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Why Russia Resents Us

May 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Friday, April 29, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks.
Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes.
Vladimir Putin’s message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it.
On April 29, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced that 4,000 NATO troops, including two U.S. battalions, will be moved into Poland and the Baltic States, right on Russia’s border.
“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the border with a lot of troops,” says Work, who calls this “extraordinarily provocative behavior.”
But how are Russian troops deploying inside Russia “provocative,” while U.S. troops on Russia’s front porch are not? And before we ride this escalator up to a clash, we had best check our hole card.
Germany is to provide one of four battalions to be sent to the Baltic.
But a Bertelsmann Foundation poll last week found that only 31 percent of Germans favor sending their troops to resist a Russian move in the Baltic States or Poland, while 57 percent oppose it, though the NATO treaty requires it.
Last year, a Pew poll found majorities in Italy and France also oppose military action against Russia if she moves into Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, or Poland. If it comes to war in the Baltic, our European allies prefer that we Americans fight it. … Continue Reading

Defending A “Pro-Life” City… Human Life International Visits The Philippines

May 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES

“There is an ideological colonization we have to be careful of that tries to destroy the family. Just as our peoples were able to say no to the period of colonization, as families we have to be very wise and very strong with fortitude to say no to these initiatives of colonization that could destroy the family” — Pope Francis.

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The most prominent feature you see when flying into the southern Luzon city of Legazpi is the most perfectly symmetrical mountain in the world — the 8,081-foot-high Mayon volcano. Today it was showing off by emitting a thick trail of steam from its summit. As we stepped into the simmering heat of the city’s small airport, it was difficult to keep our eyes off it.
Human Life International’s missionaries have visited the Philippines more than 50 times, making it our most-visited Asian nation. Fr. Shenan Boquet, our Human Life International president, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, our regional coordinator for Asia and Oceania, and I would spend a week in the cities of Sorsogon and Legazpi, sounding the alarm about the West’s “contraceptive imperialism.”
Our primary mission in early April was to show support for the mayor of Sorsogon City, Sally A. Lee. Mayor Lee was at one time a supporter of the reproductive health program of the government of the Philippines. She explained that she was deceived by the soothing and deceptive language of the population suppression organizations, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which was active in her city through its Filipino affiliate.
However, her attendance at HLI’s 19th Asia-Pacific Congress in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in November 2013 changed both her attitude and her life. She returned to Sorsogon determined to declare her city to be “pro-life,” but Dr. Ligaya convinced her to wait until she and her people were properly trained in the issues. Dr. Ligaya subsequently made several journeys to Sorsogon City, training more than 1,000 people, and Mayor Lee published her Executive Order #3 in February 2015. … Continue Reading

Robert E. Lee: The Denigration Of A Worthy Man

May 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY

Hamilton Reed Armstrong is one of the Western world’s foremost sculptors, with remarkable pieces that are to be found in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and throughout North America. Not to mention Zambia. A major example of his work graces a town square in Malaga. The sculptor of heads of state and other notables, Armstrong has most recently completed a bust of Robert E. Lee.
Apart from an online photograph, you are not likely to see Lee’s image where you might expect to find it, that is, at the Richmond Art Gallery, the President’s Office at Washington and Lee University, or even at the Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington, Va.
Political correctness has taken its toll. Jefferson, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, and others are denigrated because, like others of their and previous generations, they owned slaves or were associated in some way with slavery. Whether they condoned slavery or not does not make a difference to the revisionists, who like ISIS want to destroy the past for political gain.
In addition to Jefferson and Washington, virtually all the great leaders of the Southern states were owners of slaves, including Madison, Monroe, Rutledge, Randolph, and all who served in the creation of the American republic in the years of the Revolutionary War.
In the case of Robert E. Lee, never mind that that he did not approve of slavery and was against resolving political conflict on the battlefield. Lee was born at Stratford, Va., in 1807, the son of Harry Lee and Anne Hill Carter. Both sides of the family were part of the state’s ruling class that determined Virginia’s colonial destiny and contributed leadership to the American Revolution. … Continue Reading

Pro-Life Rallies Around Nation . . . Protest PP Tax Funding, Offer Support To Videos Maker

