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The New Evangelization And Defending Tough Truths

December 8, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on The New Evangelization And Defending Tough Truths

By MOST REV. THOMAS J. OLMSTED (Editor’s Note: Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, the Diocese of Phoenix, was among the bishops and Church leaders from the Americas who gathered November 16-19 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to discuss the new evangelization in the Americas. Below is the text from his presentation to one of the working group sessions. The Wanderer is reprinting it with permission of the Diocese of Phoenix. All rights reserved.) +    +    + “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” These words of Charles Dickens could easily be applied to the present situation that the Church faces in the American continent when she proclaims the Good News…Continue Reading

Has The Asian Tiger Gone Tiger?

December 7, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Has The Asian Tiger Gone Tiger?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When Montecore, one of two white tigers in the Las Vegas act of Siegfried and Roy, turned and almost killed Roy on stage, the reaction was that the tame and complacent beast had gone berserk. Comedian Chris Rock was nearer the mark: “That tiger ain’t go crazy; that tiger went tiger.” Seems our Asian tiger is going tiger as well. Sharply escalating its clash with Japan over ownership of the Senkaku Islands, Beijing has established an air defense identification zone over the islands and a huge stretch of the East China Sea. Before entering its ADIZ, says Beijing, all planes must now notify China. The United States responded by flying two B-52s through the zone. Japan…Continue Reading

Computers And Self-Directed Learning

December 6, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Computers And Self-Directed Learning

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I wouldn’t blame anyone who reacts skeptically when they hear about new teaching methods. We have seen innovations such as “schools without walls,” “open classrooms,” “team teaching,” and “group learning exercises” come and go. But having a respect for tradition and proven methods does not mean we should refuse to consider every innovative teaching method that is proposed. Sometimes a new idea is a good idea. Perhaps the educational reform advocated by computer guru Joshua Davis on the web site Wired (www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/) is in that category. See what you think. Davis’ column is entitled “How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses.” He begins by calling our attention to a village in…Continue Reading

Our Daily Crusades

December 5, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Daily Crusades

By REY FLORES Around this time each year, the “war on Christmas” campaigns begin again. Never mind that Advent comes before Christmas, but for the sake of this specific column, I will stay on the topic of the overall war on Christians. Even before our Thanksgiving turkeys are thawed, most major retailers, some homeowners, and even apartment dwellers in the cities have already put up their Christmas lights and Christmas trees. Of course, in today’s politically correct climate, we must refer to these things as “holiday lights” and “holiday trees.” The same thing goes for public displays of any Christian symbolism, particularly Nativity mangers in the public square. The same curmudgeons decrying these symbols are the same ones trying to…Continue Reading

The Taproot Of Evil

December 5, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on The Taproot Of Evil

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER “Do not be led astray by diverse and strange teachings” (Heb. 13:9, RSV). +    +    + To “beg the question” is a logical fallacy in which a claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the claim itself. Let me, though, beg the question here by asserting that both our society and the Church are in crisis. Chaos and evil thrive; moral confusion runs rampant; bizarre teaching and corrupt communications are ubiquitous. There is compelling reason to echo the divine question: When Jesus comes, will He find any faith left on earth? (Luke 18:8). Not for nothing, then, did St. James tell us that “whoever wants to be the world’s friend makes himself…Continue Reading

Remembering Journalist Larry Henderson . . . He Taught About Living In A Post-Christian Age

December 3, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Remembering Journalist Larry Henderson . . . He Taught About Living In A Post-Christian Age

By PAUL LIKOUDIS November 27 was the seventh anniversary of the death of Canadian journalist Larry Henderson, who died at the age of 89. A pioneer broadcast journalist in both radio and television in the post-World War II years, Henderson came into the Church on December 8, 1967. A self-described liberal and agnostic at the time, he was searching for answers on why Canadian society, and the churches in particular, had a death wish, why so many intellectuals were becoming Communists. In conversations with Czech exiles in Ottawa, notably journalist Lubor Zink and University of Ottawa law professor Isaac Rosenberg, he was led to see that what was happening in Canada could not be blamed on Communists, but rather was…Continue Reading

Pope Affirms Continuity Of Church With Trent

December 2, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Pope Affirms Continuity Of Church With Trent

By PAUL LIKOUDIS In a letter commemorating the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the doctrines the council defined as the Protestant Reformation raged across the Europe. The Council of Trent, held in 25 sessions over three periods between December 13, 1545 and December 4, 1563, under the guidance of three Popes, Paul III, Julius III, and Pius IV, had two main purposes: to refute and condemn the principles of Protestantism, and to reform the discipline and administration of the Church. In a letter to Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences, dated November 19, Pope Francis said the event of the anniversary “behooves the…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The World Abortion Situation?”

December 1, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What Is The World Abortion Situation?”

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 18 of The Facts of Life, “The Worldwide Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + As we have seen in previous articles, population controllers expose their racist and eugenicist roots when they express their fear of rapid population increase in the developing countries of the Southern hemisphere. They believe that poor nations with large populations will eventually attain significant power and will offer economic competition to the United States, especially with regard to access to mineral resources. This fear was explicitly outlined in National Security Study Memo 200, the “Kissinger Report.” NSSM-200…Continue Reading

Mabel And The Antichrist

November 30, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Mabel And The Antichrist

By JOHN YOUNG In 1908 Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson published his futuristic novel Lord of the World, set about a century ahead and depicting the coming of Antichrist and the end of the world. The book was highly praised by Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and it merits consideration today — when we are at approximately the time of the story. Benson made an attempt to predict technological advances, and in this regard his book is closer to the mark than some futurist novels. Air travel was well-established, with aircraft called volors. Apparently a volor had only one propeller, and the wings flapped up and down! Of course it is impossible to predict future changes with any degree of confidence. George Orwell…Continue Reading

Moratorium On Common Core Standards

November 29, 2013 Featured Today Comments Off on Moratorium On Common Core Standards

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t know if we should view the information coming out of New York City regarding Common Core as good news or bad; I await our readers’ reactions. It seems as if the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), New York City’s teachers union, is calling for a delay on any decisions about teacher performance based upon the implementation of the controversial federally mandated curriculum. On October 14, the web site Education News reported that the UFT, “citing a lack of curriculum materials in many schools in New York City,” is “calling for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for Common Core Standards assessments as the city schools are just a few months into implementing new teacher evaluations.”…Continue Reading