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Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

May 20, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Amid Life At Political Circus . . . Trump’s Keynote To Pro-Lifers Could Energize 2018 Efforts

By DEXTER DUGGAN

President Donald Trump’s scheduled keynote speech to a national pro-life organization’s gathering should encourage hard work to enlarge the pro-life majority in Congress, according to a priest-activist who helped boost pro-lifers’ support for Trump’s Republican presidential candidacy in 2016, when many still doubted the Manhattan developer.
Since moving into the White House in January 2017, Trump has made himself the most publicly dedicated pro-life GOP president since the U.S. Supreme Court unconstitutionally imposed permissive abortion throughout the United States in January 1973.
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told The Wanderer on May 16: “I am sure the president will emphasize what he has said before: We must work hard in this upcoming election to increase our pro-life majorities in Congress, so that the commitment of the president to sign pro-life bills that will, for instance, take our tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood, can in fact come to reality in the law.”
Trump is scheduled to speak May 22 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., to the eleventh annual Campaign for Life Gala of the nationally active pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (sba-list.org), known for its strong get-out-the-vote activities.
Pavone told The Wanderer that Trump’s presence at the dinner “is another sign of what we in the pro-life movement have now come to expect of the nation’s most pro-life president: He knows that government exists to protect the God-given rights of the people, and the first such right is life itself. He is present to the pro-life movement.
“As a member of his pro-life advisory council, I know that he and his team are listening and learning from this greatest civil-rights movement in our nation’s history,” Pavone said. “In particular, having the president with us…marks the importance of the mid-term elections. The Susan B. Anthony List and Priests for Life work closely together to make voters aware that the right to life is the most important issue, because it is the foundation of every issue.”
In a May 14 news release announcing Trump’s talk, SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn.” … Continue Reading

Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

May 19, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Flash! Lawyer Sells Access To Politicians!

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Washington in shocked, shocked! that businesses are willing to pay lawyers and lobbyists millions for influence and access to politicians and their staffs, regulators, even the media.
’Tis the season to ruffle feathers, apparently. But this is nothing new. For years, Washington lobbyists have been charging billions for such influence. Somehow, the fact that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been peddling his “insider knowledge” has the nation’s capital in a twit fit. But as the dependable Tim Carney points out, “that’s typical swamp behavior.”
Carney, who writes for the Washington Examiner, is the rare journalist who actually wears out a lot of shoe leather to dig for news — and few Swamp Dwellers appreciate what he reveals. He finds an instructive lesson in the news that Novartis, a major pharmaceutical provider, had hired Cohen. After a single meeting, they realized that Cohen would be “unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to U.S. healthcare policy matters.”
But they had already paid Cohen $1.2 million. For nothing.
“This story is a whole different species of Beltway shadiness,” writes Carney. “Cohen’s racket, it seems to me, isn’t selling policy to the highest bidder, it’s ripping off gullible companies who thought he could be a MAGA rainmaker.”
Why do countless special interests spend billions a year for such “services”? Carney explains: “Sometimes these businesses are seeking special favors. Sometimes they’re trying to avoid special mistreatment. Novartis, surely, wanted to ward off Trump’s promises to drive down drug prices.” … Continue Reading

Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

May 18, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Israel At 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it was a week of triumph.
Last Tuesday, May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, May 10, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria.
“If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”
The day before, Bibi was in Moscow, persuading Vladimir Putin to cancel the sale of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to Damascus.
In an event televised worldwide, the U.S. embassy on May 14 was transferred to Jerusalem, with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner doing the honors in what Bibi called a “glorious day.” Few can recall a time when Israel seemed in so favorable a position.
The White House and the Republican Party that controls Congress are solidly behind Israel. Egypt is cooperating to battle terrorists in Sinai.
Israel has a de facto alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf royals. And the Palestinians have never been more divided, isolated, and alone.
Yet, there is another side to this story, also visible.
As the transfer ceremony of the Jerusalem embassy was taking place, TV split screens showed pictures of protesting Palestinians, 52 of whom were shot dead May 14, with thousands wounded by snipers. Some 40,000 had rallied against the U.S. embassy move. … Continue Reading