May 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — While ex-Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s new book about former abortion workers is titled The Walls Are Talking, the sidewalk was talking outside the local Planned Parenthood headquarters here.
Messages in pastel chalk by youngsters on the city sidewalk were part of the pro-life observance on April 23, while other pro-lifers gathered at locations around the United States to protest tax funding for PP and to express support for David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress, targeted in bogus legal attacks for making videos revealing PP’s sale of aborted babies’ body parts.
“Your baby wants to LIVE!” said one of the chalked messages here. “All babies want to get borned!” said another. “Love wins when life wins!”
LifeNews.com reported on April 25, “Organizers reported the #ProtestPP rallies took place in more than 214 cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.”
Phoenix’s North 15th Street, directly in front of the PP headquarters, was closed for nearly a block by police. Pro-lifers set up a mobile stage, chairs shaded under tenting, literature tables including fetal models, and coffee dispensers in the street, while a parked pro-life ultrasound bus faced the PP office.
This had the flavor of a street fair as about 150 people gathered.
Event organizer Vanessa Tedesco told The Wanderer: “What enabled pro-lifers to have this protest is our First Amendment right to free speech. Our permit through the City of Phoenix enabled us to have the streets closed off and have police permanently stationed at our gathering. … Continue Reading

Pro-Life Activist Says . . . CMP Videos’ Facts “Will Break” Abortion Clinics

May 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Undercover videos by the California-based Center for Medical Progress have put abortionists “definitely on the defense. They’re playing defense because the information . . . released will break them. It’s just a matter of time,” one of the CMP’s founding board members said in an interview here.
Troy Newman, who also is president of the Kansas-based Operation Rescue national pro-life organization, told The Wanderer that the video evidence “has had the abortion industry on the ropes so badly that they’ll stop at nothing to keep the Holy Grail of the left, which is abortion.”
CMP is under legal assault from Sacramento to San Francisco to Houston because abortionists “have to sully our name and lie about us, an attempt to discredit us, in an attempt to throw out the damning, felonious activity” exposed in the videos, Newman said.
Newman spoke with this newspaper before highlighting an evening fund-raiser here for Arizona Right to Life on April 21.
He told The Wanderer that a pro-abortion California newspaper columnist suggested to him that it’s unrealistic to think CMP is innocent, despite the legal assaults against it — from a Texas district attorney to a California federal judge and state attorney general.
However, Newman said, “I would say the ideology of the left, as evidenced by the last seven years of the Obama administration, will stop at nothing, will break any law or overstep any constitutional constraints, rewrite any regulations to accomplish their agenda, and the Number One priority is the radical proliferation of abortion.” … Continue Reading

Chris Matthews Versus The Donald

May 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

There is no question that Chris Matthews was acting as a partisan and a cheap-shot artist during his MSNBC interview with Donald Trump a few weeks ago. He was looking for a “gotcha” moment to serve the Democratic Party candidate in the upcoming presidential election. He got what he wanted: It was prudent for Trump to walk back his initial comment about punishing women who procure abortions. Hillary and Bernie Sanders were jumping all over it. In fact, they are still are.
Just to refresh your memory about the exchange. Matthews, with fiery eyes and clenched jaw, pressed Trump repeatedly about whether women who have abortions would be punished if Trump gets his way and abortion is made illegal. Trump fidgeted and sought to deflect the question, but Matthews would not let go, the way debaters behave when they know they have their opponent on the ropes.
When Matthews put him in the corner on whether he thinks women who violate laws against abortion should face legal consequences, Trump responded, “There has to be some form of punishment, yeah.” The media were aghast.
Which resulted in the walk-back the next day. Here it is: “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman….The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.” … Continue Reading

The Wanderer Looks Back . . . January 23, 1969.

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 Local Source      January 23, 1969

As new Feature on our Online Daily we will highlight an article or column that was featured in The Wanderer in years past. Most of these articles provide insight or relevancy to the same issues of today. Please feel free to comment on these articles. The discussion box is open.

Revolutionists Then And Now

By THE MOST REV. WILLIAM
L. ADRIAN, D. D., Bishop of Nashville. Tenn.

