Tuesday 31st March 2015

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The Armenian Genocide: Not An Isolated Episode

March 31, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


(Editor’s Note: April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Dr. Kalpakgian is a professor emeritus of humanities. His father was a survivor of the genocide of Armenians.)

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During World War I, when the world’s superpowers were engaged in the main arena of battle in Europe, the Ottoman Turks exploited the crisis of the war to pursue their own personal agenda of jihad in eliminating the Christian (Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant) Armenians from their land as they pursued their ideology of Pan-Turkism.
Recognized internationally as the Armenian massacres or the first genocide of the 20th century, these unspeakable atrocities annihilated an estimated 1.5 to 2.0 million Armenians — men, women, and children — in the most savage, ruthless, and barbaric form of tortures, starvation, mass executions, and deportations into the deserts of Deir Zor.
This crime against humanity exterminated nearly three-fourths of the Armenians living in Turkey and one-half of all Armenians living at that time in the world. In The Tragedy of a Nation (1918), Henry Morgenthau, the American ambassador to Turkey, explained the diabolical strategy of the Turkish government: … Continue Reading

Catholic Students As Leaven In Public Schools

March 30, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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An article in the Mach 6 issue of The American Conservative brought back memories of a question I haven’t thought about in decades: whether it would be a noble undertaking for Catholic parents to “save” their local public schools by enrolling their children in those schools, rather than in Catholic schools. The article by Rod Dreher was entitled “The Missionary Approach to School.”
Dreher used his article to respond to a seminarian who wrote on his Facebook page that he disagreed with Christian parents “who try to mandate and/or justify sending their kids or others’ kids to public school so that their children can ‘be a witness’ in an otherwise hostile environment.”
The seminarian argues that it is a mistake to see education as “primarily a missional rather than a catechetical endeavor”; that a parent’s responsibility is the intellectual and moral development of his or her children, and that it is misguided to risk those ends in an effort to “uplift” other children in the community. Especially, when it is questionable whether their children’s presence in local public schools can accomplish that task. … Continue Reading

The Culture Wars Invade The Church

March 29, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


The bully pulpit of the radical homosexual left has absolutely jumped the proverbial shark. Spokesperson Dan Savage reduced his argument to the level of a schoolyard taunt by challenging the well-educated and normally well-respected Dr. Ben Carson to perform a sex act on him as a way to disprove that homosexuality is not a choice, as Carson contends.
Carson was interviewed earlier in March on CNN and when asked about homosexuality, Carson stated that he thinks that “a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.”
Carson’s slightly strange answer gave Savage the opportunity to lambaste Carson in a very public and very ugly manner in his own syndicated column: “If being gay is a choice, prove it. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that’s done, Ben, show us how a man can choose to be gay” by performing a sex act on him. … Continue Reading

What Would Ike Do?

March 28, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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In November 1956, President Eisenhower, enraged he had not been forewarned of their invasion of Egypt, ordered the British, French, and Israelis to get out of Suez and Sinai. They did as told.
How far we have fallen from the America of Ike and John Foster Dulles has been on painful display this March.
An Israeli leader told a joint session of Congress that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is stupid and dangerous and must be rejected. Congress gave him 40 ovations.
Bibi Netanyahu then went home and told the world there will be no Palestinian state, and was re-elected in a smashing victory.
“Perhaps it’s time for Americans, especially those in the White House, to recognize this new reality of Israeli politics,” says The Wall Street Journal. We should restore “Israeli confidence in U.S. support.”
Excuse me? Who is the senior partner here? Who needs whom more? … Continue Reading

Justice And Peace And People Of Good Will

March 27, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


Some weeks back, in an article called “The New Creation” (see The Wanderer, February 5, 2015, p. 5A), I sketched the outlines of the Church’s recently developed teaching on the role of civilization, culture, and science in God’s overall plan. The development, I explained, as has so often happened in the Church’s history, has been provoked mainly by criticisms or misunderstandings from outside, the chief being that the Church is only interested in the salvation of souls.
This article will deal with a parallel criticism: namely that her preoccupation with the individual’s salvation has made her indifferent not only to cultural progress, science above all, but to what could be called “social progress”; that is, improving the lot of the poorest and bringing about what are considered more just or more equal societies.
Given the history of the Church in both the cultural and social fields, both charges are pretty steep. There is first of all concrete evidence all over the world and throughout 2,000 years of history of her interest in social welfare as well as the fine arts and culture. In the Our Father she daily teaches her children to pray that God’s will “be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” His will in this regard has two dimensions. After the salvation of souls comes promoting justice and peace, as well as cultural progress. The Christian who doesn’t use his talents or spends his time ill-treating the other servants will be in for a really bad time. … Continue Reading

Was This A Joke? Lincoln’s Death A Grand Catholic Conspiracy

March 26, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


It may be a joke in that there isn’t much evidence to support the claim, but for many years there was a segment of the U.S. population that believed Lincoln’s assassination — which occurred 150 years ago this April 14 — was the work of a Jesuit conspiracy leading all the way to the Vatican.
In the wake of Lincoln’s murder, some put the blame on enemy Confederate leader Jefferson Davis; others blamed Vice President Andrew Johnson, suspecting that he wanted the presidency; but the notion which gained the most momentum was that the murder was a Catholic conspiracy.
According to William Hanchett, author of The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, “Since some Americans were in the habit of blaming whatever they did not like on the Catholics, it was natural that some of them should have blamed Catholics for Lincoln’s assassination.” … Continue Reading

Pro-Life Interfaith Conference . . . Includes Muslim Doctor, Catholic Sheriff, Baptist Educator

March 25, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


MESA, Ariz. — A daylong pro-life interfaith conference in metropolitan Phoenix’s East Valley area featured some Arizona speakers recognized around the nation, including M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Speakers from Catholic, Protestant, Latter-day Saints, and Muslim faiths addressed topics including abortion, euthanasia, conscience and politics at a conference center here with the legendary Superstition Mountains looming to the east.
Jasser, chairman of the bioethics committee at a Phoenix hospital, often goes before a national media audience to defend and advocate harmonizing the Muslim faith with pluralism and democracy. His organization’s website is aifdemocracy.org.
“The protection of the unborn is something that has become important to me. . . . Very important that faith communities come together” for unborn babies, Jasser said in a video prepared specifically for this conference because he was unable to attend. … Continue Reading

Life And Death In The Postmodern World

March 24, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


It was not very long ago that being “modern” was considered being “up-to-date.” That is no longer the case. Now, if one wants to be in tune with the times, he must be a card-carrying citizen of the postmodern world. Times change, but they do so imperceptibly and often catch people off guard.
A little more than four years ago, in 2010, the Canadian Parliament voted 228-59 against a Private Member’s Bill to legalize euthanasia. On February 6, 2015, all nine Supreme Court judges ruled that prohibitions against physician-assisted suicide constituted a violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Dr. Margaret Somerville, one of Canada’s leading ethicists, has drawn her readers’ attention to how culture can change dramatically: “I suggest that the principal cause is not a change in the situation of individuals who seek euthanasia; rather, it is the profound changes in our postmodern, secular, Western, democratic societies” (The Ethical Canary, p. 121). … Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . “Do You Believe?” Delivers The Good News

March 23, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

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“A dozen different souls — all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the cross of Christ…even if they don’t believe it. Yet.”
That statement pretty much sums up this terrific new movie which is the latest in a fast-growing trend of Christian films that keep cropping up on movie screens and on DVD players across the nation. Given the current culture wars, it certainly is no accident or coincidence that some of these independent movie studios and filmmakers are putting these films out.
While terrorist attacks against Christians are swelling across the globe and even in some incidents here, in the United States we also see the sanctity of human life being sacrificed in the name of “reproductive freedom” and traditional marriage between one man and one woman constantly being redefined from state to state. … Continue Reading

Voters Recoil . . . Oblivious GOP Congressional Leaders Fritter Away Support They Won

March 22, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off


The national Republican establishment apparently already has managed to start frittering away the GOP’s standing with Americans after its “wave” election victory last November against Barack Obama’s policies.
At key points in this new congressional session, Republican leadership has acted as if it’s playing on Obama’s own team, including jerking an important pro-life bill off the U.S. House calendar, craftily cooperating with Obama to fund his “executive amnesty,” and successfully passing his nomination of “open borders” Loretta Lynch as attorney general through a vital Senate committee.
On March 16 the Washington Examiner reported that in a new random Gallup survey, Republicans dropped five points in favorability since last November.
“Forty percent viewed Republicans favorably last September,” the Examiner reported, “and that figure rose to 42 percent in November. Since winning a Senate majority in the midterms, the GOP has seen its favorability slip five percentage points, to its current 37-percent level.”
Although polls can be inaccurate or misleading, there seemed little doubt that many who cast November ballots with high hopes to frustrate Obama’s agenda are feeling frustrated themselves now. … Continue Reading