From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

May 17, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on From Puritan Aspiration To The Virginia Bill Of Rights

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

Throughout the nineteenth and most the twentieth century, schoolbooks depicted the early European settlers of the North American Continent as noble-minded immigrants, in the Old World persecuted for their religious faith, and in the New World bent on the creation of a more congenial society.
In spite of attempts to totally secularize public school curricula, that story may yet prevail, if only to support the liberal immigration policy advanced by the progressive left. The truth is far more interesting, and perhaps more relevant.
From the ranks of the Pilgrims who settled in the New World between 1620 and 1630 emerged a theocracy which was to prevail in New England through the latter part of the seventeenth century and most of the eighteenth. It was a theocracy that came to be replaced by a democracy in accord with its own conception of God’s plan for mankind.
The Puritans were a reform-minded group in the Anglican Church whose objective was the practice of Christianity in its pristine purity. Opposed to what they described as “fleshly and worldly compromise,” opposed to sacramental ritual and all rite, the Puritans insisted in doctrinal matters on the “right of private judgment” and in worship on the “priesthood of all believers.” They were united in their conviction that the Church of England had not gone far enough in disassociating itself from the Church of Rome.
The most renowned congregation of Puritans is the one that fled Holland in 1607, sailing from Scrooby, Holland, on the Mayflower to the shores of Cape Cod where the Plymouth Colony was established in 1620. That colony became the model for many others in North America. Taking their cue from Thomas Cartwright, the Puritan Bay Colony fashioned a framework for the church. Only the elect would vote and rule in the commonwealth. The Church was not to govern, but it was to supply the instruments of rule, namely, the rationale for law and the principles which determine election procedures. Biblical law was to be the primary law for ordering both church and state. The Bay Colony prospered and it was taken as evidence of the favor of God.
True, it had its heretics: Roger Williams, Anne Hutchison, and Mary Dyer, for example, and the Colony did not hesitate to banish them. Some among the banished Quaker group founded by Dyer returned to be punished and finally hanged. … Continue Reading

Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

May 16, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Counter Culture Has Failed; Can We Try Culture Yet?

By SHAUN KENNEY

Both Fr. James Schall, SJ, and our very own Christopher Manion have written about the concept of America’s impending revolution (The Wanderer, May 10, p. 1) — in short, the prospects of a leftist revolution right here at home.
I am saddened to report that the revolution has already occurred. Not only have we lost, but we lost in tremendous numbers with generations of casualties.
Some might say it began with the 1968 counterculture movement, but in truth we all know it began far earlier than this. Veterans returning home from post-Second World War Europe, perhaps? The rise of beatnik culture, the advent of existentialism in the works of thinkers such as Derrida, Camus, and Foucault, and last but certainly not least the prospect of nuclear annihilation at any chosen moment without warning. Nihilism — this idea that nothing matters — crept in to our culture at the precise same time that dialectical materialism had conquered Eastern Europe and began infecting sociology and economics departments throughout the West.
True, there were some rearguard actions. Richard Weaver and the Southern agrarians tried, but industrialization and the New South were by then far too dominant. Russell Kirk attempted to remind us that for all our economy, our souls demanded our first attentions. William F. Buckley Jr. staked out an intellectual homestead at National Review. Patrick J. Buchanan was perhaps the last of the desperados — his admonishment of republicanism over imperialism fell on deaf ears as the so-called end of history ushered in the Pax Americana. We stood athwart history yelling stop, and the train of the revolution rolled right over top of us.
More than anywhere else, the institutions that kept us free were either whittled away or entirely conquered as the occupational forces of bureaucrats and left-wing intolerance crept in. As liberal demands for free speech transformed into progressive demands for “good speech,” the institutions surrendered one by one. Press, schools, the military, churches, local governments, unions, and diplomats all yielded to the Fabian operators.
How successful was this operation? Take a sane culture and fast forward to now. Abortion on demand. Marriage redefined by the state and the Christian position defined as hate speech. College campuses rejecting the principle of free speech and free inquiry. Catholic priests and bishops refusing to defend family and life for fear of losing government funding. Parents denied the right to educate their children (as we have seen in California).
Since 1973, an estimated 55 million babies have been exterminated in no small part by a eugenics operation — Planned Parenthood — that not only celebrates its victories but sell the body parts of little babies on the open market as a butcher would have done in a bygone era. … Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