The Wanderer Newspaper January 23, 1969
The Church from its very beginning has had to fight for its very life against external attacks, yes, — but more against the traitorous attacks within the Church. When one looks back over the history of the Church, one must become convinced, that if the Catholic Church were not of Divine institution — founded by Christ on the Rock, it could never have survived these assaults. You know of these external persecutions in which millions of souls have suffered cruelly, from injustice, from dishonor, from loss of property and of life. But always the Church ‘ has suffered a greater loss of … Continue Reading

Trump Slips Up Again . . . Lavatory Liberalism The Next Step To Steam Americans

April 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Like many other wars, this one started with bright flags flying, great hopes for victory and for the defeat of presumptuous enemies. But, like those wars, combat meant the banners started drooping and assured strategies became hopeless assumptions.
Seventeen Republican presidential hopefuls soon were sifted down to two, plus one more who refused to admit he had hardly any ammunition. They were Gen. Donald Trump, of New York, Gen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Cpl. John Kasich, of Ohio.
The ability to read battlefield maps in the old days — or use satellite images and drones’ information today — can be the key to conquest.
Leading GOP contender Trump’s winning maneuvers seemed to show he can plot a superior path through the battlefield. But a couple of recent detours may warn that he’ll leave conservatives in the ditch, if not himself. Is he worth following anymore?
His winning sweep through generally more liberally inclined northeastern states in their April 26 primary contests helped keep his momentum maintained. But what if he ends up undercutting himself elsewhere with voters who previously believed he basically had become their kind of traditionalist conservative, like prominent endorsers Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Palin?
Trump’s clumsy comments, plural, about the pro-life issue during this campaign might have been excused as unfamiliarity with the language by a relatively recent convert. If he could be counted on as president to appoint experienced pro-lifers to key positions, it wouldn’t matter so much how fluent he’d been personally. … Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina . . . Gives Women A Real Option For The White House

April 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By REY FLORES

The 2016 presidential race has just gotten much more interesting. Ted Cruz has announced that he has selected Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate. What does this mean for the rest of the candidates remaining and what does this mean for the American citizenry?
What this means in my opinion is that the Trump campaign is now faced with either also picking a female vice-presidential running mate, or risking the loss of the women’s vote among conservatives.
Trump’s propensity for having offended so many women in his “bull in the china shop”-style campaign since 2015 has only hurt him, starting with his on-again, off-again feud with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. The two have since made up enough to have signed off on a Fox prime-time Barbara Walters-style broadcast, in which Kelly interviews Trump. This will serve to give them both unlimited publicity.
With Cruz having chosen Fiorina as his running mate, it goes to show how far ahead of the curve he is when it comes to intelligent political strategy. Women voters who want a woman in the White House, but are repelled by the very troubling Hillary Clinton, now have Fiorina as a far superior choice.
I don’t care what kind of garbage keeps getting drudged up about Fiorina’s failures as CEO at Hewlett-Packard years ago. Haven’t we all failed at one job or another during our working years or at some time in our professional careers?
While Hillary Clinton has demonstrated time after time that she is untrustworthy, arrogant, and self-aggrandizing, Fiorina brings a steely edge of no-nonsense, all-business, “don’t mess with me” attitude that I like. … Continue Reading

Benedict On The Loss Of Missionary Zeal

April 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

On March 17 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI was interviewed by Fr. Jacques Servais, SJ. The interview, originally published in German, is now available in the English language courtesy of CNA/EWTN. It is a remarkable document that can be read as Benedict defending the Catholic faith against certain theological trends.
Early in the interview Benedict speaks of the nature of faith. “Faith is not the product of reflection nor is it an attempt to penetrate the depths of my own being….In order for me to believe, I need witnesses who have met God and who have made him accessible to me.”
“The faith community,” he says, “does not create itself. It is not an assembly of men who have some ideas in common and who decide to work for the spread of those ideas. . . . A Church built in this way cannot be for me the guarantor of eternal life nor require decisions that make me suffer and are contrary to my desires.”
The Church did not produce herself. “She was created by God and she is continually formed by Him. This finds expression in the sacraments and above all in baptism. I enter the Church not through a bureaucratic act but through the sacrament [of baptism].”
Sadly, Benedict finds in some quarters the notion that God is obliged to justify Himself to mankind given the horrible things in the world for which He is ultimately held to be responsible as Creator. Developing this view some have taken the heretical position that God did not suffer for the sins of man, but to cancel the guilt of God.
Addressing another distortion of the faith, Benedict identifies one that he takes to be a sign of the times, namely, the idea of the mercy of God as central to the Church’s dogmatic teaching. He finds this expressed in the notion, “Only with mercy do evil and violence end. It is mercy that moves us toward God, while justice frightens us before Him.” Although Benedict does not explicitly say so, one may find in this a version of a doctrine advanced by Luther and the Reformers, namely, “justification by faith in the mercy of God.” … Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Notre Dame is Wrong

