Wednesday 30th July 2014

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Mexican-American Says . . . Obama Uses Hamas-Style Manipulation Of Minors

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The surge in illegal-immigrant minors entering the United States shows an “unprecedented strategy” by Barack Obama that’s “almost like Hamas, using children as bait, as shields for political attacks,” a Mexican-American businessman told The Wanderer after making a trip south of the border.
The Latino minors sometimes are described in news media as facing serious dangers and even death on their way to the United States.
Reymundo Torres, who’s also president of the Arizona Latino Republican Association, drew the comparison with the Mideast terrorist organization during an interview just after he returned from a two-night business trip to Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, the Mexican state just south of Arizona.
Torres said that neither he nor Mexicans he spoke with could say what their nations would do about the heightened immigrant influx.
The Mexicans thought he was from Mexico City, Torres said, because of his accent from having studied at university in the federal capital, until he explained he’s a Spanish-speaking American. “The accent is very distinguishable. It perks people’s ears up,” and is disliked by many other Mexicans, he said.
The immigration “surge . . . seems to put an emotional face” on Obama’s push for “comprehensive immigration reform,” said Torres, a Catholic and third-generation American whose family came to the U.S. legally from Mexico. … Continue Reading

Teilhard De Chardin: Dangerous Or Orthodox?

July 28, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

You can see why Catholics in the United States might be confused about where the Church stands on the theories of the French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin. Recently, as reported by David Gibson in Religion News Service, “Gerhard [Cardinal] Mueller, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith,” warned the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group representing more than 40,000 American sisters, that “the principles of ‘conscious evolution’ — that mankind is transforming thorough the integration of science, spirituality, and technology — are opposed to Christian revelation and lead to fundamental errors.” According to Gibson, Mueller warned that “if the nuns persist in pursuing such dangerous ideas, Rome could cut them loose.” … Continue Reading

A Great Defender Of Children?

July 27, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES

Once again, one of our most famous, supposedly Catholic politicians, Nancy Pelosi perplexes us and makes us wonder just how truly off-base one person can get.
After having been one of the most ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood and abortion in general, Pelosi now tries to come off as the great defender of children, going so far as to compare the thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children crossing our borders to baby Jesus.
Just earlier this year she accepted the annual Margaret Sanger Award from none other than the number-one abortion provider in the world, Planned Parenthood.
She now says that she wants us all to conform to the U.S. bishops’ request to treat the incoming illegal immigrant children — who were sent here unaccompanied by their own parents to the U.S. — as if “they were baby Jesus.” … Continue Reading

“So Sue Me”. . . Obama Is Not A Man For Church Bureaucrats Or Illegal Immigrants To Trust

July 26, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — During His earthly mission, Jesus knew who His enemies were in the establishment but He still would have welcomed them into Heaven if they changed their ways. However, He didn’t pretend that the cloak of His love made their plotting and hypocrisy vanish.
He freely handed out strong insults to His enemies — dead men’s bones, a dirty fox. And Jesus didn’t say it’d be really good to get together with them on common ground to bankroll camel caravans for unauthorized immigrants to reach the oasis of their dreams.
He sought out sinners to convert, not the proud in their self-congratulation.
Flash forward to the 21st century. Some U.S. Catholic Church bureaucrats know Barack Obama is the avowed enemy of their Church, yet they snap to attention in an instant when Obama’s government asks them to give him a hand.
Obama was trying to crush the Catholic Church yesterday and will try to crush it tomorrow, but today he’s stuck in this border quicksand yet counts on Church leaders to throw him a rope. … Continue Reading

Are Pro-Lifers Allowed To Be Conscientious?

July 25, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off
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By DONALD DeMARCO

An interesting case has developed in Poland surrounding a doctor who refused to abort a deformed baby who had been conceived in vitro at a fertility clinic. Professor Bogdan Chazan, director of the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, and one of the country’s leading medical doctors, invoked Poland’s conscience clause to justify the legality of refusing to perform the abortion. Nonetheless, Dr. Chazan was accused of using the conscience clause improperly since he also refused to arrange for an abortion with another physician. For this refusal, his hospital was fined approximately $23,000, money that would have gone to provide additional care for hospital patients. … Continue Reading