May 15, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on A Book Review… A Guide To Stop The Political And Cultural Trashing Of Our Lives And Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America, by Robert G. Marshall, TAN Books, Charlotte, N.C., ISBN 978-1-5051-0940-5, 311 pages, hardback, $24.95, 2018.
Bob Marshall, who passed a lot of years in the Virginia House of Delegates, serving 13 two-year terms, covers a lot of territory in this valuable political how-to book, from the Founders’ philosophy to precinct door-knocking, and from unacceptable judicial supremacy to voter-registration forms kept handy in the car to hand out.
Whether the reader wants to know what the U.S.’s early architects thought about the three co-equal branches of government, or how effective Barack Obama was at voter contact in Virginia for the 2008 presidential election, Marshall, basically an exemplary pro-life GOP conservative, has that word in Reclaiming the Republic: How Christians and Other Conservatives Can Win Back America.
He has a warning for Republicans and conservatives in this mid-term election year.
Left-wing Democrats have become energized, and they successfully tested a strategy for 2018 that included sending him down to defeat in Virginia’s 2017 state elections. But did part of the Democrats’ winning ways occur thanks to Republican voters dispirited by the typically apologetic, passive performance of the national GOP’s majority in Congress, not at all in tune with brash Donald Trump?
Virginia “Republicans failed to turn out for Republican candidates perhaps because the Republican Congress failed to keep its promises to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, or follow through on any number of policy intentions,” Marshall observes. “Democrats were prompted, in part, by their anti-President Trump animosity.” … Continue Reading

To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

May 14, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on To Whom Did Alfie Evans Belong?

By MIKE MANNO

Well, the Brits did it again. Not satisfied after killing Little Charlie Gard last July, they found a new victim, err, patient, whom Her Majesty’s government decreed should die, in his own best interests.
We all know the story of Little Alfie Evans, a child with an undisclosed — read that: undiagnosed — brain ailment and whose parents, with unmitigated gall, decided to try to save his life. You see, apparently in Great Britain, its Public Health Service — read that: socialized health service — is understood to be a better decision-maker for small children than the kid’s parents.
The government’s imprimatur grants to the decision-makers in the health service a wisdom that is not given to ordinary mortals, especially not to parents. That imprimatur bestows upon them an insight granted to few individuals: to determine when it is in the best interest of this mother’s child to die.
And, of course, complying with the government’s edict, Little Alfie — good subject of Her Majesty that he was — died quietly. Rule Britannia!
Not quite a Churchillian moment.
And now the British press is reporting that the boy’s legal team, the Christian Legal Centre, could face an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is now reviewing the matter. Apparently it is not enough to kill the boy; his defenders must also be dissuaded from ever doing that again!
Perhaps that is why, even though Pope Francis supported Little Alfie’s parents, English bishops were not exactly on the Alfie bandwagon. Liverpool Archbishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon even publicly supported the hospital against Alfie. Apparently, when you behead a bishop in 1535 (St. John Fisher), it produces a centuries-long chilling effect on some in the clerical state.
In Britain children belong to the state. But why worry? England and all this socialized medicine is, as they say, “across the pond.”
Worry.
What happened to Little Alfie Evans, just like what happened to Little Charlie Gard before him, is not limited to Britain, European society, or even to children. It is happening here, perhaps not in the same manner, but it is happening even though the elite among us laughed at Sarah Palin’s “death panel” warnings, and taught us to laugh along, too. … Continue Reading

DC’s Price Of Entry: Shattered Reputations, Ruined Lives

May 13, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on DC’s Price Of Entry: Shattered Reputations, Ruined Lives

