Tuesday 27th June 2017

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Aftermath Of Arlington Gunfire… Society Keeps Sliding Downward, So Who Gets The Blame?

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He had suffered for more than seven years under brutal North Vietnamese Communist captors before he and nearly 600 other American POWs were released in early 1973, with the Communists triumphant in the Southeast Asia war that they and left-wing media fought against the U.S. government.
Air Force Capt. Edward Alan Brudno, captured in 1965, had been kept in solitary confinement for long periods and was deprived of news reports from the U.S. for years. A Marine pilot in an adjoining cell reportedly recalled Brudno as a tough little guy who wanted to be an astronaut, who hated the Communists, and “used guile and cunning to outwit the guards.”
After a few months back home in the familiar USA, the tenacious, resilient Brudno committed suicide just before his 33rd birthday in June 1973.
Untreated psychological wounds from overseas were advanced as one reason. Could another have been that the U.S. wasn’t so familiar anymore to Brudno after all? … Continue Reading

Catholic Pro-Life Camp Is A Great Family Opportunity

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Summer vacation time for teens and young adults can sometimes be a challenge for families. They have several options, like taking up a summer job to either save money for college or simply to have their own “mad money” for their smartphones, gas, movies, or other fun activities.
Some young people like to volunteer at any of a garden variety of nonprofits, helping the homeless or underprivileged children, but that usually isn’t the norm. At worst, a teen might waste his entire summer just bumming around playing video games, attached to his computers, tablets, or smartphones simply goofing off.
For those of you who may be financially blessed enough to send your own teens, grandchildren, or help sponsor other teens, I would recommend the 2017 Catholic Pro-Life Camp being organized by Vox Vitae in Southern California this summer. … Continue Reading

With Media Thumb On Scales Again . . . Anti-Trump Sales Pitch Still Produces Result Weighing Zero

June 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on With Media Thumb On Scales Again . . . Anti-Trump Sales Pitch Still Produces Result Weighing Zero


After the highest-spending race for a single U.S. House seat ever, more than $50 million, what was to result from outspent Republican Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District contest?
The symbolism weighed ten tons. Democrats and their media allies were desperate to prove that President Trump is despised by a nation aching to rebuke him, including when voting to fill congressional seats.
The outcome weighed in for them at zero ounces. They failed. Bitterness and back-biting.
As for a practical, not emotional, result, stay tuned.
Early and strong Trump supporter Laura Ingraham told her national radio audience the morning after the June 20 victory, “I’m so happy I can barely see straight.” Handel won by about four points.
The previous morning the conservative Ingraham predicted Handel would win, but by two points, and didn’t exactly seem to be exuding confidence, perhaps because of the media barrage. … Continue Reading

The Long Hot Summer Begins

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After Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, the Republican majority in Congress has the wind at its back. Republican Ralph Norman’s victory in South Carolina the same day makes it four out of four victories for the GOP in special elections this year to fill seats vacated by representatives appointed to senior jobs in the Trump administration.
But the Republicans also face a strong headwind — the spreading violence of the radical left, energized by months of goading and abetting from major Democrats and resulting in violence from Washington to Chicago to Berkeley, culminating in the attempted “baseball massacre” of pro-life Republicans by an ardent socialist and Bernie Sanders volunteer.
In congressional district offices across the country, leftist activists have harassed staffers, created havoc, and otherwise offered their fans in the media the opportunity to report on the “strong anti-Trump sentiment”; and now the radicals are being coordinated nationally. … Continue Reading

Bernie’s Comments On Christians… Weren’t Just Arrogant, They Were Unconstitutional

June 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Bernie’s Comments On Christians… Weren’t Just Arrogant, They Were Unconstitutional


(Editor’s Note: Jonathon Van Maren graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. LifeSiteNews published this commentary. All rights reserved.)