Notre Dame’s Great Scandal: Honoring Vice President Biden By Thomas McKenna, President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family: The University of Notre Dame has announced that they intend to confer the Laetare Medal, an honor given to Catholics “in…Continue Reading

DoJ to North Carolina: You Have Until Monday to Reverse Bathroom Bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory received a letter from the Department of Justice that gives him until Monday to reverse his state’s controversial bathroom bill, reports The Hill. The DoJ said the law is in violation of the federal Civil…Continue Reading

Lavender Graduations Harmful to Students at Catholic Colleges

At least eight Catholic colleges across the country are hosting “lavender graduations” this spring — many of them as part of an annual campus tradition — to celebrate and honor students with same-sex attraction (SSA) or who identify as lesbian,…Continue Reading

Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

April 28, 2016, at 9:03 AM  |  By Dan Guernsey  |  Opinion How do Catholic schools best serve students who struggle with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria (popularly called “transgendered”)? What should a school’s policies prescribe in order to prevent…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Group Lists Every Company Backing Planned Parenthood

A pro-life organization that has spent decades working to try to get corporations to stop giving financial donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business has released a revised listing of companies backing the abortion giant. Life Decisions International has released…Continue Reading

Trump completes 5-state sweep; Clinton beats Sanders in most Super Tuesday III contests

Donald Trump completed a five-state sweep in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries, strengthening his shot at avoiding a contested convention – while Hillary Clinton scored convincing victories but was denied the same bragging rights of a primary sweep by a surprise…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Caught Again

Kentucky is suing a new Planned Parenthood clinic after Governor Matt Bevin found out that they have illegally killed 23 unborn children. The clinic knowingly operated without a license for nearly two months. The request for a license was later…Continue Reading

Top Vatican cardinals aren’t commenting on pope’s exhortation

April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two of the Vatican’s most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Church’s tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter…Continue Reading

Indiana diocese: Catholic teachers must uphold Church’s moral teachings

FORT WAYNE, Indiana, April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Another Catholic bishop has taken steps to reinforce Catholic identity in the schools of his diocese. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades promulgated “The Mission of Our Catholic Schools and the Importance…Continue Reading

Abby Johnson to Georgetown: Pray for Cecile Richards because no one is beyond conversion

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – No one is beyond conversion, former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson said at Georgetown University Wednesday, just hours after Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards delivered a lecture to a packed room at…Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Pro-life NFL star Matt Birk reveals real reason he skipped meeting with Obama

April 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — When football star Matt Birk decided to quietly decline an invitation to meet President Obama after winning the 2013 Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, he said at the time that he was acting on…Continue Reading

Head of US Bishops’ news agency resigns, blames ‘far right blogosphere’

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—The editor-in-chief and director of the U.S. bishops’ official news service resigned Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference general secretary. Tony Spence, who had worked for Catholic News Service since 2004, had…Continue Reading

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This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .  

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

Today . . .

