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Lepanto Institute Report . . . Boycott The CCHD

November 19, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Lepanto Institute Report . . . Boycott The CCHD

By REY FLORES It’s that time of year again, folks. The annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development comes once again at your nearest parish on November 17 and 18 (The Wanderer went to press this week on November 15). This is the annual national collection when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asks us to give our hard-earned money to “help the poor and oppressed masses help themselves.” While I have been boycotting and fighting the CCHD from outside, within, and outside again, the USCCB has continued its controversial collection without answering any concerns brought up by me and many, many others. Those concerns mainly being that the CCHD continues to give CCHD grant monies to a myriad…Continue Reading

The Value Of Dialogue

November 18, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Value Of Dialogue

By DONALD DeMARCO Being a university professor brings me into contact (and sometimes into friendship) with men of science. Now I realize that not all scientists have the same view of science. Nonetheless, some scientists, who are part of my circle of friends, pose a rather formidable problem when it comes to dealing with controversial issues within the fields of morality, poetry, politics, and religion. They are happy to talk endlessly and knowledgeably about science, but their range of interest seems limited to that area. As a consequence, they regard me as something of an oddball because I am not only willing, but eager, to voyage into controversial waters that have little or nothing to do with scientific methodology. My…Continue Reading

Von Hayek: Seventy-Five Years Ago

November 17, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Von Hayek: Seventy-Five Years Ago

By JUDE DOUGHERTY The release of John J. Mearshimer’s The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities brought to mind a short work written seventy-five years ago by the Austrian economist, F.A. Hayek (1899-1992). Entitled The Road to Serfdom, the volume is perhaps more relevant today than when it was written. (1) The book is the result of Hayek’s reflection on the socialist drift in Europe that facilitated the rise to power of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Written while the outcome of World War II was still uncertain, The Road to Serfdom may be fruitfully read as a historical review of the social and economic policies that prevailed during the first decades of the twentieth century, but that was not…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Wizards Versus The Rest Of Us

November 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… The Wizards Versus The Rest Of Us

By JEFF MINICK Piedra, Alberto. No God, No Civilization (Lambing Press: 2018); paperback, 255 pages. Available at In January of 2018, I resolved to read my way through Will and Ariel Durant’s magnum opus The Story of Civilization before the end of the year. It is now early November, and I am nearing the end of volume X of this series, Rousseau and Revolution, meaning that if all goes according to plan, I will have completed the eleven volumes around Christmas. The Durants — Will began sharing credit with his wife Ariel in volume VII, The Age of Reason Begins — devoted the last three volumes of their epic history to the period 1715-1815. A casual observer of The…Continue Reading

November 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on

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 and a lawyer. 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 His views, of course, are his own.) + + + Various commentators, mostly from the conservative side but also a few sober-minded liberals, are expressing concern that a mob…Continue Reading

Conflicting Rights In A Divided Nation

November 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Conflicting Rights In A Divided Nation

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON The Senate Judiciary hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court were brutal to his personal reputation, devastating to the comity of the congressional body, and inflammatory in an already divided nation. Protesters shouted in the hearing room, had sit-ins in the hall, accosted a senator in an elevator and another while he was with his wife in a restaurant, put legislators’ personal information on the Internet, and later assaulted congressional candidates, while receiving encouragement from legislators who opposed the appointment. The arguments against confirmation centered on an uncorroborated allegation of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old high school student, and whether the unsupported assertion should outweigh his denial and…Continue Reading

The Paradox Of The Person

November 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Paradox Of The Person

By DONALD DeMARCO The first law of nature is self-preservation. The highest law of morality is self-sacrifice. What the content these two sentences makes abundantly clear is that the life of the human being is one of perpetual tension. Self-preservation and self-sacrifice are not exactly on the same page. However, it is important to note that this tension is not a contradiction, but a paradox. A contradiction would make man an absurdity, continually and incurably at odds with himself, as several atheistic existentialist philosophers have contended. He would be a being without hope. A paradox appears to be a contradiction but conceals a deeper truth. Indeed, “truth consists of paradoxes,” wrote Carl Sandburg. But he was eager to point out…Continue Reading

Mass Migration: Mortal Threat To Red State America

November 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Mass Migration: Mortal Threat To Red State America

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that his natural political instincts are superior to those of any other current figure. As campaign 2018 entered its final week, Trump seized upon and elevated the single issue that most energizes his populist base and most convulses our media elite. Warning of an “invasion,” he pointed to the migrant caravan that had come out of Honduras and was wending its way through Mexico. He then threatened to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship. As other caravans began to assemble in Central America, Trump said he would send, first 5,200 and then 15,000, troops to the border. This ignited the predictable hysteria of the media elite who…Continue Reading

Shawnee State . . . Professors Must Speak Contrary To Their Beliefs Or Be Punished

November 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Shawnee State . . . Professors Must Speak Contrary To Their Beliefs Or Be Punished

CINCINNATI — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Shawnee State University officials Monday, November 5 on behalf of a professor that the university punished because he declined a male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, with feminine titles and pronouns (“Miss,” “she,” etc.). Although philosophy professor Dr. Nicholas Meriwether offered to use the student’s first or last name instead, neither the student nor the university was willing to accept that compromise, choosing instead to force the professor to speak and act contrary to his own Christian convictions. “Tolerance is a two-way street,” said ADF Senior Counsel Travis Barham. “Universities are meant to be a marketplace of ideas, not an assembly line for one type…Continue Reading

Trump Administration… Announces New Conscience Exemptions For HHS Mandate

November 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump Administration… Announces New Conscience Exemptions For HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the HHS contraception mandate. Under the new rules, organizations and individuals objecting to the controversial mandate’s provisions on either religious or moral grounds will be exempt. According to a press release from HHS, the new rules “provide an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities and individuals that object to services covered by the mandate on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.” “Thus,” the release said, “entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs against providing contraceptive services (or services which they consider to be abortifacients) would be exempt from the…Continue Reading