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While the fact that anti-Christian sentiment — and certainly contempt — underlies and animates the views of the progressive elites is no secret to anyone, rarely has there been an articulation of that bigotry as brazen as the meltdown of Sen. Bernie Sanders during the confirmation hearing of President Trump nominee Russell Vought.
Red-faced and shouting, Sanders demanded to know how exactly Vought could possibly believe what orthodox Christians have always believed — and then pronounced him unfit for office as the result of those beliefs.
Vought, in case you were wondering, was not being appointed to any position in which he might have rule over hapless atheists or adherents to more exotic religions, either. He was nominated for the rather boring position of deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Sanders, in a stunning display of stupidity and avarice, took that as an opportunity to interrogate him on commonly known tenets of Christianity and then berate him for them:
Sanders: Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other people. And that is in the piece that I referred to that you wrote for the publication called Resurgent. You wrote, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. … Continue Reading

Suicide Of The West

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One of the most discussed books in conservative intellectual circles in the mid-1960s was Suicide of the West by James Burnham, one of the editors of National Review at the time. Burnham’s thesis was that the moral relativism and one-world aspirations central to secular liberalism would result in a lack of national resolve that could threaten the survival of the Western democracies. I’d say the jury is still out.
B.J. of Ft. Myers, Fla., writes to offer an analogous warning to modern Americans. B.J. informs us that there was a time when he was “a dedicated Democrat. I was a teacher from 1958 to 1965. My whole family were God-believing, Church-going Democrats.” That party affiliation ended for him when “Democratic judges and leaders changed America from a we society to a me first society, by pushing religion, God, Church, morals, and family values out of government and public places in pursuit of their misguided notion of separation of church and state.”
This situation was made worse, B.J. continues, “as a result of the 1973 passing of Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion on demand. Since then, America has aborted 60 plus million babies. In due course, same-sex marriage, which cannot procreate children, was legalized, and homosexuality came roaring out of the closets and transgender laws were passed.” … Continue Reading

Liberal Nuns

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Like most Catholics who grew up in the middle years of the 20th century, I have a difficult time figuring out the endgame of the nuns in groups such as Network and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). (I am going to use the term “nun” in what follows as it is used colloquially, even though some may object that it applies only to women religious who live cloistered lives.)
The modern liberal nuns are a mystery to me, poles apart from the Dominican sisters who taught me in grade school. In fact, it seems to be a high priority of modern liberal nuns to make sure that we understand that new reality. … Continue Reading

The Sick Derangement Of Liberals

June 20, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Sick Derangement Of Liberals


(Editor’s Note: Rey Flores wrote this column before the June 14 shooting at the Congressional Baseball Game practice. See his online commentary posted that day at www.thewandererpress.com.)

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It seems to be that every day in America since Donald J. Trump became our 45th president, the radical left-wing maniacs have gone more and more berserk and they are now treading very dangerous waters.
If it’s not some failed has-been comic posing with a bloody mock severed head of President Trump, it’s a bunch of talentless actors in New York’s Central Park staging a modern version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — complete with the Caesar character represented by an actor who is made up to look like President Trump.
As most of you know how Caesar is stabbed to death at the end of this play, the Trump character is viciously attacked by other actors until he lies dead on the stage with his once-white dress shirt soaked in blood. … Continue Reading

Gunfire At Ballpark . . . Democrat Leaders’ Cowardice Helps Propel Nation Toward Breakdown

June 19, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Gunfire At Ballpark . . . Democrat Leaders’ Cowardice Helps Propel Nation Toward Breakdown


If more political leaders had stood up for basic moral beliefs, there probably would have been less of the growth of left-wing extremism that enabled hysteria culminating in the shooting attack on Republican members of Congress on a Virginia baseball field in mid-June.
However, with each step further left that the national Democratic Party took in recent decades, prominent figures like Catholics Cong. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tim Kaine. and Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined the march in the role of avid pro-abortionists, supporters of homosexual privilege, and advocates of a politicized “morality” that detested its opposition.
No accusation seemed too wild. Even the imaginary idea that Republican Donald Trump managed to conspire with Russia to steal the presidential election for himself last November — although Democrat Barack Obama was commander-in-chief — wasn’t confined to feverish bloggers but eagerly pushed on the front pages and live updates of nationally dominant media. … Continue Reading

University Of Mary’s President… Says We Need To Rediscover Contemplation

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MINNEAPOLIS — Asked by The Wanderer what advice he would give to someone planning to transform a Catholic college, Msgr. James Patrick Shea, president of the University of Mary, said “hiring for mission” is paramount.
“Find people who love the Lord and the faith,” he said, and then put them in “key positions.”
These key people can then build a campus culture that supports contemplation, said Msgr. Shea, who earned a licentiate in philosophy at Catholic University, and studied theology at the Gregorian and Lateran universities in Rome.
Monsignor was speaking at the Church of St. Helena here at the 21st Annual Benefit Banquet for The Catholic Servant, a locally based monthly newspaper. In his June 7 talk, he addressed “ora et labora [prayer and work] at a time of distraction.” Ora et labora is the well-known phrase of St. Benedict of Nursia (480-587) that summarizes his rule of monastic life. … Continue Reading

