everyone . . . really cool . . . embrace everyone . . . really cool.”
The story reported that during a panel discussion before the night’s game, fans were tutored on correct thoughts. “The discussion ranged from what the sports community can still do to foster acceptance to how Arizona legislation compares to other states.”
Said the Republic scribe: “The NBA has been progressive on a number of social issues, with players taking on roles of advocacy.”
Readers were further enlightened that NBA rookies after the summer draft are instructed “with regards to homophobic language and sexist language in the locker room.” … Continue Reading

Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction? Tough Luck, Says California Bill

April 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction? Tough Luck, Says California Bill

By MIKE MANNO

OK, we’ve crossed this politically correct line once before. California (where else?), New Jersey, and a few other states have banned sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) — sometimes called reparative or conversion therapy — for minors. Reparative therapy is a therapeutic technique used to change one’s sexual orientation from a same-sex attraction to a heterosexual one.
The last time I delved into this issue was in the May 25, 2017 edition of The Wanderer (“Gender Confusion Prevails in the Courts”) wherein I reported that the U.S. Supreme Court had declined to hear an appeal from the Ninth Circuit’s decision that banning SOCE for minors was legal.
Back in May I described the law thus: “[If a] minor is dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction, the therapist is prohibited from addressing that issue, except to affirm the child’s ‘gayness’ even if the child himself wants help to suppress those feelings.”
Well, the California legislature is at it again. Fresh from its “victory” for minors, it is now considering a bill that would seek to ban reparative therapy for anyone, regardless of whether or not the patient wants that type of therapy. If that is all the legislature wanted to do it could have simply amended the law to include adults. But its purpose is more nefarious and seeks a wider target. The bill (AB 2943) labels SOCE a fraudulent practice, puts it into the state’s consumer protection statute, and applies the ban to any advertisement or promotion for conversion therapy, whether oral or written, as fraud.
“[T]his bill applies to everyone, all licensed counselors, end even people selling books on therapy,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said.
Dacus warns that the bill is so broad that it would apply even to promotions for conferences where former homosexuals give testimony about their conversion. Thus their stories would be considered false and misleading and subject to penalty.
The bill, which has no religious exemption, “finds” that reparative therapy is harmful because “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”
And further that “the potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.” … Continue Reading

Humanae Vitae Takes The Stage

April 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Humanae Vitae Takes The Stage

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

After several years of pleas from the pews, the USCCB acknowledged the importance of Humanae Vitae by sponsoring a major conference celebrating the encyclical of Blessed Paul VI, promulgated fifty years ago this July. “Embracing God’s Vision for Marriage, Love, and Life” met for three days at the Catholic University of America during the Octave of Easter, and it was simply thrilling.
World-class speakers addressed every aspect of this crucial Church teaching. Philosophers, theologians, historians, scientists, physicians, social analysts, even medical statisticians wove together a fabric of beauty and truth to confront the shredded culture of death that has prevailed in so much of the West.
There was no little irony in the fact that Catholic University hosted the conference. Dr. John Garvey, undoubtedly the finest university president in the country, reminded attendees that Catholic U was the focal point of what Fr. Peter Mitchell has called a “revolution in American Catholic Education” (The Coup at Catholic University: The 1968 Revolution in American Catholic Education, Ignatius Press: 2015).
Dr. Garvey, who has labored long and hard to enrich CUA’s Catholic character, gave a spirited defense of Humanae Vitae, something precious few dared to do on the campus fifty years ago.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, was the only prelate to speak at the conference.
His historical sketch began with pagan Rome, where men were expected to be promiscuous while women were not (and slaves and prostitutes were “safety valves” for men). “No classical people or civilization believed in universal human dignity,” he said, pointing out that St. Gregory of Nyssa (+ c. 395) was the first classical figure to condemn slavery.
In responding to questions regarding the collapse of sexual mores, Archbishop Chaput candidly admitted that “they’ve won” — American culture had embraced the sexual revolution — but that did not diminish the challenge to teach the truth and practice it in our daily lives. … Continue Reading