New York City’s Elite Schools Under Fire

July 24, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

It probably was inevitable that the left would turn against New York City’s elite public schools: Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Latin School, Stuyvesant High School, and Brooklyn Tech. It is the devolution we have seen in schools all across the country, from the days when the civil rights establishment insisted its goal was Martin Luther King’s goal of having everyone “judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin,” to the rise of racial quotas and affirmative action programs.
New York City’s elite schools would appear to be everything Martin Luther King wanted: a strict meritocracy. Admission is colorblind, based solely on a student’s score on the SHSAT (the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test). There is unquestioned equality of opportunity for eighth graders in New York City to gain admission by taking this test. … Continue Reading

D’Souza Movie Lets Us Hope . . . May Our Nation Be Freed From The Current Oppression

July 23, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

To those old enough to remember events from the last 50 years or so in the United States, filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza’s recently released movie, America: Imagine the World Without Her, covers some territory that’s familiar because we lived it. But whoever could have predicted it accurately way back then?
These memories are a mere second in the sweep of world history, from Presidents Kennedy to Reagan to Obama, from the new world of manned moon landings to the whole world on your iPhone. Who could have forecast in the 1960s what marvels Steve Jobs would invent in this new century, or the advent of the degenerate Obama presidency, an even more incomprehensible invention to those growing up in the public morality of the ’60s? … Continue Reading

Border Woman On Arizona Dangers . . . “The Whole Nation Is Going To Get What We Get”

July 22, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — As a southern Arizona woman spoke with The Wanderer about U.S. private citizens recently rescuing illegal aliens from likely death in two instances, this writer asked how often she hears of such events.
The woman, who lives near the international border but doesn’t want to be identified because of concerns about her safety, said this isn’t the kind of topic that people want to talk about — due to their own worries about personal security.
They don’t want to attract the attention of agents of the powerful, deadly Latino drug cartels who live in the people’s own areas in Arizona, she said in a telephone interview.
“People don’t want to be targets of the cartel” by sharing information with others about such encounters, she said. “We don’t know who’s cartel in our neighborhoods.” … Continue Reading

Balkanization Beckons

July 21, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.”
Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country, and remain here.
In 2007, backed by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy, and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally. … Continue Reading

Bill To Overturn Hobby Lobby Decision Stalls In Senate

July 20, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By BEN JOHNSON

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill introduced by Senate Democrats to erode the religious liberty of Americans who object to abortion-inducing drugs or contraception has stalled.
The Democrat-controlled body voted 56-43 on July 16 to pass the bill, which would require business owners to offer contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees with no co-pay, regardless of their religious views. However, the measure needed 60 votes to proceed, due to Senate cloture rules.
Pro-abortion Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with the Democratic majority.
Women Speak Out PAC, a partner of the national pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, blasted them and vulnerable Democratic Senators Kay Hagan, Mark Pryor, and Mary Landrieu, calling their position “a radical vote.” … Continue Reading

FEARING OBAMA UNILATERAL AMNESTY THREATS, TEA PARTY JAMS CONGRESS’S PHONE LINES

The phone lines are jammed. The American people have risen up in response to a rallying cry from Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), overloading the phone lines on Capitol Hill to pressure their members of Congress to…Continue Reading

Pope acknowledges Catholic complicity in persecution of Italian Pentecostals

Pope Francis has fulfilled a request of the Italian evangelical community by recognising the complicity of some Catholics in the fascist-era persecution of Italian Pentecostals and evangelicals. “Among those who persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were…Continue Reading

The Church Needs To Stop Taking Government Money

by ELISE HILTON on FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014 Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org voices what should be obvious: that by taking federal money and grants, the Catholic Church has put herself in a very awkward place. Money from the government always comes with strings attached,…Continue Reading

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans

By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 24, 2014 Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making…Continue Reading

Marco Rubio To Take On Abortion and Gay Marriage in Catholic U Speech

Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) plans to take on social and cultural issues in the latest installment of his policy speeches outlining a new conservative agenda. “Senator Rubio will discuss the values needed for economic success in the 21st century: values like…Continue Reading

USCCB Chairmen Respond To ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order

The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be…Continue Reading

Dallas-Fort Worth Catholic leaders appeal for legal help in border crisis

Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell (center) and Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson on Monday asked for volunteers to assist with a “humanitarian crisis.” By DIANNE SOLÍS Staff Writer dsolís@dallasnews.com Published: 21 July 2014 10:32 PM Updated: 22 July 2014 12:21 AM Dallas Catholic…Continue Reading

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The head of Iraq’s largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who…Continue Reading

CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST UNDERWAY IN IRAQ, USA AND WORLD LOOK ON

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a…Continue Reading

Vancouver Catholic Schools Adopt Transgender Policy

James Keller, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:20PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:24AM EDT VANCOUVER — Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms…Continue Reading