Pope Francis: ‘God loves each and every one of us’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says God loves each and every one of us, He is totally extraneous to the “throwaway culture” of today and like the good shepherd he does not want a single person to be lost. Speaking on Wednesday at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy reflecting on the parable of the Good Shepherd. He said that the Lord uses the image of the…Continue Reading

Cardinal Müller: Communion Remains Off-Limits for “Remarried”

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News is now spreading about Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s varied remarks on marriage, as well as on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia itself, during his trip to Spain at the beginning of May. As the Spanish website Infocatolica.com now reports, Cardinal Müller spoke at a presentation of his new book on hope at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain, where he affirmed and confirmed the traditional view of marriage and the “impossibility” of changing that clear…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Embrace ‘Demonic’ Gender Ideology in Housing Policies

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The College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit, Catholic institution in Worcester, Mass., will implement a new housing policy in the 2016-2017 academic year that embraces gender ideology, which Pope Francis has called “demonic” and a threat to the family. The updated housing policy “will allow students of different sexes to room together based on gender identity,” according to an April 29, 2016, report in the campus newspaper The Crusader. At the University of San…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood CEO: My Proudest Moment is Forcing Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards seems to jump at every chance she gets to do an interview with a journalist who will flatter her abortion work. In her latest interview, Richards revealed her proudest moment on the job – forcing Christians to pay for contraception, including methods that many say can cause early abortions. She told the Texas Observer: TO: And your proudest moment at Planned Parenthood? CR: Definitely the day President Obama called to…Continue Reading

Pope’s Morning Homily: No to Double Lives!

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You are in communion with God, walk in the light. Do works of light, don’t say one thing and do another •April 29, 2016•ZENIT Staff• Pope Francis today exhorted Christians to avoid the “double life” of saying one thing and doing another. This was a main message of his homily this morning in the Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. “If you say you are in communion with the Lord, then walk in the light.…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Look Beyond Radical Secularism

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Manent, Pierre. Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge. Translated from the French by Ralph Hancock and Daniel J. Mahoney. South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016. 115 pp. To say this is a timely book is almost an understatement. In its opening pages,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How To Fight Dissent Continued”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org). +…Continue Reading

Dishonoring General Jackson

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In Samuel Eliot Morison’s The Oxford History of the American People, there is a single sentence about Harriet Tubman. “An illiterate field hand, [Tubman] not only escaped herself but returned repeatedly and guided more than 300 slaves to freedom.” Morison, however, devotes most of five chapters to the greatest soldier-statesman in…Continue Reading

Euthanasia In Canada… Liberty Without Freedom

By DONALD DeMARCO On April 14, 2016, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-14 legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The long-awaited draft is intended to amend two Criminal Code sections that formerly prohibited euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Supreme Court of Canada, in a 9-0 decision on February of 2015, declared these sections to be unconstitutional.…Continue Reading

And A Child Shall Lead Them

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK College students are not children, yet the line from Isaiah 11:6, about how “a little child shall lead them,” may fit the role they will play is correcting the disorder at our Catholic universities. Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but one cannot help but wonder if the day will come when…Continue Reading

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Faith And Courage

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR C) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the Gospel reading today we hear about our Lord breathing on His disciples so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. This, of course, is a reference back to the creation when God breathed the breath of life into the…Continue Reading

“Love One Another”. . . But Logic Cannot Be Separated From God

By FR. JOHN DE CELLES (Editor’s Note: Fr. John De Celles, pastor of St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va., gave the following homily on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016, at his parish. (Fr. De Celles based his homily on the readings for that day, including the Gospel which has the passage, “Love one another as…Continue Reading

Race And Religion . . . Commitment To Religion Improves Lives

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. (We are running this commentary in the space usually reserved for Fr. Kevin M. Cusick’s column, as Fr. Cusick appears on…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Inquisition: Answering Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 52 First objection: The Inquisition was intolerant! Reply: Before we dissect the Inquisition, we first have to define the terms we use, to ensure that we share the same meaning. What is “tolerance”? In today’s liberal parlance, it means something like accepting other opinions, views, and preferences, so that we are not seen to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Anna Rosa Gattorno

By CAROLE BRESLIN Near the western border of Italy lies Monaco. Driving northeast along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea for about 110 miles, the traveler arrives in the coastal city of Genoa, home of a truly remarkable woman who served the Kingdom of God as a wife, mother, widow, layperson, and religious. Although she suffered from hidden wounds, she…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Hugh The Great

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the 11th century, over 150 years before St. Francis of Assisi received the order from our Lord to “repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin,” the secular rulers sought to control the appointment of bishops, abbots, and even the Pope. During this period of simony and conflict, St. Hugh the Great entered…Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading