Friday 22nd May 2015

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Everyone God Creates Is Very Good

May 21, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN PAUL LAVALLEE

(Editor’s Note: John Paul Lavallee, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda, Md., wrote this pro-life essay that has won local and national awards. Wanderer columnist Fr. Kevin M. Cusick met this young man at a recent Maryland Right to Life banquet. Fr. Cusick points out that John Paul, who has autism, dictated his essay because he cannot read or write. Someone read the essay out loud for him at the banquet.
(The Lavallee family granted The Wanderer permission to reprint John Paul’s essay. All rights reserved.)

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I have many friends with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Some of them would have been aborted if their parents did not respect their lives. If this happened, there would be fewer people on the planet. Many people say this is good, because large populations are too hard on the Earth’s resources, but I believe that the Earth can sustain every person God creates. People with autism would not get a chance to write a book about their experience, or be a genius, or be a good friend if they were aborted.
Many people with Down syndrome, 9 out of 10, are aborted every year because of a genetic test that can predict this condition before birth. This is sad and evil because these babies cannot defend themselves. All of us are being deprived of a chance to love and serve most children with Down syndrome, and to receive the love and kindness they grow up to give. … Continue Reading

The Withering Of The Episcopal Church

May 20, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I recently came across an article on the Huffington Post website entitled “The Withering of a Church Between Pastors” by Mark Osler, a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Osler describes how “my Episcopal church is fading before my eyes. Several months ago (because I usually arrive later for services), I would find myself wedged into the last few seats in the back of the church. Then a few months ago, I began to find plenty of seats, even for a latecomer. Now, there is row after row of empty pews as I walk in. The service is short, in large part because the offering is taken and communion distributed in record time. My church is emptying out.”
Osler’s church is “in the interim between the unexpected departure of our rector and the hiring of a new one.” But Osler is not optimistic that his parish will be revived once the new pastor arrives. He sees its problems as symptomatic of the Episcopal Church as a whole: “In a pew several ahead of me and on the other side of the aisle, a child drops a small green ball. She turns to watch from her father’s arms as it rolls, unimpeded by feet and bags, slowly toward the back of the church. She reaches out but is helpless. Soon, it is out of sight and gone, and in her eyes I see a familiar sad resignation.”
Osler’s pessimism seems well-founded. A 2013 article in The Christian Post by Thom S. Rainer listed the membership of what he called the “top 15” Protestant denominations in the country. … Continue Reading

Arizona Disdain For McCain . . . Rand Paul Talk Brings A Deeper Message To Phoenix Area

May 19, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

TEMPE, Ariz. — When national political candidates make speaking stops around the country, an additional message also can get delivered with heavy local implications.
Just before Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul stepped to the microphones for a campus appearance at Arizona State University in this Phoenix suburb, Arizona GOP State Sen. Kelli Ward presented the libertarian-inclined Paul to the cheering crowd after asking, “Who is here because they want to fight for freedom?” The audience cheered at Ward’s question.
Throughout the United States, Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky, is well-known for strong opposition to the overweening type of national-security government favored by none other than Arizona’s senior U.S. senator, John McCain.
Since he became a national figure, freshman Sen. Paul and long-serving McCain have tangled over their distinctly different views on the issue. Shortly before Paul’s talk here, the two U.S. senators again took verbal shots at each other over the best approach to national security.
Although unknown nationally, Ward, a conservative state senator, has said she’s considering running against political Goliath McCain in the 2016 GOP Senate primary here. She placed herself squarely against the Arizona establishment by stepping to the microphones before a crowd of more than 400 people including many young faces at the ASU student fitness center. … Continue Reading

Crossing The Line On Commencement Speakers

May 18, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

The Cardinal Newman Society continues to provide important information about what is taking place at Catholic colleges these days. The organization’s April 22 press release provided a troubling list of this year’s commencement speakers and honorees at eight Catholic colleges. It should be kept in mind that in 2004 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document, Catholics in Political Life, requiring Catholic institutions to withhold honors and platforms for opponents of Catholic teaching. The eight colleges listed by the Newman Society are not doing that. Let’s go through the list:
The College of Our Lady of the Elms (Elms College) in Chicopee, Mass., will host Cong. John Lewis of Georgia, who has “earned 100 percent ratings with the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America in 2013 and 2014. Lewis voted against banning partial-birth abortions, barring minors from crossing state lines to procure abortions, and requiring minors to involve responsible adults before having an abortion.”
Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., “will award an honorary doctorate of humane letters and host Lieutenant Governor of the state of New York and former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as commencement speaker.” Hochul has publicly declared her support for abortion and has gained the full endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. … Continue Reading

Losing Our Religion

May 17, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

“The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture, and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, released Tuesday [May 12]” — USA Today.

