Friday 21st September 2018

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Solzhenitsyn: Truth Is Light

September 20, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Solzhenitsyn: Truth Is Light

By DONALD DeMARCO Without the truth we are in the dark, not knowing how to think, judge, act, or live. Please tell us the truth. Please dispel the darkness. Readers of The Wanderer will understand my plea without my needing to divulge names. We do, as Marshall McLuhan explained to us, live in a global village. Distance has been obliterated. Light is needed more than ever before. In contrast to the truth problem that now plagues virtually all the Catholics the world over, I want to use this space allotted to me to say something positive, something about a man whose essential mission in life, despite extraordinary obstacles that were put in his path, was courageous enough to announce the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Skewed Ideas About Education And Minority Groups

September 19, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Skewed Ideas About Education And Minority Groups

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and a Catholic political novel, American Cincinnatus. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. His views, of course, are his own.) + + + A recent article in Washington Lawyer magazine, which is sent to members of the District of Columbia Bar, discussed what it said…Continue Reading

Is Trump Going Neocon In Syria?

September 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Is Trump Going Neocon In Syria?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. The past week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too.” In a front-page story Monday, September 10, “Assad Is Planning Chlorine Attack, U.S. Says,” The Wall Street Journal reports that, during a recent meeting, “President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib.” Idlib contains three…Continue Reading

Pro-Lifer… Arizona Governor Names Successor To Fill McCain’s Seat

September 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Pro-Lifer… Arizona Governor Names Successor To Fill McCain’s Seat

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — With its own strange brand of politics, Arizona acquired a new U.S. senator who agreed to fill the upper-chamber seat for at least a few months. Huh? With the late John McCain’s health slipping away for more than a year to an aggressive brain cancer, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey had plenty of time to weigh whom he’d appoint when the apparently inevitable vacancy arrived. But when Ducey named his choice of 76-year-old Jon Kyl on September 4, the day after Labor Day, the governor could only express the hope that his selection would serve past the current term of Congress, ending in a few months. A September 4 news release from Ducey’s office said, “As…Continue Reading

A Book Review… GKC: The Wonder Of The Child And The Mysteries Of Faith

September 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… GKC: The Wonder Of The Child And The Mysteries Of Faith

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2006), 336 pp. $16.95. Available through www.ignatius.com or 1-800-651-1531. A great writer’s past, family background, and the formative influences of childhood always evoke great human interest. In narrating the story of his life, Chesterton naturally begins with his family background and the lives of his parents and grandparents. In these recollections he touches on favorite themes and ideas that inform his famous works. Always skeptical of big government, big education, and big business with its obsession about larger, more, and greater, he begins his story with a reflection on his father’s life as a respectable businessman who rose above avarice and the worst excesses of capitalism. Chesterton’s father…Continue Reading

The Triumph Of The Cross Over Evil

September 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Triumph Of The Cross Over Evil

By JAMES MONTI It is in mid-September each year, and with particular urgency in this year of 2018, that the Church suddenly makes us revisit for two days the mystery of Good Friday with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and its immediate sequel, the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 14-15, respectively). The Introit for the Mass of September 14 establishes the theme of the first of these two liturgical commemorations by borrowing the opening words of St. Paul’s exhortation, “But far be it from us to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14). The apostle’s…Continue Reading

History Teaches Hope

September 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on History Teaches Hope

By DONALD DeMARCO “For the moment we are at the lowest point; human history today is in love with fear and absurdity, human reason with despair. The powers of illusion are spreading all over the world, throwing all compasses off direction…men are simply losing the sense of truth…they will believe nothing they are told, but will rely only upon savage experience and elementary instinct.” This statement was a commentary not on the present moment, as it may seem to be, but on the world situation in 1952. Was Jacques Maritain being too harsh when he penned these words in The Range of Reason? Did his words reflect a loss of hope? Perhaps so. Things always seem worse than they are…Continue Reading

Recalls Horrors Of Communism… Liberty Conference In Krakow Appreciates Blessings

September 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Recalls Horrors Of Communism… Liberty Conference In Krakow Appreciates Blessings

By DEXTER DUGGAN The Communist totalitarian control of Eastern Europe is still a recent enough nightmare that some of those who managed to live through it, or their children born since, take time to appreciate the blessings of freedom and liberty that followed the fall of the Iron Curtain. They aspire to spread them further. The 2018 Liberty International World Conference, held in Krakow, Poland, in mid-August, brought together 123 “freedom leaders” from 24 countries, some of them far from Europe, including Nepal, Brazil, and India, for lectures, panel discussions and networking. Li Schoolland, a woman born in Communist China who lived through the horrors of Mao Zedong’s monstrous rule, shared her testimony about the destruction and despair clamped onto…Continue Reading

Balance Sheet Of The Forever War

September 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Balance Sheet Of The Forever War

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end,” said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday, September 2 after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier. Why do we continue to fight in Afghanistan? “We continue to fight simply because we are there,” said retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry who preceded Gen. Nicholson. “Absent political guidance and a diplomatic strategy,” Eikenberry told The New York Times, “military commanders have filled the vacuum by waging a war all agree cannot be won militarily.” This longest war in…Continue Reading

The Miracle Of The Sun And Our Times

September 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Miracle Of The Sun And Our Times

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which took place on October 13, 1917, just over a century ago now, was one of the most stupendous, if not the most stupendous event of the twentieth century. And yet, it is hardly known outside the Church, and not well enough known within the Church. On one level this is a puzzle, because it was such a singular event — the greatest miracle in 2,000 years, and one witnessed by tens of thousands of people — that it is something that even nonbelievers ought to have been interested in it. But on another level it isn’t so puzzling — rather we can well imagine the lengths to which…Continue Reading