Hey Democrats: You Might Win More Elections If You’d Stop Killing Your Voters in the Womb

Democrats keep puzzling about why they are losing so many elections, but they do not seem to want to hear the answer that so many people are giving: abortion. Pro-life advocates — Republican, Democrat, independent and otherwise – have been…Continue Reading

Only Pope Francis can end the ‘apostasy’ his words have caused: Italian monsignor

ROME, Italy, June 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis could stem the “confusion and apostasy” now rampant in the Church among priests and bishops by “correcting” his own “ambiguous and erroneous words and acts,” said an Italian monsignor and former…Continue Reading

New Pontifical Academy of Life Appointee Supports Euthanasia by Starvation

An ethics study group for the Italian Jesuit magazine Aggiornamenti Sociali, headed by Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, a newly appointed member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a theologian of the Northern Italian Theological Faculty of Milan, has joined Italian…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood wants to have a center in Reading High School; you can help stop it

ACTION: Planned Parenthood does not belong in our schools. Contact the Reading School Board at this link. Planned Parenthood is anything but helpful for teenagers, with all the ways the abortion giant has corrupted and confused them through explicit sexual advice,…Continue Reading

Fireworks at U.S. Bishops’ meeting as Francis-appointed Cardinals oppose permanent religious liberty committee

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted 132 to 53 today to approve the establishment of a permanent Standing Committee for Religious Liberty. Five bishops abstained from voting. The USCCB formed the Ad Hoc…Continue Reading

What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic?

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2017 / 02:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Online pornography is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States, on par with cocaine and gambling. Once confined to the pages of a smuggled Playboy magazine, pornography…Continue Reading

Catholic community offers prayer, supplies for London fire victims

London, England, Jun 14, 2017 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Westminster offered their prayers and local parishes opened their doors to offer aid and supplies to those affected by a massive fire at an apartment complex…Continue Reading

Ohio tries again to ban abortions after heartbeat begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Tuesday, two Ohio representatives reintroduced legislation protecting babies with detectable heartbeats from abortion. Last year, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed the measure when it came to his desk. The human heart begins…Continue Reading

Abortion clinic loses fight to silence LifeSite, but plans emergency appeal

TORONTO, June 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSiteNews won a victory in court today by successfully opposing a publication ban on the identities of abortionists targeting a pro-life activist. But the legal battle continues as the Crown in Ontario has signalled…Continue Reading

Incredible Story . . . Winner of ‘Romania’s Got Talent’ is a 14-year-old girl without arms and femurs

June 6, 2017 (Family News) — When she first showed up in front of the cameras at the live show, with her serene sweet face, she looked as a much smaller child. She is a short person because her legs…Continue Reading

Bring Back Christendom

By now you may have come across the controversy spun up over the weekend when Rep. Clay Higgins, the new congressman from Louisiana’s 3rd District, sent an outraged reaction to the London Bridge jihadist attacks over Facebook. The bulk of…Continue Reading

The Organization Every Parent Needs to Know About

Did you know there’s an organization of pediatricians and other child health professionals whose policies likely support your values as Catholic parents and grandparents? The American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the American Academy of Pediatrics) actually…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

Today . . .

New documentary challenges the secrecy and denial surrounding abortion

“HUSH”, a film about abortion and women’s health, is a professional, persuasive piece of investigative journalism, fronted by Punam Kumar Gill, who manages to combine a dogged determination to break the silence surrounding abortion with a sensitivity borne out of her own personal experience of loss. Abortion advocates claim to be very keen on talking about abortion. They want women to shout out their abortions, to express pride and joy in a procedure they increasingly…Continue Reading

James Martin Blasts Bishop Thomas Paprocki

On June 12, 2017, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, issued a Decree “Regarding Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues.” The Decree reaffirmed Catholic teaching that a marital union is only possible “between one man and one woman.” The Decree included the following directives: No member of the clergy or representative of the Diocese should assist or participate in a same-sex marriage; No Church property should be used to host same-sex…Continue Reading

Why Cardinal Sarah terrifies his critics

A growing crowd wants Cardinal Robert Sarah’s head on a platter. Open a liberal Catholic periodical and you are likely to find a call for the dismissal of the Guinean cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship: “It’s past time for [Pope Francis] to replace Cardinal Sarah” (Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter); “New wine might be needed at the Congregation for Divine Worship” (Christopher Lamb, the Tablet); “Curia officials who refuse to get with…Continue Reading

Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not receive the sacrament of confirmation or be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by w

Trump’s Nationalism Is Consistent With Catholic Social Doctrine

Leading American bishops have complained about the “harshness” of Trump’s campaign rhetoric and called for an end to deportation of aliens until the “broken” system can be fixed. Yet, despite this opposition from the Church’s hierarchy, Trump won 52% of the Catholic vote (to Hillary’s 45%), a historic margin for a Republican. How to explain this contradiction? Real simple. The laity get it better than the bishops. Trump’s nationalism is fully consistent with Catholic social…Continue Reading


Restoring The Sacred… St. Thomas More And The Defense Of Truth

By JAMES MONTI As Catholics in America participate in the annual Fortnight for Freedom to pray for the protection of religious liberty, the example of St. Thomas More will again be invoked as in years past, with the liturgical commemoration of his martyrdom on June 22 coming only a day after the beginning of the…Continue Reading

St. Teresa Of Calcutta… Hope For A Beleaguered World

By DONALD DeMARCO “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing, direct murder by the mother herself. And we read in the Scripture, for God says very clearly: Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have curved…Continue Reading

Our Lady Of Fatima: The May Apparition

By FR. SEAN CONNOLLY (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on the one hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. Fr. Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.) + + + 1917 was a tumultuous year that would forever change the face of the world. The…Continue Reading

Atheist Christian Haters Win In Court

NEW YORK — Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented June 20 on a First Amendment case that dealt a blow to religious liberty. The full text follows: + + + For 75 years, Bayview Park, in a Pensacola, Fla., neighborhood, has been home to a large cross. The 1941 wooden cross, erected by a New…Continue Reading

A Long History Of Leftist Hatred

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed because two Capitol…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… The Tridentine Mass Grows In Appeal

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A recent appeal from a high-ranking enlisted member of the military for acceptance of exclusively Traditional priests, such as from the Fraternity of St. Peter, to serve as military chaplains was met with rejection. The subsequent headlines characterized the exchange as “Better No Chaplains Than Traditional Ones.” This reaction unfairly analyzes the practical effect of…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… The Ascension And Pentecost

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Those people who believe in the Lutheran myth of “sola Scriptura” have a big problem to solve. They cannot explain the fact that Jesus spent forty days with His apostles, teaching them, reminding them of what He had taught them before, and preparing them for their mission, but there is absolutely nothing written in the…Continue Reading

Acts Of The Penitent — Contrition

By DON FIER As we briefly surveyed the history of the sacrament of Penance last week, we saw that significant changes in its outward form took place over the course of the centuries. In her first years, the Church experienced remarkable growth despite facing great persecution — it was a time of many martyrs. “The early Christians,” explains Dr. Alan…Continue Reading

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Q. I have heard it said that homosexual behavior is one of the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. Is that true and, if so, what are the others? — T.S., Arizona. A. In Holy Scripture there are four sins in this category, so called because in each case the victims of these sins cried out to the…Continue Reading

Whoever Receives You Receives Me

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a Romans 6:3-4, 8-12 Matt. 10:37-42 In the readings today we hear about our own dignity as Christian persons and also about the way we, as Christian people, are to treat others. We look first at the point of our own dignity. In the second…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Peter To Rot

By CAROLE BRESLIN Papua New Guinea is an island nation about 175 miles north of Queensland, Australia. The capital, Rabaul, is on the eastern tip of a smaller New Guinea island that sits just east of the main island. It is an island with a dark history of witchcraft, cannibalism, and violence against women. Into this bleak place, the light…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the history of the Church saints have commonly lived at the same time and worked together for the Kingdom of God. Pope St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. John of Avila (of the Cross) and St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori and Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli. Blessed Gennaro was…Continue Reading