Lying About Card. Burke

Both Michael Sean Winters of the Fishwrap and David Gibson of RNS posted intellectually dishonest hit pieces against Card. Burke. They purposely misread what Card. Burke said in order to put him in the worst light they could. At least…Continue Reading

Pope says prayers, not ‘gossip,’ needed for successful synod on family

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — No matter how weary, wounded or sinful a family has become, the church will always do everything to try to help family members heal, convert and reconcile with the Lord,…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke says confusion spreading among Catholics ‘in an alarming way’

LifeSiteNews: Since the extraordinary synod on the family, we have entered a period of uncertainty and confusion over several “hot-button” issues: communion for divorced and “remarried” couples, a change of attitude towards homosexual unions and an apparent relaxing of attitudes…Continue Reading

Bishop backs Catholic school’s removal of teacher over pro-marriage Facebook comments: cites Pope Francis

SOMERVILLE, NJ, March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic school has decided not to rehire a theology teacher who rejected the argument in favor of gay “marriage” on her private Facebook page, her family has announced. The controversy began last…Continue Reading

Creepy Catholicism.

Martin O’Malley is the latest Catholic politician to come out as a duplicitous “Catholic.” Deacon Kandra posts an excerpt here from an interview in which O’Malley displays some amazingly twisted thinking to support homosexual marriage–even though he’s a Catholic. As far…Continue Reading

Polish Bishops’ Conference rejects Holy Communion for divorced and “remarried”

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has issued a communiqué firmly rejecting the proposals that divorced and “remarried” Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion without amendment of life. The communiqué, published on 12th March, includes the following statement: “In view of the…Continue Reading

Celtic Catholic priest and friends pile on archbishop

On Monday March 16, KALW radio’s City Visions will host a program “Can Bay Area Catholics and Archbishop Cordileone find Common Ground?” Scheduled guests are the Reverend Vincent Pizzuto; Most Holy Redeemer parishioner and teachers’ union representative Ted DeSaulnier; and…Continue Reading

The Traditional Case for Capital Punishment

A group of Catholic publishers recently issued a joint statement urging an end to capital punishment. I have great respect for all of them – I have written for all of them at one point or another. I disagree with…Continue Reading

Cardinal Müller: Pope Is Not Above the Word of God and the Catholic Faith

Edit: Rorate tends to understate things.  They want a sober response.  We’d like to offer this translation of Giuseppe Nardi’s appreciation of their take on Cardinal Müller’s recent letter appearing in the Osservatore Romano and additional commentary from other important Italian…Continue Reading

Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again?

The Vatican today announced that the vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family will be a consulter to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Professor José Granados‘ appointment,…Continue Reading

Gay activist: Of course our goal is to ‘indoctrinate children into LGBTQ agenda’

TORONTO, March 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A homosexual activist has candidly admitted that gay-themed materials and policies pushed in grade schools across North America are for the sake of “indoctrinating” children into an unquestioning acceptance of homosexuality. “I am here…Continue Reading

Pope . . . giving holy Communion to remarried divorcees “won’t solve anything”

On the second anniversary of his pontificate, the Holy Father gave a lengthy interview to a Mexican television journalist. – CNA/Bohumil Petrik VATICAN CITY — In a new, wide-ranging interview published Friday on the second anniversary of his election, Pope…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

Today . . .

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: remember persecuted Christians

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis remembered the persecuted Christians in the world on Sunday – Palm Sunday – during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Following the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Mark, Pope Francis delivered a homily, in which he reflected on the plight of all those who endure humiliation because of their faithfulness to the Gospel, all those who face discrimination and pay a personal price for their fidelity to Christ. “We think…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Palm Sunday Homily


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday – Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week, 2015. Please find, below, the official English translation of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks. ***************************** At the heart of this celebration, which seems so festive, are the words we heard in the hymn of the Letter to the Philippians: “He humbled himself” (2:8).  Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way…Continue Reading