Capitulation Doesn’t Work . . . For Ryan And GOP, Nor For The Pope On Immigration

April 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Capitulation Doesn’t Work . . . For Ryan And GOP, Nor For The Pope On Immigration

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Just imagine that a town in a congressman’s district had terrible ambulance-response times. This hypothetical legislator made a big point while campaigning for re-election that if he won, he’d get all the emergency agencies in the area together to improve their coordination.
However, after his victory, he staged exactly one lunch for their leaders then dropped the issue entirely. When he lost office in the next election cycle, his foes proclaimed, “See, people don’t care about fast ambulances. Who cares how long it takes them to respond?”
Their claims, of course, turned the issue on its head. He didn’t campaign by promising he’d be indifferent to the crisis, but that he’d fight to fix it. It was because he didn’t carry out his pledge that voters sent him packing.
That applies in real political life to troubles Republicans fear they’re in now. They won their congressional majorities by promising to oppose and fix damage done by Democrats. However, in many ways the GOP majority in power let Democrat policies prevail.
Massive spending lumped together in an intentionally intractable “omnibus,” plenty of continuing taxpayer funding for mega-abortionist Planned Parenthood, general opposition to enabling border protection, failure to repeal the roots of Obamacare. Democrat leaders danced with joy over the Republicans’ self-inflicted capitulations.
But, of course, the Dems will claim in this campaign season that voters are rejecting the Republican program, not that voters actually are rejecting the GOP’s failure to deliver on the bold anti-Democrat program they pledged.
Who can forget “maverick” Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), newly diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, returning to Capitol Hill last summer to kill the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare? Republican legislators were aghast, but Dems rejoiced at their Arizona pal once again coming through for them. … Continue Reading

The Pope And Hell

April 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on The Pope And Hell

By JACK KENNY

A report is circulating that Pope Francis has said there is no Hell. What a relief! Instead of standing in the pews each Sunday, saying “I believe” in a creed that contains a whole lot of messy doctrine about Heaven and Hell, we may now stand and say with a shout of gladness, “I’m off the hook!”
Supposedly the Pope said to a journalist in a one-on-one interview that souls who do not repent and therefore cannot be forgiven simply “disappear” and are no more. I doubt there is a bureau of the Vatican candidly labeled, “Office of Damage Control,” but someone has put out a statement that the heretical words were not a direct quotation from His Holiness, or they have been misunderstood, or misinterpreted, or taken out of context, or whatever the Latin word is for “Whatever.”
To many within the Church, it hardly matters. We have for a long time been acting as though there were no Hell. We speak of it only in jokes, sometimes even jokes from the pulpit. I believe it was Mark Twain who said we might prefer Heaven for its climate, but Hell for the company. Let us not kid ourselves. The company in Hell will be, well, hellish.
It’s not surprising that people speak and, indeed, have come to think that way. It is the hell-bound who seem to be having the most fun in life and are the most fun to be around. Perhaps only a few highly spiritual people here on Earth would have preferred the company of St. Thomas More to that of King Henry VIII. Many would make that choice for safety’s sake, of course. Those who shunned the king’s company or disputed his edicts might lose their heads as surely as St. Thomas lost his.
But aside from that, King Henry was a great party animal, knowing no restraint to his desire to eat, drink, and be merry with whatever and how many women — or wives — he chose. Thomas, who was faithful to his wife and devoted to the Church and his family, was perhaps not as much fun to be with when he was praying his way through Lent while fasting on bread and water. While we cannot be sure of the fate of King Henry, we may be sure the company of St. Thomas in the presence of our Lord is devoutly to be desired. … Continue Reading

Catechesis And The Suffering of Souls In Hell

April 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Catechesis And The Suffering of Souls In Hell

By ARTHUR HIPPLER

(Editor’s Note: Arthur Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn.)