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Are we really losing our religion or is this the latest in a volley of attacks on Christianity by the mainstream media?
I find studies like these, especially the ones about Christianity, unfounded for a number of reasons. The main reason is that many secular institutions conduct surveys with random test subjects that oftentimes represent an already indoctrinated and dumbed-down sector of society.
If I were to be dropped off either from a time machine from 60 years ago or from a spaceship from another planet into any random Catholic Church on any given Sunday, I’d probably have to agree that the Pew study is correct.
However, if I were to have been dropped off at any Traditional Latin Mass parish, I would conclude that my experience there debunks Pew’s study.
How dare anyone say our faith is dying? It’s easy for researchers to interview and survey subjects who have been already deliberately malformed in the faith for generations and ask them if they still attend services, let alone anything real about the Catholic faith. … Continue Reading

It’s Time To Speak Up . . . The Silence Of The Synod On Life And Family Issues Was Deafening

May 16, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN SMEATON

(Editor’s Note: John Smeaton has worked in the pro-life movement for 41 years, and currently serves as president of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children [SPUC], the world’s oldest pro-life organization. He delivered a longer version of this article at the second annual Rome Life Forum on Saturday, May 9.
(LifeSiteNews provided this text. All rights reserved.)

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When the pro-life movement came into existence almost 50 years ago it was in response to the legalization, and rapid spread, of abortion around the world. Our task was to secure legal protection for unborn children.
However, in recent decades we have witnessed the culture of death expand into new areas of human life: including, for example, the most vulnerable unborn children of all — newly conceived human embryos — who are more and more threatened by the giant anti-life in vitro fertilization industry, just as newly conceived human embryos have been threatened for many decades by the pharmaceutical industry and by so-called “contraceptive” drugs and devices, which also work by stopping newly conceived embryos from implanting in the womb.
There’s nothing left out there, except the family, based on the marriage between a man and a woman, to pick up the billions of broken babies, the billions of broken lives, and start again. … Continue Reading

Republican Leadership . . . More Eager To Help Obama’s Agenda Than Pro-Lifers’ Rights

May 15, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Like the legislative process in the nation’s capital, navigating Washington, D.C.’s, complex street system can be confusing to newcomers. It helps to have a traffic cop to show the way.
However, there’s a problem when Officer Barack Obama at his whim declares streets to be one-way, closed down, or full-throttle through a school zone, and national lawmakers are perfectly willing to help him flout the rules.
The least the lawmakers could do is demand that lawless Obama stay within the marked lanes sometimes. But why bother when the White House and the Republicans’ congressional majority appear to share the same big-items agenda?
In mid-May, Republicans on Capitol Hill were fighting to help untrustworthy Obama pass his controversial Asia-Pacific “free trade” program contrived in utter secrecy.
Earlier in the year, the GOP handed him key victories in funding his illegal “executive amnesty” and confirming to office his new attorney general, Loretta Lynch, after she openly vowed to support Obama’s lawless actions. … Continue Reading

Is A UK Crackup Ahead?

May 14, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

David Cameron is the most successful Tory Party leader since Margaret Thatcher.
Yet history may also record that his success led to the crackup of his country, and Great Britain’s secession from the European Union.
How did Cameron’s Tories capture their majority?
First, they compiled a strong record to run on.
More critically, they attacked the Labor Party of Ed Miliband as too far left to govern, and warned that a Labor government would be hostage to a secessionist Scottish National Party, without whose votes Miliband could never reach a majority in Parliament.
Labor could not shake off the charge, because it was true.
The attack on the SNP as a subversive party secretly allied with Labor had an ancillary benefit for the Tories. It helped produce a SNP sweep of all but three of Scotland’s 59 seats. The Labor Party was virtually wiped out in Scotland, its northern bastion.
How Labor recovers from this amputation is hard to see. … Continue Reading