Pope: Life Of St Teresa Of Avila Can Help Renew Consecrated Life

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said the life of St Teresa of Avila, characterized by “total self-giving to God,” is a “great treasure” that can help to renew consecrated life today. The pope spoke of the witness of St Teresa in a letter, issued Saturday, to the Superior General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Fr Xavier Cannistrà, to mark the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the saint’s birth. Listen to the report by Laura…Continue Reading

Mass at Santa Marta- Ode to joy

2015-03-26 L’Osservatore Romano Joy and hope are Christian traits. It is sad to find a believer who knows no joy, fearful in his attachment to cold doctrine. This was the very reason for Francis’ ode to joy during Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, 26 March. At the beginning of Mass, the Pope acknowledged the Carmelite “Hour of Prayer for Peace”. “Dear brothers and sisters”, he said, “the day after tomorrow, 28 March, will be…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Solid Scholarship On The Middle Ages

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Fried, Johannes. The Middle Ages, trans. from the German by Peter Lewis. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2015. Pp. Xi + 580. The Middle Ages are generally considered to be the period between 500 and 1500 AD. That thousand-year period in Johannes Fried’s narrative begins with Boethius under the reign of the…Continue Reading

“What Is Historical Church Teaching On Contraception?”

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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Part 1 “Contraception cannot be an expression of total self-giving, because in contraception, something is…Continue Reading

Transforming The St. Patrick’s Day Parades

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON St. Patrick’s Day, which is a holy day of obligation for Catholics in Ireland, has been corrupted in America by homosexual activists who flaunt their opposition to Catholic doctrine. Celebratory parades have been co-opted for dissident political purposes. Since the seventh century, St. Patrick has been revered as the patron saint…Continue Reading

How Far Can One Sink?

By DONALD DeMARCO “With [Premier] Wynne’s sex education curriculum, we have at last splashed down in a miasmal sewer in which it’s hard to sink any further.” So writes Harley Price, who has taught philosophy at a number of prestigious universities. Many, including outraged parents and indignant members of the medical establishment, agree with him.…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Spiritually Sound Approach To Depression

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Catholic Guide to Depression, by Aaron Kheriaty, MD, with Fr. John Cihak (Sophia Institute Press, 228 pages). Visit www.sophiainstitute.com or call 1-800-888-9344 for more information or for ordering. + + + This book has a lengthy introduction, and is then divided into two parts. The first is entitled “Understanding Depression,”…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .


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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A Leaven In The World . . . The Lessons Of Holy Week On Faithful Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As Holy Week is upon us once again, and we join in with the condemnation of the crowd, crying “Crucify Him, Crucify Him,” we relive the betrayal of sin which marks every human life. We accompany the Lord Jesus Christ on His way of the cross and journey with Him all the way to Calvary.…Continue Reading

Is Mary The Mother Of God… Or Only The Mother Of Jesus?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 Responding to a common misconception among separated brethren and ill-informed Catholics: What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the divine Motherhood? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith in Jesus — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned…Continue Reading

Divine Revelation: Gradual And Progressive

By DON FIER We left off last week reflecting on God’s motive for revealing Himself to us in a supernatural manner. In a word, His sole motive was that of boundless love for mankind. God gratuitously and unconditionally chose to “communicate His own divine life to the men He freely created, in order to adopt them as His sons in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: As readers of this column know, we like to quote Fr. George Rutler from time to time because his weekly bulletin columns at the Church of St. Michael in New York City are sources of both information and inspiration. After starting his March 22 column by noting that history is “replete with the failures of famous figures,” such…Continue Reading

We Have Been Raised With Christ

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Easter Sunday (YR B) Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Col. 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 In the Gospel reading today, we hear about Peter and John entering the Lord’s grave after they had been informed by St. Mary Magdalen that Jesus had been taken away. We are told that when the Beloved Disciple saw the burial cloths there and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Marguerite D’Youville

By CAROLE BRESLIN By 1701 the European colonies in North America had expanded beyond the Appalachian Mountains. The Anglo population in the English American colonies had reached 275,000. The French had recently established a colony in Detroit. Catholics, however, were persecuted as Massachusetts passed a law ordering all Roman Catholic priests to leave or face execution. New York passed a…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Faustina And Divine Mercy

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Divine Mercy Chaplet had never been one of my favorite devotions until my aunt died. As she lay in the hospital during her final hours, I sat in the room, visiting with the endless stream of visitors who stopped in to see their fellow volunteer. By six o’clock, the room was quiet. I decided to read…Continue Reading