Tuesday 1st September 2015

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Can Public School Teachers Be Witnesses To Christ?

September 1, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

An article by Berny Belvedere in the July 27 edition of the American Thinker sought an answer to a question that Catholics, who teach in public high schools and colleges and who are serious about their faith, have to wrestle with throughout their teaching career. They know that Jesus instructed His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).
They are likely to have heard since they were children of the importance of being a “witness” to their faith, along with the encouragement given in many Catholic lay organizations to “live their faith in their daily lives.”
What, then, should they do if they are teaching a class that includes many non-Christian, or even atheist, students — whose parents pay their salary? This may not be much of an issue in a math or science class, but it can be a major concern in a history, social studies, literature, or philosophy course.
It is routine for left-wing teachers and professors to promote their secular humanist views in their classes. Should a Catholic teacher find some way to do the same, to openly promote Catholic positions in his classes? Should a Catholic professor teaching at a school like Michigan State or Florida State, for example, assign a healthy dose of the works of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Christopher Dawson to his classes? He would be raked over the coals by his colleagues and the liberal media if he did. … Continue Reading

Drones On Horizon?. . . Ben Carson Suggests Tough Dealing With Border Crime, But Church Naps

August 31, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Heading for Arizona’s international border seems to be almost as popular with U.S. political candidates as with illegal immigrants. The candidates head southward; the aliens come north.
Conservative candidates want to show their seriousness about protecting border integrity and citizens’ safety after the unauthorized entrants show their untrustworthiness about respecting U.S. law.
That crisis assumed such proportions by mid-August that a mild-mannered retired pediatric neurosurgeon on the campaign trail suggested using drones to attack the supply caves of dangerous alien smugglers in southern Arizona.
With border security among his topics, White House hopeful Dr. Ben Carson spoke to a cheering crowd here estimated as high as 12,000 people on August 18, followed the next day by a trip to the border, with southern Arizona sheriffs telling him how seriously the problem looms.
Meanwhile, an opinion column on the general issue of welcoming immigrants in the August 20 issue of the Phoenix diocesan paper, The Catholic Sun, expressed the U.S. bishops’ standard position of assuming the good character of aliens who head here.
“Immigrants don’t come here to steal and commit crimes. They can do that anywhere. They come here for the opportunity for a better life,” the column asserted. … Continue Reading

The Pro-Life Revolution

August 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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“You say you want a revolution, well you know . . . we all want to change the world. . . . But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out! Don’t you know it’s gonna’ be alright, alright, alright!” — Lyrics from The Beatles 1968 song Revolution, written by Lennon-McCartney
Yes, ladies and gentlemen . . . there is a revolution, a pro-life revolution happening right now as you read this. Just this past week hundreds of thousands of Americans protested, rallied and got together to speak out against one of the greatest injustices, if not the greatest, injustices of our time.
All across this land and other countries like England and Ireland, men, women, and children gathered outside of Planned Parenthood and similar abortion facilities to speak out against the systemic slaughter of innocents to let the world know that we will not remain silent about abortion anymore!!
Because of a handful of undercover videos, the pro-life revolution has finally arrived in full force. … Continue Reading

As Eighth PP Video Appears . . . California Commentator Explains Why Media Avoid Facing Facts

August 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Media people and politicians who are “married” to the pro-abortion view would rather be “biting into their wrists” than give up that belief, a veteran California reporter, anchor woman and talk host told The Wanderer as the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released its eighth sting video on selling baby parts.
The abortion defenders “are married to the idea that abortion is a woman’s right, and if you do anything to undermine it, they’ll lose that right,” said Barbara Simpson, who worked at major electronic news outlets in Los Angeles and San Francisco before becoming a Bay Area radio talk host. She currently writes a weekly commentary for World Net Daily.
“They just will not do anything that will begin to undermine this idea they’ve had” favoring permissive abortion, including not providing news coverage of the videos as a serious, important story, Simpson said in an August 25 interview.
When The Wanderer suggested that the CMP would receive a special Pulitzer Prize for journalistic excellence if its investigative work had exposed a major scandal that liberals wanted to expose, Simpson replied, “Absolutely. No question about it.” … Continue Reading

The Great Agent Of Mischief

August 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By DONALD DeMARCO

If Mortimer Adler, after writing his classic, How to Read a Book, authored How to Read the Newspaper, he probably would have warned his readers that newspapers convey something other than news. They convey, he would advise, propaganda carefully concealed within what the inattentive reader might assume to be mere news. Consider the following three newspaper items culled recently from the same newspaper.
1) Gretta Vosper, an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, has declared that she believes neither in God nor in the Bible. When she decided to abandon the Lord’s Prayer, 100 of the 150 members of her congregation left in protest.
She claims that belief in God can motivate bad things. Rev. Vosper has expressed “shock” that her position is now under review since, as she states, her congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe. The board chairman who hired her says that he has had no complaints from congregants and avers that people enjoy engaging in critical thinking as they explore new ways of expressing their faith and values.
The 57-year-old Rev. Vosper is depicted in the newspaper as flashing an engaging smile, an image that will win her support against the an alleged conservative elite that opposes “rich and alive” discussions. Her being “victimized” is sure to win her national sympathy. … Continue Reading

Stand Strong

August 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

A significant danger facing America today is that its people are losing their sense of religious values and allowing the culture of the country to be shaped by militant secularists. The results are unsurprising: abortion and same-sex marriage are legal; assisted suicide and euthanasia are gaining acceptance; pornography is rampant; and religious persecution is underway.
When secularism dominates the culture, religious freedom must be curtailed. Secularism is a belief system that is anti-theistic, rooted in materialism and hedonism. It is alluring because it gives societal acceptance to unbridled human passions. It does away with distinctions of right or wrong, even treating wrong as right and right as wrong. Secularism is an idolatry in which the beliefs of the movement replace God in setting the standards of morality, of conscience, and of truth.
If man genuinely believes in God and lives his life accordingly, he will be in direct and continual contradiction to the aims of secularism. Hence, secularism must necessarily oppose religion, persecute its believers, drive it from the public square, and nullify it.
Religious persecution in America has begun: … Continue Reading

Iran And The Lessons Of Munich

August 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I guess it was in high school where I first heard the term the “lessons of Munich.” It has been part of my life from that time on, during my college years and my teaching career. Just about everyone I encountered — colleagues, professors, people in the media — whether on the left or the right, agreed that it was a mistake for the European powers to appease Adolf Hitler and the Nazis by giving in to their demands for control of parts of Czechoslovakia at the Munich Conference in 1938.
As Winston Churchill phrased it, “Appeasement only feeds the appetite of the aggressor.”
It was the way I taught the story of the outbreak of World War II all through my teaching career. I think everyone on the faculties of the schools where I taught during that 35-year period — one Catholic, one public — did the same; it was the consensus in the academic world.
It is also what informed Dennis Prager’s column on the agreement made between the Obama administration and the government of Iran over Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Which means I should agree with Prager. But I don’t. So I have some explaining to do. … Continue Reading

Why Is “Paddy Wagon” Politically Correct?

August 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I haven’t come across many defenders of the University of New Hampshire’s “Bias-Free Language Guide,” a 4,500-word document posted on the university’s website in early August by Sylvia Foster, the school’s coordinator of equity and diversity.
Even the usual suspects on the politically correct left are keeping their distance, sensing that Foster went too far, making a mockery of the university community. UNH President Mark Huddleston moved quickly to give assurances that “the views expressed in this guide are not the policy of the University of New Hampshire,” and that “no one on campus is required to obey these suggestions,” where speech is “free and unfettered.”
But Huddleston’s protestation does not close the discussion. Obviously, Sylvia Foster thought she would be applauded in the academic world for her attempt to make the University of New Hampshire, in her words, “an inclusive learning community” by informing incoming students of words they may use that “for some, feel like a form of violence.” She knows the views of her colleagues.
What words does Foster have in mind? The “Guide” suggests that students use the expression “person with a mental health condition,” rather than “crazy”; “people of advanced age,” in place of “senior citizen”; “person living at or below the poverty line,” instead of “poor person”; “persons seeking asylum,” instead of “illegal immigrants.” … Continue Reading

What Pope Francis Must Address During His Visit To America

August 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

According to the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pope Francis will be the fourth Pope to come the United States. His visit to our nation is scheduled to take place September 22-27, 2015, when he will make stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. This trip will be the tenth time a Pope has made an apostolic journey to the United States.
The last time a Pope visited our country was in April of 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI came to Washington, D.C., and New York. Before that, St. Pope John Paul the Great visited us seven times and traveled to about 20 American cities. Before that, the first time a Pope visited the United States was in October of 1965 when Pope Paul VI came to New York City.
I have some terrific memories of a papal visit when Pope John Paul II came to Chicago in 1979.
According to The Chicago Tribune, there were 2.4 million Catholics in the city, making the Chicago Archdiocese the largest in the country at the time. Add to that the fact that Pope John Paul II was the first Polish Pontiff in history and Chicago had the largest Polish population outside of Poland, and it was a complete madhouse! … Continue Reading

As PP Dissects Victims . . . Are Campaigning GOP Candidates Greater Than The Sum Of Their Parts?