The Powerless Silent Majority

May 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I first heard the term “silent majority” used to describe the coalition of Americans with traditional values that was mobilized to elect Richard Nixon back in the late 1960s. It was a concept that I always thought fit well with Willmoore Kendall’s understanding of the “deliberate sense of the community,” the broad electoral consensus that would prevail over the long run in the American political system. It is what made the United States an exceptional country, in Kendall’s eyes.
I am a great admirer of Kendall’s work. But I have a question: Why isn’t the consensus he described able to exert itself any longer on the great issues of the day? The polls tell us that an overwhelming majority of Americans want illegal immigration stopped and school prayer permitted. Also that a substantial majority wants abortion on demand made illegal and — until very recently — marriage to be defined as the union of one man and one woman. Yet it seems to make no difference.
On the other hand, policies with little public backing are instituted by government agencies, without any attempt to form a consensus. The proposed ordinance in San Francisco to ban smokeless tobacco use by baseball players — snuff and chewing tobacco — at athletic venues is a perhaps trivial but instructive example. Where is the groundswell for that idea? … Continue Reading

Bishop Sirba Of Duluth . . . Outlines “Throwaway Culture” And How To Answer It

May 12, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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By PEGGY MOEN

MINNEAPOLIS — Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Minn., addressed about 250 pro-lifers at St. Helena’s here on “The Gospel of Life in a Throwaway Culture,” borrowing Pope Francis’ theme. The occasion was the parish’s 30th “Evening Affirming Human Life and the Family.”
“What can we do?” Bishop Sirba asked his listeners — the bulk of whom were decades-long pro-life veterans — to answer the throwaway culture, which sees the elderly, the unborn, and others as disposable. “Where do we find ourselves today?” in our defense of human life.
Along with his call to “explore the joy of the Gospel of Life,” the bishop focused on a new manifestation of the throwaway culture: the “commercial surrogacy industry.”
“Surrogacy” means a couple who, unable to have a biological child of their own, hire a woman to carry and deliver a baby for them. After the birth, the couple then take the baby. … 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 . . .

Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay…Continue Reading

The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in…Continue Reading

‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop

According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand. The…Continue Reading

Africa’s experience of family life must be heard at synod, Pope tells Togo’s bishops

Pope Francis received Togo’s bishops in audience on May 11 as part of their quinquennial ad limina visit to Rome. The West African nation of 6.8 million is 20% Muslim, 15% Protestant, and 14% Catholic, with approximately half of the…Continue Reading

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

By the time the environment encyclical of Pope Francis is released, it will be anti-climactic. Not anti-climate change to be sure, as the Holy See is certainly enthusiastic about the issue. Actually, it is against climate change, but enthusiastic about…Continue Reading

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape.”

The Pew Research Center just released its latest study on “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” The subtitle tells the story: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” For our purposes, I want to focus…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal sees no change in family teachings at synod

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A senior Vatican cardinal predicted Saturday that there will be no change in the Catholic Church‘s practice and teaching about marriage, divorce and the reception of Communion at an upcoming meeting of bishops on family issues. Cardinal…Continue Reading

Synod Leader: Don’t Expect Changes in Catholic Church Policy

Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, who is playing a key role in the Catholic Church’s upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, said there will be no changes in church policy coming as a result of the summit. There has been…Continue Reading

Germany’s bishops vote to allow Church employees to publicly defy Catholic teaching

WURZBURG, Germany, May 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — On April 27 in Würzburg, the German bishops approved with more than a two-thirds majority a reform of the Catholic Church’s Labor Law in Germany, allowing some Church employees to publicly defy Church…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cupich Getting Comfortable With Pro-Aborts On Immigration Reform

True to his claim that immigration reform is “God’s agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway.  On Sunday, the Archbishop joined Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Il), a…Continue Reading

Pope’s doctrine chief under attack as he takes strong stand for marriage and family

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ROME, May 1, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Francis’ top advisor on Catholic doctrine is coming under attack as he continues to defend the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality amid a campaign by a “progressive” faction of prelates. On…Continue Reading

Obama Admin. Denies Visa to Nun Pleading For Persecuted Iraqi Christians – Will Media Cover?