New Catholic Bishops Say Civil Disobedience OK If For Common Good

Newly appointed auxiliary bishops, two Catholic clergymen suggest Occupy Central could be just, while third weighs in on reform report St Two auxiliary bishops newly appointed by the Vatican have spoken out about the Occupy Central campaign, saying the church supports…Continue Reading

Skeptics And The Claims Of The Catholic Church Seventeen Reasons Scoffers Ought To Rethink Catholicism, If They Really Thought About It

July 11, 2014 05:09 EST By Thomas M. Doran In today’s world, isn’t it crazy to appeal to scoffers to consider Catholicism? Why would a rational modern man or woman in the 21st century be attracted to what the world and…Continue Reading

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Pope Has Casual Q&A With Priests Of Caserta

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2014-07-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the priests of the Diocese of Caserta on his visit there on Saturday afternoon. The Pope engaged in a question-and-answer period with the priests in the Palatina della Reggia di Caserta Chapel. The Vatican Radio translation of this exchange is offered below. Pope Francis: I prepared a speech but I will…Continue Reading

What If Democracy Is A Fraud?

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as…Continue Reading

The Day Of The Hawk

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Qadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally…Continue Reading

Will John Roberts Decide A “State” Is Not A “State”?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a “state” in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming, and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is…Continue Reading

Assisted Suicide In England… Life And Death Under Debate

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. Flynn is a columnist for ZENIT News Agency, which provided this commentary. All rights reserved.) +    +    + A bill to legalize assisted suicide has been introduced into Britain’s House of Lords by Lord Falconer, previously lord chancellor under Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair, and it is…Continue Reading

Anglican Women Bishops — An Obstacle To Unity?

By FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He studied theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World . . . Iraqi Christian Witness In Face Of Genocide Inspires

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “O Lord, my God, in thee have I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. Lest at any time he seize upon my soul like a lion, while there is no one to redeem me, nor to save” (Psalm 7). The words of the psalm express the perennial…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

By RAYMOND de SOUZA, KM Part 4 The Pharisee and the publican — improvised prayer and repetitive prayer: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men,…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

By DON FIER Faith, or the obedience of faith, was characterized in last week’s installment on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as man’s most fitting and proper response to God’s self-revelation. Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, concisely defines this assent to all God has revealed as “the free submission to God’s Word because its truth is guaranteed by…Continue Reading

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Q. Jesus says that we are to learn from Him, He who is meek and humble of heart. But Jesus was not always meek and humble of heart. He talked back to the Scribes and Pharisees, He drove the moneychangers out of the Temple, He talked back to the Sanhedrin, He wasn’t bashful about claiming to be the Son of…Continue Reading

Jesus Walks Through Trials With Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matt. 14:13-21 In the second reading today St. Paul asks the question of what can separate us from the love of Christ. He then gives a few examples of what people might think will separate us from God; anguish, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness,…Continue Reading

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Catholic Heroes… St. Alphonsus Liguori

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 After establishing the house at Villa degli Schiavi, Alphonsus stayed there, conducting many of his missions from this site. For the previous five years he had become widely known for his missions and sermons, bringing many Catholics back to the Catholic faith. While Alphonsus is well known as a moral theologian and for his writings,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Alphonsus Liguori

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 1 Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, having read the works of St. Alphonsus Liguori, took him as a mentor. It is not surprising, then, that Fr. Hardon taught his students, “If you are not encountering the cross, you are not doing God’s work.” Such were the lives of saints such as St. Teresa of Avila, St.…Continue Reading

What to Do If Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion?

by Krisi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/20/14 4:00 PM Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Note: This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. If you are a guy who is trying to find out how to stop an abortion, please see this article written for dads. 1.  Stand your…Continue Reading

It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

February 13, 2014 by Anthony Esolen   It might have been worth repairing, if it had once been noble and beautiful, or at least conceived in an orderly way, for ordinary human purposes. But it wasn’t. It was constructed upon false principles. Its walls looked like those of a bad factory. It smelled like a warehouse. It could be terribly…Continue Reading

Why I am Pro-Life

February 4, 2014   Pro-Lifers   By Therese Recinella   Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today.   There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children…Continue Reading

Fathers . . . The Essential Role of the Father

Posted on February 10, 2014 by The Catholic Gentleman 13 Comments   Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view…Continue Reading

How Much is One Billion Dollars?

This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills.…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood

This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941.  (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in…Continue Reading

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven…Continue Reading