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The mainstream media and their allies in the Deep State typically rage at anything President Trump does. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. But the attacks have recently broadened, targeting not only Trump but anybody with the audacity to work for him. The cases of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, NSC Director General Michael Flynn, and 2016 campaign aide Michael Caputo — all “former” associates of the president — are representative of a much broader search-and-destroy mission on the part of the left.
But first, some history.
In 1987, President Reagan nominated Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork to serve on the Supreme Court, to replace retiring Justice Lewis Powell. The scathing attacks that ensued are seared in public memory, with “Bork” having entered the lexicon as a verb, to represent a full-bore mission to ruin not only the career of conservative nominees, but their reputation as well. It’s been going on ever since.
The attack on Judge Bork had been prepared for over a year. In 1986, when Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a unanimous vote, two other nominations did not sail so easily. When President Reagan nominated Jeff Sessions to a Federal District Court seat in Alabama, the campaign against him was so fierce that the Senate Committee on the Judiciary refused to move the nomination to the floor, with Sen. Arlen Specter, a pro-abortion “Republican of Convenience,” providing the deciding vote.
So Sessions stayed home in Alabama, where he was elected attorney general in 1994 and U.S. senator in 1996. There he joined Republicans on the same Judiciary Committee that had defeated his nomination ten years before.
Indiana’s Daniel Manion (brother of this writer), whom Reagan nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1986, met the same torrent of opposition. Like Sessions, he was pro-life, but critics at the time could not oppose him on those grounds. To oppose Sessions, Specter had conjured up flimsy allegations of “racism,” but with Manion the manufactured complaints centered on his being “only” a small-town lawyer. … Continue Reading

As An Orange Mane Glows In D.C. . . . Republican Prospects Seem Brightening For Mid-Term Elections

May 12, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on As An Orange Mane Glows In D.C. . . . Republican Prospects Seem Brightening For Mid-Term Elections

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Will Republicans in this November’s midterm elections do less walking into walls and more walking on water?
Predictions from quarters that wish the GOP ill had foreseen a blue wave of outraged Democrats drowning chronically hapless Republicans in the vote ritual shortly after Halloween.
Democrats are frightening enough as the current party of death and degeneracy, and the thought of their becoming more powerful politically in the month before Christmas is no gift by any measure.
Political fortunes rise and fall with events, but in early May events were swimming in President Trump’s direction. Sensing the way the tide was running, GOP primary-election candidates often fought to position themselves as the Trumpiest of all.
From beneath the president’s remarkable orange mane flew substantial tax cuts and employment growth, a nuclear-threatening North Korea turning into a placating potential peacemaker freeing three American prisoners, a deceptive Iran put on notice against coddling dangerous ambitions.
Despite the customary dominant-media torrents of opposition to Trump, not only events but also voter sentiment seemed to be smiling toward the White House.
The conservative Media Research Center reported on May 8 that in the first four months of 2018, Trump’s overall job-approval rating rose despite 90 percent negative evaluative comments during that period by ABC, CBS, and NBC.
When the possibility arose that Pyongyang would release the three prisoners, USA Today illustrated this negative spin by headlining online on May 3, “Trump would not be first president to secure release of U.S. prisoners from North Korea” — as if tough-talking Trump deserved little credit for winning this concession from a hothead dictatorship that recently was launching offensive missiles. … Continue Reading

Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

May 11, 2018 Frontpage Comments Off on Are Bibi And Bolton In The Wheel House Now?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump on May 8 contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions.
Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice that their ties to Iran are to be severed, or secondary sanctions will be imposed on them.
Driving the point home, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ordered Airbus to cancel its $19 billion contract to sell 100 commercial planes to Iran.
Who is cheering Trump’s trashing of the treaty?
The neocons who sought his political extinction in 2016, the royals of the Gulf, Bibi Netanyahu, and the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. The IRGC had warned Iranians that the Americans were duplicitous.
When Trump finished speaking, Bibi launched strikes on Iranian bases in Syria, and flew to Moscow to persuade Vladimir Putin not to give the Iranians any air defense against Israeli attacks.
Iranian forces responded with 20 missiles fired at the Golan, which ignited a massive Israeli counterstrike, a 70-missile attack on Iranian bases in Syria.
We appear to be at the beginning of a new war, and how it ends we know not. But for Bibi and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the end has always been clear — the smashing of Iran and regime change. … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Catholics must let Christ reign as King in face of ‘apostasy’ within Church