The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea spotlighted the plight of a Catholic sister, who was denied entry to the U.S. by the Obama administration, in a Thursday item for National Review. She noted how “every member of an Iraqi delegation of…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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Pope’s appeal for World Day of Prayer for Church in China

(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayer for Catholics in China.   The Holy Father’s appeal comes ahead of Sunday’s feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, celebrated throughout the world on May 24. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, whose feast day is marked with special devotions and pilgrimages, especially to the National Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In…Continue Reading

General Audience: Parents’ Vocation To Educate Children

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(Vatican Radio) In his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis focused on the role of parents in the education of their children, which he called “an essential characteristic” of the family. The Holy Father noted the many difficulties facing parents today, especially those who find themselves in difficult situations. He spoke especially about the difficulties of separated couples, calling on them to “never, never, never take the children hostage!” He spoke out…Continue Reading

Pope to Mideast nuns: pray for peace, persecuted

(Vatican Radio) Saying he was giving them a “mission,”  Pope Francis has asked religious sisters from Bethlehem and the Middle East to pray for peace in the region and for two new Palestinian saints. 19th century Sister Miriam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy and Sister Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas were canonized in a big outdoor Mass presided by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square on Sunday. Many of the Carmelite and Rosary sisters who had attended the canonization had…Continue Reading

Pope: Christians must be witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis canonized four women religious on Sunday, all 19th century nuns who worked in education. During Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis canonized four women religious: Marie-Alphonsine and Mary of Jesus Crucified from the territory that made up historical Palestine; Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve of France; and Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception from Italy. In his homily for the Mass, the Holy Father focused on the first reading,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Aren’t Homosexuals Born That Way?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + The most powerful weapon in the homosexual special rights arsenal is the victim status. A close second is the allegation that homosexuals are “born that way.” If scientists can show that homosexuality…Continue Reading

The Passing Of The Word “God”

By DONALD DeMARCO The Word of God will never pass away. But the word “God” continues to pass into oblivion. In some quarters the word is said to be discriminatory and offensive. Therefore, it must be removed. Atheists can be very touchy these days. Take the case of Alain Simoneau of Saguenay, Quebec. This nonbeliever…Continue Reading

Vietnam Today . . . Forty Years After The Fall Of Saigon

By LEE NGUYEN HO CHI MINH CITY (AsiaNews) — Forty years after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Communist Party marked its anniversary by the largest ever military parade in the South. The parade commemorated the day when Communist troops from the North captured the city and ended the Vietnam War and…Continue Reading

Former Soviet Spy . . . We Created Liberation Theology

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a Communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from Communism in the 1970s,…Continue Reading

British Pollsters Failed In The Increasingly Difficult Struggle To Get It Right

By MICHAEL BARONE (Editor’s Note: Michael Barone is senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, where this article first appeared. He is also a coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics. Creators Syndicate distributed this column. All rights reserved.) + + + “The world may have a polling problem.” That’s the headline on a blogpost…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop…Continue Reading

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Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Truths Beyond Comprehension

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, we hear Moses addressing the people of Israel after their Exodus from Egypt and after they had spent much time in the desert. Moses marveled, and rightly so, that God had entered into human…Continue Reading

Pope To The Bishops Of Mozambique . . . “The Paschal Mystery Is The Beating Heart Of The Mission Of The Church”

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Pope Francis on May 9 received the bishops of Mozambique who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. + + + Dear brothers in the episcopate! You are welcome ad limina Apostolorum, the purpose of the visit undertaken by you these days, so that with your dioceses in your heart, you also celebrate and strengthen…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Rules Without Relationships Foster Rebellion

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I write this week’s column from Lourdes, France, where I have joined a pilgrimage of 200 wounded warriors, volunteers, family members, military veterans, and chaplains from the United States. Most of us are here through the gift of the Knights of Columbus which has underwritten this magnificent opportunity for prayer, evangelization, fellowship, and renewal of…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course… How Do We Get To Know The Truth?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that our minds can apprehend the truth by our own personal experience. Now let us see the three other ways: By simply reasoning. In our days of constant Internet communication, texting, and less personal contact among people, sometimes reasoning is an ability in short supply. But it…Continue Reading

The Church — People of God

By DON FIER The Church, as we saw last week, can rightly be called “the universal sacrament of salvation” because “she is the sign and instrument both of the reconciliation and communion of all of humanity with God and of the unity of the entire human race” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 152). She is the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Charles Lwanga And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church in Africa has experienced unprecedented growth in the past century. In 1900, shortly after the martyrdom of Charles Lwanga and companions, there were two million Catholics in Africa. When Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa in 2009, the Catholic population was 158 million. Once again the Church has witnessed that the blood of martyrs is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Philip Neri

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church when great persecutions and heresies have been promoted, there were also great saints who underwent persecution in their attempts to protect the Deposit of Faith. Such was the case in the early 16th century, when the Catholic Church was suffering her greatest crisis to date with the Protestant Revolt. During this…Continue Reading