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Just before Easter, we were greeted with “Pope Francis Denies the Existence of Hell!” headlines, followed up by clarifications in much smaller font. Those with long memories will recall that years ago John Paul II captured headlines when, in a Wednesday audience, he said that Hell was a “state” rather than a “place,” that is the “state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy” (July 28, 1999).
For many, denying that Hell was a “place” amounted to denying its existence. How can something exist that’s in no place at all? While the doctrinal issue is worth examining, plainly it is also worth considering how one teaches that doctrine in the modern context.
In the traditional teaching, the suffering of Hell is twofold: the pain of loss, that is, the deprivation of the vision of God; and the pain of sense, the torment of “eternal fire.” The Catechism of the Council of Trent describes Hell as “that most loathsome and dark prison in which the souls of the damned are tormented with the unclean spirits in eternal and inextinguishable fire.” Here the pain of sense is foremost.
By contrast, the Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes the pain of loss: “To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called ‘hell’” (n. 1033). This emphasis tends to characterize our approach today. And the emphasis on “the pain of loss” goes together with putting physical sufferings in the background.
First, let’s clarify the doctrinal issue. Summarizing the traditional view, Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange notes that the pain of sense is “clearly affirmed in the Gospel: ‘Rather fear Him that can destroy both soul and body in hell’ (Matt. 5:29; 10:28; 18:19; Mark 9:42, 46; Luke 12:5).” It is the general opinion of the Patristic writers: “The Fathers generally, with the exception of Origen and his disciples, speak of a real fire, which they compare to terrestrial fire, or even to corporeal fire. Thus St. Basil, St. Chrysostom, St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great,” says Garrigou-Lagrange
St. Thomas, building on this foundation (STh Ia IIae, q. 87, a. 4), reasons in the following way: “The existence of this pain follows from the truth that mortal sin not only turns man away from God, but turns him also to a created good preferred to God. Mortal sin, therefore, deserves a double suffering, first, the privation of God, secondly, the affliction which comes from creatures. The body, too, which has taken part in sin and has found in sin a forbidden joy, must share the suffering of the soul” (Life Everlasting, part 3 “Hell,” chapter 17). … Continue Reading

An “Arab Spring” For Teachers In Oklahoma?

April 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on An “Arab Spring” For Teachers In Oklahoma?

By SHAUN KENNEY

It’s being called an “Arab Spring for Teachers” by the UK Guardian. Hundreds of striking Oklahoma teachers are marching on their state capitol, where once again teachers unions have parents by the throat.
Of course, the one sure loser in all of this are the children. Not only do their parents have to make other accommodations in this hostage-taking scenario, the children themselves simply aren’t being taught regardless as to whether or not teachers remain in the classroom or not.
Consider the fact that national standardized test scores have been in a steady decline over the last 15 years. That’s right — in a nation that spends more money per pupil on education than any other industrialized nation in the world? Our administrators — the six-figure salaried overseers who direct the energies of the teachers unions themselves — merely wage war on parents in order to force the hands of policymakers . . . who in turn, punish the parents further in order to subsidize a mediocre result. … Continue Reading

Vaticanista Marco Tosatti… Offers His Views On U.S. Policy In Syria

April 10, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Vaticanista Marco Tosatti… Offers His Views On U.S. Policy In Syria

By MAIKE HICKSON

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Maike Hickson conducted this interview with the Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, who has worked as a journalist since the 1970s. Tosatti wrote for the Italian newspaper La Stampa for many years and now writes for the Italian Catholic website La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and his own blog, Stilum Curiae.)

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Q. Almost exactly one year ago, we had conducted an interview about the then-happening U.S. missile attack on Syria with the claim that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in Idlib. At the time, you said the following with regard to the Idlib incident:
“We have been led to destroy a country like Iraq by what happened to be a colossal lie — the weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein was accused of possessing. In 2013 they tried to say that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and a UN investigation proved it was not true, and journalistic reports stated that it was probably some kind of provocation organized by the Turkish allies on the ground. WikiLeaks revealed that Hillary Clinton approved the sending of chemical material to the so-called rebels. I do not believe in what seems to be another great lie to try and find an excuse to prolong a war that seemed on the point of being solved.”
Let us update this discussion from last year in light of new developments and revelations.
First, what is your own assessment now of this 2017 event? Is there new evidence that supports President Trump’s claim that the Syrian government was responsible for that gas attack in Idlib? … Continue Reading