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics must consciously place themselves under the “Kingship of Christ” in the face of enemies of the Church today attempting to “infiltrate the life of the Church herself and to corrupt the Bride of…Continue Reading

President Trump to cut Planned Parenthood funding

The Trump administration is announcing its intentions to cut a significant amount of taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. The proposed regulation will also better protect victims of sexual assault, incest and rape because it will require that…Continue Reading

Bishop Tobin is right: the Catholic Church must stay true to itself

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, who is the Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, in the United States, has tweeted, and it is a mighty tweet, a gem amidst the dross and banality of Twitter. The Bishop has written:

Alfie Evans laid to rest today with no coroner’s investigation, no toxicology report

LONDON, May 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The question of what caused the death of UK toddler Alfie Evans may never be known. The UK High Court refused today to order a post-mortem examination of the toddler’s remains at the request…Continue Reading

Google and Facebook Censor Pro-Life Free Speech Ahead of Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion

This has been coming on in Ireland for months, really since the outlines of the wording for the May 25 referendum to gut protections for unborn children were released. Simon Harris, the Minister of Health, and others, committed to overturning…Continue Reading

Bill Nye the Science Guy Headlines Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” a man who became famous for teaching children about science, has anything but children’s best interests at heart. Nye is an abortion activist who spoke Tuesday at fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in Texas. San Antonio…Continue Reading

Pope Francis one week after Alfie Evans’ death: ‘all possible assistance’ must be given to dying

May 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis spoke out on Sunday in favor of providing complete health care to dying patients, in an apparent reference to the case of Alfie Evans, a child who died in a British public hospital…Continue Reading

Abortionist to be jailed after killing woman in botched late-term abortion

QUEENS, New York, May 4, 2018 (Operation Rescue) – In a move that shocked the court, abortionist Robert Rho accepted a previously offered plea bargain and admitted his guilt to Felony Negligent Homicide immediately after the judge announced that the jury had…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell, Vatican treasurer, to become most senior member of Catholic church to stand trial on sex charges

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s treasurer, has become the most senior Catholic figure to face sexual assault charges after a court in Melbourne committed him to stand trial on historical offences involving multiple victims. After being asked for a plea, 76-year-old…Continue Reading

Michigan Catholic School Revokes ‘Modesty Poncho’ Prom Plan for Female Students

A Catholic high school in Michigan has ended a plan to make female students wear “modesty ponchos” at prom if they are dressed inappropriately. After some parents and students at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich. said the “modesty…Continue Reading

Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to build first new Catholic school in city in more than 50 years

After years of shuttering schools amid declining enrollment and budget constraints, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is planning to build its first new Catholic school in the city in more than 50 years. So far, the archdiocese has raised about $13…Continue Reading

As much as $100,000 taken from collection plate at Holy Name Cathedral, police say

Chicago police are investigating whether former security guards at Holy Name Cathedral may have played a role in the theft of up to $100,000 from the historic church’s collection plate, according to preliminary information from police sources and the security company.…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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Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals from five continents

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates that work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor.

Cardinal Burke warns upcoming youth synod may release ‘new storm in the Church’

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There is a risk that the upcoming synod on youth will bring “more difficulties” for the Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke said at the Rome Life Forum today, noting there have already been allegations of manipulation. “What can we expect about and after the new synod in October?” he was asked. “A new storm in the Church? A new ambiguous exhortation? More dubia?” “I think simply from a point of human…Continue Reading

Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” in investigating abuse and protecting children. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign. Francis can accept the resignations, rej

Iowa attorney general refuses to defend heartbeat abortion ban

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Democratic attorney general of Iowa is refusing to defend the state’s new ban on aborting babies with detectable heartbeats, citing his personal opposition to the duly-enacted law. “Attorney General Tom Miller has disqualified himself from representing the state” in the inevitable court battle over the law, Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson announced in a letter Tuesday. “The

This Governor Just Gave One of the Most Passionate Pro-Life Speeches

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds promised to passionately defend the rights of unborn babies Saturday after signing the earliest abortion ban into law. “We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life,” Reynolds told the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition during its annual event, Newsmax reports. “I believe all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life.” Earlier this…Continue Reading

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The Vote On The Eighth Amendment . . . The Pro-Abortion Elites Are Active In Ireland

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented May 14 on Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion.) + + + In 1983, Ireland passed the Eighth Amendment outlawing abortion in most cases. Its future will be decided in a May 25 referendum. Activists from both sides have drawn support from inside and outside…Continue Reading

What Greatness Requires

By DONALD DeMARCO In a world such as ours, where mediocrity and confusion reign, where leaders mislead us and governments deceive us, the need for greatness is particularly critical. What is greatness, we may well ask? If we are not clear about the nature of this esteemed quality, how easy it is to settle for…Continue Reading

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Vetoes Ultrasound Bill

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton on May 16 vetoed the mainstream pro-life measure that would ensure pregnant women access to their ultrasounds prior to an abortion. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, is deeply disappointed with the governor’s action. “Once again Gov. Dayton has yielded to the…Continue Reading

At Commencement… Christendom College Honors Justice Clarence Thomas

By ZACHARY SMITH FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Christendom College celebrated commencement weekend on May 11-13, awarding 110 bachelor of arts degrees and honoring Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Clarence Thomas and Episcopal Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Arlington Fr. Paul Scalia. Justice Thomas was awarded the college’s Pro…Continue Reading

Who Misinformed Francis About Bishop Barros?

By J.D. FLYNN VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Three Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse on May 2 held a press conference to discuss recent conversations with Pope Francis about the circumstances of their abuse. Juan Carlos Cruz, along with James Hamilton and José Andres Murillo, were sexually abused by Fr. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011…Continue Reading

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Replies To Objections To The Mass

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 29 In this article, we respond to objections against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which non-Catholics are wont to raise in order to attempt to justify their many different doctrines about the Eucharist. They do not agree among themselves on a great many points of doctrine — see how many thousands of sects,…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Merciful

By DON FIER In last week’s consideration of the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [justice], for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6), we saw that those being referred to are souls who intensely desire that their wills are in accord with God’s will. They want what God wants, and their desires are always satisfied.…Continue Reading

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Q. While preparing for her Confirmation, my niece had to memorize the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but not all of them were the ones I learned at my Confirmation. I recognized three of them — Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge — but the other four were different. Can you explain this? — M.C., via e-mail. A. For the last…Continue Reading

Holy Mass In Limerick, Ireland, October 1, 1979… Pope John Paul II: Defend “The Absolute Inviolability Of Unborn Life”

(Editor’s Note: The text of this address by John Paul II comes from the Vatican’s website, w2.vatican.va. All rights reserved.) + + + A phobail dhilis na Mumhan, go mbeannai Dia dhaoibh. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On this last day of my visit to Ireland, I come to you to celebrate with you the Holy Eucharist. I wish…Continue Reading

Testify To And Glorify The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR B) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells His apostles that at that time they were unable to hear the full truth, so He tells them the Holy Spirit will come to guide them into all truth. Beyond leading them into…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Ivan Merz

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord paid the laborers the same wage whether they worked from early morning or began in the afternoon. The rewards were the same (Matthew, chapter 20). So too are the rewards for serving the Lord with zeal and perseverance. St. Augustine, converting at the age of 33, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Francis of Assisi — all…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bede The Venerable

By CAROLE BRESLIN In northern England — what is now known as the county of Tyne and Wear — on the Wear River sits St. Peter’s at Monkwearmouth. About seven miles away are the ruins of St. Paul’s Parish, which contain the oldest stained-glass window in the world. Both churches played an important role in the development of Christianity in…Continue Reading