August 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

When Planned Parenthood obtains mothers’ consent to provide parts or all of their aborted babies’ bodies for research, the inquiring observer’s question should be, just what words did PP use when seeking that consent?
Was it well-informed consent, or exactly the opposite? Just what is being obtained from mothers so PP can attain its harvest?
That resembles the situation voters find themselves in today as presidential candidates make their pitches for support. How much pertinent information is being disclosed to voters? What’s being withheld? Do the candidates even know sometimes where they actually stand? Or are they making things up as they go?
Don’t expect Planned Parenthood to start talking plainly from its cornered position.
Over at the abortuary, it’s unlikely PP describes its pregnant clients as “mothers” or mentions their babies’ bodies. Honest language would introduce organ-purchase issues to be avoided at all, um, costs.
In an interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal website posted August 10, former PP clinic director Abby Johnson explained how her Texas abortuary got what it sought. Using disembodied words. … 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 . . .

Cardinal Francis Arinze: 50 years as a Bishop

Yesterday Saturday 29 August 2015, Francis Cardinal Arinze, 82, marked fifty years as a Bishop. In an interview with Vatican Radio’s English Africa Service to mark to the milestone, Cardinal Arinze was in high spirits. Although now retired and living…Continue Reading

Russians to construct ‘the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world’

Towering 80 meters monument to ‘Christ the Teacher’ by Zurab Tsereteli to find home in Vladivostok, Christian Telegraph reports according to RISU. The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such…Continue Reading

If You Still Support Planned Parenthood, You Are Simply Not A Decent Person

Another Planned Parenthood video has been released. I promised I would write about every new video that comes out, so here is my write up on the latest. Please read and share. I don’t usually ask you to share things…Continue Reading

“Catholic” Group Sends Cakes to Thank Planned Parenthood Staff After It Sells Aborted Babies

Apparently, Catholics for Choice want their friends at Planned Parenthood to know how appreciated they are since they will be “harassed” tomorrow at the protests across the country regarding their organ harvesting business.  As LifeNews previously reported, tens of thousands…Continue Reading

Facebook’s very (very) suspicious ‘trending’ Planned Parenthood story

Update Aug. 20, ’15 at 7:54 AM EST: I woke up this morning, and lo and behold, the “trending” news topic had changed. It now reads, “7th video critical of organization released by anti-abortion group.” That’s more like it. I…Continue Reading

Questions raised after pro-life activist Twitter accounts suspended without warning: one now restored

ONTARIO, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life activist campaigning against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s abortion extremism as well as a pro-life organization on a mission to show the violent reality of abortion through large graphic billboards had their Twitter…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cordileone thankful for San Francisco teacher contract agreement

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 23, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new…Continue Reading

Catholic Priests’ Forgotten Flock: Catholic Men

The New Emangelization Project has documented that a key driver of the collapse of Catholicism in the U. S. is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis”.[1] One third of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority of…Continue Reading

Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 15, 2015 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American…Continue Reading

Do We really need a new day dedicated to the environment?

The Pope has decided in the wake of his well received encyclical on the environment to institute a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day will take place on 1st September. At present the 1st September…Continue Reading

There is no equivalence

Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very…Continue Reading

Syrian Bishop: on kidnapping of Christians from Qaryatain

(Vatican Radio) The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria, Antoine Audo says he believes the so-called Islamic State fighters are seeking to push Christians out of Syria and spread terror everywhere. He also warned that if the war continues, as…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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Saints Will Welcome Families, Pope to Philadelphia

St. John Neumann Was Bishop of the City and St. Katharine Drexel Was Born Here United States of America, August 31, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter When Pope Francis and thousands of families arrive next month to Philadelphia, they are sure to be welcomed by two saints with ties to the city. Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language assistant for the Vatican press office, has compiled the following biographies: * * * ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE NEUMANN, C.SS.R. (1811-1860)…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Angelus appeals for persecuted Christians, migrants

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a twofold appeal on Sunday: for persecuted Christians and for all persons forced to flee their homes in search of a peaceful and secure existence in foreign lands. Recalling the beatification on Saturday in Harissa, Lebanon, of the martyred Syrian Catholic Bishop Flavyānus Mikhayil Melkī, Eparch of Gazarta – or what is Cizre in modern-day Turkey, who was killed in Gazarta during the sayfo or “putting to the sword” of…Continue Reading

Pope Didn’t Bless ‘Gender Theory’ Children’s Books

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Holy See Denies Any Papal Endorsement of Children’s Books Promoting Same-Sex Relationship Italy, August 28, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Luca Marcolivio Once again Pope Francis is being “used” by those in favor of promoting the same-sex lifestyle. The latest case arose this morning following news of a letter sent by an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State to the author of children’s books that promote “different family types.” The Guardian reported the letter with the headline,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Recalls Feast of St. Monica

Vatican City, August 27, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis has recalled the feast day of Saint Monica, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. Toward the conclusion of Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square in his remarks to Italian-speaking pilgrims, Pope Francis recalled that today, August 27, is the feast day of St. Monica. To the intercession of her and her son, Francis said, “We entrust newlyweds and Christian parents so that, like…Continue Reading

Is Trumpism The New Nationalism?

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent on all goods made in China, and the tariff revenue used to cut U.S. corporate taxes. The…Continue Reading

The Family Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris Presents Many Grave Problems

By MAIKE HICKSON After reading the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the upcoming October 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, when it was first published in June, the author of this short article was somewhat stunned and increasingly troubled. Yet I was soon helped by others to acquire a better understanding. It is…Continue Reading

Syrian Apocalypse

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS— Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, and more than twelve million people have fled their homeland. Alarmed by these developments, the UN Security Council has…Continue Reading

One Catholic Congressman … Prepping For The Pope’s U.S. Visit

By MATT HADRO WASHINTON, D.C. (CNA)— As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals. “I say as a Catholic, I’m pretty excited,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.) told CNA of the upcoming papal visit. He added that…Continue Reading

ACLU: Force Catholic Hospitals To Abandon Catholic Faith

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The woefully misnamed American Civil Liberties Union is launching a crusade to force Catholic hospitals to act against Catholic moral teachings and the natural law. This is an un-American attack on religious liberty. The ACLU’s intentions came to light this week after it threatened to sue Mercy Medical Center in Redding,…Continue Reading

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End Media Blackout On Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Scandal

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The baby parts sale scandal at Planned Parenthood is being aided and abetted by another scandal: the refusal of vast portions of the mainstream media to cover the issue. The release of numerous videos that detail the brutal and criminal killing and dismembering even of babies outside of the womb in order to obtain body…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Man Jesus — Humanity At Its Perfection

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 17 What was Jesus like, as a Man? We know about His divinity, we believe in it, but what was He like in His daily life with people in general? We call this topic investigating the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or, more simply, Jesus the Man. In an obscure province of…Continue Reading

The Episcopal College And The Pope

By DON FIER When Jesus founded the Church, as we saw last week, “He gave her authority and mission, orientation and goal” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 874). With the overarching objective to ensure that the ministry He introduced during His time on earth would be carried forward until the end of time, Christ organized her along hierarchical…Continue Reading

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Q. The Supreme Court has a history of immoral decisions, such as declaring black slaves as property, permitting credit card companies to charge usurious interest rates, allowing the public sale of contraceptives, okaying the killing of unborn babies, and approving sodomy. What’s next? Polygamy? Incestuous “marriage”? Person-animal “marriage”? It would appear that we are on a par with Sodom of…Continue Reading

A Blindness In The Heart

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 In the first reading God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah telling the people that those whose hearts are frightened should be strong and not afraid because God is with them. He then says that on that day the eyes of the blind…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Of Cupertino

By CAROLE BRESLIN Now that the school year has begun, students — especially Catholic students — will find recourse to their favorite patron saint of studying. Some may choose St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine of Hippo. For those students who find it difficult to retain what they read and write about it, perhaps this saint will encourage them: St.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Aidan

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Church names many saints as patrons of certain professions, troubles, or countries. St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe. As the father of Western monasticism, he is credited with building Western civilization. St. Catherine of Siena is also a patron of Europe since she played important roles in settling both civil and ecclesiastical disputes. St.…Continue Reading