Priests are performing exorcisms over the phone, cardinal claims

Priests have been carrying out exorcisms over the phone as demand continues to rise, a Cardinal has said. Speaking at the Vatican’s annual exorcist training conference in Rome, Cardinal Ernest Simoni said priests are delivering prayers of liberation, part of…Continue Reading

Twitter suspends right-wing commentator Mark Dice for saying transsexualism is a mental illness

April 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Right-wing commentator Mark Dice, famous for YouTube video interviews with random passers-by in public spaces, says that his Twitter account was suspended Thursday of last week after he implied that transgenderism is a mental illness.…Continue Reading

Pope: ‘Troubled’ over Syria, praying for Alfie Evans

At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis calls for greater commitment from the international community for a joint action for peace in Syria. He also asks that Alfie, who is suffering from a degenerative disease and whom doctors want to deny…Continue Reading

There’s no ‘bridge’ between modernism and faithful Catholicism

April 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic Church today is suffering greatly from a split among the faithful.  This split is evident in matters pertaining to the liturgy, doctrine, social teaching, morality, theology, and even in how the Faithful view…Continue Reading

Trump Unleashes Military Strikes on Syria Over Chemical Attack

President Donald Trump said he had approved military strikes on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town. “A short time ago I ordered the United States armed forces to…Continue Reading

Full text of Pope Francis’ letter to Chilean bishops

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2018 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter addressed to Chile’s bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation’s massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned Chile’s…Continue Reading

Citing growing interest in Traditional Latin Mass, Archbishop Chaput creates quasi-parish

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 12, 2018 / 12:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new quasi-parish for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass will open in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at a church that had been part of a 2014 parish merger.…Continue Reading

Cecile Richards speaking at Catholic university in SF Archdiocese

Cecile Richards, a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, has been added to the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) 2018 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California. The series is presented by Dominican in…Continue Reading

Pope Francis releases exhortation on holiness

VATICAN CITY — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his…Continue Reading

Cuomo Loots A Catholic Charity

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a disturbing new way to raise revenue: using government muscle to squeeze private organizations into “voluntarily” writing billion-dollar checks. That’s what he did to Fidelis Care, a nonprofit health plan affiliated with the Catholic Church, and…Continue Reading

Chappaquiddick And Us

Ah, you can always predict The New York Times;  from covering up the crimes of Stalin, courtesy of their Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Walter Duranty, their goal is to ever protect the left.  Thus, it is unsurprising that they published a hit…Continue Reading

Catholic morality has been replaced by a destructive sexuality

During the course of his journalistic and literary career, Cork writer Seán O’Faoláin (1900-1991) was fond of lists, often with a view to lampooning the excessive strictures of his era. He was 20-years-old and a university student before he learned…Continue Reading

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Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

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  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

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The surprising reason why LGBT and abortion activists have been close allies from the beginning

CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The pro-abortion and LGBT movements are linked spiritually, ideologically and politically, a Christian pro-family advocate says. Because of this, it has become more important than ever before for pro-life and family advocates to unite against these enemies of life and the family. Former abortion volunteer and Christian convert Linda Harvey explained to a recent pro-life conference how the LGBT and abortion movements have the common elements of rejecting God’s…Continue Reading

A plea for mercy: Thomas Evans asks Pope Francis to save little Alfie

ROME, April 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Alfie Evans’ father has said he is knocking “on the Church’s door” asking for help to save his son from being euthanized, and is pleading that his “voice be brought to the Holy Father” so that Alfie can be transferred to “the Pope’s hospital” in Rome. In a letter sent on Sunday to the archbishop of Liverpool, Thomas Evans also confirmed that he and Alfie are both

Syrian patriarchs condemn ‘unjust aggression’ of Friday allied airstrikes, ask for prayers

Damascus, Syria, Apr 15, 2018 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The airstrikes carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syria on Friday constituted “unjust” and “brutal” aggression, the patriarchs of the major Christian Churches in Syria have said in a joint statement. President Donald Trump ordered the airstrikes along with the U.K. and France in a joint show of military force following the suspected use of chemical warfare by the…Continue Reading

FULL TEXT: Cardinal Burke’s talk on the limits of papal power

ROME, April 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — What is the extent of papal power? Are there any limits, and if so how is the violation of those limits judged and corrected? These and other questions were addressed by Cardinal Raymond Burke last Saturday, April 7, at a conference in Rome titled ‘Catholic Church: Where are you heading?’ The afternoon symposium, sponsored by the ‘Frie

Trump supporters slam decision to launch strikes against Syria

Prominent supporters of President Trump are expressing skepticism over his decision to launch airstrikes against Syria, slamming the move as overly aggressive and unnecessary. Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham both questioned Trump’s decision Friday to launch strikes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last weekend that the U.S. has attributed to the Syrian government. Carlson noted the move was inconsistent with the president’s message during his 2016 campaign, and Ingraham said

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A Book Review… Edith Stein’s Love Of Wisdom

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH, 2017), 221 pp.; paperback $15.95. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. An engaging, comprehensive introduction to the life, writings, thought, and martyrdom of a Jewish convert to the Catholic faith beatified…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Illusion Of Independent Thinking

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Interruption Of A Catholic Renaissance

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018. xvii + 234 pp. Available at Amazon.com. (Editor’s Note: Please also see James K. Fitzpatrick’s review of the Douthat book in The Wanderer, March 1, 2018, p. 1.) + + + The Archdiocese…Continue Reading

The Incredible Enlarging Child

By DONALD DeMARCO Psychologists who study perception tell us that we interpret things against a background. We notice what is called the figure, but we interpret the figure in relation to a background which we do not notice. A candle is holy when set on an altar, romantic on a piano, eerie in a jack-o-lantern,…Continue Reading

Has The War Party Hooked Trump?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With his Sunday, April 8 tweet that Bashar Assad, “Animal Assad,” ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless chemical attack in Syria,” tweeted…Continue Reading

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Raymond Cardinal Burke… Pope Francis Is “Increasing The Confusion”

(Editor’s Note: Below is the full text of an April 5 interview Raymond Cardinal Burke granted to an Italian Catholic publication, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana. LifeSiteNews reprinted that interview with permission of Riccardo Cascioli, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana’s editor, and we provide it here. All rights reserved. (Diane Montagna did the translation for LifeSiteNews.) + + + ROME (LifeSiteNews) —…Continue Reading

The Sheep Of The Lord’s Flock

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 Our faith is one of mystery and what might appear to some as contradictions. Of course, there are no contradictions; paradox would probably be the better word to describe it. Our readings today describe several paradoxes for our consideration. First, we hear…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Confusion, Straw Men Mar Papal Document

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis gets high marks in his latest apostolic exhortation on personal holiness, Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), for defending solid teaching on at least one embattled doctrinal truth: “Jesus wanted us to conclude by asking the Father to ‘deliver us from evil.’ That final word does not refer to evil in the abstract; a more…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Christ Is The Fulfillment Of The Sacrifices Of The Old Law

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 24 In the two previous articles, we considered the three most important ceremonies of the Old Law, namely, the Sacrifice of the Covenant, the Pasch, and the Day of Atonement. In the New Testament, the Sacrifice of Calvary is closely connected to those three central Jewish sacrifices. In this article, we will see how…Continue Reading

Overview Of The Eight Beatitudes

By DON FIER The dignity of the human person, as we saw last week, “is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1700). Precisely because he is “endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and with free will, the human person is from his very conception ordered to God…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Pedro Calungsod

By CAROLE BRESLIN Guam, a small island about 1,600 miles east of the Philippines, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. This small island, which has played an important role in U.S. military activities in Southeast Asia since the early twenty-first century, was recently a pawn in the political chess game with North Korea. The Jesuits first came to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Montepulciano

By CAROLE BRESLIN When St. Therese of Lisieux was only 15 years old, she begged her father to let her enter a convent. Her parents, Saints Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin, were faithful Catholics and raised their children to cherish the religious life. About six hundred years before St. Therese was born, another saint had the same ambition: to join…Continue Reading